The Infinix HOT 6 Pro is priced in India at Rs 7,999.
The 5.99-inch HD+ screen is great for watching videos and surfing social media apps.
XOS UI layered on Android 8.0 Oreo OS looks premium and offers just the right amount of features .
The sub-Rs 10,000 market is flooded with budget smartphones that offer great features, while still being easy on your pocket. While that market is generally dominated by Chinese brands such as Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo, every now and then there can be a new player who can just surprise you. Infinix seems like one of those brands. With a focus on stylish design, fancy features and the latest Android operating system, Infinix seems headstrong to take the budget market by storm.
The company’s latest offering is the Infinix HOT 6 Pro. The phone is priced at Rs 7,999 and is available exclusively via Flipkart. The phone comes in direct competition with the likes of Honor 7A, Oppo Realme 1, and Xiaomi Redmi Y2. While the features are more-or-less the same, the main focus with the HOT 6 Pro seems to be its screen. The phone features a tall 18:9 HD+ display, which the company claims is great for watching videos. Is it enough to give Infinix the edge it’s looking for? Let’s find out.
This is one area where I think Infinix has got it right. The Infinix HOT 6 Pro doesn’t really come across as a budget smartphone. It feels premium the moment you hold it in your hand. The 5.99-inch tall display is wrapped in a unibody metal and glass finish. There are thin bezels around the screen that give the phone a small footprint. However, the phone is still a bit too tall to use easily with one hand.
The smartphone feels pretty solid and is well built. The back of the phone features a metallic matte finish that looks subtle and gives the phone a decent amount of grip. Rounded edges on the corners make it comfortable to hold in both portrait and landscape mode. The screen also features slightly rounded edges and the glass finish surprisingly doesn’t attract a lot of fingerprints, which is good. It’s simple details like this that make Infinix HOT 6 Pro stand out in terms of design.
The rest of the design is pretty standard. The micro-USB port is placed at the bottom, right between the speaker grille and the 3.5mm headphone jack. The standby/power button and volume keys are placed on the right side and are easily accessible. The standby/power button carries a textured finish, which makes it easy to distinguish between the two, when not looking. The SIM tray is placed on the left side.
Good media experience
The key highlight of the Infinix HOT 6 Pro is its 6-inch HD+ (720 x 1440 pixels) screen. Brightness levels are good and the screen looks vibrant with punchy colors. Viewing angles are decent and the colors just about hold their vibrancy when looking at them from different angles.
Black levels on the screen look really good, which further translates into making the screen look sharper, be it with movies, pictures or just plain text. Watching videos on YouTube and Amazon Prime is an enjoyable experience. The only problem I had was that some shades of red and green looked a little too saturated and stood out in the scene. However, that’s a very minor problem and doesn’t quite hamper the experience.
Infinix has also provided other features for the screen that make it easy to use. The drop-down menu carries a One-hand operation toggle, which reduces the size of the screen, making it possible to use it in one hand. You can also switch it from right to left, depending on which hand you want to use it in. Infinix has also provided an Eye Care mode that reduces blue light on the screen, which in turn makes it comfortable to use during night. The Infinix HOT 6 Pro also allows you to hide the three navigation buttons. It might not sound like much, but this lets you enjoy a seamless experience with social media apps like Instagram and Facebook.
The mono-speaker at the bottom adds to the media experience. It’s surprisingly loud and carries a good amount of punch for watching YouTube videos and listening to music. However, it lacks the detail one needs while playing games. For that, earphones are recommended.
XOS interface and performance
The Infinix HOT 6 Pro runs on Android 8.o Oreo operating system layered with XOS on top of it, which isn’t that bad. XOS feels light, looks good and carries a decent amount features. However, there is plenty of bloatware included, in the form of both Infinix’s own apps and other third-party apps. Only the latter can be uninstalled.
The drop-down notification drawer and the Settings application both look clean and easy to use. Things are well organized. XOS doesn’t offer a whole barrage of customization options, but you don’t really feel the need for them either. Most of it is focused towards offering a premium looking interface. This can be seen through widgets, screen animations and other details. A quick example of this is the brightness bar in the notifications drawer. When increasing or decreasing brightness, a simple animation denoting the same can be seen right next to it. While that animation is totally unnecessary, it’s the attention to detail that gives the XOS the refreshing feel.
Besides that, the XOS launcher also offers a Smart Arrange feature, which puts all the similar applications in the same folder with just a push of a button. This is great for people who generally have a lot of applications floating around their phone. It even prompts you to move an app to a certain folder after installing it.
Another interesting thing about the XOS interface is the Kika keyboard it comes with. There is a whole range of customization features available here, where you can increase size, layout, color, theme and many other things. You can also move it to one side of the screen in order to make it easy to type, while holding the phone in one hand. Beyond that, you can even create your own keyboard according to your preferences. This includes the color of the keyboard, font style, its size, key colors and even the color of the swipe cursor. If you don’t want to do that, then you can download more keyboard styles as well.
For security, there is a fingerprint sensor included at the back. XOS also lets you use it to take images or pick up incoming calls. Additionally, the phone also features Face Unlock through its front camera. However, it didn’t work too well on most occasions that I tried to use it. The smartphone generally unlocked on the second try, which was time consuming and a bit annoying.
The Infinix HOT 6 Pro features a Snapdragon 425 SoC and 3GB of RAM. And while the performance isn’t the best, it’s just about enough to handle basic day-to-day tasks and applications with ease. Simple to moderate apps like Chrome, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram work well. However, the device considerably slows down when multi-tasking between them. I noticed the interface became a little unresponsive and sluggish when switching between too many applications.
The phone also struggles with high-end games. Need for Speed: No Limits and Asphalt 8: Airborne ran on low quality and carried a constant stutter that made it almost impossible to the play games, let alone enjoy them.
Underneath the hood, the Infinix HOT 6 Pro comes with a massive 4,000mAh battery. It can easily last you for more than a day on a single charge, and that includes playing games, watching videos and scrolling through social media applications. However, there is no fast charging included so it takes more than two and a half hours to charge from scratch.
The Infinix HOT 6 Pro comes with a dual-camera setup at the back, which consists of a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary camera, which offers depth-effect photography. It comes with a Portrait mode, which helps click bokeh images for background blur. The camera does a good job of blurring the background and making the subject stand out. However, it doesn’t get the focus right in the first go. Even with good ambient lighting, I had to refocus three or four times, before getting it right. With macro photography I had to struggle even more.
Most of the images I clicked in ideal lighting situations looked good. They came out with punchy colors and good amount of detail. White balance is also handled well under different lighting scenarios. The image, however, doesn’t manage to sustain the quality when taking pictures under low light situation. Images have plenty of noise and look a bit dull. The focusing is also pretty slow.
The camera is also equipped with an HDR mode, which helps achieve good contrast images in whole range of situation. You also get a professional mode to play around with shutter speed, aperture, focus, ISO and other things to get an image, as per your preference.
The front camera is a 5-megapixel shooter. It doesn’t have a portrait mode, but does come with a Beauty mode, to click better selfies. The performance here is a little disappointing. Selfies looked a bit dull, even with abundant lighting around. It doesn’t focus well and finer details and edges look softer. There is also noticeable amount of noise in these images.
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The Infinix HOT 6 Pro has exceeded my expectations on the whole, particularly for its looks and user interface. The device has managed to create a good impression right from the get-go and more impressively stuck to it. While performance isn’t quite up to the mark for anything beyond the most basic use, budget users are unlikely to be too disappointed by the device.
At its price of Rs 7,999, the Infinix HOT 6 Pro is an impressive offering. It looks good, works well with the basics, and offers enough by way of UI customization to appeal to smartphone buyers in the entry-level category. It’s worth a look if you want a good-looking phone, but it might also be worth considering the Xiaomi Redmi 5, which is similarly priced and offers much better performance.