So after a couple of days (2 days actually) with the Note 5, the thing I noticed is that the Note 5 as a whole is a more refined version of the Note 4 pro — both devices share a couple of specs.
As for what is in the box, well, it’s a blend of the old stuff:
You get an earphone, fast charge brick, a rubber case, a micro USB cable, screen guard, manuals and a SIM ejector pin, of course, so nothing exactly new.
The specs are new when compared with the Note 4, or better still, the specs have been upgraded and topping the upgrade list is the integration of Android one and one cool part about Android One on a device like Infinix is that you get the stock Android experience:
So, no Infinix skin and all that plenty UI tweaking, but as far bloatware is concerned, I initially thought the Note 5 didn’t come preloaded with bloatware—Pre-setup:
But after completely setting it up, I saw a couple of applications from Infinix, (shout out to Carlcare and XClub):
Luckily these can be uninstalled.
Now, if you take a quick dive into the settings, you’d see that the Android 8.1 OS has taken about 30% out of the 32GB storage, but you get a dedicated MicroSD card slot, so there is nothing to complain about here.
In terms of design, Tecno has retained the plastic build that was spotted on the Note 4:
Yes, this looks like a glass back, but it’s actually plastic, and like you’ve probably figured out, the build attracts a lot of smudges.
However, the biggest cosmetic difference from the Note 4 is with:
The Resolution and
The Aspect ratio!
As expected the Note 5’s design goes in line with the current trend, so you get a 6-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio:
By the way, I can’t believe that at one point, we thought the Note 4 pro looked cool.
That aside, the placements have also seen a slight change, so, the USB port, speaker grills, and earphone jack have been moved beneath the device, the same thing applies to the volume rocker and the SIM card tray which have been moved to the right side.
Also, the fingerprint sensor is no longer in front:
Instead, Infinix has moved it to the back:
Which is better fingerprint placement if you ask me:
Talking about the back, Infinix downgraded the camera from 13MP spotted on the Note 4 to the 12MP on the Note 5, but to compensate for that, Infinix has increased the pixels to 1.25 (Similar to what Samsung did with the Galaxy S7)
They’ve also added AI to the camera, but more on this ‘AI’ talk in my full review.
Another thing that has been increased is the front camera and the battery—from 4300 to 4500mAh. However, despite the large battery, the Noteo 5 doesn’t feel heavy in the slightest coming in at 178g.
Under the hood, you get a MediaTek processor, it’s the same processor spotted on Tecno Camon X, and in my brief usage things were snappy and hopefully, it will remain the same when I put it to test.
So how much will this cost? About N64,000, which isn’t exactly bad. Yes, I am kinda disappointed that we don’t get dual cameras or USB type C port, but let’s hope the Android One integration makes up for that!
Can’t wait to put this to test, but let me know your questions and I would answer them in my next video (P.S. My review video is going to be question and answer based!)