Choose from a cheap phone with a wonderful camera or a phone with a great chipset. Unfortunately, the majority of smartphone purchasers are in this predicament. When trying to attain a mid-range price point, smartphone designers frequently choose a speedy CPU over a good camera.
The Infinix Zero X Pro, which was launched earlier today, is not one of them. We have one to look at, so stay tuned for a more complete assessment shortly – in the meantime, here are our initial thoughts.
The 5x periscope is the first thing to mention. It will be available on the Pro model, which will cost roughly $320, but it will also be available on the vanilla Zero X and the X Neo, which will cost less.
The Infinix Pro also has a 108 MP main camera, which is a first for the company. Of course, a $300 phone like the Realme 8 Pro may provide you with a 108 MP camera. The Redmi Note 10 Pro, a handful of Motorolas, Honors, and others are also available.
But, aside from the price and the high-resolution main camera, do you know what those phones have in common? The lack of any form of telephoto camera, let alone one with a 5x magnification. Is a periscope really essential when 108 MP sensors offer lossless 3x zoom and do a good job at 5x? We’ll be able to respond once we’ve completed the evaluation.
It features a 1/1.52” sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and is optically stabilized (OIS). Infinix claims to have invented a technique that combines OIS and electrical stabilization for smoother results. In addition, the camera app has a specific Night mode.
For the purpose of completeness, the Zero X Pro’s tele camera has an 8 MP sensor (f/3.4, 125 mm, OIS) and an 8 MP ultra wide camera (f/2.25). That one has a 120o field of view and autofocus, which even more expensive ones don’t always have. As a result, the ultra wide camera can also be used as a macro camera. There’s also a 16-megapixel camera on the front with a dual-LED flash, which isn’t something you see very frequently. Infinix chose a camera system that is refreshingly sensible, with no 2 MP macro or depth sensors.
The Helio G95 processor powers this phone (and all three Zero X versions). It’s hardly the quickest chipset on the market, and it’s certainly no match for a Snapdragon 870, such as the one found in the Poco F3. Also, a Poco that isn’t too far north of $300. That one, on the other hand, has a 48-megapixel main camera and we’ll leave it to you to figure out how many telephoto cameras it has.
In any case, the device in our office has 128 GB of storage (UFS 2.2), with a 256 GB option available. Because there is a microSD slot, you may not need it. Keep in mind that UFS is faster, which is important in some situations. In terms of speed, UFS 2.2 is between 8% and 80% faster than UFS 2.1, which is utilized in some other phones, depending on the job (sequential write gets the biggest boost).
The phone, like its brothers, comes with 8 GB of RAM. And a combination of a heat pipe and a graphite layer that conducts heat away gives the chipset the best chance to shine.
The Pro model features a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a built-in fingerprint reader, 1080p+ resolution, and 103 percent DCI-P3 coverage. It has a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a touch sampling rate of 240 Hz. Infinix had to employ a separate processor to run the display because the business prioritized the cameras and screen over having a 5G chipset.
And charging — the integrated 45W charger can charge the phone’s 4,500 mAh battery to 40% in just 15 minutes. Yes, you are included. There’s even a wired headset that plugs into the 3.5 mm headphone jack, which you won’t find on most Android or iPhone flagships.
Infinix even included a protective case with the phone. All of these items add to the bill of materials, which adds to the device’s final cost. However, the company is aiming on emerging markets, where users are unlikely to have access to a 45W charger.
And it’s for this reason that Infinix isn’t rushing headfirst into the 5G craze: many of the areas it serves won’t get 5G for a long time. That makes sense because the corporation has no immediate plans to expand into Western Europe or the United States.
There are two colorways: a regular silver (with dual glass back) and an intriguing Tuscany Brown alternative, which replaces the glass with fiberglass.
Nebula Black is our unit, and it’s the most visually appealing of the three. On the reverse, it contains two panes of glass and a speckled reflecting layer that resembles a galaxy full of stars. Infinix is focused on astronomy; we go into detail about that, as well as the specific Moon mode (which uses the Galileo Engine built in-house), in our full review.