Infinix launched the Note 11 series in India, which consists of two smartphones: Note 11 and Note 11S. These two models cater to below Rs. 15,000 segments and boasts powerful hardware. For this review, I’ll focus on the Infinix Note 11, the more affordable model of the two. The Infinix Note 11 features a 6.7-inch AMOLED display, MediaTek Helio G88 SoC, and a 5000mAh battery, but does it offer the best value for money for those on a budget? I tested this phone to find out.
Infinix Note 11 Price in India
The Infinix Note 11 retails for Rs. 11,999 in India and is only available with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Available in three colors: Celestial Snow, Glacier Green and Graphite Black.
Infinix Note 11 design
From the straight lines, the Infinix Note 11 was designed with a ruler only. However, it does help it stand out compared to other massive smartphones in the budget segment. The corners are curved so they don’t bite into the palm of your hand when you hold the Note 11. The front is dominated by a large display with a dewdrop notch for the selfie camera. It has thin edges at the top and sides and a thicker chin.
The plastic frame is flat on all sides. The power and volume buttons are on the right, while on the left is just the SIM tray. The top of the bezel is empty, while the bottom houses the 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C port, main microphone, and speaker.
The back panel, like the frame, is also plastic. It has a matte finish that is anti-fingerprint. The camera module houses three sensors, while the main camera looks much larger than the others. For this review, I had a Glacier Green.
The Infinix Note 11 is 7.90mm thin and weighs 184.5g. It was comfortable to hold and use. Infinix includes a transparent case in the box along with 33W fast charging.
Infinix Note 11 Specifications
The Infinix Note 11 is equipped with a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with Full-HD + resolution and a 20: 9 aspect ratio, so it is tall and narrow. For protection, there is Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The Infinix Note 11 is powered by a Mediatek Helio G88 processor paired with 4GB of RAM. The phone has 64GB of eMCP memory, which can be expanded with a dedicated microSD card slot.
The Infinix Note 11 supports Bluetooth 5, dual band Wi-Fi and GPS. There are also stereo speakers. It runs Android 11 with XOS 10 on top. The user interface is customizable and a number of applications are preinstalled on the device. I have found that several standard applications send out spam, sending notifications throughout the day. I would recommend uninstalling apps you won’t be using to free up space on this smartphone and turning off spam notifications. Swiping to the right from the Home screen will take you to the Infinix Zero Screen, which displays recently used apps and the latest news feed.
You also get features like XClone, which lets you run two instances of supported apps, and a game mode. Infinix has developed several features for social media applications, which it calls Social Turbo. “WhatsApp Mode” only allows the messaging application to access the data while others are blocked. Voice changer is also available to change your voice during a video or audio call. If you want to see messages that have been deleted by others after they were sent, or if you want to read messages without sending a read receipt, there is a view mode that allows you to do this. The user interface also has a smart bar that lets you quickly launch your favorite apps and perform specific actions.
Infinix Note 11 performance
The Infinix Note 11’s crisp AMOLED display makes watching videos a lot of fun. It has good viewing angles, and it gets bright enough outdoors. I haven’t been able to find a way to customize the display output, but there is an Eye Care switch that puts the display into read mode. The Infinix Note 11 has the 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 could be quickly unlocked with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and face recognition. I did not notice any slowdowns when using the phone. It can also easily multitask between multiple applications. When it comes to synthetic benchmarks, the Note 11 was able to score 182,757 points in AnTuTu. It also scored 371 and 1336 points, respectively, in the Geekbench 5 single-core and multi-core tests. In the GFXBench graphics test in the Car Chase and T-Rex scenes, the Infinix Note 11 showed 8.2 and 40 frames per second, respectively.
Battleground Mobile India (BGMI) has HD graphics and high frame rate settings by default. With these settings, the game could be played without problems. After playing for about 20 minutes, I noticed that the top half of the phone got a little warm. In Note 11, the battery level dropped by 5%. I also noticed similar battery drain after 25 minutes of playing Clash Royale.
Battery life is good, and the Infinix Note 11 will easily last over a day without the need for a plug. The phone also managed to keep the standby battery low during the review period. Our HD video test lasted 14 hours and 28 minutes. Infinix ships a 33W fast charger in the box that lets you drain your battery up to 46 percent in 30 minutes and 86 percent in an hour. The charging speed then slows down and it takes about 20 more minutes to fully charge the phone.
Infinix Note 11 cameras
We’ve seen manufacturers remove camera sensors from smartphones in this segment to keep prices in check, and the Note 11 is no exception. On the Note 11, you get a triple camera setup with a 50-megapixel main camera, depth sensor, and an “artificial intelligence sensor”. The main camera takes 12.5MP photos by default, but you can take photos in full 50MP resolution by quickly pressing the switch. For selfies, this phone has a 16MP camera in a dewdrop notch with an LED flash neatly tucked away in the top bezel. The camera app is simple and easy to use, you can easily switch between different shooting modes.
Daylight shots taken with the Infinix Note 11 looked flat and fuzzy. Colors appeared washed out and objects in the distance were difficult to recognize. Photos taken at full resolution of 50 megapixels were 13MB in size, but suffered from the same issues as photos taken at split-pixel resolution, so the lack of detail makes them unusable for cropping.
For close-ups, the AI quickly discovered what the phone was pointing at. However, sometimes the phone took longer to lock focus, resulting in blurry shots when I was not patient. He managed to decently recognize edges and add depth to the background, but failed to capture the very best details of the subject. The portraits were slightly better and the phone let me set the blur level before shooting. He managed to separate the subject and the background well. Sharpness could have been slightly better though.
Low light performance was strictly average. Photos taken at night looked fuzzy with fuzzy details. Night mode does help brighten the image, but the longer shutter blurs moving objects.
The selfies taken with the Infinix Note 11 were decent in daylight, and the phone managed to capture good portraits as well. Low-light selfies were average, but the front flash did help in dark conditions.
The maximum video recording resolution is 2K for the main and selfie cameras. The footage is not stabilized and the Ultra Steady mode only works up to 1080p. This leads to unstable results when shooting in the default mode. There is an Ultra Steady option, but it causes a flickering effect in video clips.
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 is not as good as you might expect from some of the competition, and sometimes you may need more than one try to get the right shot.
However, if you’re willing to ignore below-average camera performance, the Infinix Note 11 does offer good value for money. The crisp AMOLED display and dual speakers make it interesting for watching videos and playing games. Infinix has added some useful software features as well, but the phone also has a few standard apps that contain spam. Those still looking for alternatives can take a look at the Moto G31 (Review), which runs Android.