Infinix Hot 11S Review: A Decent Gaming-Focussed Budget Smartphone


There is not a lot alternative in case you are trying to purchase a smartphone for gaming within the decrease finish of the price range section. Most smartphones priced at round Rs. 10,000 at this time do supply first rate software program efficiency, however are usually not massive on gaming, and are unlikely to function a high-refresh-rate show.

Infinix appears to have created an area for itself, focusing on precisely this viewers. The Infinix Scorching 11S affords a big, high-refresh-rate show in addition to a succesful price range gaming processor and stereo audio system, all of which make it stand out of the group by way of {hardware} specs. We will see how nicely it performs, and whether or not there are compromises in different areas.

Infinix Scorching 11S worth in India

The Infinix Scorching 11S is on the market in a single 4GB RAM, 64GB storage configuration, and is priced at Rs. 10,999 in India. It’s provided in three colors: 7 Levels Purple, Inexperienced Wave, and Polar Black. We acquired a Inexperienced Wave unit for evaluation.

Infinix Scorching 11S design

The Infinix Scorching 11S is a pretty big and broad system, however has a slim aspect profile. It has a plastic again that contains a wave-like sample over a metallic end. Over the sample is a coating of enamel that offers the cellphone a shiny look. Sadly, this makes the cellphone seem fairly low cost, and likewise makes it a smudge magnet. It could have been a really elegant-looking design had Infinix skipped this shiny coating.

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The Infinix Scorching 11S options three rear-facing cameras

 

You will see a pill-shaped digital camera module on the again which stands out and appears distinctive, with a big lens cutout for the first digital camera. Nonetheless, that is merely beauty. It protrudes solely by a couple of millimetres from the floor, so the cellphone doesn’t wobble a lot when positioned on a desk. The fingerprint sensor sits proper subsequent to the digital camera module, which does make reaching it a little bit of a stretch, given the cellphone’s giant total footprint.

The Scorching 11S sports activities a 6.7-inch full-HD LCD with a gap for the front-facing digital camera. The show is protected by NEG Dinorex T2X-1 glass, which was good at resisting fingerprints and remained smudge-free in my expertise. The show contains a 20.5:9 facet ratio however is each broad and tall, making one-handed use unattainable.

Infinix Scorching 11S specs and software program

The Infinix Scorching 11S makes use of MediaTek’s Helio G88 processor. The cellphone is on the market in a single configuration with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB of storage. The interior storage is expandable by as much as 256GB due to a devoted microSD card slot within the SIM tray. Communications choices embody Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5, and a USB Sort-C port. The cellphone is powered by a 5,000mAh battery which may be charged comparatively rapidly utilizing the included 18W charger.

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Infinix’s XOS software program comes with lots of redundant preloaded apps

 

The Scorching 11S runs Infinix’ XOS 7.6 which is predicated on Android 11. It is a closely skinned model of Android, however doesn’t really feel sluggish in common use. The default theme and icons remind me of previous HTC handsets, with a inexperienced, white and black palette. There have been some minor touches that I favored, similar to a battery charging completion tone. The Extremely Contact function enables you to modify the swipe pace (for vertical scrolling sensitivity) and movement pace (for individuals who choose quicker UI animations). There’s additionally a helpful Sport Zone app which doesn’t supply per sport optimisations, however does allow you to disable automated brightness adjustment and affords a Sport Anti-Dependancy function, with a reminder operate and parental controls.

Whereas there’s a lot to love, XOS does include lots of preloaded third-party apps similar to Beez, YoParty, WPS Workplace, Hello Browser, and extra. Whereas most of those may be uninstalled, there are additionally apps similar to Palm Retailer and Telephone Grasp which push numerous annoying notifications and can’t be eliminated. At the very least these notifications may be disabled within the Settings app. There are lots of app doubles (or triples), as an example there are three file supervisor apps: the default Android one, a second one from Google (known as Recordsdata), and a 3rd from Infinix, which simply redirects all capabilities to the opposite two.

Infinix Scorching 11S efficiency and battery life

XOS felt buttery clean, and the 90Hz show contributed to that. With simply 4GB of RAM I used to be a bit shocked to see lots of apps stay in reminiscence and never restart upon being opened. The 90Hz show showcased a ghosting impact that was primarily seen when scrolling by a webpage with numerous textual content. Colors are punchy and the show will get fairly vivid outside, however viewing angles are usually not good. The brightness and hues change fairly a bit when considered off-centre particularly when holding this cellphone horizontally to look at video.

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The Infinix Scorching 11S has a 6.7-inch full-HD+ show with a 20.5:9 facet ratio

 

The Scorching 11S has Widevine L3 certification and solely helps SD video playback so movies streamed on Netflix didn’t look sharp. The large show additionally provides to the issue by stretching that SD video content material throughout a big area. This cellphone additionally has stereo audio system, an fascinating function at this worth. They supply a great audio expertise each whereas watching motion pictures and enjoying video games, however the sound is a bit hole at excessive volumes.

The Infinix Scorching 11S carried out on par with the competitors when it got here to benchmarks. It scored 2,19,517 in AnTuTu, and 373 and 1,350 in Geekbench’s single and multi-core assessments respectively.

Video games ran easily for essentially the most half. I attempted out Name of Obligation: Cell and the Scorching 11S carried out nicely with the graphics set to Medium and body price set to Excessive. The cellphone did heat up inside minutes of coming into a event, however did not get so scorching that I needed to cease enjoying. Asphalt 9: Legends carried out nicely on the Default graphics setting and even managed Excessive High quality graphics with some stuttering.

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The physique of the Infinix Scorching 11S is made from plastic

 

With a 5,000mAh battery, the Infinix Scorching 11S delivered good battery life leaving me with about 50 % left on the finish of standard work day. The cellphone will simply final two days with gentle use, and a couple of day and half with common use, which incorporates some gaming. The 18W charger managed a 40 % cost in half-hour, and totally charged the battery in 1 hour and 54 minutes, which isn’t dangerous for a price range smartphone.

Infinix Scorching 11S cameras

The Infinix Scorching 11S options three rear cameras, a minimum of so far as the spec sheet goes. There is a 50-megapixel major digital camera, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and third “AI digital camera”. In response to Infinix, the AI digital camera’s sole function is to recognise scenes and modify the primary digital camera’s parameters accordingly. Surprisingly, there isn’t any solution to flip off the AI enhancements of the digital camera in case you do not like them. Selfie duties are dealt with by an 8-megapixel entrance digital camera. There’s even a dual-LED entrance flash, neatly positioned within the show’s bezel to the appropriate of the selfie digital camera. This additionally lights up when the cellphone is charging. The digital camera app interface is sort of easy and contains a slide-out tray simply above the digital camera mode labels, for fast entry to extra modes.

Infinix Scorching 11S daylight digital camera samples. High to backside: Auto mode, Shut-up, Portrait mode (faucet to see full dimension)

 

Images taken in daylight got here out with a good degree of element and good dynamic vary. Images of landscapes have been a bit boring. Capturing close-ups of objects usually led to overexposed backgrounds. Capturing folks led to some odd background blur even when the portrait mode was not chosen.

Infinix Scorching 11S selfie digital camera pattern. (faucet to see full dimension)

 

Selfies taken in daylight seemed a bit oversharpened and overexposed. Edge detection in Portrait mode was beneath common. The identical applies when taking pictures topics utilizing the first rear digital camera, with the perimeters of objects getting trimmed and blurred.

Infinix Scorching 11S low-light digital camera samples. High: Auto mode, backside: Evening mode (faucet to see full dimension)

 

In low gentle, the first digital camera confirmed below-average element, and had bother locking focus more often than not. The Evening mode brightened up images and elevated the dynamic vary. The front-facing flash helped carry out extra element in selfies taken in low gentle, however there was nonetheless loads of noise.

Movies may be shot at 720p, 1080p, and 2K. Recorded movies seemed fairly common. There is not any stabilisation, so strolling and even simply panning made clips look actually jerky. The digital camera additionally had bother exposing scenes accurately and the brightness shifted dramatically when panning.

Verdict

The Infinix Scorching 11S does supply good worth for cash in comparison with acquainted names on this section such because the Redmi 10 Prime (Evaluation), however its digital camera efficiency is inconsistent. The 90Hz refresh-rate show and stereo audio system, mixed with first rate efficiency and wonderful battery life make this cellphone a gorgeous choice below Rs. 11,000 for informal customers and price range players. There’s additionally Realme’s Narzo 50A (Evaluation), which affords related specs with a much bigger 6,000mAh battery and leaner software program, to contemplate.


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