Infinix has launched its Note 11 series in India, which consists of two smartphones, the Note 11 and the Note 11S. These two models are suitable for the Sub-Rs. 15,000 segments and have powerful hardware. In this review, I’ll focus on the Infinix Note 11, which is the cheaper model of the two. The Infinix Note 11 has a 6.7-inch AMOLED display, MediaTek Helio G88 SoC, and 5,000 mAh battery, but does it offer the best value for money for the budget conscious? I put this phone to the test to find out.
Infinix Note 11 award in India
The Infinix Note 11 costs Rs. 11,999 in India and is only available with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It is available in three colors: Celestial Snow, Glacier Green and Graphite Black.
Infinix Note 11 theme
It seems that the Infinix Note 11 was designed with just a ruler, judging by the straight lines. However, this sets it apart from other clunky smartphones in the budget segment. The corners are curved so they don’t dig into the palm of your hand when you hold the Note 11. The front is dominated by the large display with a dewdrop notch for the selfie camera. It has thin edges on the top and sides while the chin is thicker.
The plastic frame is flat on all sides. The power and volume buttons are on the right, while only the SIM tray is located on the left. The top of the frame is blank, while the bottom is for the 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C port, primary microphone, and speaker.
Just like the frame, the rear wall is also made of plastic. It has a matte finish that is resistant to fingerprints. The camera module contains three sensors, with the main camera looking much larger than the others. I had a Glacier Green device for this review.
The Infinix Note 11 is 7.90 mm thick and weighs 184.5 g. It was comfortable to hold and use. Infinix comes in a clear case along with a 33W fast charger.
Infinix Note 11 specifications
The Infinix Note 11 has a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with Full HD + resolution and an aspect ratio of 20: 9, so it is large and narrow. For protection there is Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The Infinix Note 11 is powered by the Mediatek Helio G88 processor, paired with 4 GB of RAM. The phone has 64 GB of eMCP memory, which can be expanded thanks to the dedicated microSD card slot.
The Infinix Note 11 supports Bluetooth 5, dual-band WiFi and GPS. It also has stereo speakers. It runs Android 11 with XOS 10 on top. There are tweaks to the user interface and some apps are preinstalled on the device. I’ve noticed that some of the default apps are spam and push notifications throughout the day. I would recommend uninstalling apps you are not using to free up space on this smartphone and turning off the spam notifications. Swiping right from the home screen takes you to Infinix’s Zero Screen, which shows recently used apps and a news feed.
You also get features like XClone, which lets you run two copies of supported apps, and a game mode. Infinix has developed several features for social media apps that it calls Social Turbo. In ‘WhatsApp mode’, the messaging app can only access data while others are blocked. A voice changer feature is also available to change your voice during a video or audio call. If you want to see messages that others deleted after they were sent, or read messages without sending a read receipt, there is a Peek mode you can use to do just that. The user interface also has a Smart Panel that allows you to quickly launch your favorite apps and perform certain actions.
Infinix Note 11 performance
The bright AMOLED display of the Infinix Note 11 makes watching videos captivating. It has good viewing angles and is bright enough outside too. I couldn’t find a way to customize the output of the screen, but there is an Eye Care switch that puts the screen in reading mode. The Infinix Note 11 has an always-on display function, but it is disabled by default. The stereo speaker setup is loud enough for a small room.
The Infinix Note 11 could be unlocked quickly with the side-mounted fingerprint scanner and face recognition. I didn’t notice any delays on the phone. It can also multitask between multiple apps with ease. In synthetic benchmarks, the grade 11 in the AnTuTu achieved 182,757 points. It also scored 371 and 1,336 points in Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core tests, respectively. In the GFXBench Car Chase and T-Rex scenes graphics benchmark, the Infinix grade 11 achieved 8.2 fps and 40 fps, respectively.
By default, Battleground Mobile India (BGMI) uses the HD graphics and high frame rate settings,. With these settings the game ran without any problems. After about 20 minutes of play, I noticed that the top half of the phone had gotten a little warm. The Note 11 saw its battery level drop 5 percent. I also noticed similar battery drain after playing Clash Royale for 25 minutes.
The battery life is good and the Infinix Note 11 easily lasts more than a day without having to be plugged in. The phone also managed to keep the battery empty during the trial period. Our HD video running test lasted 14 hours and 28 minutes. Infinix bundled a 33 W fast charger that brought the battery level to 46 percent in 30 minutes and to 86 percent in one hour. The charging speed will slow down from this point on and it still took about 20 minutes to fully charge the phone.
Infinix Note 11 cameras
We’ve seen manufacturers drop smartphone camera sensors in this segment to keep prices under control, and the Note 11 is no exception. With the Note 11 you get a triple camera setup with a 50 megapixel main camera, a depth sensor and an “AI sensor”. The main camera shoots 12.5 megapixel photos by default, but you can shoot at a full 50 megapixels with a quick toggle. For selfies, this phone has a 16-megapixel camera in the dewdrop notch with an LED flash neatly recessed into the top edge. The camera app is simple and easy to use, you can easily switch between different recording modes.
Daylight photos taken with the Infinix Note 11 appeared flat and lacked details. Colors seemed faded and distant objects were difficult to see. Photos taken at the full 50-megapixel resolution were 13MB in size, but had the same issues as those taken at the pixel-binned resolution such that due to the lack of detail, they were not to the Are suitable for cutting.
When taking close-ups, the AI quickly recognized what the phone was aiming at. However, the phone occasionally took longer to lock focus, resulting in blurry photos if I wasn’t patient. It did good edge detection and added depth to the background but didn’t capture the best of subject details. Portraits were a little better and the phone allowed me to adjust the blur before taking a picture. We succeeded in separating the subject from the background. However, it could have been a little sharper.
The low-light performance of the camera was strictly average. Photos taken at night looked blurry with cloudy details. Night mode helps with a brighter picture, but the slower shutter speed blurs moving objects.
Selfies taken with the Infinix Note 11 were decent in daylight, and the phone did good portraits too. Low-light selfies were average, but the front flash helped in darker environments.
The video recording is 2K for the main and selfie cameras. The footage is not stabilized and ultra-steady mode only works up to 1080p. This leads to shaky results when recording in standard mode. There is an Ultra Steady option, but it created a shimmer effect in video clips.
Making a cheap smartphone is not easy and manufacturers often have to compromise to get a competitive price. The Infinix Note 11’s camera performance isn’t as good as you’d expect from some competitors, and it can sometimes take you more than one try to get a good shot.
However, if you want to overlook the sub-par camera performance, the Infinix Note 11 is great value for money. The bright AMOLED display and the two speakers make it attractive for watching videos and games. Infinix added some useful software features as well, but the phone has a few spam stock apps too. If you are still looking for alternatives, you can take a look at the Moto G31 (review) with stock Android.