Infinix Hot 6 Pro review: Big 18:9 screen, dual camera, & slim design for under Rs 8k
Looks like Infinix has studied the market & delivered a device with just the right features at this price
Specifications: 5.99-inch 18:9 aspect IPS LCD (1440 x 720 pixels), Snapdragon 425 1.4Ghz quad core, 3GB DDR3 RAM, 32GB storage (expandable, dedicated slot), 13MP AF f2.0 + 2MP FF dual rear camera, 5MP FF 2.0 front camera with LED flash, BT 4.1, FM, OTG, WiFi n, GPS, 4,000mAh battery, 158 grams
Pros: Finds a pricefeature niche, included soft case, long battery life, three colours
Cons: Polycarbonate (plastic) back, no coating (attracts smudges), weak front bokeh mode, several preloaded apps
As the online-only brand of Transsion Holdings, Infinix typically has to contend with a lot of competition in extremely price sensitive segments. Specifically, this is a phone for the youth — this crowd may have a limited budget, but they know their stuff. They’ll do their research and will always want the best, biggest and most capable they can get for their money.
That’s what Infinix is gunning for with this phone — evident by merely looking at the specs. They’re looking to be the cheapest, highest battery life, dual camera Android smartphone with a large (5.99-inch) 18:9 aspect ratio display.
So what does it have? A 5.99-inch LCD with fairly slim bezels, a big (4,000mAh) battery for 2 days of use (or 12 hrs of continuous video playback) and more RAM/storage than the norm. The design is nothing special but it’s not bad either. The plastic shell mimics a metal unibody shape and feels well built too. The volume and power buttons are on the same side which is a slight irritant. The micro USB and headphone ports are on the bottom along with a loudspeaker and microphone.
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Naturally, there are some compromises to hit this price. The screen is large but is not 1080p (FHD+). It still looks quite sharp, offers great viewing angles, punchy colour and extra-high brightness (500 nits) for outdoor use. The Snapdragon 425 is an entry-level processor so performance can be a little laggy with some games. However, it does great with casual games, web, photos and video playback. The fingerprint and face unlock are not very fast but they do work.
The camera specs have been suitably whittled down too: secondary back camera and selfie camera are fixed focus.
Give the camera good light and it will surprise you with some clear results. There is a bit of shutter lag but they make up for that with multiple modes (time lapse, panorama, night mode, beauty, portrait and even manual mode).
The dual camera is what enables the portrait mode. The results are good but it takes a long time (2 to 3 seconds) for processing each portrait. Even the front camera offers a portrait mode but the edge detection is quite off. The front camera is good otherwise, just leave the portrait mode off. A highlight of the phone is great battery life — you should get 1 to 2 days of use quite easily. Other features include call recording, onehand mode, screen recording, eye care mode, game mode, basic gestures and a theme engine.
Some of the budget dual camera competition includes phones with the old style (read: thicker bezel) phones with 16:9 displays. For instance, Ten.or G for Rs 7,699 and others like the Infocus Vision 3 for Rs 6,999. But if you want something new with a large display, there’s nothing else that matches up to the Hot 6 Pro.