Redmi Observe 11 evaluation: Take observe


(Pocket-lint) – On the subject of inexpensive telephones, Redmi is a kind of sometimes unbeatable names in providing sturdy specification for these on a tighter price range. Again in 2021 we reviewed the Redmi Observe 10 Professional and, even now, consider that as among the many finest price range telephones you should purchase.

Enter, then, the Redmi Observe 11: the 2022 inexpensive system for the up to date sequence, bolstering the line-up with a sooner refresh-rate AMOLED display. However is that this entry-level mannequin value your time, or do you have to spend just a little extra and look in direction of the Professional variant as a substitute?

Our fast take

Total we’re left considerably perplexed by the Redmi Observe 11. Its specification is tremendous for its anticipated inexpensive worth level, which units it off on a powerful begin.

Nonetheless, in use the expertise would not match the expectation. Positive, having a good AMOLED display is sweet, as is the first rate battery life, however when operating into occasional lagging, blackout and generally crashing points all of that’s solely a lot use.

Though we’re but to try it out, we might spend the little additional on the handset’s larger brother, the Redmi Observe 11 Professional, or in case your price range is just a little tighter then Motorola’s G31 does a lot of the identical however primarily based round a extra secure software program platform (you may simply need to forego the 90Hz refresh fee).


  • Robust spec for a low worth
  • Lengthy-lasting battery life
  • First rate primary digital camera (however overlook concerning the macro/depth)
In opposition to

  • Numerous crashing / blackout / lag points make it exhausting to stay with
  • MIUI software program has ongoing irks with battery/notification controls


Design & Show

  • 6.43-inch AMOLED panel, 90Hz refresh, 1080 x 2400 decision
  • Dimensions: 159.9 x 73.9 x 8.1mm / Weight: 179g
  • Finishes: Graphite Gray, Pearl White, Star Blue
  • Facet-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • IP53 mud & splash safety
  • 3.5mm headphone jack


As you possibly can see from the spec abstract above, the Redmi Observe 11 actually is not messing about on the subject of options. Using AMOLED at this worth level is not all the time a given – serving to guarantee punchy colors and wealthy blacks – whereas the 90Hz panel delivers a good refresh fee at this finish of the market.

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Curiously, the unique Chinese language model of this telephone is not remotely the identical, delivering a barely larger-scale LCD panel as a substitute – 6.6-inch fairly than 6.43-inch – not that we’ll dwell on that right here, however if you happen to’re digging across the net for a wide range of critiques and feedback concerning the Observe 11 then it’s possible you’ll spot this peculiar distinction within the regional releases.

However again to our handset, destined for European launch: positive, the display’s backside bezel is chunkier than you may discover on at this time’s top-tier handsets, however that is to be anticipated, placing it more-or-less on par with one thing just like the Moto G31 from a visible perspective. Certainly the decision and panel measurement are very related between the 2, however the Redmi presents the sooner refresh fee of the pair (selectable as 60Hz or 90Hz choices solely, there is no variable refresh).

Different options are respectable, together with first rate dust-proofing and restricted water resistance (IP53 means it will be okay in just a little rain for a couple of minutes, realistically), plus a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that we have discovered to be efficient in use.

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In any other case the design is pretty simple: the plastic rear is available in considered one of three colors, not even pretending to emulate a glass look or delivering any type of eye-catching textured end, but it surely’s a neat and tidy strategy general. Even the digital camera unit would not protrude as far as to make the system wobble about when sat on a desk, which we like.

Efficiency & Battery

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 platform, 4GB RAM
  • 64/128GB storage, microSD card enlargement
  • 5000mAh battery, 33W fast-charging
  • 4G solely, not 5G

Up to now, so impressed, with the Redmi Observe 11 seeming like a extremely interesting entry-level handset. Besides, when you get into utilizing it, numerous points make it fairly the other. Having dealt with this telephone for every week now as our each day driver, it is offered numerous ongoing points that vary from irksome to problematic.

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What precisely are we speaking about? Initially: blackout points. Very often when letting an app go idle, the display mechanically switching off so the telephone can reserve battery life (completely regular), it may be a battle to get the Observe 11’s to reactivate as you’d count on (not so regular). Cue a number of fingerprint scanner presses and head-scratching making an attempt to work out what is going on on.

Secondly, typically associated to the difficulty above, this has generally resulted in whole crashes. Some to the purpose past our persistence the place a full handset was required with lengthy press-and-hold of the ability button. Others, accompanied by the message ‘System UI is not responding’ have managed to salvage issues and get again to some usable type after a while. Nonetheless, not superb.

Thirdly, there’s generally a type of yo-yo impact by way of smoothness, as if the wedding of processor and software program cannot all the time ship a constant output. In some video games, for instance, you may expertise ultra-smooth animations adopted by minor stutters – a type of concertina impact, if you’ll – that simply would not look or really feel fairly proper.

The explanations for all this appear to be a mix of each {hardware} and software program. On the one hand, the Observe 11’s use of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 680 platform really places it again a step in comparison with the sooner Observe 10’s use of Snapdragon 678 (the latter platform makes use of newer A76 cores, the previous talked about makes use of older A73 – which could sound backwards, however that is how it’s). On the opposite, the implementation of Xiaomi’s MIUI International 13 software program arguably presents its personal points, as partly identified by the System UI discover identified above.

MIUI, as we have famous for years now, can generally current points with notifications, as a result of manner the software program handles per-app battery financial savings and auto-on performance. You’ll be able to management this individually – and might want to with a purpose to get the most effective out of your go-to apps – however, in equity, in Redmi type we have hardly ever encountered any breaking points. We’re not followers of the left/proper downward swipe cut up for notifications/settings reveal, although, which is extra like utilizing an iPhone than Android system. Oh, and the ‘Wallpaper Carousel’ (Xiaomi-selected photos, a few of which we do not discover interesting in any respect, as a rotating cycle of wallpapers) is finest switched off for the far more helpful At all times-on Show possibility.

In fact it is a price range handset, so we’re not anticipating miracles general, however the reality is that the sooner Redmi Observe 10 Professional mannequin was so a lot better than this throughout the board. As such, we might forego the usual Redmi Observe 11 and await the Professional variant as a substitute (with a query lingering over that handset’s use of Mediatek’s Helio G96).

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Anyway, if you happen to do not press the Redmi Observe 11 with an excessive amount of to do – keep away from heaps of a number of browser tabs, a number of apps being open, and so forth – it is extra amicable. The battery life is actually of no concern, for instance, with the 5000mAh cell right here storming by means of a day with ease and properly into the subsequent, approaching the two-day marker. The charging velocity is fast for a price range telephone too, which provides extra factors.


  • Quad rear cameras:
    • Major (26mm): 50-megapixel, f/1.8 aperture, section detection autofocus (PDAF)
    • Huge (118 diploma): 8MP, f/2.2
    • Macro: 2MP, f/2.4
    • Depth: 2MP, f/2.4
  • Entrance-facing selfie digital camera: 13MP, f/2.4

On the subject of cameras we’re not stunned to see 4 lenses on the rear of the Redmi Observe 11, as it is the go-to quantity for many producers who need to oversell their system as a “quad digital camera”. Right here you possibly can ignore the macro and depth sensors, that are a waste of area, and consider it as a twin digital camera setup as a substitute.

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From that perspective, nonetheless, it is none too unhealthy in any respect: the primary 50-megapixel digital camera is a higher-quality sensor than you’d count on many to ship at this worth level; and whereas the wide-angle is not anyplace practically nearly as good high quality, it is nonetheless actually helpful to have that additional broad view of the world at your fingertips. There’s additionally a 2x digital zoom that is adept sufficient to be of use. So this core two-camera unit actually has sufficient to shout about.

The primary digital camera would not deal with excessive dynamic vary (HDR) all that properly, although, its photos are considerably grainy, too, and you may see sharpening from processing being pushed fairly strongly. However at the least there’s some grain in there, giving it a way of filmic actuality, fairly than whole overly smoothed processing. Curiously, even low-light taking pictures is completely believable due to a good wide-open aperture – and that regardless of no optical stabilisation right here.

If you happen to have been to place this digital camera side-by-side in opposition to the Moto G31 then it is actually fairly related by way of general providing – though the Redmi is slower for the app to load, we really feel. There additionally aren’t higher-end options similar to optical stabilisation (OIS), however you do get phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) for simple tap-to-focus, plus the app will deliver up an publicity slider on display for fast and simple changes if you wish to make any.


To recap

On paper this inexpensive handset reads like a hands-down winner within the price range class. In apply, nonetheless, there are efficiency points that taint the expertise just a little an excessive amount of. Take a look at the Moto G31 or spend just a little additional on the Observe 11 Professional we might recommend.

Writing by Mike Lowe. Enhancing by Cam Bunton.


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