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Review: Infinix Zero 3 phone – quite the blessing

Updated May 12, 2016 01:23pm

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Infinix is a relatively new brand in Pakistan's smartphone market, but if online sales are anything to go by, the brand's budget friendly android phones have taken users by surprise with their performance and affordability.

Reluctant to opt for a new brand, I bought the Zero 3 as my third product from Inifinix within the last 6 months.

It's price? Rs20,899.

Let's see how it fared as the brand's premium flagship Android smartphone.


Basic specs

For a rupee less than 20,900 we are getting a handful. The highlights are:

  • OS: Android 5.1 (Lollipop with XUI)

  • Display: 5.5 inch Full HD IPS, 178o Wide-viewing, 1920x1080 (400ppi)

  • Processor: 2GHz, 64 bit Octa-Core, MediaTek MT6795

  • GPU: PowerVR Rogue G6200

  • Memory: 3GB RAM

  • Storage: 16GB, SD Card slot for up to 128GB

  • Back Cam: 20.7mp, Dual Colored LED Flash

  • Front Cam: 5mp, LED Flash

  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, Dual SIM Slots

  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Light, Orientation, Magnetometer, Noise Cancellation

  • Battery: 3030 mAh, Fast Charge


In the Box

Infinix Zero 3 the handset | Charger Plugs x 2 | USB Data Cable | Transparent Soft Back Cover |

Design

Zero 3 is a slim, sleek and light weight handset made of Gorilla Glass 3 and aluminium framing with an absolute ‘no curve’ design. Even its 20.7 megapixel camera is designed in a square shape, and the phone's corners are tapered at bottom to avoid any discomfort if one holds the device for long time.

The back case is not removable because of its built-in battery. The handset overall has three LED flashlights, the first one is the dual coloured light at the back, the other is in the front for a selfie cam, and the third is an almost invisible notification LED above the earpiece.

I picked the 'Luxurious Gold' color variant and unexpectedly it turned out to be better than the box picture. It is easy to hold, and only glass case at the back makes one feel like they need to put in extra care.

The only bad thing about the design is a huge bezel at the bottom.

Hardware and Performance

The phone's 5.5 inch screen makes images and text beautifully sharp and text easy readable at a 1080 x 1920 resolution.

Colours appear perfect from all viewing angles, but users still have option to manually adjust colours from the settings. Navigation is in the form of on-screen keys.

Its 2ghz Octa-core processor does all the heavy lifting and PowerVR Rogue G6200 GPU ensures smooth navigation and a wonderful gaming experience. Zero 3 can playback commonly used video formats up to 2k or 4k at a decent pace.

The 3030 mAh fixed battery only takes about an hour and half to full charge, courtesy of Flash Charge technology introduced by Infinix.

Having 3GB RAM on the phone sounds exciting and fit for multitasking but on the flip side, this much memory allows consumption of more and more resources and drains the battery at a much faster pace.

If you use this phone, you must clean apps from your memory to avoid such lags.

As far as storage goes, although Zero 3 has 16GB internal storage, I would recommend using a 64GB data card if you want to enjoy taking photos and recording 4k videos with its 20.7 megapixel camera.

The 20.7mp Camera

The 20.7 megapixel Sony camera— with its dual-coloured LEDs flash and a 5 megapixel front facing camera with flash— is at the center of Zero 3's sales pitch. The camera module's processing power enables you to record videos up to 4k.

Infinix ad featuring the camera

The company updates Android stock camera interface to take advantage of features available in Sony camera module. We can swipe to switch between 6 different modes which are Beauty, Professional, Normal, Night, Panorama and PIP or Picture in Picture.

Normal mode is basically the Auto mode while under the 'Professional mode', one can manually change settings like atmosphere, white balance, ISO or brightness.

The pro-mode also allows you to set shutter speed for up to 10 seconds to create artistic effects and making light paintings possible.

XUI interface

As Infinix uses its own user interface called XUI, the interface for Zero 3 provides much needed enhancements in Stock Android UI.

There is a long list of useful gesture commands and users don't even need to find third party apps to enhance sound, change display colours, theme or font, or to prolong battery life.

But if I will have to name the best thing about this device's XUI, then it is the gestures function.

You can double tap the screen to Lock or Unlock it, swipe down with three fingers to take an instant screenshot, swipe on the Home Key left or right to Shrink the 5.5inch display into 4 or 4.7 inches.

Zero 3 also allows you to set custom gestures and you can store a maximum of eight user-defined gestures like I did for directly jumping to videos by swiping V over the home screen.

Infinix uses its own user interface called XUI.─ Photo: Infinix website
Infinix uses its own user interface called XUI.─ Photo: Infinix website


Suggestions for future

Zero 3 has all it takes to become a successful flagship device, but let me add few things that should be part of the 2016 flagship device Infinix offers.

A 2016 device should have a fingerprint scanner, a dedicated hardware camera button, bigger display and a split screen option. Plus, its camera should have Optical Image Stabilization rather than Electronic Image Stabilization.

The device also heats up very fast, so the brand should come up with a solution for this.

Final Verdict

Infinix’s Zero 3 may not be at par with the big players in the market, but having a phone which has a 20.7 megapixel camera, Octa Core processor coupled with 3GB RAM for only Rs.21,000 is a blessing.

As I said earlier, I had a pretty satisfying experience with gaming, apps and overall performance while using Zero 3.

I think this machine is a good example of how to be attractive, inexpensive and satisfying for beginners and high-end users at the same time.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

The author is a graphic designer and freelance writer with a focus on tech.

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Comments (18) Closed



Ammar May 03, 2016 12:07pm

Where did you buy that phone?

shans May 03, 2016 12:27pm

4G LTE ?

Ahmed May 03, 2016 01:52pm

OS is Android 5.1 Lollipop. Latest OS has moved to a newer version. On good phones android updates to a newer version but a little off main phones such updating doesn't happen. On this phone, will it allow to upgrade from lollipop to Android 6.0 Marshmallow?

Also 20.7 megapixel will get a lot of storage space on the phone, which Zero-3 has 16GB internal and a SD Card slot for up to 128GB capacity. For such a process the phone will become slow and will consume more battery.

Sensitivity of touch screen should have been mentioned.

However, Processor: 2GHz and Memory: 3GB RAM is impressive with the price tag of Rs 20,000

Ali May 03, 2016 04:16pm

This phone has a heating issue and becomes seriously hot after mild usage. All my friends who have bought infinix also experienced this. I urge the supplier and manufacturers to please look into this.

Apache May 03, 2016 04:16pm

I would prefer a used smartphone rather than buying this, sensible android users always go for LG,Samsung,htc. At a point this phone's performance will decrease when software and other applications are updated, that is why people go for a proper branded smartphone

abdul May 03, 2016 05:52pm

@Apache

What are you talking about???? sales of companies like OPPO, Huwaei, ONeplus, Xiaomi have rocketed precisely because people want to buy them over samsung, HTC, LG

Apache May 03, 2016 06:45pm

@abdul talking about Pakistan. Oppo was not successful here. Huawei is really good because it is a multinational brand. Would love to see OnePlus and Xiaomi in Pakistan but not this phone. This phone is poorly designed

nurul huda May 03, 2016 07:49pm

I bought Huawei honor 1.5yrs ago. Motherboard was damaged after 4 months of its purchased. But, fortunately, Customer care changed new motherboard without any costs, still my sister using that phone without any problems.

nurul huda May 03, 2016 08:03pm

My friend bought Xiomi MI series a years ago after multiple times tried. I still remembered he had registered couple of times just to buy it. He is still using that phone. My point is: Some new brand with solid features are more worth than over hype SAMSUNG/ SONY/ MICROMAX/ MOTTOROLA. I bought Huawei phone when its phone launched first time in India & My friend bought MI.

FireDragon May 03, 2016 08:43pm

@Ammar From Daraz, ishopping and Yeyvo

Ali May 03, 2016 09:18pm

I am using this phone it is good.

a May 03, 2016 10:01pm

@nurul huda Micromax in Pakistan ? Rahul never mentioned that !

Having said that, every buyer should be careful while choosing an Android. For several years, Samsung looted Indians and other South Asians with horribly over priced and hyped phones. They behaved like Apple and foolish folks ran to them like flies to sweetmeats. There were no other options for the buyer. Huawei India has existed for almost a decade now but, inspite of offering some very good deals and quality products, they were unable able to stop Samsung.

Then it happened. I have been following Xiaomi and Meizu since 2010. They got a bit late in entering India but have created a massive stir. A 6000 INR Xiaomi Mi 2 Prime is an absolute steal at that price point. Other offerings are excellent as well. Xiaomi has given Samsung real headaches here.

Meizu is even better, but still finding feet. Xiaomi have even announced plans to open a manufacturing facility in India, such has been the response.

a May 03, 2016 10:05pm

I must confess something here though. I have never used an Android device ever in my life. Never used even an Apple too for that matter.

Generally speaking, every buyer should concentrate on three things before choosing an Android. One, build quality, two after sales and three update history of the company. Ninety pc local brands fail miserably as far as updates go. And that just kills the durability of a phone.

Masood May 04, 2016 08:29am

Nothing beats a SONY ERRICSON.

zuber May 04, 2016 09:42am

Is any mobile manufactured in pakistan ,

xmaestro May 04, 2016 10:22am

Problem with these cheap phones is that they don't provide OTA updates like big brands do. If they did, they would cost double.

FireDragon May 04, 2016 04:54pm

@xmaestro But this company has been providing OTA updates. Their last generation updated recently and wr are hearing updates for Zero 3.

Unlike other Chinese brands, these are doing very good. Infinix maybe not as good as Huawei but they are very close and they are progressing.

Just Someone May 05, 2016 10:18pm

It is good to see various smartphones coming to market at good enough price points. I just hope that they are not lost or stolen.

I really hope for smart phone penetration in the smaller cities and the rural areas. Will be a real blessing for them and will make the next elections really interesting.