In this already crowded Indian smartphone segment, Infinix a Hong Kong based smartphone launched in India earlier this month. Infinx launched in India as an online only brand in association with Transsion Holdings. Launching their first smartphone Note 4 for ₹8,999 Infinix is targeting a very competitive and beloved segment in the Indian smartphone industry. But is it competent enough to pass the likes of sustainable brands and land in a few pockets? Let’s find out.
Infinix Note 4 might look a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S7 with similar kind of curves at the back. But as soon as you pick it up you will realize that it’s a whole lot different and the affordable feel starts to sink in. The handset is all plastic from front to back. The back has a removable back, which is covered with a glossy paint protected with a film to keep it less vulnerable to scratches. This is a good addition because it adds to the overall look.
The back has a 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and a 5P lens. There is a Infinix branding done in the middle along with Note written at the bottom.
The front has nothing to offer other than the display. The 5.7-inch display is right there in the middle with not so broad chin at the top and the bottom. Below the display is a physical home button which doubles as a fingerprint sensor. It is accompanied by two capacitive touch buttons, one on either side.
The bottom has a micro USB port with speaker grill whereas the 3.5mm audio jack is housed at the top. The form factor of smartphone though makes it a little heavy. Overall, we found it quite satisfactory and nothing much can be complained about at this price point.
Infinix Note 4 Hardware
Infinix Note 4 comes with a MediaTek chipset under the hood with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Considering all this is being offered under the 10k price bracket, it surely draws attention for exploring more about this handset. Here is its specification listed below.
- 5.7-inch (1080× 1920 pixels) Full HD IPS 2.5D curved glass display
- 1.3GHz Octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor with Mali-T720 GPU
- 3GB RAM, 32GB Internal memory, expandable memory up to 128GB with micro SD
- XOS Chameleon v2.3 based on Android 7.0 Nougat
- Dual SIM (micro+micro) + microSD card slot
- 13MP rear camera with dual LED flash, PDAF, 1.12uM sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 5P lens
- 8MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture, 1.4uM sensor, selfie flash
- Dimensions: 159 x 78.8 x 8.4mm | 175g weight
- 4G LTE with VoLTE/ViLTE support
- 4300mAh battery with x-charge fast charging technology
Note 4 comes with a dual SIM standby supporting with micro-SIM cards along with a dedicated microSD card slot which is usually a hybrid slot supporting either dual SIM cards or expandable storage in other handsets.
On the optic front, Infinix Note 4 comes with a 13MP rear camera sensor with 5P lens. With f/2.0 aperture and Phase detection autofocus, it packs within a 1.12uM sensor. Paired with dual-LED flash, the package seems to be a good offering for day-to-day usage.
Results from the rear camera are quite average. It performs very well in broad daylight but as soon as the transition takes place its performance takes a hit. The noise starts to sweep in low light conditions and LED flash might not even help.
The front camera too performs similarly. There is a 8MP sensor on the front with LED flash. The intensity of the front LED can be controlled but the noise and lack of details might ruin the click.
Overall if we talk about the camera, its results are strictly average. For handsets falling in the same price range, this is a common trait where they lack and Infinix Note 4 is neither any different.
The Infinix Note4 comes with a Full HD display with 1080×1920 pixels resolution from SHARP technologies. As claimed this display comes with high color gamut ie: 85% NTSC and can lit up to 500 nits brightness. It has good viewing angles and we found it’s color reproduction to be impressive. Its sunlight legibility is also satisfactory and its touch sensitivity too responsive and fairly quick.
Infinix smartphones run on XOS which is their in-house developed OS based on Android. XOS Chameleon V2.3 based on Android 7.0 Nougat runs the Note 4 which features typically found in Chinese-origin smartphones. The user interface has a launcher-less design along with bundled apps which can’t be removed. These may be called as bloatware because the apps might not be needed by all its consumers and they limit the available storage.
Talking about the features, the XOS allows users to run two different accounts of Facebook, WhatsApp much like a Parallel Space. It comes with Phone Manager, Freezer and a few other system management apps which can be used wisely to optimize the handset’s overall experience.
4300mAh battery is enough to survive a day, at times even more. It comes with x-charge technology which refills the juice pretty quickly. But this charging tech only works with the bundled charger and will not only at a normal pace with any other charger.
In our review period, we felt this smartphone is good for multimedia consumption of any sorts. Gaming is not its forte but it should run basic low-graphic intensive games without any problems. Multitasking sometimes gets a jerk depending upon the available RAM. Overall, our judgment for its performance lies in the average to good range.
Infinix being a new brand to the market though might face a stiff competition with low turnout. India – a very dynamic arena for smartphones can make anything happen, playing by the fact that customers should be offered the best value for their money. The smartphone offers a neat design and an impressive display for ₹8,999. One could easily choose it for multimedia consumption and perform the daily routine of calling, messaging, emails etc. Unless the user, tries to play games, this smartphone is a good option considering the big battery, big display and under ₹10,000 price point.
Infinix Mobile is available on Flipkart for ₹8,999 – http://fkrt.it/2CowU!NNNN
- Not for gaming
- Average Camera
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