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Infinix HOT 11S review: For mobile gamers on a budget

Play without much pay



Look, most gaming devices can get tough on the wallet. And, when you’re mainly playing on your phone, it can be gut-wrenchingly expensive to get yourself a gaming phone within your budget. You want to play without too much pay and the underrated Infinix has you covered.

Infinix has consistently released great phones that deliver every bang-for-your-buck and their recent release is no exception. What’s the latest addition to their great line-up? The Infinix HOT 11S.

Infinix HOT 11S

Is this what a gaming phone should look like?

The Infinix HOT 11s is a dual-sim budget gaming smartphone with a 6.78-inch Full HD with a 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate. It’s decked out in three different colors: Polar Black, 7°Purple, and Green Wave.

On top of the wave design on the back, the phone is encased in plastic–making for a fingerprint-smearing city. Just be more forgiving though–most phones tend to do so. If anything, the wave design takes away the smearing which I think is genius.

To manage expectations, the phone features and specifications aren’t necessarily what people would view as technologically new or revolutionary. Remember, we’re talking budget here. But, with phones on the same price range, this one delivers on all fronts of durable, functional, and quality mobile gaming without breaking the bank.

The phone has loud dual speakers, a decent battery life, and reliable performance that makes it stand out, especially with its price tag.

Infinix HOT 11S

More than just casual play

The Infinix HOT 11S is powered by a MediaTek Helio G88 gaming processor paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. If you’re worried about storage, the phone has a dedicated microSD card slot. But, note that the phone has more than enough space to run your favorite games and apps on the Google Play Store without much of a hitch.

The Infinix Note 7 doesn’t falter on features when tested. The phone didn’t stutter or struggle when putting it through the stress test of scrolling, unlocking, and opening and closing multiple apps. On top of that, the Infinix HOT 11S has a 5000mAh battery that makes your daily grind of work and play look easy.

Infinix HOT 11S

For the try-hards on a budget

For gaming, the phone didn’t seem at all bothered with Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, League of Legends Wild Rift, The Gardens Between, and Genshin Impact. The phone held up to its dependable battery life despite a full day of work and play. You can play with reckless abandon and, with the sleek display, you’re in for accurate and smooth gameplay.

The Infinix HOT 11S even brought in game-boosting features to keep all your budget try-hard a shot at having the best without paying for it. You can tinker and play with the phone’s settings with Dar-Link Ultimate Game Booster. And, you can keep those settings and games saved up all in the Game Zone.

Infinix HOT 11S

Does size matter?

The Infinix HOT 11s has a “big” display for a phone. And, how big is too big or is it big at all? The phone isn’t too far off being a love child of a tablet and phone. With its 6.78-inch FHD display and dual speakers, the phone makes watching Netflix or playing games an overall immersive experience.

It’s good to note that Infinix has had questionable size-ups with HD+ displays. So, for me, the HOT 11s has much more balanced specs with a reasonable downsize and an upgrade to a Full HD display.

Infinix HOT 11S

The cake is a lie

Hear me out here: The Infinix HOT 11S features a triple-camera set-up with a 50MP main shooter. On the front, the phone has an 8MP selfie camera. These specs are great considering we’ve got a gaming phone in our hands here. But, it can be an absolute headache when we’ve seen Infinix do better in this category and flop to join the gaming phone camera specs budget cut bandwagon.

Lovely day

Hi, Mango!

The Infinix HOT 11S takes detailed and gorgeous shots, well beyond most budget gaming phones. Well, until the sun sets and it’s dark out. It doesn’t do well in little lighting and loses the battle with detail to the dimness.

But, to clarify, that goes with most photos in the dark. I took some shots of my cat in a dimly lit room and it came out horribly as opposed to a shot I took of her in the day.

Belly rubs, please

On the 8MP selfie camera side, it performs well under good lighting. I was by a window when I took a selfie and it came out great.

It me

The phone has a ton of features for both video and photo so, you’ll be sure to have fun with it when you’re not playing games.

Infinix HOT 11S

Is this your GamingMatch or BudgetMatch?

If you’re looking for a gaming phone that doesn’t tear your wallet to shreds, this is the phone for you. There’s nothing much to complain about this phone besides the typical gaming phone cuts on the camera. But, even then, the phone delivers good photos.

The Infinix Hot 11s is a great phone for your daily grind if you’re looking for a gaming phone that delivers on functionality, efficiency, and durability without taking your money and wallet too.

The Infinix HOT 11s costs PhP 7,990 (US$ 165).


Honkai: Star Rail to launch on April 26

All aboard the Astral Express



Honkai: Star Rail

HoYoverse has announced April 26 as the official release date of upcoming space fantasy RPG Honkai: Star Rail.

The brand-new title will be available on the Epic Games Store, PC, Android, and iOS. The PlayStation version is currently under development.

Honkai: Star Rail takes gamers to a journey of the unknown. It has fantasy elements, myths, and legends integrated into a space sci-fi story. It will adapt an intuitive turn-based combat system as players explore a vast universe filled with cultures, landscape, and scenery.

The main storyline revolves around protagonist Stellaron, who travels the galaxy from the Herta Space Station to know the truth behind the Cancer of All Worlds.

Players will eventually encounter Jarilo-VI, where numerous dangers and conflicts are frozen beneath the snow, and silkpunk flagship Xianzhou Luofu where immortality gets introduced.

To get everyone ready, the Boarding Preparation Special Program is available to watch below.

The informative video aids players on how to make the most out of Star Rail Passes and Stellar Jade, as well as behind the scenes stories of the game.

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Mobile Legends welcomes ITZY as ambassadors

Join the Harmonia stage now



Mobile Legends ITZY

Collaborations are nothing new for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, having partnered with some of the biggest franchises and brands worldwide like Star Wars, Transformers, and more.

This time, the 5-on-5 MOBA is getting K-POP sensation ITZY to join its ALLSTAR MLBB Harmonia stage as global ambassadors. It will be the first time Mobile Legends is working alongside Korean artists as it has released an ALLSTAR-themed map called Harmonia.

To celebrate the collaboration, players may acquire exclusive ALLSTAR rewards and four brand-new hero skins upon logging in.

Be the superstar

Launching on March 31, the Purify Harmonia event will allow users to get exclusive ALLSTAR rewards amounting up to 1,999 diamonds, such as:

  • Emotes
  • ALLSTAR avatar border Shine!
  • Atomic Pop
  • Atomic Pop Spawn Effect

The four hero skins to be released periodically are the following:

  • Miya “Atomic Pop”
  • Eudora “Atomic Pop”
  • Rafaela “Seraphic Selfie”
  • Hanabi “Moonlit Ninja”

There will also be exclusive in-game ALLSTAR music tracks for players to listen to. The event will last until April 23, so there’s a lot of time to get going.


ITZY is a five-member group composed of Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, and Yuna. They debuted in 2019 with the single “Dalla Dalla”. The group has 42 music show trophies, along with 23 awards and counting.

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Ubisoft pulls out of E3 2023

Will hold its own event



This is an important year for the annual E3 conference. After missing the past few years due to the pandemic, the gaming extravaganza is finally returning to an in-person event in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly looking like a triumphant return to the big stage. In the months leading up to the event, several brands have reportedly pulled out from the event in favor of their own exclusive events. Today, it’s time to add Ubisoft to that list.

In a statement issued to VGC, Ubisoft has confirmed that it will not participate in the upcoming E3 2023. Instead, the company will hold its own Ubisoft Forward Live event on June 12, also in Los Angeles.

It’s an important year for Ubisoft. The publisher is slated to release Assassin’s Creed Mirage later this year. The upcoming title will reportedly pivot the series back to its stealth-focused roots. Meanwhile, the franchise also announced Assassin’s Creed Codename Red, an upcoming title set in feudal Japan, which has been a hotly anticipated setting since the franchise’s inception.

While Ubisoft has historically supported E3 in the past, this year marks the first departure from the main floor. However, the publisher is following in the footsteps of its contemporaries in the industry. Nintendo, Sony, and Xbox are also pulling out from the conference to hold their own events in the area.

SEE ALSO: Sony, Xbox, Nintendo are skipping E3 2023

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