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

Xiaomi’s smartphone portfolio is a bit complicated in the intervening 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 sequence to interchange the wildly in style Redmi Be aware 10 Professional (Evaluation) at its value stage, however the brand new Redmi Be aware 11S, which we’ll be taking a look at right now, might provide what you are in search of however at a lower cost.

The Redmi Be aware 11S is a 4G-only smartphone and its crowning characteristic is its 108-megapixel major digital camera. It is value noting that Xiaomi has managed to supply this at a really aggressive beginning value of simply Rs. 16,499. The remainder of the Redmi Be aware 11S’s options are additionally consistent with what one would anticipate from a cellphone on this phase in 2022. Whereas there’s nonetheless loads of testing to be performed earlier than our full overview is prepared, this is a fast first take a look at what makes the Redmi Be aware 11S tick.

The design of the rear digital camera module seems similar to that of the Redmi Be aware 11T 5G (Evaluation) which was the primary cellphone within the Redmi 11 sequence, and was launched only a few months in the past at roughly the identical value. Nonetheless, the Redmi Be aware 11S truly has 4 digital camera sensors fairly than only a design phantasm as seen on the Redmi Be aware 11T 5G. Along with the principle 108-megapixel sensor, the Be aware 11S has an 8-megapixel ultra-wide digital camera, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro digital camera. The 16-megapixel selfie digital camera within the hole-punch cutout on the entrance has a chrome ring across the lens, making it look very outstanding.

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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 secure with design, for my part. 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 acquired seems fairly uninteresting. I am all for matte finishes on telephones since this could typically be extra proof against fingerprints, however smudges and mud are simply seen on the Redmi Be aware 11S’s again panel. Your entire physique is constructed utilizing plastic, however feels effectively put-together. Xiaomi has stored the headphone jack which is good and has even thrown in an IR emitter, as typical.

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 price and has a claimed peak brightness of as much as 1,000nits. Some great benefits of an OLED panel, reminiscent of deep backs and a wider color gamut, ought to lead to a significantly better video watching expertise. This cellphone additionally has stereo audio system, which has now turn into a staple characteristic 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 (Evaluation) and can also be anticipated to energy the upcoming Realme Narzo 50. It is constructed on a relatively older 12nm fabrication course of, so on paper, it is not 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 overview.

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The ring across the entrance digital camera of the Redmi Be aware 11S is kind of outstanding
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You may 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 to this point, I’ve discovered it to be well-built and pretty rugged. The tasteless design is a bit unappealing to me, however should you’ll be utilizing a case, this actually should not be a difficulty. My greatest concern although is how the Redmi Be aware 11S will match into Xiaomi’s present 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. In case you’re in search of a 4G-only Redmi smartphone, the Redmi Be aware 10 Professional continues to be accessible and gives higher options than the Redmi Be aware 11S.

Having stated that, I’ll reserve my remaining verdict until after I am performed testing the Redmi Be aware 11S, so remember to verify Devices 360 quickly for the complete overview.


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