So the Redmi Note 11 global launch is finally here: after launches in China and India last year, Xiaomi’s new cheap phones are finally getting unveiled for other regions in the world.
Xiaomi has made a surprisingly big song and dance about its new mobiles, more so than it has done for previous generations of Redmi handsets, with more teases and hints than we’re used to seeing.
So we’re expecting big things from these new Xiaomi phones, especially given how our Redmi Note 10 Pro review is one of the most positive reviews we’ve given to a budget phone.
The Redmi Note 11 launch kicks off at 4am PT / 7am ET / 12pm GMT / 10.30pm ACT, so it’s only at a reasonable time in the UK out of those regions, but since Xiaomi doesn’t sell its phones in the US we don’t recommend waking early to see phones you won’t even be able to buy.
You can easily watch the Xiaomi phone launch from loads of social media platforms, most easily via Twitter broadcast here.
On this page, we’ll be live blogging our thoughts and analysis before, during and after the mobile launch, so keep a tab open with this page so you can keep checking back to see what’s new or important over the course of the day.
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Interested in what else is happening in smartphone news today, outside Xiaomi?
Well, it’s been a very OnePlus-heavy day. Firstly, a rumor suggests a OnePlus 10 Ultra is on the way, which will arrive later in the year if it’s actually real at all.
Secondly, we’ve heard more about the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G, which sounds like it could be launching very soon, maybe even February 11 according to this new leak.
Could we see more tech unveiled at the Redmi Note 11 launch today?
Well, if there’s more up Xiaomi’s sleeves, we haven’t heard about it. We sometimes see wearables or wireless headphones launched at this kind of event, and Redmi does make those kinds of devices. But so far, we haven’t heard anything.
Xiaomi is also prone to show off some random flashy smart home gadgets at its launches like air purifiers, smart TVs, streaming sticks and the like, but it mainly sells these products in Asia, so we’re not confident anything like that will show up.
We often see Xiaomi’s CyberDog (pictured) show up at these events though, not to go on sale but just as a fun extra, so maybe the metal mutt will show up later too.
So expect just the Redmi phones, but if anything else appears we’ll be pleasantly surprised.
We’ve also seen the Redmi Note 11T, which launched in India last year. That was basically the same phone as the Chinese Note 11, but with a different name.
Redmi often releases T versions of its phones a little after launch, sometimes with tweaked specs to the original version, and sometimes as completely different mobiles.
Honestly, Redmi phone naming can be quite confusing, especially when you look at global markets where the same titles are used on different mobiles.
You might be thinking “didn’t the Redmi Note 11 series already launch?” and you’d be right – sort-of. We saw the mobile phones debut in China, and you can find out everything you need to know about those versions of the phones here.
However, when Redmi phones launch in different regions there are often slight changes, particularly in the processor, charging and camera departments. So the phones we see debut today could actually be different mobiles in a few ways.
The names will likely be the same though, so we’ll probably see a Redmi Note 11 and Note 11 Pro – perhaps there will also be a Redmi Note 11 5G or Note 11T based on the company’s past performance.
Welcome to our Redmi Note 11 live blog – if this is the only post you can see, it’s because we’ve only just kicked off this page. Stay tuned for more very soon.