Comparison Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G vs Realme 9 Pro +: the two REFERENCE points of the MEDIUM range!

The mid-range has always been super populated with interesting devices also because, to be honest, it is the one most taken into consideration by users when buying the new smartphone.

It is also true, however, that this 2022 unfortunately marked the turning point in "negative" as regards prices, because never as in recent months the prices of mid-range smartphones were so high. Patience, unfortunately inflation marks around + 6% in recent weeks, so it will also have to adapt to the increase in smartphone prices.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G vs Realme 9 Pro +: the two REFERENCE points of the MEDIUM range!

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Design and Materials

I want to start from the size and construction aspect of these two smartphones, bitter rivals. Realme 9 Pro + is great 160.2 x 73.3 x 8 mm and weighs only 182 grams while Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G it's big 164.2 x 76.1 x 8.1 mm and weighs a good 20 grams more, for a total of 202 grams. In practice, the difference is not so noticeable for the weight while instead for the dimensions, to be honest, the smartphone of Realme it is much more comfortable to use with one hand and you can easily reach the opposite corner of the screen with your thumb.

The aspect related to the constructionInstead, it puts us in front of two objectively very beautiful smartphones: both have a design with attention to the smallest details, but here the subjective factor comes into play. What I can tell you, for my part, is that they have two different construction forms: Xiaomi has more squared brick-effect shapes, with an opaque back cover that retains much fewer fingerprints than that of Realme which, however, is forgiven in the chameleon variant that changes color in contact with the sunlight (of which, however, I do not I could try the cool).

The two rear bump chambers, on the other hand, are very similar in projection, but not in arrangement of the elements: ok, they both have three cameras but Redmi has a larger main lens in the center followed by two smaller ones below, while Realme has the two main cameras of the same size and next to a Macro in a more secluded position.

The arrangement of the elements is different on the two smartphones which, however, are similar in substance: both have a Type-C input for charging in addition to the 3.5mm jack for headphones. Note of merit for Xiaomi is the presence of the infrared blaster which is absent on the Realme 9 Pro +. The audio, then, is stereo on both smartphones and the quality is roughly the same.

A problem we often hear about is related to proximity sensors: I don't know exactly if the biggest problems come out in the long run, but in routine tests I noticed a good speed of the sensors present on both smartphones, so no problem to report.

The big difference, on the other hand, is made by the biometric sensors for unlocking: needless to say that both offer great reliability in terms of release speed and safety, but it must be said that the positioning is different. Xiaomi integrates the sensor on the side frame at the power button, while Realme directly under the screen. I will not go into the merits, but personally I much prefer the sensor of Realme below the screen rather than the side one of Xiaomi.

Display

On the displays Xiaomi slightly advantaged part, at least as far as I'm concerned. Technically we are dealing with a 6.67 ″ inch panel Super AMOLED FullHD + on the Xiaomi while slightly smaller, about 6.4 ″, on the Realme even if basically they share the same technology.

Xiaomi registers an advantage, however, because the screen update speed is higher: 120Hz against the 90Hz of the Realme which, certainly are not few, but clearly do not stand up to the comparison with the Xiaomi screen.

Another circumstance that deserves to be investigated is linked to the brightness of the two panels: reading the values ​​of the technical data sheets it is noted that Xiaomi declares about 1200 peak nits against 1000 del Realme while the average is around 700 for Xiaomi and 430 for Redmi.

To be honest I found it difficult to actually test the difference in brightness of the two screens in the field, without resorting to external tools: after a bit of testing, I can actually confirm that the Xiaomi screen is slightly brighter, but it is really imperceptible . A strange thing, however, I noticed with the contents HDR that are not played correctly by the Xiaomi: for example on YouTube the contents are reproduced only in SDR, while on Realme I have not encountered any problems of this type. Despite this, both smartphones offer compatibility with HDR10 +, at least on paper.

Just to draw the nut in the comparison of these two displays, we could say that we are faced with two qualitatively very similar panels, both with beautiful bright colors and an excellent calibration even without modifications of any kind: a few more points, to be fair, Xiaomi earns it for the greater brightness factor and better visibility in direct light.

Hardware and Performance

The hardware is that aspect that, in the comments on our videos and also in our Telegram group "In Test with Giz“, It is always targeted, especially when it does not reflect the expectations we have created for a product. These two smartphones fully belong to the mid-range, but they fall there with two totally different processors.

If Xiaomi chose to use one Snapdragon 695 Octa-Core (2 × 2.2 GHz Kryo 660 Gold & 6 × 1.7 GHz Kryo 660 Silver) and 8GB of RAM with up to 3GB of virtual non-customizable expansion, Realme took a different approach, offering Mediatek Octa-core Dimensity 920 on board (2 × 2.5 GHz Cortex-A78 & 6 × 2.0 GHz Cortex-A55) and 8 GB of RAM memory , virtually expandable to choose between 2, 3 and 5GB extra.

Both are marketed with storage UFS 2.2 in the 128 and 256GB cuts but in favor of Xiaomi there is, however, the possibility of memory expansion through MicroSD, big absent on the Realme 9 Pro +. Leaving aside the comparisons relating to the technical data sheets, what I can tell you is that in practice the two smartphones are the same, blindly.

I tried doing our beloved app opening speed tests and there are no noticeable differences; we cannot actually decree a “winner” because often the results are similar, sometimes one is faster than the other by a few ms and other times vice versa. In practical everyday use, however, both are perfectly aligned, they do not have major slowdowns if not some micro lag from time to time in the interface, but nothing that can interfere in routine operations.

I know, I know: wait i benchmarking, right? Realme 9 Pro + and its Dimensity 920 manage to tick higher scores of about 10-15% in all the tests carried out compared to the Qualcomm solution of Xiaomi. In fact, however, talking about concrete differences is difficult.

Cameras in comparison

In our telegram group "Test with Giz!" I asked you to evaluate with me some of the shots taken by these devices: Gabriele says “Redmi more natural”, Marco says “Realme tends to oversaturate”, and so on. Basically, the most favorable opinions were collected by Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G which, apparently, you liked the most in the shots I posted to you.

Before judging them, however, I want to summarize on the fly the characteristics of the lenses present on board both: Realme 9 Pro + has the main 50MP lens with optical stabilization and PDAF focus followed by an ultra wide 8MP with Field of View equal to 119 ° and the 2MP Macro lens.

Xiaomi, on the other hand, on paper it goes ahead: the primary lens, in fact, is 108MP f / 1.9 without OIS but equipped with PDAF focus, followed by an ultrawide lens also here from 8MP but with a field of view at 118 ° and the 2MP macro lens. Both smartphones have a 16MP front lens with f / 2.4 aperture.

Let's assume that the evaluation of colors can be very subjective, but let's start analyzing these close-up diurnal shots. Colors are cooler on the shot of Xiaomi compared to the Realme, which in my opinion despite less MP available, shows much more details and a more precise focus than the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G. However, in this shot the colors are more realistic in the Redmi photo.

In this photo taken with the ultrawide lens, however, you can see how the viewing angle is slightly greater in the Realme; plus the 9 Pro + seems to capture more light than the Xiaomi, even if near the vase / floor in the background the white is burnt and is more real in the Redmi. In terms of details, however, by cropping the images Realme maintains the highest quality.

This shot, on the other hand, is made in low light conditions in the hallway of the stairs; the judgment here is a 50/50 because if on the one hand Xiaomi manages to maintain realistic colors despite the low light (which Realme does not do, since it tends much more to yellow), it is true that Realme maintains a definition and a decidedly higher level of detail, without the need to carry out verification crops.

in Photos in night I noticed a higher level of detail in the photographs taken by Realme 9 Pro + which, however, stumbles on the color balance; it is a recurring problem and is especially noticeable when comparing the shots with those made by Redmi which, as far as you can see, has a better white balance and colors more faithful to reality.

The selfie camera, then, plays it: the two smartphones manage to take equivalent shots and, more than anything else, the subjective factor comes into play. As far as I'm concerned there is no real "best" in selfie shots.

In addition, I leave you some extra shots to further evaluate the performance of the rooms. Ultimately, the rooms complement each other because where one flaws, the other comes out with his head held high and vice versa: both smartphones take shots in line with the price range in which they are inserted, personally I prefer the photos taken by Realme despite being more contrasted and sharper unlike Xiaomi whose colors are a little more flat. This could be a plus for many, do your evaluations in short.

Software

Lato software we know the two devices well, by now, and the related interfaces integrated by the two Chinese manufacturers: Xiaomi integrates the now usual one MIUI 13 based on Android 11 and Realme, on the other hand, plays with his own Realme UI 3.0 already based on Android 12 release.

Leaving aside the purely subjective aspects, what I can tell you is that MIUI did not convince me for the management of too aggressive multitasking and for its interface which I personally consider a bit too heavy and worsened in recent times.

On the other hand Realme is doing an excellent job of optimizing its software, and nowadays I consider Realme's ROMs among the best in circulation among the various Chinese manufacturers, not only for optimization but also for interface, minimal, clean. and above all reactive.

Battery and Charging

Comparing the batteries, however, Xiaomi uses a unit from 5000 mAh which supports fast charging at 67W for 0-100 charging in 42 minutes while Realme uses a smaller battery, 4500 mAh and supports fast charging by "only" 60W which, however, guarantees a 0-100 charge in 44 minutes which, on balance, is very similar in proportion to the value offered by Xiaomi.

However, both manage the battery well and accompany us until the evening without difficulty of any kind, but the 500 mAh of differences mean that Xiaomi arrives in the evening with a 5-10% more than the Realme with a very similar use; however, we always talk about percentages that force us to recharge our smartphone at night and, therefore, the difference is not relevant.

Prices and Considerations

Guys, what to say: it was tough, because these two devices play it great and being able to find all the differences was complex. However, to summarize, the strengths of Realme's smartphone are undoubtedly linked to its ease of use with one hand and to a camera that, personally, I liked the most; to be picky, the hardware offers better performance on paper, but in actual use I have not highlighted any real differences.

On the other hand Xiaomi offers a slightly higher autonomy and a display that, technically, has a higher brightness. The prices of the two devices are very similar, and based on the considerations just made, you may be able to choose your next smartphone yourself.

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