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


There is not a lot alternative if you’re seeking to purchase a smartphone for gaming within the decrease finish of the funds section. Most smartphones priced at round Rs. 10,000 at this time do provide respectable software program efficiency, however are usually not massive on gaming, and are unlikely to characteristic a high-refresh-rate show.

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

Infinix Hot 11S value in India

The Infinix Hot 11S is out there in a single 4GB RAM, 64GB storage configuration, and is priced at Rs. 10,999 in India. It is obtainable in three colors: 7 Degrees Purple, Green Wave, and Polar Black. We obtained a Green Wave unit for evaluation.

Infinix Hot 11S design

The Infinix Hot 11S is a pretty big and broad gadget, however has a slim aspect profile. It has a plastic again that includes a wave-like sample over a metallic end. Over the sample is a coating of enamel that offers the telephone a shiny look. Unfortunately, this makes the telephone seem fairly low-cost, and in addition makes it a smudge magnet. It would have been a really elegant-looking design had Infinix skipped this shiny coating.

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The Infinix Hot 11S options three rear-facing cameras


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

The Hot 11S sports activities a 6.7-inch full-HD LCD with a gap for the front-facing digicam. 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 includes a 20.5:9 side ratio however is each broad and tall, making one-handed use unimaginable.

Infinix Hot 11S specs and software program

The Infinix Hot 11S makes use of MediaTek’s Helio G88 processor. The telephone is out there in a single configuration with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB of storage. The inner storage is expandable by as much as 256GB because of a devoted microSD card slot within the SIM tray. Communications choices embrace Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5, and a USB Type-C port. The telephone is powered by a 5,000mAh battery which will 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 Hot 11S runs Infinix’ XOS 7.6 which relies on Android 11. It’s 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 had been some minor touches that I preferred, resembling a battery charging completion tone. The Ultra Touch characteristic helps you to modify the swipe pace (for vertical scrolling sensitivity) and movement pace (for many who desire quicker UI animations). There’s additionally a helpful Game Zone app which doesn’t provide per sport optimisations, however does allow you to disable automated brightness adjustment and gives a Game Anti-Addiction characteristic, with a reminder perform and parental controls.

While there’s a lot to love, XOS does include lots of preloaded third-party apps resembling Beez, YoParty, WPS Office, Hi Browser, and extra. While most of those will be uninstalled, there are additionally apps resembling Palm Store and Phone Master which push a number of annoying notifications and can’t be eliminated. At least these notifications will 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 (referred to as Files), and a 3rd from Infinix, which simply redirects all features to the opposite two.

Infinix Hot 11S efficiency and battery life

XOS felt buttery easy, 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 a number of textual content. Colours are punchy and the show will get fairly shiny open air, however viewing angles are usually not good. The brightness and colors change fairly a bit when considered off-centre particularly when holding this telephone horizontally to look at video.

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


The Hot 11S has Widevine L3 certification and solely helps SD video playback so movies streamed on Netflix didn’t look sharp. The massive show additionally provides to the issue by stretching that SD video content material throughout a big area. This telephone additionally has stereo audio system, an attention-grabbing characteristic at this value. They present an excellent audio expertise each whereas watching films and taking part in video games, however the sound is a bit hole at excessive volumes.

The Infinix Hot 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 checks respectively.

Games ran easily for probably the most half. I attempted out Call of Duty: Mobile and the Hot 11S carried out effectively with the graphics set to Medium and body fee set to High. The telephone did heat up inside minutes of coming into a event, however did not get so scorching that I needed to cease taking part in. Asphalt 9: Legends carried out effectively on the Default graphics setting and even managed High Quality graphics with some stuttering.

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


With a 5,000mAh battery, the Infinix Hot 11S delivered good battery life leaving me with about 50 p.c left on the finish of normal work day. The telephone will simply final two days with gentle use, and a few day and half with common use, which incorporates some gaming. The 18W charger managed a 40 p.c cost in half-hour, and absolutely charged the battery in 1 hour and 54 minutes, which isn’t dangerous for a funds smartphone.

Infinix Hot 11S cameras

The Infinix Hot 11S options three rear cameras, at the very least so far as the spec sheet goes. There’s a 50-megapixel main digicam, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and third “AI camera”. According to Infinix, the AI digicam’s sole function is to recognise scenes and modify the principle digicam’s parameters accordingly. Surprisingly, there is not any solution to flip off the AI enhancements of the digicam in the event you do not like them. Selfie duties are dealt with by an 8-megapixel entrance digicam. There’s even a dual-LED entrance flash, neatly positioned within the show’s bezel to the correct of the selfie digicam. This additionally lights up when the telephone is charging. The digicam app interface is sort of easy and includes a slide-out tray simply above the digicam mode labels, for fast entry to extra modes.

Infinix Hot 11S daylight digicam samples. Top to backside: Auto mode, Close-up, Portrait mode (faucet to see full dimension)


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

Infinix Hot 11S selfie digicam pattern. (faucet to see full dimension)


Selfies taken in daylight appeared a bit oversharpened and overexposed. Edge detection in Portrait mode was under common. The similar applies when taking pictures topics utilizing the first rear digicam, with the perimeters of objects getting trimmed and blurred.

Infinix Hot 11S low-light digicam samples. Top: Auto mode, backside: Night mode (faucet to see full dimension)


In low gentle, the first digicam confirmed below-average element, and had hassle locking focus more often than not. The Night mode brightened up photographs 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.

Videos will be shot at 720p, 1080p, and 2K. Recorded movies appeared fairly common. There’s no stabilisation, so strolling and even simply panning made clips look actually jerky. The digicam additionally had hassle exposing scenes accurately and the brightness shifted dramatically when panning.


The Infinix Hot 11S does provide good worth for cash in comparison with acquainted names on this section such because the Redmi 10 Prime (Review), however its digicam efficiency is inconsistent. The 90Hz refresh-rate show and stereo audio system, mixed with respectable efficiency and wonderful battery life make this telephone a gorgeous possibility beneath Rs. 11,000 for informal customers and funds players. There’s additionally Realme’s Narzo 50A (Review), which gives comparable specs with a much bigger 6,000mAh battery and leaner software program, to contemplate.