Redmi’s Indian arm held an event today where they announced three entry-level phones – Redmi 11 Prime 5GRedmi 11 Prime and very affordable Redmi A1. All the phones are powered by Mediatek chipsets and will go on sale later this week.
Redmi 11 Prime 5G
This is the most powerful smartphone of the three. It comes with a Dimensity 700 chip and two memory options – 4/64GB or 6/128GB. Xiaomi’s website also has a third, 4/128GB, but it’s not for sale yet.
On the front is a 6.58-inch LCD display with Full HD+ resolution and a refresh rate of 90 Hz. The teardrop notch houses a 5-megapixel f/2.2 camera. The Redmi 11 Prime 5G has a 50MP primary rear camera with an f/1.8 lens and a 2MP depth sensor.
The Xiaomi Redmi 11 Prime 5G runs MIUI 13 instead of Android 12. Its battery has a capacity of 5,000mAh and supports 18W charging, but the included adapter can provide 22.5W.
Other highlights include a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, a long dual-SIM and microSD card tray, a 3.5mm audio jack, and an FM radio.
Redmi 11 Prime 5G is offered in Thunder Black, Chrome Silver and Meadow Green colors. The first sale is scheduled for September 9, with prices of INR 12,999 ($160) and INR 14,999 ($185) for the two available storage options.
Redmi 11 Prime
The Redmi 11 Prime hasn’t been fully confirmed, but we do know that it will be powered by the Helio G99 chipset, a 6nm chip.
Like its 5G sibling, the Redmi 11 Prime sports a 6.58-inch LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate and FullHD+ resolution, along with a waterdrop notch on the top. There is also Gorilla Glass on top to protect the screen.
There’s a “50MP triple camera system” on the back, meaning a 50MP main unit and two 2MP modules for macro and depth. The selfie camera has an 8 MP sensor.
The Redmi 11 Prime has another 5,000mAh battery, and like the 5G version, it comes with a 22.5W charger, despite only supporting 18W charging. There’s also a 3.5mm audio jack, an LCD blaster and the latest Bluetooth 5.3.
Xiaomi did not announce a launch date, saying that the Redmi 11 Prime will arrive “soon”. However, it revealed the prices at INR 12,999 for 4/64GB and INR 14,999 for 6/128GB. There are three color options – black, green and purple, the last two with a fancy diamond-shaped design.
The Redmi A1 follows the Xiaomi Mi A1 of yesteryear, only it tries to fit into a much more conservative budget. No MIUI here, the Redmi A1 runs pure Android 12.
The Redmi A1 has a leather finish on the back, and many believe that the leather has a premium texture, even though the panel is actually plastic. Inside, we have the Helio A22 chipset paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. There’s also a microSD slot up to 512GB.
The front of the phone features a 6.52-inch LCD display with 720p resolution and a tall 20:9 aspect ratio. The rear has a dual camera setup that visually resembles the flagships of the Xiaomi 12. However, the primary shooter has a modest 8MP sensor, while the 2MP depth sensor hardly adds much to your shots. The selfie camera has a 5 MP sensor.
Like its more powerful siblings, the Redmi A1 has a 5,000mAh battery, but unfortunately it has a microUSB port at the bottom, which is hard to come by with a phone released in the second half of 2022.
The Redmi A1 is priced at INR 6,499, which is around $80. The first flash sale is scheduled for September 9, and the phone can be purchased in black, blue, and green colors.