Infinix Note 5 Stylus 

price₹ 16,999 onwards

launchDec, 2018

17.2

excellence score

30.6

value for money score

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2-Minute Review

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Design

  • Just like the Infinix Note 5, the Note 5 Stylus has a sharp paint job that will catch your attention - it also has a metal unibody which gives it a premium look and a solid feel in the hand
  • The back panel is flat but curves at the sides making the Note 5 Stylus comfortable to hold in the hand
  • The fingerprint scanner is convenient to reach when holding the phone in either hand

Stylus

  • This is one of very few smartphones in recent times to sport a stylus - and the cheapest - and it is handy if you like taking notes the old-fashioned way
  • Pop it out, and the phone provides haptic feedback, as it launches the XPen app - you get the option to create notes, memos, take a screenshot, and open a painting app - it also has a lock screen notes feature that lets you scribble notes when the phone is locked - sliding the stylus back into its silo saves these notes automatically
  • There is a slight hint of lag while taking notes or sketching (it is not as latency-free as say the Galaxy Note series)
  • Handwriting recognition isn't available at the moment - though it's slated to arrive soon

Display

  • Good, vivid, tall display, without a notch

Software

  • Since the Note 5 Stylus is a part of Google's Android One programme, it runs simple, pure stock
  • Some of the additions over stock Android include the XPen software for the stylus, XNote (a note-taking app), and the FM radio app

Performance

  • Solid performance with a Helio P23 at the core - day-to-day performance is lag-free
  • Having said that, there are better performing phones around like the Nokia 6.1 Plus, Motorola One Power, and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2

Camera

  • Decent selfie camera - you can get some decent selfies, and the selfie flash is handy in low lighting conditions
  • Average rear camera - in daylight, the phone is able to meter light correctly but is slow to lock focus - you will walk away with a blurry shot if you aren't patient
  • When shooting against the light, you will observe a bit of chromatic aberration
  • Edge detection is a hit or a miss in portrait mode
  • The camera performance drops in low light and you can see visible grain in the output - in order to capture more light, the shutter stays open for longer - this results in motion blur if the subject you are shooting moves
  • Video recording maxes out at 1080p for both the primary and the selfie cameras, and there's no video stabilisation, resulting in shaky video

Battery

  • Good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - you will comfortably get a day of use even with heavy usage
  • Fast charging support - the supplied 18W charger is capable of charging the battery from zero to 42 percent in 30 minutes

Verdict

  • If you loves taking notes (or scribbling) the old-fashioned way, then the Note 5 Stylus could be a good choice in this price bracket - it is the only current budget phone with a stylus support
  • For the average user though, the stylus will not be a big deal - and for them, there are significantly better all-round choices around - the likes of Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2, Realme U1, and others

Expert Reviews

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  1. If the stylus isn't the most important feature for you, then there are better alternatives
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Infinix Note 5 Stylus Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android versionAndroid One series
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2160 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Screen DesignClassic (No Notches)
Screen Refresh Rate60 HzStandard
Display Features
  • IPS
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
  • FullView display
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Gyroscope
  • G-Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2 GHz, Octa Core, MediaTek Helio P23Ranked #80 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUMali-G71 MP2
RAM4 GB
Memory
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memory SlotYes, up to 128 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 18W X Charge, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight173 gmMedium
Thickness8.4 mmMedium
Width75.0 mmOk for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera16.0MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • F/1.8 Aperture
  • Auto Scene Detection
  • AI Portrait
  • HDR
  • Beauty Mode
  • Professional Mode
  • Night Mode
  • Panorama
  • Time-lapse
Secondary Camera16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • Softlight Flash
  • AI Bokeh
  • AI Beauty
  • Wide Selfie
  • Time-lapse
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
VoWiFi/WiFi-CallingYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes
CompassYes
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Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes
More
  • Stylus Support

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