Redmi Note 11S and Redmi Note 11 unveiled in India with high-refresh-rate AMOLED screens, 33 W fast charging, and more
One can attribute Xiaomi's initial success in India to the Redmi Note line of smartphones (Redmi Note 3, to be precise). Since then, the lineup has sold phenomenally well in the region. It has become a tradition for Xiaomi to launch new Redmi Note devices in India on a priority basis, but this time around, they were launched globally first. The highly-anticipated Redmi Note 11 and Redmi Note 11S have finally arrived in the country with an impressive spec sheet and a price to match. Unlike last year, only two Redmi Note phones were unveiled.
Redmi Note 11S
Starting with the better-specced Redmi Note 11S, we get a MediaTek Helio G96 SoC coupled with up to 8 GB RAM and 128 GB of expandable storage. Its 5,000 mAh battery supports 33W fast charging, pretty much the same as last year's models. We do, however, get a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen clocked at 90 Hz.
Other Redmi Note 11S specs include a 108 MP primary camera sensor, 8 MP ultra-wide-angle lens and two 2 MP macro/depth sensors. A 16 MP sensor handles selfies and video calls. The smartphone has an IP53 splash resistance rating, an IR blaster and a Z-axis linear motor for better haptic feedback. It runs MIUI 13 out of the box, but it is based on Android 11 instead of Android 12. The Redmi Note 11S will be available on February 16 across all major online retailers.
Redmi Note 11
Moving on to the Redmi Note 11, we get the same screen/battery combo (6.4-inch 90 Hz AMOLED/5,000 mAh 33 W fast charging, along with a Snapdragon 680 SoC, 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of expandable storage. Moving on to the camera, the 108 MP sensor gets replaced by a 50 MP one, but the rest of the setup remains the same. The selfie camera gets downgraded to 13MP, and the remaining specifications are identical across the board. One can buy the Redmi Note 11 on February 11 on Amazon and Xiaomi's official store.
The lack of 5G connectivity on the Redmi Note 11 and Redmi Note 11S might seem puzzling at first. However, India isn't expected to get 5G connectivity till 2023, so tacking it on would only add to the costs. Besides, it could be reserved for the Redmi Note 11 Pro, which may or may not make its debut later this year.
|Redmi Note 11||4 GB RAM/ 64 GB storage||INR 13,499 (US$187)|
|Redmi Note 11||6 GB RAM/ 64GB storage||INR 14,499 (US$200)|
|Redmi Note 11||6 GB RAM/128 GB storage||INR 15,599 (US$213)|
|Redmi Note 11S||6 GB RAM/ 64 GB storage||INR 16,499 (US$227)|
|Redmi Note 11S||6 GB RAM/ 128 GB storage||INR 17,499 (US$240)|
|Redmi Note 11S||8 GB RAM/ 128 GB storage||INR 18,499 (US$253)|