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120W charging for 329€: Redmi Note 11 Pro+ presented

Pro Plus as a name is not that new, unfortunately, Huawei got us into this back then. For the Redmi Note 11 Pro+, this means that it is even slightly better than the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G. The sixth (!) phone in the Redmi Note series can even be charged with 120W!

Technical data to the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G

Display6.67″ AMOLED (2400 x 1080p), 120 Hz, Gorilla Glass 5
ProcessorMediaTek Dimensiy 920
Graphics chipARM Mali G68
Working memory6/8 GB LPDDR4X
Internal memory128/256 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
Battery4.500 mAh, 120W charging
Connectivity5G, LTE Band 20, Bluetooth, IR, USB-C, 3.5 mm jack, GPS, NFC
FeaturesFingerprint sensor side, IP53 rating
Operating systemMIUI 12.5 based on Android 11
Dimensions / Weight163.65 x 76.1 x 8.34 mm/ 204g
Price6/64GB: 329$ (291€)
6/128GB: 349$ (309€)
8/128 GB: 379$ (336€)

Same design, new color

The affiliation to the Redmi Note 11 Pro series should still be recognizable, which is why Xiaomi recycles the case’s look. The edgy design, which we liked very much in the tests, is retained. The dimensions change slightly, so the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ is 8.34 mm thick. The back is identical, the camera fits into the upper left corner and is accented with silver. The Forest Green color is new, though, and it makes quite a splash in the product photos. However, the 204g smartphone is still available in Graphite Gray and Star Blue.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Green Rear side
Fancy, isn’t it?

The front could also come directly from the Pro 5G. It also has a punch-hole look and AMOLED technology in the 6.67-inch screen. Fortunately, the 120 Hz refresh rate is also adopted and we do not feel the urge to sell us more unnecessary hertz in the course of the “Plus” name. The display panel reaches a maximum of 1200 nits, the resolution ends up at 2400 x 1080 pixels. The panel with DCI-P3 color space is even protected by Gorilla Glass 5.

Despite the AMOLED technology, the fingerprint sensor is not placed under the display, but on the right side. It also functions as a power button there, and the volume keys are above it. The infrared blaster, which can also be used as a remote control, is at the top, and there is a USB-C port at the bottom. The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G is also equipped with stereo speakers from JBL, which are also Dolby Atmos certified.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ charges in just under 20 minutes.

So far, so familiar. However, there is a crucial difference on the inside: the processor. Instead of continuing to rely on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695, Xiaomi integrates the MediaTek Dimensity 920 processor. The octa-core chip, manufactured in a 6nm process, is also found in the realme 9 Pro+ (suitable). According to the first benchmarks, it is roughly on par with the Snapdragon 778 from the Mi 11 Lite 5G NE, but slightly behind it in most tests. In addition, there are 6 or 8 GB of working memory and 128 or 256 GB of mass storage. However, the storage can be expanded via microSD card, and the dual-SIM slot is equipped accordingly. However, only one slot supports 5G. You can also look forward to a 3.5 mm jack, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, 5G, LTE Band 20 and ac-WiFi.

The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ runs MIUI 12.5, not even MIUI 13. Accordingly, Android 11 is still the basis for the operating system, just like on the other Redmi Note devices – a pity! Only the Xiaomi 12 Series currently already gets the latest version from Xiaomi. This is obviously a disadvantage for a new phone in terms of future updates.

The highlight of the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ is the 120W charging. The 67W of the Redmi Note 11 Pro and 5G are already impressive, but 120W charging is almost a unique selling point. Currently, almost only the Xiaomi 12 Pro offers that. The battery is fully charged in just over 20 minutes! However, this is also due to the fact that it is now a whole 500 mAh smaller than in the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G with 4,500 mAh. That is still 10% less.

The camera setup on the other hand is identical. The main camera is the 108-megapixel HM2 sensor from Samsung, the ultra-wide-angle camera offers an 8 MP resolution, and the macro camera offers a disappointing 2 MP. The selfie cam shoots 16 megapixel photos. We expect the same quality here as in the review of the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G.

Assessment

So seriously: Six models in a series is too much. Xiaomi would have done itself a favor by simply marketing the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G as the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G. Then the difference to the Redmi Note 11 Pro would at least be a bit bigger, since it is only the Redmi Note 11 Pro plus a bit more power and 120W charging. In this respect, the name makes sense, but the marketing strategy does not. The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G will be available from April 6 and will initially cost €399.90 with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage; you will have to pay extra for more storage. However, you cannot get 120W charging cheaper.

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I've been fascinated in the Android world for a while, it starts with smartphones and ends with vacuum cleaners. So I can basically say that I am a technology nerd :-D

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