Look, Infinix isn’t exactly the first brand that comes into our minds when it comes to a “decent mid-range smartphone”, but each time we review an Infinix phone, we were always surprised. So, when the Infinix Note 12 G96 came about, I am already expecting good things from it. Did it surprise or disappoint? Well, let’s find out in today’s review.
Okay, so let’s start with our usual 6 points of a smartphone.
Starting with the design. The Infinix Note 12 G96 comes with a very simple-looking design. It has squared-off edges and the back has a matte finish.
I’m curious about that camera cutout that has a virtual extension to fill the gap on the right side. No idea why Infinix did this, but whatever.
The cameras are fairly simple – while it does look like there are 3 cameras, only one of them can be used to take pictures. One of it is a camera that Infinix labels as “Q”??? I have no idea what it does.
Anyway, the main 50MP camera can actually take decent-looking pictures. To have a look at all the pictures taken, watch our video at the top of this review. The night shot looks amazing, by the way.
As for the screen, it is one of the main selling points of this phone. It uses a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080×2400 pixels. It’s actually a very nice-looking screen, too.
We decided to use our colorimeter to test out its color accuracy at 100 nits of brightness and found out that it can cover 100% of sRGB and 99.96% of DCI-P3 color gamuts – however, the maximum Delta E number is rather high.
The maximum brightness can reach 500 nits of brightness – which means it can surely be used outdoors. Might struggle under direct sunlight, so maybe create some shade with your other hand.
Also, this screen’s maximum refresh rate is only at 60Hz. I personally think this is not an issue as refresh rates don’t necessarily mean smoother animations – and most games are still capped at 60fps maximum too.
And this is where we’ll talk about the performance. This phone comes with the MediaTek Helio G96 chipset with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage. This is not the first time we’ve tested the performance of the G96 chipset, and I’ll have to say that the performance is decent for games like PUBG, COD, and Free Fire.
The phone barely warms up too – so that’s good.
The battery life of this phone is rather decent as well, as that 5,000mAh battery can last for nearly 13 hours in the PCMark battery life test at 100 nits of brightness.
For the charging speed, it comes with a 33W charger in the box and charges the phone from 15% to 100% in about 96 minutes. It’s definitely not that fast for a 33W charger, but the charging curve is interesting since it doesn’t have a clear divide in tiering the charging speeds like what we’ve seen in many other phones.
And this is where the software part becomes a little… funny? Should I say that? You see, the Infinix Note 12 G96 comes with Android 12 with Infinix’s own skin – called XOS.
Aside from some weird words used to describe some of its features like “inadvertently mode” which is just an accidental unlock prevention system, the overall UI works really well. There are some settings moved to the top of the menu for easy access, like software updates and system navigation style.
Even the camera UI is the best I’ve seen. Instead of swiping left or right to change modes, Infinix lets us swipe up to access the entire list of modes available. I absolutely love this.
Should you buy the Infinix Note 12 G96?
So, at the price of RM769, I’m impressed by what the Infinix Note 12 G96 has to offer. Sure, it can be improved in a few aspects but I think at this price point – it’s really good.