The Infinix Hot 4 is a budget smartphone commanding a paltry of UGX 359,000 on Kilimall. As with our first impressions, this price affords a plastic slab with a 5.5 Inch IPS HD screen, with a fast fingerprint scanner, a good camera, a modest selfie shooter, a 4000mAh battery, a pair of earphones and so on and so forth.

The most compelling blessing of the Hot 4 is the incorporated fingerprint scanner at a price point yet to be matched by the competition. It being a budget smartphone, it came with a few compromises like the plastic build, a lower res screen ( 1280×720), moderate camera so as  to keep the price point as low as possible. Nevertheless, these played well for an awesome experience especially from such a phone for this budget.

Specifications

Display5.5 Inches HD IPS (1280×720) 267 pixels per inch
Camera8MP rear camera + 5MP front facing camera
Memory2GB RAM & 16GB ROM (Expandable upto 32GB via MicroSD)
Processor1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU, MediaTek MT6580 chipset, Mali-400MP2 GPU
Operating SystemXOS Chameleon based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Network2G & 3G
ConnectivityBluetooth v2.0 Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, GPS, MicroUSB 2.0
SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, Compass, Fingerprint
Battery4000mAh Li-Ion Battery

Hardware

Infinix HOT 42The Infinix Hot 4 is an all plastic smartphone, front and back. The front 5.5 Inch screen is plastic with the 5MP selfie shooter, an earpiece and capacitive old school Android keys. The removable textured back houses the 8MP rear shooter with LED flash, the fingerprint and stereo speakers.It also keeps cover the non-removable 4000mAh battery, dual microsim slots and an expandable MicroSD card slot.

The plastic rail has the Micro USB port and the mouthpiece at the bottom while the 3.5mm headphone jack sits at the top.

Display

Surprisingly we liked the 5.5 Inch HD screen. It required no extra effort in manning the phone unlike its larger 6 inch Note 3 phablet, which you can’t navigate with a single hand. Colors are vivid, it shone even in the brightest of conditions even with its negligible  267dpi compared to other budget line handsets.

Software

Hardware can’t play well on its own and this is why the XOS Chameleon V2 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes at play. It powers the Hot 4 as the case with other Infinix handsets like the Note 3.

Infinix threw in its X suite bloatware together with the Google staples. The software played well and was intuitive albeit the cheap hardware. The other good thing is that Infinix offers OTA updates and surrenders customization to the hands of its phone users. These allow you tweak notifications, change themes, download fonts among others though there are brazen similarities with the HiOS overlay that powers Tecno smartphones.

Camera

Infinix HOT 43The rear 8MP camera is okay depending on the shooting environs. Well lit surroundings give the best of shots though they appear plasticky while dim lit environments are no better than average. The 5MP selfie shooter is mediocre and is annoyingly defaulted in beauty mode, which might otherwise hoodwink you into thinking it is as stellar as the word itself yet it is all artificial. Toggling it into the normal mode will be accompanied with second thoughts about the quality of selfies in contrast with the default mode.

Performance

This was on per with my expectations. It delivered helped by the native performance management app that allows you toggle through different performance modes based on tasks at hand.

It was able to handle all casual titles thrown its way without hiccups on top of other tabs being open. A myriad of notifications, email, power resourceful chrome, Twitter among others played well and switching between them was okay.

Battery

The Infinix Hot 4 is well optimized to manage resource hungry tasks and doing background checks on who is eating the largest chunk of system resources and in the process draining the battery the most. It then helps you deactivate such tasks, translating into an extended battery life.

The battery can last a full day without charge but this is dependant on usage. Heavy users will drain it on their 6th hour while moderate users can last a day without asking around who has a micro USB cable that they charge.

Stuff we liked

  • Finger Print scanner
  • Battery

Stuff we don’t like

  • Camera

 

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