Xiaomi has had most of the best affordable smartphones in the market all in its name, and the latest Xiaomi Redmi Note 11E is a good example. This solid budget-friendly smartphone will offer you more than the amount you paid, including 5G network support on top. The Redmi Note 11E is probably not the most affordable smartphone of its class, but when you think about the 5G network support, you’ll hardly find another alternative at such a price.
Xiaomi has taken its Redmi and Poco sub-brands to bring the most interesting features of its flagship series into the mid-tier category. So you won’t have to depend on the top-tier flagship phones to enjoy what it feels like when using a quality mobile phone. The company’s mid-range series of smartphones is stacked with a lot of smartphones that can satisfy your needs without spending much. Our list of best Xiaomi phones with up to 4GB of RAM are made up of mid-range handsets you can buy at affordable prices.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11E doesn’t cost more than $200, yet the smartphone has an excellent design which you’ll hardly differentiate from the company’s most expensive phones. The specs and features are quite impressive, at least you’re getting a decent value that goes well with the amount you paid.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11E is intended for those who demand 5G network connectivity without compromising on the basic features of a smartphone. This alone will seem more like an incentive to those who are interested in buying a solid phone under a lower budget. Now let’s go through the full review of the Redmi Note 11E.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 11E Key Specifications
- Display: 6.58-inch IPS LCD, 90Hz
- Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels
- Processor: Mediatek Dimensity 700
- Front Camera: 5-megapixel
- Rear Camera: 50-megapixel + 2-megapixel
- RAM: 4GB /6GB
- Storage: 128GB
- Battery Capacity: 5000mAh
- OS: Android 11, MIUI 13
Design and Display
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11E comes with a familiar look, so there’s nothing much to talk about the design. Nevertheless, the build quality and layout are nice with a matte pattern design on the rear which makes the Redmi Note 11E look more attractive. The camera module is the same as every other smartphone in the same category while a water drop notch cutout sits on the front.
If you don’t feel comfortable with bulky phones, the Redmi Note 11E weighs slightly much at 200g which could be heavy to carry along all the time. The smartphone comes with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that also doubles as a power button. The volume rocker is placed slightly above the power button on the right edge of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11E.
The SIM tray is placed on the left edge while the USB Type-C port, microphone, speaker, and headphone jack are on the bottom of the phone. You can purchase the Redmi Note 11E in three colors known as Gray, Silver, and Atlantic Blue. Each of the colours would look very appealing, so there’s no reason to be selective.
Unfortunately, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11E lacks any water or dust resistance support, but we weren’t disappointed provided that the smartphone is good to use. Besides, if you’re looking for a water or dust resistance feature, it shouldn’t be in a smartphone that costs as little as the Redmi Note 11E.
The screen measures 6.58-inch, and it’s built with an IPS LCD technology that has a 90Hz of refresh rate. Many people would prefer an AMOLED panel with a lower refresh rate to an LCD that has a higher refresh rate. But since the price is relatively cheap, we have to accept anything that comes out of the display, and there seems to be no issue with it since the color production and touch response is great.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11E has a double camera setup on the rear which consists of a 50MP main shooter and a 2MP depth sensor. The camera setup alone sounds impressive instead of having a bunch of lower-pixel lenses that will end up being inaccessible. However, the 50MP main camera is enough to capture some beautiful images with the help of a LED Flashlight and other features like HDR, and Panorama.
As you would expect from every budget smartphone, the performance of the main camera is decent when you’re capturing in daylight, while the quality of photos in low-light scenarios is beyond average. Meanwhile, the image processing unit performs impressively especially in daylight, and you can record videos at 1080p resolution.
The ability to record videos at 4k resolution or using image stabilization support is now meant for flagship phone users, so Xiaomi had to trade off some of these features for the Redmi Note 11E to fit into the budget. On the other hand, the front camera has a 5MP sensor for taking selfies and recording videos at 1080p@30fps.
Performance, Storage, and Software
Under the hood, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11E packs a MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset which is an octa-core processor that is manufactured using a 7nm process technology. The chipset also supports 5G network connectivity which means that you’ll browse websites with steady-fast network speed. Also, your day-to-day usage of the phone will be a smooth experience.
The gaming performance of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11E is awesome. Although you might notice some frame drops and heating while playing graphics-demanding games on higher settings, it won’t affect your gaming experience that much. Alongside the processor, you’ll have 4GB and 6GB of RAM paired with 64GB and 128GB of internal storage respectively. The smartphone comes with UFS 2.2 storage which helps to enhance the phone’s processing speed.
Moreover, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11E runs the company’s MIUI 13 interface based on the Android 11 operating system. The interface is customizable and user-friendly, but you won’t experience the same features as those using phones with the latest Android 12 OS. This will be a major setback for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11E due to the outdated Android 11 OS. However, the Redmi Note 11E will be among Xiaomi phones to receive the Android 12 based MIUI 13 update.
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A bigger battery capacity is the most essential feature of budget-friendly smartphones, and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11E never disappointed us. The smartphone comes with a 5000mAh Li-Po battery alongside 18W fast charging support.
On moderate use, the battery can last a full day while it takes only an hour and a few minutes to charge. It would have been superb if Xiaomi has upgraded the charging support to boost the charging speed, but the provided fast charging support is okay.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 11E: Price in Nigeria and Release Date
Xiaomi released the Redmi Note 11E in March which later went on sale the same month. The phone is already available in China and UK but not in the US. However, you can import the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11E to any country including the US through AliExpress.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11E is selling at a starting price of ₦115,000 ($156) for the 4GB /128GB storage variant while the 6GB /128GB variant is selling at ₦125,000 ($170).
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11E Full Specifications
- Brand: Xiaomi
- Model: Redmi Note 11E
- Release Date: March 2022
- Weight: 190g
- Colours: Gray, Silver, Atlantic Blue
- Touchscreen: YES
- Type: IPS LCD, 90Hz
- Display Size: 6.58-inch
- Screen Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels
- Facelock Support: YES
- In-display fingerprint scanner: No
- Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted)
- Dimensions: 164 x 76.1 x 8.9 mm (6.46 x 3.00 x 0.35 in)
- Operating System: Android 11, MIUI 13
- Chipset: MediaTek MT6833 Dimensity 700
- CPU: Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
- GPU: Mali-G57 MC2
- RAM: 4GB /6GB
- Inbuilt Storage: 128GB
- SD Card slot: No
- Rear Flash: LED FLASH
- Rear Camera: 50-MP f/1.8 (wide), 2-MP f/2.4 (depth)
- Video: 1080p@30fps
- Front Camera: 5-MP f/2.0 (wide)
- Front Flash: –
- Wi-Fi: YES
- Bluetooth: 5.1
- USB: MicroUSB Type-C
- GPS: YES
- WLAN: Yes
- SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Technology: GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G
- 3G Support: Yes
- 4G/ LTE Support: Yes
- 5G Support: Yes
- Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (CA), 5G
- Capacity: Li-Po 5000mAh, non-removable
- Fast Charge: 18W
- Price in Nigeria: ₦115,000
- Price in the US: $156