If there’s one brand that single-handedly upended the affordable category in the subcontinent, it has to be Xiaomi India. The brand’s Redmi series has continued to defy market expectations by offering powerful specs at an attractive price. Now the brand is aiming to take that legacy further with its new launches during the “Special Diwali with Mi” sale celebration. As part of the same, it took covers off three smartphones – the Redmi 11 Prime 5G, Redmi 11 Prime, and Redmi A1. The trio comes powered by MediaTek chipsets and offers impressive features. In this piece, we will be focusing on the Redmi 11 Prime that’s equipped with the most loaded chipset in the G series – MediaTek Helio G99. But that’s not the only thing that makes it worthy of your consideration. Here’s why the Redmi 11 Prime should be on your shortlist.
Equipped with immense raw power that conserves battery too
MediaTek Helio G series has played a crucial role in enabling smooth performance irrespective of the price point of the smartphone. And the MediaTek Helio G99 continues with the same ethos. It’s the first offering in the G series with a 6nm fabrication. Now it goes without saying that the smaller die size promises a lot of power savings. To ensure a lag-free usage experience, the octa-core processor comes with two high-end Cortex-A76 cores that run at 2.2GHz and six 2.0GHz Cortex-A55 cores. This allows for the best of both worlds – prime performance and prime efficiency.
Complementing the mighty processor is 4GB / 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM. Depending upon the variant you opt for, the Redmi 11 Prime offers 64GB / 128GB UFS 2.2 storage. You can also top it up further by another 512GB with the use of a microSD card, thanks to a dedicated slot.
For rendering videos and real life-like experiences while gaming, the chipset features an ARM Mali-G57 MC2 graphics engine. The dual-core processor is clocked at 950MHz. Along with the impressive hardware, there are several optimisations to make gaming enjoyable with MediaTek HyperEngine 2.0 Lite. It offers Intelligent Resource Management. There’s also a Networking Engine that offers Call and Data Concurrency while gaming as well as Wi-Fi antenna swapping.
A triple-camera array headlined by a 50MP lens
If you think about the biggest technological leap in smartphones in recent years, it will be the improvements in imaging prowess. Today, you’ll find powerful, high-res sensors across price ranges. Redmi’s latest also follows the same with a 50MP primary sensor at the back offering a wide f/1.8 aperture. The snapper is paired with dual 2-megapixel macro and portrait lenses. The phone has the usual camera modes such as portrait, night, etc. to enhance your photography experience. Selfies and video calls are taken care of by an 8MP shooter hidden inside the notch.
A gorgeous display that keeps you glued
The Redmi 11 Prime’s window to the world is a 6.58-inch display. The screen features a full HD+ resolution and a high refresh rate of 90Hz. With minimal bezels and a small notch up top, the panel offers immersive visuals. The Corning Gorilla Glass 3-protected display also supports a high touch sampling rate of 240Hz, which would particularly be enjoyed by gamers.
Promises an impressive endurance
Powering the show on the Redmi 11 Prime is a robust 5,000mAh cell. The capacity, along with power-efficient chipset architecture, makes sure that you won’t be having battery anxiety in the middle of the day. It’ll easily go on to the next day even with moderate-to-heavy usage. At a time, when phonemakers are ditching the charging adapters, the Redmi 11 Prime’s retail packaging ships with a 22.5W charger, though the handset can be juiced up at 18W.
Going beyond specs, the Redmi 11 Prime is resistant to splashes. It has a functional design dubbed EVOL which offers micro-grooves at the back to provide better ergonomics along with ensuring that it’s not a fingerprint magnet. Complementing the design language is its availability in colourful hues like Playful Green, Flashy Black, and Peppy Purple. The handset also scores high on connectivity features, with Bluetooth 5.1, an Infrared emitter, and a 3.5mm audio socket. Software-wise, it boots MIUI 13 running atop Android 12.
To sum up, there’s little doubt that Redmi’s latest checks off everything you’d ask from a smartphone. Right from lag-free performance to an immersive display, and powerful cameras to a long-lasting battery, it has it all. Combine that with its mouth-watering pricing of Rs 12,999 for the 4GB model, and Rs 14,999 for the higher-end version, and the Redmi 11 Prime becomes irresistible. It’ll go on sale from September 9th at 12:00 noon on Amazon and Mi.com.