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Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G review: NTH good Xiaomi!

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I'll be honest, I've lost count of how many Xiaomi of the Note series I've seen pass on the desk this year: a huge amount, really. Never as in these occasions, I believe, that consumers have really been in trouble between dozens of apparently all the same models and with a few tens of euros of difference from each other.

Xiaomi, together with Realme, is probably the brand that this year has produced more than anyone else; the umpteenth I received on trial a few days ago, it is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G, a smartphone with a selling price of less than 250 euros which, in my opinion, is one of the most eligible devices in this price range.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G review

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Design and Materials

Aesthetically the Redmi Notes 11S 5G it looks very similar to all the other smartphones of the Note 11 series launched this year by the company: the design it is quite minimal, with rounded edges, plastic back cover with anti-fingerprint matte finish and slightly pronounced chamber bump, all specifications already seen.

As usual, nothing to complain on the construction front now Xiaomi is a cornerstone of telephony and these problems are practically impossible to find on its products. Among the outstanding features I can mention the IP53 certification for resistance to dust and splashes: it is not common to find certifications of this type, so I appreciate the work of Xiaomi for having done it in this price range. I don't want to dwell too much on the aesthetic factor because, believe me, there are no blatant differences with the other devices of the Note 11 series.

In terms of equipment on the left side there is it hybrid slot for two sims or a sim and a microSD, while on the right side there is the volume rocker flanked by the power button which, even on this model, integrates a rather precise biometric sensor, even if not among the most comfortable recently tested.

On the top, beyond the classic IR blaster, there is a stereo speaker paired with the other present along the bottom side, which is flanked in turn by a USB-C connector and above all a 3.5mm jack for headphones.

Display

Pay attention to one detail: this one on test today is one Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S in 5G version, different from the 4G variant with which it shares the aesthetic aspect and partially the name, but then there are a lot of differences. A prominent difference is given by the type of display that the company has adopted: if a panel has been chosen on the 4G model AMOLED, in the 5G variant we are testing today we have an IPS LCD panel from 6.6 "inches and FullHD + resolution.

What are the differences between the two? Basically the model under test has a lower brightness (450nits vs 700 nits approximately) as well as a panel with different technology, AMOLED vs. IPS. Having said that, I absolutely cannot complain about the screen of this Note 11S 5G, because it has a good color calibration, good viewing angles and a refresh rate of up to 90Hz.

I was not 100% convinced by the maximum brightness of the screen: I tried other smartphones, such as some Realme, for example, and in the same price range I found slightly better results. Too bad for the refresh rate up to 90Hz, Xiaomi could have done a bit better and went directly to 120Hz, even if the practical differences would have been very few to the naked eye.

Hardware and Performance

Ok, but let's talk about serious things: what is pawing under the body of this one Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G? Well, the answer is Mediatek Dimensity 810 Octa-Core, paired with one GPU Mali-G57, 4 or 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM memory (in addition to virtual 1GB of expansion) and 64 or 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage expandable with MicroSD.

Let's say that the best choice that Xiaomi could make could only be this architecture of Mediatek, the best solution to integrate 5G on a smartphone in this price range. Personally I find this CPU a balanced solution able to offer more than good performances, guarantee excellent autonomy and bring 5G within everyone's reach, even if its expansion in Italy does not proceed so fast.

In daily use this Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G manages to wriggle in all tasks without difficulty; it does not suffer from lag of any kind and blocks during use, although this should be verified in a few months since, often, the Xiaomi change their face radically compared to the first weeks of use.

Leaving aside this, in my classic routine tests I have not encountered any opposition; even the games work quite well, the smartphone manages temperatures well and the performance is constant even in prolonged stress sessions. The graphic details of Call of Duty Mobile, protagonist of our videogame tests, can be set up to Medium quality, that is, two steps lower than the maximum resolution that the game offers: the framerate is fixed at 60Hz and the user experience is good for the price range.

Software

Talking about software without being repetitive with a Xiaomi smartphone is practically impossible. By now we know very well the ROM of these devices, the MIUI has arrived in version 13.0.5 based on Android 11 with security patches updated in early April.

As usual, the MIUI interface does not change, and remains the usual very colorful and totally customized by Xiaomi. There are many apps, integrations and possibilities integrated by the manufacturer on board its operating system which, if it weren't heavy, would probably be the best ROM in circulation in the Android world, but it's a pity for some annoying reiterations on which Xiaomi seems not to want straighten the shot.

Il Redmi Note 11S 5G, in addition, it enjoys support DRM Widevine L1 and can play Full HD content from virtually all online streaming platforms.

Camera

The data sheet speaks for itself: as for cameras Xiaomi has never left a bad taste in my mouth, because in any price range it is able to satisfy its users without particular sacrifices. On this Redmi Note 11S 5G we find a primary lens from 50MP f / 1.8, followed by a ultra-wide 8MP f / 2.2 it's a 2MP f / 2.4 macro; frontally, the company opted for the classic 13MP lens with f / 2.4 aperture.

But let's get to us, how does this new Redmi take off? The answer is only one: exactly how you would expect it to snap a smartphone from approximately EUR 200, nothing more and nothing less. In the photographs taken during the day, the new Xiaomi device has good quality and good definition, although for personal taste I would tell you that I found the colors a bit cold and poco contrasted, but perhaps it could be too personal an opinion.

The ultra-wide angle, on the other hand, cannot boast of a high quality lens, which is why the shots are often grainy and poco defined; in any case, acceptable during the day, to be discarded at night.

Speaking of night shots, even with the main lens make sure you have a good steady hand to get good results, otherwise it will be much more complicated than expected. Selfie room sufficient and average, too bad a bit 'at sunset where the definition is really low. Video compartment offering recordings in FullHD to 60fps promoted, especially due to the almost lightning-fast focusing in details, a little less in wide-field views.

Autonomy

The battery chosen by Xiaomi for this smartphone is 5000 mAh, exactly like its 4G brother. One of the CPU positives present on this one Redmi Notes 11S 5G it is precisely linked to good management of consumption which, even in the case of stressful uses, are well kept at bay. Battery consumption drops really slowly, just think that in a day with the SIM inserted inside and social notifications, without using it a lot because it wasn't his turn yet, he consumed only 5% in about 16 hours.

Speaking of normal use, however, I can tell you that the smartphone withstands more than intense days arriving in the evening with more than 20% of charge still remaining, very interesting values. What's more, it supports 33W fast charging and can fully charge from 0 to 100% in about 60 minutes.

Alternatives, price and considerations

The question arises spontaneously, among thousands of purchase possibilities and dozens of alternatives at more or less similar prices: which is the right one for me? We assume that this Redmi Notes 11S 5G it is a very valid product, like 90% of the other smartphones of the same series, so unless you have special needs, then this can be an excellent solution in the price range between 200 and 230 euros, the price at which is on Goboo on offer these days.

In case you need something more powerful and that has a little more muscle, the Realme GT Master Edition is probably one of the most interesting smartphones of the moment, strong for its exceptional value for money and for the excellent performance it is able to offer. Then there is also Poco M4 Pro in 5G version but also the 4G correspondent has its why.

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