Redmi Word 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 Word 11 and the Redmi Word 11S which  fill out a brand new Redmi 11 era. We do not but have new Professional or Professional Max fashions on this new collection to switch the wildly fashionable Redmi Word 10 Professional (Overview) at its value stage, however the brand new Redmi Word 11S, which we’ll be taking a look at as we speak, might supply what you are in search of however at a lower cost.

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

The design of the rear digital camera module seems similar to that of the Redmi Word 11T 5G (Overview) which was the primary telephone within the Redmi 11 collection, and was launched only a few months in the past at roughly the identical value. Nonetheless, the Redmi Word 11S truly has 4 digital camera sensors reasonably than only a design phantasm as seen on the Redmi Word 11T 5G. Along with the primary 108-megapixel sensor, the Word 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 Word 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, in my view. The Redmi Word 11S has very forgettable aesthetics. The blue and white color choices may stand out extra, however the black unit that I obtained seems fairly boring. I am all for matte finishes on telephones since this might usually be extra immune to fingerprints, however smudges and dirt are simply seen on the Redmi Word 11S’s again panel. Your entire physique is constructed utilizing plastic, however feels effectively put-together. Xiaomi has saved the headphone jack which is sweet and has even thrown in an IR emitter, as normal.

The 6.43-inch full-HD+ AMOLED show on the Redmi Word 11S is a step up from the LCD panel on the Word 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, similar 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 grow to be a staple characteristic of most Redmi smartphones.

The Redmi Word 11S is powered by the MediaTek Helio G96 SoC, which we have seen in telephones such because the Realme 8i (Overview) 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 Word 10 Professional. It is a decently highly effective SoC nonetheless, and we’ll be testing its efficiency within the full evaluation.

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The ring across the entrance digital camera of the Redmi Word 11S is sort of outstanding
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You will get the Redmi Word 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 Word 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 brief time I’ve spent utilizing the Redmi Word 11S thus far, 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 problem. My largest concern although is how the Redmi Word 11S will match into Xiaomi’s current lineup. We all know that the Redmi Word 11 Professional 5G launch is inevitable, because it has already been unveiled globally, and it’d simply arrive in India rebranded as the Redmi Word 11E. Should you’re in search of a 4G-only Redmi smartphone, the Redmi Word 10 Professional remains to be obtainable and presents higher options than the Redmi Word 11S.

Having stated that, I’ll reserve my closing verdict until after I am achieved testing the Redmi Word 11S, so remember to test Devices 360 quickly for the complete evaluation.


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