Infinix Hot 11S in the test: A decent gaming-focused budget smartphone

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If you want to buy a gaming smartphone in the lower budget segment, you don’t have much choice. Most smartphones cost around Rs. 10,000 today, offer decent software performance, but aren’t great for gaming and are unlikely to have a high refresh rate display.

Infinix seems to have created a space that appeals to precisely this target group. The Infinix Hot 11S features a large, high refresh rate display, as well as a powerful budget gaming processor and stereo speakers that make it stand out from the crowd in terms of hardware specs. We’ll see how well it works and if there are compromises in other areas.

Infinix Hot 11S price in India

The Infinix Hot 11S is available in a single configuration with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and costs Rs. 10,999 in India. It is offered in three colors: 7 Degrees Purple, Green Wave and Polar Black. We received a Green Wave device for review.

Infinix Hot 11S design

The Infinix Hot 11S is quite a large and wide device, but it has a slim side profile. It has a plastic back with a wavy pattern over a metallic finish. There is an enamel coating over the pattern which gives the phone a shiny look. Unfortunately, this makes the phone seem quite cheap and also makes it a wiping magnet. It would have been a very sleek looking design if Infinix had skipped that glossy coating.

The Infinix Hot 11S has three rear-facing cameras

On the back you can see a pill-shaped camera module that stands out and looks unique, with a large lens cutout for the main camera. However, this is only cosmetic. It only protrudes a few millimeters from the surface, so the phone doesn’t wobble much on a table. The fingerprint sensor sits right next to the camera module, which makes it a bit of a hassle given the large overall area of ​​the phone.

The Hot 11S has a 6.7-inch Full HD LCD with a hole for the front camera. The display is protected by NEG Dinorex T2X-1 glass, which resists fingerprints well and, in my experience, remains smudge-free. The display has an aspect ratio of 20.5: 9, but is both wide and high, which makes one-handed operation impossible.

Infinix Hot 11S specifications and software

The Infinix Hot 11S uses the Helio G88 processor from MediaTek. The phone is available in a single configuration with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB of storage. The internal memory can be expanded by up to 256 GB thanks to a dedicated microSD card slot in the SIM compartment. Communication options include Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5, and a USB Type-C port. The phone is powered by a 5,000 mAh battery that can be charged relatively quickly using the 18 W charger supplied.

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Infinix’s XOS software comes with many redundant apps preinstalled

The Hot 11S runs Infinix ‘XOS 7.6, which is based on Android 11. It’s a heavily skinned version of Android, but doesn’t feel sluggish with regular use. The standard design and icons remind me of old HTC handsets with a green, white and black palette. There were a few minor details that I liked, like a sound to charge the battery. The Ultra Touch feature lets you adjust swiping speed (for vertical scrolling) and moving speed (for those who prefer faster UI animations). There is also a useful Game Zone app that does not offer any per-game optimizations, but has the automatic brightness adjustment deactivated and offers a game anti-addiction function with a reminder function and parental controls.

While there is a lot to please, XOS comes with many pre-installed third-party apps like Beez, YoParty, WPS Office, Hi Browser, and more. While most of these can be uninstalled, there are also apps like Palm Store and Phone Master that send lots of annoying notifications and cannot be removed. At least these notifications can be deactivated in the Settings app. There are many app doubles (or triples), for example there are three file manager apps: the standard Android app, a second from Google (called Files), and a third from Infinix, which simply redirects all functions to the other two .

Infinix Hot 11S performance and battery life

XOS felt buttery smooth, and the 90 Hz display helped. With only 4 GB of RAM, I was a bit surprised that many apps stay in memory and don’t restart when opened. The 90 Hz display showed a ghosting effect, which was mainly visible when scrolling through a website with a lot of text. The colors are punchy and the display gets quite bright outdoors, but the viewing angles are not good. The brightness and colors change significantly when viewed off-center, especially when this phone is held horizontally to watch videos.

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The Infinix Hot 11S has a 6.7-inch Full HD + display with an aspect ratio of 20.5: 9

The Hot 11S is Widevine L3 certified and only supports SD video playback, so videos streamed on Netflix did not look sharp. The large display also adds to the problem by stretching that SD video content over a large space. This phone also has stereo speakers, an interesting feature at this price point. They provide a good sound experience both when watching movies and when playing games, but the sound is a bit hollow at high volume levels.

The Infinix Hot 11S scores on par with the competition in the benchmarks. It scored 2,19,517 in AnTuTu and 373 and 1,350, respectively, in Geekbench’s single and multi-core tests.

Most of the games ran smoothly. I tried Call of Duty: Mobile and the Hot 11S with the graphics set to medium and the frame rate set to high. The phone warmed up within minutes of participating in a tournament, but didn’t get so hot that I had to stop playing. Asphalt 9: Legends performed well in the standard graphics setting and even managed high-quality graphics with some stuttering.

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The casing of the Infinix Hot 11S is made of plastic

With a 5,000 mAh battery, the Infinix Hot 11S delivered good battery life, so I had about 50 percent left at the end of the normal work day. The phone easily lasted two days with light use and around a day and a half with regular use, including some games. The 18W charger managed a 40 percent charge in 30 minutes and a full charge in 1 hour and 54 minutes, which is not bad for a budget smartphone.

Infinix Hot 11S cameras

The Infinix Hot 11S has three rear cameras, at least as far as the data sheet is concerned. There is a 50-megapixel main camera, a 2-megapixel depth sensor and a third “AI camera”. According to Infinix, the only purpose of the AI ​​camera is to detect scenes and adjust the parameters of the main camera accordingly. Surprisingly, there’s no way to turn off the camera’s AI enhancements if you don’t like them. An 8-megapixel front camera takes over selfie tasks. There’s even a dual LED front flash neatly placed in the display frame to the right of the selfie camera. This also lights up when the phone is charging. The camera app’s user interface is quite simple and has a pull-out tray just above the camera mode labels for quick access to additional modes.

Infinix Hot 11S daylight camera examples. Top to bottom: Auto mode, close-up, portrait mode (tap to see full size)

Photos taken in daylight have a decent level of detail and a good dynamic range. Landscape shots were a bit boring. Close-ups of objects often resulted in overexposed backgrounds. Photographing people resulted in strange background blurring even when portrait mode was not selected.

Infinix Hot 11S selfie camera example. (tap to see full size)

Selfies taken in daylight looked a bit over-focused and overexposed. The edge detection in portrait mode was below average. The same applies to capturing subjects with the primary rear-view camera, in which the edges of objects are cropped and blurred.

Infinix Hot 11S low-light camera examples. Above: auto mode, below: night mode (tap to see full size)

In low light, the main camera showed sub-par detail and had trouble locking focus most of the time. Night mode brightens photos and increases the dynamic range. The front-firing flash helped bring out more detail in selfies taken in low light, but there was still a lot of noise.

Videos can be recorded at 720p, 1080p and 2K. Videos recorded looked pretty average. There’s no stabilization, so the clips look really jerky when walking and even panning. In addition, the camera struggled to properly expose scenes and the brightness changed dramatically when panning.

verdict

Compared to well-known names in this segment such as the Redmi 10 Prime (review), the Infinix Hot 11S offers a good price-performance ratio, but the camera performance is inconsistent. The 90Hz refresh rate display and stereo speakers combined with decent performance and great battery life make this phone an attractive option under Rs. 11,000 for casual users and budget conscious gamers. Also to consider is Realmes Narzo 50A (Review), which offers similar specs with a larger 6,000 mAh battery and leaner software.

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