Today Realme introduced the 11 series with three models – here we will focus on the vanilla and Pro, the Pro+ will be covered in a separate article. These mid-rangers have bold, distinctive designs and are currently separated by only CNY 100 (set to grow to CNY 200 after the pre-order warps up).
Realme 11 Pro
The Realme 11 Pro starts at CNY 1,700 ($245/€225/₹20,000) for the base 8/256GB unit (again, this is set to grow to CNY 1,800 after the pre-orders). There are also 12/256GB for CNY 2,000 and 12/512GB for CNY 2,200 options. You can reserve a unit today (payment is expected by May 10), shipments will begin on May 15.
The phone’s most distinctive feature is its back. The large circular camera island doesn’t hold much in terms of contents, but with its size and decorative ring, it certainly grabs attention.
And it’s not even the best part, the stripe that runs down the middle along with the decorative stitching on the vegan leather make this feel like a premium gaming phone or a special edition camera phone rather than the affordable mid-ranger that it is.
Note that the Starry Night Black opts for a more restrained look. It’s also thinner (8.2mm vs. 8.7mm) and lighter (185g vs. 191g). Whichever colorway you pick, know that they were created by former Gucci print designer Matteo Menotto.
The one module of note on the sizable camera island is the 100MP main camera with an f/1.75 aperture, 26mm lens and OIS. It can record 4K video at 30fps and is joined by a 2MP macro camera. On the front, there is a 16MP camera (82.3°, f/2.45, 1080p @ 30fps).
The front also does its best to look more premium with a curved 6.7” OLED panel. It has FHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling rate (which can momentarily boost to 1,260Hz). This is a 10-bit panel with HDR10+ support and 100% coverage of DCI-P3. The panel can reach 950 nits of brightness and uses high frequency PWM for dimming (2,160Hz).
The Realme 11 Pro is powered by the Dimensity 7050, a 6nm part that is a refresh of the Dimensity 1080. While it’s not the fastest chip in this price class, it is given plenty of memory to work with – up to 12GB of RAM (plus up to 8 gigs virtual) and up to 512GB storage. The phone runs Android 13 with Realme UI 4.0 out of the box.
A 5,000mAh battery supplies the power. It supports 67W wired-only charging, meaning that it can hit 50% in 18 minutes. The phone is equipped with dual super linear spears and is Hi-Res Audio certified (you need to use the USB-C port for wired audio, however).
The Realme 11 is smaller and not quite as capable as the Pro, but it’s only slightly cheaper than the Pro. The base 8/256GB configuration is priced CNY 1,600 ($230/€210/₹19,000) and there is a 12/256GB option for CNY 1,800. You can reserve a unit today, sales start on June 1.
The design still features the large camera island with a decorative circle and the Summer Orange option does feature vegan leather. The Star Trail Black drops the leather and goes for a brushed texture instead.
The vanilla phone has a 6.43” AMOLED – it’s flat, though the glass above it has strongly beveled edges. It has FHD+ resolution, but runs at only 90Hz refresh and 180Hz touch sampling rates (the latter can be boosted to 1,000Hz). It’s also an 8-bit panel with a 1,000 nits peak brightness.
The Realme 11 is powered by the Dimensity 6020, which is technically fairly new, but it is really a rebranded Dimensity 810 (an older 7nm chip). That said, Realme was fairly generous with the RAM with 8GB and 12GB options and you can get 128GB or 256GB storage (UFS 2.2). Unlike its sibling, this model also has a microSD slot, so adding more storage is easy. Out of the box, you get Android 13 with Realme UI 4.0.
The size of the camera island is no less impressive than on the Pro, the camera inside does go down a notch. It has a 64MP sensor (OV64B40) with an f/1.79 aperture and 25mm focal length. Crucially, there is no OIS. Also, video recording is capped at 1080p @ 30fps. This camera is joined by a 2MP depth sensor, on the front the selfie camera has an 8MP sensor.
The battery maintains the 5,000mAh capacity, despite the small dimensions of the phone. Charging power is halved at 33W, so a 0-50% charge takes 29 minutes. Note that the vanilla phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack.