The Redmi 11 Prime 5G is currently the company’s most affordable 5G smartphone in India, which Xiaomi claims is a 5G all-rounder. The budget smartphone finds itself in a crowded segment, which is facing competition from the likes of iQoo, Vivo, Realme, Motorola, etc. The Redmi 11 Prime 5G packs a MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC, which is a popular choice among brands launching 5G smartphones. section. The phone also supports seven 5G bands, which should be more than enough to cover all the telecom circles in India.
The Redmi 11 Prime 5G also packs a strong battery, full-HD+ display and a dual-camera setup at the back. With all the offerings, is this the best 5G smartphone under Rs. 15,000 in India? we find out.
Redmi 11 Prime 5G price in India
Xiaomi has launched the 4G and 5G variant of the Redmi 11 Prime in India, of which the 5G variant is the more expensive offering of the two. The 5G variant is available in two storage options. Its 4GB RAM + 64GB storage configuration is priced at Rs 13,999, while the 6GB RAM + 128GB variant costs Rs 15,999. The 5G smartphone comes in Meadow Green, Chrome Silver and Thunder Black color options.
Redmi 11 Prime 5G Design
The Redmi 11 Prime 5G follows the 2022 smartphone trend of a flat frame design. The back panel of the phone bends towards the edges to ensure that it sits comfortably when placed. Xiaomi has used plastic material for the back and frame, which is common in smartphones in this price range. That being said, the rear panel offers good grip thanks to the textured design. Xiaomi sent us the 6GB RAM variant of the Redmi 11 Prime 5G in Meadow Green, which seems to be the hero color of the trio.
The left side of the phone houses a SIM tray with two slots for nano-SIM cards and a third slot for microSD cards. On the right side you get the power and volume buttons. The buttons are clickable but a little too many for my liking. You also get a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top edge, next to the IR blaster. The USB Type-C port and single speaker grille are located on the bottom edge.
The Corning Gorilla Glass 3-protected display stands quite tall at 6.58 inches and offers a 90Hz refresh rate. The screen has full-HD+ resolution and Widevine L1 certification, which means users can enjoy HD content on Netflix, Prime Video, etc. One downside of this display is the use of IPS LCD versus AMOLED when compared to some phones in this segment.
Colors are not as vibrant and the screen brightness of the Redmi 11 Prime 5G maxes out at 400 nits. While the display is bright for indoor use, I preferred using the phone at the maximum brightness level for outdoor use. This may not bother some people, but the phone has a waterdrop notch for the front camera, which looks old.
The Redmi 11 Prime 5G is a bit heavy at 200g and also quite thick at 8.9mm. Xiaomi has added a silicone protective case to the box. You also get a 22.5W fast charger and a USB Type-A to Type-C charging cable. However, the phone only supports 18W fast charging.
Redmi 11 Prime 5G Specifications and Software
The Redmi 11 Prime 5G packs a 7nm MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC, and supports seven 5G bands in India. The phone has dual-5G, Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 AC. There is no IP rating but the phone comes with ingress protection around the SIM tray to provide some basic protection against water splash and dust.
The phone also packs a 5000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. Like all recent Xiaomi phones, the Redmi 11 Prime 5G runs on Android 12-based MIUI 13, which is quite feature-rich but also bloated. Along with some first-party apps from Xiaomi, MIUI 13 on Redmi 11 Prime 5G comes preinstalled with several third-party apps like Moj, Snapchat, Zilli, Spotify, etc. You can choose to uninstall these apps if you wish.
Xiaomi hasn’t promised any long-term software update details for the Redmi 11 Prime 5G, but we expect the company to roll out at least Android 13 for it.
Redmi 11 Prime 5G Performance and Battery Life
The Redmi 11 Prime 5G, with MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC, is a decent performer. Day-to-day tasks, such as scrolling through social media, browsing the web, etc., work fine. However, if you want great gaming performance at this price point, it might disappoint you. While games like Asphalt 9 Legends, Call of Duty: Mobile ran well on basic settings, we noticed some stuttering during gameplay. The phone scored 521 and 1757 in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core tests. The phone scored 3,37,683 points in AnTuTu.
Overall, the phone offers good battery life. The 5000mAh battery easily lasted a day and a half with moderate to light usage. In our battery loop test, the Redmi 11 Prime 5G lasted 16 hours and 53 minutes, which was good. With the bundled charger, it took about two hours for the phone to fully charge from empty.
The Redmi 11 Prime 5G has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, which is quick to authenticate and unlock the phone. While there is a 3.5mm headphone jack, Redmi hasn’t provided a pair of wired earphones in the box. The device also has a single-speaker setup, which is quite loud. However, we would have liked the dual-speaker setup.
Redmi 11 Prime 5G Cameras
There is a dual camera setup on the back of the Redmi 11 Prime 5G. The phone packs a 50-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor, but no ultra-wide camera. There is an 8 megapixel front camera for selfie.
The primary camera is quite good in scenarios with a good amount of light. Photos usually had neutral colors and fine details. However, in challenging conditions with backlit subjects or in low light, camera performance was below average and dynamic range was weak.
There is night mode but I didn’t find it very effective. In terms of video, the device supports recording up to 1080p at 30fps for the front and rear cameras. Videos shot in daylight with the main camera offered neutral colors but lacked proper stabilization. Noise is visible in low light.
The selfie provides ample detail in daylight but the software blurs out the skin tone, making the faces look clearer while adding some pink tinge. Portrait mode for the front camera does a good job of blurring out the right areas of the background.
Redmi 11 Prime 5G is a decent performance package for less than Rs. 15,000. The highlight of the phone is a decent processor for day-to-day tasks along with 5G support with seven bands. With a long screen and good battery life, the Redmi 11 Prime 5G will appeal to those who love to consume video content on their phones. We’d love to see a brighter AMOLED display with the standard refresh rate, rather than what’s being used. If you limit your budget to Rs. 500, Redmi Note 11S (Review) offers a better multimedia experience with its 90Hz AMOLED display.
The cameras of Redmi 11 Prime are also not the best. You might want to look at phones like the Moto G32 or even Redmi’s own Note 11, though both are only 4G phones. If you want 5G network support at this price, you will have to compromise in some areas. There is also the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G (First Look), a new performance-focused budget 5G smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 SoC, which is worth considering.