Infinix Hot 7 Pro review: Sturdy design, delivers 6GB RAM under Rs 10,000
The phone manages to run smoothly even with 20+ apps running in the background.
Specs: 6.19-inch IPS, 1500 x 720 pixels, octa-core Helio P22 processor, 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, dedicated microSD slot, dual SIM slot, 13MP + 2 MP dual rear camera, 13MP + 2MP front camera with LED flash, rear fingerprint scanner, WiFi, 4G, VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Android 9.0, 4,000mAh battery, 159 grams
The sub-Rs10k price bracket is the most competitive one today for the Indian market. Smartphone brands try to stand out from each other by offering one or the other stand out feature. Infinix's latest smartphone, Hot 7 Pro, aims to make a big splash by being the cheapest device to offer 6GB RAM in the sub-10k price bracket.
Considering that majority of the phones in this price bracket offer 2 or 3GB of RAM, a phone with 6GB RAM does sound enticing for the customers. The biggest advantage with having more RAM is in the multi-tasking capabilities of the phone and it is visible on the Hot 7 Pro. Even with a bloatware heavy user interface, the phone manages to run smoothly even with 20+ apps running in the background. Other hardware specifications include an octa-core Helio P22 processor and 64GB of storage. Keep in mind that the P22 is a lower mid-range processor so don't expect much from it. PUBG runs at low graphic settings only - if you change the settings to medium graphics, you will see random frame drops immediately. The good thing is that there is a dedicated slot for storage expansion and that the battery life is great. A full charge lasts over a day regularly - this includes an hour of PUBG, multimedia, social media and voice calling.
In the design department, Infinix has opted to go for a metal unibody design which is sturdy and feels great in the hand. On the front is a 2.5d glass with an older style wide notch - the reason for a wide notch is the inclusion of dual front camera with LED flash. At 159 grams, the phone feels well balanced for its size. The screen is 6.19-inches in 19:9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 1500 x 720 pixels. We liked the brightness level and wide viewing angles and the screen is great for day to day usage as well as videos. One thing we did not like was the fat bottom chin - there are phones in the same price bracket with slim bezels and a slim chin like the Redmi Note 7s.
Infinix has given a dual rear camera and a dual front camera setup on the Hot 7 Pro. Both are 13MP + 2MP sensors but the rear sensor has a f1.8 aperture for low light. However, the camera results were sub-par. In daylight, both cameras managed to take photos with good amount of details but if you enable HDR it tends to boost the colours in such a way that the images look unnatural. In low light, while the photo was bright and good enough to view on-screen, they suffered from soft details. Also, the phone takes time to focus in low light and at times there was also visible shutter lag - we hope Infinix can fix this with an OTA update. Portrait mode fared much better, edge detection was good and so was the bokeh effect - you get the option to adjust the bokeh effect while framing the shot which is a welcome feature. One big letdown was the lack of any stabilization option for video recording.
As mentioned above, the phone's UI is loaded with bloatware apps. It runs XOS Cheetah based on Android 9.0 and comes with its share of handy features such as AI reading mode, a slide-out shortcut side panel and fast face unlock. However, the phone has L3 WideVine support which means you won't be able to view HD content from streaming apps. What also bothered us was that a number of preloaded apps kept sending unwanted notifications.
At Rs 9,999, the Infinix Hot 7 Pro proves to be just another phone option in the crowd. The 6GB RAM gives you marginal advantage over competing phone that offer 3GB RAM at the same price with better processor. You can consider the Redmi Note 7S with a Snapdragon 660, full HD display and 48MP + 5MP dual rear camera setup at the same price. The newly launched Realme 3i offers 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and a more powerful Helio P60 processor at the same price as well.