Sat. Dec 3rd, 2022
First steps with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11: a stand-alone entry level


At Xiaomi, the Redmi Note series is synonymous with commercial success. A little less than a year after the release of the Redmi Note 10, here is the Redmi Note 11, which uses the same recipe. It arrives below €200 with many arguments: 90 HZ OLED screen, four cameras, a large 5,000 mAh battery… It is offered in two memory configurations: 4/64 GB as our test copy and 4/128 GB for fifty. euros more. There are three colors in the catalog: sky blue, dark blue and anthracite grey.

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Design, ergonomics and interface

If you have ever held a Redmi Note 10 in your hands, you will be familiar with this new generation. It effectively takes the proportions of its largest, which is logical given that the diagonal of the screen remains the same, or 6.43 inches. Note, however, that Xiaomi has managed to very slightly reduce the dimensions of the smartphone, but this is done by a few tenths of a millimeter, not enough to be really noticeable. The weight does not change (179 g).

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The front of the Redmi Note 11 is quite classic with a screen occupancy of 84.5% and a front camera in a central punch. The rear is in step with the times with a photo block that is overweight, even if the number of cameras does not change with four modules. It protrudes slightly from the hull, which is made of quality plastic whose matte finish is not too sensitive to fingerprints. Don’t dream though, they will eventually show up.

The grip is quite good, the Redmi Note 11 almost appears today as a “small” smartphone. Its sides are pleasant to the touch and the brand’s designers have worked well to make them appear thinner than they really are. If the power button fits well under your thumb or forefinger, whether you’re right-handed or left-handed, the volume control keys are a bit high. The fingerprint reader integrated into the main button works very well.

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Xiaomi has chosen to keep a headphone jack on the top edge of the Redmi Note 11, which also houses an infrared window that can be used in particular by universal remote control applications. On the other hand, the USB-C socket usually takes place. The build quality is very good with parts that fit together perfectly. The smartphone complies with the IP53 standard: therefore it can resist dust and rain.

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Regarding the software aspect, we are faced with a duo formed by Android 11 and the overlay of the MIUI 13 house. We find the strengths of the brand’s interfaces with careful aesthetics, good optimization and some small extras that come to mind. improve the experience compared. to a pure Android.

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We also found some flaws, such as the truncated names of certain features and the presence of numerous pre-installed apps and ads. The problem with the former is the space they occupy on a smartphone with only 64 GB of internal memory. In our copy, there is only 28 GB available. Of course, there’s nothing to stop you from removing the pre-installed apps you don’t want to use and saving your photos and videos to a memory card.

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These are some of the pre-installed applications.©L’Éclaireur Fnac

screen

The screen was often one of the main differences between entry-level or mid-range smartphones and much more expensive models. It is clear that the gap is closing, as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 demonstrates. It is based on an AMOLED panel that offers Full HD + definition, here 1,080 × 2,400 pixels, which therefore corresponds to a density of 409 dpi. The intrinsic qualities of AMOLED are there, for example with perfect blacks, since they simply correspond to an extinguished pixel.

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In use, we were able to use the smartphone outdoors without difficulty. The new generation advances in terms of refresh rate, which can now reach 90 Hz. MIUI 13 does not offer an automatic mode: therefore, it will be the user who chooses between 60 and 90 Hz. It did not seem extremely precise to us. with the default settings, but our lab probes will or will not confirm our impressions. Switching from Intense to Standard mode makes things noticeably better.

Performance and speed

This new version is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 processor. Compared to the previous generation Snapdragon 678, this chip does not bet on a great evolution in terms of power, but rather on greater energy efficiency thanks to its fineness of engraving – only 6 Nm ( 11 Nm for the 678). Clearly, this processor should heat up less and consume less power.

Accompanied by 4 GB of RAM, it offers this smartphone a correct responsiveness, but nothing more. If most of the tasks are carried out calmly enough, sometimes there are slowdowns, micro latencies… In photography, the transition from wide angle to ultra wide angle is not instantaneous, to give just one example. We must also forget about the most demanding 3D games. Of course, we will not take long to subject the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 to our usual tests.

The photo

Xiaomi’s smartphone has four cameras to finally form a set quite similar to that of the previous generation. The main sensor evolves, going from 48 to 50 megapixels. It is associated with a wide angle (26mm film equivalent) f/1.8. Next comes an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle that offers a 118° viewing angle with an f/2.2 aperture. As is often the case in this price range, the last two cameras play a secondary role, as it is a macro module and a depth-of-field measurement module, both using a 2-megapixel sensor.

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Four perfectly integrated cameras.©L’Éclaireur Fnac

Unsurprisingly, the wide-angle implements the pixel binning process to produce 12.5-megapixel photos. Shots seemed successful to us, with effective autofocus ensuring excellent sharpness, at least for still scenes. Otherwise, the image can quickly become cloudy, since generally speaking, the smartphone’s camera application is not really responsive. Sometimes it is impossible to chain the photos because, inexplicably, the Redmi Note 11 regularly finds a power boost.

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Color reproduction is quite natural, perhaps soft for lovers of enhanced colors. AI intervention is generally very unobtrusive. Finally, you notice a satisfactory sharpness, but also a slight tendency to underexposure.

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The ultra wide angle of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 is correct, except at night.©L’Éclaireur Fnac

In view of its price, this smartphone is quite convincing at night. During the day, the ultra wide angle allows you to take satisfying photos with details and beautiful colours. On the other hand, the story is totally different at night when this camera very quickly admits its limits.

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Despite its low price, this smartphone is capable of taking interesting photos.©L’Éclaireur Fnac

The 13-megapixel front camera should satisfy most selfie enthusiasts. Only critics, some difficulties in handling the backlight and somewhat dull colors.

communication and audio

Here is perhaps the last generation to do without 5G. You have to settle for a given Qualcomm X11 4G modem for a theoretical maximum speed of 390 Mbps download and 150 Mbps upload. Then we find Bluetooth 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.1, not to mention NFC.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 incorporates two speakers that seem quite powerful and balanced. Whether it’s them or the radio part of this smartphone, our lab measurements will allow us to put numbers on our feelings.

Autonomy

With its large 5,000 mAh battery and its mechanics, whose frugality highlights Qualcomm, we necessarily expected a solid autonomy. And so it is, since in the context of conventional use (for a mobile of this price), we were able to reach two days of use without recharging. This is quite fast thanks to the use of a 33W power supply that only requires an hour for a full charge, according to Xiaomi.



This article was translated from this source written by Georges Prat

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