Thu. Aug 18th, 2022
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11


What if a smartphone for just €200 was enough to satisfy the vast majority of your daily needs? We tested the Redmi Note 11, Xiaomi’s new best value smartphone, which embodies this promise. Verdict!

10 years. Xiaomi has only been around for a decade and yet it is as if the brand has always existed. Since its arrival in our region, the firm has largely established itself by cutting prices on many consumer electronics, such as watches, cameras, electric scooters and, of course, smartphones. And in this field, it is the Redmi Note range that stands out, since it is the one that embodies the proposal of the smartphone with the best value for money signed by Xiaomi.

In the logic of things, the brand thus announced its redmi note 11 at the beginning of the year, the new flagship of this range, and which should quickly establish itself as one of the most competitive smartphones of 2022. here it is our Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 reviewand it’s clear there’s been progress at the entry level lately.

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Design and screen of the Redmi Note 11

It is very simple: the Redmi Note 11 does not make its price. PFor only €200 we have a smartphone that clearly has nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to design. Yes, its chassis is plastic, but it’s a very good quality plastic, it doesn’t creak, and the back is finished off with a matte coating that helps make it look more premium than it isn’t.

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The finish is impeccable, and the almost straight edges give it an undeniable cachet inspired by the most popular smartphones of the moment, while improving its grip. Plus, it’s lightweight at just 179 grams on the scale, so it’ll quickly be forgotten in a pants pocket. We even have the right to a 3.5 mm jack and, on the biometric security side, we find a fingerprint sensor integrated in the standby button.

So it’s quite comfortable to handle, and can even be used one-handed with its 6.43-inch edge-to-edge screen. It is also at the level of the screen that we find the first clue to its fare positioning: a thick chin located at the bottom edge. But we question because it’s still an excellent screen for this price, and in use we quickly forget this slight dark growth. Very bright AMOLED panel (up to 1000 nits), Full HD+ resolution, brilliant colors, all with… a 90Hz refresh rate. And for a €200 smartphone, that’s almost unheard of.

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Performance and autonomy

With Android 11 surpassed by the MIUI 13 overlay and its animations in abundance, together with the 90 Hz refresh rate of its screen, we find ourselves with an extremely pleasant smartphone to use, fast and fluid, which has nothing to envy to a very top device. And if that high refresh rate gives a feeling of greater fluidity, there is also a fairly powerful processor inside, the Snapdragon 680. It is true that it is not the most powerful SoC at the moment, far from it, but in use it does quite well . . Whether it’s navigating between apps, scrolling through social media, or even playing a few video games, the smartphone is doing it honorably and we’ve seen very few, if any, slowdowns. For €200, again, it’s a small feat.

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However, the question of durability will still have to be considered, because if today the smartphone is very capable, its Snapdragon 680 closes the doors to 5G since it is only compatible with 4G. On the performance side, it could also run out of reserves for years to come. But in 2022, that’s more than enough for the vast majority of users.

The advantage is that with its modest power and the absence of 5G, the Redmi Note 11 offers excellent autonomy. With its 5000 mAh battery, orn we can largely finish the day without having to go through the recharge box, even with intensive use, and we can even make it last up to 2 days with more moderate use. And as if that were not enough, it also has a fast charge at 33W, which completely fills the battery of the Redmi Note 11 in just over an hour. Coincidentally, smartphones sold for €1,000 more expensive don’t even offer a charging unit in the box anymore, while the Redmi Note 11 is entitled to a 33W charger to take advantage of fast charging.

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Photo

In general, this is the weak point of entry-level smartphones. Except that, against all odds, this Redmi Note 11 is doing quite well in the field of photography. There are four sensors on the back, housed in a fairly conventional-looking photo unit. Note that in reality the smartphone may offer four sensors, in reality you will only use two. The main one, a 50 MP wide angle, gives quite convincing results with nice colors and good sharpness, and the 8 MP ultra wide angle, on the other hand, is very decent in broad daylight, but it is starting to show. its limits as soon as the light ends.

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As for the other two sensors, they would almost be there as decoration. The 2 MP macro sensor is not bad in itself, but it will be used very rarely, and the last sensor, which is used to calculate depth of field and also goes up to 2 MP, will be used mainly to improve certain effects, such as crop the subject in portrait mode, for example. Finally, on the front we can count on a 13 MP selfie sensor that gives very decent results.

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In this test of the Redmi Note 11 we found that it offered frankly satisfactory results in terms of photos. Make no mistake about it: we are still far from the level of a high-end smartphone, but for the price, we clearly get what we pay for, and the photographic paraphernalia of the Redmi Note 11 will be more than enough to immortalize your best moments. And your worst too. I’m not jealous.

Redmi Note 11 price and availability

The Redmi Note 11 is now available in 4+64 GB and 4+128 GB versions at the respective price of €199.90 and €249.90 at Bouygues, Orange, SFR, Electro Depot, Fnac, Darty, Boulanger, Carrefour, Auchan, Leclerc, Intermarché, Casino, Système U, Cora, Cdiscount, Rue du commerce, LDLC, Matériaux.net and on Xiaomi Store and Mi.com.

A €30 cashback offer for the Redmi Note 11 128GB is available from February 17 to March 20 at Auchan, Boulanger, Carrefour, Casino, Cora, Cdiscount, Fnac, Darty, Leclerc, LDLC, Materiel.net, Mi.com, Rue du Commerce, Système U, Ubaldi, Veepee and at Xiaomi Store (excluding Marketplace). It is available in three colors: Twilight Blue, Graphite Gray and Celestial Azure.

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This article was translated from this source written by Remi Lou

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