Hong Kong-based Infinix has been a long-time player in India with a bunch of budget phones, including its “Hot” series. They recently released two Hot phones, Hot 11 and Hot 11 and we are reviewing the latter because it is considered by many to be the best budget phone in recent times.
The Hot 11s comes out of a bright green but otherwise ordinary box, with all the essentials in place. You get a charging brick in the box and also a soft TPU case, although you don’t absolutely need to use one with this phone. The device has a plastic back with an unusual wavy pattern built into it. The back is shiny but manages not to show outright spots. On the back, besides the camera assembly, you will find a modest Infinix logo and also, notably, the round fingerprint sensor. It’s set a bit high up and quite close to the cameras, in a way asymmetrical, but hey, at least it’s there.
Looking around the edges, you might be happy to see there’s a 3.5mm jack, if you still find it relevant. You will also find that the SIM tray has room for two additional SIMS and a memory card. You will notice only one speaker and one mic and the sound is a bit thin and thin and maybe not loud enough. The devices have a capacity of 5,000mAh and are much lighter (200g) than you would expect. It’s a big phone, so it could have been heavier, but luckily it isn’t. The charging brick is an 18W but this big battery takes over two hours for everything to charge from zero to full.
The screen is actually surprisingly good for a phone of this price point. This is a 6.78 inch 1080p Full HD + LCD display which is quite bright and also offers very good viewing angles. The colors are punchy and definitely make this screen awesome at this price point. But we have more. This phone can be configured to refresh the screen at 90Hz and 180Hz touch sampling. So yes, it’s quick to use, unlike a budget phone. However, you don’t get Widevine L1 support.
The Hot 11s works with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage – so it’s good that there is this memory card slot for 256GB expansion. The processor is an octa-core MediaTek Helio G88 . Android 11 with Infinix’s X0S is the software used here and that’s fine, except it’s too busy, overkill, and full of unwanted apps. There are also plenty of notifications that will leave you wondering where the source is and having to work to tame them. You can’t even uninstall many of the unsolicited apps. But overall, everything works quite well without heating for everyday tasks.
The camera module is arranged quite premium on the back. The main camera is a 50MP and it’s not bad with pretty good image processing, good colors and dynamic range and not even bad low-light images. The other accompanying cameras are just that – accompaniments. The front camera is an 8MP and quite acceptable. There’s no ultra-wide for the front camera though. Video recording is at 2K at 30fps.
For 10,999, the Hot 11 is a steal, rivaling Xiaomi’s Redmi 10 Prime and beating it on a few points, including the screen.
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