A few days after the just concluded Rio Olympics which I hardly followed except for Usain Bolt and our darling dream team, I woke up, apparently did what most of us do – picked up my phone and I became informed about who won what medal in Brazil.
Each time I fire up the Hot S from idle mode, I am welcomed by various live wallpapers which had several details about winners at the Rio Olympics among other educating and motivational images to lighten the mood. YES!! and I love the Hot S for that.
Infinix Hot S is the first device in the new line up/series of devices sold by Infinix in Nigeria, we have the Hot series, Note series and the Zero series in addition to this ‘S’ series. It is also the first Infinix to spot a fingerprint scanner
The Infinix Hot S is so much loved by the ladies, maybe that’s the reason it’s been dubbed a lifestyle phone but the male folks love it too.. I mean – good things aren’t meant for a certain set of people or gender.. #EyesRolling
So because the Hot S is a good phone that feels like a top flagship with the look and feel, we decided do a review. By the way if you have not seen our unboxing video by your darling BellaRose, you better CLICK HERE NOW before what happened in 1979 happens again..
See unboxing video below:
Design has fully changed
This is the first Infinix device with full integration of metal and plastic and a finger print scanner. I think I should also say that this is the first Infinix device that impresses me with design. The phone is slim, light, feels very comfortable in the hand and I must say that the glass material also remains the best from Infinix.
The phone comes in 5 cool colours which easily catches the eye and looking from a distance, it doesn’t look cheap.
Display is 5.2-inch, obviously a standard midpoint between 5 and 5.5-inch smartphones. Back cover is metallic and non-removable, there is a 13MP back camera, a dual flash and a finger print sensor all placed at the back of the device. Just as you have it on many devices, power button and volume rocker are on the right while the dual SIM tray is on the left.
The charging/USB port is below, alongside two speaker grills which also adds to the beauty of the device. Well don’t be surprised to find out that only one of those speakers work, the other just complements the design or perhaps function as the mouth piece.
As much as I loved the design of this phone, especially that cold metallic feeling when I hold it, I still fear that it may just slip off my hand. Yeah it is slippery and needs to be handled with care.
The three soft keys which are positioned just beneath the screen do not have back light, I sometimes fumbled around trying to find the right touch when using the phone in the dark… Thankfully I got used to it with time.
Display is bright, sharp but slightly over saturated
As much as I can’t hold back when hitting at smartphone manufacturers for certain unacceptable phone features or performance, I still don’t hesitate to put up a smile and shower praises when I am impressed. So without mincing words, this is the first time Infinix got me so smiling each time I look at the screen of the device – okay that don’t mean they have been doing so badly over time.
Clocked at 720p, the HD display is clean, clear, bright and sharp with no hassle when using under bright sunlight. Viewing angles are also damn cool and you will just love the display. However, some of us who are conversant with display will notice a level of colour over saturation.
Camera is impressive but low light is still a trouble
The amount of light that pass through the lens of the phone camera goes a long way to affect the quality of pictures. Forget the pixel count, they don’t determine quality. The Hot S has a 13MP camera that does pretty well under natural light or abundant artificial light, same with the 8MP front camera. This doesn’t mean that you get the same or near quality as the Galaxy S7, the quality still stands out among the devices in its category.
See some daylight pictures below:
…and then i took a selfie because its not only BellaRose that is fine –
..then BellaRose came balling..: