Infinix Hot S3
Hello, Folks! Today I’m going to do a full specifications review of Infinix Hot S3. A relatively new fresh-off-the-boat brand like Infinix might not inspire confidence in a lot of potential buyers especially when Infinix is late as a smartphone the HOT S3 is trying to compete in the rupees 10,000 price category which is already filled with some really great options. But I have to say this Infinix is parent company transient holdings is actually the largest seller of smartphones in Africa which means that transient Holdings definitely knows a thing or two about making good smartphones. After using the Infinix HOT S3 I’m fairly convinced that, that fact is true. So, let’s start-
Design & Build: –
The Infinix Hot S3 like most new smartphones embraces the 18 by 9 aspect ratio display trend. The truncated bezels make it easy to operate with one hand. It varies understated yet classy design. My black review unit made entirely of plastic cuts a handsome figure next to any other expensive phone. It embraces plastic for the material it is instead of forcing a four metallic finish.
However, I did face a peculiar problem where the phone kept slipping from my hand very easily. This is unlike phones with plastic bodies actually thankfully Infinix provides a TPU case in the box.
Talking about the bundle you also get a neat flat USB cable which is a neat touch. The front has a 2.5D curved glass with a layer of energy glass scratch resistance which in my experience does its job. Well, the camera module on the rear is slightly raised and placed inside an enclosure with ridges it looks good but in my opinion, there are ridges on the power button as well making it easy to distinguish from the volume rocker.
The Infinix Hot S3 has 5.65-inch HD Plus IPS LCD panel is actually impressive while the colour accuracy could have been a tad better. You will find the display very crisp and detailed. The software’s auto-brightness feature works well in tandem with the ambient light sensor, it calibrates the brightness of the screen accurately according to the surrounding light. The viewing handles and the sunlight legibility are pretty good too.
The Hot S3 has two cameras a 13-megapixel sensor with a F/2.0 aperture lens on the rear and a 20-megapixel front camera with a F/2.0 aperture.
The 20-megapixel front camera captures decent looking shots that can be instantly shared on your Facebook or Instagram profiles. On closer inspection, however, you will notice Infinix’s camera engineers love to over sharpen the images. It looks someone uses the sharp in preset in Photoshop and pushed the slider to the maximum. I also know that most users won’t care because selfies actually do look good on the phone. As a matter of fact, the cameras software’s edge detection algorithm in selfies is surprisingly good.
However, interestingly the camera doesn’t show the depth mode as a default option and hides it in the beauty mode. The camera app also has a white selfies mode that replicates the panorama mode but it does a half-baked job.
As for the Hot S3 is the 13-megapixel camera you can make some good pictures thanks for the most part of its newer accurate colour reproduction but don’t expect good details in the highlights and shadows. The HDR mode on the Infinix Hot S3 creates the most dramatic images as seen from any HDR mode on a phone till date. In fact, it literally eliminates shadows blow up the highlights and cranks of the sharpening.
In low-light, the rear camera does a surprisingly good job for the price packet it operates in it captures a decent amount of light and details too.
The Hot S3 has a Snapdragon 430 system-on-chip at Octa-core. It is available in two variants 3GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage variant and 4GB of RAM with 64GB of internal storage variant. The tray for the SIM cards in the micro SD card has lost for all three and it’s not a hybrid one. I know this is quite a big deal for many folks. I like what some people might think the Snapdragon 430 is definitely not underpowered.
Apart from the fact that I got an AnTuTu score of around 60,000. I didn’t face a single performance hiccup in my time with the phone even Asphalt 8 ran smoothly. I don’t know if it’s the hardware-software optimization or snapdragons might but the phone is no slouch twist.
However, there were some shortcomings, for example, I think the single downward firing speaker could have been honestly better it sounds shrimp and muddy.
The Infinix Hot S3 software is the mask stroke as far as I’m concerned. It is what makes the phone the compelling option for prospective rivals. The hottest feed runs Android Oreo 8.0 with Infinix is very own Hummingbird XOS 3.0 layer on top of it. Apart from the obvious benefits of Oreo Infinix is OS adds a ton of really cool features on top of it? XOS 3.0 offers so much control that if you’re a fan of a launcher like no one you won’t miss appear. You can pick the icon size change the desktop grade pin icons to the screen, change the direction of scrolling, Alter the text colour and much more. It is rather refreshing to see such deep controls simple things like the tiny camera animation when you switch between home screens and the icon animation when you switch between home screens and the icon animation when the brightness is increased or reduced from the notification panel only add to the user experience.
There are certain things about the XOS 3.0 Android skin that I didn’t find particularly appealing. I’m not a fan of cutesy rounded icons considering the software offers so much control the engineers and Infinix could have probably given us the flexibility to change the icon style too. Also, I really think brands should double check for duplication of apps. I mean there’s really no need for two gallery apps or music apps.
The Infinix Hot S3 comes with a 4000 milliamp-hours battery. It will easily last you a day with at least 10% juice left. I constantly got a screen on time of 5 to 6 hours which is pretty good.
So, the Infinix Hot S3 is a better budget phone or not?
If you are looking for a smartphone around rupees 9,000 the Infinix Hot S3 is actually a pretty good option. Especially, if you are a fan of selfies and if you want to really dependable software. Having said that in this price category there are so many good smartphones out there like the Redmi Note 4, Note 5, Moto G5 and the Honor 9 Lite the list is almost endless. At the end though whichever smartphone you choose you won’t be disappointed.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Infinix Hot S3||Flipkart||Rs 8,999|
|The USA Buyers|
|Infinix Hot S3||Coming Soon||$ 150|
|Infinix Hot S3||Coming Soon||Tk 12,000|
|Infinix Hot S3||Coming Soon||PKR 15,500|
|Technology||GSM / LTE / HSPA|
|SIM||Dual (Nano, Dual Standby)|
|BODY||Dimensions||153 x 72.85 x 8.54mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD, 720 x 1440p HD+ , 18:9 aspect ratio|
|CAMERA||Rear||13-MP, F/2.0, PDAF, Dual LED Flash|
|Front||20-MP, F/2.0, Autofocus, Dual LED Flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detction, HDR, Panorama|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 8.0 Oreo + XOS 3.0|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 430|
|CPU||Octa-Core Up to 1.4GHz|
|MEMORY||Internal||32GB, 3GB RAM / 64GB, 4GB RAM|
|External||Up to 128GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Compass, Proximity, Ambient Light, Hall, Gravity|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Hotspot|
|Others||Bluetooth v4.2 & GPS|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm Headphone Jack|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 4000 mAh|