If you’re searching for a decent smartphone and you are on a tight budget, we are delighted to tell you that the Infinix Note 11 Pro won’t disappoint you as it packs some premium features that you won’t get from other brands at the same price category.
This phone, which we expect to cost around N150,000 is the direct successor of the Infinix Note 10 Pro that was released earlier this year. The two phones are basically similar in most aspects. The differences we notice are on the camera, design, refresh rate, and slightly upgraded chip.
We’re well into the second half of 2021, and just when we thought we’d seen everything, Infinix releases a phone that quickly catches our eye.
Design & Display
The Infinix Note 11 Pro is a well-built phone with a polycarbonate back panel. It’s a little heavy, but that’s due to the 6.95-inch screen and 5,000 mAh battery. The device got 120Hz IPS LCD HD display panel as compared to the 90Hz we saw in Note 10 Pro. To be honest the display lacks brightness and it is difficult to use it outdoors, but it is large and extremely smooth due to the high refresh rate. It’s very immersive thanks to the “punch hole” notch.
There’s a screen protector in the box to protect the screen from damage. The polycarbonate shiny back is durable enough to support minor dents and scratches, but a free jelly case is included in the box for additional durability.
The huge size of the display makes watching movies and playing video games on the Infinix Note 11 Pro a pleasurable experience. Overall, there are sharper, brighter displays with a 90/120Hz refresh rate in the price segment, but the Infinix Note 11 Pro boasts the largest display of them all.
For those who require it, there is a micro SD expansion slot, as well as a 3.5mm audio jack. Because of the types of users that the Infinix Note 11 Pro caters to, the headphone jack and microSD card are extremely important at this price point. As such we applaud the product team for being attentive to the needs of their target market.
Infinix Note 11 Pro: Camera
The Note 11 Pro features three rear cameras, with the telephoto camera serving as one of the major distinctions between its predecessor. Before we provide you with a little evaluation of the camera features, let’s have a look at the camera setup. A 64 MP main camera, a 13 MP telephoto lens, and a 2 MP depth sensor are included in the triple-camera setup. A 16 MP front camera is included for handling video calls and selfies.
HDR, Ultra night mode, Vlog mode, Short video, slow-motion movies, 4K video, Pro portrait mode, AI beautification, and other camera capabilities are all supported. All of this will undoubtedly spark your interest, prompting you to grab your phone and take as many images/videos as imaginable.
The Infinix Note 11 Pro’s basic AI Cam mode captures 16MP photos by default, but one of the device’s main selling points is its enormous 64MP camera, which can shoot much larger photographs than the normal mode. In most situations, however, the 16MP photo outperforms the larger counterpart in terms of exposure value, color balance, and dynamic range.
Infinix does not overuse the color and does not increase the saturation level above what is found in nature. However, there is no additional feature to increase colors. If you’re an old Oppo user who’s hooked with chroma boost, however, you may use Super Night mode even in daytime images to achieve brilliant colors. By the way, there’s a lot more about Super Night mode in this article.
Night images, as well as images taken in low-lighting and artificial light, turned out well. When taking multiple images, the colors rarely became uneven, but the photographs were amazingly detailed. When compared to images taken in normal mode at night, the night mode does bring back the colors. You can’t expect a lot of detail, but the overall picture was ok.
The Portrait mode on the Note 11 Pro is quite outstanding; the subject boundary mappings are superb, as is the background blurs. For beauty mode, Infinix hasn’t done a wonderful job. It takes out any natural skin textures, overdoes the cosmetics, and makes photographs look quite unnatural.
Shooting 4K video from both the front and rear cameras is a major plus at this pricing point, particularly for Vloggers. The algorithm, like the Super Night, preserves 4K videos rich in details and brilliant colors.
This phone can also shoot 1080p (30/60)fps videos, and the interesting part is that, unlike previous versions, the Infinix Note 11 Pro supports bokeh and stabilization at 1080p resolution. Both of these modes, however, only work at 30 frames per second. You may also capture slow-mo and short videos with the Infinix Note 11 Pro.
Performance & Battery
The Infinix Note 11 Pro comes pre-installed with the Android 11 operating system and Infinix’s XOS 8 to provide a richer, more complete user experience.
The MediaTek Helio G96(12nm) chipset is at the heart of the device, along with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Helio G96 is a tried-and-true chipset that has appeared in a slew of smartphones over the past month. It was introduced in July 2021.
128GB of storage should be good news for anyone looking for a low-cost phone: that’s a lot of storage for the money.
For a mid-range phone, performance is adequate. More importantly, the high refresh rate screen at 120Hz facilitates to a much more fluid user experience.
Gamers will be pleased to learn that the Infinix Note 11 Pro performs admirably in moderate gaming. The MediaTek Helio G96 platform is designed specifically for gaming.
The Mali-G57 MC2 is a powerful GPU that punches well, and the phone’s 1080 HD screen makes it much easier for the system to drive higher frame rates. Yes, of course, higher resolution is always better for visuals, but we find it unlikely we’d get the same frame rates on a 1440P full HD display.
Marvel Super War and Mobile Legends, for example, seem to be very playable on the phone at High graphics configurations. We can’t go any higher because Ultra mode is disabled.
Graphically demanding games like Genshin Impact and Marvel Future Revolution do perform on this phone, but we got the best frame rates when the graphics settings were set to Low to Medium. We can force it all the way to the limit, but the experience isn’t as sleek, and things fall apart quickly when there’s a lot going on on the screen.
By the way, XOS 8 includes an in-game board that allows you to do things while gaming conveniently. You can use a floating window to browse and chat, disable notifications, take screenshots and screen recordings, and even re-map the hardware buttons to function as additional triggers within your game!
With the 5,000mAh battery, Infinix claims 2-day battery life for the Note 11 Pro, which it may surely achieve with moderate usage.
The phone has an ultra-saving mode that disables practically all activities except those that are absolutely necessary in order to maximize the remaining battery life.
With the 33W fast charger that came in the box, it took me roughly 1hr 30mins to charge from zero to a full bar. This isn’t spectacular, but it’s definitely not poor.
Infinix Note 11 Pro Full Specs
|Announced Date||12th October 2021|
|Release Date||Coming soon|
|Dimensions||173.1 x 78.4 x 8.7 mm|
|Display Size & Type||6.95 inches IPS LCD|
120Hz refresh rate
20:9 aspect ratio
|Screen Resolution||1080 x 2460 pixels|
|Pixel Density||387 PPI|
|Software||Android 11, XOS 8|
|Chipset||Mediatek Helio G96 (12 nm)|
|64 MP Wide lens|
13 MP Telephoto lens
2 MP Depth sensor
Supports [email protected], [email protected] video recording
Supports [email protected] video recording
|3.5mm Headphone Jack||Yes|
|Network||2G, 3G, 4G|
|Connectivity||GSM, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, BT 5.0,|
|Battery||-Non-Removable Li-Ion 5000 mAh|
-USB: Type-C 2.0, supports OTG
-Fast battery charging: Yes (33W)
-Wireless Charging: No
-Power Share: No
|Colors||Mithril Grey, Haze Green, Mist Blue|
|Price||About ~ N130,000 – N150,000|
*Pls Note that the price of this device may change with time.
Should you buy it?
This phone is just amazing. Infinix has done an excellent job with new vibrant colors that shines out and a huge camera array that is well placed on the phone’s back.
It’s a smartphone that’s as comprehensive as any other mid-range handset I’ve tried. Without an obstructive UI, the software is amazing, with all Android capabilities running as claimed and a battery life that is hard to believe.
I highly recommend it if you’re a smartphone photography enthusiast. The device is a great camera phone, especially for regular or zooms images, so it’s an excellent pick if you want one of the best camera phones on the market for such a price range.
Also if you want to be able to fast charge your phone, the Note 11 Pro charges in (almost) no time thanks to its 33W wired charging, which is ideal if you like to charge your device before going to work.
Meanwhile, if you’re a power user, we wouldn’t recommend this phone if you use your phone for lengthy periods of power-intensive operations like gaming or multitasking
The Infinix Note 11 Pro is a premium mid-range device from a brand that we believe has not received the attention it deserves.
Infinix does an excellent job of pushing the right features that users desire, and this phone is no exception: it has a large and beautiful 120Hz display, above-average performance, and a camera system that would satisfy anyone.
The SInfinix Note 11 Pro’s aesthetics aren’t as exciting as its underlying hardware, which is a bummer because this phone deserves more.
We’d like to have an OLED display panel and a more powerful chipset but we’re not sure what else. Possibly better software? XOS UI is fantastic, but it could need some improvements.