Looking for a flashy addition to your everyday carry? realme is introducing another member of its realme 11 series—realme 11.
We got our hands on the Glory Gold option. The shimmery finish on the back begs for it to be kept out of a case. And I like that it doesn’t retain smudges. Or at least it hides those well.
As someone on “Team Flat Displays,” I’m happy to see that this midrange device has flat sides.
The gold isn’t the only striking thing about the phone’s back, though. realme adds a watch dial-esque border around its rear camera setup. And highlights the 108-megapixel Samsung HM5 sensor with 3x in-sensor zoom and a 2-megapixel portrait lens.
That main sensor is going to do all the work, though. With pixel-binning tech, you can expect less noise and improved photo quality. I’m going to take the realme 11 out for a spin, so we’ll put that claim to the test.
You get the triple card tray on the left side of the realme 11. And I’m happy to see a dedicated SD card slot that supports up to 1TB of storage. But it’s also good to know that realme 11 starts you off at 256GB storage, so there’s already ample built-in space for many users.
Meanwhile, the right side of this handset houses the volume rocker and power button. The fingerprint sensor is also on that power key, so right-handed users will find it easy to unlock this device.
I’m glad to see an audio jack still accessible at the bottom part of the realme 11. It sits beside the USB-C port and the speaker grille. Now, if only we had a dual-speaker setup here, that would be great.
You get a lot of power out of that charging port, with its support for 67W SuperVOOC wired charging. realme claims you can get the sizeable 5,000mAh battery up to 50% in 17 minutes or up to 100% in 45.
You can enjoy all that time on this phone through its 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display. It supports a respectable 90Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling rate, and 1,000 nits brightness. The realme 11 also gets Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection for extra durability. There is no IP rating for this handset, though, so try not to get it wet.
There are relatively thick bezels on the sides of this phone, reminding me of the price point that it’s at. The 16-megapixel selfie camera hides away at the top-left corner of the display.
You should get reliable daily use out of the realme 11. It runs on a MediaTek Helio G99 processor paired with 8GB of RAM. You can further expand memory with its support for Virtual RAM Expansion. It can use up to an extra 8GB of its internal storage to give up to 16GB of usable RAM on this smartphone.
At first glance, the realme 11 looks like it can offer decent performance in an eye-catching package. It’s something I still have to put to the test.
The realme 11 retails for PHP 13,999 (around USD 251).
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