Infinix Zero 4 Plus Review - Camera Monster
|Infinix Zero 4 Plus Official Shot|
Infinix is probably a brand most of you never heard before, but here in Indonesia, the brand has gained quite a traction, especially in the official market (that's the term for "legal" phones, which have passed certain regulations and have a more dependable warranty), in which Xiaomi still has limited presence. FYI, Infinix is also present in Africa, the Middle East, and some Asian countries.
Enter the Infinix Zero 4 Plus. Positioned as a flagship for the brand, it houses some key specs such as Mediatek's Deca-Core Helio X20, 20.7MP Camera with OIS, and a large, Full-HD 6" screen. Its big screen may be cumbersome for some, but this means that this smartphone should be perfect for gaming and multimedia consumption. With a competitive price of Rp3,799,000.00 (~U$285), is it a worthy phablet to have?
Let's find out.
Design and PackagingThe box is reminds me of the original Galaxy S box I got 7 years ago. It's black, and minimalistic. No picture of the phone whatsoever in the box, though.
|What's inside the box|
|Quite a complete package.|
Okay, so let's jump to the phone. Let's start from the front as usual. There's the screen, the earpiece, surrounded by the 13MP front camera and proximity sensor. On the top left side, there's a LED flash, in case there's a lack of light on your selfie.
|The large, colorful full HD screen|
|Auxilliary buttons on the right side.|
|Only SIM tray on the right|
|Hybrid slots are becoming the norm these days.|
|Headphone jack on the top|
|Port, speaker, and mic on the bottom|
|The back. The star of the show. |
The bump is uninspiring, though.
|Without the included hard case, the bump would surely|
hit the surface.
|From the side, the included hard case masks the bump.|
HardwareThe Zero 4 Plus is powered by Mediatek Helio X20, a deca-core (that's 10 cores for you) CPU featuring a couple of powerful A72 cores clocked at 2.1GHz. So on paper, it should be powerful enough to run most applications. For power efficiency during light use, there are 8 less-powerful A53 cores. With AnTuTu, the phone reaches the score of ~83,400 points, comparable with the Redmi Note 4 and even the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro, which costs more.
|The CPU includes a whopping 10 cores.|
The Full-HD LCD display is perfect for media consumption. One thing that is unfortunate, though, is that the sunlight visibility is disappointing. Even cranking the brightness to the max still is not enough to get a clear view under the bright sunlight.
|The Zero 4 Plus includes all the basic sensors.|
|XOS is what's running this phone.|
|Based on Marshmallow.|
|XOS offers quite a handful of customization options.|
|XManager helps you manage various things to your phone.|
|XPower lets you manage your phone's power consumption.|
|XCloud takes care of your phone backup.|
|Offscreen gestures help in launching applications quickly when your|
device is asleep.
|Double tap to wake is supported.|
CameraOkay, the next big thing is the camera. Infinix seems to place the Zero 4 series as a camera flagship phone, boasting high resolution sensor, manual mode, laser focus, and OIS. Well, let me tell you that the camera lives up to Infinix' claims. Here are some camera samples:
The 20.7MP rear sensor is capable of taking decent, if not great, pictures. The OIS really helps stabilizing the grip on this huge phone, reducing blur. Unfortunately, the focus on this phone is kind of slow. The laser autofocus, which is said to help focusing much faster, doesn't seem to work. Even though the object is close, the focusing speed is still occassionally slower compared to my Xiaomi Mi5, which doesn't have laser autofocus. Anyway, here are some camera samples.
|Manual mode in Zero 4 Plus' camera|
|The Zero 4 Plus delivers a large phone with a great camera and|
There aren't any disturbing cutbacks in my finding, although to some, the large screen may be cumbersome, but I think it's perfect if you want to use this phone for both productivity and media consumption without breaking the bank. In fact, this review is written entirely on the phone.
If you're looking a for an affordable phone with big screen, great camera and battery life, then you can include the Infinix Zero 4 Plus in your shopping list.
- Great camera quality for its class
- Great battery life
- Complete accessories included in the box
- Focus is on the slow side for a far object
- Poor sunlight visibility
- Uninspiring camera hump