Redmi Note 11 series launches globally: What does 179 buy you?

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After launching the Redmi Note 11 series in China late last year, Xiaomi is now bringing the new mid-range line to global markets – albeit with a few changes.

The first tweak you’ll notice is to the actual lineup. Unlike the Chinese offering, the global Redmi Note 11 lineup lacks a Pro Plus version but gains an S model. Four devices are on offer: the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, the 4G alternative, the Redmi Note 11S, and the Note 11. There’s plenty of specs crossover, with all four phones packing LPDDR4X RAM, side-mounted fingerprint scanners, dual speakers and 3.5mm headphone jacks, microSD card support, and 5,000mAh batteries.

There are some notable differences between the global versions and the Chinese devices on paper. The Chinese Note 11 Pro packs a 5,160mAh battery. As there’s no Pro Plus model available globally, there’s no global Note 11 option with 120W charging smarts either. The Chinese models get Mediatek silicon all around, while the international variants see some Snapdragon chips, too. Finally, all models gain OLED screens.

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Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G and 4G

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The two Redmi Note 11 Pro models share the same body, weighing 202g and measuring 164.2 x 76.1 x 8.1mm. Similarities continue up front, with a 6.67-inch FHD + AMOLED screen refreshing at 120Hz. The display includes a 360Hz touch sampling rate and a 1,200 nit peak brightness rating.

Around the rear, the 5G model gets a Samsung HM2 108MP primary sensor, an 8MP 118-degree ultrawide, and a 2MP macro snapper. The 4G variant gains an additional 2MP depth camera. Both phones feature 16MP selfie shooters. Charging and power credentials are shared, too, with a 5,000mAh battery charged via a 67W wired system. The latter is quick enough to provide a half-charge in 15 minutes.

The most significant difference between the two phones is the chipset. The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G gets the Snapdragon 695 SoC, while the 4G model ropes in the Mediatek Helio G96.

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Display

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G

6.67-inch AMOLED
FHD +
120Hz refresh rate
360Hz touch sampling rate

Redmi Note 11 Pro

6.67-inch AMOLED
FHD +
120Hz refresh rate
360Hz touch sampling rate

Redmi Note 11S

6.43-inch AMOLED
FHD +
90Hz refresh rate
180Hz touch sampling rate

Redmi Note 11

6.43-inch AMOLED
FHD +
90Hz refresh rate
180Hz touch sampling rate

Chipset

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G

Qualcomm Snapdragon 695

Redmi Note 11 Pro

MediaTek Helio G96

Redmi Note 11S

MediaTek Helio G96

Redmi Note 11

Qualcomm Snapdragon 680

GPU

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G

Adreno 619

Redmi Note 11 Pro

Mali-G57 MC2

Redmi Note 11S

Mali-G57 MC2

Redmi Note 11

Adreno 610

RAM

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G

LPDDR4X
6 / 8GB

Redmi Note 11 Pro

LPDDR4X
6 / 8GB

Redmi Note 11S

LPDDR4X
6 / 8GB

Redmi Note 11

LPDDR4X
4 / 6GB

Storage

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G

UFS 2.2
64 / 128GB
MicroSD card slot

Redmi Note 11 Pro

UFS 2.2
64 / 128GB
MicroSD card slot

Redmi Note 11S

UFS 2.2
64 / 128GB
MicroSD card slot

Redmi Note 11

UFS 2.2
64 / 128GB
MicroSD card slot

Battery

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G

5,000mAh
USB-C
67W charging

Redmi Note 11 Pro

5,000mAh
USB-C
67W charging

Redmi Note 11S

5,000mAh
USB-C
33W charging

Redmi Note 11

5,000mAh
USB-C
33W charging

Cameras

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G

Rear:
108MP standard
8MP ultrawide
2MP macro

Front:
16MP

Redmi Note 11 Pro

Rear:
108MP standard
8MP ultrawide
2MP macro
2MP depth sensor

Front:
16MP

Redmi Note 11S

Rear:
108MP standard
8MP ultrawide
2MP macro
2MP depth sensor

Front:
16MP

Redmi Note 11

Rear:
50MP standard
8MP ultrawide
2MP macro
2MP depth sensor

Front:
13MP

Audio

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G

3.5mm headphone jack
Dual speakers

Redmi Note 11 Pro

3.5mm headphone jack
Dual speakers

Redmi Note 11S

3.5mm headphone jack
Dual speakers

Redmi Note 11

3.5mm headphone jack
Dual speakers

Software

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G

MIUI 13
Android 11

Redmi Note 11 Pro

MIUI 13
Android 11

Redmi Note 11S

MIUI 13
Android 11

Redmi Note 11

MIUI 13
Android 11

Colors

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G

Graphite Gray
Polar White
Atlantic Blue
Redmi Note 11 Pro

Graphite Gray
Polar White
Star Blue

Redmi Note 11S

Graphite Gray
Twilight Blue
Pearl White

Redmi Note 11

Graphite Gray
Twilight Blue
Star Blue

Dimensions and weight

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G

164.19 x 76.1 x 8.12mm
202g

Redmi Note 11 Pro

164.19 x 76.1 x 8.12mm
202g

Redmi Note 11S

159.87 x 73.87 x 8.09mm
179g

Redmi Note 11

159.87 x 73.87 x 8.09mm
179g

Redmi Note 11S and Note 11

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If you’re considering a smaller device but don’t want to skimp on too many features, the Redmi Note 11S is the preferred option. It uses a slower but smaller 90Hz 6.43-inch FHD + AMOLED screen mounted in a 159.9 x 73.9 x 8.1mm body, making it a more pocket-friendly device.

The Note 11S packs the same 108MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2PM setup as the Note 11 Pro 4G. A 16MP selfie shooter features up front, while a Mediatek Helio G96 is roped in once again.

That’s largely where the similarities end, though. The Redmi Note 11S supports 33W charging, reportedly good enough to top up its 5,000mAh battery in an hour.

Finally, the Redmi Note 11 uses the same display, body, rear camera setup, and charging smarts as its Note 11S sibling. Xiaomi has trimmed the selfie camera down to 13MP, the main camera down to a 50MP sensor, and the chipset down to the Snapdragon 680. This should make the standard Note 11 a more viable option for budget-limited buyers.

Pricing and availability

Each of the four devices is available in three configs. The Redmi Note 11 Pro duo and the Note 11S are available in 6GB / 64GB, 6GB / 128GB, and 8GB / 128GB versions. The standard Redmi Note 11 is available with 4GB / 64GB, 4GB / 128GB, and 6GB / 128GB.

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See the pricing breakdown of each device below.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G

  • 6GB / 64GB: 329
  • 6GB / 128GB: 349
  • 8GB / 128GB: 379

Redmi Note 11 Pro

  • 6GB / 64GB: 299
  • 6GB / 128GB: 329
  • 8GB / 128GB: 349

Redmi Note 11S

  • 6GB / 64GB: 249
  • 6GB / 128GB: 279
  • 8GB / 128GB: 299

Redmi Note 11

  • 4GB / 64GB: 179
  • 4GB / 128GB: $ 199
  • 6GB / 128GB: 229

While all four models are available in Graphite Gray, the Redmi Note 10 Pro 5G also comes in Polar White and Atlantic Blue shades. The Note 10 Pro lands in Polar White but gets a Star Blue shade of its own. The Redmi Note 11S comes in Twilight Blue and Pearl White, while the Note 11 is also available in Star Blue and Twilight Blue.

The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G and Redmi Note 11 Pro will be available from February 16, while the Note 11S and Note 11 will be available from January 28.


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