Best Redmi Note Phone To Buy For Every Budget in 2022: An In-depth Analysis

With 5 models already having launched in the Redmi Note 11 series, not to mention the 4 Redmi Note 10's still being sold, there are just too many options to choose from.

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Miles Dewey Davis III was an American trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. Google tells me he is known for a famous quote, “There are no wrong notes”. While this phrase must definitely have been referring to musical notes, I can tell you that this quote can very well be applied to the smartphone market, especially in India. We have had at least 5 different smartphone brands using the ‘Note’ moniker in recent years, with almost all of them achieving good success with it. The most notable (ahem) one of these is of course the Redmi Note series. 

Having first made its debut as a single Redmi Note phone, it split up into a regular and a ‘Pro’ Note in 2018 with the Redmi Note 5 series, and further branched out into a regular, ‘S’, ‘T’, Pro and Pro Max last year. One thing that has stayed consistent throughout the years though, is the value proposition that Redmi’s Note series has offered, making them almost always the first choice in their segment for buyers and reviewers alike.

But with 5 models already having launched in the Redmi Note 11 series, not to mention the 4 Redmi Note 10’s still being sold, and some Poco+Xiaomi rebadges, there are just too many options to choose from. Well, worry not because I decided to do a deep dive for my sanity and yours. Here’s a breakdown of every Redmi Note you can buy in 2022, and a gentle nudge towards choosing the best Note for yourself.

Redmi Note Series in 2022: What Are My Options

Let’s just start with the simple stuff. As of March 2022, these are all the Redmi Notes I could see being sold and in stock across Amazon, Flipkart and Xiaomi’s own website:

Phone Name Starting Price RAM Storage
Redmi Note 11 Rs 13,499 4GB 64GB
Redmi Note 10 Rs 13,999 4GB 64GB
Redmi Note 10T 5G Rs 13,999 4GB 64GB
Redmi Note 10S Rs 14,499 6GB 64GB
Redmi Note 11T 5G Rs 15,999 6GB 64GB
Redmi Note 10 Pro Rs 15,999 6GB 128GB
Redmi Note 11S Rs 16,499 6GB 64GB
Redmi Note 11 Pro Rs 17,999* 6GB 128GB
Redmi Note 10 Pro Max Rs 19,999 6GB 128GB
Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G Rs 20,999 6GB 128GB

Note that I’ve included only the base variants of all these phones, and the prices mentioned here are the latest ones I could find on Xiaomi’s website. The 10-20K segment has seen some violent price shake-ups in the last year or so, so I’ll try to base this analysis off of a general price category instead of absolute numbers.

Now as you must have noticed, I have listed all the current-gen Redmi Notes and the ones that launched last year as well. But here’s the fun part: Poco has also launched a couple of phones in the same segment and they are more or less rebadges of the existing Redmi Note model(s) with new designs. Plus, not to forget the Xiaomi 11i series, which was technically a rebrand of the Chinese variants of the Redmi Note 11 series. Since these products are very close to the Redmi Note offerings and could be considered serious alternatives, I’ll add them here too, making our final table look something like this:

Phone Name Starting Price RAM Storage
Redmi Note 11 Rs 13,499 4GB 64GB
Redmi Note 10 Rs 13,999 4GB 64GB
Poco M3 Pro 5G Rs 13,999 4GB 64GB
Redmi Note 10T 5G Rs 13,999 4GB 64GB
Redmi Note 10S Rs 14,499 6GB 64GB
Poco M4 Pro Rs 14,999 6GB 64GB
Poco M4 Pro 5G Rs 14,999 4GB 64GB
Redmi Note 11T 5G Rs 15,999 6GB 64GB
Redmi Note 10 Pro Rs 15,999 6GB 128GB
Redmi Note 11S Rs 16,499 6GB 64GB
Redmi Note 11 Pro Rs 17,999* 6GB 128GB
Redmi Note 10 Pro Max Rs 19,999* 6GB 128GB
Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G Rs 20,999 6GB 128GB
Xiaomi 11i 5G Rs 24,999 6GB 128GB
Xiaomi 11i HC 5G Rs 26,999 8GB 128GB

So that’s 15 models to choose from in total, with that number going up to 30+ if you also add all the different storage variants in the mix. Now the 2 most important factors that’ll affect the buying decision here are

  1. Whether you’re looking to spend only up to 15-16K on your phone or can go up to 20-25K range;
  2. If you are certain that you need a 5G phone right away or you don’t mind getting a 4G phone for now.

Considering these two factors in mind, here’s what I recommend:

Best 4G Redmi Note to Buy in 2022: Under 15K

The two cheapest Redmi Note devices you can buy right now are Redmi Note 10 and Note 11. It would feel redundant to include the Note 10 here when the Note 11 has already been launched and *gasps* it’s selling for lower than the Note 10?! So, what’s the catch? Well, while the Note 11 offers a segment-leading 90Hz Super AMOLED display with FHD resolution and an improved 50MP main camera sensor, the “upgraded” Snapdragon 680 processor on the Note 11 is actually weaker than the SD678 we got with the Redmi Note 10. That is because the SD680 is technically an upgrade of the Snapdragon 662; and despite being built on a more power efficient 6nm process, it still features much older, slightly weaker CPU cores and even a weaker GPU than the SD678. This is evident in their benchmark scores as well, with the Redmi Note 10 scoring higher both in Geekbench and AnTuTu v9 benchmarks.

Snapdragon 680 Snapdragon 678
6nm process 11nm process
4x 2.4 GHz (Cortex-A73) 2x 2.2 GHz (Cortex-A76)
4x 1.8 GHz (Cortex-A53) 6x 1.7 GHz (Cortex-A55)
Adreno 610 GPU Adreno 612 GPU
AnTuTu 9: 279451 AnTuTu 9: 284678
Geekbench (Single-core): 373

(Multi-core):1508

Geekbench (Single-core): 533

(Multi-core): 1549

Numbers aside, the day-to-day performance on the Note 11 is no way worse off than the Note 10. It does feel slightly faster and smoother thanks to the higher refresh rate and does much better in terms of battery efficiency. However, it has its limitations in gaming, meaning you can still enjoy casual gaming sessions every once in a while, but I won’t recommend it to anyone who’s a daily BGMI/COD player. For what it’s worth, the Note 10 still offers a fantastic display and multimedia experience and doesn’t lack a lot compared to the Note 11, but it’s that 90Hz display on the latter which wins it for me. 

Model Price Points to Consider Buy Or Not
Redmi Note 11 Rs 13,499 SD680 is weaker than 678 Yes
Redmi Note 10 Rs 13,999 Still great if 60Hz is OK Buy the Note 11
Redmi Note 10S Rs 14,499 Consider only for Gaming Buy the Poco M4 Pro
Poco M4 Pro 4G Rs 14,999 Great All-rounder Yes

However, if you can stretch your budget by just 2K, you can get the Poco M4 Pro 4G which for me is the best 4G phone to buy currently under 15K. It gets the same brilliant 90Hz AMOLED display as the Note 11 (and Note 11S) but pairs it with a slightly faster Helio G96 chipset (same as on the Note 11S). This will make it a much better option for gamers and should also result in fewer chances of facing lags or stutters in daily usage. The main camera here is a 64MP sensor and you don’t have to live without an ultrawide camera thankfully (I’m looking at you, Realme). The Redmi Note 11S is basically the same as the Poco M4 Pro but with a 108MP camera. But the Poco M4 Pro starts at Rs 1500 less and I’m sure most users will be happy to sacrifice that slight edge in camera performance to justify this price difference. I’ll talk more about the Note 11S in the next segment.

Another 4G option to consider is the Redmi Note 10S. It’s very similar to the Poco M4 Pro too, featuring the same set of cameras, battery etc., but missing out on the 90Hz display. One important thing to note however is that the Note 10S came with a Helio G95 instead of the G96 on the Poco M4 Pro, and yet again, this is a case of misleading nomenclature being used by chipset makers. The G96 is a much weaker chip than the G95, partially owing to the fact that the G95 featured a Mali G76 MC4 GPU while the G96 comes with the Mali G57 MC2 GPU. Again, this would matter only in benchmark scores mostly and some fringe cases of real-world usage. 

Overall, I think the Poco M4 Pro is a solid buy under 15K and should be able to satisfy most users with its brilliant display and all-round performance chops.

Best 4G Redmi Note to Buy in 2022: 15-20K

If your budget is up to 20K, you get a choice between the Redmi Note 11S and 11 Pro and last year’s Redmi Note 10 Pro and Pro Max. All of these phones feature superb AMOLED displays, stereo speakers, good in-hand feel and a very similar assortment of specifications. The Redmi Note 10 Pro is selling for Rs 15,999 on Amazon as I’m writing this and I think at that price, it is a simple no-brainer to pick it over any other option, for most people at least.

Model Price Points to Consider Buy Or Not
Redmi Note 10 Pro Rs 15,999 Superb Value for Money Yes!
Redmi Note 11S Rs 16,499 Do you need 108MP? Buy the Note 10 Pro
Redmi Note 11 Pro Rs 17,999* 108MP and 67W Buy the Note 10 Pro
Redmi Note 10 Pro Max Rs 19999* Not worth it at the Original Price Consider the Note 11 Pro+

The Note 10 Pro Max, still selling for Rs 19,999 doesn’t justify the 4K price gap because the only upgrade you’ll get is a 108MP main camera. Both phones of the Note 11 series are also equipped with a 108MP main camera but they come with Helio G96 chipsets, which in my experience, doesn’t offer the same level of battery optimization and software processing for camera algorithms as the Snapdragon 732G on the Note 10 Pro. The Note 11S and Note 11 Pro also share most of their other specifications, with the Note 11 Pro coming with slightly faster 67W charging and a 120Hz screen compared to 33W and 90Hz on the Note 11S respectively. 

 To be fair, all 4 phones here are great all-round packages and a casual user will be mostly happy with all aspects of these phones, but unless you specifically need a 108MP camera or a 67W charger, I would say the Note 10 Pro still stands tall as the perfect package, especially if you can get it for 16K or lower.

Best 5G Redmi Notes To Buy in 2022 

The cheapest 5G phones launched in 2021, and probably still the cheapest ones you can buy in 2022 are the Note 10T 5G and Poco M3 Pro 5G. They’re basically twins with the only difference being their paint jobs. I wouldn’t recommend buying either of them because they had some glaring omissions in the name of 5G. No Ultrawide cameras, only 8MP selfie cameras, 18W charging and mono speakers. All of these have been fixed in this year’s iterations: the Note 11T and Poco M4 Pro 5G. Both these phones again share the entire spec sheet with each other, namely a 90 Hz LCD, slightly faster Dimensity 810, stereo speakers, an ultrawide camera and 33W fast charging. All this for just INR1000 extra over last year’s models makes this upgrade totally worth considering. The Note 11T costs another 1000 bucks extra but that’s because it starts with a 6/64GB model instead of 4/64GB like the Poco. I don’t think 4GB RAM would be a problem, but it’s always better to have some extra breathing room if your budget permits.

Model Price Points to Consider Buy Or Not
Poco M3 Pro 5G Rs 13,999 Not worth the price now Buy Poco M4 Pro 5G
Redmi Note 10T 5G Rs 13,999 Not worth the price now Buy Poco M4 Pro 5G
Poco M4 Pro 5G Rs 14,999 Great Upgrade Yes
Redmi Note 11T 5G Rs 15,999 Extra 2GB RAM over Poco Yes

And finally, coming to the top-of-the-line options. Redmi Note 11 Pro+ is the only 5G offering you can get in the non-T Note series this year. But Xiaomi also launched 2 great options under the Xiaomi 11i series. Now the 11i and 11i Hypercharge are different only in their battery capacity and charging speeds, so unless you absolutely want the 120W Hyper-charging tech, you can easily save money and opt for the Xiaomi 11i. Between the Xiaomi 11i and the Redmi Note 11 Pro+, the only difference on paper is the processor. Otherwise, they have the same screen, camera setup, build and everything. 

But this seemingly small difference results in some huge real-life consequences. The Snapdragon 695, while being a decently powerful chip, lacks some really basic features. Like the Note 11 Pro+ can’t do 4K 30FPS video recording, or even 1080P 60FPS for that matter. Plus, despite having a kickass AMOLED display, the Note 11 Pro+ can’t playback HDR content even on YouTube. Xiaomi 11i on the other hand can playback 4K videos on YouTube and even comes with proper HDR playback certification for Netflix. Now, this might not be a huge selling point for most people, especially given the price difference of Rs 4000. But for people who use their phones for content creation or vlogging, the lack of 4K video recording and playback might be a deal-breaker.

Model Price Points to Consider Buy Or Not
Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G Rs 20,999 No 4K Rec, No HDR Videos Good Buy Under 20K
Xiaomi 11i 5G Rs 24,999 Good Overall Balance Yes
Xiaomi 11i HC 5G Rs 26,999 120W Charging Consider Xiaomi 11i

So which one of these two would I suggest? Well, the Note 11 Pro+ is the only 5G phone under 20K currently that doesn’t make you choose between an AMOLED display and a high refresh rate. So, If you really want a 5G phone that also offers a good overall experience and don’t mind the lack of 4K recording, go for the Note 11 Pro+. Alternatively, if you are ready to live with an LCD display, you can consider the Realme 9 SE 5G, which offers a much more powerful SD778G processor at the same price. Or you can spend the extra cash and get yourself the Xiaomi 11i which is as close to a no-compromise experience as you can get in this price segment.

Some other great options to consider here are the Oneplus Nord CE 2 and Realme 9 Pro+. Plus, keep an eye out on phones like the Mi 11x and Realme GT Master Edition which regularly come on sale for anywhere between 20-25K.

Footnotes: Which is the Best Redmi Note in 2022?

Well, you must have heard this a million times but I’ll still say it because it is true. It’s impossible to choose a single phone that will suit everyone’s needs and based on what you need, the best phone for you might be wildly different from what I might choose. With 5G coming into the mix, it really gets difficult for brands to pack in as many specs as they used to earlier. That’s quite evident from some of the ‘downgrades’ or price bumps we’ve seen this year. The Note 11 Pro series can’t do 4K video recording now while the Note 10 Pro series can. The Note 11S and Note 11 both feature slightly less powerful chips than the models they are replacing and so on.

One thing that I would like to say is that 5G in India is still some time away. I honestly don’t see us getting to use 5G any time before 2024, no matter what the telcos or smartphone brands say. If you think you’ll upgrade your phone anyway by then, maybe just buy a good 4G phone now instead of paying extra to buy a 5G one or sacrificing some features to get a 5G phone that fits your budget.

If you are the kind of person who uses their phone for at least 3-4 years before switching, then a 5G phone might be the way to go. Thankfully, the Poco M4 Pro 5G this year looks like a solid option for its price. So is the Note 11 Pro+. For 4G buyers, the Poco M4 Pro 4G and the Redmi Note 10 Pro are the best overall choices, unless your use case demands some specific feature set. Let me say this again, most of the phones in the Note series are solid products and I don’t think you’ll regret buying any of these in particular. I agree with Mr. Davis when he says that there are no wrong notes, however, I do think that some Notes are more right than others.