Xiaomi announces Redmi Note 11 series with iPhone-style flat sides

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Xiaomi has announced the Redmi Note 11 series, continuing its popular line of budget-friendly handsets that are selling in large numbers in India and several other markets.

There are four phones in total, but they only stand out in a few specific areas. They all have what Xiaomi describes as a “trendy flat-edge body” – in other words, yes, it looks like an iPhone – and most of the specs are shared by at least two models. Here’s how it all falls apart:

  • The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is the top model and has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 processor with 5G support. The screen is a 6.67-inch 120Hz 1080p OLED panel, there is a 5000mAh battery with 67W fast charging and a 108-megapixel main camera supported by an 8-megapixel ultrawide and a 2-megapixel macro camera. It’s also the only phone in this range that doesn’t have a 2-megapixel “depth camera,” which probably isn’t a big loss.
  • The Redmi Note 11 Pro is essentially identical to the Pro 5G, but uses a MediaTek Helio G96 processor that only supports up to LTE connectivity.
  • The Redmi Note 11 has a Snapdragon 680, a smaller 6.43-inch 90Hz 1080p LCD display, a 50-megapixel main camera, 33W fast charging and only goes up to 6GB instead of 8GB of RAM.
  • The Redmi Note 11S has the same display and 33W fast charging as the Note 11, but the same Helio G96 processor, 108-megapixel main camera and option for 8 GB of RAM as the Note 11 Pro.

All these phones have 5,000 mAh batteries, side-mounted fingerprint sensors, headphone jacks and up to 128 GB of onboard storage.

Xiaomi was unable to provide pricing information prior to this launch, which is clearly critical for such a wide range of products and SKUs, all of which aim to be affordable and price competitive. For context, last year’s equivalent Redmi Note 10 Pro – which had a similar screen and camera – cost about $260 when it launched in India.

The Redmi Note 11 and 11S will go on sale this month, while the Note 11 Pro and Pro 5G won’t be available until February.

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