Infinix Note 11 Pro review

GSMArena Team, 28 October 2021.

XOS 10 on top of android 11

Infinix has its own XOS Android skin, which has already gone through quite a few iterations over the years. So many, in fact, that it is a bit hard to keep track of. Our Infinix Note 10 Pro unit runs XOS 7.6 on top of Android 11. In contrast, the Infinix Note 11 Pro review unit originally shipped with an XOS 8, Android 11 ROM, which was apparently in a less-than-final state, and we had to update to the company's latest XOS 10 version. This was not a straightforward process, but we won't bore you with the details since we are sure retail units won't have to go through the same hassle and will just run XOS 10 on top of Android 11 out of the box. This is what we eventually ended up with.

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There is a lot of ground to cover with this new XOS, mainly since it is chuck-full of features and options. Perhaps even overwhelmingly so.

Many of the included apps could also be considered bloatware since Infinix has included quite a few of its own first-party apps, as well as third-party ones, oftentimes with overlapping feature sets.

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A large number of pre-loaded apps

The important thing to note is that XOS 10 works smoothly, with no hiccups or stutters despite the influx of apps. So Infinix has done its job pretty well in the custom UI department. And when we say custom, we mean custom. In no particular order, starting from the lock screen, you get an optional Magazine service. Beyond that, the clock screen is also affected by the powerful Theme support, which includes things like video slide shows, custom fonts, as well as an online Theme repository in the shape of a separate XTheme app.

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Lock screen • Magazine service • Extensive themes support

The home screen includes a custom feed as the leftmost desktop pane, as well as big folders to organize and categorize your shortcuts by default.

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Home screen and folders

Of course, if this is not to your liking, you can revert back to just having a list of shortcuts on the home screens, sans folders. And that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to customization. You can tweak things like grid size, gestures, notification badges. You can even switch to a vertical rather than horizontal scrolling home screen and change the text color. That's on par with the customization we expect from a third-party launcher.

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Launcher options and customization

XOS 10 is more visually polished overall, with rebound effects and a refreshed look and feel. While not new with XOS 10, it is worth noting that the notification shade and control center are separated out into two separate entities. Notifications are called up with a swipe down from the top left of the phone, while a top-right swipe reveals quick toggles and other controls.

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Notifications and quick toggles

We won't be going through every feature and app available in XOS 10, but there are some noteworthy highlights. There is actually a dedicated Special function menu that houses many of these.

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Special functions menu

Lightning Multi-Window has a self-explanatory title. It is a floating window implementation. Far from the best we've seen, but still functional.

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Lightning Multi-Window

The same goes for Smart Panel. It's among the more customizable implementations of this feature that we have seen.

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Smart Panel

Social Turbo houses a whole slew of powerful features meant to work on top of WhatsApp and enhance its factory experience.

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Social Turbo features to enhance WhatsApp

We have to mention MOL as well. It is a rather powerful translation engine that works system-wide and can even function offline. Not only can you use it to translate text, but it also features a Face-to-face translator component, which can be used to have an in-person conversation with a foreign speaker. Nothing that's not available as a third-party app, but still quite convenient to just have baked-in.

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MOL translator

Naturally, you get other things like extensive gestures, app cloning, known as XClone, as well as some gimmicks like Peek Proof, which "hides" parts of the screen for whatever reason.

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Gestures • XClone • Peak Proof

You get in-depth control over battery endurance and power-saving too through the Power Marathon app, including some interesting "smart" Ai features.

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Power Marathon

Speaking of Ai features, XOS 10 has a whole menu of these as one of the highlights of the new version 10 update. Ai Assistant can monitor for a number of triggers and gather all sorts of usage data and then send out notifications and suggest actions accordingly. There are quite a few intriguing quality of life improvements buried in this menu. Definitely worth checking out.

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Smart Scenes and Smart Accelerator

Another highlighted XOS 10 feature, or rather set of features, called Monster Game Kit has to do with game optimization. Infinix has a baked-in Dar-Link 2.0 software, which promises Ai-driven, on the fly, automatic optimization of games, including frame rate stability, decreasing touch latency and managing hardware performance and temperature. There is a system-wide Game Mode toggle, as well as a Game Mode setting menu to tweak most of the behavior.

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Game Mode

On the more tangible side of things, you also get the XArena app, which is your standard game launcher, complete with various tweaks, like notification suppression. Once you add an app to XArena and start it from there, you also get an in-game toolbar with plenty of convenient shortcuts, including floating app support.

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XArena and in-game toolbar

Again, this is far from the most cohesive or feature-complete gaming suite we have seen. An fps counter, finer performance controls and some capture/streaming options are notable omissions. Still nitpicking aside, XOS 10 goes far and beyond most of its Android UI rivals in this department.

In fact, there is no denying that Infinix clearly has ambitious software effort, bordering on a whole dedicated ecosystem of its own. In case you need any proof of that, consider the Folax voice assistant, which appears to be a totally unique Infinix entry into the niche. A fairly-capable one at that, which doesn't even require a network connection to function.

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Folax voice assistant

And then there are also apps like InSync and Welife, which are meant to manage IoT ecosystems. The first appears to be a first-party Infinix one, with support for a range of Infinix smart TVs and an Infinix laptop. Impressively ambitious stuff.

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IoT apps and ecosystems

Circling back to our original point about XOS 10, there is truly a lot to cover here, and we barely scratched the surface. If we had to sum up the experience, we would say it is fluent and pleasant from a performance standpoint and quite feature-rich, but also quite chaotic. XOS is still in desperate need of some debloating and organization. Thankfully, for the most part, you can do that yourself with a bit of time and tweaking, and the end result could be a very powerful and versatile Android 11 experience.

Performance and benchmarks

The Infinix Note 11 Pro uses a MediaTek Helio G96 chipset. It's a recently announced chip and still a not particularly popular one. We've personally only seen it working in the Realme 8i.

There could actually be another reason for the limited popularity of the particular chip other than it being quite new. Despite what the name suggests, the G96 is not exactly an all-around upgrade over the Helio G95. The Helio G96 features a pair of Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.05 GHz and six A55 cores, the same as the G95. However, its GPU is only a Mali-G57 MC2, a clear downgrade from the G76 MC4 that came before.

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So, we can essentially expect a downgrade in GPU performance compared to the Helio G95 and on-par CPU numbers. In terms of additional features, the Infinix Note 11 Pro does claim to make use of fast UFS 2.2 storage. But, annoyingly, for some unknown reason, its video capture is limited to 2K resolution, while the DSP and encoder should be able to handle 4K@30fps.

Anyway, there is only one memory config for the Note 11 Pro - 8GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. There is also support for Extended RAM, which adds an additional 3GB of virtual RAM to the pool for a total of 11GB.

Let's kick things off with GeekBench and some pure CPU loads. The Note 11 Pro and its Helio G96 are clearly doing well in the CPU department. Despite the identical CPU setup, you can even see the Note 11 Pro managing slightly better numbers in multi-threaded workloads than the G95 inside the Realme 8.

GeekBench 5 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Realme 8i
    1886
  • Realme 8s 5G
    1842
  • Infinix Note 11 Pro
    1800
  • Realme 8 5G
    1784
  • Realme 8
    1690
  • Infinix Zero 8
    1663
  • Infinix Note 10 Pro
    1644
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T
    1400
  • Poco M3
    1398
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9 (Prime)
    1325
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021
    1314
  • Xiaomi Redmi 10
    1294
  • Redmi Note 9
    1292
  • Motorola Moto G30
    1265
  • Samsung Galaxy A21s
    1100
  • Samsung Galaxy A02s
    495

GeekBench 5 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Realme 8s 5G
    616
  • Realme 8 5G
    569
  • Realme 8i
    539
  • Realme 8
    533
  • Infinix Zero 8
    532
  • Infinix Note 11 Pro
    520
  • Infinix Note 10 Pro
    510
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9 (Prime)
    362
  • Redmi Note 9
    361
  • Xiaomi Redmi 10
    361
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021
    352
  • Poco M3
    308
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T
    307
  • Motorola Moto G30
    306
  • Samsung Galaxy A21s
    184
  • Samsung Galaxy A02s
    131

It is also great to see relatively consistent results with the Realme 8i, which also rocks the same Helio G96 chip.

AnTuTu is a bit more complex in its benchmark scenario and also includes graphical tests and takes into account things like storage and memory speed. This is perhaps where the advertised UFS 2.2 storage should shine through. That could very well be true, but any potential boost in those areas is clearly negated by poor GPU performance.

AnTuTu 8

Higher is better

  • Realme 8s 5G
    329661
  • Infinix Note 10 Pro
    310342
  • Realme 8 5G
    302059
  • Realme 8
    298328
  • Realme 8i
    293507
  • Infinix Note 11 Pro
    290797
  • Infinix Zero 8
    282348
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9 (Prime)
    201829
  • Redmi Note 9
    200414
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021
    180195
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T
    177917
  • Poco M3
    177904
  • Motorola Moto G30
    170968
  • Samsung Galaxy A21s
    107157
  • Samsung Galaxy A02s
    90811

AnTuTu 9

Higher is better

  • Realme 8s 5G
    383409
  • Infinix Note 10 Pro
    365490
  • Realme 8 5G
    361505
  • Realme 8
    357488
  • Infinix Note 11 Pro
    343527
  • Realme 8i
    308544
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021
    165779

On the flip side, it is still great to see consistent results compared to the Realme 8i, even if they are a bit disappointing.

This trend continues into GFXBench and its graphical runs, where the two phones are almost always exactly neck to neck.

GFX Manhattan ES 3.0 (offscreen 1080p)

Higher is better

  • Infinix Note 10 Pro
    54
  • Realme 8
    53
  • Infinix Zero 8
    49
  • Realme 8s 5G
    41
  • Realme 8 5G
    38
  • Infinix Note 11 Pro
    37
  • Realme 8i
    37
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021
    25
  • Motorola Moto G30
    20
  • Poco M3
    19
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T
    19
  • Samsung Galaxy A21s
    16
  • Samsung Galaxy A02s
    9.3

GFX Manhattan ES 3.0 (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Infinix Note 10 Pro
    48
  • Realme 8
    48
  • Infinix Zero 8
    42
  • Realme 8 5G
    35
  • Motorola Moto G30
    34
  • Realme 8i
    33
  • Infinix Note 11 Pro
    31
  • Realme 8s 5G
    28
  • Samsung Galaxy A21s
    28
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021
    22
  • Poco M3
    17
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T
    17
  • Samsung Galaxy A02s
    16

The Realme 8i does tend to get a couple of extra frames here and there in on-screen scenarios, which could be explained by the fact that it has a few fewer vertical pixels worth of resolution than the Note 11 Pro. Off-screen runs are the interesting ones for cross-device comparisons.

GFX Manhattan ES 3.1 (offscreen 1080p)

Higher is better

  • Infinix Note 10 Pro
    33
  • Realme 8
    33
  • Infinix Zero 8
    30
  • Realme 8s 5G
    27
  • Realme 8 5G
    25
  • Infinix Note 11 Pro
    24
  • Realme 8i
    24
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021
    16
  • Motorola Moto G30
    14
  • Poco M3
    13
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T
    13
  • Samsung Galaxy A21s
    9.4
  • Samsung Galaxy A02s
    6.1

GFX Manhattan ES 3.1 (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Realme 8
    29
  • Infinix Note 10 Pro
    28
  • Infinix Zero 8
    26
  • Motorola Moto G30
    26
  • Realme 8s 5G
    24
  • Realme 8 5G
    22
  • Realme 8i
    22
  • Infinix Note 11 Pro
    20
  • Samsung Galaxy A21s
    19
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021
    14
  • Samsung Galaxy A02s
    12
  • Poco M3
    11
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T
    10

GFX Car Chase ES 3.1 (offscreen 1080p)

Higher is better

  • Infinix Note 10 Pro
    20
  • Realme 8
    20
  • Infinix Zero 8
    18
  • Realme 8s 5G
    16
  • Realme 8 5G
    15
  • Infinix Note 11 Pro
    14
  • Realme 8i
    14
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021
    9.6
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T
    7.5
  • Motorola Moto G30
    7.3
  • Poco M3
    7.2
  • Samsung Galaxy A21s
    6
  • Samsung Galaxy A02s
    3.4

GFX Car Chase ES 3.1 (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Realme 8
    18
  • Infinix Note 10 Pro
    17
  • Infinix Zero 8
    15
  • Realme 8s 5G
    14
  • Realme 8 5G
    13
  • Motorola Moto G30
    13
  • Infinix Note 11 Pro
    11
  • Realme 8i
    11
  • Samsung Galaxy A21s
    11
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021
    8.7
  • Samsung Galaxy A02s
    6.1
  • Poco M3
    5.9
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T
    5.8

We can clearly see the older Helio G95, as found in the Infinix Note 10 Pro, Realme 8 and a couple of Tecno phones we have on the list, performs better in GPU tasks thanks to its four Mali-G76 GPU cores.

GFX Aztek Vulkan High (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Infinix Note 10 Pro
    11
  • Realme 8
    11
  • Infinix Zero 8
    10
  • Realme 8s 5G
    8.9
  • Motorola Moto G30
    8.7
  • Infinix Note 11 Pro
    7.3
  • Samsung Galaxy A21s
    6.6
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021
    4.7
  • Poco M3
    4.1
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T
    4.1
  • Samsung Galaxy A02s
    3.5

GFX Aztek ES 3.1 High (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Infinix Note 10 Pro
    12
  • Realme 8
    12
  • Infinix Zero 8
    11
  • Realme 8s 5G
    9.7
  • Motorola Moto G30
    9.1
  • Infinix Note 11 Pro
    7.9
  • Samsung Galaxy A21s
    7.1
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021
    5.4
  • Samsung Galaxy A02s
    3.5
  • Poco M3
    2.8
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T
    2.7

GFX Aztek Vulkan High (offscreen 1440p)

Higher is better

  • Infinix Note 10 Pro
    7.5
  • Realme 8
    7.5
  • Realme 8s 5G
    5.8
  • Infinix Note 11 Pro
    5.1
  • Poco M3
    4.2
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T
    4.2
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021
    3.1
  • Motorola Moto G30
    2.8
  • Samsung Galaxy A02s
    1.1

GFX Aztek ES 3.1 High (offscreen 1440p)

Higher is better

  • Infinix Note 10 Pro
    7.7
  • Realme 8
    7.7
  • Realme 8s 5G
    6.2
  • Infinix Note 11 Pro
    5.6
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021
    3.4
  • Poco M3
    2.8
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T
    2.8
  • Motorola Moto G30
    2.8
  • Samsung Galaxy A02s
    1.2

The same goes for MediaTek's Dimensity chips. Even though some of those lower-end models are closer in GPU performance to the Helio G96 and hence worse than the G96 or even the G90T, their call to fame is undoubtedly 5G on a budget.

This overall GPU performance spread carries over to 3DMark as well. Granted, that benchmark is a bit less favorable towards the Infinix Note 11 Pro and its Helio G96 chipset, but at least we were able to run Sling Shot Extreme on it, which was not the case with the Realme 8i.

3DMark SSE ES 3.1 (offscreen 1440p)

Higher is better

  • Infinix Note 10 Pro
    2748
  • Realme 8
    2610
  • Realme 8s 5G
    2567
  • Infinix Zero 8
    2537
  • Infinix Note 11 Pro
    2431
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021
    1399
  • Motorola Moto G30
    1185
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T
    1181
  • Poco M3
    1175
  • Samsung Galaxy A21s
    888
  • Samsung Galaxy A02s
    438

3DMark SSE Vulkan 1.0 (offscreen 1440p)

Higher is better

  • Infinix Note 10 Pro
    2854
  • Realme 8
    2639
  • Infinix Zero 8
    2556
  • Realme 8s 5G
    2439
  • Infinix Note 11 Pro
    2256
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021
    1424
  • Motorola Moto G30
    1142
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T
    1107
  • Poco M3
    1106
  • Samsung Galaxy A21s
    901
  • Samsung Galaxy A02s
    489

3DMark Wild Life Vulkan 1.1 (offscreen 1440p)

Higher is better

  • Infinix Note 10 Pro
    1506
  • Realme 8
    1486
  • Realme 8s 5G
    1231
  • Realme 8 5G
    1104
  • Realme 8i
    1102
  • Infinix Note 11 Pro
    1100
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021
    722
  • Motorola Moto G30
    389
  • Poco M3
    368
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T
    365

Anyway, the results are consistent with what we have already observed.

Before we close out the performance section, it is worth noting that the Infinix Note 11 Pro remained nice and cool with stressful loads. We saw no abnormal thermal throttling either. Infinix says that there is a 9-layer 3D graphene colling film inside the Note 11 Pro, which is probably helping in this department. Same foes for the Dar-Link 2.0 system for dynamically controlling temperature and performance.

While the MediaTek Helio G96 is far from a powerful chipset, particularly in the GPU department, the Infinix Note 11 Pro makes proper use of its performance. It delivers a smooth UI and general app experience. Thanks to some above-average handling of the 120Hz refresh rate enabled by the new chip and display combo, playing supported high refresh rate games is an easy and worthwhile endeavor more often than not. This is a rare feature, particularly on a budget phone.

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