The Indian smartphone market is witnessing humungous growth in the budget range and mid-range section and this is the most targeted section from all the companies. One plus point of Indian smartphone market is that it offers great pluralism in terms of choices and Infinix is one such company who adds to the diversity of the smartphones present in the market. Infinix previously launched a budget phone some months back which was Infinix Hot 6 Pro and recently the company has launched a bit high priced phone falling into mid-range section which is Infinix Note 5 Stylus. Infinix has tried to add an X factor in the new Infinix Note 5 Stylus which we will see in this review of ours and also we will see whether the new launch will be able to give competition to other phones of similar range.
The name of the latest launch itself hints that the phone will have some style attached and surely it is must for the Infinix to make Note 5 Stylus look distinct because of the already existing Xiaomi Note series phones. To make the phone look distinct the company has opted to have tall and almost straight appearance with just a bit of curve on the edges. But the main distinction between Infinix Note and Xiaomi Note is that the Note 5 Stylus of Infinix has X Pen caved inside the phone very similar to that of Note 8 from Samsung. The phone has an aesthetic appeal attached to it because of the solid body color and also it feels premium in your hands because of the all metal body of the phone. The body weight is reasonable as well for long and constant use. The rear side has centrally placed single rear camera and just below the sensor within the same frame lies the fingerprint sensor. At the rear side lies the dual tone LED flash as well to assist the cameras in dark. At the front side lies the 15.06cm screen and above the screen lies the selfie camera. The top side of the phone is blank while at the bottom lies the 3.5mm jack, micro USB port, speaker grille and the X pen. The left side of the phone is sporting hybrid SIM tray while at the right side lies the power button and the volume rockers.
Infinix has opted for a very basic screen look with no notch and the absence of notch can swing both the ways in its cons and in pros based on your preference. The screen size is of 6.0 inches and it is LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touch screen type with 16M colors. The colors reproduced are vivid and punchy. The screen has outdated aspect ratio especially in the price range to which it belongs because it is having aspect ratio of 18:9. The aspect ratio no doubt gives the screen tall and looks making viewing angles good as well. The screen has a resolution size of 1080×2160 pixels. The phone offers undoubtedly big screen to enjoy any game and movie with enough screen space.
Infinix Note 5 Stylus has single rear camera lens which we found very surprising because the range in which it falls most of the phones offer dual camera sensors now and missing on this aspect, it might not be very sure whether the rear camera can really drive attention towards itself. The rear camera is of 16 Megapixel with an aperture of f/1.8 and PDAF. The images which we captured were spot on target incorporating all the details. The camera was quick to focus and maintained originality of the images. The daylight shots were satisfactory titrated with clarity and crispy nature and the images captured at night were clear and thanks to the dual tone LED flash you get to capture wide range of areas. The graining effect was noticed mainly at night when resolution of the camera was increased. There various modes and effects to choose as well available in the camera app. Selfie camera of the phone is of 16MP with an aperture of f/2.0. The selfie camera is though impressive and when testing it didn’t disappoint us. The selfie camera was quick to lock on face and the details were well maintained together with clarity. The camera of the Infinix Note 5 Stylus could be termed average and it will find real competition to attract the users based on its camera power because other companies mostly capitalize on this.
The OS of the phone works very familiar to that of Motorola phones and this is because the phone is running Android 8.1 Oreo on top of Android One. The OS enables you with various features and one most prominent and attracting aspect of this, is the X pen which gives rest to your fingers and you can carry almost all the task with it be it using apps, drawing etc. The new Infinix Note 5 Stylus is powered by MediaTek MT6763T Helio P23 processor octa-core processor with 2.0 GHz Cortex A-53. The processor worked smoothly and all the applications performed with no slowing down in between or getting hanged. The processor kept the phone at optimum state but to be true the processor also not something which the new Infinix Note 5 Stylus can choose to get attention of the users. The gaming experience was good and the graphics do went down when you switch to big games. The RAM size of the phone is of 4GB which provides the power to the processor to keep the functioning of the in check not allowing the device to get heated too quickly. Heating was observed when we used the phone intensely for playing games. The internal storage is of 64GB and you can expand the storage by sacrificing one of the SIM slot for microSD card.
The new Infinix Note 5 Stylus holds battery power of 4,000mAh. The battery doesn’t drain out quickly meaning you can enjoy any activity on phone for long time. The most battery power goes down when you play games for hours. When used moderately the phone easily stood throughout the day. The charging speed is moderate as well and with its original charger provided by the company, the charging speed is fastest as compared to when it was charged with other chargers. Heating was observed while charging but it was not that much to be concerned about.
Overall, the phone is packs a punch with its camera, battery and metal body and the presence of X pen in Infinix Note 5 Stylus makes it more unique which is not something available in any phones belonging to mid-range or even phones falling into little higher price, even though the performance of the pen is highly debatable. The processor did not match the requisite demand of heavy usage but remained good during normal tasks. It’s like Samsung Note Series smartphone sandwiched in a mediocre Infinix engine and body. It deserves kudos for trying at Rs 15,999.