Redmi Note 11 and Note 11S: what are the differences?


Xiaomi updated its portfolio of mid-range smartphones this Wednesday, January 26, after holding an event to launch the line Redmi Note 11 for the global market. In addition to the Redmi Note 11 4G that was announced for the Chinese market at the end of last year, the line now has the Redmi Note 11 Pro e Note 11 Pro 5G as the more sophisticated models, as well as the Redmi Note 11 pattern and the Redmi Note 11S like the most basic versions.

In this article we will compare the two simplest variants to understand their respective goals, in addition to doing a thorough analysis between the specifications, features and prices that the two models offer. Without further ado, it’s time to find out what the differences between Redmi Note 11 and Note 11S are.

Redmi Note 11 and Note 11S: what changes between the devices?

In many places out there, you will read/hear that the two devices are identical, which is absolutely true. So let’s analyze each department to make it easier to identify the differences.

See below the complete technical sheet of the two devices:

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

Status

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Launch

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

Launch

release date

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

26/01/2022

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

26/01/2022

Body

dimensions

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

159.9 x 73.9 x 8.1 mm

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

159.9 x 73.9 x 8.1 mm

Weight

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

179 g

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

179 g

Chip

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

IP68 protection

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

IP53

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

IP53

Platform

Processor

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

CPU

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Kryo 265 Gold e 4×1.9 GHz Kryo 265 Silver)

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

Octa-core (Cortex-A76 de 2×2,05 GHz e 6×2,0 GHz Cortex-A55)

GPU

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Adreno 610

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

Mali-G57 MC2

Operational system

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

MIUI 13 and Android 11

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

MIUI 13 and Android 11

Memoirs

RAM memory

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

Internal Storage

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

Extra Storage

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

microSDXC (dedicated slot)

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

microSDXC (dedicated slot)

Screen

Screen – Type

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

AMOLED

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

AMOLED

Screen – Size

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

6.43

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

6.43

Screen – Resolution

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

1080 x 2400

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

1080 x 2400

Screen – Density

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

409 ppi

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

409 ppi

Screen – Protection

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Fabric – Extras

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

90Hz

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

700 nits e 90Hz

main camera

main camera

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

PDAF e 50 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.76

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

108 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/1.52 e PDAF

2nd camera

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

8 MP, f/2.2, 118˚ (ultrawide), 1/4.0, 1.12µm

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

8 MP, f/2.2, 118˚ (ultrawide), 1/4.0, 1.12µm

3rd camera

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)

4th camera

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)

Camera – Extras

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

HDR, Flash LED e Panorama

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

HDR, Panorama e Flash LED

Video

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Full HD – 30 fps

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

Full HD – 30 fps

Frontal camera

Frontal camera

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

8 MP, f/2.0, (wide)

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

16 MP, f/2.4, (wide)

Video

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

FULLHD – 30fps

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

FULLHD – 30fps

Drums

Drums

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

5000 mAh

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

5000 mAh

Charger

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Power Delivery 3.0, Quick Charge 3 e 33W

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

Power Delivery 3.0, 33W e Quick Charge 3

data networks

3G

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Sim

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

Sim

4G

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Sim

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

Sim

5G

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

No

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

No

Wi-Fi

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac

Bluetooth

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

5.1, A2DP and LE

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

LE, 5.1 and A2DP

GPS

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

GLONASS, A-GPS e BDS

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

A-GPS, GLONASS e BDS

NFC

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Sim

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

Sim

As

As

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Stereo

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

Stereo

3.5mm jack

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Sim

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

Sim

Others

Infra-red

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Sim

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

Sim

USB

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Type-C

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

Type-C

sensors

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Compass, Fingerprint (side), Accelerometer and Proximity

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S

Fingerprint (side), Proximity, Compass and Accelerometer

design and construction

Arguably, the design of the two handsets is identical. It is impossible to identify which is the standard Redmi Note 11S or Redmi Note 11 judging by the look alone. Like all the other models in this new Xiaomi line, the rear design is based on the Redmi Note 10 predecessors, but with a difference in the camera module. We will talk more about this in the topic of cameras.


Redmi Note 11S and Note 11 share the same look. (Credit: Xiaomi/Play)

Both have the same dimensions of 159.9 x 73.9 x 8.1mm and weigh 179g. For protection against splashes and dust, the Chinese giant used IP53 certification — basic, but effective against simpler accidents.

Finally, we noticed the curved edge construction made with a plastic finish, and offering a compact look. On the back, the Redmi logo is stamped on the underside of the lid, following the tradition of other brand releases.

Screen

The display is another department where handsets share the same specs. The display is 6.43 inches and consists of an AMOLED panel. — favorite technology of many people, especially those who consume a lot of videos through their cell phone screen, such as movies, series and so on.

Like the Pro models, both the Redmi Note 11 and Note 11S have Full HD+ resolution (1080 x 2400 pixels) and 20:9 aspect ratio, but they can offer superior quality thanks to the density of 409 ppi. The panel offers 84.5% use of the entire frontal area, and also has 90 Hz refresh rate and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

cameras

In the cameras, the two devices begin to differentiate the information, but not so much. The main difference is due to the main sensor used in the rear module.

Both offer pretty much the same set of cameras.  (Credit: Xiaomi/Play)
Both offer pretty much the same set of cameras. (Credit: Xiaomi/Play)

No caso do Redmi Note 11S, Xiaomi employed a 108 MP f/1.9 aperture lens, which promises to make photos sharper and clearer than its brother. The standard Redmi Note 11 is the only one of the four devices that does not have the 108 MP sensor; instead, we find a 50 MP lens (f/1.9).

As for the other lenses, everything remains the same again. This means that we have an 8 MP (f/2.2) and 118˚ ultrawide lens, combined with a 2 MP (f/2.4) and a 2 MP (f/2.4) macro lens for capturing depth of field data. Although it has different main lenses, in both cases it is possible to record video in Full HD at 30 frames per second (fps).

For selfies, the Redmi Note 11S offers a 16 MP lens and f/2.4 aperture, while the “normal” Redmi Note 11 has a slightly lower sensor, with a resolution of 13 MP (f/2.4). It is also possible to record videos in Full HD at 30 fps with the front camera.

Processing and memories

The big difference between the two devices is even in this department. Xiaomi decided to insert different processors in the two devices, leaving the choice to the end consumer. The Redmi Note 11S, for example, is powered by the model Helium G96 from MediaTek, an octa-core chipset (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 and 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55) that uses 12 nm architecture and Mali-G57 MC2 GPU.

The Redmi Note 11, in turn, comes with the processor Snapdragon 680 from Qualcomm, octa-core model (4×2.4 GHz Kryo 265 Gold and 4×1.9 GHz Kryo 265 Silver) of 6 nm and Adreno 610 GPU. by experts, the MediaTek model manages to do better in games, but uses more energy than the Qualcomm chip.

Despite that, both have 6GB or 8GB RAM options, It can also be expanded through the use of RAM virtual, which converts empty internal space into RAM for more performance. Speaking of which, the internal storage starts at 64 GB and goes up to 128 GB, and both models have a dedicated microSD card slot, which can expand the internal space by up to 512 GB.

Battery, OS and extra features

The battery of both models also offers a capacity of 5,000 mAh, and there is support for 33W fast charging which, according to the manufacturer, guarantees a full charge from 0 to 100% in 58 minutes. Neither model offers extra features for charging, such as wireless or inverse technology, but they do have a charger included in the box.

In addition to new smartphones, the occasion also marked the launch of MIUI 13, the new interface developed by Xiaomi and based on Android 11. As for native features, both offer stereo sound, NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, P2 port for headphones and 4G connectivity.

price and availability

Redmi Note 11 and Note 11S are at a special launch discount on AliExpress.  (Credit: Xiaomi/Play)
Redmi Note 11 and Note 11S are at a special launch discount on AliExpress. (Credit: Xiaomi/Play)

Like the Pro models, the Redmi Note 11 and Redmi Note 11S were introduced to the global market and can now be purchased in Europe. No scheduled release date for Brazil, importing is the only way to acquire new Xiaomi models.

In order to popularize the new models, the company is offering a discount with special conditions through the AliExpress website. Check below the official prices converted to the Brazilian real, accompanied by the special discount coupon:

Redmi Note 11S

  • 6 GB + 64 GB: US $ 249 for US $ 214
  • 6 GB + 64 GB: US $ 279 for US $ 264
  • 8 GB + 128 GB: US $ 299 for US $ 284

👉 Link to buy Redmi Note 11S
COUPON: redmi60

Redmi Note 11

  • 4 GB + 64 GB: US $ 179 for US $ 154
  • 4 GB + 64 GB: US $ 199 for US $ 174
  • 6 GB + 128 GB: US $ 229 for US $ 194

👉 Link to buy Redmi Note 11
COUPON: redmi60

Redmi Note 11 or Redmi Note 11S: which should I buy?

Analyzing the technical data of the two devices, we can say that, in general, both offer the same performance and experience. Sharing a good part of all specifications, the devices integrate efficient hardware compared to other models on the market, especially in the camera package.

But if you want to know which one is a better deal, we can say that the Redmi Note 11S takes a greater advantage. It is better than its brother in the rear, front and processing departments. The Redmi Note 11 should better suit your needs if you’re looking for a more affordable model, that’s all.

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