Sit down, Xiaomi, we need to talk. How is it possible that the Redmi Note 11 and the Redmi Note 11 are different phones? Very different, actually. One has a 6.43-inch AMOLED, the other a 6.6-inch IPS LCD, one is powered by a Snapdragon 680 (4G) and the other by Dimensity 810 (5G). Even the design is subtly different.

The second is sold only in China, the other is a global model available in Europe and India. So there’s no geographic overlap, but the internet doesn’t work that way – a consumer googling “Redmi Note 11 review” might read the wrong version, causing confusion.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 (China)

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 (China)

And if that was all, we would be bothered by it, but not enough for an intervention. However, there is also a Redmi Note 11 4G, although the Redmi Note 11 is already only 4G. And did we mention the Note 11E, the Note 11S and the Note 11T 5G?


Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 4G
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11E
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11T 5G

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 4G • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11E • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11T 5G

The waters are further clouded by the fact that the 11E also has 5G connectivity, despite “5G” not being part of its official name. The 11S doesn’t have 5G (but there may be a version on the way).

Not to mention the Pro and Pro+ models – of course there is a Redmi Note 11 Pro and Redmi Note 11 Pro, which have some overlap but are not identical (there is also a separate 5G model) . In total there are 13 “Redmi Note 11” models in our database.

13 so far – the first models in the family were released last November, the most recent came out this month. Who knows what will happen in April.



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Released onRedmi Note 11 Pro (China) 2021, November 01 Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G 2021, November 01 Redmi Note 11 (China) 2021, November 01 Redmi Note 11 4G 2021, December 01 Redmi Note 11T 5G 2021, December 07 Redmi Note 11 2022 , February 09 Redmi Note 11S 2022, February 09 Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G 2022, February 18 Redmi Note 11 Pro 2022, February 18 Redmi Note 11E Pro 2022, March 04 Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G (India) 2022, March 15 Redmi Note 11E 2022, March 18 Redmi Note 11S 5G Rumors

We look at phone specs all day, discuss them all day, and sometimes we even get turned around when it comes to Xiaomi phones. The Redmi Note 11 series may be the worst culprit, but it’s not the only one. For example, the Xiaomi Mi 11, 11i, 11X and (non-Mi) 11T are also difficult to keep up with.


Xiaomi Mi 11
Xiaomi 11i
Xiaomi Mi 11X
Xiaomi 11T

Xiaomi Mi 11 • Xiaomi 11i • Xiaomi Mi 11X • Xiaomi 11T

The problem we have is twofold. The first (and most aggravating) is having two separate, visibly different devices with the same name. This causes a lot of confusion, especially when looking up information about the specific device.

For example, how do you check if the European Redmi Note 11 has Android 12? A quick web search can yield results for the Chinese model, which will almost certainly be the first to be updated. And then casual consumers will be confused as to why their phone is not updating while others already have the new firmware version.

Now we are not saying that having exclusive lands is a bad thing. For example, the Redmi K40 is the Poco F3, the former is for China, the latter is worldwide. Well, kinda global since India got a Poco F3 GT instead, but let’s not get into that. Xiaomi has many brand names and many different series under its umbrella, it could use different names for its products instead of reusing names and making a mess.


Xiaomi Poco F3
Xiaomi Redmi K40
Xiaomi Poco F3 GT

Xiaomi Poco F3 • Xiaomi Redmi K40 • Xiaomi Poco F3 GT

The second problem is just the sheer number of models. Offering consumers more choices is usually a good thing, until it gets overwhelming. The Redmi Note 11 is a mid-range series, so it needs to spend its budget wisely – spend more on one thing, cut back on something else.

But do consumers really benefit from having three different screens to choose from? Three different camera settings? And that’s just the Redmi Note 11, 11 4G, 11S and 11E, looking at the Pro and Pro+ models adds even more combinations to consider.

With different capabilities, different prices and different regions of availability, it becomes annoyingly difficult to find the Redmi Note 11 variant that best suits your budget and requirements. It also makes recommendations difficult, because, for example, “Redmi Note 11 Pro” can refer to one of the six models. In the store (whether online or IRL) double check that you are indeed looking at the model you think you see.

Trying to buy a Redmi Note 11 from Amazon - choose wisely
Trying to buy a Redmi Note 11 from Amazon – choose wisely

We don’t expect a perfectly structured Xiaomi pedigree. Even Apple, which doesn’t release that many products, can make things confusing, making it necessary for people to indicate when a particular iPad or MacBook came out to overcome the ambiguity.

But Xiaomi has the main series (formerly “Mi”), the Redmi, Redmi Note and Redmi K series, Mix phones, some Pocos (C, F, M, X), Black Sharks and Civi as well. It should be possible to give each model a unique name, it should be.

Xiaomi has no shortage of brand names and product lines, no need to reuse names
Xiaomi has no shortage of brand names and product lines, no need to reuse names

As for our second complaint, we haven’t been to Xiaomi’s headquarters during product strategy meetings. Perhaps 13 different “Redmi Note 11” phones is the best approach, especially since component supplies are less predictable than the weather. But Xiaomi launched an overwhelming number of eponymous devices before the silicon shortage kicked in, this is the MO.

We’d be very grateful – and we think it will benefit consumers – if Xiaomi’s product line becomes a little easier to navigate.

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