Infinix has unveiled the next generation of its jumbo note series. Like its predecessor, the Infinix Note 10 Pro has a 6.95-inch display – it’s more of a small tablet than a large phone. For this generation, however, the refresh rate has been increased from 90Hz to 120Hz. The touch sample rate remains at 180Hz.
It is an IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2460px, as before. But this year, it’s driven by a new chipset – MediaTek’s Helio G96. This chip has a pair of Cortex-A76 processor cores like its predecessor (the G95) and our tests show that it has a performance advantage.
The GPU has however been downgraded from a Mali-G76 MC4 to a G57 MC2 and it shows in testing. Then again, the Helio G95 would have been a return choice for this phone because it can’t drive 1080p displays at 120Hz (and the G96 clearly can). There is some hope that the Note 11 series will perform better than other G96 powered phones thanks to the 9 layers of graphene film that help keep the chipset cool.
The Note 11 Pro comes with a higher base memory capacity – 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, up from 6/64 GB. The microSD slot is still on board and even the RAM can be expanded because of the new software. XOS 10 (based on Android 11) can add 3 GB of virtual RAM. For UFS 2.2 storage, the Infinix Write Booster accelerates the write speed.
The 64 MP rear camera is now joined by a 13 MP telephoto module. Although it advertises a maximum zoom of 30x (digital, of course), the actual optical magnification is 2x. Plus, the 8 MP ultra-wide camera from the previous model is gone – there’s no ultra-wide at all here, just a 2 MP depth sensor.
This is one of the places where the Vanilla Infinix Note 11 differs from the Pro. It has a 50 MP main camera and a “2 MP telephoto lens,” according to the press release, although that could be a typo for all we know. Either way, both have a 16MP selfie camera up front. The new chipset hasn’t improved the video recording situation, by the way, the newer models are still capped at 1080p 30fps.
Besides the camera, the Pro model also stands out with stereo speakers (top and bottom), which are part of what Infinix calls a digital cinema system. But if you want a big screen, Infinix has the phones ready to easily stream images and videos (including screen mirroring) to TVs and laptops. If you’d rather keep it small, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack (with an FM radio receiver).
The Infinix Note 11 Pro will be available in three colors: Mithril Gray, Haze Green and Mist Blue
The Pro model’s 5,000mAh battery supports 33W fast charging via USB-C, just like its predecessor. This battery is expected to survive 800 charge cycles without noticeable degradation in capacity, thanks to charging technology approved by TÜV Rheinland. The AC adapter is included in the retail box, along with a clear silicone case and glass screen protector.
The Infinix Note 11 and Note 11 Pro will be available in select markets soon. There is no word on the price yet.