'Note'worthy addition to this year’s Infinix phone lineup

The Note 7 from Infinix recognizes the need for some play amidst work

By Anand Parthasarathy

September 21 2020: With the Note 7, Infinix lives up to its name for delivering excellent value for money with every handset it launches, no matter what the price band.   And its combo of processors, points to the agenda of this new release: an octacore MediaTek Helio G 70 main processor with a Mali GF2 Graphics chip from ARM: adequate compute power for mainstream apps plus extra help for a better visual experience.  And twin Dolby DTS surround sound speakers ensure that the audio matches the video quality if you are viewing movies or YouTube. (The speakers are positioned to be at the left and right of the 6.95inch HD+ screen, if you view video with the phone held in the landscape mode).

Camera features

The camera remains a priority for most buyers and the Note 7 doesn’t stint here: The rear or main camera is a quad lens system with a large aperture f 1.79 48 MP main lens plus 2 MP depth and macro lenses and another dedicated to AI functions.  The macro is particularly useful and lets you shoot objects as close as 4 cms. While video shoot comes at 720 p – good but not great --there is a very useful slow-motion mode at 120 fps.   The front camera is an f 2 16 MP shooter with 3 modes: portrait, beauty and a wide selfie to fit in your entire crowd.

The 4GB RAM with 64 GB storage should be good for most users, but if you are a heavy video shooter, you can expand this with a 256 GB micro SD card.

The phone offers features that are rarely to be found in this price band -- face unlock plus a finger scanner conveniently doubling as the power on button. 

Useful software tools

Software-wise, I found the XOS 6.1 enhancements to Android 10 quite useful even if I don’t play any of the games that are pre-installed.  A nice touch was a soft switch on the right-hand edge of the phone that offers shortcuts Facebook, selfie camera, Messages, Instagrams, Recorder etc. You need to look for it – it was not obvious at first use.

In keeping with the name and positioning as a “Note” phone, the makers have put the XNote Lite tool right on the main screen and also added a very useful document capture feature which captures any image or doc and then lets you crop and flatten it before saving.

As always Infinix provides the little add-ons that make this a truly Indian phone: Input in English, Hindi and Gujarati and read  in all schedule-listed Indian languages. The 4G LTE connectivity with dual nano SIM slots is also ready for VoLTE and VoWiFi… which many premium international models don’t bother to cater.

Currently discounted to Rs 11,499 at FlipKart, the Infinix Note 7  is a classy combo of looks and utility.

Link to FlipKart where Note 7 goes on sale from September 22

Link to the product site here