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Review of the Infinix Note 30 VIP smartphone

19.12.2023 10:20

Key Features of Infinix Note 30 VIP (Model X6710)

  • SoC Mediatek Dimensity 8050, 8 processor cores (1×Cortex-A78 @3.0 GHz + 3×Cortex-A78 @2.6 GHz + 4×Cortex-A55 @2.0 GHz)
  • GPU Mali-G77 MC9
  • Operating system Android 13, XOS 13
  • Touch display AMOLED, 6.67″, 1080×2400, 20:9, 395 ppi, 120 Hz
  • RAM 8/12 GB, internal memory 256 GB
  • microSD support (independent slot)
  • Nano-SIM support (2 pcs.)
  • Networks 2G GSM, 3G WCDMA, 4G, 5G
  • GPS (L1+L5), Glonass, Galileo, BDS, QZSS, NavIC
  • Wi-Fi 6 (2.4 and 5 GHz)
  • Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE
  • NFC
  • USB 2.0 Type-C, USB OTG
  • 3.5mm headphone audio output
  • Cameras 108 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP, video 4K@30 fps
  • Front camera 32 MP
  • Proximity and lighting sensors, magnetic field, accelerometer, gyroscope
  • Fingerprint scanner (under the screen)
  • 5000 mAh battery, 68 W charging, 15 W wireless charging
  • Dimensions 163×76×8.2 mm
  • Weight 190 g

Appearance and ease of use

The Infinix Note 30 VIP smartphone comes in two cardboard boxes connected by a dust jacket. One contains the device itself with a charger (68 W) and a cable, a high-quality protective glass for the screen and a transparent case.

The second box contains a proprietary wireless charger (15 W).

The Infinix Note 30 VIP case is made in a modern, contemporary design, where there is no place for sleek forms and streamlined edges. All surfaces are flat, edges are straight, transitions are clear. At the same time, the corners do not cut into the palm, the smartphone lies in the hand comfortably and reliably.

The Infinix Note 30 VIP case is made in a modern, contemporary design, where there is no place for sleek forms and streamlined edges. All surfaces are flat, edges are straight, transitions are clear. At the same time, the corners do not cut into the palm, the smartphone lies in the hand comfortably and reliably.

The frame running along the side perimeter is made of metal-like plastic with a smooth, chrome-plated surface. The back is made of frosted glass, pleasant to the touch and non-staining. So the body materials are not premium, but the smartphone looks beautiful and stylish.

The device is large, but moderately thin and not very heavy (only 190 g). The screen occupies almost the entire area of the front panel; the frame around the screen is very narrow, including the “chin”. There is a fingerprint scanner at the bottom of the screen. It works well, but this placement is still not the optimal option: reaching your finger to the very bottom is inconvenient, a scanner on the side is much more practical.

The device is large, but moderately thin and not very heavy (only 190 g). The screen occupies almost the entire area of the front panel; the frame around the screen is very narrow, including the “chin”. There is a fingerprint scanner at the bottom of the screen. It works well, but this placement is still not the optimal option: reaching your finger to the very bottom is inconvenient, a scanner on the side is much more practical.

The cameras protrude quite a bit from the back, the smartphone lies quite stable on the table, and working with the screen is comfortable.

The cameras protrude quite a bit from the back, the smartphone lies quite stable on the table, and working with the screen is comfortable.

The hardware buttons are on one side, which is convenient. But it would be possible not to make the keys so thin on a wide edge. Why this saving? The edge looks a bit empty. In this regard, Infinix needs to take an example from Samsung, which has the best buttons on smartphones.

The hardware buttons are on one side, which is convenient. But it would be possible not to make the keys so thin on a wide edge. Why this saving? The edge looks a bit empty. In this regard, Infinix needs to take an example from Samsung, which has the best buttons on smartphones.

A single front camera eye is installed behind a circular cutout in the screen matrix.

A single front camera eye is installed behind a circular cutout in the screen matrix.

The slot on the side accepts two Nano-SIM cards on one side of the sled, with a microSD card slot on the other side.

The slot on the side accepts two Nano-SIM cards on one side of the sled, with a microSD card slot on the other side.

At the bottom end there is a speaker, a microphone and a USB Type-C connector. There is also an output to the 3.5 mm audio jack of a wired headset.

At the bottom end there is a speaker, a microphone and a USB Type-C connector. There is also an output to the 3.5 mm audio jack of a wired headset.

The top end contains an additional microphone and speaker, as well as an inscription reminding that JBL had a hand in the sound settings.

The top end contains an additional microphone and speaker, as well as an inscription reminding that JBL had a hand in the sound settings.

The Infinix Note 30 VIP smartphone comes in Black and Silver colours. The case does not have full protection from moisture and dust, but there is light splash protection according to the IP53 standard. For some reason the branded case is not flexible, but hard and rigid. Accordingly, it is put on the smartphone with great effort.

The Infinix Note 30 VIP smartphone comes in Black and Silver colours. The case does not have full protection from moisture and dust, but there is light splash protection according to the IP53 standard. For some reason the branded case is not flexible, but hard and rigid. Accordingly, it is put on the smartphone with great effort.

Screen

The Infinix Note 30 VIP smartphone is equipped with a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080x2400, covered with a flat protective glass. The physical dimensions of the screen are 70x155 mm, the aspect ratio is 20:9, and the pixel density is 395 ppi. The width of the frame around the screen is 3 mm on the sides and 4 mm on the top and bottom. The screen supports a 120Hz refresh rate.

The Infinix Note 30 VIP smartphone has a front screen made in the form of a glass plate with a mirror-smooth surface that is scratch-resistant. The screen has good anti-glare properties, superior to the Google Nexus 7 (2013) screen. It is also equipped with a special oleophobic (grease-repellent) coating, which ensures easy removal of fingerprints and is less prone to their appearance.

The maximum screen brightness under normal conditions is about 500 cd/m², and with the “High Brightness Mode” function enabled, it increases to 690 cd/m² in strong lighting conditions. This ensures excellent screen readability in the sun. Using a dark theme not only saves battery power, but also improves legibility in bright light.

The minimum screen brightness in manual mode is 4 cd/m², which allows you to use the device even in complete darkness. There is a function to automatically adjust the brightness depending on the ambient light. This feature adjusts the screen brightness according to changes in lighting, but the user cannot customize this feature to suit their preferences.

When using high and medium brightness levels, modulation with a frequency of about 60, 90 or 120 Hz was detected. This should be taken into account when using the device for a long time, as it may cause some negative sensations.

On a screen with high and medium brightness, a low modulation frequency (60 Hz) with a low amplitude is observed, which does not lead to noticeable flickering of the image due to the low duty cycle and different modulation phases over the screen area. Even with a strong decrease in brightness, modulation appears at a high frequency (1.92 kHz), but there is still no visible flicker.

In the screen settings you can select a refresh mode with a frequency of 90 and 120 Hz:

In 90 and 120 Hz modes, scrolling smoothness increases noticeably. Let's see if this changes the nature of the modulation. 90Hz mode:

It can be seen that at high and medium brightness the modulation frequency increased to 90 Hz, and at low brightness the modulation pattern is the same as in the case of a refresh rate of 60 Hz. There is no visible flicker either.

120Hz mode:

On a screen with high and medium brightness, the modulation frequency increased to 120 Hz, and at low brightness the modulation pattern remains similar to what it was with a refresh rate of 60 Hz. In this case, no visible flicker is observed again.

The screen uses an AMOLED matrix, which is an active matrix that runs on organic light-emitting diodes. It creates a full-color image using subpixels of three colors: red ®, green (G) and blue (B). However, the number of red and blue subpixels is half that, which is referred to as RGBG. This can be seen in a fragment of a microphotograph:

Each fragment contains 4 green subpixels, 2 red (4 halves) and 2 blue (1 whole and 4 quarters). By stacking these fragments, you can completely cover the entire screen without gaps or overlaps. For such matrices, Samsung uses the term PenTile RGBG. The manufacturer estimates screen resolution based on green subpixels, while the other two colors will have lower resolution. There is some edge contrast and other artifacts, but due to the high resolution these have minimal impact on image quality.

The screen has excellent viewing angles. Although whites take on a slight blue-green tint at wide angles, blacks remain intensely black at all angles. For comparison, the photographs show the same images on the screens of a smartphone and another device (Nexus 7; smartphone on top, Nexus 7 on bottom). The brightness settings of the screens are initially set to approximately 200 cd/m², and the color balance of the camera is forced to switch to 6500 K.

When displaying the white field directly:

Note the good uniformity of brightness and color tone of the white field.

And test picture (Original color profile):

The image on the smartphone screen looks oversaturated in colors (for example, tomatoes, bananas, a napkin, and the face have pronounced shades). However, it is worth remembering that photography is not a sufficiently accurate method for assessing the quality of color reproduction and is provided for illustrative purposes only. For example, the pronounced reddish tint of white and gray areas observed in a photo of a smartphone screen may be less noticeable when looking directly at the device, and this is confirmed by the results of hardware tests carried out by a spectrophotometer. This is explained by the discrepancy between the spectral sensitivity of the camera matrix and the peculiarities of color perception by the human eye.

In the photo above, the smartphone screen displays the image after selecting the “Original Color” profile in the screen settings. There are two profiles available.

When choosing the first, Vivid Colors, the colors are even more oversaturated and unnatural:

Changing the color contrast creates this effect, which can be customized by the user by increasing the color contrast or adjusting the hue from cool to warm.

When viewed from an angle, the brightness of both screens decreases, but this is less noticeable on the smartphone. Therefore, with the same formal brightness, the smartphone screen visually appears brighter (compared to LCD screens), especially when viewed from a slight angle, which is typical for mobile devices.

The switching time of the matrix elements is almost instantaneous, but the switching of the matrix elements can create a step lasting about 17 ms (corresponding to a screen refresh rate of about 60 Hz), 11 ms (90 Hz) or 8 ms (120 Hz), which can be illustrated by the dependence of brightness on time when changing color from black to white.

In some cases, the presence of such a step can cause the effects of trailing trails behind moving objects.

Analysis of a gamma curve based on 32 equally spaced gray-scale points showed no significant variations in shadows or highlights. The exponent of the approximating power function is 2.29, which is slightly higher than the standard value of 2.2. In this case, the actual gamma curve shows a slight deviation from the standard power-law dependence.

Let us recall that in the case of OLED screens, the brightness of image fragments dynamically changes in accordance with the nature of the displayed image — it decreases slightly for generally light images. As a result, the resulting dependence of brightness on hue (gamma curve) most likely slightly does not correspond to the gamma curve of a static image, since the measurements were carried out with sequential display of shades of gray on almost the entire screen.

The color gamut is much wider than sRGB:

It is very close to the DCI space:

The component spectra (that is, the spectra of pure red, green and blue) are very well separated:

The greyscale tonal balance when using the Original Color profile after minor adjustments (similar to the slider shown above) is acceptable. This is due to the color temperature approaching the standard 6500 K, and the deviation from the blackbody spectrum (ΔE) remains below 10 units, which is considered acceptable for an end-user device (without correction on a white field of 8000 K and 0.04, respectively). This slight change in color temperature and ΔE from one shade to another has a beneficial effect on the visual assessment of color balance.

In most cases, the darkest areas of the gray scale can be ignored, since the color balance there is not of great importance, and the error in measuring color characteristics at low brightness is large.

The “Eye protection mode” setting is present and allows you to reduce the intensity of the blue component. Bright light can affect the circadian rhythm (see the article about the iPad Pro with a 9.7-inch display), but this problem is solved by reducing the brightness to a comfortable level, and changing the color balance, reducing the contribution of blue, does not make sense.

Apparently, this device does not support DisplayPort Alt Mode for USB Type-C — the function of outputting image and sound to an external device when connected to a USB port. (Information obtained from USBTreeView program report.)

Summary of conclusions: The screen has a high maximum brightness (up to 690 cd/m²) and excellent anti-glare properties, which makes it suitable for use even outdoors on a bright sunny day. In complete darkness, the brightness can be reduced to a comfortable level (up to 4 cd/m²). Automatic brightness adjustment works quite adequately, although it does not provide the user with complete flexibility in settings for individual preferences. Among the advantages of the screen, it is worth noting an effective oleophobic coating and modes with an increased refresh rate of up to 90 or 120 Hz. Also worth mentioning are the general benefits of OLED screens, such as true blacks (without reflections), white field uniformity, and less noticeable brightness drop when viewed at an angle. Disadvantages include too wide a color gamut, which often leads to distortion and unnatural colors when viewing videos and photos. However, overall the screen quality remains at a high level.

Camera

At the back, the Infinix Note 30 VIP has three cameras: the main one (108 MP), for macro photography (2 MP) and an auxiliary AI “stub” (also 2 MP). There is no wide-angle module or long-focus lens.

The main camera is equipped with a 108 MP sensor (1/1.67″) and autofocus, but there is no optical stabilizer. It is possible to take photographs with the 12 megapixel pixel binning function or switch to shooting in full 108 megapixel resolution.

108MP photos are highly detailed, but when enlarged to full size they can contain noise reduction artifacts and residual noise, which can be unpleasant. The choice of shooting mode should depend on the photographer's requirements for the final result. When switching to 12 MP mode, the camera algorithms adjust the white balance (in some cases for the better, but not always perfectly) and moderately increase the contour sharpness. As a result, 12 megapixel photos look more acceptable, have good clarity and detail, with fairly adequate exposure.

12 MP
108 MP
108 MP
12 MP
12 MP
108 MP

In general, for its low price level, the smartphone takes pictures quite acceptable, but this is not a top-end or flagship level of photography.

More examples of pictures taken with the main camera:

The night mode did not impress: the exposure is too high, the detail is very low, there is no richness of colors. Perhaps some of this can be fixed in new firmware.

The module for macro photography with a resolution of 2 megapixels usually produces only basic quality. This is pure marketing; even better macro photography can be done with the same main camera with digital zoom.

The smartphone can shoot video in maximum 4K with 30 frames per second. The detail is low, the picture is loose, there is no stabilization. You can shoot at 60 fps only by lowering the resolution to 1080p (and losing even more detail). Moreover, in fact, the frame rate turns out to be 56-57 frames per second, not 60. In our opinion, it is better not to reduce the resolution and shoot in 4K. The quality of video recording cannot be called completely weak, but it is definitely not very high.

Telephone and communications

The Infinix Note 30 VIP smartphone supports both 4G and 5G mobile networks. In an urban environment in the Moscow region, the device demonstrated reliable operation in wireless networks, providing a stable connection and quick restoration of communication if it was interrupted. The smartphone is also equipped with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2, and also supports NFC technology.

The two-channel satellite navigation module works with GPS (L1+L5), as well as Glonass, Galileo and BDS. During a cold start, the first satellites are detected quickly, and the positioning accuracy is not satisfactory.

The sound of the interlocutor's voice through the speaker is somewhat quieter, but the speech remains understandable. The vibration motor has moderate strength. The built-in sensors, including the gyroscope, work flawlessly.

Software and multimedia

Infinix Note 30 VIP runs on the Android 13 operating system with the proprietary XOS 13 shell. It is a typical Chinese interface, pre-loaded with a variety of software, includes various additional functions, supports gestures and virtual panels. The device's curtain is divided into two parts. The official Google Play app store is available and there is also access to Google services.

The smartphone is equipped with stereo speakers that sound loud, do not distort the sound at maximum volume and do not cut off frequencies. There is also a 3.5mm audio output for using wired headphones.

Performance

Infinix Note 30 VIP uses an octa-core Mediatek Dimensity 8050 SoC (1×Cortex-A78 @3.0GHz + 3×Cortex-A78 @2.6GHz + 4×Cortex-A55 @2.0GHz) and graphics computing is handled by GPU Mali-G77 MC9. The device is equipped with 8 or 12 GB of RAM, which can be expanded by allocating virtual space. The built-in storage has a capacity of 256 GB, and the ability to install a memory card is also available. The USB Type-C port supports connecting external devices in USB OTG mode.

The Mediatek Dimensity 8050 platform provides sufficient performance to handle any current task, including demanding games. In the AnTuTu performance test, the device scores almost 700 thousand points, which makes this platform a worthy choice for a smartphone at this price level.

Testing in comprehensive tests AnTuTu and GeekBench:

For convenience, we have compiled all the results we obtained when testing the smartphone in the latest versions of popular benchmarks into tables. The table usually adds several other devices from different segments, also tested on similar latest versions of benchmarks (this is done only for a visual assessment of the obtained dry figures). Unfortunately, within the framework of one comparison it is impossible to present the results from different versions of benchmarks, so many worthy and relevant models remain “behind the scenes” — due to the fact that they once passed the “obstacle course” on previous versions of test programs.

 Infinix Note 30 VIP
(Mediatek Dimensity 8050)
Tecno Camon 20 Pro 5G
(Mediatek Dimensity 8050)
Vivo V27
(Mediatek Dimensity 7200)
Poco X5 Pro 5G
(Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G)
Realme 10 Pro+ 5G
(Mediatek Dimensity 1080)
AnTuTu (v9.x)
(more is better)
667866686367602528536193524992
GeekBench 6
(bigger is better)
1113/33521141/32161198/2686941/2640 

Testing the graphics subsystem in 3DMark and GFXBenchmark gaming tests:

 Infinix Note 30 VIP
(Mediatek Dimensity 8050)
Tecno Camon 20 Pro 5G
(Mediatek Dimensity 8050)
Vivo V27
(Mediatek Dimensity 7200)
Poco X5 Pro 5G
(Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G)
Realme 10 Pro+ 5G
(Mediatek Dimensity 1080)
3DMark Wild Life Extreme Vulkan
(more is better)
131613071165687630
3DMark Wild Life Vulkan
(more is better)
45644538418624502282
GFXBenchmark Manhattan ES 3.1
(Onscreen, fps)
7879594940
GFXBenchmark Manhattan ES 3.1
(1080p Offscreen, fps)
8991685645
GFXBenchmark T-Rex
(Onscreen, fps)
11912011010960
GFXBenchmark T-Rex
(1080p Offscreen, fps)
203198160132106

Testing in browser cross-platform tests:

 Infinix Note 30 VIP
(Mediatek Dimensity 8050)
Tecno Camon 20 Pro 5G
(Mediatek Dimensity 8050)
Vivo V27
(Mediatek Dimensity 7200)
Poco X5 Pro 5G
(Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G)
Realme 10 Pro+ 5G
(Mediatek Dimensity 1080)
Google Octane 2
(bigger is better)
2948033129293292707023458
JetStream
(more is better)
7373877353

AndroBench memory speed test results:

Heat

We conduct a test for performance degradation when heated using the program Burnout Benchmark, which allows you to load the CPU, GPU and NPU:

Stress onHeating performance as a percentage of maximum
CPU31%
GPU94%
NPU32%

Performance degradation due to overheating under heavy load is negligible.

Battery life

The Infinix Note 30 VIP smartphone received a battery with a standard capacity of 5000 mAh by today's standards. In tests, the device demonstrated a quite decent level of autonomy.

Testing has traditionally been carried out at the usual level of power consumption without using power saving functions, although the device has them. Test conditions: the minimum comfortable brightness level was set (approximately 100 cd/m²). Tests: continuous reading in the Moon+ Reader program (with a standard, light theme); continuous viewing of video in HD quality (720p) via your home Wi-Fi network; Injustice 2 game with automatic graphics settings.

 Battery capacityReading modeVideo mode3D Game Mode
Infinix Note 30 VIP5000 mAh20:3018:308:30 a.m.
Tecno Camon 20 Pro 5G5000 mAh19:0016:007:00 am
Vivo V274600 mAh25:0019:007:00 am
Poco X5 Pro 5G5000 mAh18:0020:007:00 am
Realme 10 Pro+ 5G5000 mAh19:0018:005:00 a.m.
Xiaomi 12T5000 mAh19:0016:006:00 am
Nothing Phone (1)4500 mAh15:0016:005:00 a.m.

All these are the maximum possible figures obtained under “ideal” conditions, including without installed SIM cards. Any changes in the operating scenario will most likely lead to worse results.

The included 68 W wall charger fully charges the smartphone in just under an hour. Wireless charging is also supported: by placing the smartphone on the included wireless charger (15 W), it can be charged in 5 hours.

Bottom line

The Infinix Note 30 VIP is a mid-range smartphone that comes with a robust hardware platform from MediaTek that provides ample performance. The device has a decent amount of memory, includes all the main network modules and is equipped with a high-quality AMOLED screen. The photography capabilities of this smartphone are not outstanding, but they are also not a failure, although for 30 thousand one would expect better shooting quality. However, the device has the typical features of more affordable smartphones, such as memory card support and a mini-jack jack for wired headphones, which are often missing from more premium smartphone brands.