for the price it’s hard to do better!

This is the “star” of Xiaomi smartphones! It is sold every year by whole pallets, which has allowed the Chinese manufacturer to become one of the most important players in France in a few years. The Redmi Note’s recipe is simple: explosive value for money and the integration of technologies usually found in much more expensive smartphones.

This Redmi Note 11 is no exception to the rule. From a design point of view, nothing surprising: it follows the format and lines of its predecessor. The screen is still 6.43 inches, the back is still plastic, the selfie camera is still punch-hole… We only notice a photoblock on the back, slightly modified from the previous generation.

Ergonomics: amazingly perfect smartphone

The good news is that Xiaomi does not skimp on smartphone hardware, which is pretty solid for a terminal at this price point. We particularly appreciate the presence of dual SIM slots and a microSD port, perfect for expanding the rather weak memory in particular (64GB on our test model). The nest, which has sadly disappeared from most high-end terminals, is also welcome. We also have the right to the fingerprint sensor, located on the edge, on the lock button, which also works perfectly. We even get some gadgets whose brand is secret, like an infrared transmitter linked to a remote control app. On the other hand, here we will do without wireless charging and, of course… 5G. The Snapdragon 680 that powers this device is a 4G chip only.

In any case, the set was a success in terms of design and concept: despite its price, the smartphone is thin, well-made and can easily pass for a much more expensive terminal!

Screen: contrast joys 90 Hz AMOLED

Xiaomi has already introduced the AMOLED display and its infinite contrast compared to the previous generation. This time around, it’s another technology that’s making its first appearance on such an inexpensive mobile phone: the Quick Refresh Panel.
True, we do not reach the 120 Hz of top-end smartphones, but the 90 Hz screen of the Redmi Note 11 is already very noticeable. The option is not activated by default – it obviously consumes more energy – but once activated, it provides undeniable visual comfort. It remains to be seen whether you’d rather take advantage of this little refinement or benefit from the best possible autonomy. For our part, we clearly preferred the second option.

The rest of the plate is quite correct. The infinite contrast provided by Oled technology is sure to be noticeable, especially when watching videos. We found the Delta E, which measures color accuracy, to be 5.55, which is far from exceptional, but not shocking in use. The brightness measured in our laboratory is 695 cd/m.2 is on average for entry-level phones: we are certainly far from high-end smartphones, but this is more than enough to see the screen correctly even in direct sunlight if you press the backlight to the maximum.

Performance: groovy, but getting used to

Okay. From the very beginning, it should be said that Redmi Note 11 is not a powerful monster. The results of our different benches prove it, as you can see in the table below, which compares it to much more powerful (and more expensive) smartphones.

The culprit in everything is found: it is the Snapdragon 680, the chip that controls it. This new 6nm engraved entry-level SoC is more modern and slightly better than the Snapdragon 678 that powers the Redmi Note 10 (2.4GHz vs 2.2GHz). On the other hand, its architecture is somewhat different, and its GPU (Adreno 610) is strangely less efficient than last year’s model (Adreno 612). This probably explains the slightly lower performance we see in some cases.

But relying only on numbers here would be a mistake. Because every day Redmi Note 11 offers an absolutely honest copy. Navigating the Android interface is smooth most of the time, although we do feel some hiccups, especially when you want to multitask or switch quickly from one program to another. Launching apps also takes a little time, but is it really that bad to wait another second to see the open interface of Twitter or Google Maps? Actually, not really.

What is more annoying, and what we notice after a few minutes of use, is the lack of RAM and the draconian management of programs in memory. The Redmi Note 11 we tried has only 4 GB. This is not much in the world of Android and the OS, no doubt in favor of the smartphone’s (excellent, see below) autonomy, tends to “kill” applications in the background very quickly.
Result: The long loading times we mentioned above are very, very often part of the game when switching from one app to another. Again, this is not prohibitive, we are getting used to it, but we are clearly far from the performance of a more equipped smartphone.

MIUI and the virus problem

Let’s focus on Xiaomi OS and MIUI overlay for a moment. Redmi Note 11 runs Android 11 and MIUI 13, the most recent version of its overlay. The first thing to do after setting up your smartphone is to update it (we’re testing it in version 13.0.5) to fix a lot of bugs and make navigation smoother.
MIUI is a clean and well-optimized overlay anyway. It’s not too disorienting when you’re used to “pure” Android, and much less like a copy of iOS than it used to be. All the better.

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What we least like is a range of integrated software that keeps asking you to send data to share with Xiaomi or partners to benefit from it. This is, for example, the case with the weather, Xiaomi Videos, the note-taking app… and so on. Worse, some applications, such as an application called Security, for example, to integrate advertising, which a priori cannot be cut out.

Therefore, when setting up your smartphone, we advise you to be careful with what you accept and, in most cases, refuse services that will not be useful to you in any way or even ruin your experience. This is especially true for the disgusting function Carousel, which uses Taboola’s services to offer you a photo (often a cat) and a link to (usually) poor quality content. When collecting your personal data along the way. garbage This is probably a ransom for a good phone of 200 euros …

Not a photo miracle, but a true account in broad daylight

There are four PV modules on the back of the smartphone, but two of them are unconfirmed. Firstly, there is a depth sensor (2 megapixels), which is mainly used to improve portraits, and a macro sensor, also 2 megapixels, which is of little interest in everyday life.

Let’s be clear: photography is not the Redmi Note 11’s forte, even if you can get honest shots in good light.

The main module has a very small sensor (1/2.76″) with a resolution of 50 megapixels (f/1.8, 26 mm), which gives very correct results in bright light, fairly well exposed pictures, amazingly detailed, with good colorimetry … despite certain associated aberrations. brutal digital processing.

Due to the small size of the sensor at night, everything becomes serious: the pictures become very noisy, a lot of detail is lost: the smartphone has problems with sharpness.

As for the ultra-wide angle, it is not great, day and night, with significant image distortion in the corners, noise is very present, including in ideal lighting. Low-light footage is downright difficult to use.

The video copy is also far from perfect. It’s even a little disastrous. The smartphone is content with recording in 1080p at 30 frames per second. It’s hard to ask for better at this price and we’re glad we were satisfied. On the other hand, we noticed a lot of problems during our shots, in particular recurring hitches when we want to take a panorama, for example.

Exceptional autonomy!

We end with what we think is the big, even huge, strong point of this smartphone: its autonomy. Equipped with a large 5000mAh battery, Redmi Note 11 is among the very best smartphones in this regard according to our measurements, with an all-around 18:59 autonomy, a benchmark that mimics classic smartphone usage.

Our two weeks with the phone in our pocket confirmed this wonderful observation. If we are satisfied with reasonable usage (surfing, browsing emails, browsing social media, a few photos), Redmi Note 11 can easily last more than two days without recharging. This is really noticeable, especially since Xiaomi has not forgotten about fast charging, with a full charge in 1 hour 07 minutes and a 50% charge in 25 minutes. Top !

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