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First look at realme 11: Your affordable phone with some flagship level features

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There’s this (false) assumption that the older you get, the less tech-savvy you become. Which is why it’s surprising for me to note that realme 11, realme’s latest offering slated to be launched this November, particularly eyes to appeal to the Millennial and Gen Z crowds, supposedly particularly because they can use the same for their schooling and for other entertainment purposes, or while engaging in casual to mid-competitive gaming. But I say surprising because – out of the box (OOTB) – the features that realme 11 offer could actually benefit everyone looking for a somewhat affordable phone with select flagship level features.

Here’s Upgrade Magazine’s first look at realme 11.

CLOSER LOOK

With a 6.4” AMOLED screen size, realme 11 is – for someone with wide(r) hands – just right, size-wise; it’s not too small I worried I’d leave it somewhere, nor too big I can’t do tasks using only one hand (a problem with my 6.7” units). Only 7.95mm thick (or thin), this one’s thin indeed; and since it only weighs 178g, it’s light, too.

There are two buttons on realme 11, located on the right side of the unit – i.e. the power button that also serves as the fingerprint sensor, and atop that, the volume rockers.

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At the left side of the unit you’d find the triple card slot – i.e. for two nano-SIM cards, and an extra slot for micro-SD Card support (up to 1TB expandable storage via micro-SD card). Careful with the pulling and pushing of the tray, by the way, as it’s quite thin and it makes you fear you’d break it (at least how I felt).

At the bottom, you will find the USB Type-C charging port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and the (only) speaker grill.

At the front, located at the top left portion, is the front-facing 16MP selfie camera. Similar to realme 10, this off-center positioning requires getting used to. While recording for facial recognition, for instance, proper positioning was awkward at first (you end up recording only half your face).

Turn the phone over, and at the back, you’d see 108MP + 2MP cameras, encased in a circular cutout at the top left part of realme 11’s back, unlike other realme models, such as the Realme Narzo 60 Pro, that has this at the center. This positioning makes realme more “traditional”, in a way; though still looking classy and, yes, expensive.

realme 11 comes in two shades of colors: Glory Gold and Dark Glory. The unit received was the latter, and – it must be noted – the material used did not smudge easily.

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FYI: The unit comes pre-installed with a screen protector (which should already be normalized by all), with a jelly case protector tucked in that yellow envelope in the unit’s box (this is actually too soft to my liking, though… hey, it’s a freebie!).

(BATTERY) POWER IN YOUR HANDS

Prior to making a more extensive review to check realme 11’s full power, let it – at least – be known (and be emphasized) that this unit boasts 5000mAh battery capacity. With this much juice, realme 11 promises “up to 673 hours of standby time, 52 hours of phone calls, 21 hours of video streaming, 42 hours of music streaming, and 15 hours of TikTok”. While being used as a secondary phone, all I can remember was waiting for the unit’s battery to go flat… and after three days, I was still around 50%.

BTW, if you use realme’s dedicated 67W SUPERVOOC charging solution (said to “help reduce unnecessary heating, or any circuit issues”), you can charge the 5000mAh battery in only 45 minutes. Too bad that OOTB, you only get a 33W SUPERVOOC adapter.

ALL FOR GAMING

With that battery power paired with a dedicated gaming processor, the MediaTek Helio G99 (also used by more expensive flagship units), realme 11 becomes ideal for gaming (at least casually, or mid-competitive).

And note that realme 10 was already okay with gaming, coming with overall AnTuTu v9 score of 383,657, and yet realme 11 tops that with 418,452 (AnTuTu Benchmark v10.0.10-OB10).

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There’s more to admire in realme 11, and we’ll detail some of these in an upcoming review. For now, though, say welcome to this better-than-okay 6.4” well-powered beauty.

realme Philippines is officially launching realme 11 via live stream on realme’s official Facebook page on November 9 at 4PM. Be among the first to explore the realme 11’s features, pricing, and availability. Stay tuned for the live stream link and be prepared to embrace the future of smartphones with the realme 11.

Right after the launch, also watch out for the first live selling of the realme 11 on November 9, 8PM on James Afante’s TikTok page. Be on the lookout for special promos during the live selling that will be announced soon.

To know more about realme’s latest updates, follow the realme PH Facebook page at http://facebook.com/realmePhilippines or visit the official realme website at https://www.realme.com/ph/.

REALME 11 SPECIFICATIONS

DISPLAY
• Screen Type: Super AMOLED
• Screen Size: 6.4″
• Screen Resolution: FHD+ 1080*2400
• PPI: 409
• Screen-to-Body Ratio: 90.80%
• Refresh Rate: 90Hz
• Touch Sampling Rate: 360Hz
• Brightness: 1,000 Nits
• Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5

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COLOR
Glory Gold / Dark Glory

STORAGE
8GB+256GB
Expandable up to 1TB

BATTERY CAPACITY
5000mAh

POWER SUPPLY
Charging Wattage: 33W SUPERVOOC

CAMERA
• Rear: 108MP+2MP
• Front: 16MP

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AUDIO
• Speakers: 1
• Audio Ports: 3.5mm Headphone Jack
• Audio Certification: N/A

SYSTEM
• Operating System: realme UI 4.0, Android 13
• Voice Assistant: Google Assistant
• Processor: MediaTek Helio G99

CONNECTIVITY
• WiFi: 2.4GHz, 5GHz
• Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.2
• Frequency Bands: 2G / 3G / 4G

DIMENSIONS
• Dimensions (LxWxH): 159.9 mm x 73.3 mm x 7.95 mm
• Weight: 178g

IN THE BOX
• realme 11 (1)
• 33W SUPERVOOC Adapter (1)
• Type A to Type C USB Cable (1)
• Warranty Card (1)
• Quick Guide (1)
• SIM Ejector Pin (1)
• Protect Case (1)

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