Can a budget smartphone be good? Review and test of the new Note 11 from Infinix

A decent Infinix Note 11 smartphone with a large AMOLED screen, a powerful processor and a decent 50MP camera is an option to look for when choosing an inexpensive model. Test results and examples of photographs under the cut.

The smartphone is sold in packaging of atypical colors. This is not Xiaomi with white cardboard, and not POCO with acid yellow packaging. The box from the Infinix Note 11 smartphone is a pleasant greenish color with the model marking. The package includes an original protective case, mains charger, and a charging and synchronization cable (USB-C).

The body and screen of the smartphone are covered with a transport film with the applied “chips” of this model: AMOLED screen, fast charging 33 W, main camera with a 50 megapixel sensor, as well as an MTK G88 processor. The instruction is in Russian, the characteristics of the device are given in sufficient detail, as well as basic information on use.

Smartphone specifications:
Model: Infinix Note 11 (X663B)
OS: X OS (Android 11)
CPU: MediaTek Helio G88
Screen: 6.7 “FHD + Vivid AMOLED Display
Memory: 6GB / 128GB
Camera: 50 (main) and 16 MP (front)
Battery: 5000 mAh, support for fast charging 33W
Interfaces: USB-C, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, OTG, 3.5 mm audio, side fingerprint scanner
Dimensions: 164.4 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
Weight: 184 g

The appearance of the Infinix Note 11 smartphone is designed in the spirit of modern trends – these are rounded corners and a rear camera in the form of a module for several sensors.

The camera module protrudes slightly above the plane of the back cover, so it makes sense to use protective covers. The fingerprint scanner is located on the side and is combined with the power button, which allows you to unlock and activate the smartphone in one motion. Just above the power button there is a double key for volume control.

The Infinix Note 11 smartphone has stereo speakers: the main one is located at the bottom end, the spoken one – in a narrow slot above the screen. The SIM card tray is full – two slots for NanoSIM, plus a separate one for MicroSD to expand the smartphone’s memory.

The smartphone allows you to connect wired headphones – the manufacturer left a 3.5 mm audio connector. Nearby is USB-C for working with OTG-peripherals and recharging the smartphone.

Despite the rather large screen diagonal (6.7 “), the smartphone fits well in the hand. The dimensions are about 164 by 77 mm and the thickness is just under 8 mm. And the weight is about 180 g.

The original case from the kit is quite suitable as a “starting” protection option. The necessary cutouts are provided for connectors, speakers, microphone, as well as for the fingerprint sensor. The protruding side covers the camera glass.

The smartphone is Russified (global version). There were no problems with Cyrillic fonts or language.

The Note 11 is based on Android 11 and uses Infinix’s X OS as its shell. Current version: X OS v.8.0.0.

Not all basic models of modern smartphones are equipped with contactless payment using the NFC module. The Infinix Note 11 allows you to pay with Google Pay (default) or with another app.

The advantage of this smartphone is not only a large screen diagonal (6.7 “), but also an AMOLED matrix with decent quality. Processing of simultaneous touches – 5.

Magnification of the matrix with a microscope shows a characteristic pattern of the location of the pixels. The manufacturer claims a “Vivid AMOLED” display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels.

I note a fairly low level of display ripple – the measurement shows about 4% at 100% brightness. When the brightness decreases, the flickering becomes more noticeable, but DC Diming, alas, is not provided in this model.

As for the system information, quite interesting points can be gleaned from the report of the DeviceInfo HW application. For example: marking of the used camera sensors.

Synthetic test packages and benchmarks show a fairly average result:
Antutu: 255497.
Geekbench: 372/1356.
PC Mark: 8262.
3D Mark SSE: 1414.
As for the battery life, the smartphone worked for 13 hours on the PC Mark Battery Life test, discharging from 80% to 20% under load. This effectively means full-time work, which is pretty good.

The CPU Throttling test shows an average performance of 133 GIPS with a reset of 8%. It catches satellites regularly. The dual-band Wi-Fi module allows you to work with 5 GHz networks, providing a reception speed of about 300 MB / s, a transfer rate of ~ 200 MB / s.

If we talk about the gaming capabilities of this smartphone, then I note the omnivorous Helio G88 and Mali G52 MC2. Vulkan API is supported, a decent amount of RAM (6 GB). It is quite possible to play with pleasure. Low to medium graphics settings can only be used for heavy games. WoT Blitz is also playable with HD textures. Note that, if you wish, you can connect external devices to your smartphone – BT gamepad or OTG keyboard / mouse for games.

I will dwell a little more on the smartphone camera.
The main sensor is the popular 50 megapixel version from Samsung (ISOCELL S5KJN1) with support for phase detection autofocus. The lens stands out for its size in the overall camera layout. QVGA GalaxyCore GC6153 and GalaxyCore GC02M1B (scene depth and effects sensor) are used as auxiliary sensors.

The camera application is standard for X OS and provides not only various shooting modes (portrait, panorama, mode with beautification, night mode), but also a manual mode, as well as a document scanner.

The 50MP high-resolution shooting mode is switched on separately (in the shutter). As for the video, I would like to note the slow motion.

A small photo test with a walk around Tula. The originals of the photos are available here.
Art object “Tula Alphabet”.

Tula Kremlin and Kazan embankment.

As I said above, the high-resolution “50 Mp” mode is activated for shooting separately, by a button in the camera shutter. The original photo is available at the link

If you enlarge an area of ​​the photograph at a resolution of 8160 x 6120 pixels, you can make sure that there is no interpolation effect. The resolution is fair, allows you to zoom in close enough to see small details. The standard shooting mode provides a resolution of “only” 4080 x 3060 pixels.

Pictures from the front camera are taken in a resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. Hynix HI1631Q with 16 megapixels is used as a sensor.

Instead of a conclusion: the Infinix Note 11 smartphone is one of those basic options that will be interesting when choosing an inexpensive smartphone. Not without flaws, but the price decides. A decent camera and processor, the ability to connect headphones and pay using NFC, as well as a large screen – all this sets this model apart from other state employees.

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