realme 11 Pro+ 5G: stylish in design, high-resolution set of cameras, great battery life, good price—there’s really not much to think about
Many of us have become dependent on our smartphones for nearly everything so it’s important to choose one that ticks all the boxes. But as phones become bigger, thinner, more flexible, more feature-packed and more expensive, it hasn’t been easy to just pick and check out. Hopefully, this review of realme’s newest phone, the realme 11 Pro+ 5G, can bring you closer to finding the one for you.
But first, let’s get on the same page about those boxes. A phone that’s pretty in design and well-made tops the list because it’s the first thing you notice about a device. Next is the camera; as creatures that like to document life’s mundane and momentous occasions, an impressive camera that can take photos in both good and low light is a hard requirement. Of course, we also want a phone that can keep up with the demands of daily life so good software is vital. Then there’s battery life; we need one that doesn’t drain in just a few hours and can charge fast. But what it all comes down to is value. Not everyone is willing to pay a small fortune for a smartphone, so one that offers a mix of must-have features at a good price is what will seal the deal.
Now that’s out of the way, let’s get back to the realme 11 Pro+ 5G. I’ve only used the phone (in Sunrise Beige but is also available in Oasis Green) for about a week, but I quickly fell in love with the design. Created with former Gucci Prints and Textile Designer Matteo Menoto, the back is made with premium vegan leather and takes inspiration from Milan in Italy. Meanwhile, the camera module is designed after the rising sun in the historic city, and the line in the middle borrows from its roads that stretch out into the distance.
realme 11 Pro+ 5G’s camera might just be where the brand put most of its money. It boasts a 200-megapixel main camera with an f/1.69 aperture lens for optimal performance in low light, a 3° EDR OIS algorithm to reduce blurring (from shaky hands and unexpected movements) and a 4-axis gyro-based stabilization. realme also takes Samsung’s ISOCELL HP3, a capable sensor used in other mid-range phones, and gets a 32-megapixel Sony selfie camera. From my POV, realme 11 Pro+5G’s set of cameras is one of the best in its category and where the brand can win.
Note: photos are raw and unedited
Powered by MediaTek Dimensity 705, and with 12GB of RAM and 512GB storage, the realme 11 Pro+ 5G is definitely up to the task when it comes to checking messaging apps, going through emails, scrolling through social media, streaming music and watching videos. But in my experience, it isn’t built for gaming so I wouldn’t use this phone for games that will test your temper (I just really mean MLBB). Other than that, the 120Hz refresh rate does the job and there’s really nothing to complain about the AMOLED screen.
Battery life is perhaps another area where realme went all out with the 11 Pro+ 5G. The model has a 5000mAh capacity and gets a 100W SuperVOOC charger that can keep up with your content creation demands and lifestyle, allowing you to go further and do more (if that’s the goal).
So what does it all come down to? The realme 11 Pro+ 5G retails for P24,999, with the brand offering early bird promos online and offline:
Check out realme’s TikTok Shop and e-store from August 24 to 25 and get a 6-month realme Care Benefit for the realme 11 Pro+ 5G at P3,000 off. You can avail of the same promo on realme’s official Shopee store from August 27 to 28. Offline, from August 24 to 31, shoppers can get P500 initial payment and sign details on a pre-order card that comes with freebies, like TechLife Wireless Earbuds (P2,499) + TechLife Power Bank 10000mAh (P799). These can be redeemed from September 1 to 3. realme also offers 0% installment programs up to 12 months for credit cards and up to 18 months for Home Credit until September 30, 2023.
The verdict is in: the realme 11 Pro+ 5G combines stylish design, high resolution cameras with some neat extra features and a great battery life in the mid-range space. It’s one of the best in its category so there’s not much to think about if you ask me.
Art Matthew Fetalver