While the battle for the best smartphone has slowed significantly in recent months (with the exception of foldable phones), the mid-range and budget segments continue to be fascinating to follow. Infinix is one business that is attempting to enter the space, as the company recently launched the Infinix Note 11 Pro. However, is this monstrous phone powerful enough to upend the market?
Infinix Note 11 Pro Specs
- Display: 6.95-inch IPS LCD
- Resolution: 2460 x 1080
- Processor: MediaTek Helio G96
- RAM: 8GB
- Storage: 128GB
- Front Camera: 16MP
- Rear Cameras: 64MP (wide), 13MP (telephoto), 2MP (depth)
- Battery: 5,000mAh
- Extras: 120Hz refresh rate, microSD card slot, 33W Fast Charging, Side-mounted fingerprint scanner, 3.5mm headphone jack
Infinix Note 11 Pro Review: Design and display
Rather of attempting to replicate what a myriad of other smartphones already do, Infinix chose a more understated design for the Note 11 Pro.
This time, the phone’s body and frame are mostly constructed of plastic, with a polish that gives the phone the appearance of being made of metal.
However, as soon as you take it out of the box, you’ll notice that is not the case.
Despite the fact that the Note 11 Pro is not composed entirely of metal, it feels rather sturdy in the hand.
It nearly feels as if the phone is simply sitting in your hand’s pocket, which is extremely nice.
While it may be a little tall for some, you won’t feel compelled to perform finger acrobatics just to hold the phone.
Infinix Note 11 Pro Review: Camera
I have to admit, that it was a bit odd to see Infinix make the decision to leave out an ultra-wide camera.
This has become the default secondary camera lens on many smartphones, but as someone who much rather prefers a telephoto lens, it was a welcome surprise.
The main 64MP lens handles many of the shots that you’ll want to take, but doesn’t do anything out of the norm to help stand out from the crowd.
With Auto HDR available, and with the right lighting conditions, you’ll be able to squeeze out some pretty great looking shots using the main lens.
Moving to the telephoto lens, some of the pictures that we snapped actually ended up looking better than those taken with the main camera.
But if there was a place for the company to slap in some unnecessary features, it was the telephoto lens.
Optically, you’re provided with a 2x zoom using the telephoto.
However, with the Note 11 Pro, you can also zoom all the way into 30x.
We don’t really recommend doing this unless you’re trying to take a closer look at something from afar, but the picture quality is practically useless.
When it comes to snapping pictures at night, your mileage will definitely vary.
Using the main camera in its 64MP mode will result in some pretty solid results, but the image degradation just drops off a cliff using the standard 16MP mode or switching over to the telephoto lens.
Again, these are things that we expected with the Note 11 Pro, so it doesn’t surprise us all that much.
Infinix Note 11 Pro Review: Verdict
The Note 11 Pro continues to face the same problems that every other budget-minded smartphone does.
Pricing is just okay, coming in at around $249, which may seem pretty great at first.
However, once you start looking at other similarly-priced phones, it’s clear that Infinix is outmatched here.
Realme and Xiaomi continue to roll out devices that punch way above their price points.
Honor is finally back on the scene and is just getting the ball rolling with the Honor 50, and OnePlus is still hanging around, even if you can’t get the OnePlus 9 RT in your region.
We really like what Infinix is trying to do, but maybe if the company came out swinging for the fences and using something other than a Helio chipset, we might have a different feeling.
Nevertheless, you still get a massive 6.95-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 5,000mAh battery