Infinix has announced its new “Note” series, with two models in the 2021 Note 10 lineup: the Infinix Note 10 Pro (~$259, image below) and Infinix Note 10 ($199, image above). Both are addressing the large-phone “multimedia beast” type of market but at slightly different price points.
Their 6.95” displays (FHD+, 1080×2460) should make any visual application extremely agreeable to use. The panels are based on IPS LCD technology, which typically does quite well in color gamut and maximum brightness (480 NITs).
Gamers might be interested in the 90Hz display frequency with a 180Hz touch sampling rate, but about everyone will enjoy smoother scrolling in everyday use when compared to standard 60Hz displays.
Infinix has DTS surround sound processing coming from its dual-speakers setup for a more “cinematic” sound experience to go with the ultra-large screen. In our experience, sound processing has become especially important since it is challenging (or expensive) to increase smartphones’ speaker size and power. For gamers, there’s also a 3D sound feature.
The overall design looks neat and modern, with a nice back dual-texture back cover and several choices of color. The black camera module design hosts three to four camera modules, depending on the model. As we have pointed out in earlier articles, it is exciting to watch the camera arms race in the sub-$300 market, and this is further proof of it.
The Note 10’s 48MP primary camera can capture 2K/30FPS video, while the Note 10 Pro can record 4K/30FPS with its 64MP camera.
I will let you judge the aesthetics, but the rest of the design is relatively standard except for the 3.5mm audio port, which has become a bit of a rarity these days. If you want to charge and use the audio port, you will appreciate that detail. As a bonus, there’s an FM radio receiver too.
The computing platform is powered by MediaTek processors, with the Note 10 Pro using a MediaTek Helio G95 and the Note 10 using a MediaTek Helio G85. Both chips bring an outstanding feature set for the price, and if you’re more into gaming, you probably want to pick the Helio G95 as it has ~27% faster CPU and ~200% faster graphics.
Both phones have a 5000 mAh battery capacity, which is at the upper-end of what can be integrated into this form-factor. The 33W fast-charging is only available on the Note 10 Pro as the Note 10 gets a more standard 18W fast-charging which is still great for that price segment.
A few people asked me if there’s a fingerprint reader, and the answer is “Yes” – it is located on the right side. For touchless unlock, there’s a face unlock feature that also works with a face mask.
Infinix has its own Android layer called XOS, currently at version 7.6 in these phones. It lets Infinix create a specific user experience with a consistent visual language. Some aspects of it, like Video caller-ID, are fun, while others are purely functional, such as the file compression to optimize storage space.
Both phones will be available “this month,” according to Infinix, but where and at what local prices will likely depend on retail partners, so check the official site to get your country’s specific details.
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