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Infinix Note 10 Pro Review – Budget Gaming Smartphone with a 90hz Display

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Infinix Note 10 Pro is the big brother of the Infinix Note 10. It is an affordable smartphone with a 90hz refresh rate and a massive 6.95″ display. This can be considered a flagship smartphone from Infinix due to the specs that it offers, but is it really enough to satisfy the market? Read our review to learn more.

Pros
  • 90Hz display
  • Good performance
  • Budget-friendly
Cons
  • Large display
  • Bloatware, and spam notifications
  • Average camera performance

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DESIGN 

The back of the Infinix Note 10 Pro is split into two parts. The bottom part has a somewhat matte finish due to the textured lines and on the top, you get a glossy finish which is prone to fingerprint smudges. Despite the premium look it is still made out of plastic, they could have at least put a little bit of gorilla glass protection for the back. The body of the Infinix Note 10 Pro is huge compared to their other smartphones in the market, it weighs 205 grams, and has a thickness of 7.8. Yes, It is huge but it doesn’t feel like it is that heavy.

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It has 3 different color variants, Nordic Secret, 93-degree black, and our review unit 7-degree purple. Over the top, we have the camera module and at the bottom part is the infinix branding.

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Around its frame, It is equipped with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner alongside the volume rockers, USB C port for charging at the bottom along with the 3.5mm headphone jack, speakers, and on the right is the sim tray with a dual-nano sim slot and a dedicated slot for expandable storage.

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DISPLAY

Like I said earlier Infinix Note 10 Pro is a huge smartphone with a massive 6.95-inch FHD+ IPS LCD. It still has a 20:9 ratio so cinematic viewing is still possible. Holding the device with a single hand is pretty much okay, but trying to reach the top of the screen with just your thumb will be close to impossible without dropping the phone. bezels on the sides are a bit toned down while the chin is quite thicker. It has a punch hole cut out up top in the middle that houses a 16mp selfie camera. Some would say it is big and distracting, but for me, it’s just fine.

As for the display quality, It has a decent amount of brightness outdoors, but indoor brightness quality is good. Contrast on the phone is great plus scrolling through the UI is smooth thanks to the FHD+ 90Hz refresh rate.

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For its display settings, it has a dark theme that works just like dark mode, and an eye care feature. It has an auto-switch refresh rate, to match the refresh rate of the application you are using to save battery since some applications don’t support 90Hz. It also has an Ultra Touch option where you can adjust your vertical scrolling sensitivity. You can also adjust the speed of switching between interfaces by settings its animation effects.

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CAMERAS

As for the cameras, Infinix Note 10 Pro is equipped with a quad-camera setup with a 64mp main lens, 8mp ultrawide, and 2mp for both depth and monochrome purposes.

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The quality of the 64mp main cam shows a decent color reproduction. Sometimes shadows are deep, but once we turn on HDR mode, shadows are lifted, details pop out, and it now has a wide dynamic range but sometimes outputs are a bit overexposed, but the overall quality is great for its price.

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The Ultrawide sensor outputs a sharp image with good color rendition and color accuracy. Although there are some noticeable distortions on the edge of the frame, a bit of color fringing, and sometimes if there is a huge amount of light source highlights blow out even with HDR mode on.

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As for its portrait mode, It will take a considerable amount of time to line up a small subject or even tap it with your finger to focus the lens since it is a very large phone. It took me 4 shots before I can capture a decent image of a miniature toy. The quality is great, it is sharp and detailed even tho the subject to background separation is not that accurate plus the highlights are blown out.

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For its selfie, the 16mp sensor outputs good color reproduction with a true-to-life skin tone. Although sometimes results have a pinkish tone and the skies highlights are blown out. Indoor selfies give better skin tone than outdoors but if there is too much light in your area it will result in pinkish skin.

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As for video recording, the rear camera can shoot up to [email protected] and [email protected], but there are no available stabilization features so taking videos is quite shaky. For its selfie video recording, you can only capture [email protected]s. As for the features we have our basic needs, like short video, AR shot, Beauty, Pro mode, Documents, and despite not having a macro sensor, it offers a super macro mode on its features tab.

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SOFTWARE

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As for its software, It runs on Android 11.0 with XOS 7.6 on top. Scrolling through the UI is smooth thanks to the 90Hz refresh rate. There are still some unnecessary applications and spam notifications.

The configuration of our review unit is 8GB of ram and 128GB of storage. If that storage is not enough you have to option to expand up to 256GB. This is a pretty good configuration considering its price.

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PERFORMANCE

It is powered by a MediaTek G90T with a 12nm process, G90T was launched back in July 2019 and despite being outdated it still packs a punch in 2021 whether for casual or competitive gaming. Its GPU is Mali-G76MC4 based on Bifrost architecture with a max frequency of 800MHz. If you want to watch our full gaming review of the Infinix Note 10 Pro click here.

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BATTERY

For its battery, on our gaming review, we didn’t just test the gaming performance but also the battery itself. After 3 hours of gaming, the battery dropped from 100% to 53%. Considering the 90Hz display and the max settings that we used on every game, it performed pretty well for a 5000mAh battery.

As for charging, juicing up the 5000mAh battery with a 33W fast charging from 0 to 100% took 1hour and 42minutes which is not bad for its price.

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VERDICT

Infinix Note 10 Pro is priced at Php 9,990 for the 8GB of ram and 128GB of storage. If you are interested in buying this device check out Infinix official flagship store in lazada and shopee.

Overall Infinix Note 10 Pro works great as a daily driver and media consumption device. I don’t have any complaints about its performance because I didn’t really encounter any slow responses while using the device thanks to the 90Hz display and 8GB of ram. Infinix could have offered a variant for the Pro version so that it is also accessible for those who have a strict budget. So if you are nitpicking on an affordable smartphone with a good price to performance ratio you can add Infinix Note 10 Pro to your list.

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