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Xiaomi announced even more mid-range smartphones and just for the Redmi Note 11 series alone, I think there’s a total of 6 variants that are available for sale in Malaysia. Remember – that is only the Redmi Note 11 series. The one we’re looking at today is the new Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G, which has a ridiculously long name and it is also the highest-end smartphone in the Redmi Note 11 series – at least for now.

I gotta be honest with you, this phone is actually quite good – but there are a few things that you need to know before purchasing. So, let’s begin.

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Performance

Let’s start with the performance. Oh man, I think that the MediaTek Dimensity 920 chipset in this phone did wonders for this phone. It goes to show that MediaTek really improved its chipset over the years.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G

This chipset manages to run the game at such a good frame rate in Genshin Impact that I am actually just surprised at how smooth it is. Sure, it’s not the best gaming experience but hey – coming from a mid-range smartphone, it’s good!

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G

Better yet, it doesn’t even get hot at all! At the front and the back, the surface temperature is just barely warmed up. This goes to show that we should never just a chipset by its brand or manufacturer – we need to test to know what’s the performance.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G

The most perplexing thing is, that the chipset can push out some good frame rates and the phone doesn’t feel hot, but the power consumption is quite high. I have no idea where all the energy went.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G

Screen

Then, the screen. It’s a fairly standard 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2400×1080 and has 120Hz refresh rate. I mean, this screen is used in many other Xiaomi or Redmi phones anyway.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G

However, since we got our colorimeter out at that time when we were reviewing this phone, we decided to test its color accuracy too.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G

From what we can see here, the maximum average brightness is slightly more than 450 nits – which means it is somewhat okay to be used outdoors most of the time – and then we lowered the brightness back to 100 nits and tested the color accuracy.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G

It’s actually quite a good screen as it covers 98.5% of sRGB and 94.23% of DCI-P3. The Delta E number is still below 0.2, which I think is good.

Design

I also like the design of this phone. The squarish design with rounded corners is the same as the other phones within the Redmi Note 11 series, but I do like this dark green color. Covered with a very fine matte finish at the back, it feels good to touch.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G

One more thing that I like is the flattened camera bump. Seriously, a flat camera bump looks better than those ridiculous stacked camera bumps like the Redmi Note 11S.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G

Cameras

And of course, speaking of the cameras, we need to talk about the cameras now. They’re the exact same as the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, the non-Plus version, and I’ll still only consider two out of the four cameras to be usable to take pictures. I mean, yeah they look pretty much the same anyway so we’ll just speed run through them.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G

That time, I went to Putrajaya in the morning to test 5G connectivity and the clouds were beautiful at that time. To have a look at all the pictures taken with the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G, watch our video at the top of this review.

Battery life

Then comes the parts of the phone that I don’t have any particular feelings about – the battery life. Compared to the non-Plus brethren, the battery capacity in the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G actually got shrunken down to 4,500mAh only. The battery life test did quite decently at 10 hours something, but like what we pointed out in the gaming test, the MediaTek Dimensity 920’s power consumption is quite high.

Charging

However, the shrunken battery does come with an upgrade in terms of charging speed. The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G comes with a proprietary 120W charger in the box, and it is also advertised to be able to be charged at 120W too!

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G

But this time, the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G packed two different technologies to ensure this phone has the best charging speeds. I first tested with the “boost charging speed” turned off, and it reached to 100% in about 23 minutes.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G

Then, I turned on the “boost charging speed” option again and redid the charging test – this time, it reached to 100% in only 15 minutes! Even faster than the Black Shark 4 Pro!

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G

Then I dug around and found out that hey – the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G uses a dual-cell battery just like the Black Shark 4 Pro, and it also uses a technology called “multiple tap winding” or MTW for short. It technically just opens more lanes for the charging to take place, so it can charge faster.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G

By combining these two technologies together, the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G can charge faster than the recently-announced Xiaomi 12 Pro which also advertised to have 120W charger. Check out our full review to know more.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G

Software- MIUI 12.5?

Then lastly – the software. I thought since Xiaomi announced MIUI 13, all the phones released after that announcement will also be using MIUI 13. But no – for some reason, the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G is using MIUI 12.5? What???

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G

The most confusing part is that the 4 phones that I’ve reviewed previously – the Redmi Note 11, Redmi Note 11S, Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, and also the Redmi Note 11 Pro 4G (which I am using as my second phone now) came with MIUI 13 pre-installed. What’s the excuse for the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G to be using MIUI 12.5???

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G

But of course, like what we mentioned in our past reviews, MIUI 12.5 and MIUI 13 feels identical but with a few visual change here and there. All the bugs and annoyances are still the same.

Conclusion

And lastly, the price. The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G starts at a whopping RM1,499. I believe this is the highest starting price for any Redmi smartphone ever. And I realize a trend now that this generation of Redmi smartphones either retained the same price as the last generation but with downgraded specs, or outright bumped up the price.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G

The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G falls in the latter category and that is because if we think about it, the closest competitor was last year’s fantastic Redmi Note 10 Pro or the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE. I mean, there’s a few hundred bucks price gap there. Let’s compare the launch price:

  • Redmi Note 10 Pro 8GB RAM + 128GB storage @ RM1,199
  • Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE 8GB RAM + 128GB storage @ RM1,399
  • Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G 8GB RAM + 128GB storage @ RM1,499

Oh – I should also mention that the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G uses a hybrid card slot instead of dedicated triple card slots. I think this information is important to some of you.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G

But, at the price of RM1,499, I think there are no other new smartphones that can compete with the value that the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G offers. Though, you can consider getting the Samsung Galaxy A52s through retailers that are selling for less than RM1,499 – which you can check out our review here.

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