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Xiaomi launched four models of its powerful but affordable Redmi Note 11 smartphone series recently. These four models are pretty close to each other in terms of both looks and specifications.
For the layperson, you might be scratching your head over the differences between the Note 11 and Note 11S or the nuances between Note 11 Pro and Note 11 Pro 5G. So, which model is the one for you?
Fret not, SGEEK is here to help you look through the misty fog and make a better choice out of the best choice that is any Redmi Note 11!
WHICH IS NOTE-WORTHY?
The Redmi Note series has always enjoyed a good following in Singapore due to its flagship-level features at affordable prices. The Redmi Note 11 series is no different.
But as you can see from the table below, the models of each Note 11 are almost no different to each other as well. At least, the differences are not as significant as a 3-room flat to a 5-room flat. However, there are similarities and differences to take note of.
|Xiaomi||Redmi Note 11||Redmi Note 11S||Redmi Note 11 Pro||Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G|
|Price||From S$259, available in Lazada and Shopee||From S$299, available in Lazada and Shopee||From S$359, available in Lazada and Shopee||From S$399, available in Lazada and Shopee|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G||Mediatek Helio G96||Mediatek Helio G96||Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G|
|Display||6.43-inch AMOLED (2,400 x 1,080 pixels), 90Hz refresh rate||6.43-inch AMOLED (2,400 x 1,080 pixels), 90Hz refresh rate||6.67-inch Super AMOLED (2,400 x 1,080 pixels), 120Hz refresh rate||6.67-inch Super AMOLED (2,400 x 1,080 pixels), 120Hz refresh rate|
|Camera||Front camera – 13MP Rear cameras – 8MP ultra-wide-angle, 50MP main wide-angle, 2MP macro||Front camera – 16MP Rear cameras – 8MP ultra-wide-angle, 108MP main wide-angle, 2MP macro, 2MP depth||Front camera – 16MP Rear cameras – 8MP ultra-wide-angle, 108MP main wide-angle, 2MP macro, 2MP depth||Front camera – 16MP Rear cameras – 8MP ultra-wide-angle, 108MP main wide-angle, 2MP macro|
|Operating system||Android 11, MIUI 13||Android 11, MIUI 13||Android 11, MIUI 13||Android 11, MIUI 13|
|Memory||4GB RAM/128GB storage; 6GB RAM/128GB storage||6GB RAM/64GB storage; 8GB RAM/128GB storage||6GB RAM/128GB storage; 8GB RAM/128GB storage||6GB RAM/128GB storage; 8GB RAM/128GB storage|
|Battery||Non-removable 5,000mAh; 33W fast charging||Non-removable 5,000mAh; 33W fast charging||Non-removable 5,000mAh; 67W fast charging||Non-removable 5,000mAh; 67W fast charging|
All the Redmi Note 11 models feature a flat-edge sleek body design. There are also dual speakers located at its top and bottom for stereo sound output.
Furthermore, every Redmi Note 11 comes with a side fingerprint sensor and face unlock capabilities. These are features that you might not see with its direct competitors.
In addition, each Redmi Note 11 smartphone comes with a 5,000mAh battery. This kind of large capacity battery is usually found in flagship smartphones that costs more than S$2,000.
But yet, these flagship smartphones do not even have an expandable storage capacity unlike all the Redmi Note 11 smartphones. They all feature a microSD card slot, so you can expand the storage space easily and cheaply.
Despite being affordable, all the Note 11 models, apart from the cheapest model, boast a 108-megapixel (MP) main wide-angle camera in their rear camera system. This 108MP camera uses Samsung HM2 sensor with 9-in-1 binning technology for high resolution and true-to-life details.
On the other hand, the Note 11 uses a 50MP main wide-angle camera. But it has the same 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, 2MP macro camera and 2MP depth-sensing camera as the Note 11 Pro and Note 11S.
The Note 11 Pro 5G lacks the 2MP depth-sensing camera, but it has the 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera and 2MP macro camera like the rest.
In addition, all the other Note 11 models has a 16MP in-display front-facing hole-punch camera. Only the Note 11 has a front-facing camera with a slightly lesser 13MP count.
Nonetheless, you can expect great image quality and natural-looking selfies regardless of which Note 11 model you use.
The biggest differentiator among the Redmi Note 11 models has to be the processors they use.
The Note 11 Pro 5G uses the Qualcomm 695 5G for the fastest speed as well as the only model to support 5G connectivity. The Note 11 Pro and Note 11S both use the same Mediatek Helio G96 processor, while the Note 11 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G chip.
So, if you want the fastest speed and 5G connectivity, the Note 11 Pro 5G will be the obvious choice.
Plus, both Note 11 Pro models feature a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate. In other words, there is smooth visuals with no screen tearing when playing games or any content.
The other two Note 11 models come with a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate. While their refresh rate might not be as good as the Pro models, they are still way better than their peers’ standard 60Hz refresh rate.
Moreover, the Note 11S and Note 11 support 33W wired fast charging. In other words, they can be charged from zero to 100% in around an hour.
On the other hand, the Note 11 Pro models support the faster 67W wired turbo charging. This means these two smartphones can be charged from zero to 50% using 67W in just 15 minutes.
Its multitude of features and chic design belies its affordable pricing. When you hold any of the Redmi Note 11 smartphones, you probably thought it is going to cost you at least S$600. But the Redmi Note 11 starts from S$259 with the most expensive Note 11 Pro 5G model at only S$429.
As you can see, the price range of the Note 11 models is pretty wide-ranging and pocket-friendly. Even a flagship 5G model costs less than S$500. It is essentially a bargain for every Redmi Note 11 model.
We hear you only need one smartphone, not four smartphones. Alright, we get that. But it never hurts to get two or more!
However, in terms of bang for buck, we think the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is probably the smartphone you want to get. It offers all the bells and whistles including a 108MP camera, 120Hz display, 67W turbo charging and a Snapdragon 5G chip.
As such, you are future-proofing yourself with a 5G smartphone, as the continued proliferation of 5G connectivity in Singapore means you can get the fastest data connection in the present and future.
Despite its endless flagship features, the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is very affordable at just around S$400. So, here you have it, we will pick the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G and so should you!