Redmi 11 Prime 5G Review: Budget 5G Experience, but at What Price?

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The Redmi 11 Prime 5G is currently the company’s cheapest 5G smartphone in India, which Xiaomi says is a 5G all-rounder. The budget smartphone sits in a crowded segment and faces competition from iQoo, Vivo, Realme, Motorola, etc. The phone also supports seven 5G bands, which should be more than enough to cover all telecom circles in India.

The Redmi 11 Prime 5G also offers a powerful battery, a Full HD+ display and a dual camera setup on the back. With everything on offer, is it the best 5G smartphone under Rs. 15,000 in India? We find out.

Redmi 11 Prime 5G price in India

Xiaomi has launched a 4G and 5G version of the Redmi 11 Prime in India, of which the 5G version is the more expensive offering of the two. The 5G variant is available in two storage options. The 4GB RAM + 64GB storage configuration is priced at Rs 13,999 while the 6GB RAM + 128GB variant is available for Rs 15,999. The 5G smartphone is available in Meadow Green, Chrome Silver and Thunder Black color options.

Redmi 11 Prime 5G theme

The Redmi 11 Prime 5G follows the 2022 smartphone trend of a flat-frame design. The back of the phone curves towards the edges to ensure it is comfortable when held. Xiaomi has used plastic materials for the back and frame, which is common for smartphones in this price range. Nevertheless, the back offers a good grip thanks to the structured design. Xiaomi sent us the 6GB RAM variant of the Redmi 11 Prime 5G in Meadow Green, which seems to be the hero color of the three.

The Redmi 11 Prime 5G comes with a polycarbonate back panel

On the left side of the phone is the SIM tray with two slots for nano SIM cards and a third slot for a microSD card. On the right are the power and volume buttons. The keys are crisp but a bit too recessed for my taste. You also get a 3.5mm headphone jack next to the IR blaster on the top edge. The USB Type-C port and single speaker grille are on the bottom edge.

The display, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, is quite large at 6.58 inches and offers a refresh rate of 90 Hz. The screen has a Full HD+ resolution and Widevine L1 certification, which means that users can watch HD content on Netflix , Prime Video, etc. One downside of this display compared to few phones in this segment is the use of an IPS LCD versus AMOLED.

Colors aren’t as vivid and the Redmi 11 Prime 5G’s screen brightness maxes out at 400 nits. While the display is bright for indoor use, I preferred using the phone at the maximum brightness level for outdoor use. This may not bother some people, but the phone has a waterdrop notch for the front camera that looks dated.

The Redmi 11 Prime 5G is a bit heavier at 200g and also quite thick at 8.9mm. Xiaomi has included a silicone protective cover in the box. You also get a 22.5W fast charger and a USB Type-A to Type-C charging cable. However, the phone only supports 18W fast charging.

Specifications and software of the Redmi 11 Prime 5G

The Redmi 11 Prime 5G features a 7nm SoC MediaTek Dimensity 700 and supports seven 5G bands in India. The phone features dual 5G, Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 ac. There is no IP rating, but the phone does come with ingress protection around the SIM tray to provide basic protection against water splashes and dust.

The phone also packs a 5000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. Like all recent Xiaomi phones, the Redmi 11 Prime 5G runs on Android 12-based MIUI 13, which is fairly feature-rich but also bloated at the same time. Along with some Xiaomi 1st party apps, MIUI 13 comes preinstalled on Redmi 11 Prime 5G with many 3rd party apps like Moj, Snapchat, Zilli, Spotify, etc. You can uninstall these apps if needed.

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Xiaomi hasn’t promised any long-term software update details for the Redmi 11 Prime 5G, but we hope the company will at least roll out Android 13 for it.

Performance and battery life of the Redmi 11 Prime 5G

The Redmi 11 Prime 5G with the MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC is a decent performer. Everyday tasks like scrolling through social media, browsing the web, etc. worked flawlessly. However, if you’re someone who wants great gaming performance at this price point, this one might disappoint. While games like Asphalt 9 Legends or Call of Duty: Mobile ran properly in the basic settings, we noticed a few stutters when playing. The phone scored 521 and 1757 on Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core tests. In AnTuTu, the phone scored 3,37,683.

The phone offers good battery life overall. The 5000mAh battery easily lasted a day and a half with medium to light usage. In our battery loop test, the Redmi 11 Prime 5G ran for 16 hours and 53 minutes, which was good. Using the included charger, it took about two hours to fully charge the phone from empty.

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The Redmi 11 Prime 5G features a 7 nm MediaTek Dimension 700 SoC

The Redmi 11 Prime 5G features a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that quickly authenticates and unlocks the phone. Although there is a 3.5mm headphone jack, Redmi didn’t include a pair of wired headphones in the box. The device also features a single speaker setup which is quite loud. However, we would have preferred a dual-speaker setup.

Redmi 11 Prime 5G cameras

On the back of the Redmi 11 Prime 5G is a dual camera setup. The phone has a 50-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor, but no ultra-wide camera. For selfies, there is an 8-megapixel front camera.

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Redmi 11 Prime 5G features a dual camera setup

The main camera is good enough for scenarios with a good amount of light. Photos generally had neutral colors and good detail. However, in difficult situations with backlit subjects or in low light, the camera performance was subpar and the dynamic range was weak.

Taken with the main camera of the Redmi 11 Prime 5G

There is a night mode, but I didn’t find it very effective. In terms of video, the device supports up to 1080p recording at 30 fps for both the front and rear cameras. Videos captured in daylight with the main camera offered neutral colors but lacked adequate stabilization. In low light there is visible noise.

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Night mode sample shot on Redmi 11 Prime 5G

Selfies offer enough detail in daylight, but the software messes up skin tones, makes faces look brighter, and adds some pink hues. The portrait mode for the front camera does a good job of blurring out the right areas of the background.

Portrait mode on Redmi 11 Prime 5G

Sample shot of the front camera on the Redmi 11 Prime 5G

Verdict

The Redmi 11 Prime 5G is a decent performance package for under Rs. 15,000. The highlight of the phone is 5G support with up to seven bands, as well as a decent processor for everyday tasks. With a large screen and good battery life, the Redmi 11 Prime 5G will appeal to those who enjoy consuming video content on their phone. We would have liked a brighter AMOLED display with a standard refresh rate instead of what’s being used. If you can stretch your budget by Rs. 500, the Redmi Note 11S (Review) offers a better multimedia experience with its 90Hz AMOLED display.

The Redmi 11 Prime’s cameras aren’t the best either. You might want to look at phones like the Moto G32 or even Redmi’s own Note 11, both of which are 4G only phones though. If you want 5G network support at this price, you have to make compromises in some areas. There’s also the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G (First Look), a new performance-oriented budget 5G smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 SoC that’s worth considering.


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