Infinix, an online-centric brand from Transsion Holdings, recently introduced its budget-centric smartphone, the Hot 6 Pro in India for Rs 7,999. The smartphone comes loaded with some interesting features that make it a worthy competitor to other budget phones including the much popular Xiaomi Redmi 5A.
For this price, Infinix is offering you the latest 18:9 display coupled with impressive battery. Other specs are modest as well. So, the question here is: will this smartphone write a new success story for Infinix in the budget segment? Let’s take a closer look.
What we like about Infinix Hot 6 Pro!
The first thing that you will notice about this device is the sleek design. The phone is pretty much comfortable to hold and easy to use. The design is pretty much different from what we have seen in this price range and it sure feels much more premium as compared to other phones available at this price range.
The Hot 6 Pro is lightweight with just 158 grams and it is 8.6mm thick. You have a matte finish at the back of the plastic panel, which does not feel cheap. Overall, if you ask us then this probably a better-designed phone at this price range.
Another major strong point of this device is the display. The Infinix Hot 6 Pro (Pictures) features a 5.99-inch HD+ FullView display with a screen resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels along with NEG glass protection. The display is bright and can be easily used in outdoor condition thanks to the 500nits brightness. The phone is meant merely to ease your multimedia needs. Whether be it streaming videos on Netflix or Amazon Prime Videos, the quality seems to be okay, though it was that sharp. This is primarily because of a large display and low pixel count of 269ppi. Apart from this, the phone delivers some good contrast ratio and colour reproduction looks decent as well.
The battery is another department where the smartphones do a really good job. The device comes loaded with a 4000mAh battery and in our testing, we found that it was able to deliver almost a full day of battery juice under normal usage. However, with power intense usage which includes playing games, watching movies, listening to music, calling, browsing, sending emails and more, the phone lasted almost half a day. On the downside, the phone takes a lot of time to be fully charged.
The Infinix Hot 6 Pro runs on Android 8.0 Oreo, which is based on the company’s custom UI XOS 3.2 on top of it. The user interface is pretty different and comes loaded with some interesting features. Our personal favourite is the freezer app. This basically allows you to stop particular apps from running in the background, which somewhat boosts the performance of the device. Then there is a reading mode that eliminates blue light for those late night reading sessions. Then there is a tap to wake, three fingers screenshot, Game DnD mode and more, which makes the user interface feature-rich. However, the phone does come with a lot of bloatware, but most of them can be uninstalled.
What we didn’t like about Infinix Hot 6 Pro!
Although it features some good display, the performance of the device is pretty much average. The Infinix Hot 6 Pro is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor along with Adreno 308 GPU. The phone is backed by a 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Thankfully, the company has given a dedicated microSD card slot, which is really helpful. However, coming to the performance part, the Snapdragon 425 chipset is quite old and it is not meant to give you good results when you stretch it.
The phone gives you decent results when you are using moderately. We did notice some lags when you switch from one app to another with multiple apps opened in the background. Further, it handles most of the casual gaming well, though it is not meant to handle graphics intensive games like PUBG Mobile or Asphalt.
Another area where the phone lags are the camera department. You get dual rear cameras which comes with a combination of 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel sensors with dual LED flash, aperture f/2.0 and PDAF. For selfies, there is a 5-megapixel shooter. The performance of the camera is pretty average overall. When the lighting condition is ideal, it takes good shots though detailing is somewhat missing. Further, when it comes to low light conditions, the camera takes a noticeable amount of time to lock focus. The images shot under low light came out to be grainy and noisy.