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Infinix S5 Lite First Impressions: Punch-hole design at Rs 7,999? Why Not!

By: Rohan Pal, The Mobile Indian, New DelhiLast updated November 15, 2019 1:16 pm

Infinix S5 Lite First Impressions: Punch-hole design at Rs 7,999? Why Not!

Does Infinix S5 Lite have it all to make a great smartphone for Rs 7,999? We spent some time with the device and here are our first impressions.
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Infinix has today announced the launch of its latest budget-centric smartphone, the Infinix S5 Lite, in India. The smartphone comes with a price tag of Rs 7,999 and it is available for purchase from Flipkart. 

 

With this, Infinix is offering a punch-hole design along with a triple-camera setup that makes it an interesting proposition in this price range. However, does it have it all to make an excellent smartphone for Rs 7,999? We spent some time with the device and here are our first impressions. 

 



 

Design and Display

 

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Infinix S5 Lite

 

To start with the design, the Infinix S5 Lite is carved out from the same skin of its elder sibling, Infinix S5. The latest smartphone comes loaded with a punch-hile design, which is a new trend for this price range. That said, the phone is quite comfortable to hold in hands and it is lightweight in spite of sporting a 4000mAh battery. 

 

The back panel comes with a triple-camera setup at the top-left corner along with quad-LED flash. The fingerprint sensor sits at the top-centre position. The right panel has volume controls and power on/off button, while the left features a dual-SIM slot with a dedicated microSD card slot. The base panel comes with a speaker grille, micro-USB port and 3.5mm audio jack. Overall, Infinix S5 Lite is a good-looking smartphone considering its price point. 

 

Infinix S5 Lite

 

The Infinix S5 Lite has a 6.6-inch HD+ Infinity-O display with a screen resolution of 1600 X 720 pixels. This is the second smartphone from Infinix that comes with a punch-hole design after Infinix S5. The display offers some good viewing angles and the colour reproduction seems to be fair. We will talk more about this in our upcoming review. 

 

Hardware and Software

 

On the hardware front, the Infinix S5 Lite is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 chipset along with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The memory can be further expanded up to 256GB via microSD card slot. Although the chipset offers good daily performance high-end gaming and heavy multitasking is not its cup of tea.

 

Infinix S5 Lite

 

S5 Lite runs on XSOS 5.0 running on top of Android 9.0 Pie. The user interface offers some features like the smart panel, which is a floating shortcut window to access your favourite application. Then there are other options to customise fonts, themes and wallpapers along with gesture-based navigation controls. On the downside, the UI is plagued with bloatware. We will talk more about this in our upcoming review. 

 

Camera

 

On the camera front, the Infinix S5 Lite has a triple-camera setup, which comes with a combination of 16-megapixel primary lens, 2-megapixel secondary sensor and a QVGA camera. For the front, there is a 16-megapixel shooter. The camera UI is quite simple to use. It comes with different modes that including Video, AI Cam, Beauty, Bokeh, AR shot and Panorama. Sadly, there is no dedicated Night mode or Pro mode available in the camera app. It is a let down because most of the competition is offering Night mode on their smartphones. 

 



 

Battery, security and Connectivity

 

 

On the battery front, the Infinix S5 Lite has a 4000mAh battery, which comes with a standard charger. The battery should ideally last one and a half-day of normal usage. On the security front, the phone supports fingerprint sensor and face unlock. The fingerprint sensor works fine and it is fast to unlock the phone, though we find the face unlock a bit slow. Connectivity options include dual-SIM, 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth, micro-USB port, GPS and 3.5mm audio jack.

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Verdict

Infinix S5 Lite is a good-looking smartphone. The punch-hole design sure makes it an interesting device and the chipset is a standard in this price segment. The software still needs some refining, though cameras are looking quite interesting. As for the competition is concerned, the Infinix S5 Lite will face stiff competition from the likes of Redmi 8, Realme 3i, Tecno Camon 12 Air and more.

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