The Infinix NOTE 10 Pro 2022 was released as a refreshed version of last year’s NOTE 10 Pro and brings with it slight upgrades with the same look.
In case you missed it, you can check out the unboxing and first impressions by clicking here before reading this full review.
Before we take a deeper look at the 2022 version, let’s look at the specs of the two phones for comparison.
|Component||2021 Version||2022 Refresh|
|Chipset||Helio G90T||Helio G95|
|Display||6.95-inch FHD+ IPS LCD with 90Hz||6.95-inch FHD+ IPS LCD with 90Hz|
|Battery||5000mAh with 33W fast charge||5000mAh with 33W fast charge|
|Rear Camera||64MP main camera|
2MP depth sensor
|64MP main camera|
2MP depth sensor
|Color/s||Black, Purple, Nordic Secret||Black, Purple, Nordic Secret|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.0/Wi-Fi 802.11||Bluetooth 5.0/Wi-Fi 802.11|
|OS||Android 11, XOS 7.6||Android 11, XOS 7.6|
|Audio||DTS Audio, Stereo speakers, 3.5mm audio port||DTS Audio, Stereo speakers, 3.5mm audio port|
|SIM/Card Slot||Dual Sim/microSD card slot||Dual Sim/microSD card slot|
Looking at the table above, we can see a lot of similarities between the two versions at least on paper. The 2021 variant was priced at PHP 9,990 for 8GB RAM and 128GB, while the 2022 refresh carries over the RAM but doubles the storage for PHP 11,990.
You can purchase this device exclusively on Infinix’s official Shopee store.
How much improvement does it have with a relatively newer processor? Let’s look deeper.
Infinix NOTE 10 Pro 2022 Build and Aesthetics
First and foremost, the phone is big but I found it light for its size. It’s 209 grams to be exact. If you have average hands as I do, a slight adjustment is needed to be made if you want to reach the top of the phone using one hand.
Let us take a look at the back of the phone first. The color variation that was given to us was Purple. It has a two-toned glossy metallic finish at the back that features a striped design at the bottom half. Having this glass-like glossy back makes it a fingerprint magnet so it was a good thing that a jelly case comes with it to help avoid this.
Let’s look at the sides of the phone. The volume control and power button/fingerprint sensor are both located on the right side of the device. The buttons have a premium feel to them but users who have small to average hands as I do might need a little time to get used to it.
Meanwhile, the SIM and microSD card tray is located on the upper left side of the device.
Now we go to the bottom where we can see the 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C port, and speaker grill are located. Additionally, the phone features a dual stereo speaker setup that is loud enough even when you’re outdoors.
Infinix NOTE 10 Pro 2022 Display and Camera
The Infinix NOTE 10 Pro 2022 sports a 6.95-inch FHD+ 90Hz IPS LCD is the same as its predecessor with a 180Hz touch sampling rate. You can toggle the refresh rate from 90Hz to 60Hz or you can set it to auto-switch to save battery when you don’t need the higher refresh rate.
The brightness of the screen only needs to be set at 50% when you are indoors but it needs to be maxed out when you are outdoors. The good thing is even when maxed the quality of the images or videos on the display is still good.
The selfie camera on the top of the phone comes in a notch design that, at least for me, suits the simple design of the front of the device. This also comes with asymmetrical bezels on the top and bottom half, the latter having the thicker bezel.
The camera island is located at the top left of the rear. It looks a bit bulky for me and does not quite fit the glammy look of the back’s glossy metallic finish. A sleeker and/or smaller design would be a better choice.
On the software side, it is easy to navigate the camera app like any other Android camera app out there. You can go as detailed or as simple as you want with setting it up.
Here are some sample images that were taken by the 64MP main camera and the selfie camera:
As far as indoor photos go, the 64MP main camera offers decent color reproduction with good separation, however, its quality could be better.
Meanwhile, bringing it outdoors with some light improves this drastically. The details are much smoother and more natural compared to the indoor shots.
The phone has a Portrait mode that offers actually impressive separation. Here’s a sample of it on and off:
The ultrawide camera also has decent colors and details which is enough to give you good photos while introducing more of the scenery into your photo.
The front camera, on the other hand, offers amazing photos with light. Even without direct light, the details are still there and the colors are pretty much close to reality.
The front camera Portrait Mode offers impressive separation between the subject and the background even while indoors.
Here are some more details about the camera:
- 1/1.72 large sensor to increase incoming light for low-light situations and against the phone’s predecessor it has –
- 17.8% more incoming light
- 14.7% more light-sensing area
- 35% improved image brightness
- 4K video shooting capability for both front and rear cameras.
- Imint’s Vidhance Video Stabilization solution
- Auto-blur video shooting
- 4K time-lapse video mode
- 960FPS slow-motion capture
- Professional Portrait mode using Bokeh-effect
Infinix NOTE 10 Pro 2022 Battery
The NOTE 10 Pro 2022 is equipped with a 5,000mAh battery that supports 33W X-charge technology.
PCMark Battery Test:
The PCMark Battery test showed the battery life is at 10 hours and 59 minutes. After this test and draining the battery completely, the charging time from 0% to a full charge took 1hr and 35 minutes.
We also did not notice any significant temperature change during the battery test.
Performance and UI
The one and only significant upgrade from the 2021 version is the processor. The refresh version is equipped with a MediaTek Helio G95 which includes a Mali-G76 MC4 GPU with 8GB RAM.
Here are some benchmark screenshots:
Benchmark results are as follows:
- 426 overall score with 2.60 avg. FPS on 3D Mark Wild Life extreme
- 1,499 overall score with 9 avg. FPS on 3D Mark Wildlife
- scored 369,739 on AnTuTu
- Single-core score of 505 and Multi-core score of 1667 on GeekBench
After finishing these benchmarks, we tested the phone’s gaming capabilities. We tried two very different games Call of Duty Mobile and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. The two games ran smoothly on medium settings though you can still bump up the graphics to high if you don’t mind the drop in FPS.
As for the temperatures while gaming, we did not notice anything significant or anything that can bother you or hinder you from enjoying your game.
Let’s take a look at some UI screenshots and live images:
The UI, at least for me, looks good and not cluttered. It has some pre-installed apps but generally, it is one of the simpler UIs in my experience.
XOS has some added features like Power Marathon. It helps manage your battery if you’re out and can’t immediately charge.
The responsiveness of the XOS along with the display also helps in making it a more pleasurable experience.