Xiaomi Redmi range is its most affordable series and we have Redmi Note 11 Pro series with us which includes Redmi Note 11 Pro, Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G China version and Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus 5G.
Before we get started, here’s what you get in the boxes.
For the Redmi Note 11 Pro, we get the phone with a pre-applied screen protector, documentation, SIM ejector tool, type-c cable, 67W charger, and protective case.
For Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, you will get the phone with pre-applied screen protector, documentation, SIM ejector tool, type-c cable, 67W charger, and protective case.
Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus 5G We get the phone with a pre-applied screen protector, documentation, SIM ejector tool, type-c cable, 120W charger, and protective case. It is noteworthy that all of them lack earphones.
The Redmi Note 11 Pro range shares most of the features when it comes to design. They all have 6.67-inch 1080p SuperAMOLED screens with a 120Hz refresh rate and a maximum brightness of 1,200 nits. All of them have Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front and a glass back.
The Note 11 Pro and Note 11 Pro Plus 5G are IP53 dust and splash resistant and have dual hybrid SIM slots.
Note 11 Pro Plus display has HDR10 support and L1 widevine certification while Note 11 Pro 5G and regular Note 11 Pro have L3 certification.
Our Note 11 Pro unit comes in Graphite Gray (Stealth Black). Other color versions include Polar White (Phantom White) and Star Blue. The Note 11 Pro 5G comes in Forest Green and you can get it in Mystic Black, Pure Purple, and Milky Way Blue.
The Note 11 Pro Plus 5G unit comes in Star Blue.
They all have stereo speakers – bottom and top with Note 11 Pro 5G and 11 Pro Plus 5G using JBL speakers.
At the bottom, we have the Type C charging port, primary microphone and Sim card slot. On the left side are the volume rocker buttons and the side-mounted fingerprint reader built into the power button. There is also a biometric face unlock feature.
At the top, they all have a headphone jack, a secondary microphone, and an IR blaster with which, with the right app, you can use the phone as a remote control to control the TV and more.
They all have a 108MP camera setup on the back and a 16MP selfie camera on the front housed in the center punch-hole below the earpiece on the top edge. We’ll talk about cameras later.
These are well-built smartphones with bright screens and stereo speakers that make them a perfect choice for consuming multimedia content like streaming music or watching movies. The high refresh rate makes using the phone smooth – from scrolling social media feeds to gaming and interacting with the user interface.
All phones have just updated to Android 12 but with different versions of MIUI 13. Note 11 Pro 5G has the highest version with MIUI 13.0.6 with Note 11 Pro running on MIUI 13.0.4 and Note 11 Pro Plus 5G running MIUI 13.0.3 at the time Record this video. It is curious that the Chinese version has the highest version of MIUI but anyway let’s get to the RAM / Storage configuration.
The Note 11 Pro and 11 Pro 5G each have 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage. Note 11 Pro has 8GB of RAM and with MIUI’s dynamic RAM expansion feature, you can add up to 3GB of virtual RAM for a total of 11GB. Note 11 Pro 5G has 6GB of RAM with the option to add up to 2GB of default RAM for a total of 8GB.
The Note 11 Pro 5G is not powered by Google’s Android by default so you will have to download the Google Play Store from the Mi Store to access the regular Android apps.
Note 11 Pro Plus 5G has 256GB of UFS 2.2 storage, 8GB of RAM and 3GB of virtual RAM.
MediaTek chipsets power all the phones with the 11 Pro running the Helio G96 while the Dimensity 920 5G for the Note 11 Pro 5G and Note 11 Pro Plus 5G.
Both the hardware and software configuration are top notch and you’ll get dependable performance from each phone. Be it tasks like scrolling through social media, browsing the web, or gaming.
The Note 11 Pro has a 5,000mAh battery and the Note 11 Pro 5G has a 5,160mAh battery. Both support 67W fast charging. The Note 11 Pro Plus 5G packs a 4,500mAh battery with support for 120W fast charging. You will notice that the Note 11 Pro has a somewhat larger battery.
The 11 Pro takes 15 minutes to go from empty to 51%, the 11 Pro 5G takes 34 minutes to 100%, and the 11 Pro Plus 5G takes 15 minutes to go from empty to 100%.
Light to moderate use can pull a couple of days while heavy use can push phones for a full day before needing to be plugged in.
They all come with a 108MP main camera, an 8MP wide camera, and a 2MP macro camera. The regular 11 Pro only has a 2MP depth camera. While it doubles the other two with an additional camera – it’s hampered by its video recording resolution. The 11 Pro is limited to 1080p at 30fps and 60fps for the main camera and 1080p at 30fps for the selfie camera.
For the other two, video recording is capped at 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 120fps, 60fps at 30fps, and 720p at 960fps. The front cameras of both are capped at 1080p, 60fps, and 30fps. The two also have more modes to play around with including Vlog mode which adds new video editing functionality with themes ranging from metro, esperando, speed and more.
This means that the Note 11 Pro 5G and Note 11 Pro Plus 5G have more versatile cameras for video.
Apart from that, the phones take some great photos during the day and at night. The front cameras take acceptable selfies and selfies. Shots come through with beautiful color, detail, and clarity, especially the 108MP mode. Natural background separation is a nice addition to these images. I have enjoyed my time with these cameras.
Selfies and photos
All three Redmi smartphones offer a lot of features – beautiful designs, stunning screens, loud stereo speakers, incredible performance and cameras.
After checking out the three phones, you’ll notice halfway through that the 11 Pro 5G has the best value and specs. Better processor, higher video recording quality, more updated MIUI 13 version, relatively larger battery and JBL stereo speakers.
Unfortunately, the Note 11 Pro 5G is region locked in China alone, and the regular Note 11 Pro global version plays a minor role in comparison. You will have to pay a little more cash and get the Note 11 Pro Plus 5G which shares most of these amazing features and is available for the global market. Overall, the Note 11 phone with the best value is the 11 Pro 5G. We wish the same features would trickle down to the more affordable Note 11 Pro destined for the global market or at least Xiaomi would launch it for the global market as well.
Note 11 Pro starts at Kshs 31,000 for the 6GB/128GB version and Kshs 33,500 for the 8GB/128GB version. The Note 11 Pro 5G goes for Kshs 35,000 but you will have to import it first as it is not readily available in the country while the Note 11 Pro Plus 5G goes for Kshs 39,000.