Last updated on December 26th, 2016 at 01:10 pm
Most of the established brands would make big launches of their products, others do it by a simple round table meetings. This is how INFINIX did it about four weeks ago. They had us previewed the current device in the Philippine market. Out of the already available through Lazada, we had Infinix Hot 4 Pro and Note 3 Pro with us. Today we bring you INFINIX Hot 4 Pro Review.
Table of contents:
INFINIX Hot 4 Pro Specs
- 5.5-inch IPS LCD HD display (1280 x 720 pixels), 267ppi
- 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6737 quad-core CPU
- Mali-T720 GPU
- 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM
- microSD dedicated support up to 32G
- 13MP AF rear camera w/ LED flash
- 5MP front camera
- Dual-SIM (micro SIM)
- 4G LTE
- WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, A-GPS
- USB OTG
- Fingerprint sensor
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow with XOS UI
- 4,000mAh battery w/ quick charge
- 152.6 x 76.2 x 8.8mm
Unboxing Hot 4 Pro
The first time we saw the Hot 4 Pro, we had a quick judgment of it as having an old design. Some kind of a three-year-old bulky body. But it has sturdy looks, but let’s talk about it later.
Here’s our unboxing video:
Design & Build
Like we mentioned the Infinix Hot 4 Pro has the looks of a three-year-old smartphone design. It is bulky and heavy. The thickness of the device at 8.8mm might turn you off but take a little more time and you might be convinced.
The buttons placement are pretty much standard with the power button and one-piece volume control on the right side of the device. Nothing else on the opposite side, which is just nice.
Up top is the 3.5mm audio jack and on the opposite, at the bottom is the microUSB port for data transfer and, yes, quick charging feature. You also have that microphone right beside the USB port.
It has capacitive buttons instead of on-screen ones, but this one is not backlighted. Therefore it will be a little harder to use it in cinemas or at night.
Up top, you’ll find a pretty much familiar Android design with the proximity sensor the 5MP shooter with LED flash and the front speaker.
The body of the Hot 4 Pro is a well-built made of plastic but it does not look cheap at all. The back cover is kind of hard to remove but when it is attached, it is tightly attached there.
In addition, the 13MP camera, the fingerprint scanner and LED flash are nicely put at the center which makes the device look really good.
Display and UI
The Hot 4 Pro has HD display which is just fine for casual users (like me), it has natural colors but it would have been better if Infinix can implement non-dark themes only.
There is a little viewing angle issue, but it is just minor. If you are not that meticulous, you will not notice it.
The custom UI called XOS present a fresh arrangement of the pre-installed apps when the app drawer is pressed. The apps are arranged in alphabetical order, therefore it is easier to find the app you want to launch.
And to make it more refreshing, INFINIX also implemented the “Magazine” lock screen. This feature displays random photos with quotations every time you wake up the device.
Unlike the other brands that stuff their devices with unwanted apps, INFINIX Hot 4 Pro, in particular, does not have those. It has very limited pre-installed apps and in case you don’t like them, you can uninstall.
The Hot 4 Pro has 13MP with LED flash at the back and 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash too. Surprisingly, the Hot 4 Pro takes good photos. Using the automatic setting, which we all do most of the time, the image can be over exposed. But a simple touch to correct the exposure will result to a beautiful image.
Front camera samples
Rear camera samples
Sample raw video footage
We took few clips out of the 13MP video recording feature of Hot 4 Pro. This is a raw video.
Pretty decent performance for this low-profile looking smartphone. Under the hood of the Hot 4 Pro is a MediaTek MT6737 quad-core CPU at 1.3GHz, Mali-T720 GPU, and only 2GB of RAM.
With this specs, the device handle casual task from Facebook, YouTube playbacks, Instagram, taking photos and short videos.
We’ve encountered very few hiccups but it is negligible.
Battery, Connectivity, Audio Quality
This device has a non-removable 4,000mAH battery. This huge battery can last you almost 48 hours of casual usage. To fill up that 4,000mAH battery from zero to 100% charge, you just need more or less 60 minutes using the brand provided charger.
It has 4G/LTE therefore, you also enjoy high-speed internet in areas where it is available. Audio quality is acceptable but it may it is a little challenging especially in areas that is noisy.
The USB-OTG feature is also present which is nice for video playback from external storage.
The fingerprint scanner is very easy to setup and is accurate most of the time.
With the official pricing of P5,990, the INFINIX Hot 4 Pro is a challenger in this category. The price tag is affordable, it has a nice camera, long a battery life and delivers a good performance overall.
- Solid build
- Long battery life
- Good camera
- Responsive fingerprint scanner
- Minor viewing angle issue
- 16G internal storage is no longer attractive these days