Pros: Large FHD screen for a low price, dual SIM with dedicated micro SD slot, feature-filled interface, good camera
Cons: Several pre-loaded bloatware apps, heavy customization slows down the phone, large and heavy design
Users looking for budget smartphones normally have to make a lot of compromises. The first feature that gets the axe is normally the screen size. Released with the hashtag #TakeCharge, highlighting its quick charging function and 43000mAh battery XPower that stretches the standby time for up to two days on normal usage, Infinix Note 4 is one for bargain hunters would need to take a look at.
Infinix Note 4 made us sit up and take notice: a large, full HD screen with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, that's good value. The Note name is usually reserved for large screens — this one has a vibrant 5.7-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. This also means it's a fairly large phone and also heavy at 198 grams.
You get Android 7.0 on the phone, customized by XOS 2.2 'Chameleon'. There are a lot of things baked into the software, some useful (screen colour customization, gestures like tap to wake, one hand mode, cleanup, app/bandwidth managers, app lock, dual instances of apps) and some not so useful (bloatware like Xwin, Palmchat, Phoenix and more). If you're into secrecy, the phone has a hidden area — they call it XHide. This area is protected by a password that you have to enter in the phone dialer. In the hidden area, you can place communications (call records, SMS), photos, videos, voice recordings or apps that you want hidden from the normal view. If you hide an app in XHide, its notifications are also hidden.
The camera also hits above its price range. There are different modes to play with, including full manual mode, beauty, night, panorama, wide selfie and PIP (can capture images from both cameras in one frame). Quality is top notch with nice colour and detail.
Available in three colours – blue, gold and Milan black, the Infinix Note 4 sports a 5.7-inch display with a 2.5D glass on top and a metal unibody frame. The large screen and bright colour are ideal for lovers of mobile gamers.
Why do you need to buy Infinix NOTE4?
Much of what made Note3 the most searched for phones in Nigeria are still present, with upgrades in some features. While NOTE3 had 13MP+5MP, NOTE 4 has a slight upgrade with 13MP+8MP. Taking a selfie at night or in dark places has been made easier as the front camera has its own dedicated flash.
The fact that NOTE4 is running on Nougat with XOS 2 superimposed on it is definitely a plus. Why? It has the Multi-Windows which means you can simultaneously process two applications using a split-screen view. Also, the NOTE4 introduces an upgraded Fingerprint function that adds viewing of photo libraries, voice recording, and customizing quick opening of apps via different finger input.
Taking 0.15 second to unlock the phone, the fingerprint scanner works faster than that of NOTE3, which takes 0.20 second.
The 5.7 screen features a high colour gamut – reaching 85 per cent NTSC, which is 20 per cent higher than most competing smartphones. With a 1300 (TBD) contrast rate and luminance, exceeding 500cd/m2, which together make the screen unbelievably colourful, clear and dynamic
Our only complaints are with low light (noisy) and that the autofocus can take some time to properly lock on. The front camera is good enough though can be a little soft on detail. A lot can be forgiven considering the price though — as long as the final results are good — and they are.
Battery life is par for the course: about a day and a half with normal use. Heavy users will still get a full day. The fast charging technology can charge the phone to 45 per cent in half an hour