So no matter what your budgetis theres a Redmi phone for, you. Weve, seen many other companies adopt this strategy too, and whileit does create a confusing mess. It also means theres a lot of choice.. Take, for example, thenew Redmi, Note 11S.. This is a 4G only smartphone which, to begin with, is a little odd since theRedmi Note 11T, which came before it supported 5G.. In any case, the main attraction here is the108 megapixel rear camera.. We saw this feature on the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max last year, but nowXiaomi is offering it at a lower starting price.. With the Redmi Note, 11 Pro series right: aroundthe corner: where does this phone really fit in Hi Im Roydon youre watching Gadgets 360and. This is my review of the Redmi Note. 11S. Lets start with the different configurations.The Redmi. Note. 11S is available in three variants, starting at Rs., 16499 for 6GB of RAM and 64GBof storage, 17499 for the same amount of RAM but 128GB of storage and finally, 18499 for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.. The design of the Redmi Note 11S is a bit toobland for my liking.. The Blue and polar white trims look a bit better in photos, but this blackoption is just plain boring in my opinion., The plastic frame and back panel are well builtand. The phone is quite comfortable to hold. Its, not too heavy or thick either.. The maincamera sticks out further than the rest of the camera module, which makes the Note 11S unsteadyif youre trying to use it on a flat.

Surface. Xiaomi has gone for a 6.43 inch AMOLED displaywith a pretty high peak brightness of up to a claimed 1000nits.. However, the rest of the specs are nothing too shout about.. It has a 90Hz peak refresh rate, a basic 180Hztouch sampling rate and Corning Gorilla Glass 3. For scratch, protection. The full HD resolutionensures, sharp, visuals and colours are generally punchy.. Youll have to manually enable the 90Hz refresh rate since its set to 60Hz by default.. The Redmi Note 11S supports two Nano SIM cardsand, a microSD card, all in the same tray., The dedicated storage expansion slot is handy since the Redmi Note 11S has a maximum of 128GB of built in storage.. The phone also has dual speakers: a Type C port, an IR emitter and a headphone jack.. It even has an IP53 rating for water and dust resistance, which is not common in this price segment.. This phone is powered by the MediaTek Helio G96 SoC, which is decently powerful, but not the most efficient since its built on an older 12nm fabrication process.. The Redmi Note 11S offers enough grunt to handlebasic apps and games well. MIUI 13 on this phone is still based on Android 11, but its smooth and functional.. Certain apps, such as GetApps, can be spammy and there are a tonne of preinstalledapps, not all of which can be uninstalled. Theres, a capacitive fingerprint sensor in thepower button, which worked well in my experience.. Thanks to the AMOLED panel, you can take advantage of a sort of always on display feature.

. This could have been more useful, but it only stays active for 10 seconds ata time, so it isnt actually always on. Videos, look good on the phones display, but thestereo sound isnt well balanced. As the bottom speaker sounds, a lot clearer than the earpiece.Games ran well too, but some heavy titles ran with restricted graphics options on this phone., For instance, Call of Duty Mobile doesnt even show the High graphics option and you cant enablemost of the advanced quality toggles either.. The game ran well, though, and gameplay was smooth its just that it didnt look as good as it normally does. Xiaomi says it has used a liquid cooling system to keep the phone running cool even under stressbut after a 30 minute session of Call of Duty. The back and the frame still got quite warm. Speaking of warmth. If you dont want to miss any hot new video, we push out then hit the subscribebutton and the bell icon. So youre always notified The Redmi. Note 11S performed predictably in testsand in real world usage. Given its specifications, but what about that 108 megapixel camera Xiaomi is hyping. This is based on a Samsung HM2 sensor, which captures12 megapixel pixel binned photos by default, but you can take photos at the native 108 megapixel resolution too. Under bright sunlight, the main camera onthe. Redmi. Note 11S managed good details, but colours in photos tended to look wildlyexaggerated with the AI feature on or off. The optional Pro Colour mode boosts, vibrance evenfurther, making photos, look very artificial.

Shooting at the full 108 megapixel resolutiongives you much better detail, but, more importantly colours were Better controlled and objects looked a lot more natural. In my tests., The Redmi Note 11S had a bit of trouble withautofocus when shooting close up subjects, and it took a couple of taps on the viewfinder attimes to lock focus correctly. Close ups can look good under controlled lighting, but underbright sunlight colours went for a toss.. The main sensor really struggled in low light.Shooting at the full 108 megapixel resolution is not of much help, as your only option is to useNight mode.. This takes a couple of seconds longer to capture a shot, but you do get slightly better detail and exposure.. Surprisingly, you cant use Night mode with the ultra wideor, the selfie cameras, which is a real shame.. The 8 megapixel ultra wide camera has a more restrained colour profile when shooting during the day, which for once is a good thing. Low light photos came out, expectedly, weak and blurry with poor colour reproduction.. The Redmi Note 11S has a standard, 2 megapixel macro camera, not the impressive tele macroone. We had on the Note 10 Pro series, so the results are not as impressive. Theres. Also a 2 megapixel depth sensor., The 16 megapixel selfie camera captures decentphotos during the day. However, I noticed quite a bit of oversharpening when using Portrait modefor the same subject. Selfies taken indoors were decent, provided there was good ambient lightingbut outdoors at night.

The quality was quite weak.. The Redmi Note 11S can record videosonly up to 1080p with stabilisation. However, the quality was strictly average, even when shooting in broad daylight. In low light. The quality was really poor. Andnot up to the mark for a phone in this segment. Battery life is thankfully pretty good.. You geta massive 5000mAh battery, which easily offers an entire days worth of runtime, even with heavyuse. With lighter workloads, you can expect to go longer between charges. Theres 33W fast chargingbut. This only works if you use the adapter and the cable that comes with the phone. Most otherType C cables. I tried with the 33W adapter charged the phone at a much slower speed.. The Redmi Note 11S feels like a bit of a stopgap solution till the RedmiNote 11 Pro series arrives and last years, Redmi Note 10 Pro actually offersbetter value at the same price.. The 108 megapixel camera can capture some good photos if youreshooting at the native resolution. During the day, but otherwise its strictly average, as are therest of the sensors., The SoC isnt particularly powerful for a phone in this price segment, andthe lack of 5G doesnt help its case either.. I think its best to hold off for a while, before you make any purchase decision regarding this phone as better optionsare sure to launch soon. Thats it for my review. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.