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120Hz AMOLED & 67W charging: Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G smartphone unveiled

Besides the Redmi Note 11 Pro, there is now also a Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G in this generation. In the last generation, there was a 5G version of the normal Redmi Note. Now the 5G version is also described as a 108 MP powerhouse. Is the difference only in the 5G compatibility?

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G smartphone front and back

Technical specifications of the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G

Display6.67″ AMOLED (2400 x 1080p), 120 Hz, Gorilla Glass 5
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 695 @2,2 GHz
Graphics chipAdreno 619 GPU
Working memory6/8 GB LPDDR4X
Internal memory64/128 GB UFS 2.2 (expandable)
Main camera108 MP Samsung with ƒ/1.9 aperture
8 MP ultra wide angle camera (118°)
2 MP macro camera
Front camera16 MP with ƒ/2.4 aperture
Battery5,000 mAh, 67W charging
Connectivity5G, LTE Band 20, Bluetooth, IR, USB-C, 3.5 mm jack, GPS, NFC
FeaturesFingerprint sensor side, IP53 rating
Operating systemMIUI 13 based on Android 11
Dimensions / Weight164,19 x 76,1 x 8,12 mm/ 202g
Price6/64GB: 329$ (291€)
6/128GB: 349$ (309€)
8/128 GB: 379$ (336€)

Pro version also has an edgy look

In the eleventh (!) generation of the popular Redmi Note series, the smartphones of the series show a new side. The angular design looks in Apple’s direction, but they of course do not have a patent on this design. It suits the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G well and underlines the pro character in particular. The back features a black and white colorway like the 4G version, but the Atlantic Blue colorway in dark blue is new. The 5G symbol next to the Redmi logo is also new. The 202g smartphone measures 8.12 mm in thickness and offers an IP53 rating, which is enough for protection against splashing water.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Smartphone Display

The front measures 6.67″ diagonally, and Xiaomi and Redmi value an AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. This results in a sharpness of 394 ppi, which is an average value. On the other hand, the 120 Hz refresh rate in combination with 360 Hz touch sampling rate is not average, but it is also available in the 4G variant and the Redmi Note 10 Pro. The brightness of up to 1200 nits is also very high here, but that is only possible in extreme situations; 700 nits is the everyday maximum. The panel is protected by Gorilla Glass 5.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G with Qualcomm chip

The Redmi Note 11 Pro and Redmi Note 11S use the same MediaTek Helio G96 chip, but the Redmi Note 11 Pro does not. 5G is a must, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 is accordingly on the board. Like the 690 in the Redmi Note 11, it is manufactured in a 6 nm process, which ensures good efficiency. Thanks to the 2.2 GHz clock rate and the Adreno 619, (graphics) power is also on board. Together with up to 8 GB LPDDR4X working memory and 64 or 128 GB UFS 2.2 mass storage depending on the version, you probably get the best performance in the Redmi Note 11 lineup.

The slogan “108 MP Powerhouse” refers to the camera. With the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, three of the four Redmi Note 11 smartphones have the 108 MP Samsung HM2 sensor with ƒ/1.9 aperture and 9-in-1 pixel binning. Interestingly, however, the 2 MP portrait camera is dropped here, which is more gimmick than added value in reality anyway. Instead, there is the same 2 MP macro camera with ƒ/2.4 aperture and the same 8 MP ultra-wide-angle camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture and 118° shooting angle as in the other devices. Surprise: On the front, there is the same 16 MP selfie camera as in the 4G version.

The battery is just as large with a capacity of 5,000 mAh and can also be charged with 67W. Thus, the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G should be fully charged in about 45 minutes – not bad! The required charger is part of the scope of delivery, but wireless charging is not possible.

5G is needed

5G – that is the headline of the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, hence the name. Thanks to the new processor and the frequency bands n1, n28, n77, and N78, you can even receive 5G mobile communications with the phone in Germany. Those who do not have a 5G contract can of course rely on all important LTE frequency bands including band 20. Local Internet is provided by 802.11 dual band ac-WiFi, Bluetooth 5.1 is used for connecting headphones, and contactless payment via Google Pay is possible thanks to NFC. The package is rounded off with stereo speakers, a 3.5 mm jack, a 3-in-1 SIM slot with microSD, and a fingerprint sensor on the side.

Like the cheaper models, the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G does not come with Android 12, but with the new MIUI 13 based on Android 11. This offers some new features, including the smart sidebar, which we already know from realme smartphones.

Price

The prices mentioned were all still in dollars, possible that eventual German prices will differ slightly later. The basic version of the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage will cost $329. The mid-range variant will cost $349 its 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, and the largest version (8/128 GB) will cost a whole $379.

Assessment

The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is the strongest of the four Redmi Note 11 devices due to 120 Hz AMOLED, 67W charging, the Snapdragon 695 processor and 5G. Still, it is very close to the Redmi Note 11 Pro, which in turn is not that different from the Redmi Note 11S. Thus, it brackets with the regular Redmi Note 11, which should also bracket out the Redmi Note 11S and Redmi Note 11 Pro for my taste. You have to keep looking for the differences with a magnifying glass, but there are still a few significant differences between the 11 and 11 Pro 5G. However, we have already explained why Xiaomi builds so many smartphones elsewhere.

Which is your favorite of the Redmi Note 11 smartphones?

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My special interests are smartphones from China and I am always keen to discover new smartphone accessories like smartwatches and headphones. 

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