Released about a month after the launch of the Note 4 in July 2017, these successors to the much admired Hot 4 are here to steal users attention away from their predecessor.
The Infinix Hot 4 has been the most searched smartphone on Techlass blog for months now, which means users are obviously still warming up to the device.
Now here's the Hot 5 code named X559 and tagged 'My mobile cinema', as the fifth midrange device in the Hot series and probably a better smartphone than its predecessor, the Hot 4.
Did you say probably?
One cannot only tell from its specs sheet if it is better but can only make assumptions. Its real life operation and the reviews from users will give us a definite conclusion.
Isn't it too sudden to be releasing a new smartphone in the same year as the Hot S2, Note 4 and, Note 4 Pro? was enough time taken to design and build the Hot 5?, or is Infinix trying to be on par with Tecno its biggest competitor?.
This and many more lurk at the back of my mind.
Unlike Tecno that has had to face stigmatization before being widely accepted in Nigeria as a quality smartphone brand, Infinix has actually had it easy gaining acceptance in Nigeria right from inception.
I'll tell you why:
Some Nigerians don't know an Infinix device is also a Chinese made phone as well as Huawei, Xiaomi and several others.
It's funny but before i write you a novel,
What are the specs of the Infinix Hot 5 (X559)?
Based on the specifications given on Infinix Mobility's website, the Infinix Hot 5 specs and features like its design, software, camera and battery, have been outlined and reviewed below.
Contrary to the Hot 4 that has three variants which are the Hot 4, Hot 4 Lite and Hot 4 Pro, the Hot 5 comes in only two variants which are the Hot 5 and Hot 5 Lite.
- Display size: 5.5-inch
- Display type: IPS Display
- Resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels
- Pixels Per Inch: 267PPI
- CPU: 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor
- RAM: 2GB
- Inbui storage: 16GB with support microSD card up to 32GB
- Operating system: XOS 2.2 ontop Android 7.0 Nougat
- Rear Camera: 8MP
- Front Camera: 5MP
- Data connection: 2G/3G
- Security: Rear embedded Fingerprint Sensor
- Battery capacity: 4000mAh
Display and Build
The Hot 5 features a 5.5 inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and pixel density of 267PPI. Compared to the Hot 4, this screen size and its resolution are the same.
The screen size is moderate to still give ease of operation with one hand and the HD screen is capable of good colour reproduction.
The Hot 5 has a plastic build which does not come as a surprise since this is the case of all the devices in the Hot series.
This device has a dimension of 154.8 x 77.7 x 8.35mm and weight of 168g. In comparison to its predecessor at 8.8mm thin and 172g heavy, the Hot 5 is thinner and lighter.
A slight loss in weight and thickness may be a good thing because the Hot 4 as it is, is a very light device and now we have a lighter one, but i doubt most users will notice it since its not a significant decrease.
The Hot 5 is available in several colours including Black, White, Gold, Silver, and Red. Not limited to these colours, you get to choose a device in your favorite colour.
Although the Hot 4 Pro is the only variant of the Hot 4 that features a fingerprint scanner, the base model of Infinix's latest device, the Hot 5, has one.
With this scanner as an added security feature on the Hot 5, you can set privacy protection within the device with the use of passwords, patterns or pins and also with your unique fingerprint which is scanned using the scanner located below device's rear camera.
Other than securing your phone from unauthorized access, the scanner can also be used to lock apps within the phone, wake up dormant apps. swipe through photos and take selfies.
According to Infinix Mobility, the Hot 5's fingerprint scanner can unlock the device and apps within 0.1 second.
Hardware and Software
The Hot 5 is powered by a 1.3GHz Quad-Core MediaTek processor with a MT6580 GPU for graphics rendering.
- The use of themes to give a customized interface,
- App freezer to stop certain apps from running in the background thereby clearing the RAM and saving the battery, and
- The ability to create an instance of another app (for example where two whatsApp applications can be run simultaneously on the Hot 5)
Battery and Connectivity
The battery capacity of Infinix Hot 5 is 4000mAh. This battery is removable and is based on Li-on technology.
Same capacity as that of the Hot 4, this battery can support talk time upto 35 hours on 2G network and 24 hours on 3G network. It can also support standby time upto 837 hours.
Users can expect atleast two days use of the battery on moderate usage after full charge because of the large capacity of the battery and the XOS power saving feature.
The Hot 5 is a dual SIM smartphone that supports the use of two micro SIMs.
It has no 4G LTE connectivity that makes for fast download speeds and streaming, but comes with other connectivity options such as USB, Bluetooth, GPS, OTG, WiFi direct and mobile hotspot.
Its sensors include fingerprint, ambient light, e-compass and proximity sensors.
Price and Availability
The Infinix Hot 5 is available in Nigeria as with other African countries such as Ghana and Kenya. In either countries, you can buy Infinix Hot 5 from their reputable online stores.
The Infinix Hot 5 Price in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya is about ₦37,000, 399 GH₵ and KSh 8,000 respectively.
Infinix Hot 5 Specs
154.8 x 77.7 x 8.35 mm
Black, White, Gold, Silver,
Lemon Green, Red
IPS capacitive touchscreen
1280 x 720 pixels
Memory And OS
Yes, Upto 32GB
Quad-core Cortex 1.3GHz
Autofocus, LED flash
5 MP, LED flash
Dual mcro SIM
Ambient light sensors