Infinix Note 11 Review: Budget Entertainer?


Infinix has launched its Note 11 series in India, which includes two smartphones Note 11 and Note 11S. These two models cater to the sub-Rs. Claims of 15,000 segments and capable hardware. In this review I will focus on the Infinix Note 11, which is the more affordable model of the two. The Infinix Note 11 sports a 6.7-inch AMOLED display, a MediaTek Helio G88 SoC, and a 5,000mAh battery, but does it offer the best value for those on a budget? I tested this phone to find out.

Infinix Note 11 price in India

infinix note 11 The price is Rs. 11,999 in India and is only available with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It is available in three color options: Celestial Snow, Glacier Green and Graphite Black.

Infinix Note 11 has a plastic body and frame

infinix note 11 design

It looks like the Infinix Note 11 was designed using only one ruler, judging by its straight lines. However, this helps it stand out in comparison to other chunky smartphones in the budget segment. The corners are curved, so they don’t dig into your palm when holding the Note 11. The front is dominated by the large display, which houses a dewdrop notch for the selfie camera. It has thin borders on the top and sides while the chin is thick.

The plastic frame is flat on all sides. The power and volume buttons are on the right, while only the SIM tray is on the left. The top of the frame is empty while the bottom houses the 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C port, primary microphone, and speaker.

Like the frame, the back panel is also made of plastic. It has a matte finish which resists taking fingerprints. The camera module consists of three sensors, with the primary camera designed to appear much larger than the others. I had the Glacier Green unit with me for this review.

The thickness of the Infinix Note 11 is 7.90mm and the weight is 184.5g. It was comfortable to hold and use. Infinix includes a clear case in the box along with the 33W fast charger.

Specifications of Infinix Note 11

The Infinix Note 11 sports a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with full-HD+ resolution and 20:9 aspect ratio, so it’s tall and narrow. There is Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. Infinix Note 11 is powered by Mediatek Helio G88 processor, paired with 4GB of RAM. The phone sports 64GB EMCP storage which is expandable thanks to a dedicated microSD card slot.

Infinix Note 11 has support for Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi and GPS. It also has stereo speakers. it runs android 11 With XOS 10 on top. There are customizations in the UI and you get many apps preinstalled on the device. I found some stock apps to be spammy, pushing notifications throughout the day. I would recommend uninstalling the apps you won’t use to free up some space on this smartphone, and turning off notifications for spammy ones. Swiping right from the home screen takes you to Infinix’s Xero screen, which shows a feed of recently used apps and the latest news.

Infinix Note 11 Bottom Port Gadgets360 Infinix Note 11 Review

Infinix Note 11 has dual speakers

You also get features like XClone, which lets you run two instances of supported apps, and a game mode. Infinix has developed a number of features for social media apps, which it calls Social Turbo. ‘WhatsApp Mode’ only allows messaging apps to access data while others are blocked. Voice changer feature is also available to change your voice during video or audio call. If you want to view messages that other people have deleted after sending them, or read messages without sending a read receipt, there is a Peek mode that lets you do so. The UI also has a smart panel that lets you quickly launch your favorite apps and perform certain actions.

performance of infinix note 11

The crisp AMOLED display of the Infinix Note 11 makes videos engaging. It has good viewing angles and gets quite bright outside as well. I couldn’t find a way to tweak the output of the display, but there is an Eye Care toggle that puts the display in reading mode. Infinix Note 11 has Always On Display feature but it is disabled by default. The stereo speaker setup is loud enough for a small room.

The Infinix Note 11 quickly unlocked with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner as well as face recognition. I did not notice any slowdown while using the phone. It can also multitask easily between multiple apps. For synthetic benchmarks, the Note 11 managed to score 182,757 in AnTuTu. It scored 371 and 1,336 in Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core tests respectively. Graphics benchmarks In GFXBench’s Car Chase and T-Rex scenes, the Infinix Note 11 managed 8.2fps and 40fps, respectively.

Infinix Note 11 Display Notch Gadgets360 Infinix Note 11 Review

Infinix Note 11 has dewdrop notch at the top of the display

Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) defaults to HD graphics and high frame rate settings. The game was playable at these settings without any problems. After playing for about 20 minutes, I noticed that the upper half of the phone got a little hot. The Note 11 reported a 5 percent drop in battery level. I noticed similar battery consumption after playing Clash Royale for 25 minutes.

Battery life is good, and the Infinix Note 11 will easily last more than a day without being plugged in. The phone also managed to keep idle battery drain down during the review period. Our HD video loop test lasted 14 hours and 28 minutes. Infinix has bundled a 33W fast charger, bringing the battery level to 46 percent in 30 minutes and 86 percent in an hour. After this point the charging speed slows down, and it takes 20 minutes or so for the phone to fully charge.

infinix note 11 cameras

We have seen manufacturers drop camera sensors from smartphones in this segment to keep prices under control, and the Note 11 is no exception. You get a triple camera setup on the Note 11, which consists of a 50-megapixel primary camera, a depth sensor, and an “AI sensor”. The primary camera shoots 12.5-megapixel photos by default, but you can shoot photos at the full 50-megapixel resolution after tapping the quick toggle. For selfies, this phone houses a 16-megapixel camera in dewdrop notch, with an LED flash neatly hidden in the top bezel. The camera app is straightforward and easy to use, you can easily switch between different shooting modes.

Infinix Note 11 Camera Module Gadgets360 Infinix Note 11 Review

Note 11 has triple camera setup

Daylight shots taken with the Infinix Note 11 appeared flat and lacked in detail. Colors appeared washed out and distant objects were not easily recognizable. Photos shot at the full 50-megapixel resolution were 13MB in size, but those shot at pixel-bind resolutions suffered from similar issues, so the lack of detail makes them unsuitable for cropping.

Infinix Note 11 Daylight Camera Samples (Tap to View Full Size)

For closeups, the AI ​​was quick to detect what the phone was pointing at. However, the phone sometimes needed more time to lock focus, resulting in blurry shots when I wasn’t patient. It managed to add good edge detection and depth to the background, but didn’t capture the best detail on the subject. Portraits were a bit better, and the phone let me set the level of blur before taking a shot. It managed to separate the subject and background nicely. Although it could have been done with a little better sharpness.

Infinix Note 11 close-up sample (tap to see full size)

Infinix Note 11 Portrait Sampler (Tap to see full size)

Low-light camera performance was mediocre. Photos shot at night appeared blurry with vague details. Night mode helps with a brighter image but longer shutters tend to blur moving objects.

Infinix Note 11 low-light sample (tap to see full size)

Infinix Note 11 Night Mode sample (tap to see full size)

Selfies taken from Infinix Note 11 were good in broad daylight and the phone also managed to take good portraits. Low-light selfies were average, but the front flash helped in darker environments.

Infinix Note 11 Lowlight Selfie Portrait (Tap to see full size sample)

Video recording tops out at 2K for the primary and selfie cameras. Footage isn’t stable and Ultra Steady mode only works up to 1080p. This results in unstable when shooting in the default mode. There is an Ultra Steady option but it gives a shimmering effect to the video clip.

Decision

Making a budget smartphone isn’t easy, and manufacturers often have to cut corners to get a competitive price. The camera performance of the Infinix Note 11 isn’t as good as you might expect from some of the competition, and it may require more than one attempt at times to get the perfect shot.

However, if you want to ignore sub-par camera performance, the Infinix Note 11 offers good value. The crisp AMOLED display and dual speakers make it attractive for watching videos and playing games. Infinix has added some useful software features as well, but the phone also has some spammy stock apps. Those still looking for alternatives can take a look at moto g31 ,Review), which runs stock Android.

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