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Infinix Hot S3 Review

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Smartphones are getting better every year and even entry level ones have pretty decent specs and with bang for buck prices. Brands are stepping up their game to get a bigger chunk of the market.

And that’s what Infinix Mobile is doing with the Infinix Hot S3. On its debut in online stores, the device had a surprise price drop from P7,999 which is the original SRP down to P5,999 for its first 500 online buyers. Now let’s check out why online buyers love the Infinix Hot S3.

Infinix Hot S3

  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processpr
  • Adreno 505 graphics
  • 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
  • Price: P7,999
  • Status: Available online via Shopee

Related article – Infinix Hot S3 Unboxing and First Impressions

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

Infinix Mobile made a very solid device. Build quality is top notch as compared from what we noticed from its past models. We also love its simplistic design.The matte black model does not attract fingerprints and it is so smooth to touch. Overall feel of the phone is decent though we find it on the heavy side.

 

DISPLAY

This is one of the few phones with a tall 18:9 screen at this price range. Bezels are still very evident on top and bottom chins but we are not bothered by it. It houses the earpiece, selfie camera and flash on top.

The display is a gorgeous 5.65-inch IPS display and colors do pop. Outdoors, the display is still very much viewable so using the phone under direct sunlight won’t be a struggle.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

We are so happy to know that the Infinix Hot S3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset. This entry level chip is known to be a decent performer for everyday tasks and gaming. Based on benchmarks, we can see how decent the Hot S3 is.

On top of Android 8.0 Oreo, just like any other Chinese brands, Infinix Mobile has a thick layer of custom skin called XOS. Overall, the XOS is very light and clean but there are some UI problems we encountered. We constantly get an annoying notification that our Google account will expire and for some reason we can’t dismiss it. Another annoying notification is the Phone Master is running that we can’t dismiss.

Overall, these quirks does not eclipse our good experience with the device. If you don’t like this UI, it is very easy to download a custom launcher.

CAMERA

Both the 13 megapixel rear snapper and the 20 megapixel selfie camera take really good photos on good lighting. At night, both cameras also take good photos but if you are very meticulous with your shots, you will notice some grainy areas and noise but that is usual for this phone at this price range. HDR helps improve photos. Check out some of our sample photos below.

CONNECTIVITY

4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth comes in standard with the Infinix Hot S3, So far, WiFi reception has been pretty stable whenever it is connected. Network signal has been pretty stable whether using Smart and Globe networks. Calls are clear with issues and 4G/LTE has been very stable too.

BATTERY

Its 4,000 mAh battery will reach you two days of mixed moderate to heavy use. Though it warms up when using it extensively for gaming and videos, it does not go to the point that you need to worry.

VERDICT

The Infinix Hot S3 could be the best entry level smartphone today. Good camera, decent UI experience and great battery life – qualities that most budget smartphone buyers love. Its UI quirks are forgivable and can be easily fixed with a new launcher.

It does face some though competition like the OPPO A83, Huawei Nova 2 Lite, Cloudfione Next Infinity, and Cherry Mobile’s new Flare series. For now it can be bought only via online shopping but if you are into that, buying it won’t be problem.

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