The Infinix Hot 3 definitely has a better-looking design than the box like Infinix Zero 3. It’s not something to get terribly excited about but it looks good without the addition of any gimmicky design features. It feels sturdy but light at the same time. The sound from the speaker was muffled by my hand from the start. The interface was snappy on first use but got much slower as time progressed, but more on that later.
The design of the Infinix Hot 3 differs from the previous Hot phones, which resembled the Zero series (and also the Sony Xperia series). It is constructed out of plastic but still manages to feel pretty sturdy. The plastic back has a rugged diagonal texture and the edges curve to meet the frame in the same way as the glass backs on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Note 5. There are very slight chamfers on both sides of the frame.
The capacitive Home, Recent Apps, and Back buttons occupy little space on the bottom bezel. The power button and volume rocker are located on the right side and are comfortably within reach. The headphone jack and the micro USB port are on the top. The camera and the single LED flash are located at the top right. The speaker grille is located at the bottom-right of the back which sounds being muffled most of the time by the palm.
The Hot 3 certainly beats the other budget phones in this price range with its 8 MP rear camera, where most other devices have 5 MP shooters in this range. There are settings to control ISO and exposure, an HDR mode, the option to set volume buttons to take photos or zoom in/out and also an option for taking burst shots.
The quality of the photos was not too bad either. There were some fringing and destructive post-processing present in the images but overall, the camera performed pretty well in good light. Colors were vibrant, details were well-kept and the auto focus did not take too long to lock on to the subject. But the camera failed to perform in low light. There was too much noise reduction which resulted in photos that were not sharp or detailed and the auto focus failed to perform altogether.
The front camera had a similar case. Selfies turned out quite well in good light but the images were grainy in low light. There was an issue with the camera app that it had a jittery live-preview and there was also very noticeable shutter lag when taking photos. This could be attributed to the software.
The Infinix Hot 3 runs on a 1.3 GHz Quad-core MediaTek processor which is supported by 1 GB RAM. The device performs better than expected. Although there are multiple cases of stutters in animation and significant lag when switching between apps, the device performs fairly well in day-to-day usage and do not overheat when used for long periods of time.
Storage is disappointing as the bloatware took up precious space. Out of 16GB only 10.68 GB is available to the user. Additionally, the device allows memory expansion via microSD card to only 32 GB which is odd since most phones nowadays offer support for 128 GB microSD cards.
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|Released||01 January, 2016|
|TypeDesign Type called form factor refers to a mobile phone's size, shape, and style as well as the layout and position of major components of phone. There are three major form factors seen in mobile phones => bar phones, folding phones and sliding phones.||Bar|
|2G Network||SIM1: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
SIM2: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
|SIMSIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages.||Standard SIM|
|Display TypeDisplay Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor)||LCD|
|Resolution||720 x 1280|
|Display ColorsDisplay Colors is refers to the number of different shades of colors that the screen is capable of displaying => 64K colors, 256K colors and 16 million colors, Obviously 16M is highest available range of colors and better than others.||16M Colors|
|Touch Screen||Yes, Multitouch|
|PrimaryCamera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality.||8 MP|
|FlashFlash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration)||Yes|
|Operating SystemOS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device.||Android 5.1 Lollipop|
|CPUCPU (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone.||Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53|
|GPUGPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion.||Mali400-MP2|
|RAM (Memory)RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.||1 GB|
|Internal StorageInternal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored.||16 GB|
|Card SlotMemory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras.||Yes, up to 32 GB|
|BluetoothBluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices.||Yes|
|Wi-fiWi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world.||Yes|
|GPSGPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky.||Yes|
|NFCNFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.|
|GPRSGPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is a packet oriented mobile data service on the 2G and 3G cellular communication system's global system for mobile communications (GSM), Generally, GPRS is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.|
|EDGEEDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Environment) is a wireless network technology generally considered the next step in the 2G network offers data transfer rates up to four times faster than ordinary GSM networks, Generally, EDGE is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.|
|Battery TypeBattery Type => Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium.||Li-Ion (Lithium Ion)|
|CapacityBattery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions.||3000 mAh|