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The new Infinix NOTE 11 Pro from Infinix has just launched with an emphasis on affordable gaming. Ever since Samsung launched its highly successful “Galaxy Note” smartphones, many other OEMs have created their “Note” franchises as well, typically referring to large-display or productivity-oriented handsets.

In addition to the inherent multimedia capabilities due to the 6.95-inch display, the gaming capabilities come from the 120 Hz FHD+ display and the new MediaTek Helio G96 (July 2021) computing platform (with 8GB or 11GB of RAM).

The official MSRP for the US market is $249, and this price will slightly vary depending on the country so check with your local retailer.

At that price point, I expect the graphics performance to be relatively tamed, so people should think more about “casual” rather than “high-end” gaming (most graphically advanced games). For example, classics like Real Racing 3 should run well (30-50FPS).

The sound system seems promising with DTS audio support. Paired with the large screen, it should help provide an immersive experience when playing or watching a video.

I like the industrial design, which looks modern and without any non-sense. Infinix did a great job with this, and it’s not visually immediately apparent that the back cover seems made from plastic, not glass.

According to the official specs, its rear camera system is driven by a primary 64 MP sensor and a “30X” zoom. The 16-megapixel Selfie camera seems decent for the price but if you want a much better camera system from Infinix, take a look at the Infinix Zero X series.

Overall, the Infinix NOTE 11 Pro is an attractive-looking handset (for the price) that lets Infinix compete in a high-volume, highly competitive market. I see it more as a multimedia phone than a “gaming” phone, but this all comes down to “graphics performance, per dollar spent” which would be revealed in a full review.

It is tough to manage a “technical win” situation in these categories by having better specs. Instead, Infinix is more likely to leverage its brand and marketing power to try wrestling some market share away from the competition.

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