Play big… that’s the slogan for the Note 11i at least.
A few weeks ago, Infinix has launched the Note 11 and the Hot 11s, the latter of which is already available in the country. Now, the company has released slightly watered-down versions of the said devices called the Hot 11 Play and the Note 11i, continuing the tradition of Infinix releasing watered-down versions of their top devices.
Infinix Hot 11 Play
The Infinix Hot 11 Play comes with a familiar package. It is a budget phone with a 6.82in. TFT screen with HD+ (720p) resolution. It has two cameras, the main one is a 13mp sensor and the other one is an AI sensor. Don’t let the cutout fool you, there are only two. That cutout is an intentional design choice to create an illusion that it has three cameras on the back. This is the same situation as the Poco M4 Pro 5G/Redmi Note 11. There’s also an 8mp lens on top of the waterdrop notch.
Inside the phone is the capable budget gaming processor, the Helio G35 paired with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. At least they are generous enough to include pretty large storage for the phone. This also boots up with Android 11 out of the box with Infinix’s xOS skin.
In terms of battery, there’s a large 6000mAh battery that lasts long but charges on a standard 10W MicroUSB. There’s no fast charging here, and the MicroUSB should be expected for a phone priced at a very low cost.
Infinix Note 11i
The Infinix Note 11i is a watered-down version of the Note 11 that is intended for amateur photography and is regarded as a more premium version of the Hot series.
Like Note 11, the Note 11i thankfully uses a dot notch instead of a waterdrop notch. The screen is 6.95in. FHD+ IPS LCD but the refresh rate isn’t announced so in this case, it’s the default 60Hz refresh rate.
In terms of internals, the phone uses the good ol’ Helio G85. In comparison, the Hot 11s and the regular Note 11 use the refreshed Helio G88 while the Note 11s uses the newly refreshed Helio G96. The downside of this is that the Note 11i, in comparison to the Hot 11 Play, has half the storage, but retains the 4GB RAM its cousin has.
In terms of cameras, there are three at the back and a singular 16mp at the front. As always, there is an intentional design choice to give the illusion that there are more cameras at the back than it actually has when really this is just a disc that serves no purpose whatsoever. It has a 48mp main sensor coupled with two 2mp sensors, likely the depth and macro sensors or a depth and AI lens.
The phone also enables you to listen to FM Radio, uses a Type-C port, and has a 3.5mm audio jack. In terms of battery, there’s a typically large 5000mAh battery complemented by 18W fast charging. In addition to the ports mentioned, there are also stereo speakers with DTS Audio
The phone runs Android 11 out of the box topped with Infinix’s proprietary xOS skin.
Pricing and Availability
Both phones are launched in Africa, the company’s main market. Both phones were launched first in Ghana. Refer below for their prices and conversions to Php.
- Infinix Hot 11 Play- GHC 799 (~Php 6.5K)
- Infinix Note 11i- GHC 979 (~Php 8K)
There has been no announcement yet for the Philippines’ availability.