The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 series arrived in our office, and after the Redmi Note 11 Pro, Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, vanilla Redmi Note 11, it is time to share our initial thoughts on the Redmi Note 11S before we hand it over to our review team.
The retail box brings a transparent case, a Black unit, a 33W charger and a USB-C cable, as well as some reading material.
The Redmi Note 11S looked the same as the Redmi Note 11 in the official images, but in reality there is an extra layer of glass on top of the camera island, making it stick out even more, and the device is a bit more wobbly when lying on its back on a flat surface.
Speaking of cameras, there lies the biggest difference between the S version and the vanilla one. The Redmi Note 11S has a 108MP sensor behind the f/1.9 lens compared to the 50MP F/1.8 on the Note 11. The selfie camera is also upgraded from a 13MP f/2.4 to a 16MP f/2.4 unit.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S, second from left
The other key difference in the Redmi Note 11S is the chipset – it is a Helio G96 platform by Mediatek, built on the 12nm process. The CPU has two clusters – the performance one has two Cortex-A76 units at 2.05GHz, while the other six are Cortex-A55 at 2.0GHz.
We’ll be very interested to see how those compare to Redmi Note 11’s Snapdragon 680 chipset and its 4+4 CPU.
The Redmi Note 11S comes with a 5,000 mAh battery that supports 33W charging. Xiaomi advertises 0 to 100% in under an hour, which is plausible, but we won’t know for sure until the review comes out.
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