Redmi Note 11 Pro Review – Do Not Upgrade!
.., Or does it Hello guys, the name is Izzi and welcome to the channel … Spoiler alert. This actually has a working GCAM port. Now lets get started. Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 11 series few weeks ago and it was accepted with mixed feelings.. On the one hand, many were impressed by the new design language and, as always, the pricing., On the other hand, not many were impressed with the fact that these devices had lesser processors compared to the China variants.. The Redmi Note 11 Pro is powered by the Mediatek Helio G96 processor, while its Chinese version sports the more powerful Dimensity 920. For context on just how far apart both variants are performance wise. This is Tecnos Pova 5G. With the Dimensity 900. You can see the massive gap in benchmark scores., But lets take comfort in the fact that its not about benchmark scores but actual user experience.. If youre coming into this video hoping to get validation. If this device is better than the Redmi Note, 10 Pro Im afraid, the answer is no definitely cant recommend this over the Note 10 Pro of last year. Cant. Think of anything, it does better than that one only performance downgrades which well explore as we proceed. Theres a 5G version of the Redmi Note 11 Pro, which is powered by the Snapdragon 695, but sadly, that didnt launch here in Nigeria.. It might probably come in the future, but for now the 4G version is what we get.
. It is available in 3 configurations, either 6 or 8GB of RAM with 64 or 128GB memory options.. As of now, only the 8GB version is available in stores and it retails for 167500 naira.. You can expect the unboxing experience to be typical, Redmi no earphones in the box, but all other accessories present, including the protective casing and a preinstalled screen. Protector. Design is one area, it has seen major changes and it could be great or not that great, depending on how you like your devices., It has a flat design profile, sharp edges, not as comfy on handling as the Note 11 or 11s. Nor the Note 10 Pro – but I guess some may prefer the iPhone inspired flatness. Its frame is not flat enough to stand on its own, like the iPhones, but its pretty close.. The rear is protected by Gorilla Glass and it comes in a couple of colors. This is the graphite grey.. It gets a matt finish feels nice, but not perfect. When it comes to hiding smudges., It gets a camera module very similar to the Redmi Note 11s aligned to the top left of the rear, actually same configuration with the 11s. Tis. A two step: camera bump, which houses its quad, rear cameras and flash. On handling. This is a slightly heavier phone than its predecessor, but thats, not a problem. Its still a nicely designed phone. Its frame houses, the ports and buttons in typical arrangement, except that the sim slot is now at the bottom and the headphone jack is now positioned at the top right.
Next to the top speaker and the signature IR blaster always a useful addition. The sim slot is a dual hybrid type, that is, it accepts dual nano sim cards or if you need expandable storage, one sim card and a micro SD card., The sim slot at the bottom means the left frame is bland.. The right frame houses, its volume, keys and power button, which double functions as the fingerprint scanner and does the job pretty well.. The Redmi Note 11 Pro maintains a stereo speaker setup, which is pretty good on sound quality. You can find the primary speaker at the bottom frame right next to the USB C charging port. Speaking of charging. This comes with a 5000 milli amperes battery and gets a massive 67watts fast charger which powers it up from 0 to 100 in just under 50 minutes. Thats super fast. The display of the Redmi Note 11 Pro is a gorgeous 1080p AMOLED display protected by Gorilla Glass. 5., It is 6.67 inches in size and has its selfie camera in a centre, hole punch.. It supports HDR10 and can get up to 1200 nits of peak brightness, making it very usable in really bright conditions.. It is a gorgeous display and is fit for consumption of any kind of media content., As is common with AMOLED displays. You get Always on Display functionality, which is customisable to your preference and also equipped with Edge lighting for when you get notifications.. The display has 120hz screen refresh rate, which should make for smoother animations and scrolling, but Im afraid that has not been the case.
So far in my experience. You get stutters within the UI, sometimes when scrolling through the app drawer. I also noticed stutters scrolling through YouTube.. It actually stuttered so bad that, more than once, I had to go back to confirm that I actually have 120hz enabled.. One thing I found responsible for the stutters scrolling through the UI was with live wallpapers.. When I switched to a static wallpaper. The experience was smoother on the UI and it barely stuttered, though it was still present with YouTube.. This is definitely a problem that shouldnt be there, and I should be able to use a live wallpaper without getting poor experience with the UI.. Hopefully, XiaoMi can fix this with a software update.. As for software, the Redmi Note 11 Pro comes pre loaded with the iOS inspired MIUI 13 and Android 11, which has been a very good experience so far, except for the 120hz experience.. Hopefully, it wont be long before we get the Android 12 version of MIUI 13.. You get the interesting and very useful sidebar feature which can help improve accessibility and multi tasking.. You can also notice the blur and transparency on the quick, panel. Theres. Also that RAM extension feature that further extends the RAM by using from its available internal memory.. This is the 8GB version of the Redmi Note 11 Pro, and it gets 3GB of extended RAM.. This should help with more memory for multi tasking. Should you ever need it.
, But the refresh of MIUI does not eliminate the ads and bloatware experience. Thankfully it can be limited if you know your way around android.. Another problem I noticed here, which can be ignored and I think, is common on Redmi devices – is the brightness just randomly going to the minimum.. It can happen while playing a game or just randomly while in idle mode, and you turn on the display. The brightness is at the minimum and is not automatically adjusting for better visibility. Ive experienced it on previous Redmi devices, but it seems to happen here more often.. One improvement to the Redmi Note 11 Pro coming from the Note 10 Pro is liquid cooling technology, which should help the device handle heating better.. It actually does handle heating better compared to my experience with its predecessor, just that this has not made performance flawless as while it doesnt get as hot as the Note 10 Pro it doesnt really show better performance., So its not a device. I cant even recommend over the Note 10 Pro, as I dont really see any areas. It does better. The Mediatek Helio G96 powering the Redmi Note 11 Pro, while being a decent and stable processor is not a proper upgrade for the Snapdragon 732G. Theres downgrade in camera. Video performance, as you cant shoot, 4K videos on this. Only 1080p 30fps, not even 60.. You also get less on gaming performance. You can only play on low to medium settings and not even high frame rates which makes gaming performance here not comparable to its predecessor or even the Redmi Note 10s from last year.
, Even compared to the Redmi Note 11s. This only differs by having 120hz refresh rate, which has not been the best experience, NFC and 67watts fast charging, which might be just enough depending on your smartphone needs.. It has the same camera configuration as the 11s, that is to say, if you dont, need NFC and 33 Watts fast. Charging is enough for you and youre not big. On 120hz. The Note 11s might be more recommendable.. The Note 11s, for some reason actually has higher Geekbench scores., But not to judge too quickly. You can wait for my video, comparing this in detail to the Note 11s. So we can see just how close or far apart they are performance. Wise. So make sure youre subscribed, so you dont miss that.. On the gaming aspect I talked about earlier. I loaded two games Call of Duty and PUBG mobile. With Call of Duty. Just like the Note 11s, you only get medium graphics and high frame rates.. The Redmi Note 10 Pro could do way better than this.. If youre, not a gaming enthusiast, this shouldnt really bother. You though. Just leave us enthusiasts to lament the downgrade. On PUBG mobile. You get HD and high frame rates, which Id say is good enough, but Ill leave the PUBG enthusiasts and experts to judge this one. Now time to look at its cameras.. We see a much similar camera configuration to the Note 10 Pro, except that we have a downgraded macro camera.
. This comes with the same 108MP quad rear camera configuration from last year, but with a smaller 2MP macro camera. Selfie camera remains unchanged at 16MP. Picture quality is one area Id say the Redmi Note 11 Pro doesnt really disappoint, especially on its rear. Cameras. Colors are well represented and HDR is on point. Youll barely get complains on this one.. Its Ultra wide camera allows more into your shots, but youll notice. The photos have warmer tones and looks different on colors, compared to the main camera. Id say to stick with the main camera for the best quality shots. Unless you really need that wide angle shot. When shooting human subjects, the Redmi Note 11 Pro – does a really good job to produce satisfactory photos decent on the skin tones and with good enough saturation. On portraits. However, the closer you are to the subject, the better, the results. Being farther doesnt, really get you the sharpest shots or proper subject separation. For night time shots the Redmi Note 11 Pro is quite capable and gives you really good results as long as youve enabled night Mode., As for its macro camera, you pretty much get what youd expect from a 2mp macro, lens. Selfies on the Redmi Note 11 Pro are decent, but it still looks a little softened and overprocessed both with normal and portraits, even with beauty mode disabled., Like I mentioned Earlier theres, a working gcam port for the Note 11 Pro and youre able to get more natural and sharper looking selfies with better color accuracy.
. The GCAM software here is not perfect, but it works and will probably still be the choice of most for selfies.. Video is one area where weve seen a major downgrade for the Note 11 series. None of them can shoot 4k video. No thanks to the processor, choice. Youre limited to 1080p 30fps from both the selfie and rear cameras. Software. Stabilisation, though, is really good.. Okay, testing testing. This is the Redmi Note, 11 Pro currently shooting 1080p 30fps from its selfie camera, also thats the maximum. It can go from both its selfie and the rear cameras.. You might consider it a downgrade from the Redmi Note 10 Pro, which could shoot 4K 30fps from both selfie and rear cameras., So … Whats the video quality like and how well is the mic, picking my voice That the Redmi Note 11 Pro isnt miles ahead of Its predecessor doesnt make it a terrible device to use, though it just happens, to be in a tough spot and plagued by standards XiaoMi already set with their previous devices and the fact that theres a way more powerful China version has not helped its case. If youre Buying this probably coming from, say the Note 9s or a lesser Redmi device, or maybe as your first Redmi phone. This is probably a good buy., But if you own the Note 10 Pro, you probably shouldnt. Look this way., Also, if youre not fazed by 120hz. Like I mentioned before and wont need NFC, you might want to look at the more affordable note.
11S instead.. You can look forward to my comparison to get a better idea of how they fare side by side. And thats. All from me on the Redmi Note, 11 Pro. Do hit the thumbs up. If this video was helpful and also consider subscribing to the channel.