Infinix Hot 3coming soon
- A fairly comfortable design for a budget phone
- Great performing camera at 8MP
- 1GB and 2GB variants for more flexibility
- Long battery life
- A clear HD screen. Quite an achievement for the price range
- Still feels cheap and plastic like (it's expected)
- The rear facing speaker muffles when you place the phone on a surface
Android lovers, budget device shoppers, and Infinix enthusiasts pay attention, the much awaited Infinix Hot 3 is now available and promises much in terms of new features at around the same treasured price range. The device has been widely campaigned for in the media and that only goes to show how confident the company is on the ability of their latest hot iteration to impress. First impressions of the smartphone reveal that it’s a hybrid of the popular Hot Note and its older sibling, Infinix Hot 2, but how does it stand out?
Infinix Hot 3 Design
The Infinix Hot 3 comes in a unique design with some significant deviations from its predecessor and the general trend of the brand’s budget devices. Although the body is still plastic, the back cover has now been revamped to borrow the textured design of the Zero series and also features curved edges that allow for better handling. The back covers are also available in a number of colors and feature cut-outs at the top and bottom left corners to reveal the camera plus flash and the loudspeaker respectively. It also features hardware capacitive buttons, at the bottom of the screen, for navigation. The volume and power buttons are placed on the right while the USB port and 3.5mm audio jack are located at the top. This results in a fairly comfortable phone to handle even for one-hand use.
Display & Camera
The camera in the Hot 3 is one of the most hyped features and this is especially the case for the front camera (2 Megapixel) which features a soft flash to help out in low light settings. The camera maxes at 84o viewing angle and comes packed with a number of beauty tricks for selfie-lovers. At the back, Hot 3 is fitted with 1.4µm pixel, 8MP camera with an OV8865 sensor which is touted to enhance light intake and improve low light photography. In addition, the camera app is also calibrated to recognize smiles, gestures and voice while also allowing for timed photography, focus tracking and touch to capture functionality. Overall, the camera does a pretty good job in proper lighting although tends to disappoint slightly in low lighting but still produces worthwhile pictures for its price range and pixel count. These are displayed quite crisply on a 5.5” HD display (720×1280 resolution) with great viewing angles.
Performance & Operating System
Infinix Hot 3 comes laden with a 1.3GHz 64-bit MediaTek 6580 Cortex-A53 processor coupled with a Mali400-MP2 GPU which significantly elevate the capabilities of this entry-level device. The catch however, is that the phone has two variants, one with 2GB RAM and the other with half of that. The latter seems to be the staple device and therefore, most users will have to cope with slight memory issue especially when dealing with heavy applications. Out-of-the-box, the Hot 3 runs Android 5.1 Lollipop skinned with XUI – with preloaded power & memory optimizing applications.
Software & Memory
The Infinix Hot 3 run Android 5.1 (Lollipop) under the customized XUI skin. It has to be noted that XUI carries with it a variety of apps mostly bloatware although some people could find them useful. Some of these apps can easily be disabled while others can just be ignored and there won’t be any harm done. Besides, the phone comes with an internal storage of 16GB which is sufficient even for supreme app collectors. The storage space can also be expanded by up to 32GB using SD card. Ideally, users can expect a smooth experience as the software is well optimized.
The Hot 3 comes equipped with a single speaker located at the bottom left on the back of the phone and although audible, it is easily muffled under the palm of right-handed users.Even so, the output is neither exceptional nor appalling but fairly average and sensible for normal usage although you may need to toggle vibration to help while outdoors. Playback on headsets is also quite clear and extra smooth thanks to Aiwei amplifier and sound enhancements. This also applies to in-call volume which is also boosted by two silicon microphones for background noise cancellation.
Infinix Hot 3 is powered by a 3000mAh battery (800mAh more than on the Hot 2) which is meant to rake up to 9 hours of screen on time while browsing, 20 hours of talk time and at least 33 hours of audio playback. The smartphone does not feature fast charging capabilities hence users may need upwards of 3 hours to get the battery to 100% depending on the starting charge. Nonetheless, the battery easily lasts a full day (8hrs) under normal usage (occasional browsing, listening to music and playing of games).
For what it’s worth, Infinix Hot 3 is a super bargain phone with sturdy capabilities especially for new and modest users. However, if you are into a variety of applications especially games, the 1GB version of the device may be somewhat disappointing when it comes to multitasking. Even so, there are many workarounds to any of the challenges you might face and besides, Lollipop is not multitasking friendly per se. This is therefore a great device for budget-conscious individuals or those looking for a backup device.