Infinix Note 10 Pro Review: Go Big or Go Home

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Infinix has made it to the big leagues, literally. The company’s new smartphone, the Note 10 Pro, sports a massive 6.95-inch display which is without doubt one of the biggest I’ve tested on a smartphone. The big body also packs in a sizeable 5,000mAh battery and a capable processor. So has Infinix managed to find the correct ingredients for the Note 10 Pro? I put this smartphone to the test to find out.

Infinix Note 10 Pro price in India

The Infinix Note 10 Pro (not to be puzzled with the Redmi Note 10 Pro) is priced at Rs. 16,999 for the lone 8GB RAM, 256GB storage configuration. It is to be had in three colours, with moderately peculiar names: 7-degree Purple, 93-degree Black, and Nordic Secret.

Infinix Note 10 Pro design

The Infinix Note 10 Pro is a handsome device and has won an IF Design Award for 2021. As I said correct at the start, the Infinix Note 10 Pro is a big smartphone with a massive 6.95-inch display. Do not fret, it’s not slightly tablet-sized; it has a 20.5:9 aspect ratio which makes the smartphone tall and narrow. You’ll hold it in one hand but reaching the top of the display with that thumb would be unattainable. Infinix has kept the bezel size down on the sides, but the behind chin is slightly thick. There is a big camera gap at the top-centre of the screen. Provided the size of the gap, some people might find it distracting.

The earpiece is slightly thin and is sandwiched between the display and the frame of the Infinix Note 10 Pro. Interestingly, this smartphone also has a front-facing flash that is neatly hidden correct next to the earpiece. Infinix has gone with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, which is now a common sight on smartphones priced at around Rs. 15,000. The fingerprint scanner and volume buttons are positioned a little too high in my opinion.

The Infinix Note 10 Pro in the Nordic Secret finish

 

Infinix has made the frame of this phone out of plastic. It is curved on the sides and flat at the top and the behind. The left side has the SIM tray, while the 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker, and USB Kind-C port are at the behind. The top is blank. The rear quad-camera setup is in the top left corner. This module has a two-step design that jogs my memory of Vivo’s recent smartphones. I had a Nordic Secret unit for this review, and it has an iridescent finish at the back. Infinix has provided the Note 10 Pro a frosted look, which also makes it smudge-resistant.

The Note 10 Pro has a 5,000mAh battery which is a healthy capacity. There are smartphones that pack bigger batteries in smaller bodies, but I am not complaining. In the box, you get a 33W charger.

Infinix Note 10 Pro specifications and software

Moving over to the specifications, I quickly spotted something familiar – the MediaTek Helio G95 SoC. This processor powers numerous recent smartphones in the Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 20,000 price segment, including the Poco X3 (Review), Realme 8 (Review), and Redmi Note 10S (Review) to name a couple of. This processor is touted as great for gaming. Infinix has gone with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, which is slightly beneficiant for this price level. I do think that Infinix could have offered a 6GB RAM variant love it does in international markets. This could have helped drop the starting price of the Infinix Note 10 Pro into the sub-Rs. 15,000 segment to scoop some consumers absent from the competition.

You get a 6.95-inch full-HD+ LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Infiinix has also thrown in a stereo speaker setup with DTS. Budget smartphones don’t generally have stereo speakers, but this capitalises on the big screen for entertainment.

The Infinix Note 10 Pro has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage

 

The Infinix Note 10 Pro has two Nano-SIM slots and a committed microSD card slot for storage expansion. I think the 256GB of onboard storage is plenty, but if you wish to haul more data around, you’ll be able to. The Note 10 Pro features dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5, and dual 4G with VoLTE and VoWiFi.

With regards to software, it runs XOS 7.6 on top of Android 11. The smartphone used to be running the March Android security patch which is a little dated at this point. You get quite a few preinstalled apps on the device such as Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and a couple of of Infinix’s own apps. Palm Store is an alternative choice to the Google Play Store. In a similar way, AHA Games has a library of games you’ll be able to download from to play. I did get promotional notifications from these and a couple of other apps once in a while. I would recommend uninstalling or disabling the apps you will not use to prevent being spammed.

Infinix has baked some cool features into XOS 7.6 such as the Video Assistant. This permits you to swipe in from the side while watching a video in an app such as YouTube to do more than a few things. The coolest feature here is known as “Play in background”, and it permits you to play the audio from YouTube videos even with the screen off. Other Video Assistant features include blocking incoming calls and notifications, and taking screenshots and screen recordings. Thunder Back is another XOS feature and will also be enabled by double-tapping the power button. This lets you quickly put the current app in picture-in-picture mode in a corner so you’ll be able to see another app running in the background.

Infinix Note 10 Pro performance

The Infinix Note 10 Pro offered good performance and it never slowed down all the way through the review period. Apps launched quickly and I didn’t have to wait for long. Multitasking used to be easy and I could switch between a couple of apps very easily. I found the fingerprint scanner to be quick, and it never needed a couple of attempt to unlock the device.

The Note 10 Pro’s display has good viewing angles and the speakers do offer stereo sound. These speakers don’t seem to be balanced though, and the bottom-firing one is louder than the earpiece. The Note 10 Pro is loud but it does sound tinny at higher volumes.

The side-mounted fingerprint scanner is quick to unlock the phone

 

In AnTuTu, the Note 10 Pro managed to score 359,128 points. It also scored 510 and 1,672 in Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core benchmarks respectively. The Note 10 Pro managed 17fps and 28fps in GFXBench’s Car Chase and Manhattan 3.1 graphics tests respectively. These benchmark scores are higher than those of the Poco X3 and Realme 8 smartphones, which sport the same processor.

I played Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) on the Infinix Note 10 Pro and it defaulted to the HD preset for graphics and High settings for frame rate. The game used to be playable at these settings and I didn’t notice any lag or stutter. After a round that lasted 24 minutes, I noticed an 8 percent drop in the battery level. The phone used to be also relatively warm to the touch.

In our HD video loop test, the Note 10 Pro went on for 15 hours and 35 minutes, with the screen refresh rate set at 90Hz. This is relatively on the lower side, and we have seen the competition clock a few hours higher in the same test. Infinix supplies a 33W charger in the box, which took the smartphone to 47 percent in 30 minutes and to 83 percent in an hour. Charging the phone totally took approximately an hour and a half.

Infinix Note 10 Pro cameras

The Note 10 Pro sports a quad-camera setup at the back consisting of a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera also capable of macros, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel black-and-white camera. For selfies, it has a 16-megapixel shooter at the front. The camera app is pretty straightforward and easy to use. It has AI scene detection that is quick to detect what the phone used to be pointed towards.

Photos taken with the Infinix Note 10 Pro in the daytime had good details and decent dynamic range. Objects at a distance were recognisable and text used to be also legible. Ultra-wide-angle photos look decent as is but these weren’t as crisp and detailed as those taken with the primary sensor.

Infinix Note 10 Pro daylight camera pattern (tap to see full size)

Infinix Note 10 Pro ultra-wide angle camera pattern (tap to see full size)

 

Near-up shots were better with a natural having a look depth effect for the background, while the subject used to be sharp. Portraits had good edge detection but I couldn’t adjust the level of blur before taking a shot. The Note 10 Pro uses its ultra-wide angle camera for maros, and managed sharp shots with good details. The resolution is higher than what you’d get from phones with committed macro cameras

Infinix Note 10 Pro close-up camera pattern (tap to see full size)

Infinix Note 10 Pro portrait camera pattern (tap to see full size)

Infinix Note 10 Pro macro camera pattern (tap to see full size)

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Low-light photos were strictly average, and the phone couldn’t capture darker areas in a scene as it should be. The Super Night mode delivered much brighter output with better details in the shadows. A downside of this mode is the 5-6 seconds it takes to capture a shot.

Infinix Note 10 Pro low-light camera pattern (tap to see full size)

Infinix Note 10 Pro Night mode camera pattern (tap to see full size)

 

Selfies shot with the 16-megapixel front shooter in daylight were good and the phone could also capture portrait selfies, blurring the background. Low-light selfies weren’t the most efficient, and the Note 10 Pro crushed blacks by bumping up contrast in darker areas. The front-facing flash does help when shooting in dark environments.

Infinix Note 10 Pro selfie portrait camera pattern (tap to see full size)

 

Video recording tops out at 4K 30fps for the primary camera and the selfie shooter. Footage shot the use of the steady video mode wasn’t stabilised at 4K or 1080p. This led to shaky footage whether it used to be recorded while walking around. In low light, the footage wasn’t too dark but lacked stabilisation. The Note 10 Pro does have an Ultra Stable mode for stabilisation but it restricts the video resolution to 1080p 30fps.

Judgement

After the use of the Infinix Note 10 Pro for a week, I will be able to say that while the size of the device might not appeal to everyone, it works polite for media consumption. To add to that, the stereo speakers offer good sound output, though a bit tinny. I should not have any complaints with respect to performance, since the phone never truly showed any signal of slowing down thanks to the powerful SoC and 8GB of RAM.

Infinix could have offered a lower specced variant for Note 10 Pro to make it accessible at a lower price point. The cameras are average and the lack of stabilisation for video recording generally is a deal-breaker for some people. The Poco X3 (Review) could be an alternative choice to the Infinix Note 10 Pro, and whether you need a future-ready device with 5G, the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G (Review) could also be worth considering.

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