INFINIX HOT 11S
My Mobile|October 2021
A perfect all-rounder on a budget

Transsion group-owned Infinix seems to be following the footsteps of Xiaomi and Realme by launching back-to-back smartphones with good specs in the sub-11K segment. The recently launched Hot 11S (along with Hot 11) with MediaTek Helio G88 chipset, 50MP primary camera, and 5,000mAh battery, shows how serious the brand Infinix is with its enticing features at Rs 10,999. The smartphone comes in 7 Degrees Purple, Green Wave, and Polar Black color options, and we had the middle one for the test. Let’s see where this handset stands on different parameters of excellence in this review.

Design

Keeping up with the trend of offering good-looking phones, Infinix has worked in this department, this time too. The all-new Hot 11S is a bit different from its predecessors and looks decent in your hands, though it’s a bit heavy and you’ll have to struggle to operate it with a single hand. It’s made up of a plastic body with a glossy back panel, having a fingerprint-resistant coating which is not a new thing on the Infinix phone. The new wavy gradient pattern makes it look distinctive.

The back panel sports an AI triple rear camera set up with a huge circular main camera that does make this phone stand out from the crowd. The camera module doesn’t protrude out of the body too much. There’s a fingerprint sensor in the middle of the back near the camera module and an Infinix branding at the left towards the bottom. Upfront, there is a punch-hole display with slim bezels around.

There is a sim card tray on the left side of the device, whereas on the right you get the volume rocker and power button. While the top of the phone is basic, there is a 3.5 mm audio jack, a Type-C charging port, and a speaker grille at the bottom of the device.

Overall, the smartphone offers an apt weight distribution and a narrow frame that provides an easy grip in your hands, although it is by no means a one-hand device. The smudge-free back panel is definitely a good thing over here, as a budget smartphone rarely provides such a panel.

Display

The smartphone offers a 6.78- inch full-HD+ (1,080x2,480 pixels) LTPS LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate, a 180Hz touch sampling rate, a 20.5:9 aspect ratio, a 90.5% screen-to-body ratio, and NEG Dinorex T2X-1 glass protection. As mentioned above, it comes with a punch hole (housing the selfie camera) and is surrounded by a slim bezel that is a bit thick at the chin. The display has 500 nits brightness that offers crystal clear images and good viewing angles.

Taken as a whole, the display provides decent brightness in the sunlight and is good for gamers as well as watching movies and other video content.

Performance

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