Redmi Note 11S Review: Is It Good Value?

Xiaomi is again to doing what it does greatest, flooding the mainstream smartphone market with a tonne of choices so it doesn’t matter what your price range is, there is a Redmi telephone for you. We have seen many different firms undertake this technique too, and whereas it does create a complicated mess, it additionally means there’s a whole lot of selection.

Take for instance, the brand new Redmi Be aware 11S. This can be a 4G-only smartphone, which to start with, is just a little odd because the Redmi Be aware 11T 5G (Evaluation) which got here earlier than it helps 5G. The principle attraction right here is the 108-megapixel rear digicam. This is similar sensor beforehand used on the Redmi Be aware 10 Professional Max final 12 months, however now Xiaomi is providing it at a decrease beginning worth. Nevertheless, with the Redmi Be aware 11 Professional collection proper across the nook, the place does the Redmi Be aware 11S actually slot in, and must you even be contemplating it?

Redmi Be aware 11S worth and variants

Let’s begin with the completely different configurations on supply. The Redmi Be aware 11S is offered in three variants, beginning at Rs. 16,499 for 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage; Rs. 17,499 for a similar quantity of RAM however 128GB of storage; and at last Rs. 18,499 for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Redmi Be aware 11S design

The design of the Redmi Be aware 11S is a bit too bland for my liking. The blue and polar white trims look a bit higher in images, however the black unit that I’ve is simply plain boring. The plastic body and again panel are properly constructed and the telephone is kind of snug to carry. It isn’t too heavy at 179g or thick both. The principle digicam stands out additional than the remainder of the digicam module, which makes the Redmi Be aware 11S unsteady if you happen to’re making an attempt to apply it to a flat floor.

Xiaomi has gone for a 6.43-inch AMOLED show with a fairly excessive peak brightness of as much as a claimed 1000nits. Nevertheless, the remainder of the specs are nothing to shout about. It has a 90Hz peak refresh fee, a primary 180Hz contact sampling fee, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for scratch safety. The total-HD+ decision ensures sharp visuals, and hues are typically punchy. You will must manually allow the 90Hz refresh fee on the Be aware 11S, because it’s set to 60Hz by default.

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The Redmi Be aware 11S has a plastic physique which has helped preserve the load low
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The Redmi Be aware 11S helps two Nano-SIM playing cards and a microSD card, all in the identical tray. The devoted storage growth slot is helpful because the Redmi Be aware 11S has a most of 128GB of built-in storage. The telephone additionally has twin audio system, a Kind-C port, an IR emitter, and a headphone jack. It even has an IP53 score for water and dirt resistance, which isn’t frequent on this worth section. The field features a 33W quick charging adapter, USB Kind-C cable, SIM eject device and a case.

Redmi Be aware 11S specs and software program

This telephone is powered by the MediaTek Helio G96 SoC, which is decently highly effective however not essentially the most environment friendly because it’s constructed on an older 12nm fabrication course of. The Redmi Be aware 11S helps dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5, and all the fundamental satellite tv for pc navigation methods. It additionally has a 5,000mAh battery, which ought to be sufficient to final a full day on one cost, on the very least.

The Redmi Be aware 11S runs MIUI 13, however this model remains to be based mostly on Android 11 and never 12. It is a acquainted expertise if you happen to’ve used any latest Xiaomi smartphone. All the same old theming choices, shortcuts and gestures are current, together with a tonne of preinstalled apps. All of the third-party apps will be uninstalled however some first-party ones such Mi Pay can’t be.

Redmi Be aware 11S efficiency and battery life

The Redmi Be aware 11S provides sufficient grunt to deal with primary apps and video games properly. Sure apps in MIUI 13, reminiscent of GetApps, will be spammy. There is a capacitive fingerprint sensor within the energy button, which labored properly in my expertise. Due to the AMOLED panel, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of a kind of always-on show characteristic. This might have been extra helpful, but it surely solely stays energetic for 10 seconds at a time — so it is not truly ‘at all times on’.

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The Redmi Be aware 11S has a handsome show that delivers sharp visuals at a excessive refresh fee
Picture Credit score: Roydon Cerejo


Movies regarded good on the telephone’s show however the stereo sound wasn’t properly balanced as the underside speaker sounded loads clearer than the earpiece. Video games ran properly sufficient, however some heavy ones ran with restricted graphics choices on this telephone. As an example, Name of Obligation: Cellular did not even present the ‘Excessive’ graphics choice and I wasn’t ready to make use of many of the superior high quality toggles both. Gameplay was clean although, it is simply that it did not look pretty much as good because it usually does.

Xiaomi says it has used a liquid cooling system to maintain the telephone working cool even beneath stress however after a 30 minute session of Name of Obligation, the again and the body nonetheless acquired fairly heat. The Redmi Be aware 11S carried out predictably in assessments and in real-world utilization given its specs – benchmark scores have been a bit decrease than what the Redmi Be aware 11T 5G managed with its MediaTek Dimensity 810 SoC. The Be aware 11S scored 3,10,732 factors in AnTuTu and ran at 51fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex check.

Battery life was fortunately fairly good. The 5,000mAh battery simply provided a complete day’s value of runtime, even with heavy use. With lighter workloads, you’ll be able to anticipate to go longer between fees. There’s 33W quick charging which helps cost the battery pretty rapidly. 

Redmi Be aware 11S cameras

The principle 108-megapixel digicam on the Redmi Be aware 11S makes use of the Samsung HM2 sensor. It captures 12-megapixel pixel-binned images by default, however you’ll be able to take images on the native 108-megapixel decision too. Beneath shiny daylight, this digicam managed good element however colors in images tended to look wildly exaggerated, with the AI characteristic on or off. The elective Professional Color mode boosted vibrance even additional, making images look very synthetic. Capturing on the full 108-megapixel decision provided significantly better element, however extra importantly, colors have been higher managed and objects regarded much more pure in my assessments.

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Is the 108-megapixel sensor within the Redmi Be aware 11S pretty much as good as Xiaomi is making it out to be?
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The Redmi Be aware 11S had a little bit of hassle with autofocus when capturing close-up topics with the principle digicam, and it took a few faucets on the viewfinder at instances to lock focus accurately. Shut-ups regarded good beneath managed lighting, however beneath shiny daylight, colors typically went for a toss. The principle sensor actually struggled in low mild. Capturing on the full 108-megapixel decision wasn’t of a lot assist and my solely choice was to make use of Evening mode. This takes a few seconds longer to seize a shot, however you do get barely higher element and publicity. Surprisingly, you’ll be able to’t use Evening mode with the ultra-wide or the selfie cameras, which is an actual disgrace.

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Redmi Be aware 11S principal digicam pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

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Redmi Be aware 11S ultra-wide digicam pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

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Capturing on the full 108-megapixel decision beneath good mild on the Redmi Be aware 11S leads to significantly better picture high quality

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Redmi Be aware 11S principal digicam pattern (faucet to see full dimension)


The 8-megapixel ultra-wide digicam has a extra restrained color profile when capturing throughout the day, which for as soon as, is an effective factor. Low-light images got here out expectedly weak and blurry, with poor color replica. The Redmi Be aware 11S has a primary 2-megapixel macro digicam, not the spectacular tele-macro one we had on the Be aware 10 Professional collection, so the outcomes are usually not pretty much as good. There’s additionally a 2-megapixel depth sensor.

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Redmi Be aware 11S principal digicam pattern with Evening mode (faucet to see full dimension)

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Redmi Be aware 11S ultra-wide digicam pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

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Redmi Be aware 11S daylight selfie (left) and evening selfie (proper) pattern


The 16-megapixel selfie digicam captured respectable images throughout the day, nonetheless I observed fairly a little bit of oversharpening when utilizing Portrait mode for a similar body. Selfies taken indoors have been respectable supplied there was good ambient lighting, however outdoor at evening, the standard was fairly weak.

The Redmi Be aware 11S can document video at solely as much as 1080p, with stabilisation, nonetheless the standard was strictly common even when capturing in broad daylight. In low mild, the standard was actually poor and never on top of things for a telephone on this section.


The Redmi Be aware 11S seems like a little bit of a stopgap answer until the Redmi Be aware 11 Professional collection arrives, and if you happen to’ve set your coronary heart on a Redmi telephone already, then final 12 months’s Redmi Be aware 10 Professional truly provides higher worth on the similar worth. The 108-megapixel digicam is that this telephone’s principal promoting level. It may possibly seize good images if you happen to’re capturing on the native decision throughout the day, however in any other case it is strictly common, as are the remainder of the sensors. The SoC is not notably highly effective for a telephone on this worth section, and the dearth of 5G does not assist its case both.

I feel it might be greatest to carry off for some time earlier than you make any buy determination concerning this telephone, as higher choices are certain to launch quickly.

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