I got the chance to spend some time playing with Infinix’s new player in budget smartphone segment, the Hot 5. With the specs like quad core processor pairing with 2gb of ram and 5.5 ips display, the handset would easily fit among mid rangers a year ago. Debut as ‘Mobile Cinema’, Hot 5 is running Android Nougat ‘N’ out of the box under XOS UI skin.
If you are anything like me who keeps an eye on latest trends, then the first thing you will notice is the bezels on Hot 5. I know, I know it is a budget handset so I shouldn’t be talking about bezels at all, but I have a good reason to talk about it because on a closer look, you will spot the front firing stereo speaker grills. Sounds good? Yes, it does…
Audio output is fairly loud but I would prefer more Bass out of those speakers. Because I couldn’t dig much into audio settings so I cannot be sure at the moment if there is an equalizer to change the output to our suiting or not. While audio was loud, the quality may suffer upon playing 100% volume up in some cases.
I like how Hot 5 looks and feels overall. The crystal-like textured back is not only pleased to eyes but it was doing a great job keeping fingerprints away as well as providing a good grip. Talking about fingerprint and I have to say the fingerprint scanner is quite fast!
The entire front panel including the large display is quite fingerprint magnet. Although the 4000mAh Battery is fixed, but you can still remove the back cover where you have dual SIM slots and dedicated SD card slot.
After my limited time using Hot 5, I can say performance was good, XoS is a UI I may not use as my regular interface but that skin is simple and easy for any user. It doesn’t feel heavy on processing resources; it comes with great deal of customization and gesture controls. As it was mentioned above, Hot 5 is running the latest Android version ‘N’.
2GB Ram indeed was helping Browser to be fluid as well as multitasking between apps. Having said that keep in mind Hot 5 doesn’t have the best processing power of the time and the device will show its limits under intense use.
When you put Hot 5’s 5.5-inch IPS display against some of the expensive offering, you will notice the difference of course but on its own, you will be pleased at what you are looking at in this price.
Coming back to the processing and I wish if I could get enough time to test some games on the handset. I have used the combo of aged Mali400 MP with similar quad core processor in another handsets but with 1 gig of ram and it did not perform very well when it comes to knock games. Will it perform better with 2GB Ram onboard? I need to know that… I will try to know that.
And last but not least… the camera, two of them to be exact. Both front and back cameras are paired with LED flash. Front facing camera is 5mp where main camera is 8mp. Flash with main camera has 3 level of intensity you can set. Quality of the image camera produces is fairly average and considering where Hot 5 sits on the scale I was expecting it to be less, so that was a plus in my book. Pictures taken through them look acceptable as long as you don’t zoom them too much because then the post processing will become obvious and you will not find details there.
See camera UI in the video.
It is loud, it is large. Being a ‘Mobile Cinema’ it meant to provide a great viewing experience in the budget and Hot 5 managed to do all of that. 2GB of RAM did make Hot 5 a better package but I do not see it justifying the price tag.
In my opinion, a powerful GPU or better CPU would easily extend the device into decent mobile gaming too, to justify the amount of Pakistani rupees 13,500, or the amount should be less.