Infinix Hot S x521 Review: Clear and Unbiased Opinions You Can Trust.
There is a wise saying that goes: Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer but is the incentive to progress. And that proved to be true recently as Infinix Mobility launched the HotS, their latest addition to the “Hot” series. Keep in mind that Tecno Mobile has recently launched the Camon C9 amidst fanfare, therefore, it was always going to be a tough act to follow by Infinix Mobile. However, the competition between both OEMs has continued to bring about progress to the smartphone market in Nigeria and this was no exception. I was not very sure about Infinix ability to give us a device that would stand shoulder to shoulder with the Camon C9, but it seems they have gone ahead to prove doubters (myself inclusive) wrong. Without further ado, let us look at the specifications that the phone comes with.
|GSM: GSM 900 / 1800|
|3G: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100|
|4G: FDD-LTE 1 / 3(1800) / 7(2600) / 8 / 20(800); TDD-LTE：B38 / B40|
|SIM Type: Dual Micro SIM|
|OS: Android 6 Marshmallow + XOS|
Dimensions: 152 x 74 x 8.1 mm
|Weight: 140 g|
|Display: 5.2 inches, 1280 x 720 pixels (282 PPI), IPS display|
|Sensors: Fingerprint Scanner, Accelerometer, Proximity|
|Build: Full Aluminium Body|
|Colours: Champagne Gold. Med Blue. Glossy Silver. Berlin Gray. Rose Gold|
|Processor Type: Octa-Core 1.3 GHz|
|Processor Name: Mediatek MT6753|
|Graphics Processor: Mali-T720 MP3 450MHz|
|RAM: 2 GB / 3 GB|
|Internal Storage: 16 GB / 32 GB|
|External Storage: MicroSD card up to 128 GB (uses 2nd SIM slot)|
|Rear: 13-megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash|
|Video recording: Yes|
|Front-facing: 8-megapixel camera with Flash light|
|Music Support: mp3, aac, aac+, eaac+, amr|
|Video Support: mpeg4, h.263, h.264|
|FM Radio: Yes|
|WiFi: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|USB: microUSB v2.0; OTG|
|Charging: Fast Charge|
|Battery: 3,000 mAh|
|Announcement: July 2016|
|Availability: July 27th, 2016|
- The specifications look needs if you ask me, but we have a ton of OEMs promising a million things and delivering on none. And that is where we at Gadgets Review NG come in, to give you in-depth and unbiased reviews of this products before you spend money on it. So how did the Hot S fare when we laid our hands on it?
- From the build itself, it looked much more matured than their previous releases and my colleague agreed with me in a way when he argued that this is the first Infinix Mobile phone that he would gladly spend money on. Remember that their last offering in the Hot series; the Hot 3 had a plastic build that was not welcomed by a number of people, Infinix Mobile responded with a metallic build this time and it looks beautiful. The Camera quality also looks much better (something you actually expect when an OEM uses 13 Mega-pixels right?) the Hot S also comes with an improved selfie camera that is an 8 megapixel camera for our better selfie experience. And it is worthy of mention that the selfie camera can shoot a whole 120 degrees.
- The competition seems to be yielding good benefits again as we see the Hot S comes with a fingerprint scanner (did somebody say a response to Tecno’s Iris Scanner?) well when we tried the fingerprint scanner, it looked like a very viable security feature; easy to set up and easy to use.
- I had a great time playing with the “Magic Movie” feature. It looks like something that would be great for social media; record a video, use fun pre-set edit in seconds and upload to social media. Quite promising.
- The XOS upgraded version of XUI sees the phone coming with a package known as the XOS family; when launched, you would see it gives you the options of opening an Xaccount, giving feedback, launching Xmanager, accessing Xcloud, Xweather, Xguide, Xhide and reading a pre-installed user guide. We are not sure how this would pan out as users might be reluctant to open a new account with Infinix Mobile. However, we think it is refreshing that OEMS are working on their own OS to complement Google’s Android.
- The screen was also quite responsive to touches, and its display looks very beautiful; it seems to live up to its hype as a full high definition screen. More so, the 5”2 screen makes it comfortable for you watch your videos and pictures.
- The sound quality is quite okay. It doesn’t sound harsh to the ears. We tested the sound of the Hot S with the phone only and with its accompanying earphone, and they both sounded cool. The sound did not hurt my ears like some phones have done (don’t ask me which).
- The octa-core makes sure that the processing unit functions optimally. Accompanied with 2GB of RAM, we did not expect anything less from the phone. It seems to me (for now) that the multi-tasking is fine and fluid too. The phone also comes with a 16GB internal memory capacity which is okay, considering the fact that you can use an external memory card, and what more? The phone supports the use of an OTG (USB on the go).
- The only issue I have with the Hot S is probably the battery capacity (3000 mAh). I feel like Infinix need to better their battery capacity for them to have a stronger hold on the market. But then again, it is excusable when you see that most middle-end phones released this year have stuck to that capacity. Besides, it has fast charging capacity to make up for that.
- Overall the Infinix Hot S looks like a phone that would do very well in the market. Personally. I would buy it, and if the testimonies I hear about Infinix’s durability is anything to go by, I might be using it for a very long time to come.
You can watch our video review below: