Infinix Note 5 Stylus 

price₹ 15,999 onwards

launchDec, 2018

27.3

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58.4

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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 9.0 PieExpected update to Android QAndroid One series
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2160 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
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 #53 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUMali-G71 MP2
RAM4 GB
Memory
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 128 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
Fast ChargingYes, X Charge
Dimensions
Weight190 gm
Thickness8.4 mm
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
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes
CompassYes
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App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes
More
  • Stylus Support

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