You remember the words of Steve Jobs relating to screen sizes? In 2010, Mr. Jobs declared, “no one” would want to buy a phone with a big screen. The iPhones were selling like hot cakes with those “tiny” screen, thanks to Samsung who championed 5-inch display; Apple eventually bowed to market demands and got rid of Jobs philosophy with the iPhone 6 and 6S Plus.
Samsung took the risk of pushing 5-inches display to the market, and it paid off after the death of Steve Jobs.
Mobile users crave for phones with big screen sizes, and smartphone makers have leveraged on that to give them more than they asked; it looks like 5-inch smartphones are gradually phasing out. Most of the smartphones being released now come with 5.1-inch display to 6-inch.
The Infinix Zero 3 sees a radical change from its predecessors. It looks very different and Infinix took a big risk on this one.
However, the phone comes with the most sophisticated internal components I have seen on any upper mid-range smartphone.
Let’s talk about the Infinix Zero 3 review; for purpose of clarity. I have divided the review into several sections and tried to make it concise to make it easy to read so you can make the best decision before deciding to spend your money on this powerful device.
Infinix Zero 3 Review & Key Specs
- 5.5 Full HD Screen with Corning Gorilla glass 3
- 20.7 MP camera with LED flash and 5MP front facing camera with flash
- 3030mAh battery
- Dual Micro Sim, 4G LTE and 3G
- Android 5.1 Lollipop
- 2.2 GHz Octa-core processor
- 3GB RAM, 16 GB on-board storage (microSD support)
Design & Display
The Zero 3 is designed with a metal frame and sharp edges that gave me an uncomfortable usage at first. It would take some time to get used to it and then everything returns to normal.
The phone features tick bezels, the back of the smartphone is designed with a glass-like material that gives the phone a unique feel. You will easily spot the speaker at the lower back bottom of the the device. The gorgeous 20.7MP Sony camera is located at the back, top left corner of the phone.
It features a power button, volume rocker and microSD slot at the right side of the phone. The dual microSIM slot is located at the left side of the smartphone.
As you would expect, the top of the phone houses the 3.5mm jack while the microUSB port is located at the bottom the device.
Infinix Zero 3 is equipped with a Full HD display that produces sharp colours with great contrast. The front face of the smartphone houses the 5MP camera, soft flash and LED notification bar.
The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 technology. You don’t need to worry much about scratches. The Zero 3 screen should be able to withstand certain degree of impact.
Software And Performance
The Zero 3 packs a custom Android 5.1 lollipop operating system powered by the XUI; Infinix re-designed User Interface.
XUI comes with a lot of preloaded apps, a clean notification dropdown, and quick settings. This make the Zero 3 really intuitive, minimalistic and fast. I certainly have nothing to complain about the software, I believe Infinix got a lot of experience working with Google to deliver the Infinix Hot 2, Africa’s first Android One device.
The Zero 3 can handle anything you throw at it, it is really fluid. Infinix didn’t disappoint in this aspect, the massive 3GB RAM and MediaTek Helio X10 chipset makes the Zero 3 a monster smartphone. You can run several apps, switch between apps in equal succession without crashing any of the apps. Multi-tasking on the Zero 3 is absolutely fantastic. I am impressed with how far Infinix has pushed its smartphones in the last three years, it gives a lot of hope for greater things to come in 2016.
There are a couple of apps that should come in handy for certain users. There is the X Club, X contacts, Palm Play, Palm Chat and other stuff to keep you busy. Although I can’t see the use of the X Contacts, unless you are alien to saving your contacts with Google Contact…lol
I also love the security aspect of the device. There is a feature called “smart lock,” which provides several options to securing your smartphone. This really comes in handy for those who care so much about privacy. For guys who want more than a surface level security, you can get the Leo Guard Privacy app to lock any app on your smartphone.
Did I also say the Zero 3 comes with 16GB on-board storage? Yes, that’s the internal memory, but you can always upgrade with a microSD card.
Rocking the Sony 20.7MP primary camera, the Zero 3 is a beast, PERIOD! It’s the best camera smartphone I have seen targeted at emerging markets.
What really got me is the ability to shoot slow motion and 4K videos. I was stunned, this is a massive feat and Infinix has set a great standard for the other guys to play catch up.
Although, the camera doesn’t come with Video manual mode, the standard manual mode dropped my jaw. I was able to adjust everything; there are tons of manual options that you can play with, including adjusting the ISO, white-balance, shutter speed and micro.
The front-facing 5MP camera is designed to also take selfies with great composition. One other feature I found handy was the timer. This way, you take great selfies without the need of a selfie stick. You can “time” when to shoot your photos, so you have enough time to get that perfect smile for that fantastic selfie.
Infinix does come with MediaTek Pump Express Charge Technology for quick charging. Believe me, I got a complete charge in an hour. What the quick charging does, it to accelerate your battery to 50% and then, it start to charge normally up-to 100% so it doesn’t damage the cells on the lithium-ion battery.
Infinix broke my heart here; I was expecting a 4000mAh battery capacity. It is logical that since the screen size of the Zero 3 was increased to 5.5-inch, just like the Hot Note, the battery should be maximally increased to the meet the requirement of an extra-large screen.
- Full HD Display
- XUI Based Android 5.1 Lolipop OS
- 20.7MP Camera
- Manual Mode Camera Options
- Fast Charging
- Unique Glass-like non-removable back cover
- 3GB RAM
- 64-bit MediaTek Chipset
- Speaker placement and average sound quality
- Thick top and bottom bezel
- Sharp Edges
Should I buy It?
Infinix Zero 3 looks bulky at first, but you quickly get used to it. The smartphone shows the power of the Infninx brand without being too expensive.
For gaming, you will get the most robust experience. The device doesn’t over-heat like a fry pan, but using it when charging could accelerate the thermal heat emission.
I have seen a lot of upper-mid range smartphones, but I have never seen Infinix push its self to the extreme with the Zero 3.
They have broken the camera barrier that only exists with mid-range smartphones where images have a lot of noise. The Infinix Zero will make you forget the thought of having one of those expensive DSRL cameras. It is the ultimate benchmark of camera smartphones in emerging markets.
After reading to this point, it’s pretty clear that you know my answer already…lol. The Infinix Zero 3 is worth every penny you spend on it. You should have the smartphone, you have got to experience life with the Zero 3. Go Get It!
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