Realme 11 5G and 11x 5G best review with specifications, Pros and Cons

Realme has expanded its 11 series lineup by introducing two new smartphones, the Realme 11 5G and 11x 5G. These devices are distinct from their Pro counterparts and are priced below Rs 20,000. While the Realme 11 5G and 11x 5G share similarities with each other, they differ mainly in their camera capabilities and charging features. This review covers both phones and provides an overview of their specifications, including the new MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ SoC.

You can’t have a bad experience with either of these devices, whether it is the Realme 11 or the Realme 11x. The two phones have the same skills as regards performance, battery life and screen quality. The camera is good on both devices; however, the Realme 11 5G may be more appropriate if you are looking for greater detail. In addition, to be fully charged a standard Realme 11 model takes half an hour less than that of the Realme 11x 5G.

Design and display

The choice of colours is crucial for distinguishing between Realme 11 5G and Realme 11x 5G. The Realme 11 5G models are available in Golden Gold and Silver, whilst the 11x model has options for Purple Dawn and Midnight Black. Besides, they’re both looking at each other and feeling alike. I’ve got two variants of Realme 11x for review, Purple Dawn and Glory Gold. The gradient back and shape of the S.S., which forms when light hits it at an angle, make them both fascinating.

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But on both phones, a large camera module distracts the attention quickly. The circular module, which is slightly off-centre, occupies the spotlight, but unfortunately, not in a good way. The module may appear to be too large for some. In addition, the module’s sensors are horizontally aligned and look like a person looking at you. The good news is that while the devices are flat on the surface, the module makes a simple typing experience for them.

Apart from the module, handsets also sport flat edges and curved corners which provide a comfortable ergonomic grip. Due to their lighter and slender appearance, there should be no difficulty in holding the device for an extended period of time. It is impressive that the Realme 11 and 11x retain a weight of only 190 grams even though they are equipped with an enormous 5,000mAh battery.

As regards connectivity, the Realme 11 and Realme 11x have a USB Type C port for charging at the lower end with a 3.5mm audio jack on top of their grille speakers. On the right-hand side is a fingerprint scanner, and it’s attached to your power button. Using the right fingerprint, this scanner is easily able to unlock your device.

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Display-wise, both Realme 11 and Realme 11x come equipped with a 6.72-inch panel of the LTL variety which is capable of HD+ resolution up to 120Hz refresh rate. On all four sides, the bezels are clearly wide, which is acceptable in view of the budget price of the phones. The display has 550 nits of top brightness which is sufficient to read the text in bright sunlight.

From the settings menu, it is possible to modify your phone’s colour profile. Furthermore, phones that have been equipped with Widevine L1 certification for streaming high-definition content from platforms like Netflix are also certified. The viewing experience on the device is satisfactory, but the audio quality does not appear to be strong enough. A mono sound system capable of achieving a satisfactory volume can be found in both Realme 11 5G and 11,x5G, yet it loses its clarity at high volumes.

Cameras of Realme 11 5G and Realme 11x 5G

Both devices are equipped with 64MP main shooters, while the Realme 11 5G has a 108MP camera. An auxiliary camera is a 2MP depth sensor on both phones. The vanilla version of the Realme 11 is also equipped with a larger front 16MP sensor, compared to 8MP on the 11x, for photos and video calls.

It is fair to say that the camera performance of both devices is comparable. Both devices demonstrate rapid focus and shutter speed under favourable lighting conditions. The resulting image is pleasing to look at, although some of the colours may seem a little oversaturated. In most cases, however, the sensors are effective in preserving exposure as well as highlighting.

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If this may be so, the larger sensor size will allow Realme 11 5G a slight advantage compared to its counterpart in terms of detail. This can be seen in both daylight and low light shots, with particular emphasis on low-light scenarios. When captured on the Realme 11x in low ambient light scenarios, images tended to be more grainy once they were used with night mode. In the same way, Realme 11 5G images show less noise in comparison and are more detailed.

However, edge detection will need to be improved for portrait mode on Realme 11 5G and Realme 11x 5G. A tendency to distort the subject around edges can be seen in both front and rear cameras. As far as the selfie camera is concerned, the phones are pretty good at capturing skin tones and facial details in a bright environment. Because of the sensor size, you’ll find a higher level of detail in your selfies compared to Realme 11 5G.

Performance and software

The all-new MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ SoC, which has two performance cores, six efficiency cores, and an ARM G57 MC2 GPU, is the brains behind the Realme 11 5G and Realme 11x 5G. The smartphones performed admirably in the benchmark testing thanks to the processor. Additionally, the handsets hardly throttled while 50 threads were operating for 30 minutes on the CPU Throttle test.

In terms of performance in the actual world, the device handled routine daily chores without even the tiniest hint of hesitancy. The phone also functions well at multitasking; keeping a low number of foreground applications in check is necessary because overusing them could lead to occasional lags. On the gaming front, it’s capable of playing graphically complex games like BGMI and COD: Mobile at a low graphics level for very short periods.

There are two configurations of Realme 11x with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, 8GB or 128 GB. There is only one RAM variant of 8 GB in the vanilla Realme 11 5G, but you have an option to combine it with either 128GB or 256GB storage. The two phones offer virtually limitless RAM capacities of up to 8GB, and they come with a special microSD slot so that you can add more storage. 5G is a possibility with the new Realme 11 series smartphones.

Now let’s take a look at the Realme 11, 5G and 11X 5G, which right from the beginning is running an Android 13-based Realme UI 4. The software has a rich set of features, including plenty of apps. Several third-party apps are preinstalled with this device, so you have the option of removing them on a manual basis after setting it up. Besides, there are a couple of ads and push notifications on your phone that can be quite annoying.

On the other hand, there are a lot of customisation options that you can use to customize your interface, app icons and much more based on what you want. There are plenty of interesting features in these phones such as audio recording and the ability to record your screen.

Battery and charging speeds

The Realme 11 5G, as well as the Realme 11x both have 5,000mAh batteries that are capable of providing good backup at only one charge. Without needing a charger, I have been able to use this device throughout the whole day of my usage which includes searching, playing games and streaming. In addition, the battery capacity was taken into account in the PCMark charging test on a mobile phone where it performed well at 17 hours and 34 minutes.

The Realme 11 5G is equipped with 67W of quick-charging capability.  By contrast, Realme 11x5G supports 33W fast charging that can keep your device charged from 0% to 100% in about 90 minutes.

Pros And Cons

ProsCons
The portrait mode needs improvementBloatware and ads
Capable performersThe portrait mode needs improvement
Excellent battery life
Good daylight photography
Good display

Final verdict

With competitive pricing, Realme 11 5G and Realme 11x 5G have entered the Indian market. The starting price for a Realme 11x 5G’s 6GB RAM variant is set at INR 14,999, while an 8GB version has been priced at INR 15,999. The Realme 11 5G, in comparison, has a starting price of 18,999 and a maximum price of 19,999. The Samsung Galaxy F54 5G, the Infinix Note 30 5G, the Nord CE 3LITE 5G and the POCO OnePlus X5 series are competing head-on with these Realme offerings.

With regard to overall performance, both the Realme 11 5G and its counterpart, the Realme 11x 5G, are well within their competition with one important exception: display. The new Realme 11-series smartphones, however, might be a good option if this is not a crucial element for you and you’re fine with a smartphone sporting the newest CPU, amazing battery durability, an acceptable display, and respectable daylight photography skills.

The budget will have a decisive role to play in deciding the choice of Realme 11 x 5 G or Realme 11 x 5G. The Realme 11x is the best choice if you have a budget of around 15,000 rials. By contrast, the Realme 11 5G is a better option if you are willing to extend your budget by an additional 4,000 rupees. As you can see from the first point, this specific model brags of quicker charging speeds and slightly better cameras than its predecessor.

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