Review: Infinix Note 5

At a mega launch event in Dubai, Infinix Mobility, a subsidiary of Transsion Holding, launched its new Android One offering – the Infinix Note 5. This one is a successor to the Infinix Note 4 and Note 4 Pro and comes packed with 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM, with colour options including Blue, Black, and Red.

The Infinix Note 5 is a lightweight flagship and accompanies a 6-Inch full HD+ screen display with a 2.5D Gorilla glass on top of it. As with most flagships available on the market, this one too offers an 18:9 screen ratio. The back of the device feels like glass but is actually poly-carbonate plastic. The one we received for review came in blue colour, with rounded corners on all the four edges.

Under the hood, the Infinix Note 5 runs on a Meditek Helio P23 Octa-core processor with a clock speed of 2.5GHz. You also get a Mali-G71 GPU, 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage space. The phone also supports microSD cards of up to 128GB in capacity. At the back, the phone comes with a 12MP camera module, while at the front you get a 16MP camera for your selfie requirements.

The phone is powered by a 4,500mAh non-removable Li-ion battery, which supports 3A Fast Charge. A fingerprint scanner is placed right below the rear camera module. Inside the box, you get the phone along with a bunch of accessories that include the user manuals, screen protector, silicon case, sim tray tool, a pair of earphones, a microUSB cable, and the power adapter.

One major difference on this new flagship is the use of Android One as the OS choice. The Infinix Note 5 comes with the pure Oreo version of Android One. Infinix has ditched its XOS UI this time around to offer a clean and clutter-free user experience. This means you also get Google Assistant and Google Lens as part of the package. The Infinix Note 5 is also a dual SIM phone and both the SIMs now support 4G LTE connectivity.

In terms of performance, the Infinix Note 5 does not disappoint. The Note 5 supports dual 4G LTE – this means that you no longer have to switch the SIM cards to choose which one should have 4G connectivity. The phone comes packed with the Helio P23 processor from Mediatek. Pair that with 3GB of RAM and you get overall snappy performance.

We did not encounter any lag when browsing through multiple open apps. Multitasking was a walk in the park. Since the phone comes with the Oreo OS of the Android One version, you get a clean, smart, secure and simply amazing Android experience.

The Infinix Note 5’s camera also does a decent job at capturing photos and videos. Under good lighting conditions, we ended up with some great shots. Even under low light conditions, we did not come across too much noise on the shots captured. The front camera also takes some nice selfies and portraits. The selfie camera also offers AI Bokeh effects, which is capable of taking some good images with a blurred background.

In terms of battery life, the large 4500mAh battery on the Infinix Note 5 offers a little more than a day’s worth of usage on a single charge. Since the phone also comes with 3A Fast Charge technology, you can get almost a day’s worth of battery life in just 30 minutes of charging.

For a price of AED 800, the Infinix Note 5 is definitely a dealmaker. It accompanied refined design and build quality, offers good overall performance, comes packed with very good front and back cameras and offers the best of the Android One experience.

Price: AED 800

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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