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Infinix Note 4: Big Show, Small Price – The Unbiased Review

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Each time a new phone is launched in the overcrowded Indian smartphone market. It makes us wonder, will it succeed? Will it have the right mix of hardware, software and price to convince the buyers? But in this review, we are not talking about just a new smartphone but a new smartphone maker instead.

So, the brand is called Infinix and it’s by Transsion Holdings. For those of you who don’t about Transsion Holdings, they are the parent group of smartphone companies – Tecno, iTel and Spice which is a joint venture between Transsion and Spice Mobility.

Specifications of Infinix Note 4

Release date August 2017
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 159.00 x 78.80 x 8.40
Battery capacity (mAh) 4300
Removable battery No
Colours Ice Blue, Champagne Gold, Milan Black
SAR value NA
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 5.70
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×1920 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 387
HARDWARE
Processor 1.3GHz quad-core
Processor make Mediatek MT6753
RAM 3GB
Internal storage 32GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 128
CAMERA
Rear camera 13-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 8-megapixel
SOFTWARE
Operating System Android 7.0
Skin XOS UI
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20
NFC No
Infrared No
USB OTG Yes
Headphones 3.5mm
FM No
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1
SIM Type Micro-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM + CDMA
3G No
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Micro-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM + CDMA
3G No
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SENSORS
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

IN THE BOX

  • Infinix Note 4 handset
  • In-Ear Headphones
  • Fast Charger
  • MicroUSB Cable
  • Protective Case
  • Screen Protector
  • User Manual and Warranty

Infinix Note 4 comes in a neat sky blue coloured box with minimal branding and key features mentioned on the back of the box.

It’s a good thing the smartphone comes with a screen guard and a rear protective case in the box.

DESIGN AND DISPLAY

  • 5.7-inch Full HD display by SHARP
  • 2.5D Touch Panels and a Curved Back
  • Removable Back Panel
  • Glossy Finish

The Infinix Note 4 is designed so well that its price seems unreal. The device can easily be mistaken for the Samsung Galaxy S7 thanks to its curved back. And that’s a great thing as S7/S7 Edge are one of the best-looking smartphones around. The use of materials is obviously different considering the price but full marks to Infinix for such a stunner at this price.

On the front is the 5.7 screen in between the camera module on the top and the home button (embedded with a fingerprint scanner) on the bottom. Next to the home button are the navigation keys.

On the back, you get the 13MP primary camera along with the Dual LED flash. Below that in the centre is the Infinix logo and towards the end is NOTE logo. The back is glossy and reflective but a fingerprint magnet, which is the case with most glossy textured devices. There is a protective layer applied right out of the box to save the back from scratches.

The back panel is removable from the side cutout area. Once the back cover is removed, you get access to the 2 Nano SIM slots and the MicroSD slot. The mammoth 4300 built-in battery is visible but non-removable. This device is apt for users who always complain about Hybrid SIM slots and the pain of deciding between a SIM and Expandable memory.

Overall the design of Note 4 is nothing like you get in this price category.

Moving on to the display, which is also the USP of the device. The phone features a 5.7 inches Full HD display under 10K is a first for this segment. The display is vivid and offers fluid touch response. Though we wish the display had a better sunlight legibility.

HARDWARE

  • 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 CPU
  • MicroSD Card slot with up to 128GB support

The Infinix Note 4 is potent enough to handle daily tasks easily but don’t expect to handle heavy-duty games. The fact that we could shoot and edit videos on pre-installed MagicMovie makes it a device that can do most of your tasks.

SOFTWARE

  • Latest Android OS out of the box
  • XOS custom Skin

The most smartphone makers are moving towards stock Android experience to provide timely updates and smoother experience. The Infinx Note 4 comes with a custom overlay called XOS not to be confused with OSX 😉

Infinix Note 4 XOS review

The XOS (Chameleon v2.3) is based on Android 7.0 Nougat. It offers a lot of extra functionalities over stock Android. In terms of pre-installed apps, there are a lot of apps that Infinx have installed on the device.

There are apps like XTheme, XShare, XClub, XOS Family of apps. There are also nifty apps like Freezer which lets users freeze less used apps that might waste phones resources in terms of battery and data. Users can also run two instances of the same apps like Whatsapp, Facebook etc. There is also support for running two apps on the same screen at the same time.

The App drawer displays apps in alphabetic order like some other Android smartphones. What really mattered to us is that the company is regularly rolling out updates and that is a good sign for the consumers.

CAMERA

  • 13MP rear camera with Dual LED flash
  • 8MP Front Camera with front-facing LED flash

The camera modules on the Note 4 are decent for this price point but no the best that you can get. The primary 13MP snapper has a f/2.2 aperture which is good enough for captures in well-lit environments. But the camera performance deteriorates in dark or low light conditions. Though users always have the option of using the dual LED flash to brighten up the subject. There are a lot of modes to get that perfect shot so if you can handle camera smartphones then you can great shots out of this device.

Similar is the case for the 8MP front camera, it is able to capture decent selfies when the light is good and has a LED flashlight for those late night selfies. The best part is that the users can control the intensity of the front LED light flash to avoid harsh light on the face.

PERFORMANCE

  • 4300mAh Battery
  • 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM
  • Fast Charging

Infinix Note 4 comes with a beastly 4300mAh battery. Thankfully, the company supplies a 18W fast charger in the box that allows you to charge 45% in just 30 minutes. In our tests, the battery easily lasted 2 days and with heavy usage 1 and half days.

THE UNBIASED VERDICT

Infinix Note 4 is a device that we can recommend considering it offers bang for the buck. In just, INR 8,999 users get a 5.7 FHD Display, 4300mAh battery, Fingerprint Sensor and a dedicated MicroSD card slot. And, for all those who are apprehensive about spending thinking it is a new smartphone and new company. Please be rest assured as it may be a new name in India but Infinix has been around since 2012 and Transsion Holdings for more than a decade.

At a price of only INR 8,999 this device has a lot going for it. But, if you want a phone that looks and feel from 2017 then the Canvas Infinity at INR 9,999 also offers a 5.7″ display with a larger 18:9 ratio and falls in the category of bezel-less display smartphones, well almost.

The things that could have been better are – Better usability in direct sunlight, USB Type-C Port (Asking for too much?), Stock Android for faster updates and smoother UI.

  • DESIGN AND DISPLAY 8
  • HARDWARE 7
  • SOFTWARE 7.5
  • CAMERA 7.5
  • PERFORMANCE 7
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Summary

Infinix Note 4 offers Big Screen, Big Battery at a small price of only INR 8,999. As a company, Infinix needs to market it well to sell this good product as the competition is bigger and fierce.

7.4 Big Show, Small Price

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