Redmi Be aware 11S First Impressions: When Specs Trump Design

Xiaomi’s smartphone portfolio is a bit complicated in the mean time, as the corporate continues to launch new telephones at a speedy tempo. The most recent additions embody the Redmi Be aware 11 and the Redmi Be aware 11S which  fill out a brand new Redmi 11 technology. We do not but have new Professional or Professional Max fashions on this new collection to interchange the wildly well-liked Redmi Be aware 10 Professional (Evaluate) at its worth degree, however the brand new Redmi Be aware 11S, which we’ll be at the moment, might provide what you are on the lookout for however at a cheaper price.

The Redmi Be aware 11S is a 4G-only smartphone and its crowning function is its 108-megapixel principal digicam. It is price noting that Xiaomi has managed to supply this at a really aggressive beginning worth of simply Rs. 16,499. The remainder of the Redmi Be aware 11S’s options are additionally in step with what one would count on from a telephone on this section in 2022. Whereas there’s nonetheless plenty of testing to be completed earlier than our full evaluate is prepared, this is a fast first have a look at what makes the Redmi Be aware 11S tick.

The design of the rear digicam module seems similar to that of the Redmi Be aware 11T 5G (Evaluate) which was the primary telephone within the Redmi 11 collection, and was launched just some months in the past at roughly the identical worth. Nevertheless, the Redmi Be aware 11S really has 4 digicam sensors moderately than only a design phantasm as seen on the Redmi Be aware 11T 5G. Along with the primary 108-megapixel sensor, the Be aware 11S has an 8-megapixel ultra-wide digicam, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro digicam. The 16-megapixel selfie digicam within the hole-punch cutout on the entrance has a chrome ring across the lens, making it look very distinguished.

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The Redmi Be aware 11S seems bland, particularly on this black color. Smudges are additionally very simply seen on the matte end
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Xiaomi has performed it a bit too protected with design, in my view. The Redmi Be aware 11S has very forgettable aesthetics. The blue and white color choices would possibly stand out extra, however the black unit that I obtained seems fairly boring. I am all for matte finishes on telephones since this could typically be extra immune to fingerprints, however smudges and dirt are simply seen on the Redmi Be aware 11S’s again panel. The complete physique is constructed utilizing plastic, however feels nicely put-together. Xiaomi has saved the headphone jack which is sweet and has even thrown in an IR emitter, as standard.

The 6.43-inch full-HD+ AMOLED show on the Redmi Be aware 11S is a step up from the LCD panel on the Be aware 11T 5G. It has a 90Hz refresh charge and has a claimed peak brightness of as much as 1,000nits. The benefits of an OLED panel, akin to deep backs and a wider color gamut, ought to end in a a lot better video watching expertise. This telephone additionally has stereo audio system, which has now turn out to be a staple function of most Redmi smartphones.

The Redmi Be aware 11S is powered by the MediaTek Helio G96 SoC, which we have seen in telephones such because the Realme 8i (Evaluate) and can be anticipated to energy the upcoming Realme Narzo 50. It is constructed on a relatively older 12nm fabrication course of, so on paper, it isn’t as power-efficient as current Dimensity SoCs from MediaTek and even the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G which powered the Redmi Be aware 10 Professional. It is a decently highly effective SoC nonetheless, and we’ll be testing its efficiency within the full evaluate.

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The ring across the entrance digicam of the Redmi Be aware 11S is kind of distinguished
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You will get the Redmi Be aware 11S with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for Rs. 16,499. Subsequent up is the variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which is priced at Rs. 17,499, adopted by the top-end variant which has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and is priced at Rs. 18,499 in India.

The inner storage is expandable due to a devoted microSD card slot. The Redmi Be aware 11S has a 5,000mAh battery and helps 33W quick charging. A suitable charger is bundled within the field. There is a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, and an IP53 ranking for mud and water resistance. You get MIUI 13 primarily based on Android 11 out of the field.

Within the quick time I’ve spent utilizing the Redmi Be aware 11S thus far, I’ve discovered it to be well-built and pretty rugged. The tasteless design is a bit unappealing to me, however in case you’ll be utilizing a case, this actually should not be a problem. My largest concern although is how the Redmi Be aware 11S will match into Xiaomi’s current lineup. We all know that the Redmi Be aware 11 Professional 5G launch is inevitable, because it has already been unveiled globally, and it would simply arrive in India rebranded as the Redmi Be aware 11E. When you’re on the lookout for a 4G-only Redmi smartphone, the Redmi Be aware 10 Professional continues to be obtainable and provides higher options than the Redmi Be aware 11S.

Having mentioned that, I’ll reserve my closing verdict until after I am completed testing the Redmi Be aware 11S, so do not forget to test Devices 360 quickly for the complete evaluate.

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