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Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G in Nepal: More price for an improved battery and design along with weakened cameras

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Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is the recent release from Xiaomi in Nepal. This is also one of the three models in the Redmi Note 11 lineup.

The first smartphone of this series was launched two months ago and now Note 11 Pro 5G and Note 11S have joined the lineup. Redmi Note series smartphones are well reputed for providing ample features at affordable pricing and are one of the top-selling smartphones in Nepal.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is the best offering in the Note 11 lineup, at least in Nepal at the moment. This phone flexes a huge AMOLED display that supports a higher refresh rate for a smooth user experience. The phone also features a larger resolution camera setup and liquid cool technology as well. The phone features plenty of other useful features. Yet, there are some serious issues with the phone–from the camera to the price. Hence, we do not think it will follow the success the brand previously had.

Let’s get into the details to know more:

Specifications

DimensionsHeight: 164.19mm
Width: 76.1mm
Thickness: 8.12mm
Weight: 202 grams
Display6.67-inch AMOLED, 120Hz, 1200 nits (peak)
SimDual sims
Resolution1,080*2,400 pixels
OSAndroid 11, MIUI 13
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G (6nm)
GPUAdreno 619 
Storage128GB
SD card slotShared
RAM6/8GB
CameraFront: 16MP, f/2.5
Rear:  108MP, f/1.9, PDAF               
8MP, 118 degrees (ultrawide)                
2MP ( macro)
SoundLoudspeakers with stereo speakers
3.5mm headphone jack
Battery5000mAh, Li-Po, non-removable
67W Turbocharging
Power delivery 3.0
Quick charge 3+
SensorsSide-mounted fingerprint sensor
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor
Accelerometer
Electronic compass
IR blaster
Gyroscope
ColoursGraphite grey, polar white, and Atlantic blue
PriceRs 36,999 (6/128GB)
Rs 39,999 (8/128GB)

Design and display

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
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When it comes to the design of the phone, one major change can be seen on the back panel of the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G. Redmi has embraced the trendy flat back on the new Note 11 series. Also, the matte finish on the back is appreciable as it provides a smudge-free and good look to the phone. A little change has been made to the camera module compared to its predecessor Redmi Note 10 Pro. The glass finish on the back provides furthermore elegance to the design. The glass back and the glass front of the phone have a plastic frame.

The phone weighs 202 grams and is 8.12mm in thickness. The phone comes with IP53 dust and splash-resistant certification. The fingerprint sensor on the phone lies on the side, which also works as the power button. Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G comes in graphite grey, polar white and Atlantic blue colours.

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The phone has a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED display with a centre punch hole that houses a camera. The phone has a resolution of 1,080*2,400 pixels. The display supports a 120Hz refresh rate and can achieve a peak brightness of up to 1200 nits. The display on the phone also has features like DCI-P3 wide colour gamut, sunlight display and Reading mode 3.0 that helps in the comfortable use of the phone under any condition.

Cameras

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Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G comes with a triple camera setup on the back with a single selfie shooter on the front. The 108MP, f/1.9 main camera on the back is accompanied by an 8MP, 118 degrees ultrawide and a 2MP macro lens. On the front is a 16MP camera with an aperture of f/2.5 for clicking photos and shooting videos.

This is a similar camera setup seen on last year’s release Redmi Note 10 Pro. While comparing side by side, the latest Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G seems to have downgraded the camera features. The 5MP macro lens has been downgraded to 2MP whereas there is no depth sensor as well.

While the former could also record videos in 4K resolution and 1080p in 60fps, the successor has been limited to [email protected] 30fps resolution only.

Performance and storage

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Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G runs on MIUI 13 based on Android 11. The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G (6nm) chipset and the graphical duties are handled by Adreno 619. The 6nm chipset on this phone should offer high-bandwidth and low-latency connections.

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The phone also offers liquid cool technology. This technology uses multiple layers of graphite and copper foil to dissipate heat. This ensures rapid cooling of the device through a massive heat dissipation area. This can be extremely helpful for long gaming sessions.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G features an LPDDR4X + UFS2.2 RAM and storage option. The device comes with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM inboard with 128GB of internal storage. The storage on the phone can be further expanded to 1TB by using a microSD card. However, the phone does not offer a dedicated slot for the card.

Battery life, connectivity and others

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There is a 5000mAh, non-removable li-po battery on Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G. A much-needed upgrade on the phone is it features a 67W Turbo charging option, with which the phone gets fully charged in just 42 minutes. The user will no longer have to worry about the battery backup as just charging for 15 minutes can get up to 50% of the battery. Also, the endurance of the battery should increase with the new power-efficient chipset.

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Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G can hold dual sim cards that support 5G network connectivity. Furthermore, the phone also supports dual-band WiFi, is NFC enabled and has Bluetooth 5.1 for further connectivity. There is a USB Type-C 2.0 cable on the phone for charging and connecting the phone with other devices.

For the audio, Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G offers two stereo speakers placed on the bottom and the top of the phone. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack on the phone for connecting your wired headphones. The Dolby Atmos enhances the audio experience across various media apps used on the phone. The speakers are also said to provide balanced and powerful sound.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is priced at Rs 36,999 for 6/128GB and Rs 39,999 for 8/128GB variants.

Verdict

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is the most expensive offering from the Redmi Note series yet. There are a couple of updates that might justify the increase in the price of the phone. Firstly, this phone offers a better design. The phone feels more elegant and premium than its predecessor. The phone also offers a better chipset that has a better GPU and CPU performance which offers a faster and smoother user experience.

The phone offers a similar 5,000mah battery but is backed up by a much faster 67W Turbocharger. Not to forget that Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G also features liquid cool technology. The combination of all the above features will allow the users to have a prolonged and smooth gaming session.

But, at the same time, Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G only offers minor upgrades over last year’s Redmi Note 10 Pro. There are also some downgrades on the features. While the camera quality of the phone has worsened, the resolution of the video has decreased as well. There is no option of recording 4K resolution videos on this phone. While the macro camera has degraded, the whole depth sensor is missing on this phone.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G may be an idle phone, but the price tag may not favour it this time as there are multiple options on the market for users in a similar price range. New releases from Samsung, Realme and OnePlus will definitely make a significant difference. Let’s see if the people will still adore the much-beloved Redmi Note series or will they seek an alternative.   

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