Today was the big day for all Redmi enthusiasts that have been eagerly waiting for the global Redmi Note 11 series reveal. As expected, the company disclosed the Redmi Note 11, Note 11S, Note 11 Pro, and Note 11 Pro 5G variants for the global markets. These devices share similar specifications, but the Pros certainly take the bar beyond. The Redmi Note 11 Pro and Note 11 Pro 5G have some similarities but also have significant differences. Let’s see what Xiaomi has in tow for the “Upper mid-range” segment.
Redmi Note 11 Pro 4G and Pro 5G specifications
For this year, Xiaomi is bringing a Pro 5G variant. In fact, it seems to be the more interesting version. For instance, it has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 SoC made on the 6 nm fabrication process. Moreover, it has 6 GB of RAM or 8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM with up to 128 GB of Internal Storage. The Redmi Note 11 Pro 4G, on the other hand, brings the MediaTek Helio G96 SoC. That’s exactly the same chipset inside the Redmi Note 11S. Honestly, we were expecting more for a Pro variant. This chipset is just an incremental upgrade to the Helio G95 made to support higher refresh rates. It still boasts the same 12 nm architecture which is aging in these times of 7 nm and 6 nm mid-range smartphones.
The Snapdragon 695 also brings faster with two ARM Cortex-A78 cores, whereas the Helio G96 brings the older Cortex-A76 cores. The Mali-G57 GPU on the Helio is also slower than the Adreno 619 inside of the Snapdragon version. Anyway, the price difference may justify the differences here. Both devices come with a micro SD card slot, but you’ll have to sacrifice one of the SIM cards. They will also run the same Android 11-based MIUI 13 straight out of the box.
Apart from the chipsets, both devices have almost the same set of specs. Both come with a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution. They also have a 120 Hz refresh rate and a 360 Hz touch sampling rate. The display supports the DCI-P3 wide color gamut and has a typical brightness of 700 nits and a peak brightness of 1,200. The devices get the fancier Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and boast IP53 for dust and splash resistance.
In terms of optics, the handsets bring the 108 MP ISOCELL HM2 sensor with 9-in-1 binning. This sensor supports zooming up to 3x natively. There is also an 8 MP ultrawide camera and a 2 MP macro camera. Only the 4G variant has an additional 2 MP depth sensor. Both devices share the same 16 MP punch-hole camera. Also, the fingerprint scanner sits on the side as a hybrid power button. The device has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, IR Blaster, and dual speakers.
Both models have a 5,000 mAh battery with excellent 67 W Fast-charging support. The charges come inside the box which is a plus in these hard times of charger-less bundles. The device also boasts NFC, Wi-Fi 5, and Bluetooth 5.1.
The Redmi Note 11 Pro will start at $300 for the variant with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of Storage. The price rises to $350 for the 8 GB / 128 GB variant.
Meanwhile, the Pro 5G costs $330 with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage and goes up to $380 for 8 GB Of RAM and 128 GB of Storage.