Infinix Zero 5 Review: A Worthy Flagship Upgrade
|Infinix Zero 5 Official Shot|
Even though I thought I already suspended device reviews, an opportunity suddenly popped up. My father decided that he wanted to try out Infinix's latest Zero flagship, the Zero 5. I suspect there were a few things that tempted him to upgrade: Dual camera, large screen, and most importantly: insanely affordable price. Yeah, the latter is the most important because at the moment, there's no phone at that price range which has 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.
The specs seem beastly. Add a slew of accessories into the packaging and dedicated SD card slot (in addition to 2 SIM slots), you'll have yourself a great flagship. My father chose the flashy red color, and fortunate enough, I have the chance to try the phone out for a week, before sending it to him.
So, the million-dollar question is, is it worth your money? Or rather, why is it worth your money? Let's find that out!
Design and Packaging
|The box looks striking enough.|
On the back of the box, there are the key features of the phone: dual camera, XCharge (Infinix's proprietary fast-charge tech), octa-core processor, large screen, etc. See for yourself in the picture below.
|The key feature looks good.|
|Infinix gives you a lot of accessories in the package.|
|Be careful not to lose this tiny adapter.|
|The included charger supports Infinix's XCharge technology.|
|Look closely. Infinix has already included a screen protector.|
Let's start with the front side, which is the busiest. There's the screen, the front camera, earpiece, LED flash, and sensors (light sensors, proximity sensors).
|The phone's large size might make it unwieldy for some.|
|The back actually looks good.|
On the right side, you we have the dual SIM slot, volume rockers, and the power button. The power button is textured like the Zero 4 Plus, and their positioning is still in the middle, which makes them easier to reach.
|Headphone jack retains the spotlight, USB-C makes the debut.|
|The power button is textured, you'll recognize it instantly.|
|Nothing on the top side.|
|Only SD Card slot is on the left.|
|Dual SIM and dedicated SD card slot. Amazing.|
HardwareIn the heart of the Zero 5, there's the Mediatek Helio P25. In case you're wondering, Infinix is starting to turn its head to Qualcomm, with their latest Hot S3 phone, but that's a story for another day. Speaking about the P25, it is powered by 8 A53 cores, divided into two (performance and power-efficiency cores) running at 2.6GHz and 1.6GHz respectively. Though it seems like a downgrade compared to the Zero 4 Plus, when you think about the upgrade in other departments (camera, RAM, storage), it actually makes sense.
|Infinix Zero 5 specs in a nutshell.|
|Free space and RAM when firing up for the first time.|
|A middling AnTuTu score.|
As for sensors, the only ones that are missing are temperature and pressure sensor. Gyroscope sensor is present, so doing VR shouldn't be a problem, if you like that sort of thing. The fingerprint sensor on the back is quite fast and accurate. However, the Zero 5 doesn't support NFC. That's fine, no other phone in this price point has that feature.
|Only temperature and pressure sensors are missing.|
|I'll just put this again here.|
|Multi Account is here to fulfill your social needs.|
Oh, and in case you don't see it, when the connected adapter supports XCharge, you'll see two lightning bolts next to the battery icon instead of one.
CameraNow comes my favorite part, the camera. Infinix is so proud of the Zero 5's camera that they make it the primary selling point. The rear camera features one 12MP f/2.0 lens and one 13MP telephoto lens (they don't specify the aperture). This combination gives you 2X optical zoom. Sadly, there's no OIS. The laser autofocus featured on the Zero 4 duo is gone, too. But hey, the Zero 5 is still capable to take great pictures in good lighting. Here are the samples:
|Mini Chizza. By KFC.|
|A cup of tea at night.|
|Your typical night in a residential area.|
|Without LED flash|
|A Flagship Worthy of Its Price|
One thing that I don't like from this phone is its auto brightness, which never seem to get things right. The Zero 5 is also on the heavy side. If you can easily hold it with one hand, I don't mind, it becomes solid. If it's big and unwieldy, however, your chances of dropping it will increase.
So, who is this phone for? It's for those who don't mind big phones and are currently looking for as much bang-for-the-buck as possible. At IDR 3,500,000, there's currently no phone that can beat the Zero 5 in terms of specs.
- Flagship-level specs
- Very capable cameras
- Dedicated dual SIM and SD card slots
- Affordable price
- Automatic brightness is annoying
- Though smaller than the Zero 4 Plus, it is still heavy and unwieldy for some people