Infinix Note 5 Stylus review: An impressive deal at Rs 15,999
Specifications: Mediatek Helio P23 octa core, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage (expandable with hybrid slot, upto 128GB cards), 5.93-inch FHD+ IPS LCD (2160 x 1080 pixels), 16MP f1.8 AI rear camera, 16MP f2.0 front camera with soft LED flash, WiFi n, BT4.2, 4,000mAh
Pros: Pressure sensitive stylus (X-pen) with 4096 levels of pressure, clear & bright FHD+ LCD, stock Android One, all metal build with attractive colours, good camera, great battery life
Cons: P23 processor is a little behind for this price class, hybrid SIM slot has you choosing between SIM or storage expansion, video recording capped at 1080p 30fps
Your smartphone is almost an extension of you these days. So it’s only natural that it takes on a bigger role in your day-to-day life. Whether you’re the creative kind or not, you can’t deny the precision and feel that a pencil and paper has. Many digital devices have been trying to replicate this feel with varying levels of success. But there’s one common thread that unites all these devices — the hefty premium that they command.
If you’ve always wanted a stylus but never could get yourself to spend crazy amounts of money, Infinix has your back. Their new phone doesn’t have a dual rear camera or a full screen display with notch but it does have one mighty feature that no one else has in this price segment — a pressure sensitive stylus called X-pen. It’s a powered, fine tipped stylus that charges when stored inside the phone.
You may have seen this sort of stylus on Samsung’s Galaxy Note series (they call it S-pen). It’s very clear that Infinix is emulating Samsung’s efforts in this area because the stylus looks almost identical. Some of the software features are similar. It even has a button on it and a ‘clicky’ back that serves no purpose other than to help remove the stylus from the silo. 20 seconds of charge inside the phone will get you 90 minutes of use. Safe to say you’ll never encounter a situation where the stylus is out of power.
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So what can you do with the X-pen on this phone? You can use it to navigate the phone interface, tap on the keyboard, make notes & drawings, annotate and take precise screenshots. There are screen off memos too: take the X-pen out with the screen off and you can quickly scribble and save a note. Leave the X-pen idle outside the phone too long and it will pop up a reminder on the screen. Just like Samsung’s Note series, the stylus works even when it’s not touching the screen (you can see the cursor on screen respond to the stylus from a distance of a few millimetres).
Even more impressive is the fact that it includes palm rejection — you can use the screen to support your hand while doodling away. Perhaps the only area where the Note 5 Stylus can’t match up to something like a Galaxy Note 9 is finesse and speed (lag). But in a phone that costs less than a fourth of the price of a new Note 9, no one should have any reason to complain!
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Apart from all these features, this phone is part of the Android One program. There are a couple of software features that were needed though. First is a dedicated app for the stylus called XNote — a place to create and store all your notes and doodles. Second is the screen off memo (mentioned earlier). And third is the Air Command: quick shortcuts that pop up when you eject the X-pen. A floating button appears on the side when the stylus is out of the device. You can tap this button with the stylus (it doesn’t respond to your finger) to bring up the same menu.
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In addition, you get a fast fingerprint scanner on the back, a very decent 16MP rear camera with dual LED flash, a 16MP front camera with pixel binning (combines 4 pixels into one for brighter images) and soft LED flash and face unlock (as part of the Trusted Face option in Smart Unlock). The camera offers multiple modes (pro, panorama, night, time lapse, beauty and portrait) and Google Lens integration. Video is where it slips up since there’s no EIS (stabilisation) and resolution is capped at 1080p 30. Performance from the P23 processor is good for the most part and it can even do some gaming but it’s not a speed demon. Battery life is a full day with heavy use and an 18 watt charger is bundled for quick charges.
Overall though, we can’t help but be impressed at what’s on offer here. You get the cool X-pen, some attractive colours, allmetal build quality, nice screen and capable cameras at a great price. Special offers at the time of writing put the effective price at just `14,500. But it’s a great buy at the full price too, especially if you value the stylus and are able to put it to good use.