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Just the other day, Infinix was a brand you could easily underestimate. And then, a new brand literally out of nowhere comes into the market and after a couple of years it completely takes it over. Countrywide every one is mentioning infinix, well I think it’s safe to assume wherever you are there will be an Infinix in someone’s hand
Forget how popular it has become. Infinix has become innovative as well. I am not saying that they have come up with anything new, not at all. What they have done however, is bring features and services thought to be of premium smartphones to their super affordable devices. Now they have brought down the premium design as well. Here enters the all new Infinix Zero 4.
I’ve used a number of Infinix smartphones but by far the best line for me is the Zero series. I find them fresh and innovative. I was very fond of the Zero 2. The Zero 3 on the other hand wasn’t a huge hit for me, I wasn’t crazy about the edges but the Zero 4 has to be by far the best looking Infinix ever!! I know I said that not too long ago about the Hot S but that has been clearly overshadowed by the Zero 4.
It is the chamfered edges, the Unibody metal design, the big camera bump which I actually like, the wonderful omission of the normal capacitive buttons and instead the addition of dots to take their place. Most of the time when I talk about the screen, I usually do refer to its resolution and brightness. All those are good here but there is one very notable thing too. The screen is smooth. Like silky smooth to the touch, lending to an awesome experience scrolling on the device. Everyone who has used it can bet am right. This phone feels and looks exceptional and premium. I am impressed.
This base version comes with a MT6753 chip with an octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB Internal storage with an up gradable microSD slot and a super sharp Full HD 5.5-inch screen. It operates on Android Marshmallow 6.0 with their custom XOS Chameleon. I have talked about XOS a number of times and nothing much has changed with that on the Infinix Zero 4.
Its joy sing this device, I’ll get to that in a minute. The display is bright and crisp. Browsing the internet and reading on the Zero 4 is a pleasant experience. Everything looks colorful and bright, so do games and videos. The HD screen with a smooth curved finish gives some great viewing experiences, something that satisfy most users.
The other thing that stood out was its functionality. I have used this device solely for the past month and I can say that it has only lagged twice or thrice, and this came to happen when I was low on battery. It easily handles your tasks and changing from one application to another doesn’t grind the phone’s performance to a halt.
The Zero 4 comes with a 3200mAH power battery, which isn’t the highest number I have seen or used. Its performance however is different from others. I could go through a whole day, sleep and only charge it in the morning to repeat this whole day to day process. The only reason I am able to be this relaxed with the battery is because of what Infinix calls XCHARGE. This is basically fast charging and on this, it is brilliant and extremely useful.
You could get 100% of battery charge in an hour and a half! Good bye all night charging, you could just plug it in the morning when you wake up, prepare and eat breakfast then get your fully charged phone. This is extremely useful when you have a long day ahead of you, instead of carrying another heavy power bank, just carry the charger and even 15 mins of charge gives you a lot of juice. No phone in this day and age should come with anything less. I also found that it uses the battery quite well. At the end of the day, it is not completely drained with at least 30% of charge left.
Its camera is superior. We have a pretty decent camera here, given how big the camera bump is. At the rear, we have a 16MP camera, with an LED flash and laser auto-focus. At the front, we have an 8MP wide selfie camera with flash. The pictures taken are quite good. If you are shooting on a bright sunny day, your pictures will look quite gorgeous. When darkens comes, it does struggle a bit but still manages to produce some amazing photos. I love the focus on this. It makes the subject look better and stand out more in the foreground. The only drawback here is how over processed the images may feel. It can look over sharpened. On the bright side, we do have manual mode here meaning that those who like to play around with shutter speed and ISO can use it to shoot creatively.
Using this device is a joy most of the time as said before. Sometimes, it does fall back a bit. On two occasions while I was browsing on just one tab, the device over heated. It was hot all over and woe unto you if someone decides to call you at that moment. Being of metal build, the heat produced is very uncomfortable to the touch. Luckily this happens occasionally therefore for the most part, it shouldn’t bother you.
Other things that didn’t impress me much were small bugs or failure in hardware. For example, GPS tracking can become very frustrating. It takes a while to get your location, it seems inaccurate when it does that. The other use case where you see this is when you are hailing a cab. You can’t really trust on the location displayed, even during the trip, I could see my location jumping haphazardly across different streets, but given time it gets back to its senses. For a frequent user of maps, this can get very frustrating.
The last headache is in terms of syncing. I am not completely sure if this is a universal problem or just unique to me, some apps like Telegram are not completely synced. What I mean is that sometimes, I get notifications of new messages but most times I do not, therefore when I get into the app, all the messages suddenly come in at the same time. This is not the best user experience.
This is a solid device that I could recommend for myself and anyone in the market for a good smartphone. It’s beautiful, performs well and still manages to remain affordable. The best part about it is that there is a pro mode of this. It is called the Infinix Zero 4 Plus, which has better specifications and since this is already quite good, I’ll be curious to find out how much better the Plus actually is.
Size:5.5 Inch Screen
Type:Full HD Touchscreen
Support Upgrade:Android N
Processor:MT6753 Octa-core 1.3GHz
MALI-T720 MP3 450MHz
Primary:16MP AF OIS
32 GB Internal Memory
3 GB RAM
Talk time:UP TO 31 Hours
Standby Time:UP TO 10 Days
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