The Lifestyle series Infinix S2 is a phone for everyone who loves selfies and do not want to move along with an extra accessory, the old-school selfie stick. Infinix S2 is designed in such a way that you do not need a selfie stick, thanks to the all-new wefie camera that gives you the freedom to take wide angle seflie shots.
While that is the focal point of the Infinix S2, we have reserved the temptation to talk about the 360-degree camera in detail here, we are cooking another article that will deal exclusively with the camera review of the Infinix S2.
The smartphone retains the same design language as the Infinix Hot S. Read our Infinix Hot S review, if you have not already done so. It comes with a metallic unibody design, a 5.2-inch HD screen paired with a Corning Gorilla glass protection and a hybrid SIM slot.
You are forced to make use of either one SIM and SD card or two SIMs. Therefore, if you use up your internal memory, you won’t be able to use an SD card if you desire to use two SIMs on the device.
Before we dig further into the Infinix S2 review, let us unbox the device and discover what’s inside.
- One Smarpthone, Infinix S2
- One Smart case.
- One charger + one micro USB cable.
- One handsfree or earpiece.
- User manual.
- Warranty card.
- Ejector Pin.
These are the things you find inside the pack.
Alright, let us get into the Infinix S2 review properly.
Infinix S2 comes with a 2.5D glass; it has a premium design that gives a nice first impression when you hold the phone. It is not too small and not too big, it fits comfortably on the hand with its 5.2-inch display paired with a resolution of 1280 x 720.
One design language we love is the capacitive buttons; they retain the same implementation on the Infinx Zero 4. The navigation buttons are three dots but with a drawback. They do not have back-lit, which means you may get frustrated using it at night, but after a while, like in my case, you’d get used to it pretty fast.
This wasn’t an issue for me, so I won’t waste time lamenting since it doesn’t hinders the performance in any means. However, Infinix should have added the back-lit options, just to cater for everyone and save time in getting used to it.
You will find the antenna lines at the back of the phone; we have been seeing this design element in recent Tecno and Infinx smartphones, mimicking the iPhone in a subtle way. The antenna lines, by the way helps in retaining stronger network reception on your device.
At the bottom of the smartphone, you will find the dual speaker grill, and a miroUSB port at the middle. The right frame houses the power button, while the left frame has the volume rocker and hybrid SIM tray. Of course, there is a 3.5mm jack located at the top of the smartphone and a fingerprint reader is spotted at the back of the phone, just underneath the primary camera and dual LED flash.
We will have an extended review of the Infinix S2 camera in due time. Before that happens, here is what you get with the S2.
Right out of the box, you are greeted with two Front-facing cameras. The smaller one is the selfie camera with an 8MP sensor, while the bigger one at the far right is a 12MP 360-degree view wide angle camera which Infinix calls a Wefie.
On the camera app, you have options to swap between using the selfie camera or the wefie camera. This can be done with just a tap on the options located at the right of your display.
The back of the S2 has a 13MP Auto Focus primary camera with a dual-LED flash. The images are pretty cool and I am thinking if Infinix makes the best camera phones for mid-range markets. We will have some camera shots comparison with the hugely successful Tecno Camon CX where you can judge for yourself.
There are several camera settings and a handful of manual options you can play with. Panoramas looks good so far and composition of images taken so far has been nothing but impressive.
Like every other smartphone camera, you will have to get used to the noise that comes with shots taken with mobile phones. The Infinix S2 doesn’t escape this, zooming into your images will reveal the noise and pixelated effects caused by blurred areas.
Basically, the sefie camera captures fewer people, while the wefie camera captures a lot more people without the help of a selfie stick. This wefie technology is the first we have seen on any smartphone targeted at Nigeria mobile market.
You will have to make do with the dated Android 6.0 Marshmallow paired with the new XOS. Users will be able to upgrade to Android 7.0, but you get the much older version right out of the box.
Nothing much has changed except for the split screen Android 7.0 brings and one which the Infinx S2 can handle nicely. After going through all the traditional stuff, and booting your phone, you will find a large collection of apps.
Some are bloatwares that you will never use, if you are unable to uninstall them without rooting the smartphone. You can simply disable the unwanted apps or use the “App Free” to disable their background activities. Know that, once you disable an app, you won’t find them in your app drawer, and they won’t consume your data, but will retain the space they have taken out of your phone.
You are left with 10GB from the 16GB internal storage, so you really have to be smart conserving your space unless you intend using one SIM and a microSD card to expand your internal memory.
The Infinx S2 runs on the MT6753 MediaTek chipset and 2GB of RAM, allowing for flawless mild multitasking. If you stretch it too much, you could experience some lag especially with refreshing on your browser which consumes data.
Talking about the battery, you get a pretty decent battery life with the smartphone. At 3000mAh and under a 5.2 HD display, you charge faster with the phones fast-charging technology without it draining easily.
Infinix S2 is decent step over its processor, the Infinix Hot S. The major highlights between both smartphones are found in their cameras, and while the other components look similar, you can’t rule out the much improved camera specs of the S2.
The Wefie camera option is a massive boost and enough reason to replace your existing Hot S with the new and improved Infinix S2 Plus. One other boost on the S2 is its compatibility with Glo 4G LTE network which isn’t the case with the Infinix Hot S.
So, to wrap this up, the Infinix S2 is an affordable smartphone with price not greater than N65,000 that you can own today and experience the action and trills that wefie brings into the fold.
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