A few days ago, I noticed that Infinix’ new flagship, the Hot S went live on Jumia. This is the first ever Infinix smartphone to include a fingerprint scanner (which is one of the things I think should be a given these days), and I thought to myself, “if my previous experience with them is any indication, it’s probably well-built”. I will find out if my thesis is correct over the next few days because IT’S HERE.
The Hot S has a 5.2-inch IPS display, with a pixel density of 424 pixels-per-inch, my review unit has 2GB of RAM (even though there’s a 3GB version on the market), 16GB of internal storage, a 13MP rear camera (with flash), an 8MP selfie camera and a 3000mAh juice pack – all powered by an Android 6.0 Marshmallow base. I took it out of the box this morning, and I’m going to spend the next few days putting it through its paces. So, say hi to the Hot S. Here goes nothing.
First impressions, first impressions. It feels a little lighter than is apparent, but the build is solid as I need it to be. The back cover is made of some matte plastic (coloured Champagne gold in this case) material, which means there’ll be no fingerprint marks. I don’t like that the headphone jack is at the top because it forces me to have to deal with the cable when I want to listen to music and use the phone at the same time. But they’re hardly the only offenders (even my LG G5 has the same issue) so they get a free pass.
Since I reviewed the LG G5, I warmed up to fingerprint scanners placed behind the phone. I’ve found them to be rather ergonomic. The Hot S is a mid-range phone, so I expect it to do as well as some flagships at the more…mundane tasks.
Either way, you’ll find out when you read my full review, so watch this space.