Xiaomi has launched two new budget smartphones under the Redmi 11 Prime series – Redmi 11 Prime 4G and Redmi 11 Prime 5G. The latter is the first smartphone in the Prime series to come with 5G network support. 11 Prime 5G is also currently the most affordable 5G smartphone from Redmi to date. With the 5G rollout in India, Redmi is hoping to target the customer base who wants to experience the next generation network without spending a lot.
Redmi 11 Prime 5G comes with typical budget 5G smartphone hardware. The company has launched its new 5G smartphone with two storage options. The base variant has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage and is priced at Rs 13,999. Those who want the option of 6GB RAM can get it for Rs 15,999. This special edition offers 128GB of internal storage. With Rs. 1,000 off on ICICI Bank credit and debit card transactions, Redmi 11 Prime 5G from Rs 12,999 becomes even more affordable.
Now that the pricing is out, let’s take a look at what the Redmi 11 Prime 5G has to offer. I have used the phone for only a few hours and my first impression is that the phone looks good. I have the Meadow Green color variant here, which definitely looks refreshing. Xiaomi has recently launched several Redmi phones in blue and white colors and it is nice to add this green color variant. The textured back also features a matte finish, which helps keep fingerprint smudges at bay. If you’re not a fan, you can choose from Chrome Silver or Thunder Black options.
The body is made entirely of plastic, which is pretty common for a phone in this price range. Continuing the trend we see in most phones launched in 2022, the Redmi 11 Prime 5G features a flat frame design. However, the rear panel is curved, which makes it easy to hold. The power button doubles as a fingerprint scanner and is located below the volume button on the right edge. You also get a USB Type-C port and a single speaker on the bottom edge. For those who want to connect their wired earphones, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top. Redmi is also offering a dedicated microSD card slot, which can be found in the dual-SIM slot on the left edge.
The phone is a bit heavy at 200 grams and also quite thick at 8.9mm. Redmi has added a silicone protective case in the box. You also get a 22.5W fast charger and a USB Type-A to USB Type-C charging cable. However, the phone only supports 18W fast charging.
The front of the Redmi 11 Prime 5G sports a 6.58-inch IPS LCD display. At 400 nits, the screen isn’t the brightest, but I didn’t experience any problems when using it indoors. There is a waterdrop notch at the top of the display but there is a thick chin at the bottom which is more noticeable. However, there is a single speaker setup, which takes away from the multimedia experience. Xiaomi has added a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top of the screen for added protection against accidental scratches and drops.
The Redmi 11 Prime 5G also comes with a 90Hz AdaptiveSync display. This means that the screen will automatically switch between 50, 60 and 90 Hz depending on the content on-screen.
The Redmi 11 Prime 5G is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC, which aims to provide an affordable 5G experience. Xiaomi also states that the Redmi 11 Prime 5G supports seven 5G bands. Also, both the SIM slots support 5G, which means you can enable 5G services on your two SIM cards. We will share more details about the day-to-day performance of the phone in our Redmi 11 Prime 5G review.
Talking about the cameras, the Redmi 11 Prime 5G sports a dual-camera setup at the back. The phone packs a 50-megapixel main camera with f/1.8 aperture and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, there is an 8-megapixel front camera inside the waterdrop notch.
In terms of software, the Redmi 11 Prime 5G runs Android 12-based MIUI 13 out of the box. MIUI is known for being feature-rich, but is also infamous for the bloatware that comes with it. Users can uninstall most third party apps. Since this is a budget offering, we don’t expect the Redmi 11 Prime 5G to receive many software updates in the future, but perhaps Xiaomi will surprise us. We expect the phone to get at least Android 13 in the coming months. Xiaomi hasn’t announced any details regarding the software support.
Redmi 11 Prime 5G finds itself in the crowded budget smartphone segment, which includes Moto G32, Moto G42, Realme 9i 5G, Infinix Note 12, etc. While some of these phones are aimed at offering better value- for money hardware with 4G processors, others, such as the Redmi 11 Prime 5G, aim to provide a 5G experience at an affordable price. We will be testing the phone to see if the Redmi 11 Prime 5G is the best 5G smartphone under Rs 15,000 to buy in India. Stay tuned for a full review coming soon on Gadgets 360.