Infinix Note 4 and Hot 4 Pro, the latest models have been launched in India. Infinix has managed to keep the price competitive while offering enough features for this phone to compete with models that cost more. Will the new Note 4 able to live up to our expectations? We find out in our Infinix Note 4 Review.

Infinix Note 4 Review

Design & Build Quality

  • The design is not heroic.
  • Heavy (198g)

With tons of smartphones coming up each day we see a monotonous design language, especially in the budget segment. Frankly speaking, most of the smartphones look-alike and we are bored of it. The design is pretty simple but doesn’t feel cheap and the display has a nice curved glass to it. The back panel is made of out plastic, so this definitely makes it a little slippery and prone to fingerprints, But it’s good to see Infinix is providing a screen protector and a simple cover in the box.

Coming to the ergonomics, the device has a 5.7-inch LCD display beneath that there is a fingerprint sensor which also acts as a physical home button. For a regular user, the display looks nice and the in-hand feel and grip of the phone is pretty handy but it is not a light phone by any means, coming in at 198 grams. The viewing angles of the phone are pretty convincing and it is also visible in outdoors.

The back panel is also removable which gives to the Dual 4G sim card slots, memory card slot (not hybrid) and 4300 mAh battery. The back also houses the 13MP camera sensor along with the LED flash. Overall, the design of the phone is ordinary.

Camera

There’s a 13MP camera sensor on the back and an 8MP sensor on the front. Both are decent in good lighting conditions. The rear camera is better than what I expected at this price point. You can also launch the camera by drawing C on the screen. The photos came out from the rear is good with decent sharpness. You also got the manual mode here.

Check out the results in the slideshow below:

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Coming to the front camera, it has an 8MP shooter. There is a front facing flash too, for low light conditions which live up its budget reputation, and doesn’t in anyway exceed it.

Battery Life

The Infinix Note 4 packs a 4300mAh battery unit, which seems more than enough to take you through a full day on one charge. Basic usage involving scrolling social feeds, texting, listening to music and 1-2 hours of calling can easily get you more than 12 hours of backup. I was charging my Note 4 every morning before leaving for college and the 4300mAh battery sailed throughout the day without asking for a charge. It takes roughly ~2 hours to completely charge the phone from 0 to 100, which is decent.

 

Performance

With a MediaTek MT6753 processor paired 3GB of RAM, the Note 4 is a smooth for basic tasks but sometimes we notice lag especially if you have installed tons of apps. I tried gaming and realized that MediaTek MT6753 is not the best chipsets for high-end gamings. I played high-end games like Asphalt 8 and I notice some frame drop in higher settings.

So I highly recommend you to buy something else if you are a hardcore gamer. The fingerprint sensor is fast but you have press the home button first in order to wake up the screen.

Audio

The loudspeaker like any other budget phone was loud but only for a small closed area. Customers will not get the earphones inside the retail box You might want to go for a third party headset.

Software/UI

The Note 4 comes with Android Nougat with the version of an XOS 2.2 built on top. In order to access the app drawer, you need to swipe up. The bloatware apps and not so attractive icon packs steal the neatness that one wants on the phone. But it’s good to see that Infinix has not made unnecessary changes in the notification panel. There’s also an app called shuffle that shuffles the wallpaper.

 

Should you buy it?

For those on a budget, but who don’t want to buy the Xiaomi or the Motorola device. It’s a good option. It has a good display, great battery life, and an average camera and also the dedicated microSD card slot. You can purchase the Infinix Note 4 from Flipkart.