Infinix devices have carved out a significant space in the entry-level segment and provide amazing features. However, the company has recently shifted its focus to the mid-range market, with the goal of developing a line of value-added smartphones. With this in mind, Infinix has unveiled the Infinix Note 11S, a streamlined version of Note 11 Pro – although the obvious difference is only in the camera department.
The Infinix Note 11S smartphone was listed on Lazada at a price tag of THB 6,999 (roughly N85,000) but there is no word on a global release date. By the way, this device has an appealing design and decent performance. But it’s the phone’s powerful battery and displays that make it stand out.
The flagship segment has slowed in recent months whereas the mid-range and budget markets remain interesting to watch. Infinix is one company that has a stronghold in the budget segment, as the company is releasing its latest phone, the Infinix Note 11S. Is this huge phone powerful enough to shake up the market before 2022? Let’s get started with a comprehensive review of the Infixin Note 11S smartphone.
Design & Display
To begin with, the phone has an impressive design when compared to competitors. Typically, the Infinx budget devices lack aesthetically pleasing designs. This is not the case with the Infinix Note 11S smartphone, which features an appealing design as well as a one-of-a-kind color option. To begin, the phone comes in Haze Green, Mithril Gray, and Symphony Cyan color options that give it an elegant look.
However, if you want to be a little more daring and professional, you should consider the Mithril Gray. In addition, you can choose the back cover to your liking. In any case, the rear panel features a triple-camera setup with branding on the bottom section. Also, despite having a monstrous battery, it appears to be a little thinner than your average phone, which is a pretty good breakthrough.
The Infinix Note 11S has plastic frames that are curved along the sides. It has a shiny finish on the back, similar to what we’ve seen on the most recent Infinix smartphones. The rear panel is not only durable but also eye-catching in more ways than you might think. The matte finish repels dust and fingerprints. It’s far superior to the plastic, glassy panels found on most smartphones. The triple-camera module, which appears to protrude from the rear panel, is located in the upper left corner.
Now, the front screen is worthy of note for delivering a 90Hz refresh rate on the 6.9-inch FHD IPS LCD panel, which conveniently supports a 180Hz touch sampling rate. The gaming experience will be enhanced several times over with this combination. Furthermore, the proportion of this phone is ideal for gamers. You will not, however, receive gorilla glass coating.
The Infinix Note 11S has a large 6.95-inch display, but it is not large enough to be called a phablet. Its curved edges make one-handed operations a breeze, but for those with small palms, reaching the top of the smartphone with a thumb may feel so bad. The large display, on the other hand, is very useful for people who like to watch movies on their mobile phones. It is also beneficial to gamers. The bezels around the corners are really thin, allowing for a great viewing experience, but they are significantly thicker at the bottom.
There is a camera punch-hole for selfies in the top center of the display, which is not something new in the budget segment. The front-facing camera is accompanied by a dual flash, which is located next to the speeker but is not easily visible. Only when you use your front camera will you be aware of the presence of a flash. The fingerprint scanner is on the rare and this is something most budget phones have but to me it makes the rare design look weird. There are volume rockers in addition to the power button on the right edge.
The smartphone’s flat bottom houses a 3.5mm jack, speaker grilles, and a USB Type-C port. Despite being a large phone, the Note 11S has a slim design and a good grip. It will not slip out of your hand even if you do not use it with a cover. However, the smartphone comes with a silicone cover inside the box, which you can use until you find a more stylish cover in the market.
Infinix Note 11S: Camera
The Infinix Note 11S camera quality is just average, and there are no distinguishing features that set it apart from the competition. Nonetheless, the 50MP main camera produces adequate results.
The AI rendering is noteworthy; in a typical photo, you’ll notice good color output, but the native camera app occasionally tempers the details. This is expected to be fixed in the next update, while low-light photography ensures standard results despite the presence of an ultra-night mode.
In short, the camera support on the Infinix Note 11S was nothing special, as more attention was divided up in the performance and battery department. On the camera board, there are a 2MP depth camera and a macro lens camera.
Coming to the part of the camera that I didn’t like, its performance suffers when there isn’t enough light. The camera will capture blurry, saturated images, especially if you are in a room with insufficient lighting. The flash could not make the poor-quality photos look good. The phone, on the other hand, includes a dedicated Super Night mode that captured a bright photo even when the light was extremely low. However, the special mode requires you to hold the camera in the same position for more than 4-5 seconds, which means that if you’re trying to capture a moving object, the camera will most likely lose sight of it.
The selfie camera’s output in daylight was detailed and clear, but the low-light segues were less impressive. Of course, you have a flash, but it adds undesired light to your face.
Performance & battery
The Infinix Note 11S comes pre-installed with the Android 11 operating system and Infinix’s XOS 10 to provide a richer, more complete user experience.
The MediaTek Helio G96 (12nm) chipset is at the heart of the device, along with 4/6/8GB of RAM and 63/128GB 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 90Hz facilitates to a much more fluid user experience. Gamers will be pleased to learn that the Infinix Note 11S 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.
Now, let’s talk about performance, specifically where is Note 11S is positioned? With the same processor as the Note 11 Pro, you’d think this powerhouse could handle any game you could throw at it? Wrong.
Even with the intense graphics in Asphalt 9: Legends, you’ll definitely have a smooth game during the races. The game was indeed a visual feast, thanks to the Note 11S’s audio-visual capabilities. That blasting music audio combined with the phone’s vibrant display enhanced my gaming experience.
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 10 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! But It includes a lot of bloatware that sends out countless notifications. The most irritating notifications are sent by apps such as Palm Store and Phoenix Browser.
And whilst, in a sea of bloatware, Infinix’s Game Mode is the only one worth mentioning. It improves your gaming experience by blocking all unnecessary calls and notifications that interfere with your gameplay.
With the 5,000mAh battery, Infinix claims 2-day battery life for the Note 11S, 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 11S Full Specs
|Announced Date||8th November 2021|
|Release Date||8th November 2021|
|Dimensions||173.1 x 78.4 x 8.7 mm|
|Display Size & Type||6.95 inches IPS LCD|
90Hz 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)|
|50 MP (f/1.6) Wide|
2 MP (f/2.4) Macro
2 MP (f/2.4) Depth
Supports [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-Po 5000 mAh|
-USB: Type-C 2.0, supports OTG
-Fast battery charging: Yes (33W)
-Wireless Charging: No
-Reverse Charging: No
|Colors||Haze Green, Mithril Gray, Symphony Cyan|
|Price||About ~ N85,000|
*Pls Note that the price of this device may change with time.
The Note 11S currently faces the same issues as every other low-cost smartphone. Pricing is adequate, coming in at around N80-N85K (Estimated), which may appear to be quite reasonable at first glance. However, when compared to other phones in this price range, it’s clear that Infinix is outmatched. Realme and Xiaomi continue to release devices that outperform their price tags.
If you have a favorite area of interest, such as mobile gaming or mobile photography, you should look for other options. Alternatively, you could increase your budget to find the ideal phone of your interest.
The Infinix Note 11S can handle the majority of your needs and, in particular, can compete in the gaming department. However, there will be setbacks in the long run. So, even if this is the only phone you can afford or obtain, you’re in for a treat.