The Realme 11 Pro+ has been making waves in the smartphone market, thanks to its impressive features and attractive design. With a 200 MP primary camera and a new Dimensity 7050 chipset, it certainly demands attention. However, no smartphone is perfect, and even though the Realme 11 Pro+ has many positives, there are a few disappointing features worth considering. In this blog post, I’ll explore five such aspects of the Realme 11 Pro+ that left me wanting more, based on my personal experience.
1. Ultra-Wide Camera Performance
In my experience, one of the standout features of the Realme 11 Pro+ is its 200MP primary camera, which delivers stunning results in well-lit conditions. However, the same cannot be said for its ultra-wide camera. Despite its potential, the ultra-wide shooter falls short in capturing color accuracy and dynamic range, especially compared to the primary sensor. This can be disappointing for users like me who love to capture expansive landscapes or group shots, as the results may not meet our expectations. Realme could certainly improve the performance of the ultra-wide camera in future iterations.
2. Processing Speed: Not the Snappiest Performer
While the Realme 11 Pro comes with the new Dimensity 7050 chipset, it may not be the snappiest performer in its segment, based on my experience. Benchmark scores indicate that the phone performs decently for moderate to high-level tasks, but it falls short of being the best in class. In my day-to-day usage, I found it to handle most tasks well, but if you rely heavily on your smartphone for resource-intensive applications or gaming, you might find other options in the market that offer superior performance. The Realme 11 Pro+ is more suited for users with average processing needs, like me.
3. Lack of Telephoto Lens
In my experience, the camera setup of the Realme 11 Pro+ is undoubtedly impressive, but it lacks a dedicated telephoto lens. While the phone offers 2X and 4X zoom options, these utilize cropping from the primary sensor’s viewfinder. While this can be convenient, true optical zoom and improved photographic capabilities would require a dedicated telephoto sensor. As someone who enjoys zoom photography, this omission was disappointing for me.
4. Intrusive Software Recommendations
RealmeUI 4.0, based on Android 13, brings several new features to the Realme 11 Pro+. However, it also introduces intrusive software recommendations, in my opinion. I’ve noticed that an intrusive window appears each time I download an app, suggesting similar or trending apps. While some users may find these recommendations helpful, I consider them unwelcome and intrusive. Realme could consider refining this aspect of the user experience to provide a smoother and less obtrusive interface, in my view.
5. Limited Availability of HDR Content
The Realme 11 Pro boasts a beautiful curved AMOLED panel with HDR10+ support. While this is a fantastic feature for streaming HDR content, the availability of such content can be limited, based on my experience. While OTT platforms like Netflix support HDR10+, not all content on these platforms is HDR-enabled. Therefore, users like me may not fully capitalize on the phone’s HDR capabilities unless they have access to a substantial library of HDR content.
In conclusion, the Realme 11 Pro+ is undoubtedly an attractive mid-range smartphone with several strengths, including its design, primary camera, and battery life, as per my personal experience. However, like any device, it has its drawbacks. The ultra-wide camera performance, processing speed, lack of a telephoto lens, software recommendations, and limited HDR content availability are some of the disappointing features to consider. Ultimately, whether the Realme 11 Pro+ suits your needs depends on your priorities and usage patterns. It may excel in some areas but fall short in others, so make sure to weigh these factors before making your decision.
Editor’s rating: 4/5
Reasons to buy:
- Premium, aesthetic design
- Remarkable primary camera
- Decent battery life
- Vibrant display
Reasons not to buy:
- Ultra-wide camera could be better
- Not the snappiest performer in its segment
In the competitive mid-range smartphone market, the Realme 11 Pro+ offers a unique blend of features and compromises. It’s a device that caters to those who prioritize specific aspects of a smartphone experience, based on my personal perspective. As always, it’s essential to consider your own preferences and requirements when choosing a smartphone that fits your needs.