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Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series is arguably one of the company’s most successful line so far. Such success can majorly be attributed to one thing: offering upper mid-range specs at an affordable price.

Its last two outings in the Redmi Note series (namely the Redmi Note 4 and Note 3) have been massive hits for Xiaomi. And the company is now gearing up to launch the Redmi Note 5 — successor to last year’s Redmi Note 4.

Speaking of which…

Xiaomi is anticipated to launch the Redmi Note 5 sometime later this month or in early September in China.

To recall, the Chinese variant of the Note 4 was launched in August last year. So, the above rumor does make sense to an extent since August marks the one year cycle.

That said, the company, however, didn’t confirm these rumors nor did it reveal any information surrounding the official launch date. So, a pinch of salt is recommended for now.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Specs (Expected)

Design

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, as mentioned earlier, comes as a successor to the Redmi Note 4 and is more of an incremental upgrade — both internally and externally.

Which means, the Redmi Note 5 will feature the same old candy-bar design like its predecessor.

Also, around 7.5mm, the Redmi Note 5 will be significantly thinner in comparison to the previous generation Redmi Notes as per the rumors. Most of the other things like the fingerprint and camera placement will likely remain unchanged.

Display

The display department too doesn’t seem to get any big changes. Akin to its predecessors, Redmi Note 5 will most likely feature a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display. So, gaming and multimedia consumption on the smartphone should be decent enough.

Moreover, for what it’s worth, a Full HD display, especially at such low price point, is as good as it can get. What else can you ask for?

Processor

At the heart of the Redmi Note 5 will be a Snapdragon 630 SoC which comes as a slight improvement over the Snapdragon 625 chipset seen on the Redmi Note 4.

There were rumors that the company could launch the device with the recently unveiled Snapdragon 660 SoC. But again, these are just speculations. The company hasn’t confirmed anything as such.

Nevertheless, the Redmi Note 5 should be a beast in terms of battery life since either of the chipsets are built on 14nm process node which, as we all know, is highly power efficient.

RAM and Storage

If rumors are to be believed true, the company will do away with the base 2GB RAM variant this year which means, the Note 5 will be made available only in 3GB and 4GB RAM variants.

For the unaware, last year’s Note 4 came in three memory options: 2GB, 3GB, and 4GB.

As for the storage, the base variant of the smartphone will get 32GB while the high-end one is likely to get 64GB of onboard storage. Either way, you will be able to further expand the storage space via a microSD card.

Software

Xiaomi has only recently unveiled the Android Nougat-based MIUI 9. So, the Redmi Note 5 should come with the latest MIUI 9 pre-installed.

The Chinese company has added quite a few new features such as the image search, Smart Assistant, Smart App launcher, Split Screen, and much more.

Redmi Note 5 users will be able to utilize these features straight away when its launched.

Camera 

The imaging department is where the upcoming Redmi Note 5 will bring significant improvements.

While the rear camera will still be at 13MP, the front-facing camera will get a 16MP lens which comes as a huge improvement over the 5MP sensor on the Redmi Note 4.

Clearly, Xiaomi is trying to up its selfie-camera game to catch up with its Chinese counterparts including the likes of Oppo and Vivo.

Battery

Redmi Note 4 was quite famous for the kind of battery life it offered. It had a huge 4,1000mAh battery under-the-hood which helped the phone last over a day easily on a single charge.

Sadly, though, the company had to cut down the battery capacity on the Redmi Note 5 in order to keep the handset’s thickness in check. And as a result, the Note 5 will be coming with a slightly smaller 3,790mAh battery which should easily last you an entire day.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Price (Expected)

The smartphone will apparently come in these color variants: Black, Rose Gold, Gold, White, and Gray colors. And, as per the rumors, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 will start at CNY 1200 (approximately USD 180) for the base variant (3GB + 32GB) and will reach as high as CNY 1,500 (approximately USD 220) for the high-end variant (4GB + 64GB).

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Review

Our Verdict

The Redmi Note 7 is not Redmi as you know it. Featuring a gorgeous all-glass – and very Mi 9-esque – design, a dual-camera with 48Mp lens, a large, decent-quality screen and all-day battery life, this is a mid-range phone with a budget price. It bucks recent trends with a headphone jack and an IR blaster, and impresses with dual-SIM functionality and microSD storage expansion. A few more premium features are missing, alongside NFC, but it’s difficult to argue with the value it offers.

Xiaomi has announced its Redmi Note 9 series, but until they are easily available you may find better value in the  Redmi 7 series, including this Redmi Note 7.

Retailing direct from Xiaomi from £179 (3GB/32GB), you’ll find significantly cheaper options if you shop around online. Right now the 4GB RAM, 64GB storage model is available from GearBest for £147.60. You’ll pay Xiaomi £199 for this same option. 

Following a Chinese launch in January 2024 the Redmi Note 7 officially went on sale in the UK on 7 May, charging straight into the top spot in both our UK and Chinese budget phone charts. Nine months on it still finds a home in third place, and now offers even better value. It was the first phone from newly spun-off Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi, and as such it marks a huge departure from Redmi as you previously knew it.

Headlining is a 48Mp dual-lens camera, and Redmi Note 7 was actually the first Xiaomi phone to pack such a high megapixel count – though Mi 9 then came along and did it better. There are some similarities between this budget phone and Xiaomi’s flagship, but Redmi Note 7 is much more closely aligned in specs and performance with the Oppo F11 Pro.

It’s also got a large 6.3in Full-HD+ screen and promises all day runtime from a 4000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4 support. Plus some users will be very happy to see the inclusion of a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Redmi Note 7 Design & Build

Redmi Note 7 is not all that dissimilar in design to the flagship Mi 9, which packs a fractionally larger (6.39in) screen into an ever so slightly smaller chassis. Both have tall 19.5:9 panels and slim bezels – naturally slimmer on the Mi 9, but the only place this is really obvious to the untrained eye is on its smaller chin. 

Each also feature a Dot Drop (waterdrop-style) notch to maximise the available screen space and house the selfie camera, which is more obvious on Mi 9 with its larger 20Mp sensor (Redmi Note 7 has a 13Mp front camera). There’s also a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it slit at the extreme edge between the screen and frame for the earpiece.

Around the back you’ll find some more obvious differences, however, with a dual- rather than triple lens camera on the Redmi Note 7, the Redmi rather than Mi logo, and a physical fingerprint sensor. All members of the flagship Mi 9 family now use an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Arguably physical fingerprint sensors typically work better than these early in-display versions, and though it might be a fancy new feature to have the omission is not a game-changer. 

We tested the Black version so were unable to enjoy the gradient finish of the Blue model, but in pictures it looks gorgeous. With a glass back and front the Redmi Note 7 has a very premium design for a phone at this price point, and is only fractionally thicker than Xiaomi’s flagship family at 8.1mm, though you will notice that glossy frame is plastic rather than metal. That extra space inside the case enables it to include a capacious 4,000mAh battery, too, matching the spec of the recently announced Mi 9T.

Something you won’t find on Mi 9 phones (save for the Mi 9T) is the Redmi Note 7’s 3.5mm headphone jack, which sits on the top edge of the phone alongside another increasingly rare feature: an IR blaster. While phone makers are rapidly making the switch over to USB-C audio, there are still plenty of users who want to use their existing earphones without an adaptor. Redmi Note 7 also has a bottom-firing mono speaker for audio.

At 6.3in the display is expansive, and ideal for watching high-resolution video and playing games. This is not the same AMOLED technology on Mi 9, but it’s still good for the money, and actually nearly as bright – we recorded 398 nits using a Spyder. With a 2340×1080 Full-HD+ resolution everything is super-clear, too.

Although the Redmi Note 7 runs MIUI 10, on our review sample the system-wide Dark Mode setting found in the flagships is not available. It’s possible this will come in the next update, with the Redmi running 10.3.2.0 and our Mi 9 running 10.3.3.0. This is useful not only because it seems to be the latest trend to do everything in Dark Mode, but because it drastically reduces the screen’s impact on battery life.

The Redmi Note 7 also lacks the Ambient Display (always-on) mode found in Xiaomi flagships, which can additionally help you maintain battery life by reducing the frequency with which you feel you need to wake the phone to check the time or notifications. That could be an issue here, since Redmi Note 7 has the most ridiculous notification LED we’ve ever seen – it flashes up below the screen but is the tiniest little dot you could easily miss it completely.

None of Xiaomi’s current smartphone line-up is waterproof, though we wouldn’t necessarily expect to find this feature at this price anyhow. Xiaomi also keeps down costs by excluding wireless charging from this phone, though it does support Quick Charge 4 and is supplied with a 10W USB-C charger in the box.

As with all Xiaomi phones you’ll also find a silicon case is supplied, a nice touch given that these are not easily obtainable in UK High Street stores. The Note 7 does feature Gorilla Glass 5 to help protect it from scratches, but it is not infallible.

Redmi Note 7 Core Hardware & Performance

The Note 7 is fitted with a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 14nm chip, which integrates an 850MHz Adreno 512 GPU. This is a step down from the also mid-range Snapdragon 712 and 730 found in the Mi 9 SE and 9T, but there’s not a huge difference in performance – at least not anything the average user would be able to perceive – as you’ll see in the comparison chart below.

You’ll have seen this chip before, in the likes of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite, Xiaomi Mi A2,  Nokia 7 Plus,  Samsung Galaxy A9,  Elephone U Pro and so forth. It’s quite a popular processor. And while Redmi Note 7 is not significantly faster than any of those other phones that use it, something you should note is that it is significantly cheaper. 

The Redmi Note 7 offers capable – if not flagship – daily performance, and provided you don’t turn up the detail too much some very playable framerates. In GFXBench’s T-Rex and Manhattan tests we recorded 46- and 21fps, for example.

The 4000mAh battery inside is good for a day’s use, but no more. In Geekbench 4’s battery test we recorded 7 hours 16 minutes, which is actually a pretty middling score and a little lower than we had anticipated given the huge capacity of the battery.

As we mentioned earlier on in this review you get a choice of 3- or 4GB of RAM. We tested the latter, and this is the version we recommend for the best performance, especially when it costs only an extra £20.

In terms of connectivity there’s also dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and an IR blaster. You will not find NFC for making mobile payments, so if this is important to you step up to the Mi line.

Redmi Note 7 Cameras & Photography

For a budget phone the Redmi Note 7’s cameras are pretty good, though not quite as good as the marketing might have you believe.

The star of the show is a 48Mp lens that by default actually takes 12Mp shots. This is because it combines four pixels into one, averaging out the quality, exposure, colours and so on to create one significantly better-looking super pixel.

This is paired with a 5Mp secondary lens for blurred background (bokeh) shots, and together the Note 7 is capable of some decent – if a little dull – photography, given good lighting. Zoom right in and some noise is visible, but zoomed out the results are more than acceptable for a sub-£200 phone.

In low lighting the camera has more work to do, and even in Night mode it still struggles. Here you need to be really careful to keep the camera still for what feels like forever as it processes the shot. Though it did a good job of picking out different colours, including the different shades of black, text can be a little fuzzy and edges less well defined. Not a bad result, but equally not the best.

This is an AI camera, which means Xiaomi’s software can intelligently set an appropriate preset for the shooting scenario. The app is very easy to use, and you can quickly switch between photo and video, Portrait, Night, Square, Panorama and Pro modes, and there’s a shortcut for preinstalled Google Lens right within the app, too.

There’s also an option to shoot in 48Mp, though all this is going to really do for you is gobble through your storage, since the results are not any better for the extra pixels.

The Redmi Note 7 supports 1080p video capture at 30- or 60fps with image stabilisation, but 4K and slow-mo video is off limits.

Around the front is a 13Mp AI camera for selfies, and in this mode the app offers quick access to various beauty settings.

Redmi Note 7 Auto

Redmi Note 7 HDR

Redmi Note 7 Low-Light

Redmi Note 7 Night

Redmi Note 7 Software

The Redmi Note 7 runs MIUI 10, which is a custom version of Android 9 Pie. Since we’re using a Global ROM model it comes preinstalled with Google services and an English-language keyboard and interface, so setup is as simple as on any Android phone.

You will find Xiaomi offers its own version of most Google apps, which does mean there’s some duplication here, and most cannot be deleted (or removed from the app tray-less home screen, though you can tuck them away in a folder where they will remain out of sight and out of mind). This is for good reason, since Chinese ROM MIUI devices don’t have those Google apps. Some of these apps are pretty decent, however, so either use them, or don’t – there’s enough storage that you don’t really need to worry about them.

We noted earlier that the Redmi Note 7 currently lacks the Dark Mode and Ambient Display found on the Mi 9 family. The software is pretty much the same in other respects, and there are some great extras only found on Xiaomi phones such as Dual Apps and Second Space.

A Split-screen mode is also found in the recents menu, with is accessible either from the onscreen button or by swiping from the bottom of the screen and then pausing before lifting your finger in the gesture-only Full Display mode.

While the notification LED is so pathetic that you’re likely to miss it completely, you do get individual app control over which are allowed to display notifications on the lock screen or float at the top of the screen, which means only the most important will be allowed to distract you. Finding your way around the settings may not be immediately obvious, however.

Redmi Note 7 Conclusion

Redmi Note 7 is a very decent mid-range phone with a budget price. In the UK budget smartphone market none of its similarly priced rivals (think Mi A2 Lite, Honor 10 Lite, Moto G7 Power) even come close.

In design it’s not all that far removed from Xiaomi’s flagship, with a similarly large and almost as bright display, but it’s not of quite the same quality. In performance most users would not be able to separate Redmi Note 7 and Mi 9 SE, and it’s as capable as many phones costing £350.

Compared to the flagship line it adds microSD support and a headphone jack, but loses the wireless charging, in-display fingerprint sensor and NFC for mobile payments. The triple-lens camera is here reduced to a dual-lens model, but still has a huge 48Mp lens headlining.

On paper the capacious 4,000mAh battery looks amazing; in reality you should get a full day’s use from it.

Also see: Best Xiaomi Phones

Related stories for further reading Specs Xiaomi Redmi Note 7: Specs

6.3in Full-HD+ (2340×1080, 409ppi) 19.5:9 Dot Drop display, Gorilla Glass 5

MIUI 10

2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660

850MHz Adreno 512 GPU

3GB/4GB RAM

32GB/64GB/128GB storage, microSD up to 256GB

dual-SIM dual-standby (both support 4G)

dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 5.0

GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

fingerprint sensor

IR blaster

primary camera: 48Mp + 5Mp dual-lens AI camera, 1.6um pixels, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, 1080p video at 30/60/120fps

front camera: 13Mp AI camera

USB-C

4000mAh battery, Quick Charge 4, 10W charger incuded

75.21×159.21×8.1mm

186g

Xiaomi Redmi Note Review, Unboxing, Benchmarks, Gaming, Camera And Verdict

Xiaomi Redmi Note Full In Depth Review + Unboxing [Video]

Xiaomi Redmi Note Quick Specs

Display Size: 5.5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with 720 x 1280 HD resolution

Processor: 1.7 GHz Octa Core MediaTek Mt6592

RAM: 2 Gb

Software Version: Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS

Camera: 13 MP AF camera

Secondary Camera: 5 MP front-facing camera FF [Fixed Focus]

Internal Storage: 8 GB with 6.15 Gb for apps and 5 Gb approx user available

External Storage: Expandable up to 32GB

Battery: 3100 mAh battery Lithium Polymer Ion

Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio

Others: OTG Support – Yes, Dual SIM – Yes (First Slot Support 3G and Second Slot support 2G), LED Indicator – Yes ( Color Can be changed )

Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensors

SAR Values: 0.760 W/Kg (MAX) – its under permissible limit.

Box Contents

Build Quality, Design and Form Factor

Redmi Note looks good but its bigger to hold in one hand, its slightly heavy at 199 grams but does not feel cheap. The plastic back is glossy and white in color, so it may get scratches over time and its finger print catchy as well. The front looks good with glossy black bezel. The overall looks of the phone is good. Its quite slim and has slightly rounded edges on the back cover which makes it easy to hold. Its easy to put in pocket but size and weight does affect one handed usage.

Camera Performance

The rear camera can take good photos in day light and low light performance is decent but can show noise if the light is not enough. The front camera can also record HD video and can also take good selfie shots. Below are some camera samples you can get an idea from these about rear camera and  front camera as well

Redmi Note Camera Video Sample

coming soon..

Display, Memory and Battery Backup

It has 5.5 IPS LCD display with resolution 720 x 1280 pixels which gives good viewing angles, has decent outdoor visibility. Touch screen is responsive and touch is smooth and color reproduction is also good. It comes with corning gorilla glass 3 protection but this is not mentioned in specs but we confirmed this from xiaomi india. Out of 8 GB internal memory user get around 5 GB and 6.15 Gb in total has been allocated for apps and user data to be stored. Battery dropped from 30 % to 20 % with 30 minutes of HD game playback or 30 minutes of HD video play back. It can last around 6-7 hours on continuous usage and can give around more than one day of backup with basic to moderate usage.

Software, Benchmarks and Gaming

Benchmark Scores

Antutu Benchmark: 32244

Nenamark2:  61.4 fps

Multi Touch:  10 points

Redmi Note Gaming Review [Video]

Sound, Video and Navigation

Loudspeaker is at the back on the bottom, its loud and sound is clear, it can get muffled and blocked as well accidentally by hand. You can easily play HD videos at 720p and 1080p without any issues. GPS navigation worked fine and you can get the GPS lock easily in indoor depending on signal strength, it does have magnetic field sensor as well.

Redmi Note Photo Gallery What We Liked

Great display for the price

Good rear camera

What We Did Not Liked

Heavy in weight

Glossy back cover

Conclusion and Price

Everything You Need To Know About Apple Card, News+, Tv+, And Games+

Tim Cook is announcing new services. Apple

Last week, Apple announced a bunch of new hardware with almost no fanfare. This week, however, the company is throwing a big announcement event to show off some new stuff. All signs point to new video, music, and news subscription offerings, but we won’t know until Tim Cook and company officially make their announcements. You can watch the live stream here or follow along with this post for everything you need to know!

Introduction

Tim Cook starts the presentation by trying to remind people about all the services Apple already offers. He mentions that all Apple services are designed for security, which gets applause from the audience. The first new service on the docket is Apple News.

Yeah, magazines are pretty good. Apple

Apple News

Hard to believe that Apple News has been around in its current form for three years. Apple News is now the number one news app in the world, which makes sense since it’s baked into the iPhone. It’s like the Yahoo! homepage of old.

Apple News+ is the upgraded version of the service and it will include magazine content as well as the typical online news stories. The deal will cover 300 different magazine titles. The experience seems a lot like what Apple originally did back in 2010. You can scroll down through a story and then swipe through individual articles. The hub will recommend other magazines for you to read.

It adds things like “Live Covers” which have motion in addition to the static cover.

Apple News+ will show you magazine recommendations. Apple

Apple calls News+ the best mobile magazine experience ever. You also get premium digital subscriptions for your money, as well as a newspaper subscriptions to the LA Times and the Wall Street Journal.

ApplePay

Switching away from news, Apple is talking about its mobile payment platform. It will soon come to Portland, Chicago, and NYC for transit.

Apple Card

The Apple credit card is real now. The card is designed specifically for use on the iPhone and you can use it within minutes of signing up.

The new Apple Card will show up in your Apple Wallet. It’s a credit card that exists virtually and keeps track of how you spend money and when your bills are due. Apple

Apple Card will use machine learning and maps history to decode entries on your credit card statements. So, if you paid for parking at a train station and it would normally show up as a cryptic address or business name abbreviation, Apple will figure it out.

The new Apple Card has a reward system called Daily Cash. “Every time you pay with your iPhone or Apple Watch, you get 2 percent of the amount in Daily Cash.”

The card won’t have late fees or international fees. The company partnered with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard.

The Apple card is Titanium and has your name etched into it. There’s no number, signature, or security nuber. Apple

If you use the physical card, you only get 1 percent Apple Cash, which nudges people to want to use the virtual card on the phone.

The whole Apple Card system is coming this summer.

Apple Arcade

More than a half billion people each week visit the App Store and games make up the most popular category. iOS is now technically the largest gaming platform in the world. More than a billion people have downloaded games from the App Store. There are currently 300,000 or so games on the platform, which is fewer than I would have expected.

Arcade is a gaming subscription service that works across devices, including iOS and MacOS devices.

The Apple Arcade will have its own tab in the App Store. You can download and play games without buying them individually. Apple

Apple TV App

Apple now wants you to watch all of your TV from within the Apple TV app. The idea is to let you pick your own channels and pay specifically for what you want. It’s basically an app update that works across platforms. The app will work on the Mac this fall (presumably with the next version of the OS).

Maybe the biggest news is that the app will be on smart TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio. It will also make its way to Amazon’s Fire TV devices and Rokus as well. It’s going to be everywhere.

Apple TV+

Here comes the new Apple premium TV service. Apple

The presentation for TV+ is all about movies. We’re watching a video with a bunch of mega-famous people. Apple is making original content with big names like Jennifer Anniston and Steve Carrell.

The service itself will have more than 100 originals and everything will be downloadable for offline watching. It’s coming in the fall and we don’t know how much it will cost just yet.

Bet Plus: Everything We Know About The Streaming Service

bet plus

With premium online video streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video continuing to add to their subscriber counts, more and more media outlets are launching online-only spinoffs. The BET cable network is no different, and in 2023, it launched its own service called BET Plus. But what can you expect when you sign up for the service? Here’s everything we know so far about BET Plus.

Read more: Best video streaming services

You can sign up for the service at the link below.

BET Plus

The recent streaming service from Paramount and Tyler Perry Studios, with both classic and original movies and TV shows.

See price at BET Plus

What is BET Plus?

BET Plus is a premium streaming service made primarily for and about Black Americans. It comes from the BET (Black Entertainment Television) cable TV network, which itself is owned by ViacomCBS, which also operates Paramount Plus.

Read more: Paramount Plus: Everything you need to know

BET Plus is also getting support from Tyler Perry Studios, the movie and TV production company founded by Tyler Perry, who has written, directed and/or created a host of popular movies and TV shows for the past 15 years. These include Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Why Did I Get Married, and The Haves and Have Nots, among others.

When did BET Plus launch?

BET Plus launched on Thursday, September 19, 2023, in the US.

Where is BET Plus available?

At the moment, the service is only available in the US.

How many users does the service have?

In February 2023, 18 months after the launch, BET president Scott Mills reported that BET Plus had reached 1.5 million subscribers during a Paramount Plus unveiling event.

That was up from the 1 million subscribers reported just half a year earlier.

Yes! You can sign up for the service and watch it free for the first seven days. You can cancel the service before the free trial ends and not have your credit card charged.

If you are a fan of Tyler Perry, especially his earlier Madea work, then BET Plus is something you should check out. The collection of his filmed staged plays, including his final play, are entertaining to watch, and fascinating to check out now that he has become a massive entertainment mogul.

The service also has a small but growing amount of original programming, so overall the price might be worth it if you are interested in this material.

What platforms and devices are available for the service?

ViacomCBS

BET Plus is now available for Android and iOS mobile devices, along with apps for the Apple TV set-top box. It’s also available on Roku streaming sticks, set-top boxes, and TVs that have the Roku OS installed and the same goes for Amazon Fire TV-based sticks, set-top boxes, and TVs.

It’s also available for Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and Roku customers via their Channels selection. In addition, you can watch BET Plus on your PC via a web browser at bet.plus.

Finally, you can cast the iOS and Android apps to your AirPlay and/or Chromecast-supported TV.

Other features

Comedy

First Wives Club – An African American reboot of the classic 1996 movie comedy about three divorced women who seek revenge on their former husbands, who left them for younger women.

Bigger – The half-hour comedy, set in Atlanta, centers on a woman who is about to marry her boyfriend, but who then has to deal with the sudden death of a college acquaintance.

Bruh – This Tyler Perry-created dramedy follows four long-time male friends as they navigate through their lives and support each other. The second season of the show will debut on September 10.

Kiss Me for Christmas – A Christmas-themed original movie about a woman who has a one-night romantic experience with a man. Later she finds out he’s dating her horrible boss.

The Rich and the Ruthless – A satire that goes behind the scenes of a fictional daytime TV serial. The fourth season is exclusive to BET Plus.

Ms Pat – This sitcom was originally going to be on Hulu, but it’s now a BET Plus exclusive. The show stars comedian Patricia “Ms. Pat” Williams. She will play a fictional version of herself, a former convicted felon who now lives in Atlanta. She is now a suburban housewife having to deal with more typical family problems. 

Upcoming: Birth of Cool –  A dramedy that centers on the activities of a fictional predominately Black high school.

Drama

Sacrifice – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol actor Paula Patton stars in this BET Plus original movie. She plays a high-end Los Angeles entertainment lawyer.

Influence – Another original movie, which tells the story of a well-known female singer who is charged with murdering her husband.

Ruthless – The first Tyler Perry-created original BET Plus show. It is a one-hour spinoff of the BET series The Oval. It centers on a woman who becomes involved in a sex cult. 

Dark Money – A four-episode series about a family who takes money from a famous Hollywood producer to keep them quiet about his abuse of the family’s child.

Diggstown – This six-episode series centers on a woman who was a high-powered corporate attorney. However, after a family tragedy, she makes a big change in her life.

The Family Business – Season 2 of the crime drama is now streaming on BET Plus after season 1 debuted on the BET cable network.

Trigger – A new original movie about a criminal who gets out of prison and goes to visit his brother and his wife at their home. Things quickly turn bad.

Troubled Waters – A married comedian who is becoming more popular puts all that in jeopardy when he has an affair with a younger woman.

Never and Again – An original movie about a couple who got together as teenagers and were then pulled apart by tragedy. Years later, can they rekindle their teen romance?

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell Play – BET Plus is the exclusive streaming home for the filmed stage play Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell Play.  This will likely be the final appearance of Tyler Perry playing his well-known character Madea. The play itself also features other characters from Perry’s Madea films and plays as they come together for a family gathering.

American Skin – A movie about a black man who sees his son shot and killed by a white police officer. The father decides to his own trial of the cop.

A Luv Tale – A drama about four queer black women who live and work in New York City’s Harlam neighborhood.

All The Queen’s Men – A new series centering on a fictional exotic male dancer club. It’s due later this fall.

Favorite Son – A movie about two brothers who form a gospel music group

Unscripted

American Gangster: Trap Queens – An unscripted series that tells the stories of the biggest female gangsters in the history of the US.

All the Way Black – This series takes a comedic look at black culture themes from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

There are a few outlets that offer programming similar to BET Plus. Let’s check them out now:

ALLBLK

AMC Networks

Formerly known as the Urban Movie Channel, ALLBLK is the closest thing to a true rival for BET Plus. It also offers a mix of older and more recent movies and TV shows directly aimed at the black audience. It also has a growing number of original scripted and non-scripted programming as well.

Paramount Plus

Impact Radius

The parent company of BET Plus, ViacomCBS recently relaunched CBS All Access to Paramount Plus. It has a number of shows and movies from the BET cable network but lacks the originals from BET Plus. However, it does have a ton of other content from ViacomCBS’s other television properties, along with live sports and Paramount movie releases.

Netflix

Netflix

The biggest of all the streaming services, Netflix has a growing number of older and new movies and shows for a Black audience. It also has quite a few exclusive, and highly acclaimed, movies and shows for that same audience, including two original Madea films from Tyler Perry, Dear White People, Self Made, #blackAF, Da 5 Bloods, and more.

Other FAQs

There does not appear to be a limit for how many users can stream on one account at the moment.

Yes. The service can be shared without worrying about interrupted streams.

At the moment, there is no content with 4K support on the service.

Currently the service does not have a free plan, but it does have a 7-day free trial

Although it’s not officially supported, many VPN services work with BET Plus. Learn more about the best VPN services.

That’s all we know about BET Plus at this point. It will be interesting to see if this service will gain traction, especially for its intended audience. We will update this post as more information about this streaming service is announced. 

Xiaomi Mi 11 Series Buyer’S Guide: Everything You Need To Know

Eric Zeman / Android Authority

Xiaomi launched the Mi 11 in China in late December 2023, marking the first arrival of a Snapdragon 888-powered phone. We had to wait for a wider release, but the Chinese brand finally brought the series to global markets in January, with the Mi 11 Ultra following in March. The phones pack plenty of premium features you might not even see on rival flagship phones, although that’s not to say the phones don’t have room for improvement.

Scroll down to find out everything we know about the Xiaomi Mi 11 series, from specs and price to availability and more. We’ll also be updating the article as new information surfaces. You should also be aware that the Xiaomi 12 series is now available. We’ve packed everything you need to know about the phone into a buyer’s guide, which you can find here.

See also: Everything you need to know about buying Xiaomi phones

Xiaomi Mi 11

One cool customer, but is it a Galaxy S21 killer?

Xiaomi has created a compelling phone in the Mi 11. It has the right price and the right specs to compete with the current crop of flagships in the market.

See price at Giztop

Is the Mi 11 series worth buying?

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Xiaomi’s Mi series is usually positioned as the device of choice for those who want a flagship experience but don’t want to pay $1,000 or more. At €749, the vanilla Mi 11 is essentially undercutting the Galaxy S21 (€850 in Europe) and matching the S20 FE, but playing in that same broad affordable flagship category.

In other words, those expecting your typical affordable Xiaomi flagship like the Mi 10T series might be disappointed. Still, those who liked the idea of a sub-$1,000 flagship but want some premium extras might be happy here. The Mi 11 also earned a “recommended” award from us, and you can find out why below.

Meanwhile, the Mi 11 Ultra is the company’s first proper stab at a premium flagship, bringing all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a full-blown high-end phone. So if you were looking at the Galaxy S21 Ultra, iPhone 13 Pro Max, or OnePlus 9 Pro, you might want to consider this one too.

What other reviewers from around the web think

GSMArena reckoned the standard Mi 11 “has everything to quickly become a bestseller.” The team liked the phone’s design, saying it was attractive with premium build quality. They also noted that the Xiaomi device packed the “best” screen and a charger that was “blazing fast.” It wasn’t all good, though, as they criticized the lack of a telephoto camera, lack of an official IP rating, and the movie effects, which were “nothing special.”

Sam Byford of The Verge “strongly recommended” the vanilla Mi 11 if you live in a market where it’s available. But he stopped short of saying it was so great you should import it if you’re in the US. He praised the performance, display, battery life, and MIUI 12. Sam felt that the camera category was the main area where the phone fell short of big-name rivals, lamenting image quality in mixed lighting and the lack of a telephoto camera.

Andrei Frumusanu of Anandtech felt that the Ultra device was overpriced, especially in comparison to the vanilla Mi 11. He also felt that battery life was the phone’s main weakness despite a 5,000mAh battery. Andrei also pointed to the S21 Ultra, saying it was cheaper than the Xiaomi device and offered a better experience in a few areas. Nevertheless, he noted that he still liked the phone but that Xiaomi needs to refine it and address its weaknesses.

CNET‘s Sareena Dayaram said Xiaomi’s standard flagship phone was easy to recommend, pointing to the price, speed, display, speakers, and reliable cameras. Sareena noted a few downsides, such as the missing telephoto camera, the lack of easy US availability, and no IP rating.

Adam Conway of XDA-Developers noted the high price of the Mi 11 Ultra but still felt that it was worth buying. He praised the design, haptics, display, and performance, but lamented the unpolished software. He also took umbrage with the cameras, saying they were pretty good but overhyped.

We ran a poll shortly after the Mi 11 was unveiled for the first time, and you cast nearly 2,500 votes. Here’s how you voted.



























Xiaomi Mi 11 series specs

How good are the cameras?

Eric Zeman / Android Authority

The Mi 11 packs a triple rear camera setup, featuring a 108MP primary camera, a 12MP ultrawide snapper, and a 5MP telephoto macro lens. Our own Eric Zeman felt that image quality, in general, was good but not threatening the likes of Apple and Samsung.

Our own Eric Zeman and Dhruv Bhutani both reviewed the Mi 11 Ultra, and Eric found that the main camera was “mostly” great but delivered very oversaturated yellow hues. Eric also felt that night mode on the Ultra device made for unnaturally bright shots.

On the other hand, Dhruv said the phone’s main camera captured “stunning” images and beautiful depth-of-field effects. He also praised the ultrawide camera and noted that periscope shots looked good until about 10X.

Design: The new phone features a frosted glass back compared to the standard glass back on last year’s phone. But the big change is the camera housing, which adopts a circular design compared to the vertical housing seen on the Mi 10.

Display: The Mi 11 not only delivers a higher refresh rate (120Hz vs 90Hz) but also ups the resolution (QHD+ vs FHD+).

Cameras: Xiaomi’s latest device packs a triple camera rather than the Mi 10’s quad-camera system. You’re still looking at the same main and ultrawide cameras (108MP and 13MP respectively), but the Mi 11 ditches the old phone’s 2MP depth sensor. Furthermore, the macro lens has been upgraded from 2MP on the Mi 10 to a 5MP telephoto macro on the new one.

Battery: You’re actually getting a slightly smaller battery this year, with the Mi 11 offering a 4,600mAh pack versus the Mi 10’s 4,780mAh battery. We get a charging boost across the board though, as the Mi 11 delivers 55W wired, 50W wireless, and 10W reverse wireless charging. The Mi 10 has 30W wired, 30W wireless, and 5W reverse wireless top-ups.

Aside from the chipset, the Mi 11 Ultra also features a few changes compared to the China-only Mi 10 Ultra released in the second half of 2023. Check them out below.

Design: The Mi 11 Ultra sports an IP68 design for the first time, which means it should survive a dunk in the pool or bath compared to the older Ultra.

Display: Xiaomi’s latest Ultra phone features a secondary rear screen for selfies and notifications. But the main display is also a WQHD+ panel versus FHD+ on the Mi 10 Ultra.

Cameras: It’s mostly a case of upgrades here, with a better main camera sensor in theory (50MP vs 48MP) and a much sharper ultrawide sensor on paper (48MP versus 20MP). But the Mi 10 Ultra features two zoom-focused cameras in a 48MP 5X periscope lens (seen on the Mi 11 Ultra) and a 12MP 2X telephoto camera. This suggests that the Mi 10 Ultra could still be better for short-range zoom.

Battery: Xiaomi’s latest phone sports a 5,000mAh battery, 67W wired charging, and 67W wireless topups. By contrast, the Mi 10 Ultra brings a 4,500mAh battery, 120W wired charging, and 50W wireless topups. So we’re expecting wired charging times to be a little slower on the new phone (but still great), given the bigger battery and reduced wattage.

Xiaomi launched the Mi 11 Pro in addition to the Mi 11 Ultra, but the Pro model is restricted to China. It offers a QHD+ 120Hz OLED screen and flagship silicon too. In fact, it’s closer to the Mi 11 Ultra than the base Mi 11.

The Mi 11 Pro also packs an IP68 rating, a 5,000mAh battery, and 67W wired and 67W wireless charging. Expect the same 50MP GN2 main camera as seen on the Mi 11 Ultra, but we see a 13MP ultrawide camera and an 8MP 5X periscope camera instead. You can find out more about the Mi 11 Pro in our announcement post.

Europe

Xiaomi Mi 11 (8GB/128GB): €749

Xiaomi Mi 11 (8GB/256GB): €799

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (12GB/256GB): €1,199

China

Xiaomi Mi 11 (8GB/128GB): 3,999 yuan

Xiaomi Mi 11 (8GB/256GB): 4,299 yuan

Xiaomi Mi 11 (12GB/256GB): 4,699 yuan

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (8GB/256GB): 5,999 yuan

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (12GB/256GB): 6,499 yuan

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (12GB/512GB): 6,999 yuan

India

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (12GB/256GB): Rs 69,999

Xiaomi Mi 11

One cool customer, but is it a Galaxy S21 killer?

Xiaomi has created a compelling phone in the Mi 11. It has the right price and the right specs to compete with the current crop of flagships in the market.

See price at Giztop

The base Mi 11 is clearly more expensive in Europe than it is in China, as we saw with previous releases. But Xiaomi also says they’ll also offer a two year warranty and a one-time free screen repair within the first year of owning the phone in Europe. Unfortunately, Xiaomi doesn’t offer phones in the US and we doubt that will change soon given the country’s relations with China right now.

Top Xiaomi Mi 11 series questions and answers

Eric Zeman / Android Authority

Q: Do the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Ultra phones have a charger in the box?

A: Yes, you’re getting a 55W charger in the Mi 11 box, while the Mi 11 Ultra gets a 67W charger in the box.

Q: Do these phones support wireless charging?

A: The Mi 11 supports 50W wireless charging, while the Ultra supports 67W wireless charging.

Q: Does the Mi 11 or Mi 11 Ultra offer a microSD slot?

A: No, they, unfortunately, have fixed storage only.

Q: What kind of speakers should you expect?

A: The Mi 11 and Mi 11 Ultra have stereo speakers tuned by Harman Kardon.

Q: What color options are available for the Mi 11 series?

A: The base phone is available in Midnight Gray and Horizon Blue, but Xiaomi says additional colorways are coming. The Ultra is available in Ceramic Black and Ceramic White options.

Q: Do these phones have a headphone port?

A: Unfortunately, the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Ultra lack this feature.

Q: Are the phones available in the US?

A: Neither phone is available in the US, but you can likely import it via third-party websites.

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That’s all you need to know about the Xiaomi Mi 11 and Mi 11 Ultra! We’ll be updating this article with more information as soon as we get it.

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