At a time where established players are trying to penetrate offline market in some capacity, several brands are trying to fill the online void. One such brand is Infinix from (Transsion holdings) that recently launched its third online exclusive handset, the Zero 5, which is an attempt to pass on uncompromised experience at a competitive mid-range price. Is the Infinix Zero 5 as good in practice as it is on paper? We will answer that and more in our Infinix Zero 5 review that follows.
Key Specifications of Infinix Zero 5:
|Model||Infinix Zero 5|
|Display||6 inch full HD, LTPS LCD, 2.5D curved glass|
|Processor||2.6GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P25|
|Camera||12 MP + 13MP rear (2X Zoom) and 16 MP front camera|
|Battery||4350mAh, fast charging|
|Dimensions and Weight||166.38 X82.38 X 7.95 mm; 197 grams|
|Software||Android 7.1 Nougat OS based XOS|
Design and Build
Infinix Zero 5 is a big phone and makes no bones about it. Regular 16:9 aspect ratio phones with a 6-inch display are indeed few and far between, and that pretty much places the Zero 5 in its own league.
The phone brandishes a solid metal unibody design. There is 2.5D glass on the front, color matched chamfered edges running along the sides, and also, the dual camera system encased in plastic glass like trimming is a subtle enhancement that helps the Zero 5 stand out.
The Infinix Zero 5 has plenty of bezels on the front and in case you are wondering why Infinix hasn’t mounted fingerprint sensor on the front instead, it’s perhaps because on extra large handsets the fingerprint sensor is more accessible on the rear.
Overall, the Infinix 5 is a solid phone that stands out, but it’s only meant for people who’d prefer big screen phones. And it’s available in three interesting hues – Champagne Gold, Sandstone Black and Bordeaux Red. If you want a compact phone they do have other smartphone series like Hot series or Note Series.
The 6-inch IPS LCD display has full HD resolution. The resolution is sharp enough for a pleasant experience and the display calibration is almost same as that of the Infinix Note 4. That is to say, the whites are slightly tinged with blue. The dynamic range is wide and colors are punchy.
It’s a good display for consuming multimedia content, which is what the Zero 5 is primarily meant for. The display is good for watching videos/movies, playing games or for reading e-books.
Another highlight of the Infinix Zero 5 is its dual rear cameras (12MP + 13MP) where the second sensor (13MP) with a telephoto lens is used for 2X optical zoom. Together, the two sensors can also be used for portrait mode.
The images clicked outdoors in the adequate lighting show punchy colors. The camera can lock focus quickly and close up shots turned out nice as well. The portrait mode works well in good light conditions and we were able to capture some really good shots with almost DSLR like bokeh effects.
Overall, the rear camera of the Zero 5 is fairly good and works well in good or daylight conditions. The performance can be slightly improved in low light conditions. On the other hand, the front 16MP camera captures good quality selfies.
Performance and Software
The Zero 5 is powered by 2.6GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P25 chipset paired with 6GB of finest quality RAM (LPDDR4X) and 64GB of storage. The phone also has a dedicated card slot that can be used to add up to 128GB of secondary storage. Infinix also offers another 6GB RAM and 128GB built-in storage option, Zero 5 Pro, priced at 19,999 INR.
The phone runs perfectly smooth with day-to-day usage. Most high-end games ran fine too, but we did run into occasional frame drops while running high-end games for a long duration. The performance is one of the strong points of the Zero 5 and unless you are an exceptionally heavy gamer.
The XOS 3.0 hummingbird software running on the phone is based on Android Nougat and Infinix will most likely push the Oreo update as well. There are quite a few pre-loaded apps on the phone and interface is overall a tad complicated but does offer a lot of features.
Battery, Price, and Verdict
The Zero 5 comes with a 4350mAh battery that can easily last for more than one day. With moderate to heavy usage, we consistently managed to hit end-of-day with around 30 to 40 percent battery remaining. The phone also supports fast charging.
The Zero 5 is available exclusively on Flipkart for 17,999 INR. For the price, it offers good design and build quality, reasonable display quality, long lasting battery, good selfie camera and smooth day-to-day performance. The low light camera performance could use some improvement. Come to think of it, no other phone is perfect in this budget either. So, if you are particularly looking for a big display phone under 20,000 INR, you can consider the Infinix Zero 5 as an option.