The Infinix HOT 10i is a cheap Android Go device that performs surprisingly very well. This phone is primarily meant for first time smartphone buyers and people that don’t demand a lot from a smartphone. I’m talking about teenagers and their parents. I have been using this phone for two weeks now and my conclusion is that its a decent performer with a huge battery. But first the price.
There are two variations of the Infinix HOT 10i with the only difference being the Internal storage. The 64+2GB version is selling at Ksh 12,599 (Around USD116) while the 32GB version is selling at Ksh 11,499 (Around USD106 going by today’s rate).
Both phones are dual Nano SIM devices and have a slot for expandable memory.
The biggest specification of all the Infinix Hot devices belongs to the Hot 10i. There is no better feeling than buying a budget phone with a big battery. That is because a majority of budget phones usually have less than 3500mAh battery capacities. Add the fact that this is an Android Go device which ultimately means that the battery life will be prolonged.
I’m averaging around 2 days without charging the phone.
As far as charging is concerned, the phone comes with a 2.0 Ampere charger with a micro USB cable. It doesn’t have fast charging so I have been leaving the phone to charge overnight. There is no problem of overcharging because the phone automatically disconnects the charger when the battery is full. This is thanks to the Safe Charging Feature.
Normally, budget smartphones will come with a low performance quad-core processor. But not the Hot 10i because it has an 2.0GHz octa-core Helio G25 processor. I’ve found that apps start up very quickly and more importantly, the camera starts up and is ready to go within 1 second.
I also noticed that social media videos load fast and there’s no lagging when switching between applications. I know you know that feeling when you’re waiting for your phone to execute a command and it seems like it is taking forever.
The phone has only 2GB RAM but I’m sure that were it not for the big processor, lagging would have been an issue. But the biggest reason that this phone is fast is because it runs on Android Go Edition.
The Infinix Hot 10i runs on Android 11 Go edition. This is a lightning speed Operating system, built for smartphones with 2GB of RAM or less. Android (Go edition) runs lighter and thus saving data.
According to Google these are the main advantage of Android Go.
Apps start up 15% faster when you run Android (Go edition) on an entry-level smartphone. With up to 270 MB extra memory, users can run more apps and games at the same time. Up to 900 MB of additional storage means room for more photos, videos and apps. Choose from over 2 million apps in Google Play.
When it comes to the Cameras, Infinix did not just throw in the cheapest lenses they could find. Instead we have a 13MP dual camera setup at the back with quad flash and an 8MP lens with dual flash at the front. Let me just mention that the front flash light is also the charging indicator.
The Hot 10i has slow-motion and time-lapse features built into the camera app as well as beauty, portrait and panorama. The documents feature lets you scan important document without necessarily going to the cyber café.
These are some of the photos taken using the HOT 10i.
The screen size is sufficiently big at 6.52″ (165mm) and is quite bright even in direct sunlight. The screen is a HD+ Screen which means that it has a resolution of more that 720X1280. The actual resolution of the Hot 10i is 720X1600.
I enjoyed watching movies and YouTube videos in landscape mode on this device because of the clear screen. As for the sound, the Hot 10i utilizes the earpiece because it doesn’t have a speaker at the bottom.
I believe 64GB is sufficient for some applications and movies as well as music but if that fills up then the phone has a slot to upgrade the memory.