Xiaomi launched the Redmi 11 Prime series of smartphones in India today along with the Redmi A1 in the entry level segment. The Redmi 11 Prime series comprises of the Redmi 11 Prime and the Redmi 11 Prime 5G. All the three phones together make up the Special Diwali With Mi Launches that Xiaomi has lined up in the country.
Redmi 11 Prime specifications and features
The Redmi 11 Prime and the 11 Prime 5G share a lot of similarities. That includes a 6.58-inch LCD display having 2408 x 1080 pixels FHD+ resolution. The display which features a dewdrop notch at the top offers a refresh rate of 90 Hz. Both the phones run the MIUI 13 OS based on Android 12. The similarities extend to the rear camera setup too, to some extent at least. That includes a 50 MP primary camera and a 2 MP depth sensor on both the 11 Prime and 11 Prime 5G models. A 5 MP front shooter is also common on both the phones. However, the Redmi 11 Prime gets an additional 2 MP macro shooter.
Among the other features of the two phones include dual band Wi-Fi, GNSS, and an IR blaster. There is a 3.5 mm headphone jack as well. For security, there is the side mounted fingerprint sensor while power comes from a 5000 mAh battery that boasts of 18W fast charging support. Both the models sport the exact same dimensions, which stand at 164 x 76.1 x 8.9 mm. The 4G model however is a tad bit heavier, 201 grams compared to the 200 grams that the 5G model weighs.
Coming to the main difference between the two Redmi 11 Prime series phones, the Redmi 11 Prime is a 4G phone while the 11 Prime 5G supports 5G connectivity. The other primary difference between the two Redmi 11 Prime series phones is the processor they come with. While the 11 Prime pack in a MediaTek Helio G99 chipset, the 5G version of the same comes with a MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset. The 4G model supports Bluetooth 5.3, and the 5G version of the same supports Bluetooth 5.1.
Further, both the models sport the same memory and storage configurations. That starts at 4 GB + 64 GB for the base model and 6 GB + 128 GB for the top-end version. Also, it is LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 2.2 storage for both models along with a dedicated microSD card slot to allow for the addition of more storage.
Worth mentioning, that the Redmi 11 Prime happens to be the same as the Poco M5 but with a different design for the rear end. Similarly, the Redmi 11 Prime 5G happens to be the rebranded Redmi Note 11E that has gone on sale in China earlier. The same is also available in Southeast Asia as the Redmi 10 5G.
Price, availability, and color options
The Redmi 11 Prime starts at Rs. 12,999 for the 4 GB + 64 GB model while the 6 GB + 128 GB model is priced Rs. 14,999.
Color options with the Redmi 11 Prime include Thunder Black, Chrome Silver, and Meadow Green.
The Redmi 11 Prime 5G starts at Rs. 13,999 for the 4 GB + 64 GB model while the 6 GB + 128 GB will set one back rs. 15,999.
The Redmi 11 Prime 5G comes in shades of Peppy Purple, Flashy Black, and Playful Green.
The Redmi 11 Prime 5G models will go on sale in India from September 9, 12 noon onwards. The phone can be bought from Amazon India, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores as well as other retail locations throughout India. There is a flat Rs. 1,000 discount on the phone if bought using ICICI Bank credit cards as well as EMI transactions via credit or debit cards.
No word yet as to when the Redmi 11 Prime will go on sale in the country.