Infinix has been getting and gaining more attention recently when it comes to smartphone midrange killers.
Recently, we have been hearing the Infinix Note 11 Pro and Zero X Pro as contenders versus other brands. Infinix announced earlier its Infinix ZERO 5G is their latest premium 5G smartphone.
It brings 120Hz 6.78 inch LCD with a 5000mah battery plus an attractive uni-curve design.
Packaging is quite long and thick plus has two-piece color design black and silver. Inside the box, you get the 33W power brick, USB Type C cable, free transparent TPU case with decent quality, the unit itself.
The Zero 5G has an interesting design, specifically in the camera. It curves and slopes on the back surface. The back of the body is composed of plastic; it has a glossy rear surface and is prone to fingerprint smudges. The sides are smooth and curvy. Infinix calls this a uni-curve design, it looks great.
It is lightweight, weighs around 199grams, and measures 8.77mm thin.
The volume and power button is located on the right side of the device. It feels tactile, the power button which also serves as a fingerprint reader.
Button’s position is in the right place which makes them easy to reach. On the left side, it has the sim card tray. It can accommodate two nano sims and one MicroSD for expanding storage.
On the bottom part, there is the type-c port, microphone hole, 3.5mm audio jack, and a speaker grille while on the top has only the secondary noise-canceling microphone hole.
The phone measures a 6.78-inch full HD display that has a 1080 x 2460 pixels resolution.
It boasts of a refresh rate of 120HZ which makes scrolling and navigating the interface feels smoother. The side bezels are slim and the brightness can get up to 500 nits. Colors reproduction is unstable; it lacks some color profile, but the color adjustment is available on the display settings. HDR is not supported, it can only stream SD quality videos.
The viewing angles are decent. The display panel needs improvement as it is experiencing sluggish responses.
You can choose between different modes of refresh rate from 60hz to 120hz. There is an auto-switch refresh mode available that tries to lower the refresh rate when not in use. As per observation most of the apps and games are frequently locked in 60hz.
Refresh rate handling is good but still needs to improve.
The Zero 5G runs on Infinix XOS v10.0 based on Android 11, it includes more features and customization options.
There are bloatware apps installed. The software runs smoothly with no hiccups. There is a lot of customization to choose from the feature called Magazine service for lock screen and powerful theme support for modifying fonts, colors, etc.
The home screen includes a custom feed, and big folder to organize. You can tweak grid sizes, gesture and notification badges, and many more.
There are useful features such as Lightning Multi-Window, Smart Panel, Social Turbo, MOL, XClone , Monster game kit, Xarena, and Power Assistant
XOS 10 skin is polished with a more interactive look and feel.
The phone is equipped with MediaTek Dimensity 900 5G processor. It performs well. No stutter and delay when switching multiple apps running in the background.
The Dimensity 900 is recognized to be the processor for gaming. Playing Call of duty mobile and mobile legends runs smoothly on medium graphic settings.
The phone’s sound quality during gaming is pretty normal; it has a single bottom-firing speaker. Loudness is enough for listening to music and sound.
The phone has a cooling system which they call a Heat Pipe Thermal module and a 3-D cooling master. It monitors the temperature of the device so you can play without worrying about overheating.
The Infinix Zero 5g has a 5000mah battery capacity.
For usage, it works fairly well. I can record 12 hours of power endurance. It can provide more than a day in moderate use like browsing, and opening social media apps. For heavy usag , such as gaming you may have to charge it several times depending on your playing time.
Charging takes around two hours to fully charge using the 33w powered brick from 0 to 100 percent.
The Infinix Zero 5G has a triple camera lens setup 48MP main, 2MP bokeh, 13MP for a portrait while there is 16MP for a selfie on front.
For actual usage, we experience unreliable results when it comes to exposure. Indoor portraits come out sharp with good detail, edge detection is poor but acceptable. Skin tones look natural. When it comes to low light photography, it performs not quite well as there are smudgy and lack of details, using night mode may help improve the image to be acceptable, recovering some shadows and highlights.
Telephoto cameras do a better job, image capture tends to have better and finer details. It looks more natural and cleaner. The downside of using the telephoto is it has limited dynamic range.
The phone can digitally zoom around 30x.
In the portrait photography shots, the subject detection and separations are average. The Bokeh effect looks decent.
For a selfie, the image captured looks solid, and the details and colors are on point. Dynamic range is not bad. It lacks autofocus, and portrait shots using the front camera are underwhelming. It tends to be overexposed sometimes.
Using the phone for video there is not much noise and better. Color rendition is better. The selfie video looks clean, and the details and dynamic range are solid. There is stabilization across all camera sensors and is limited to 1080p.
The Infinix Zero 5G is one of the best budget 5G phones. It offers a solid, strong body and recognizable design. It has a great battery life with 33W fast charging plus it has a 5000mah. Software is full of features and customization.
While the cameras and display are not the best, performance is respectable with a 120HZ refresh rate supported.
The Infinix Zero 5G retails for only ₱11,990 and it’s now available in all Infinix stores both online and offline.