There are so many choices on the budget smartphones market that it makes them dizzy. Especially a lot of Chinese devices have come out that look like a premium class, but in fact it turns out to be a pig in a poke. But if you know what to expect from Xiaomi, Huawei, Honor and even more so Samsung, then what can you say about Infinix Note 10 Pro? Is there a new player on the market that can withstand the big brands in terms of both quality and price? Let’s figure it out together.
First, let’s go over the technical part: the Infinix Note 10 Pro has an IPS LCD display with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. The diagonal is 6.95 inches, while the screen-to-body ratio is 84.8%. Because of this, we get a real “shovel” without protruding bangs and frames. It’s good if you rarely go out with it: although 480 nits of brightness fit into the industry average, this is not enough for comfortable viewing of content in direct sunlight. Still such a screen cannot produce “real black”.
On the other hand, we get a cheap device and a lot of battery life regardless of the color of the content. Plus the ability to change the frequency between 60 and 90 Hz gives a noticeable increase in the smoothness and response that IPS LCD suffers from.
The Note 10 Pro is powered by the MediaTek Helio G95 chipset. If you run a little ahead and talk about “synthetics”, then on Nano Review this processor was given 44 points out of 100. Most of all there is a drawdown in the category “performance in games”. For RAM, the manufacturer has allocated 8 GB, which is enough for everyday tasks. But as an inveterate gambling addict, I could not pass by popular titles. Note that there is a separate library for games called Game Zone. The menu looks stylish, plus, before starting the game, you can turn off all notifications and set auto-rejection of incoming calls. If you want to squeeze the maximum out of the device, tweak the acceleration of memory, CPU and GPU.
First, for the test, I hacked Call of Duty Mobile. Maybe the game has excellent optimization, but I got an average of 59 FPS at the highest settings (sometimes there were drawdowns below 50 frames). In Genshin Impact, don’t rely on a stable 60 FPS either: by default, the game sets a medium-high preset; if, nevertheless, you decide to test the smartphone for strength, then in 40 minutes of gameplay it can warm up to 44 degrees. In the end, let’s go through PUBG Mobile: by default, we get HD resolution and high FPS. There were no noticeable lags and sudden flights, the temperature was less than 40 degrees.
If we go through the benchmarks, then in Geekbench Note 10 Pro received the following results:
- 509 parrots per core
- 1,665 parrots for multinucleation
If the Note 10 Pro has anything to surprise, it is the camera. For its low cost, we get four lenses, the main one shoots with a resolution of 64 megapixels. The Camera application includes all the newfangled features of camera phones: portrait mode, object recognition, AI Beautify and many other features with artificial intelligence.
Night photography surprised me the most: the Note 10 Pro perfectly recognizes all objects and light sources. Yes, the picture may seem too light, but it’s better than ripples and emptiness at night. AI and HDR mode are working on colors, there are no complaints about this point, but the details of objects are at an average level.
If you are interested in shooting video, then the Chinese have tried here too: the standard recording is done in 1080p30 with digital stabilization. The maximum rear camera produces 4K and 30 frames. Now let’s talk about the selfie camera: it takes pictures in 16 megapixels and even shoots video in 1080p30. For everyday tasks and social. networks will come down.
Sound and other features
You don’t expect sound miracles from budget smartphones, but here the Note 10 Pro also surprises: it has stereo speakers. And when listening to music or watching a video, the DTS feature is cut off, which improves the sound quality. In headphones, the sound is average, without obvious pros and cons.
If you have a wireless device, then the smartphone supports Bluetooth 5.0, and the global version has NFC built in. Since this is not Apple, we get a 3.5 mm jack from below. For the very advanced, there is a face unlock. The smartphone supports up to two SIM cards with a separate microSD slot.
You will hardly surprise anyone with a large battery, even if we are talking about budget and mid-range Androids. The Note 10 Pro has a 5000 mAh lithium polymer battery. Like their lithium-ion counterparts, these batteries last about 900 full charge cycles; this means that the battery must be replaced after two to three years. One way or another, the kit comes with a 33 W power supply.
Not every manufacturer allows himself such a luxury, although even with such a layout, the battery is fully charged in an hour and a half. On average, the Note 10 Pro squeezes out a day of active work; if you use a little less, then in theory it should turn out to be two days.
Infinix Note 10 Pro surprised me a lot. After a cursory examination of smartphones for about the same price from Russian networkers, I did not find the closest competitor from either Xiaomi or Samsung. I will only note that the Note 10 Pro can still be bought through Aliexpress, although the brand should go directly to the Russian market.
So, there its price ranges from 13 to 14 thousand rubles. Perhaps after the markup of networkers, it will already go into the category of mid-budget smartphones, but now it is a worthy choice for not particularly whimsical users who still do not want to throw money down the drain. Thanks to Infinix for submitting the Note 10 Pro for review.