The Infinix Note 30 is a mid-range smartphone that offers some impressive features for its price. It has a large 6.78-inch IPS LCD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, a MediaTek Helio G99 chipset with 5G support, a 64MP main camera, and a 5000mAh battery with 45W fast charging. It also has stereo speakers tuned by JBL and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. But how does it perform in real life? Let’s find out in this review.
Design and Build Quality
The Infinix Note 30 has a sleek and elegant design that comes in two options: frosted glass or faux leather. The glass version has a gradient color effect that changes depending on the angle of light, while the leather version has a textured feel and stitching details. The phone feels solid and premium in the hand, but it is also quite heavy at 219g and thick at 8.6mm.
The phone has a rectangular camera module on the back that houses four sensors: a 64MP main camera, a 2MP depth sensor, a QVGA low-light sensor, and an LED flash. On the front, there is a punch-hole cutout for the 16MP selfie camera. The bezels around the screen are relatively thin, except for the chin which is slightly thicker.
The phone has a hybrid SIM tray on the left side that can accommodate two nano-SIM cards or one SIM card and one microSD card. On the right side, there is a power button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner and a volume rocker. The bottom edge has a USB-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microphone, and a speaker grille. The top edge has another microphone and an infrared blaster.
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Display and Audio
The Infinix Note 30 has one of the best displays in its price range. It has a 6.78-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1080×2460 pixels and a pixel density of 396ppi. The screen supports a 120Hz refresh rate that makes everything look smooth and fluid. The screen also has good brightness, contrast, and color accuracy. It supports HDR10 content and has an eye-care mode that reduces blue light.
The phone also has stereo speakers that are tuned by JBL. They deliver loud and clear sound with decent bass and treble. They are good for watching videos, playing games, or listening to music. The phone also has a 3.5mm headphone jack that supports DTS audio enhancement.
Performance and Software
The Infinix Note 30 is powered by the MediaTek Helio G99 chipset, which is an octa-core processor with two Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2.0GHz. It also has a Mali-G57 MC2 GPU and either 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
The phone performs well in daily tasks such as browsing, social media, messaging, or multitasking. It can also handle most games at medium to high settings without much lag or stuttering. However, it does get warm after prolonged gaming sessions.
The phone supports 5G connectivity on both SIM slots, which is rare for its price point. It also supports LTE, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth, NFC, FM radio, and GPS. The phone has good call quality and signal reception.
The phone runs on Android 13 with Infinix’s custom XOS skin on top. The software is smooth and responsive, but it also comes with some bloatware and ads that can be annoying. The software also offers some useful features such as gesture navigation, dark mode, game mode, smart panel, face unlock, and more.
Camera and Battery
The Infinix Note 30 has a quad-camera setup on the back that consists of a 64MP main camera with an f/1.7 aperture, a 2MP depth sensor with an f/2.4 aperture, a QVGA low-light sensor, and an LED flash. The main camera can take sharp and detailed photos in good lighting conditions, but it struggles with dynamic range and color accuracy. It also tends to overexpose or oversaturate some scenes.
The main camera can record videos up to 1440p at 30fps or 1080p at 30/60fps. The video quality is decent, but it lacks stabilization and autofocus. The phone also has a 16MP selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture that can take good selfies in daylight, but it suffers from noise and softness in low light.
The phone has a 5000mAh battery that can last for a full day of moderate to heavy use. It also supports 45W fast charging that can charge the phone from 0 to 100% in about an hour.
The Infinix Note 30 is a great budget phone that offers a lot of value for its price. It has a large and smooth display, a powerful chipset with 5G support, a big battery with fast charging, and stereo speakers. It also has a decent design and build quality, a good selfie camera, and a decent software experience.
However, the phone also has some drawbacks, such as the mediocre main camera, the lack of ultrawide and macro cameras, the limited video recording capabilities, the bloatware and ads in the software, and the heavy and thick body.
If you are looking for a budget phone with 5G connectivity and a 120Hz display, the Infinix Note 30 is a good option to consider. However, if you want a better camera performance or a lighter and thinner phone, you might want to look elsewhere.
- Large and smooth display
- Powerful chipset with 5G support
- Big battery with fast charging
- Stereo speakers
- Good selfie camera
- Mediocre main camera
- No ultrawide and macro cameras
- Limited video recording capabilities
- Bloatware and ads in the software
- Heavy and thick body