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Infinix Hot S3 Unboxing and First Impressions


If you are  not fond of buying smartphones online, you’ve probably not heard of Infinix Mobile. Well, actually, the brand has been around our market already.

Infinix Mobile has been selling smartphones not more than 10k and that made them popular with those budget conscious people.

We have a new phone here to unbox called the Infinix Mobile Hot S3 whch was officially announced just today!. Shall we unbox? Tara!

Infinix Hot S3:

  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
  • Adreno 505
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory expandable via microSD up to 128GB
  • 5.65-inch HD+ IPS LCD display (1440 x 720 pixels)
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 20 megapixel front facing camera with LED flash
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooh, Fingerprint Scanner
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with XOS 3
  • P7,999
  • Status: Just announced, available via online store Shopee Feb 28

What’s inside the box?

  • Infinix Hot S3 unit
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • Wall adaptor
  • Clear case
  • SIM Card ejector

Wrapped in a soft matte material, the Infinix Hot S3  has a metal unibody design. This means battery can’t be removed. The material of the device seems to be of good quality and can handle accidental drops. Since we have a black  paint job on this device, antenna bands are hidden but look closer you can see them when you look closer.

Overall it is very compact and light. It is also very easy to use with one hand as well. That easy one-hand use is because of its compact body and small bezels on the display.

As for the display, we have a 5.65-inch display here with 18:9 display which becoming common these days even for an entry level smartphone. We were quite impressed on how bright the display can get but we need to take it out under the sun to test its sunlight legibility.

The device, like many Chinese brands, has a thick skin on top of Android called XOS. So far it runs really smooth though we have not added any of our preferred apps yet.Its runs Android 8.0 Oreo which is the current and latest Android version. Nice one!

This is also the first Infinix smartphone to be powered by a Qualcomm chipset. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 chipset which is known to very powerful yet power efficient.

We did take some photos using 13 megapixel camera at the back and the 20 megapixel selfie shooter. All were taken in auto settings and we will dig deeper in the camera and its software for our full review. For now, check out our first sample photos.


The Infinix Hot S3 is a good budget phone to watch out. Surprisingly, it has a good camera, a nice choice of chipset. and a solid hardware as a start. The price is also compelling – P7,999. Its like a cherry on top of a good cake.

The Infinix Hot S3 will be available February 28 via online store Shopee or you can download the app via Google Play Store.