The Redmi Note 10 Pro was one of our favourite budget phones – now can the Note 11 Pro 5G wear such a heavy crown?
Xiaomi has updated its affordable Redmi Note range with the new Note 11, Note 11 Pro 5G and various other models.
So, what makes something a Pro device at the cheap end of the market? Here’s the full Tech Advisor review.
Design & build
Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
It’s been a while since I’ve seen a phone in the affordable bracket that had a truly pleasing design. Most are perfectly serviceable variations on the slab of glass and plastic that we know so well, but this time around Xiaomi has impressed with an aesthetic that defies the device’s price-tag.
Gone are the shiny surfaces, curved edges and jumbled camera bump of the Redmi Note 10 Pro, replaced instead with a more refined approach.
The squared off edges and chassis surround give the Note 11 Pro 5G a similar look to the current iPhone 13 range, while the simple plastic back and more organised camera array keep the minimalist design intact.