(Pocket-lint) – Redmi has a pretty confusing line of mid-range phones in the Note 11 family. Not only does it have models of the same name, but it also has devices with different specifications for different regions. Every phone is different, but maybe not legitimately.
Redmi Note 11 Pro + 5G is at the top of the series, it matches very closely with Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G. Note the 5G section here, as there are also some 4G models in the family that also come with different hardware.
Once you think about the range, you’re probably wondering how Note 11 Pro + compares to its sibling and other Android phones in the same price range.
We tested to find out.
In terms of price and performance, the Redmi Note 11 Pro + 5G does not differ significantly from the Note 11 Pro 5G. You can get this fast charger for a little more money and, true, this charging speed is impressive, but there is nothing on the rest of the device that would mean these phones, except for a smaller increase in the processor.
It almost looks like Redmi is so desperate to get a 120W rechargeable phone on the market that he just kept going and did it instead of waiting for another year.
So we can’t really say that this phone justifies its place next to Note 11 Pro 5G because they are so similar and have the same software issues. A really big drawback of this device is also the obsolete Android.
However, as versatile, the Redmi Note 11 Pro + is perfectly competent, offering good performance and value for money, while the bonus is fast charging. Just be aware that this is the only real flash of excitement – the rest of this phone plays pretty much straightforward.
- Good display
- Surprisingly fast charging
- Solid overall performance
- Good speakers
- 120W charger included
- Clumsy software experience
- Outdated version of Android
- Poor Bluetooth performance
- Smaller batteries than a cheaper sibling
Design and build
- 163.65 x 76.19 x 8.34 mm
- 204 g
- Side fingerprint sensor
- Stereo speakers
Redmi Note 11 Pro + looks a lot like Redmi Note 11 Pro; it would be difficult to discern them, but as the weights and measures show, they are within different frameworks.
Flattened hips and back are characteristic of models in this family. Square edges aren’t that great on big phones, and we much prefer softer curves that don’t cut into outstretched gripping fingers. This phone is more comfortable to use in the soft plastic case included. In fact, we like the matte finish of the back of the phone, it saves this device from fingerprints and the light shimmeres nicely on it, especially on Forest Green in the picture below.
The camera is located on the upper left of the island. This places the top of the main camera and assembles supporting lenses and a flash under it – one circle seems to be just an empty panel, sealed for symmetry.
The fingerprint reader lives in the power button on the right side of the phone and was completely reliable during our testing; there are stereo speakers along with fine etching “Sound by JBL” on the frame, which we like.
Those speakers are good too. They definitely don’t lack any volume or reasonable bass, so they are a valuable addition for those who watch ad hoc videos or games out loud.
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This phone also retains its 3.5 mm headphone jack – a bonus for those who want to use an existing set of wired headphones. IP53 protection is also available, which is sufficient for basic splash protection.
Overall, there’s little to complain about, but it’s also not too much that would excite you when it comes to design.
- 6.67 inches, AMOLED
- 2400 x 1080 pixels (395 ppi), 120 Hz
- Gorilla Glass 5
Recent Redmi displays display a sense of uniformity. The 6.67 – inch display is Full HD +, AMOLED and offers a 120Hz refresh rate. It’s not as adaptive as you might find on high-end devices, and we’ve also found that it’s off by default, so look for this setting and turn it on if you want a smoother picture.
The reason it’s not turned on is maintaining battery life – and with a smaller battery in the Note 11 Pro + compared to the Note 11 Pro, that’s something you might want to consider – but more on that later.
In the middle of the display is a perforated camera, which is perfectly bright and bright, so you really can’t complain.
Sometimes the automatic brightness is a bit confusing and we find that we are walking in clear conditions, and the display seems to think it is dark outside; almost as if it’s muted because you didn’t use it.
What’s good, though, is that Redmi has decent gaming software that launches when you start playing the game, which includes quick access to brightness controls and the ability to turn off automatic brightness without having to do anything.
Overall, we are not really surprised that Redmi stayed on this screen: he is quite good and there is little you have to complain about.
It is covered with a factory-fitted scratch protection and, paradoxically, the softer plastic surface of this protection catches marks quite easily, so it soon looks messy. You may want to remove it for the best display – especially if you already use a case to protect your phone and screen.
Battery performance and endurance
- MediaTek Dimensity 920, 6/8 GB, 64/128 GB + microSD
- 4500mAh, 120W charging
There are several hardware changes that set this phone apart from the Note 11 Pro 5G, including the basic hardware and battery.
There is a transition from Snapdragon 695 in Pro to MediaTek Dimensity 920 in Pro +, creating a real dilemma for buyers as to whether they want to go with a stronger brand – Snapdragon – or a potentially more powerful Dimensity 920.
When it comes to mid-range devices (and we’re still at the more affordable end of the market), there’s plenty of performance for everyday tasks and things are almost indistinguishable from flagship hardware when it comes to crushing your emails or working on social media.
Most of the inconveniences with performance instead come from MIUI, which appears here as version 12.5 on Android 11. So compared to the rest of the market, it’s obsolete, but it also seems to be changing a lot because of its change – and the abolition of these changes to returned to a more practical layout, definitely worth it, such as switching to navigation gestures, deactivating the lock screen carousel, and returning the quick settings panel and notifications back to the combined entity, not as a default separate.
In our YouTube video, you can check out a number of MIUI tips here.
We’ve found that Bluetooth is a bit difficult because we’ve made several attempts to connect to the headphones (we’ve tried several different brands), so it’s more food than it actually should be.
Otherwise, however, the connectivity – including 5G – seemed strong enough, no phone problems were reported, and no problems with streaming or accessing data-rich resources. We’ve also found that handing over from Wi-Fi to a mobile network is nice and smooth, without the stumbling that some phones go through when you leave the house.
When it comes to gaming performance, it’s no graphics power, but it’s good enough. Attempting to switch to 120 frames per second mode Call of Duty Mobile It will drop you at low graphics, which is not worth compromising, but the game is perfectly playable at 60fps, so it’s not a big deal.
Then you have a battery – or rather a charge. One of the big additions to the Redmi Note 11 Pro + 5G is the 120W charge, which is incredibly fast. To accommodate this, there was a drop to 4500mAh cell, less than 5000mAh on the Note 11 Pro with 67W charging.
Do you need to charge so fast? The good news is that the 120W charger comes in a box and we dare say you could use it for all your other devices. As it is, support for fast charging is a great thing, because the phone charges in a flash and you don’t really have to worry about when you charge the phone, because you just plug it in and it’s at a higher percentage in about 15 minutes.
The downside – and there is the downside – is that the endurance of this phone is not great. It seems to be happy when it consumes the energy it has, and we often get under 15 percent of the battery at the end of the day. A lot of things contribute to this – especially if you play it – the demands on the processor are high.
Does less than stellar battery life matter? Not if you can plug it in for 15 minutes and then return to normal.
Camera load and performance
- Triple camera system:
- Main: 108MP, f / 1.8
- Ultrawide: 8MP, f / 2.2, 120 °
- Macro: 2MP, f / 2.4
- Front: 16MP, f / 2.4
On the Note 11 Pro + 5G, Redmi disables the depth sensor from the Note 11 Pro 5G – not that you notice the difference. Otherwise, the capacity of the camera is practically the same. This means that it runs with a 108 megapixel sensor, although this highest resolution will only be unlocked when you immerse yourself in “Pro” mode.
Otherwise, it uses 9-in-1 pixel binning, which leads to 12-megapixel photography, which is quite standard practice on such devices. The high-resolution sensor is really a game with specifications, which allows Redmi to shout something instead of offering remarkably better results than a sensor with 50 or even 12 megapixels.
However, he is a decent artist and is fast enough to capture images. Apparently it doesn’t quite have that Pixel pop, nor the enticing result of Samsung’s latest phone – both seem to use post-acquisition processing more efficiently – but the results are pretty good. You’ll also notice that it’s not that good with HDR scenes or bright color management, which often overexposes and loses detail. However, there is a decent night mode that will give much better results than standard low light photos.
Adding an ultra-wide angle camera is great because it’s a useful lens, if not the best quality, but there’s no telephoto lens. You can tap to zoom in or zoom in up to 10x, but the further you go, the more you lose quality. This camera really can’t compete with flagship models here. There is also a macro sensor, but it is hardly worth mentioning because it is of poor quality.
The front 16-megapixel camera is sensible once you tame the “beautiful” facial softening features, which give you worse results – unless, of course, you want to. It offers pretty good edge detection for nicely blurred background portraits, with the ability to fine-tune the “aperture” to change the strength of this background blur effect. Pictures soften quickly in low light, but it’s okay outside.
Video capture supports up to 4K / 30 frames per second, and if you want 60 frames per second, you will need to drop back to 1080p. Overall, it’s an absolutely good camera that provides good results in most situations.
Redmi Note 11 Pro + 5G does not differ significantly in overall performance or experience from the slightly cheaper Note 11 Pro 5G. However, it has a really fast charge, which could help you. Otherwise, there is little to choose from between the two – it’s just a little better performance.
Written by Chris Hall.