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

Everything you need to know about Xiaomi's new mid-rangers.
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January 26, 2022
redmi note 11 pro 5g 2
Andy Walker / Android Authority

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

redmi note 11 pro 5g 1
Andy Walker / Android Authority

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.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5GRedmi Note 11 ProRedmi Note 11SRedmi Note 11
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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Andy Walker / Android Authority

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.


What do you think of the global Redmi Note 11 series? Let us know in the comments below.