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The Infinix Zero 4 Plus Review: A Worthy Phantom 6 Plus Contender.

Like I did in the video, I’d be starting off with an apology for allowing this come in so late and for being unproductive on MissTechy because of the review.

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Please accept my apologies.

With that said, the Infinix Zero 4 Plus is one interesting device and you are going to see why shortly. If you want to know how the Zero 4 Plus looks, you should read the unboxing article here.

THE INFINIX ZERO 4 PLUS REVIEW

1. BOOT TIME GIF REACTION:

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You wouldn’t spend up to 30seconds powering on your Zero 4 Plus. Same thing goes for powering off — precisely 5.4 seconds. The results saw the Zero 4 Plus take 3rd place, overtaking the Phantom 6 Plus by a second.

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2. DISPLAY?

With a screen size of 5.98 inches, a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, a PPI of 368 and a 2.5D IPS display, you’d get a very bright and colorful display. Although it might look slightly dull if you are coming from an AMOLED display.

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On a side note, the Phantom 6 Plus looks slightly bigger than the Zero 4 Plus thanks to the 0.02 difference.

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2. OUTDOOR VISIBILITY?

Colors are punchy, blacks decent and it has enough brightness to be viewed outdoors on even sunny days.

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You also have the auto brightness to automatically tweak the brightness in certain situations.

THE XOS UI REMAINS THE SAME, BUT…

If you have used Infinix’s new releases, the XOS wouldn’t be so strange to you. If you haven’t, you should click this link. Anyway, the Zero 4 Plus runs Android 6.0.1 along with the XOS which remains the same, you get the same color theme and UI found in previous releases. However, Infinix has added some new functions to the XOS version on the  Zero 4 plus. You have the LED switch, which turns off your notification light (I have no idea why you would want to do this).

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There is now a star menu on top where all your recent apps stay, so you wouldn’t have to scroll down to look for them.

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There is the ability to re-edit your notification icons.

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Other features will be discussed later.

 

THE AUDIO GOT ME FEELING LIKE:

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Cos, the speakers are just there! Infinix has designed the phone to look like it has two speakers, but the Zero 4 Plus actually only has one. The mono speaker is housed on the bottom of the phone and doesn’t offer terribly good audio.

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Like most smartphones I review, audio lacks low-end oomph and has a tendency to sound tinny when pushed to even moderately high volumes. You can check out the video review where I compared the audio with the Phantom 6 Plus.

 

CALL QUALITY AND INTERFACE

Call quality and general telephony functions have been excellent – I have no complaints here whatsoever.

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You also have the ability to record calls.

HOW FAST DOES IT CHARGE?

Err… Having used the charger and USB cable that came with the Note 4 Plus, it took about 2hours 1 minute to charge from 1% to 100%

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In case you are thinking this way:

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You are not alone.

Do note that, like other Infinix devices that come with the fast-charge feature, you will need to either use the USB cable/ adapter that came with the Zero 4 plus or get an original one from Oraimo to be able to achieve the fast-charge experience.

WHAT ABOUT THE BATTERY LIFE?

A 4000mAh is supposed to get you through the day or more, and on normal usage (Using the device for basic stuff), the Infinix Zero 4 Plus does meet up to expectations. Playing games and using the device extensively will, however, shorten its battery span. Here is a test of me playing several games with WIFI, Bluetooth and brightness switched on for about 40 minutes.

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At the end of 40 minutes of game play, the Zero 4 Plus drained 23%.

IT’S SELFIE TIME!!

After the Huawei P9 Lite and the Phantom 6 Plus loosened me a bit, I discovered that the selfie business is actually a good business. So, I tried to see if the Zero 4 Plus can get me to look better than I actually do in real life.

At first

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Outdoor

I am like, definitely close.

I noticed that it automatically corrects the picture after you take them.

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Indoor

Overall, I do believe the front camera does a good job. I also feel that the front camera specs (13MP)  and the selfie results don’t tally, but who MP don epp, right?

 

THE MULTITASKING EXPERIENCE

In Falz voice:

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However, when you put the Zero 4 Plus through hardcore multitasking, how would it fare?

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In the video (You can click here to see it), I compared the multitasking experience with that of the Phantom 6 Plus. The results? Let me just drop this here

 

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ALL THE BLOATWARE FOUND

The Zero 4 Plus comes with the regular bloatware found in Infinix’s new releases, there are the ones that can’t be uninstalled like the XOS Family apps

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You also have the regular ones which include the Jumia app, PalmChat, Aha, Facebook, Carlcare to name a few. All of which can be uninstalled.

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THE USABLE STORAGE.

On paper, you have a 32GB ROM, but you only get about 23.37GB storage to use and about 2.1GB of RAM left.

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LET’S TALK ABOUT THE DEFAULT BROWSER ON THE ZERO 4 PLUS — THE PHOENIX BROWSER

See ehn, I actually felt this way when I saw that there is a new browser:

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A trip to the Google play store showed that the Phoenix browser is actually owned by Transsion holdings, the same company that makes Infinix and Tecno phones.

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Where this shouldn’t be a problem, I noticed that the browser comes with a lot of misses. One of which is the inbuilt ads – no, I am not referring to Google ads.

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Altogether, you are better off without this browser. Unfortunately, it can’t be uninstalled, you can disable it, though

FINGERPRINT GIF REACTION

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As usual, the fingerprint sensor on the Zero 4 Plus didn’t disappoint. You can watch the video for a comparison with the Phantom 6 Plus’s fingerprint sensor.  You also get the ability to take a photo, accept a call, browse pictures, record calls, and dismiss alarm with your fingerprint.

 

VOICE UNLOCK

The Infinix Zero 4 Plus also has a voice unlock feature which allows you to unlock the device using a keyword.

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This also applies to unlocking apps with your voice. PRETTY COOL something. 

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The experience so far has been great, but there is a major flaw that will be discussed later.

 

CONNECTIVITY AND WIFI

The Infinix Zero 4 Plus is 4G enabled, but what differentiates it from other 4G-enabled devices is its ability to connect to any Network band out there.

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WiFi speed is also pretty good.

GIMMICKS AND PAPPARAZI

You get some gimmicky features like the ability to tap to wake, wave to unlock, to name a few.

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In addition to the magic movie app, you also get another app from Infinix — the Multiple accounts app that will allow you to add multiple accounts of the same app.

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THE 20.7MP REAR CAMERA

The camera is one of the major features of the Zero 4 Plus. In addition to the 20.7MP rear camera, you get the OIS feature, as well as laser autofocus. But that is all tech grammar, how well does it perform in real-life situations? Before we delve into that, it would interest you to note that the Zero 4 Plus camera comes with a lot of tweaks. There are several modes

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… And the ability to use PRO functions like increase exposure, change ISO and so many others.

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Unfortunately, you cannot record in 4K, but you get other basic functions like the HDR, Smile shot, and voice capture. Now, to test out the OIS, I documented my experience while in a Danfo Bus. You can watch the video to check it out. Overall, the Zero 4 Plus’s rear camera does an okay job in terms of output, the colors are realistic and you hardly have any issues under low-light. Do check out some camera samples:

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HOW HOT DOES IT GET?

It does get warm, and on very few occasions, you might notice a hot temperature  (If you charge the device on a fabric, or use the device while charging it). Overall, I don’t think the temperature poses a serious HOT concern, especially when playing games.

 


IN KISS DANIEL’S VOICE

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CPU-Z shows that the Zero 4 Plus has about 19 sensors in total, a far cry from the Phantom 6 Plus.

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FLAWS

This isn’t so major, but I can’t for the life of me understand why there is a  Guest icon in the notification panel when it doesn’t do what it is supposed to do.

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Also, I noticed that the front camera sometimes get a color correction tint which can be annoying. Finally, the Voice recognition has a major flaw that allows it to unlock itself in a noisy environment or when audible sounds are being made. The only solution is to switch off this function completely.

Hopefully, all of these flaws get fixed in a software update.

SOME WORTHY POINTS

I love the fact that the back of the Zero 4 Plus isn’t prone to scratches.

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Also, during the duration of using the device, I didn’t get any software update(s).

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BENCHMARK

The Phantom 6 Plus and the Zero 4 Plus go head to head in this. Check out the results below: (Note: I noticed that the Antutu scores fluctuate a lot).

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OVERALL

Despite the flaws noticed, there is no doubt that the Infinix Zero 4 Plus does a great job in almost all departments. The inclusion of the sensors, camera quality, and connectivity, to name a few, make the Zero 4 Plus a worthy Phantom 6 Plus contender.

Based on the Infinix Zero 4 Plus price tag — N116,000 — what do you think of it?

NOTE: Moving forward, I solemnly promise to churn out reviews as quickly as possible.

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