Infinix Note 11 Pro

Infinix Note 11 Pro

Introduction:

The Infinix Note 11 Pro is gonna be the first phone from Infinix that we will review. The brand is quite popular in certain regions, particularly in Africa and South Asia. The Infinix Note 11 Pro is a device with great value for money, if it’s available in your market.

There is also the Infinix Note 10 Pro which is a great smartphone, and we’ll be making some occasional references of it here and there in this review.

Body

173.1×78.4×8.7mm, 209g; plastic body and frame.

Display

6.95″ IPS LCD, 120Hz, 1080x2460px resolution, 20.5:9 aspect ratio, 387ppi.

Chipset

Mediatek Helio G96 (12 nm): Octa-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G57 MC2.

Memory

128GB 8GB RAM; UFS 2.2; microSDXC (dedicated slot).

Rear Camera

Wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.7, 1/1.72″, 0.8µm, PDAF;

Telephoto: 13 MP, f/2.5, 1/3.1″, 1.12µm, AF;

Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.

Selfie Camera

16 MP.

Battery

Rear camera: [email protected];

Front camera: [email protected]

Fast-Charging

5000mAh; Fast Charging 33W.

Operating System

Android 11, XOS 10.

Misc

Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); FM radio; 3.5mm jack.

Before we dive into the details, let’s start with the unboxing and the opinion on the accessory package.

Unboxing:

The Infinix Note 11 Pro is shipped in a two-piece cardboard box. It is thick and sturdy and includes cardboard cradles and separators on the inside, holding all the stuff securely in place. The box is bright green in color, which definitely stands out and easily catches your attention.

As for the accessories, there is a transparent TPU case alongside a glass screen protector. The box contains a 33W fast charger, rated for [email protected] and [email protected], that’s the same charger that we’ve seen before with some other Infinix smartphones. The charging brick is paired with a USB-A to USB-C cable, and that’s all there is in the retail bundle. Sadly, unlike previous models, there are no earbuds included in the box. In fact, even the Infinix Note 10 Pro has them. Not that they are anything special, but still a bit of added value.

Design:

The Infinix Note 11 Pro by no means is a flashy device, still it manages to look slick and modern. The back panel and the camera island in particular has a distinctive look.

Infinix has managed to create a pretty convincing illusion of depth and extra size around the lenses on the camera module. The back panel feels quite sturdy. In fact, the device itself feels nice and dense. The brand has made proper use of that entire 173.1 x 78.4 x 8.7 mm exterior. The device weighs 209 grams, not one of the lightest in the market, that might probably be due to the large size, but it’s pretty well balanced.

Although the back panel is made of plastic, it feels great and solid, with a matte finish, reminiscent of sandstone, but not quite as coarse. The phone is quite grippy and is not a fingerprint magnet. The handset comes in Mithril Grey, Haze Green and Mist Blue color options.

The plastic frame is trying to imitate metal finish but doesn’t quite manage to pull it off. Unlike the back panel, it is a huge fingerprint magnet. Apart from that, it is pretty nice and sturdy.

The right-side of the frame carries the volume rockers and the power button. The power button also performs the functions of the fingerprint reader. It is very accurate and snappy.

The left-side of the frame is home to the SIM card tray only which takes two nano-SIM cards and a microSD card; it’s empty for the most part. The bottom section of the frame accommodates the 3.5mm headphone jack, mic, USB-C charging port and the bottom-firing speaker. There is nothing on the top. The handset has a hybrid stereo speaker setup, with the amplified earpiece above the display, which acts as the second channel.

Talking of the display, the front has a 6.95-inch LCD display which is surrounded by pretty thin bezels. The bottom bezels are apparently not as thin as on the top and either sides.

To conclude, the handset feels great and sturdy. The back panel has a matte finish and is resistant to smudges and fingerprints, the same can’t be said for the frame which tries to imitate metal finish. But the phone is quite grippy.

Display:

One of the strong points of the Note 11 Pro is the huge display. The Note 11 Pro doesn’t disappoint, similar to its predecessor, in this department. The phone has a 6.95-inch IPS LCD display with 20.5:9 aspect ratio.

The front has a tiny punch hole which houses the selfie camera. Although the cutout is on the bigger side, it doesn’t look that big or obtrusive on the huge display. The display size seems to be the only thing that is going for it. The screen’s performance itself ranges between average and straight up disappointing.

The maximum brightness recorded is 470 nits, which is average at best, the same goes for the contrast as well.

The color accuracy of the Note 11 Pro is particularly bothersome. There are no color modes or settings to adjust. The screen is trying to go for a wider color space than sRGB. The same is also true for the Infinix Note 10 Pro.

There is no HDR support, but there it supports Widevine L3, which means video streaming will be limited to 480p. You can’t install Netflix from the Play Store, since Infinix is blacklisted.

Battery life & Charging speed:

The Infinix Note 11 Pro comes with a hefty 5,000mAh battery. That’s become sort of a staple for the Infinix Note line. The overall battery life of the smartphone is amazing all-around. The handset comes with MediaTek Helio G96 chipset which is relatively new in the market. Hence it’s great to see consistent battery numbers.

Let’s take a look at those numbers we mentioned, You can watch videos for nearly 14 and a half hours straight, as for the talk time you are good to go for about 32 hours. You can keep browsing the web for slightly over 17 and a half hours.

The numbers recorded by the Note 11 Pro are as good as those of the Note 10 Pro, both essentially have the same excellent scores.

The Infinix Note 11 Pro is shipped with a 33W charging adapter, which Infinix likes to call Super Charge. The charging brick is paired with USB Type-A to Type-C cable in the box.

A full charge from scratch takes around 2:07 hours, while a 30 minute charge will refuel the battery from 0% to 25%. Those numbers aren’t as impressive, but considering the big 5,000mAh battery and a budget price tag, it’s not too bad.

Speaker:

The Infinix Note 11 Pro comes with a stereo speaker setup. It doesn’t actually have two dedicated speakers but uses the amplified earpiece as a second channel for hybrid setup. That doesn’t really hold it back too much, since the two channels are really well balanced, particularly for a budget smartphone.

The loudness of the speakers on the Infinix Note 11 Pro is excellent and the frequency response is decent overall. You can hear some screeching in mids and highs, but it’s not too bad. You can tune the lacking areas and fine-tweak the sound to your liking since Infinix offers DTS Sound on the Infinix Note 11 Pro. It has four general smart modes to choose from, as well as tweaks within said modes and a full manual equalizer beyond that.

Performance:

The Infinix Note 11 Pro is equipped with a MediaTek Helio G96 SoC. It’s not been long since the launch of the chip, but still not a particularly popular one. The very same chipset also powers the Realme 8i.

There could be another reason for the limited popularity of the Helio G96 although it’s pretty new to the market. Despite the name of the chipset, it’s not particularly a considerable upgrade over the Helio G95. The Helio G96 chip comes with a pair of Cortex-A76 cores running at 2.05GHz and six A55 cores clocked at 2.0GHz, the same as the G95. The graphics department is handled by the Mali-G57 MC2 GPU, a clear downgrade from the G76 MC4 that came before.

The Helio G96 SoC is coupled with a sole memory config – 8GB RAM and 128GB storage option that can be expanded via a microSD card. The device also supports Extended RAM, which adds additional 3GB of virtual RAM bringing the total to 11GB RAM.

Moving on to the benchmarks, the handset got a score of 520 and 1800 points in the single-core and multi-cores Geekbench 5 tests. As for the AnTuTu test, the device marked a score of 290,797 on AnTuTu 8 and 343,527 points on the AnTuTu 9 benchmark.

Camera & Photo quality:

Rear Camera

Wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.7, 1/1.72″, 0.8µm, PDAF;

Telephoto: 13 MP, f/2.5, 1/3.1″, 1.12µm, AF;

Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.

Selfie Camera

16 MP.

Daylight photo quality:

The shots from the main camera captured during the day time are pretty decent, particularly for a budget smartphone. It is not overly impressive and does leave plenty to be desired. There is a decent amount of detail and colors look true to life.

The most bothersome thing is the general softness present throughout the frame. The corners seem to be the most affected region, which could hint at inferior optics.

The main 64MP camera captures 16MP shots by default. You can switch it to 64MP mode, which seems to have its own set of issues. The 64MP shots look very good, with great level of detail.

Moving on to the 13MP telephoto camera, the photos seem noticeably different. Overall, in sufficient lighting conditions, shots seem pretty good, considering the internals.

The shots look slightly darker compared to the 16MP full-auto stills from the main camera. The telephoto doesn’t seem to be affected by the exposure issues. The colors do look a bit more saturated. The dynamic range is a bit limited, but that is to be expected.

The Note 11 Pro can go beyond 2x zoom way up to 30x and all through the telephoto. It’s all digital zoom, so the quality degrades quickly.

Low-light image quality:

Photos captured with the main camera in low-light are pretty decent, but there is some softness in the pictures, especially in the shadows. The noise suppression algorithm seems to be working pretty hard, essentially smearing everything in the path. Furthermore, the dynamic range is average at best.

You can also shoot in 64MP mode, it fixes most of the issues while pouring in more fine detail. All of the noise is left behind which was previously tackled, which can get too much sometimes. However, its true that the 64MP shots are better than full-auto regular ones.

The images taken with the 13MP telephoto camera are pretty dark and noisy. Although they are dark and have limited dynamic range, they are still usable. Colors are pretty lively, just like the daylight shots.

Since the brand is advertising its telephoto and 30x zoom for the Note 11 Pro, we felt compelled to mention it. They are a blurry mess.

We have a mixed opinion about the Super Night mode on the Note 11 Pro. It works consistently well on the main camera. Capture and processing takes a few seconds, but the wait is worth it. The detail and sharpness is good, shadows are boosted and highlights are contained. Overall the quality is good and well-balanced.

Now for the downside, the Super Night mode on the telephoto has plenty of issues. Firstly, it’s pretty inconsistent, most of the time it gives regular photos. That’s the best chance you got. Secondly, when it does work it plasters a blue hue on top of the photo, running the shot. On very rare occasions, when it does work, it delivers some improvements, but it’s simply not worth the gamble.

Portraits:

The telephoto cam can sometimes come in handy with portraits too. The Infinix Note 11 Pro gives you an option between telephoto and the main cam in this mode. Once again, we like the color rendition of the telephoto, but the autofocus can sometimes go astray and give you blurry subjects.

The subject separation is pretty good and the background bokeh looks pretty decent.

Selfie:

The output from the 16MP selfie camera on the Note 11 Pro is great overall. Details are pretty good and so are the colors which are quite accurate. We did spot some softness in the left frame which isn’t there on the opposite side of the frame, which could possibly indicate some lens imperfections.

Apart from that you just need to make sure your face is within the narrow focus plain. Gratefully the focus indicators show up for the selfie cam as well.

The selfies taken in low-light are surprisingly great, given that the smartphone belongs to the budget segment. Colors look great, alongside abundant detail and perfectly acceptable level of noise. The smoothing process leaves behind some texture on the skin, which is great to see. Still keep in mind that this is a budget smartphone.

Sadly, the selfie cam doesn’t have Night mode support.

Final Verdict:

The Infinix Note 11 Pro is nothing less than an interesting budget smartphone. Most of the aspects of the handset give us a mixed opinion of surprisingly good or disappointment. For instance,the handset has a huge display with 120Hz refresh rate, which it handles particularly well compared to other budget phones. On the flip side, Widevine L3 limits you to 480p streaming and the color accuracy is outright disappointment.

As we said, the Infinix Note 11 Pro is a mixture of both good and bad aspects, this makes it hard to recommend the phone. If the price is right and you get a great deal, then sure go for it.

Pros

  • Solid plastic body and nice finish that feels nice in-hand.

  • A good set of stereo speakers optimized by DTS Sound

  • Big display with average brightness, 120Hz refresh rate and good pixel response time.

  • Reliable battery life.

  • The XOS 10 offers several options, features and optimizations, but is a bit chaotic.

  • The Helio G96 SoC is an all-round performer, but the GPU lags a bit behind.

  • Camera performance is decent and offers multiple features.

  • Decent video stabilization.

  • FM Radio, 3.5mm jack and dedicated microSD slot.

Cons

  • No ingress protection.

  • Color accuracy is a bit of a disappointment and there are issues with auto brightness.

  • Widevine L3 limits you to 480p streaming.

  • For a 33W fast charging the charging speed is a bit slow

  • Telephoto cam is inconsistent and the software has some issues, notably HDR and Super Night Mode.

  • No 4K recording.

  • No NFC.

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