realme 11 Review – Energize your everyday life without compromises

In the current landscape of the smartphone market, plenty of choices are accessible to accommodate the different needs of smartphone users. Within this dynamic arena, realme distinguishes itself by offering cost-effective, performance-oriented smartphones. An example of this approach is the realme 11, which skillfully harmonizes affordability and high-performance capabilities.

Quick Unboxing

Describing the retail packaging of the realme 11, it comes in the familiar yellow cardboard box with black accents, but this time, the box itself has been enhanced with subtle ridges, providing a much-needed sense of depth and dimension. The package contents remain consistent with realme’s recent releases and include:

  1. A silicone case
  2. A SIM-eject tool
  3. A Quick Guide
  4. A Warranty card
  5. A 67-watt SUPERVOOC fast charger
  6. A USB-C cable

Notably, the included power brick is the standout feature here, as realme has thoughtfully included a 67-watt SUPERVOOC charger in the box, enabling users to fully leverage the fast-charging capabilities of the realme 11. This charger can deliver a 50% charge from zero in just 17 minutes when plugged in.

Design

The realme 11 boasts a sleek and sophisticated design, featuring a slim profile and a lustrous glittery back design, which elevates its visual charm. Additionally, the phone’s lightweight yet robust build is achieved through the use of a plastic frame and back cover, ensuring both portability and durability.

The device is very comfortable to hold thanks to its slender frame and flat sides. It measures 159.9 x 73.3 x 7.95 mm and weighs 178 grams, making it one of the lightest and most compact phones on the market. This makes it easy to use with one hand and comfortable to hold for long periods of time.

The SIM card slot is located on the left side of the realme 11, while the power button and volume rocker are located on the right side. The USB-C port, speaker grill, and a reset button are located at the bottom of the phone, alongside the 3.5mm headphone jack. The microphone is located at the top of the phone.

Display

The realme 11 boasts a stunning 6.4-inch FHD AMOLED display that delivers an immersive and vibrant viewing experience. With a resolution of 2400×1080, a refresh rate of 90Hz, and a peak brightness of 1000 nits, everything you see on the screen is sharp, smooth, and incredibly detailed.

The display also supports a wide color gamut with 98% NTSC, ensuring that you can enjoy a wider range of colors and more accurate color representation. And to protect your precious screen, realme has included Gorilla Glass 5, which is scratch-resistant and durable.

Performance

At the heart of the realme 11 lies the decently powerful MediaTek MT8781 Helio G99 chipset, engineered to deliver a seamless and responsive user experience. This chipset boasts two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores and six power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores, which ensure good performance for everyday tasks.

Complementing the chipset is a Mali-G57 MC2 GPU, providing ample power for graphics-intensive applications and immersive gaming experiences. With a generous 8GB of RAM, we can seamlessly switch between multiple apps without any lags.

The realme 11 also has 256GB of internal storage, ensuring ample space for storing their precious photos, videos, and files.

Gaming

GamesGraphics QualityRefresh RateVerdict
Mobile Legends: Bang BangUltraSuperSmooth
Call of Duty: MobileMediumHighSmooth with slight hiccups in Battle Royale
Genshin ImpactLowest60FPSPlayable, with slight hiccups in Inazuma, Sumeru and Fontaine

User Interface

Similar to many smartphones these days, the realme 11 comes pre-installed with a handful of third-party and duplicate apps, which some might consider bloatware. These apps may not be to everyone’s liking, and some may even find them unnecessary.

However, it’s not a significant issue, and most of us are probably accustomed to this by now. You can easily uninstall or disable the apps you don’t need, but it can still be a minor inconvenience, especially for those who prefer a more streamlined and clutter-free setup.

The realme 11 runs on realme UI 4.0, an overlay based on Android 13. To fully utilize your device’s capabilities, we recommend taking some time to customize the settings and familiarize yourself with the user interface.

Battery

As for the battery, the realme 11 has a 5000mAh capacity that supports a speedy 67W SUPERVOOC fast charging, which, according to realme, can charge the phone from 1% to 50% in just 17 minutes.

Audio Quality

The realme 11 utilizes a single downfiring loudspeaker, which delivers a moderate audio experience. While it’s not the most impressive speaker setup, it produces a decent level of sound and clarity for everyday use.

Camera

One of the realme 11’s standout features is its 108MP primary camera, which takes center stage on a large circular island alongside a 2MP B/W depth camera. Capturing stunning images in incredible detail, the main sensor captures 12MP images and boasts 3x sensor zoom, delivering a high-quality crop of a high-resolution shot. To further enhance your photography experience, the camera also supports 108MP direct output, Street Mode 4.0, Night Mode, Pro Mode, and more.

The photos are impressive, as one would anticipate from a realme phone. While the night mode shots exhibit decent performance, some noise is noticeable, especially in low-light conditions. However, under adequate lighting, the image quality is generally excellent and finely tuned by the software.

The portrait shots on this device are great, thanks to the properly processed bokeh effect. The subject is seamlessly separated from the surrounding environment, creating a captivating effect. The blurred bokeh softens the edges of the background, adding depth and dimension to the shot, while the sharp focus on the subject maintains its lifelike detail.

Video Recording

The video quality is passable, with no standout features to boast about. If you’re seeking superior video quality and higher frame rates, you may find it lacking, as the phone can only record videos at 1080p@30fps with both the rear and front cameras. While this suffices for most casual media consumption, it falls short if you aspire to create professional-grade content.

Final Remarks

What we like:

  • 1080p 90Hz AMOLED display
  • Premium feel and design
  • Good front and rear cameras
  • The Helio G99 processor’s performance is decent for everyday tasks and casual gaming
  • 67W SUPERVOOC fast charging
  • It has an ideal 8+256GB storage

What we don’t like:

  • Riddled with bloatwares
  • Side fingerprint scanner, an under-diplay fingerprint scanner could have been great
  • Only capable of 1080p 30fps video recording
  • Plastic frame, and plastic back

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