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Infinix HOT 11S Unboxing and First Impressions

Fast-rising mobile maker Infinix surprises PH with their fresh release of Infinix HOT 11S. Could this be your new bang for the buck smartphone? Let's find out!
Infinix HOT 11S

Hong Kong-based mobile maker Infinix is known for having affordable smartphones with strong specs.

The company seems to have kept that going with their recently launched HOT 11S. With its starting price of PHP 6,990, the Infinix HOT 11S boasts a large 6.78-inch LTPS panel with NEG Dinorex T2X-1 Glass protection, has a 90Hz refresh rate, 1080p+ resolution, 5,000mAh battery, and USB-C 18W fast charging.

For cameras, it has a large 50MP f/1.6 primary camera and has a punch-hole housing the 8MP selfie camera instead of a notch.

Inside, it uses the 2.0GHz 12nm MediaTek Helio G88 octa-core processor with Mali-G52 MC2 (1,000MHz) which supports the 90Hz refresh rate for the display.

We've got this device right now and let's check it out!


Infinix HOT 11S inclusions

The smartphone comes with a neon green box with the device name printed on top.

Inside, you will be welcomed with the device itself. Underneath, it includes a FREE clear case, paper documentation, SIM ejector tool, USB-A to USB-C cable, and the 18W power brick.

It also has a pre-installed plastic screen protector, a welcome addition.

Build Quality/Design

HOT 11S back design
HOT 11S back design

The body and frame of the device are made mostly of polycarbonate materials, while the display is made of glass.

Similar to its predecessors, the HOT 11S sports a glitter-like 2.5D plastic back design. It has a geometric wave pattern that gives a gradient effect when hit by light. 

Its unique back design makes it look attractive and classy yet a major smudge magnet too so it might be best to put on the FREE case. 
50MP f/1.6 + 2MP + AI Lens + Quad Rear Flash camera

It has a pill-shaped triple-camera hump which creates a minor wobble when laid back flat. Just beside that is the fingerprint scanner for unlocking the device.
6.78-inch FHD+ 90Hz IPS LCD panel

In front, it has a 6.78-inch FHD+ 90Hz IPS LCD panel with slim bezels and a top center punch hole notch, just a shy below the earpiece. 

The display is protected by NEG Dinorex T2X-1 glass which is known for fingerprint and smudge resistance and remained true in our brief use.

On top, you will notice an almost hidden embedded text saying "THE FUTURE IS NOW".
Top, bottom
Top, bottom

At the bottom, you have a 3.5mm audio jack, mic hole, USB-C port, and the down-firing speaker grille.
Left, Right

On the left, it has the small dual nano-SIM card + microSD card tray. And even though Infinix has not mentioned if it has any water resistance, the SIM tray has a rubber gasket protection against accidental water splashes.

On the right, it has the power key and volume rocker, both located at the center for easier reach.

The device measures 168.9 x 77 x 8.82 mm and weighs 205 g. This makes the device large and tall and a bit challenging to use with one hand. 

Infinix HOT 11S Specs

Display: 6.78-inch 2.5D curved NEG Dinorex T2X-1 Glass protected LCD (LTPS) screen w/ 90Hz refresh rate, 180Hz touch sampling rate, FHD+ 2480 x 1080 resolution at 399 ppi
CPU: 2.0GHz 12nm MediaTek Helio G88 octa-core processor
GPU: Mali-G52 MC2 (1,000MHz)
ROM: 64GB/128GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB (dedicated)
Back Camera: 50MP f/1.6 + 2MP + AI Lens + Quad Rear Flash
Selfie Camera: 8MP + Dual Front Flash
Battery: 5,000mAh w/ 18W fast charging
OS: Android 11 w/ XOS 7.6
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, FM Radio, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: Fingerprint sensor, face unlock, USB-C, Colors: 7° Purple, Green Wave, Polar Black, Silver Wave
Dimensions: 168.9 x 77 x 8.82
Weight: 205 g
Price: PHP 6,990 (4GB/64GB), PHP 7,990 (6GB/128GB)

As of the moment

What makes the Infinix HOT 11S stand out is its combination of powerful specs and affordable price tag.
Immersive display!

Besides its unique and classy design, this device can also perform well with its 90Hz refresh rate, 1080p+ resolution, 2.0GHz 12nm MediaTek Helio G88 octa-core processor with Mali-G52 MC2 GPU, and a large 5,000mAh battery. The device is available in two variants: 4GB/64GB and 6GB/128GB.

The Helio G88 and Mali-G52 MC2 combined are already capable and responsive enough to run most of the casual apps and games with ease. And even with just 4GB RAM, the device can handle multiple apps opened and still run smoothly so far.

Having a triple-cam 50MP f/1.6 + 2MP + AI Lens + Quad Rear Flash camera, this device becomes the most affordable smartphone with such specs in the country.

And as of today, the Infinix HOT 11S became official in the market for the starting price of PHP 6,990. But those who will purchase it right now, October 28, 2021, will get it for a discounted price of just PHP 6,490 exclusively at Lazada. It will go back to its regular price after the launch date.

Infinix will also be giving away a FREE DITO SIM card for the first 2,000 buyers.

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