This year’s Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G has a starting price of Rs 20,999, one of the highest ever. It goes up all the way to Rs 24,999 for the 8GB RAM+256GB storage. This is a price ceiling that the Redmi Note series has not crossed to date. But does the hike in price match up to expectations? Here’s our review.
Redmi Note 11 Pro+ specifications: 6.67-inch full HD+ AMOLED display, 120Hz refresh rate – Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 processor with 5G – 6GB or 8GB RAM- 128GB or 256GB storage – 108MP+8MP+2MP camera – 16MP front camera – MIUI 13 on Android 11 –
The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ continues with the ‘Evol’ design we’ve seen on other phones in the series. But this time the phone has a flatter body compared to the previous Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, which was the most expensive variant last year. The camera module looks slightly different and there’s another major change—the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ has a triple camera. The Pro Max had a quad-camera setup instead.
The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ comes in Phantom White, Mirage Blue and Stealth Black colour options with a frosted glass back, which gives it a premium look. I have the white colour variant, which is prone to changing colour depending on the light. But this one does get covered in smudges pretty quickly.
The new phone continues with a 6.67-inch AMOLED Full HD+ display. The maximum refresh rate is 120 Hz, but there’s no smart refresh setting which some rivals devices do have and at a lower price bracket. It has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 as well.
This remains one of the best displays you can get in this segment. The display works well in bright sunlight and is perfectly legible. If you’re buying a phone primarily for your daily entertainment quota—from streaming movies or watching YouTube—this one fulfils those with ease. I’ve watched a movie, TV shows on Netflix on this, and the experience was enjoyable. However, this is something one has come to expect in the Pro series in Redmi Note phones.
Redmi Note 11 Pro+ comes with some other changes as well. It now includes 5G support, though Xiaomi is keen on maintaining a balance between 4G and 5G devices in its portfolio. The phone runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 chipset, which appears to be a popular choice in this segment as even Realme and Vivo have options powered by the same.
I have the 8GB RAM+128GB version for review, and it comes with an option for extending RAM by another 3GB. The feature is turned on by default, though you can go into the Memory Extension option in Settings to turn it off, depending on preference.
The phone’s performance is smooth, and for daily tasks such as browsing social media websites or regular multi-tasking, it works without any hiccups. I was a little doubtful about the performance for games such as Genshin Impact, but it ran without any problems. However, when I cranked up the graphics settings to medium for Genshin, the device got noticeably warm on the top and continued heating up. The game ran fine though.
The rear camera includes a 108MP+ 8MP ultra-wide and 2MP macro camera setup. Redmi is promising improved low-light performance on the phone. The main camera continues to perform well with balanced colours for most scenarios. I used it during a trip to Golden Temple in Amritsar, and it camera delivered excellent details with ample details and good colours.
Another night shot I took on my terrace came out quite nice, despite the minimal lighting. Even portrait shots of my son taken indoors looked very pleasing.