While Infinix always sets a tight competition to itself in the budget segment, it is back again with the elder sibling to the Infinix S5, the Infinix S5 Pro with an upgrade in just the design and performance segment. Well, not only that but the performance is also a bit better this time with the MediaTek Helio P35. How well does the device hold up for its price? Here’s our Infinix S5 Pro Review.
Also read: Infinix S5 Review
Design and Display
With respect to its predecessor, the Infinix S5, the new Infinix S5 Pro now gets a Pop-up selfie camera while the former had a punch-hole selfie camera. With a huge 6.53-inch display on the front, the bezels around are thin with a thick chin at the bottom. There are no signs of accidental touches when you usually hold the device.
On the back, you have a polycarbonate material with a reflective layer on it which is pretty much a fingerprint magnet. With a vertically placed triple-camera setup unlike the quad setup on the Infinix S5, the LED flashlight is placed between two camera sensors in a U-shaped camera module. The fingerprint sensor is right where your fingers usually land when you hold the device. To the bottom is the Infinix’s S branding which says “Designed by Infinix”.
Coming to the panels, you have the power button along with the volume rockers placed on the right panel and a SIM card tray which can hold two SIM cards along with a MicroSD card on the left panel. At the bottom panel, you have the MicroUSB port along with a 3.5mm headphone jack and a mic.
Upfront is the 6.53-inch FHD+ display with 2340×1080 pixels at a 20:9 aspect ratio which is an update from the earlier HD+ display. With the pop-up selfie camera, Infinix says that it has a lifespan of about 1,50,000 retractions in total. The display is exceptionally well in terms of brightness but lacks in providing crisp quality due to the lack of high resolution and the huge display. However, the colors are good with well-maintained contrast levels and media consumption is also good.
Software and Performance
The Infinix S5 Pro runs on the XOS 6.0 based on Android 10 which comes with certain pre-installed apps and games. While you can uninstall any bloatware you find unnecessary, you will find some great features in the settings such as bike mode, one-hand mode, gaming mode, DND, eye care, reading mode, and more such modes. You can unlock your device with up to 5 registered fingerprints and there is also face recognition which works good enough.
The Infinix S5 Pro comes with the MediaTek Helio P35 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. In tests, the device did hold up well taking into consideration that we did limited multi-tasking and not so heavy usage. With just a few apps running in the background, multitasking is simply easy. Coming to gaming, the mobile does struggle when playing PUBG even in the lowest graphics settings but there’s not much to complain about considering the price.
Cameras: Infinix S5 Pro Review
The Infinix S5 Pro comes with a triple-lens camera setup on the rear with the primary sensor being a 48MP with f/1.8 aperture, a 2MP depth sensor, and a QVGA sensor for low-light shots. On a good note, it also comes with a quad-LED flashlight that throws a great amount of light in lowlight conditions. With the included stock camera app, one can find many features such as custom bokeh, AI HDR, AI beauty mode, Panorama, AR stickers, and many other shooting modes.
Coming to the picture quality, the device takes some great snaps when in good lighting conditions. With the help of AI Mode, the pictures come with some optimizations with well-adjusted saturation levels. When it comes to lowlight conditions, the camera surely struggles and produces a lot of noise and grains but when shot with the low-light mode, the images come out better.
On the front is a 16MP AI selfie sensor with f/2.0 aperture which also supports AI Portrait mode, Beauty mode, Wide-selfie mode, and AR Stickers. The selfies come out pretty good in terms of details but when in portrait mode, the edge detection is not so great. Below are the camera samples for you to check out.
Battery and Miscellaneous
The Infinix S5 Pro is powered by a 4000 mAh battery which will last a day without compromising on brightness levels or any as such. In our daily tests which include browsing, social media, media consumption, some gaming, and streaming services, the device did last a whole day with some juice leftover at the end of the day. It comes with a 10W charger in the box which takes about 2 hours to fully charge the device which is decent.
Talking about network stability, we did not experience any kind if network stability issues and the call quality is decent enough. The speaker output is loud in a big room but lacks in the bass with some kind of distortions in highs.
Verdict: Infinix S5 Pro Review
Overall, the device is a win for anyone looking for a feature-loaded smartphone with good camera features. Priced at Rs. 9999, the Infinix S5 Pro offers a lot more than the competitors do in the budget segment. However, if you are looking for a mainstream smartphone and don’t want as many features this budget device offers, you always have other alternatives with Redmi and Realme in the budget segment.
- Good build quality and design
- Pop-up selfie camera design
- Impressive battery life
- Performance is shaggy
- Custom UI with bloatware
- No proper use of the QVGA low-light sensor