Redmi 11 Prime 5G review: Should you buy this budget 5G smartphone on Diwali?

Redmi 11 Prime 5G review: With the launch of 5G telecom services in India, all the major smartphone brands are working hard to bring affordable 5G mobile phones to India. Industry experts have suggested that the country will see high demand for 5G mobile phones in the coming months. To meet the demands of low-cost 5G handsets, Redmi India, a sub-brand of Xiaomi, recently launched its affordable 5G smartphone – Redmi 11 Prime 5G. This budget 5G phone can be a good option during this holiday season. Here’s why:

Redmi 11 Prime 5G price

The affordable Redmi 11 Prime 5G comes in two storage variants. The 4GB + 64GB variant will cost Rs 13,999 while the 6GB + 128GB variant will be available for Rs 15,999. The smartphone comes in Meadow Green, Chrome Silver and Thunder Black colors. We have been using the Meadow Green option for almost 15 days. With this phone, Redmi India plans to conquer the budget 5G smartphone segment in the country by giving stiff competition to brands such as Motorola, Realme, Infinix, Tecno and others. The Redmi 11 Prime 5G has a MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC – a popular chipset, a 5000 mAh battery, a primary camera of 50 megapixels and more. The phone also supports seven 5G bands.

Redmi 11 Prime 5G design

In terms of design, the Redmi 11 Prime 5G has a flat frame design. It has a plastic back with a matte finish, which provides a comfortable grip. The smartphone is also not sensitive to dust and fingerprints. The Redmi 11 Prime 5G feels lightweight – you can easily hold this phone for a long time without any discomfort. If you compare it with other phones in similar price range – Samsung Galaxy M13 5G or iQOO Z6 5G, the Redmi 11 Prime 5G has the better look and design. Overall, the Redmi 11 Prime 5G ticked most of the right boxes in terms of looks and build in the budget category.

The back of the Redmi 11 Prime 5G has a rectangular camera bump that houses the dual camera setup with the LED flash with the Redmi 5G logo underneath. On the right side of the device is the power button and a dedicated space for the volume buttons. The left edge of the Redmi 11 Prime 5G has a dedicated space for a Nano-SIM card slot. At the top you get a 3.5mm audio jack and microphone and at the bottom the phone offers a USB Type-C charging port and speakers. The performance of the speakers was good. Connectivity options on Redmi 11 Prime 5G include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, Bluetooth v5.10, Infrared, USB OTG, USB Type-C and FM radio with active 4G/5G on both SIM cards . Sensors on the phone include an accelerometer, an ambient light sensor, a compass/magnetometer, a proximity sensor and a fingerprint sensor.

Redmi 11 Prime 5G Screen

Redmi 11 Prime 5G comes with a large 6.58-inch FHD+ display with a screen refresh rate of up to 90 Hz, a resolution of 2408 x 1080 pixels, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Redmi 11 Prime 5G is also equipped with AdaptiveSync technology that can automatically switch between 4 phases of 30 Hz, 50 Hz, 60 Hz and 90 Hz refresh rates based on on-screen content to balance. The screen is smooth It offers clean scrolling and delivers bright and sharp colors for content consumption. While watching movies and playing games, we didn’t experience any problems. However, the display performance was average in bright light. Keep in mind that the overall experience while using the screen was smooth and lag-free.

Redmi 11 Prime 5G Camera

As for camera specs, the Redmi 11 Prime 5G comes with a dual camera setup on the back with a 50-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies and video calls, it has a single 8-megapixel front camera. In terms of camera performance, the primary rear camera Redmi 11 Prime 5G takes average photos, but better than Samsung Galaxy M13 and Infinix phones in this price segment. The colors of this phone’s graphics showed up well in bright light, but below average in low light. The images we clicked on this phone lacked sharpness. The colors in images came out well and the natural light performance is also better than other smartphones available in the Rs 15K segment. The selfies from the font camera were also good. Overall, the Redmi 11 Prime 5G has decent camera performance.

Redmi 11 Prime 5G Performance

In terms of performance, the Redmi 11 Prime 5G is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset. The 7nm architecture chip is designed to improve power efficiency while maximizing the performance of the octa-core CPU, with clock speeds up to 2.2GHz. The focus on speed and performance has been further enhanced with 6 GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB UFS 2.2, allowing for faster app installation and faster game loading. For users who want to maximize performance, a RAM booster function is also available to temporarily expand the RAM by up to 2 GB by taking advantage of the ultra-fast storage.

As for the software, the smartphone runs on Android 12-based MIUI 13 out of the box for an ultra-optimized and smooth user experience. The good thing is that the MIUI is very easy to use and you may not have any problems. While playing light games on the Redmi 11 Prime 5G, we witnessed lag-free gaming here. Graphics quality was good in normal settings and average in HD. Overall, the smartphone offers a fast and smooth experience in the Rs 15K segment. Even while switching between the apps and using multiple social media applications, we didn’t experience any problem. In terms of battery performance, the device is backed by a massive 5000mAh battery, and once fully charged, it can easily last a whole day with normal use. The device also comes with 18W fast charging and a 22.5W charger, which reduces the time it takes to get from 0 to 100 percent. However, during heavy gaming we also witnessed minor heating issues.

Redmi 11 Prime 5G Verdict: Available at the starting price of 13,999, the Redmi 11 Prime 5G is a decent affordable 5G phone for you to pick this holiday season. With the launch of 5G services, this budget 5G phone from Redmi has the potential to meet your demands. The device offers a sleek design and good features. There is room for improvement for the cameras. Overall, the Redmi 11 Prime 5G ticked a lot of right boxes.

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