Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus review: flagship specs for less than 400 euros
If you're talking about a successful mid-range lineup that has consistently maintained a good reputation over the years, then the Redmi Note series feels very appealingprochen. Since the Note 8 Pro she accompanies us in the European market and in particular the Promodels have been convincing from the start with their good price/performance ratio.
Of course, Redmi does not want to give up this good reputation and brings with the Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus this year's representatives to the market. If you look at the hardware equipment, we get a 120 watt charging option and a 108 megapixel camera for only 369 euros. You can find out how the device behaves in the individual areas in the following lines.
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Design: Surprisingly solid
For my originally low expectations, the design of the Redmi Note 11 convinced me Pro Plus even a little surprised, especially from an optical point of view.
The front does not rely on overly thin edges, but with symmetry and harmoniously coordinated corners it looks quite pleasant. The cutout at the top for the front camera is very small, much smaller than on the Xiaomi 12, which makes you think the screen/surface ratio is higher than it actually is.
The back doesn't do anything either with its matte glass back Problem, I even think the gray color in my hand is quite chic. It has been kept much simpler and depending on the light, there is a dull spot as a reflection, quite pleasant. The cameras above have been arranged in a typical matrix camera. Looks pretty nice except they stick out of the case quite a bit.
The frames in the Redmi Note 11 series are all completely flattened for the first time for Xiaomi, while the back is just a flat piece of glass, which, like the iPhone, was not rounded off to the sides. This makes for a chunkier feel.
When you hear Redmi Note, you probably won't associate the smartphone with the word "compact". That's right, because the design and dimensions actually make it feel like a very large smartphone with a correspondingly large display area.
Display & consumer experience: Outstandingly good
The consumer experience consisting of screen, loudspeaker and vibration motor has rightly developed into a specialty for Xiaomi smartphones in recent years. This is also reflected in the low price range, for example with the Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus, go.
Two symmetrical loudspeaker units, supported by JBL, ensure an excellent, differentiated sound. It is probably the smartphone under 500 euros with the best speakers, some of which can even keep up with much more expensive smartphones, even if you have, for example Xiaomi 12X hear a difference. But regardless of whether you are listening to loud music on the go or watching a short video in the office, this loudspeaker system will convince you.
In comparison, the screen is a lot less surprising, but of course it's also an AMOLED with a high refresh rate, as has become common for this price range. The material is a Samsung E2 Pro, but it also shows the typical weaknesses of a non-flexible display: rainbow-colored discolorations when viewed from the side. All in all it can still be said that it is good for the asking price, in the end you won't find a better selection and compared to the Google Pixel 6 I see no difference.
The side fingerprint sensor on Xiaomi is a good way to place it. It keeps the beautiful look of the back while still being practical enough. You only have to place your finger once and you are in the software.
Xiaomi hasn't even forgotten about the X-axis vibration motor, which can provide pleasant haptic feedback supporting the lively MIUI user interface.
Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus: user experience & software
The Prozessor is an interesting choice this year, namely the MediaTek Dimensity 920. With around 470 thousand points in the Antutu benchmark, it positions itself slightly below a Snapdragon 780G and thus belongs in the comparison to the mid-rangeProcessors rather to the lower area. Of course, I don't connect the gaming of complex 3D games, such as the newly advertised "Genshin Impact", to the smartphone at all, but it is still strong enough to ensure good everyday performance. Jerking and crashes are rarely seen in the MIUI software, which will make the user experience good and definitely better than the little brother's Snapdragon 695 in the long term.
The poor performance of ProHowever, zessors again ensures that there are some small limitations in the MIUI software, which cannot fully develop its full potential. For example, the blurred background was removed in some interfaces, animations when closing apps lost their second layer and are not as dynamic overall, movements like in the weather app are also less lively.
But there are no restrictions in terms of functionality, all features are available as they should be. Unfortunately one must also here a similar Proproblems as with the Xiaomi 12X, namely that the Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus still starts with MIUI 12.5 Enhanced and Android 11 and up to now, as of the end of April, there has not yet been an update to MIUI 13. Hopefully Xiaomi will soon be able to expand their range of devices with the guarantee of three Android updates expand, that would increase the competitiveness of the smartphone at hand many times over.
120W charging: the ultimate feature
If the smartphone already has "Plus" in its name, then it must also have something special to offer. In this case it is charging at a speed of 120 watts. According to real test, the Redmi Note 11 needs Pro Plus, with the included power adapter, it takes around 17 minutes to fully charge from 0 to 100 Procent, whereby you could already fill almost half of the battery in five minutes. This speed gives the user a pleasant security in everyday life, namely that the ProIt doesn't really matter what the top is, because you can load it up again in a few minutes anyway.
One argument against fast speeds has always been battery health. According to the official manufacturer information, the Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus, however, after 800 charging cycles, i.e. two years of daily fast charging, still 80 Procent of full capacity. In my opinion, this is very usable, since you don't have to use the maximum speed every time. For example, if you have a slow power adapter at your desk, you can leave your phone there and conserve the battery, but for emergencies, fast charging can be worth its weight in gold.
Camera system: Unfortunately very disappointing
The component in last year's Redmi Note 10 Pro The camera system is definitely what stuck in my mind the most, because with a 108 megapixel sensor in the price range of less than 300 euros, they undoubtedly delivered a very good image quality. This year, the Redmi still relies on the same sensor, but the image processing should have evolved.
The Problem at the fact is that we are already at Xiaomi 11t last year found that image processing with Processors from MediaTek, which are included in a smartphone Proprocessor, graphics card, and of course image processingprocessors included, is significantly more immature.
Unfortunately, this is also reflected in the Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus again, the results are actually even worse than the Redmi Note 10 Pro last year, and even a Redmi Note 11S 5G with a sensor that is more than twice as small manages to deliver similarly good results. the ProProblems are very similar to the 11T, nighttime images are often too dark and lack detail, while daytime results are often oversaturated.
Another step backwards compared to other Xiaomi smartphones is the telephoto macro camera. On the Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus, unfortunately, it was replaced by a lousy 2 megapixel macro camera, which you can basically imagine doing without. Again, you have to get very close to the subject to get an image of rather poor quality.
Overall, the camera system of the Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus very disappointing, precisely because my expectations were exceeded by the very good hardware and good results from the Redmi Note 10 Pro were very high. Those who place more value on a good main camera will probably be happier with it Realm 9 Pro More be, and it would have to be at least at the level of a Poco F3 for currently 230 euros, so that one can say that it is not a point of criticism.
Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus: conclusion
The Redmi Note 11 Pro With a price of 379 euros, Plus meets many strong competitors like that OnePlus North 2, but for significantly less money there is also a Poco F3 from the company's own group. However, if you now compare the real behavior, you will find that, apart from fast charging, you have to give up many other relevant specifications. Therefore, this year at the Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus wait until the price has dropped to around 300 euros, like last year, before you can really strike. Compared to the Redmi Note 10 Pro you also get a pretty complete upgrade then, unlike the Redmi "regular" Note 11 Pro 5G or 4G.
As the successor to the surprising Redmi Note 10 Pro this year's Note 11 series would like to convince again with a stable overall package. With a stronger one on paper Prozessor, it retains the advantages of its predecessor, such as the large battery, in order to counteract the price increase at the same time as fast charging Pro Plus to justify. But even if the Pro-models of the Note series at Redmi have always behaved consistently well, this year's lineup has become far too confusing due to too many models. Note 11 costs on the official Xiaomi website Pro Plus, with the same memory configuration, it's only 10 euros more than the Note 11, which is weaker in all respects Pro 5G Obviously that is Pro Plus the most worthwhile model in the lineup.
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