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Infinix Hot 12 Play quick review: Potential go-to daily driver on budget

Infinix Hot 12 Play is launched in India at Rs 8,499 and goes up against the likes of Poco C31, Tecno Spark 8C and more. Check out our quick review.

Updated:Tue, May 31, 2022 4:51pm

By Priya Singh


Infinix Hot 12 Play design

Infinix Hot 12 Play comes with a polycarbonate back and gradient finish. The coral blue colour variant looks like those zillion budget phones that we have seen in the recent past (remember Moto E7 Power from last year?). However, the phone looks average at this price point. It is a not very heavy (195 g), given that it houses a massive battery. But, it would have been better if brands finally start considering reducing the size of budget phones, so that they can at least fit in a jeans pocket! This budget phone even comes with a punch-hole display, something that is still very new in this price segment. Overall, the smartphone is no head-turner as mostly matte or glossy finish are taking that title these days, but Infinix Hot 12 Play design seems fairly straightforward with a sprinkle of jazz with the dual-colour tone.


Infinix Hot 12 Play display

The Infinix smartphone sports a 6.82-inch punch-hole display with HD (1640 x 720 pixels) resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. The display is almost identical in specs as its predecessor, but to be fair, most phones come with a similar display at this price point. Tecno Spark 8 Pro is one budget smartphone, a bit pricier than Infinix, that has a slightly better display in this segment. The display offers smooth animations and scrolling since it has a 90Hz refresh rate. Great? Yes, of course, but a better resolution would have been more appreciated!


Infinix Hot 12 Play camera

Infinix Hot 12 Play features a dual camera setup that houses a 13MP primary lens that has an aperture of f/1.8 and a depth-sensor. On the front, you will get an 8MP selfie camera. First of all, the bar to impress me stands pretty low for this phone and the camera failed to reach the mark, miserably! The images produced in broad daylight were fuzzy and lacked details. They looked oversaturated, hence the colours produced in the images also suffered. The image quality drops even more in the low-light settings. For selfies, the images were fairly decent and subject separation in portrait mode was also good. However, if you are expecting a sharp image with punch colours, you are in for a disappointment. Overall, the camera here is not exactly great but this shouldn’t come as a shock as phones in this segment do not exactly stand out for its camera performance.


Infinix Hot 12 Play performance

Infinix Hot 12 Play is powered by UNISOC T610 octa-core chipset clocked at 1.82GHz. It offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Infinix has provided a microSD card slot for additional storage up to 256GB. Tecno Spark 8 Pro that sells at a starting price of Rs 9,699 comes with a MediaTek Helio G85 chipset which is slightly better for gamers. I did not notice any major lag or stutter while flipping through apps and surfing on browser. However, the phone heats up a bit after heavy usage. Overall, the chipset seems capable enough to handle day-to-day tasks of the users, as most of them are not into heavy gaming anyway.


Infinix Hot 12 Play battery

The 6,000 mAh battery of this Infinix smartphone is its highlight. The combination of a massive battery and the not-so-taxing processor means you'll get through a day easily. It manages to survive 24 hours-plus of use without qualms. However, it supports 10W charging, hence takes up more than a couple of hours to fill up a dead battery.


Infinix Hot 12 Play price, availability

The Hot 12 Play is priced at Rs. 8,499 for the lone variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It comes in three color options – Daylight Green, and Racing Black, Horizon Blue. It will be available for purchase on Flipkart website on May 30.


Infinix Hot 12 Play verdict

This Infinix phone isn’t exactly a “do-everything” phone, but is a good deal for buyers looking for a long-lasting mobile on a tight budget. Notably, you need to understand that average camera and display are not your priority as that will definitely taint the experience a little too much. If you can spend a bit more, I’d suggest, you go for Tecno Spark 8 Pro as it offers better display, camera, chipset and a slightly smaller battery (5,000mAh battery) that supports 33W charging in under Rs 10,000.