Infinix HOT 12 Play Smartphone

Infinix HOT 12 Play Review, A Budget Performance Phone With A 6000mAh Battery


The Infinix HOT 12 Play has some very big specifications for its price tag. It has a feature that extends the memory from 4GB to 7GB. A big screen with 90Hz refresh rate, 6000mAh battery and for the very first time, a USB type C port.

There are quite some upgrades from the previous Infinix HOT 10 Play. Here is a table to highlight the similarities and differences.

Spec/PhoneHot 12 PlayHot 10 Play
Screen Size6.82 Inch/173mm6.82 Inch/173mm
Resolution720 X 1640 HD720 X 1640 HD
Refresh Rate90Hz60Hz
OSAndroid 11Android 10
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P35
(2.3 GHz octa-core processor)
Mediatek Helio G35
(2.0 GHz octa-core processor)
Extended MemoryYes. Up to 7GB with MemFusionNo
USB interfaceUSB Type CMicro USB
Front Camera8MP Dot In Display
with Flash
8MP Waterdrop with Flash
Rear Camera13MP + Portrait AI Dual Camera
with Quad Flash
13MP + Portrait AI Dual Camera
with Quad Flash
Price In KenyaKsh18,499-128+4GB
Ksh16,499 – 64+4GB

The biggest upgrades include a USB Type C port, bigger storage, Extended RAM tech and the 90Hz screen refresh rate.

Racing Black version of the Infinix HOT 12 Play
Racing Black Infinix HOT 12 Play


The Hot 12 Play’s CPU is an Octa Core 2.30GHz MediaTek MT6765V/CB with a PowerVR Rogue GE8320 Graphical processing unit or GPU in short.

This combined with the Extended RAM makes apps and games launch much faster, makes animations smooth and can hold multiple applications in the background without killing them. This makes switching apps easy, fast and restored to the previous position you were in.


Up to 7GB RAM with MemFusion on the Infinix HOT 12 Play
Up to 7GB RAM with MemFusion

The Extended RAM Technology, called MemFusion on the Infinix HOT 12 Play uses part of the Storage as RAM. There are 3 ROM values to choose from namely 1GB, 2GB and 3GB. Combined with the 4GB RAM, you can see that we can get up to 7GB RAM for better performance.

Combined with the octa core processor, I don’t know why anyone would choose anything less than 7GB RAM.


Bright Infinix HOT 12 Play Screen even in Sunlight
Bright Screen

The HOT 12 Play has a big screen measuring in at 6.82 Inches or 173mm. This screen has a rapid 90Hz refresh rate and is very bright even in sunny outdoor conditions. It is great for watching content and playing games as well.

The only downside of this screen is that its not a Full HD+ screen like the one on the Tecno Spark 8P. The Infinix HOT 12 play has a 720X1640 screen resolution. I guess the rationale here is to save as much battery as its possible. A Full HD+ screen would reduce the battery duration.


Power Marathon

The power marathon feature in the Infinix HOT 12 Play can add hours of time to the already existing better time provided by the 6000mAh battery. The Power Marathon feature does this by enabling some power saving features and disabling some power draining features.

Here is the list of actions taken by the HOT 12 Play to increase the battery life.

  • Enable Dark theme
  • Enable Adaptive brightness
  • Disable Vibrator
  • Disable Action and gesture
  • Optimize volume
  • Disable wake screen for notifications
  • Switch screen refresh rate to 60Hz

Here is a before and after screenshot of enabling Power marathon. Up to 4.7 hours can be added but in this case since I had a full battery, 10 hours were added.


USB Type C Port on the Infinix HOT 12 Play
USB Type C Port

The charging on the Infinix HOT 12 Play is done via a USB Type C port using the provided 2.0A charger.

Infinix HOT 12 Play 10 Watt Charger
10 Watt Charger

This is quite a small charger to fill a very big 6000mAh battery. This phone does not have any fast charging even if you connect it to a fast charger. The charging time to full battery from 0% was coming in at short of 3 hours. That is a lot of time so this is the type of phone that you leave charging overnight. There is no risk of overcharging because the HOT 12 will disconnect the charger one the battery is full.

The 3 pin British standard plug charger is a slim charger with a retractable earth pin. This makes is very easy to transport in your pocket or handbag.


Infinix HOT 12 Play Dual Camera Setup
Dual Camera Setup

The Infinix HOT 12 Play has a dual camera set up on the rear. The first camera on the top is a 13MP lens while the other one is an AI lens for portrait photography. As for the front, the dot in display lens is an 8MP lens with Flash too.

Here are a few photo samples.

Wide Photo

4:3 Photo size

When it comes to video recording, the max video quality is 1080p at 30 fames per second on both the front and rear cameras.


The infinix HOT 12 play is a great budget performance smartphone with a very big battery capacity. With different prices for the 64GB and 128 GB versions, you get exactly the same specifications and performance.

This phone can be used as a gaming phone, content creation phone or even an every day use phone for social media consumption. The big battery and power marathon feature also makes it a very nice travel companion where charging stations will be few and apart.

Tecno Spark 8P

The Tecno Spark 8P and Infinix HOT 12 play phones have a lot of similarities and I’ll be doing a comparison article soon.


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