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Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S full review

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In today’s article, I’m going to give you a complete review of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S. I’m going to give you a complete spec sheet. I’m going to review the Display, Design and build, Performance, Memory, Storage, Software, Battery, Camera, Main camera, Lenses, Selfie camera, Connectivity, Network, Sound, and pretty much everything that comes in this device.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S


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Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S:

Display:

Type AMOLED
Size 6.43 inches
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Aspect ratio 20:9
PPI 409 ppi
Refresh rate 90 Hz
HDR support Yes, HDR10+
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Screen-to-body ratio 84.5%
Display features – DCI-P3
– Always-On Display

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S has an amazing display. Its 6.43 inches Amoled, 90Hz, with HDR10+ support, and 1002 nits (peak) brightness display.  It is also Full HD+ with a PPI density of 409. The display is punchier and more powerful with 90Hz support, and more colorful. The gaming experience is also going to be very good because it’s a 90Hz display and also the content watching will be good. Thanks to DCIP3 technology. Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S is using the Amoled panel. Which is good. This display is also capable of delivering faster performance with no touch lag issuers thanks to the 90Hz. The display is also protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The display features an always-on display. This display is amazingly good in this mid-range smartphones category. The aspect ratio is 20:9 which will support high-resolution movies.



DESIGN & BUILD:

Height 159.87 mm (6.29 inches)
Width 73.87 mm (2.91 inches)
Thickness 8.09 mm (0.32 inches)
Weight 179 gramm (6.31 oz)
Waterproof IP53
Rear material Plastic
Frame material Plastic
Colors Gray, Blue
Fingerprint scanner Yes, in home button

Xiaomi is known for its amazing new designs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S with the new design looks more futuristic and stronger than Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S. The rear is made of plastic. The frame is also made of plastic, which makes it lighter. There is IP53 water and dust resistance. In this Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S, we got to see the better design and the better back. Which is good to see on the mid-range phone. It’s protected by a plastic frame that’s why it makes it lighter by 179 grams. The Camera bump is quite a good place. The camera bump looks familiar with the Xiaomi 11T and the Xiaomi 11T Pro. Talking about the fingerprint scanner it’s located on the home button and it’s fast with new features. The height, weight, and thickness are almost the same as the last-gen Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S.

Performance:

Chipset MediaTek Helio G96
Max. clock 2050 MHz
CPU cores 8 (2 + 6)
Architecture – 6 cores at 2 GHz: Cortex-A55
– 2 cores at 2.05 GHz: Cortex-A76
Lithography process 12 nanometers
Graphics Mali G57 MC2
GPU clock 850 MHz

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S comes with MediaTek Helio G96. Which scores great on Antutu 9 benchmarks. It also makes the phone experience much smoother with the 90Hz display. The gaming experience is also going to be on another level. The Mali G57 MC2 is one of the powerful GPUs in a mid-range phone, which makes the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S more powerful than other mid-range smartphones. I already published a complete article on this chipset you can check that out here MediaTek Helio G96.


MEMORY AND STORAGE:

RAM size 6, 8 GB
Memory type LPDDR4X
Memory clock 2133 MHz
Channels 2
Storage size 64, 128 GB
Storage type UFS 2.2
Memory card MicroSD
Memory card max. size Up to 1024 GB

There are going to be two Ram variants in this Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S, 6GB RAM and 8GB of ram with the new MediaTek Helio G96 is a good combination. The ram is LPDDR4X and clocked on 2133MHz. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S has fast UFS 2.2 storage support. There is also SD card support. Which can support the SD card up to 1024 GB. There are also 2 variants of storage. The base one is 64GB and the peak one is 128GB. There are going to be some price differences between these two storage options.

Benchmarks:

Geekbench 5:

Single Core 533
Multi core 1912

Now let’s talk about the benchmarks. The MediaTek Helio G96 has good CPU scores in the Geekbach 5. The single-core score is 533. This is quite impressive when it comes to single-core performance and also the multi-core which is 1912. Which is a lot slower than the newly launched Samsung Exynos 1280. You can check that out.


Antutu 9 Benchmarks

CPU 96288
GPU 81608
Memory 61602
UX 93725
Total score 334857

MediaTek Helio G96 shows the best AnTuTu 9 scores. We can see the big jump in the GPU and CPU performance. The total performance of the GPU is 816081, which is slower than the MediaTek Helio G95. The CPU also shows one of the best scores. It is 96288 which is a bit slower than the Snapdragon 732G. The memory scores also show a significant boost. MediaTek Helio G96 memory is faster than Snapdragon 680, and Snapdragon 678. The Ux is also showing one of the best performances. It is 93725, which is faster than Snapdragon 680, and Snapdragon 678G. MediaTek Helio G96’s total scores are above 334857.

Software:

Operating system Android 11
ROM MIUI 13

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S comes with Android 11 support. Which can be customized more than the Android 10. In the new MIUI 13, there are tons of new features added to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S. This new custom ROM is greatly optimized with new bugs fixes and with a new layout which is fun to play with.

Battery:

Capacity 5000 mAh
Charge power 33 W
Battery type Li-Po
Replaceable No
Wireless charging No
Reverse charging No
Fast charging Yes (46% in 30 min)
Full charging time 1:18 hr

When it comes to charging. This phone can support fast charging of 33 watts. Which can charge fully in 78 minutes. There is no fast wireless charging support. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S comes with a 5000Mah battery. Which is just enough for daily usage. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S has a full day battery on a single charge it can live long up to a day.



MAIN CAMERA:

Matrix 108 megapixels
Image resolution 12032 x 9024
Zoom Digital
Flash LED
Stabilization Digital
8K video recording No
4K video recording No
1080p video recording Up to 30FPS
Angle of widest lens 118°

Now let’s talk about the Camera. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S comes with a triple camera setup. The main camera is 108 megapixel F/1.9. There is no telephoto lens. There is an ultra-wide lens of 8megapixels as well. This is a pretty amazing Camera setup which means the photos will contain more details. There is only 4K at 30 FPS. The videos will contain more details and will be sharper thanks to its chipset. There is no optical image stabilization on the ultra-wide lens and on the main lens. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S. Also supported the slow-motion 720p at 960 FPS. This is the same sensor that was used in the last-gen Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro. Which was the best mid-range camera smartphone. This sensor is sharp and big. That collects more light at night thus making it the best camera sensor. This sensor was also used in the Samsung Galaxy S21/S22 ultra. Which by this time the most amazing camera smartphones. The angle view of the ultra-wide is 118 degrees. Which is not wide enough but can take good shots.


Lenses:

Wide (main) lens – 108 MP
– Aperture: f/1.9
– Focal length: 26 mm
– Pixel size: 0.7 micron
– Sensor: 1/1.52″, Samsung S5KHM2 (ISOCELL Plus CMOS)
– Phase autofocus (Dual Pixel)
Ultra-wide lens – 8 MP
– Aperture: f/2.2
– Pixel size: 1.14 micron
– Sensor: 1/2.8″, Sony IMX355 (Exmor-RS CMOS)
Macro lens – 2 MP
– Aperture: f/2.4
– Focal length: 50 mm
Depth lens – 2 MP
– Aperture: f/2.4
– Pixel size: 1.75 micron
– Sensor: 1/5″, Omnivision OV02B1B (CMOS)
Camera features – Bokeh mode
– Pro mode

The main sensor is 108MP. Which is Samsung S5KHM2. Samsung S5KHM2 sensor can be seen in a lot of smartphones in the midrange category also. And also in Flagships like the Xiaomi 11T Pro, Xiaomi 12 pro, Xiaomi 10T Pro. The main camera saves 12-megapixel images by default. These are all right with enough detail for this class and true to life colors the dynamic range is good. However, these photos are not ideal with visible noise and over-sharpening, and some corner softness. This sensor is brighter and big. Thanks to the aperture f/1.9. This sensor can take stronger portrait shots and can take great shots at nighttime because it’s combined with a wider aperture. This sensor is very good at maintaining a good dynamic range in harsh conditions. This sensor is also good at taking very amazing portraits with strong bokeh and good depth of field. At night the main cam takes good low-light photos. There is enough detail realistic-looking exposure and well-preserved colors. The noise is handled well too night mode photos are sharper with more resolved detail and, you get a wider dynamic range with restored highlights, and develop shadows while the exposure is slightly brighter. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S doesn’t turn night and day but can take best night shots. It is a 108MP sensor so, combining that with the great software can result in the best in smartphone photography. The autofocus in this camera sensor is incredibly fast. The sensor is a dual pixel. Overall the sensor is big, bright, and powerful.

There is also an ultra-wide lens of 8Mp. Which is Sony IMX 355. This sensor can be also seen in many devices like Redmi note 10 pro, redmi note 11 pro, poco x3 , Poco f3, etc. This is also a great sensor considering its capabilities. The 8-megapixel ultra-wide photos are ok for this price range. But nothing great you get enough contrast and wide dynamic range but they come out soft with a low level of detail and the colors are a bit off. In harsh lighting conditions, this camera sensor suffers a lot because of its aperture which is only f/2.2. This sensor cannot take enough light to take good shots at night. The 8-megapixel ultra-wide photos taken at night time are not really usable.  They’re incredibly dark and noisy. Unlike the regular Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S model, there’s no night mode for the ultra-wide cam you can force HDR on getting a better result, and you will end up with less noise. In the video, this camera sensor has a lot of noise. Which is very annoying. You can’t use this ultra-wide camera at night time because it will contain so much grain and noise in the videos and pictures. The sensor aperture is F/2.2 which cannot collect more light at night time and thus can take average shots at night time with more noise.

There is a 2mp macro and a depth lens. Which is not used regularly. These camera sensors can take good shots with amazing details, and amazing sharpness. The main lens also has optical image stabilization. Which is not as good as the flagship phones but still can do a good job while taking photos or making videos.


SELFIE CAMERA:

Megapixels 16 megapixels
Image resolution 4920 x 3264
Aperture f/2.4
Pixel size 1 microns
Sensor type CMOS
Sensor size 1/3.13″
Video resolution 1080p (Full HD) at 30 FPS

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S has a 16-megapixel Selfie Camera. Their recording is only kept on 1080p up to 30 FPS. But considering this Selfie Camera is 16 megapixels. This means it will contain more details. It’s also F/2.4. Which will not collect more light at night photography. The sensor will be struggling to collect light in the nighttime.

Connectivity:

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
Bluetooth version 5.0
USB type USB Type-C
USB version 2
NFC* Depend on the region

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S comes with Wi-Fi 5 with the Bluetooth version of 5.0. Which contains more speed and a better coverage area. Thanks for the Wi-Fi 5. It gives you a better upload and download speed. Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S comes with the USB type C 2.0, which makes it faster and more efficient. There is NFC support in this smartphone.


SOUND:

Speakers Stereo
Headphone audio jack Yes
Dolby Atmos Yes

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S has a headphone jack. It’s a Midrange smartphone so, it has Stereo speakers with Dolby atoms support. The speakers sound well. You can listen to music and can take calls with these speakers. It’s also supported by Dolby atmos which makes the sound experience on another level. The speaker has a nice amount of bass in the sound. You can feel the beat with the nice sound. There are two-speaker one at the bottom and another at the top. The top speaker is also used to take calls. The sound quality of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S is A+. There is also a 3.5-millimeter headphone Jack because it’s a mid-range phone. This is a mid-range smartphone so there is also a headphone jack.

Colors:

Colors Gray, Blue

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S just lunching with two colors which are Gray and Blue, I personally like the blue color. Because it gives a natural look to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S.



Final Thoughts:

So, this was my review of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S. This phone has an amazing chipset with an amazing camera. So, I highly recommend buying this phone if you are looking for a good value mid-range phone.

 If you guys learned something new then make sure to check out my other articles as well as my YouTube channel.

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My name is Shahzada Fahad and I am an Electrical Engineer. I have been doing Job in UAE as a site engineer in an Electrical Construction Company. Currently, I am running my own YouTube channel "Electronic Clinic", and managing this Website. My Hobbies are * Watching Movies * Music * Martial Arts * Photography * Travelling * Make Sketches and so on...

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