Phablets, a gadget born out of love from a smartphone and a tablet. These devices has managed to get a huge following from people who use their phones as their ultimate multimedia device. Normally phablets have great screens, great camera, big battery and great audio quality for those multimedia activities such as gaming, watching movies, video, photo shooting, and music. Unfortunately, most of them are very pricey.
So here comes the Infinix Note 2 earlier this year. It was a good phone and it seems Infinix Mobile was very happy with its sales, the company has brought the newer Infinix Note 3 Pro to the Philippines. It is P2,500 more over the Infinix Note 2 and there are reasons why. Is the Infinix Note 3 Pro your ultimate multimedia device for Chistmas? Let’s find out.
Infinix Note 3 Pro:
- 1.3GHz octa core Mediatek MT6753 processor
- Mali T720 MP3 graphics
- 3GB RAM
- 16GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB
- 6-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
- 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 5 megapixel front facing camera with LED flash
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Sensor, USB OTG
- GPS, A-GPS
- 4,500 mAh battery
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow with XOS
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- Price: P8,490
- Status: Available exclusively at Lazada
Related article – Infinix Note 3 Pro Hands On and First Impressions
What’s inside the box?
- Infinix Note 3 Pro unit
- fettuccine type USB cable
- wall adapter
- SIM card ejector
- screen protector (not shown in p
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
We must say that it is indeed a big phone. Among all phone we have right now, the Infinix Note 3 Pro is biggest and the heaviest among the bunch. We can blame the big battery and the big screen because these are main selling points. If you dont give a damn about aesthetics, the Infinix Note 3 Pro won’t be a problem. The tray on the left side of the phone houses the dual SIM cards while the other tray on the left is for the microSD. It means SIM 2 is not a hybrid tray. You can put two SIMs and a microSD card at the same time. Yey!
Plugging in our third party earphones audio was surprisingly good. Base was on point and no distortions even on louder volumes. We thought that Infinix Mobile might have put in a dedicated audio chip here but there are none. Sound was really good even on on the bottom firing speakers. We are not audiophiles though we know good audio.
Infinix Mobile made a good move on making the 6-inch display on Full HD 1080p display. The screen pops out sharpness and clarity with good viewing angles. Auto brightness is a bit slow though turning it off and adjusting it manually you will get your desired brightness level. Outdoor visibility is also bearable.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
XOS is Infinix Mobile’s custom skin on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. By the way, existing Infinix Note 2 has now been upgraded to XOS just like the Infinix Note 3 Pro. The UI is mixture of iOS and stock Android look. All apps can be seen on the app tray and at the same time, at the home screen too. But if you explore the settings you change everything according to your liking including the theme. Overall we love XOS. It is a fresh new look for Android.
Good news is the UI did not affect the overall performance of the the phone. With 3GB of RAM all heavy multitasking can handled with a breeze. For gamers, yes it can play NBA 2k17 with no stutter. But make sure that you keep you open apps into a minimum.
We fell in love with the phone’s 13 megapixel camera. It takes really good phones. All pictures were bright, colors pop, with good dynamic range and accurate exposure as long as you know where to focus. Tweaking more on the camera apps is possible especially if you want even more better photos.
It is very rare to see a smartphone with network setting with “4G only” option. When you put your phone to 4G only, you wont be able to get network calls but calls from Viber, FB messenger, Skype, etc will work. Good thing the Infinix Note 3 Pro has that option. You will love this feature if you want an uninterrupted and consistent LTE connectivity.
Internet speeds remain within normal range and calls are clear with no issues. Fingerprint scanner is accurate but it lags behind Huawei’s current fingerprint scanners.
The 4,500 mAh battery is a winner. On standby mode, we managed to get around 5 days with 15% battery left. On heavy use which includes watching 1 movie from iFlix, 7 episodes of Voltes V, two episodes of Its Showtime on I Want TV and Dead Trigger for about 2 hours at auto brightness and 4G and GPS turned on, we managed to get around 9 hours of battery with 21% juice left.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
Infinix Mobile proved that you can have a large smartphone for multimedia for less. At P8,490 it is indeed a must buy on your wishlist. But there are people who will truly appreciate this phone.
- Phablet fans – it is rare to find a 6-inch device this good at this price range.
- Mutlimedia fans – games, music, video – yeah the Infinix Note 3 Pro can do that
- If you don’t care much about its big body
- Spotify users – rock on!
Tip – Buy a smartphone stand for watching movies.
Who owns one? Please do share your experience with us at the comments below. 🙂