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Infinix Note 11 review: a great budget multimedia offering

Infinix might not be the first brand that comes to mind when you think about smartphones but it has certainly established itself as a budget-centric smartphone-maker in India. The subsidiary of Shenzhen-based Transsion Holdings wrapped up the year 2021 with the launch of its Infinix Note 11 series. The lineup comprises the Infinix Note 11 and Infinix Note 11S. The key highlight of the Note 11S is a 120Hz display, whereas, the standard Note 11 brings AMOLED panel under Rs 12,000.

Also read: Infinix Note 11S review: a compelling value performer

I have been using the Infinix Note 11 for over a week now and as an avid multimedia consumer, have been enjoying the AMOLED experience. While the phone does have bragging rights in this segment when it comes to the display, the experience is bogged down by the usual suspects which plagued the Note 11S as well. Here’s my detailed review of how the Infinix Note 11 fares in day-to-day usage.

Infinix Note 11 review of specifications

Specs
Infinix Note 11
Display
6.7-inch FHD+ LTPS AMOLED
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G88
RAM4GB|6GB
Storage64GB|128GB
OS
XOS v10.0.0 based on Android 11
Rear cameras50MP + 2MP + QVGA
Front Camera16MP
Battery5,000mAh battery
Fast charging33W fast charge
Dimensions164.43 x 76.66 x 7.9mm
PriceRs 11,999 starting price

Design and display

  • 164.43 x 76.66 x 7.9mm, 184g
  • 6.7-inch FHD+ LTPS AMOLED display, 100% DCI-P3 Colour Gamut, 100000:1 contrast ratio, 650 nits peak brightness, 91% screen-to-body ratio

Right off the bat, the Infinix Note 11 impressed me with its iPhone-inspired flat-edge design. While the phone has a completely flat design, the corners are rounded so they don’t dig in your palm while in use. Moreover, Infinix Note 11 is just 7.9mm thin and weighs 184g, which adds to the whole ergonomics of the device. On the flip side, the full polycarbonate build does feel tacky to the touch.

Infinix has included a stylish black TPU case with graffiti on the back, which takes care of the tackiness to some extent. The matte finish on the back is smudge-resistant and the Glacier Green variant that I received looks great. Users have the option to pick Celestial Snow and Graphite Black colourways as well.

Speaking of the back panel, Infinix has retained the same Vivo-esque camera module that we saw on the Note 11S. Thankfully, there are no fake camera cutouts here but the massive black rings are still present. Other elements of the smartphone including I/O ports, buttons, and fingerprint scanner are also the same as the Note 11S. The fingerprint scanner and face unlock work quite fast and accurately.

Coming to the display, Infinix Note 11 flaunts a 6.7-inch AMOLED panel, which is a novelty in this price segment. And as expected, the display offers more vibrant colours, darker blacks, and ample brightness to use in sunlight as well. However, it does feel a little dated, thanks to the waterdrop notch on top and a rather large chin.

The display panel supports FHD+ screen resolution and comes with WideVine L1 certification. This means that those who primarily consume OTT content on their phone will be able to enjoy HD content streaming on the Infinix Note 11. During my time with the smartphone, I binge watched The Silent Sea and Stay Close on Netflix and completely enjoyed the experience. The experience is further amplified by dual speaker system with DTS Audio.

Cameras

  • Rear: 50-megapixel primary sensor, 2-megapixel depth sensor, QVGA AI lens
  • Front: 16-megapixel sensor

The Infinix Note 11 comes with the same camera setup as the Note 11S except that the 2-megapixel macro sensor has been swapped for a QVGA AI lens. On the front, there’s a 16-megapixel camera sensor inside the waterdrop notch for selfies and video calling. The camera interface and modes are identical to that of the Infinix Note 11S. You get various modes like HDR, 50MP, short video, video, AI Cam, Beauty, Portrait, and Super Night. Additionally, there are options like AR Shot, slow motion, Pro, Panorama, Documents, and Time-Lapse.

Coming from the Infinix Note 11S, I didn’t have high expectations, to begin with, and rightfully so. Just like the 11S, the daylight images taken from Note 11 were washed out and lacked any details. Due to this, images appeared flat and unappealing to the eye. Toggle on the 50MP mode, and you get a larger image size with the same output. As for low-light images, the camera struggles even with the dedicated night mode. The night mode bumps up the exposure but does little to improve details. Moreover, since it uses longer shutter speeds, moving objects are often blurred in night shots.

Regular
Regular
Regular
2X
5X
10X
Portrait
Regular low light
Super Night mode
Closeup
Selfie
Selfie Portrait

Coming to dedicated lenses, the depth sensor does a decent job of separating the subject from the background and produces a natural-looking blur. However, the colour production and details are still on the lower side. The AI lens is quick to detect close-up shots and normal shots. However, in close-up shots, you will need patience and steady hands to achieve passable images. Most of these issues can be corrected with an OTA update, however, Infinix is not known for its software update frequency. As for selfies, the 16-megapixel camera captures the correct skin tone with good details and also captures good portrait shots.

Performance, software, and battery

  • MediaTek Helio G88
  • 4GBGB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB
  • XOS v10.0.0 based on Android 11
  • 5,000mAh battery, 33W fast charging

The Infinix Note 11 is powered by the MediaTek Helio G88 SoC, which also powers the Redmi 10 Prime (review). The smartphone is offered in two variants – 4GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB. I received the former for the purpose of this review. The smartphone boots XOS V10.0.0 based on Android 11 out of the box. However, during the last leg of the review duration, the brand pushed out an OTA update, which brings the MemFusion feature to the smartphone. MemFusion is basically a virtual RAM expander up to 3GB, where the system uses part of the internal storage as RAM for better performance. While this should improve things considerably, I didn’t get to experience any of it due to lack of time.

That being said, with 4GB RAM onboard, the Infinix Note 11 performs decently in day-to-day usage with light multitasking. As for gaming, Battleground Mobile India (BGMI) opens with HD graphics and High frame rate settings by default. With these settings, the game was playable without any frame drops or hangs. However, the back panel does warm up after 30 minutes of a gaming session.

Coming to the software, the Infinix Note 11 runs the same XOS v10.0.0 based on Android 11 as the Note 11S. You get the same iOS inspired layout and features like X Hide, X Clone, Game Mode, Lightning Multi-video, Social Turbo, Peek Proof, and Smart Panel. The constant notifications from Hi Browser and BoomPlay are present here as well, but they can be turned off from the notification panel. To cut the long story short, the XOS interface requires a lot of spit and polish before I can recommend it to others.

As for the battery, the Infinix Note 11 is fitted with a 5,000mAh cell that comes with support for 33W fast charging. First things first, the smartphone charges from zero to 100 percent in just under 60 minutes, which is impressive for the battery size. During my stint with the Note 11, I was heavily using it for social media, YouTube, occasional Netflix, and about 30 mins of casual gaming. With this usage, I could easily see through a day and a half on a single charge, which again is quite impressive.

Bottomline

The Infinix Note 11 is a great option if you are looking for a budget smartphone with a brilliant display and great battery life. The AMOLED panel is a novelty in this price segment and the dual speaker arrangement makes the whole multimedia experience enjoyable. And on moderate usage, you can easily use the smartphone for two days at least. Not to forget, the smartphone looks good in the Glacier Green colourway. Having said that, the XOS interface requires a lion’s share of work and optimization. Additionally, the sub-par camera performance won’t sit well with everyone.

The Moto G31 —which starts at Rs 12,999— offers a clean stock Android experience along with a better 50MP + 8MP + 2MP rear camera setup. The smartphone is equipped with Helio G85 SoC, which is the same as Helio G88 but with a lesser camera and display support. The combination of stock Android and similar performance makes Moto G31 the better option between the two. You also get the FHD+ AMOLED display and 5,000mAh battery.

The Infinix Note 11 certainly feels a much better offering here if the brand can push out camera optimisations and a cleaner interface through an OTA update in near future. The company has already shown initiative to improve user experience by pushing out MemFusion technology, now it only has to go an extra mile.

Pricebaba rating: 7 / 10

What works

  • Stunning display
  • Good battery backup
  • Fast charging
  • Stylish design
  • Thin profile
  • Dual speakers

What doesn’t

  • Average camera performance
  • Clutter software
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Abhiman Biswas

Abhiman has over 8 years of experience in content development. He is a Senior Writer and Social Media Manager at Pricebaba. He covers technology news, feature articles, and tech reviews, apart from managing the official Facebook and Instagram handles. Despite a degree in marketing, his love for latest gadgets and technology steered him towards consumer technology coverage.