The buzz for the Infinix Hot S has been on the high side, probably because it has been touted as the first lifestyle smartphone. Now the question is, what is a Lifestyle smartphone?
I don’t have a direct answer to that question, now, but what I do have is a detailed unboxing review of the latest device from Infinix.
INFINIX HOT S SPECS RUNDOWN
SHOW ME THE PACKAGE
One thing I noticed with the package is that the shape is different from other Infinix packages.
The color scheme is another deviation, instead of white, you have a creamy-like color.
A PEEK INSIDE THE BOX
The first thing you will see upon unboxing is the Infinix Hot S in its 5.2 inches glory
Further digging reveals the accessories which contain all that technical literature none of us will ever read, along with a charger, USB cable and a pair of earphones.
MEET THE INFINIX HOT S IN ITS 360 FORM
Straight out of the box, into my hands: DESIGN & BUILD
If you take a quick look at the Hot S, you might think it looks like another well-known Hot series.
With that said, the 5.2-inch HD IPS device is quite slim, measuring in at only 8.1 mm. It also feels very well-made.
Another thing you will notice is its weight which is at 140g thereby making the device feel light despite its build.
Lastly, my review unit is of the Champagne gold variety, but you also have the Med Blue/ Glossy Silver/ Berlin Gray/ Rose Gold variants.
ALL THE VIEWS
LEFT SIDE VIEW
The left side houses the SIM card tray which has some similarities to the InnJoo Fire 2,
Which means that you can either have 2 micro SIMs OR 1 Micro SIM + MicroSD card
A major bummer?
RIGHT SIDE VIEW
On the right, you have both the volume buttons and power button.
TOP AND BOTTOM VIEWS
The earphone jack is located on top
While the charging port and dual speaker grills can be seen beneath.
CAMERAS, SENSORS, AND BUTTONS
On the front of the device seats the 8MP front-facing camera with a 1.4 µm ultra pixel technology and front soft-light selfie flash. (P.S. No notification sensor). The lens has a 120° wide angle shot, so you can fit more people in your selfies
You also have the capacitive buttons which give you more screen space.
I don’t know if anyone shares the same view, but I think the back view of the Hot S reminds me of the Phantom 5. It is non-removable, by the way.
There’s a 13-megapixel camera that lacks OIS but comes with a dual-tone LED flash.
Finally, you have one of the USPs of the Hot S placed below the dual flash
We all know that the device comes with Android Marshmallow, but powering on the device gives you the first introduction to the latest version of the XOS which has some cool display features
Of course, we will find out during the comprehensive review whether this OS version proves to be a worthy replacement.
Is this a DDG device? (Drop dead gorgeous)
Based on the price, did it leave a good first impression?
The back view of the Hot S made up for the lack of significant design changes in front. However, one of the issues I had with the unboxing of the device is the Hybrid SIM card slot which might not augur well with a lot of people. There is also the absence of the notification sensor. Other hiccups and perks would be reviewed in the full review, so stay glued.
Based on the unboxing, has the Hot S won you over?