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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Infinix Note 11S Review; Budget At Its Best

INTRODUCTION:

Among the many reasons smartphone brands always consider the Philippines as one of their key markets is that the mobile phone scene in the country has always been a diverse one. Sure, some are flagship hunters, but the entry-level and mid-level devices market is also booming because of budget-savvy Pinoys.

Infinix Note 11S Review; Budget At Its Best
Infinix Note 11S Review; Budget At Its Best

This is why even a brand that had once exited the country came back. After stopping its operations in the Philippines for almost a year, Hong Kong-based smartphone brand Infinix found its way to the country in 2019 and has successfully become a crowd favorite since then. In this review, we'll be looking at one of its bang-for-the-buck offerings, the Infinix Note 11S, and find out if this device has that budget-friendly charm that Filipinos love.


DESIGN and DISPLAY:

For a sub-P10K smartphone, the Infinix Note 11S is a beautiful device. It's another tell-tale that Infinix is not a brand to be taken lightly because even for a budget mobile phone, they ticked the right boxes in terms of design. The Infinix Note 11S has a textured back panel that's polycarbonate. With this smartphone shying away from glossy and shiny slates, you would never worry about fingerprint marks and smudges.

Another lovely thing about the Infinix Note 11s is its camera module, which takes up a significant portion of its back. It's definitely the smartphone you would take more mirror selfies with to flex its excellent camera positioning. However, one thing to note is that the camera module is protruded. You need to have a case with a somewhat elevated coverage for this, or else, don't be surprised to find scratches on the cameras of your Infinix Note 11s.

Infinix Note 11S Power/Fingerprint Button
Power/Fingerprint Button

The buttons and ports on the Infinix Note 11S are usual. There's a SIM card tray for two nano-SIM cards and a microSD card on the smartphone's left cheek, while on the opposite are its power button which doubles as a fingerprint scanner, and the volume rocker. At the bottom resides its USB-C port with 33W fast-charging support, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a microphone. There's also a downward-facing loudspeaker, which delivers audio that's good enough to enjoy media consumption and loud-sound gaming. This complements the Infinix Note 11S display, which we have nothing but praise to say.

Infinix Note 11S 120Hz Display
120Hz Display

Of course, you wouldn't expect the Infinix Note 11S to have a display as bright as AMOLED panels, but what this device offers is more than enough, considering its price. You get a massive 6.95-inch Full HD+ (2460 x 1080) IPS LCD with a 120Hz refresh rate. It's still rare for budget smartphones to get a decent refresh rate. While vivid screen colors aren't exactly a strong suit for the Infinix Note 11S, at least you get a smooth onscreen action. That's good enough of a bargain.

Infinix Note 11S Retail Package
Retail Package

At the upper middle part of the Infinix Note 11S screen is a punch hole camera, which, if you look closely, you'll notice some slight backlight bleeding, but it doesn't affect the overall smartphone experience that much.

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PERFORMANCE:

Under the hood, the Infinix Note 11S runs on an Helio G96 processor, one of the best chipsets you can get on a budget device. Plus, it comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. This smartphone also joins a new breed of mobile devices with an extended RAM with an additional 3GB.

These factors definitely came into play when we used the Infinix Note 11S as our primary driver for a few days. We enjoyed seamless multitasking and easy switching between multiple apps without lags. Gaming-wise, the Infinix Note 11S was also delivered. If you're an avid player of titles like Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Call of Duty Mobile, Genshin Impact, and other familiar games, the Infinix Note 11S could be your best friend as it can handle these well in up to medium settings.

Out of the box, the Infinix Note 11S comes with Android 11 with XOS 7.6 on top. Its UI is intuitive overall, and it brings the usual Android 11 features like split-screen, multi-screen, and Dark Mode. Unfortunately, bloatware is also present, so you have to remove some pre-installed apps you won't need to free up some space.

Here's a quick summary of the benchmark test results we got from the Infinix Note 11S:
  • Antutu - 343,211
  • Geekbench Single-Core - 507
  • Geekbench Multi-Core - 1,613
  • Geekbench Compute - 1,499
  • PC Mark Work Performance 3.0 - 9,325
  • PC Mark Work Storage 2.0 - 20,236
  • 3D Mark Wild Life - 1,099
  • 3D Mark Wild Life Extreme - 313
  • 3D Mark Sling Shot - 3,368
  • 3D Mark Sling Shot Extreme - 2,351


CAMERA:

It's a hit and a miss when it comes to the cameras of the Infinix Note 11s. Its 50-megapixel primary shooter delivers a good dynamic range even in low-lit areas. However, its two cameras – 2MP macro and 2MP depth – are basically just to complete the triple camera setup.

Infinix Note 11S 50MP Triple Camera
50MP Triple Camera

Fortunately, the 50MP camera of the Infinix Note 11S is enough to shoulder almost all the work. Judging from the sample photos that we took, it's evident that this smartphone provides clarity and sharpness. What's apparently lacking, though, was the burst of colors. Even in scene recognition mode, we still think the Infinix Note 11S can use a few color splashes in imaging.

There's nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to the camera modes of the Infinix Note 11S. You get the regular shooting mode with AI, Portrait, Beauty, AR Shot, Night Mode, Slow Motion, Pro Mode, Panorama, Documents, Time-Lapse, 50MP mode, etc.

Infinix Note 11S 16MP Front Camera
16MP Front Camera

Upfront, the Infinix Note 11S has a 16-megapixel sensor that takes natural-looking selfies with the right details. Safe to say that your friends would still recognize you when you take your selfies using this budget offering.

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BATTERY LIFE:

With a 5,000mAh battery, the Infinix Note 11S can last a whole day of moderate usage, with a bit of juice left for the next day. Recharging usually takes an hour and 15 to about an hour and 20 minutes to reach 100 percent from zero percent.


FINAL WORDS:

Is the Infinix Note 11s worth buying? With a large screen, excellent battery life, decent internals, and good cameras, all signs lead to yes. It's proof that budget smartphones are now far better than just being backup or secondary devices.

Infinix Note 11S Philippines
Infinix Note 11S

Get the Infinix Note 11S for P9,990, available on the official Shopee store of Infinix.

How much is the Infinix NOTE 11S price in the Philippines?

When will be the Infinix NOTE 11S available in the Philippines?

  • The Infinix NOTE 11S is now available in the Philippines.

Infinix Note 11S Specs Philippines:

  • Dual SIM, dual standby, supports 4G LTE connectivity
  • 6.95-inch FHD+ (2460 x 1080) capacitive touchscreen display, 120Hz refresh rate
  • Dimensions: 173.1mm x 78.4mm x 8.7mm
  • Weight: -
  • XOS 7.6 based on Android 11
  • Octa-core (2x2.05GHz Cortex-A76 + 6x2.0GHz Cortex-A55) CPU, ARM Mali-G57 MC2 GPU, MediaTek Helio G96 12nm chipset
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB storage, expandable up to 512GB via MicroSD, uses dedicated slot
  • 50MP PDAF main + 2MP depth + 2MP macro triple rear cameras, 2K video recording at 30fps
  • 16MP f/2.0 front camera, 1080p video recording at 30fps
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
  • Bluetooth v5.0
  • USB Type-C 2.0 with OTG function
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo
  • Multimedia Player
  • FM Radio
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Sensors: fingerprint (side-mounted), light, proximity, accelerometer, gyroscope
  • Battery: 5,000mAh non-removable; supports 33W fast charging
  • Colors: Haze Green, Mithril Gray, Symphony Cyan
  • Price: Php9,990

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