Sunday with Redmi Note 11

Well, the widely advertised Redmi Note 11 smartphone fell into my hands. I don’t know why, but the main page of Yandex is replete with a huge poster of this model, and bloggers, as a selection, release videos about this device. Apparently, right now there is a bet on an inexpensive device with pleasant technical parameters.

Despite the situation in the country, Xiaomi is trying to keep prices at a relatively adequate level. For example, for version 4/64 GB they ask for 22,000 rubles. True, if you want twice as much built-in memory, you will have to pay 6,000 rubles. Whether it’s worth it is an open question, because the smartphone has a microSD card slot.

For myself in Redmi Note 11, I highlighted:

  1. Practical design
  2. Excellent ergonomics
  3. Great screen with 90Hz support
  4. Excellent battery life

I remind you that this material is not a review. This is rather a small operating experience, a vision of a smartphone from the other side.

Table of Contents

Specifications

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G (6 nm), Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Kryo 265 Gold & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo 265 Silver), Adreno 610 graphics
  • Operating system: Android 11, MIUI 13 shell
  • Memory: 4GB+64GB | 4GB+128GB LPDDR4X + UFS2.2 microSD combo up to 1TB
  • Screen: 6.43 inches, AMOLED, 1080 x 2400 dots, 409 ppi, 700 nits, 1000 nits peak brightness, 90Hz, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Battery: Li-Po 5000 mAh, fast charge 33 W, 100% in 60 minutes
  • Main camera:
    • 50 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide-angle), 1/2.76″, 0.64µm, PDAF
    • 8 MP, f/2.2, 118˚ (ultra wide), 1/4″, 1.12µm
    • 2 MP, f / 2.4, (macro)
    • 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
    • Full HD 30 fps video recording
  • Front camera: 13 MP, f/2.4, (wide angle), 1/3.1″, 1.12µm
  • SIM card: 2 Nano-SIM
  • Network and data transfer: GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, NFC, ИК-порт, USB Type-C 2.0
  • Geopositioning: A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
  • Sensors: fingerprint scanner (side), accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, lighting, virtual proximity sensor
  • Other: 3.5mm jack, FM radio, NFC, stereo speakers, IP53 protection
  • materials: Gorilla Glass 3 (front), matte plastic body
  • Dimensions: 159.9 x 73.9 x 8.1 mm, weight 179 g
  • Price: from 22,000 rubles for 4/64 GB

Appearance

It seems to me that Redmi Note 11 is the same Redmi that I liked so much in terms of usability that I left it as my main smartphone for a while. Although on hand were OnePlus 10 Pro, vivo X70 Pro + and some other more technically advanced gadgets.

The first thing to note is the thickness of the case. Despite the presence of a 5000 mAh battery, the developers somehow managed to reduce the thickness to 8 mm. By today’s standards, this is very good.

The second is the weight of the device. Here it is 179 grams. It seems to me that this is the golden mean: more is not so comfortable anymore, and less is like you have a toy in your hands.

The third is ergonomics. The device is really comfortable to hold in your hands, it seems even thinner than “on paper”. It has moderately sloping back faces, but flat sides. It turns out something similar to Sony smartphones. In addition, the back surface is matte. Moreover, the material does not slip in the palm of your hand. It would seem that this is the norm. However, the same OnePlus 10 Pro with a matte cover for some reason slips in your hand.

In general, Redmi Note 11 is a very comfortable smartphone for everyday use: my size, weight and thickness!

There is an oleophobic coating on the screen, it is not bad, the finger glides easily. On the back panel, prints are almost invisible.

Proximity sensor

The developers claim that Redmi Note 11 has a virtual proximity sensor. A strange phenomenon, apparently, saving on “matches”. Or maybe it’s easier to create a hull design. By the way, this can also be attributed to savings on the development of a complex board structure.

Personally, I had no problems with the virtual sensor. Neither when making regular calls via the cellular network, nor when calling via Telegram or WhatsApp.

The position of the phone also did not play a role: at least vertically, even horizontally or upside down.

Vibration

As far as I understand, there is no special motor here that would be responsible for vibration feedback. However, the one present in Redmi Note 11 is quite high quality. Let’s put it this way: these motors are used in the middle segment of smartphones.

If you use keyboards like Microsoft SwiftKey, where there is a vibration setting, then it is really possible to choose the optimal tactile feedback when typing.

In the system itself, vibration feedback is limited to single applications. For example, in OnePlus 10 Pro or Asus Zenfone 8, haptic vibration feedback is present throughout the system.

In general, the vibration is not hammer-like, but definitely better than in budget smartphones.

Display

The screen diagonal of Redmi Note 11 is optimal for me personally – it’s not a small display, but it’s not a “shovel” either.

From the pros:

  1. AMOLED matrix with rich colors, high contrast, maximum viewing angles
  2. 90Hz support – screen refresh rate. This is really a lifeline for this model. Without this support, it would be somewhat sad to use the device.
  3. The maximum brightness is about 650 cd/m2 (I did not notice that the brightness level rises in the light)

Of the minuses:

  1. As such, there is no AOD mode here, despite the correct type of matrix. In search of the desired option (namely, the AOD turn-on time), I rummaged through the entire phone menu. It turned out that the mode turns on literally for 10 seconds. Why suddenly? You have a 5000 mAh battery “under the hood”! It seems to me that this is some kind of artificial limitation in the system to distinguish between devices: Xiaomi POCO vs Redmi.
  2. PWM. When the brightness is less than 50%, a PWM appears with a ripple coefficient of about 70%.

In general, if it were not for the lack of AOD mode, I would say that the display of Redmi Note 11 turned out to be successful in terms of technical parameters. Especially for its price group.

Working hours

The Redmi Note 11 smartphone is a definite long-liver! In my operating conditions, he “lives” for two days with a screen glow in the region of 5-6 hours. If you strain the device to the full program during the day, then the screen will glow for about 8 hours.

As a rule, the average smartphone in my conditions shows 4.5 hours of screen glow at automatic brightness. So 8 hours is a lot.

Recharges in approximately 70 minutes. The battery receives the first 50% in 20 minutes, and then the charge slowly creeps up.

Connection

No questions about the quality of communication. The device confidently “holds” to the network. The device has two slots for SIM cards, and even a separate one for microSD.

The device only supports 4G network. I feel that 5G will not develop on a large scale for the next couple of years. Therefore, it is definitely not worth choosing devices according to this parameter.

Wi-Fi connectivity is also no problem. The Bluetooth version is a little old, but the device can easily work with wireless headphones of all brands.

Positioning is fast and fairly accurate.

But NFC was not in my sample. The site has information that this chip must be in this model.

On the other hand, NFC is no longer relevant in our country – it is better to take a plastic bank card with you.

Finger scanner in the side button is very convenient. It is flat, it feels not like a button, but like a pad. Instant unlock. Plus, FaceID helps with the camera.

Work speed

And here I was in for an unpleasant surprise. If you use the device in Lite mode, then you will not notice any problems. But as soon as you need to use multitasking, problems will arise.

For a reason unknown to me, Redmi Note 11 is weakly “friendly” with certain programs: often, when you re-open any application, it is reset. Example: you need to copy data from WhatsApp/Telegram to an email. After reopening the letter, the data is reset. This does not happen with all applications, but with many.

And the device with intensive work begins to noticeably slow down. And if earlier I swore at the operating system, they say, it lags, then Redmi Note 11 seems to lack RAM or the processor is constantly loaded with unnecessary information. From time to time, the smartphone even freezes.

Probably, I got not the most successful sample. But no other was given.

Total:

  1. Constantly closes applications in memory
  2. Periodically slows down

cameras

Cameras in Redmi Note 11 are not the strongest point. The quality is normal, nothing special. I can’t note anything good: a narrow dynamic range, poor detail, soap in the corners when shooting wide.

Video is only FullHD at 30 fps. There is electronic stabilization that processes the file during shooting. That is, while recording video on the smartphone screen, the picture is unstable. But the output is more or less even. The quality is primitive due to the fact that the image is slightly enlarged for the functioning of the electronic “stub”.

I liked the sound: 48 kHz, stereo, 192 Kbps, AAC. Clear, sonorous, excellent sensitivity.

The front camera pleased me – the quality of photos and videos is very good.

About sound

In Redmi Note 11, the developers decided to leave 3.5 mm. For which they bow to the ground, since headphones with this connector still exist and get along quite well with TWS.

This model uses two stereo speakers: one conversational, the other for speakerphone. And again, great respect for such a “fit”. Yes, the quality is mediocre, but due to the stereo, the sound becomes more voluminous, pleasing to the ear. The speaker is slightly quieter. There are no overloads.

A huge positive moment is the smartphone’s support for all current Bluetooth codecs: aptX, aptXHD, aptXHD adaptive, aptXHD TWS+, LDAC, LHDC V1/V2/V3/V4, AAC and SBC.

Impression

I enjoyed using Redmi Note 11. The device was a success in almost all respects:

  1. Nice design
  2. Cool ergonomics
  3. Comfortable in using
  4. Practical materials
  5. Three color options
  6. Excellent screen matrix
  7. Long battery life
  8. Pleasant vibration feedback
  9. Stereo speakers
  10. Complete set of Bluetooth codecs
  11. Availability of 3.5 mm, IR transmitter
  12. The presence of a triple slot: two SIM cards and microSD

The cameras were a little confusing. But for their price category – fit.

The disadvantages include:

  1. Intermittent device brakes
  2. Lack of AOD mode (there is such an option, but it is cut down as much as possible)

At the moment, this model is the best in terms of ergonomics from my point of view: it feels thin, relatively light, does not slip in the palm of your hand and almost does not heat up during the load on the processor.

If the manufacturer eliminates the shortcomings, and they are apparently purely software, then I will safely recommend Redmi Note 11 for purchase.


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