We’re back with another phone review, and this time we’re going to explore the Infinix Hot 40 series. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll notice that we’ve been raving about what Infinix has been doing in the market. 

Across Africa, mobile phone usage and internet penetration are increasing, due in part to the availability of cheaper Android devices. These devices come with state-of-the-art technology at reasonable price points. Offering great tech at affordable prices has been Infinix’s strategy so far in Nigeria as we have seen from previous TechCabal reviews. Today, we’re reviewing three devices in the Infinix Hot 40 line; Hot 40, Hot 40i, and the Hot 40Pro.

What’s in the box?

Hot 40 Hot 40iHot 40Pro
In the box
– 33W wired charger
– Wired earphones
– Plastic phone case
– Sim tray pin
– MTN voucher card


– 18W wired charger
– Wired earphones
– Plastic phone case
– Sim tray pin
– MTN voucher card

– 33W wired charger
– Wired earphones
– Plastic phone case
– Sim tray pin
– MTN voucher card
Dimensions
– Size: 168.6 x 76.6 x 8.3 mm
– Camera: Back camera 50MP/ 1080p-30fps video qualitySelfie camera 32 MP/1080p-30fps

– Battery: 5000 mAh

– Storage:  128gb-256GB ROM8 GB RAM (can be extended to 16 GB)

– Colours: Palm Blue, Horizon Gold, Starlit Black, and Starfall Green

– Size: 163.6 x 75.6 x 8.3 mm

– Camera: Back camera 50MP/ 1080p-30fps video qualitySelfie camera: 32 MP/1080p-30fps

– Battery: 5000 mAh

– Storage:  128gb-256GB ROM8 GB RAM (can be extended to 16 GB)

– Colours: Starlit Black, Palm Blue, Horizon Gold, and Starfall Green
– Size: 168.6 x 76.6 x 8.3 mm

– Camera: 3-lense back camera: 108MP/1440p-30fps video quality.Selfie camera: 32 MP/1080p-30fps video quality.

– Battery: 5000 mAh

– Storage: 128gb-256GB ROM8 GB RAM (can be extended to 16 GB)
– Colours: Palm Blue, Horizon Gold, Starlit Black, Starfall Green, and Free Fire
Specs

Features

Let’s get into the features; starting with the pros and all the things I loved about this series.

Using the Infinix Hot 40 Pro to charge another device

The first thing I enjoyed was the charging capabilities. Each phone in this series took only about 30 minutes to get a full charge. I was impressed by the reverse wiring technology that lets you use your phone like a power bank to charge other devices. As a person living in Nigeria with its epileptic power supply, it’s nice to have the rapid charging speed and the 5000mAh battery size. These batteries can last for days on a single charge, and the reverse wired technology comes in extremely handy if I ever need to use my phone to charge other devices.

The Hot 40 comes with a Helio G88 processor and XBOOST gaming engine, while the Hot 40Pro comes equipped with a Helio G99 processor and XBOOST gaming engine. This gaming engine offers seamless frame-by-frame performance during gameplay and lag-free performance during other tasks. Enhanced Gaming technology has been Infinix’s strength in its last few releases and what makes it a preferable choice to its competitors in the same price range. The Infinix Hot 40 series boasts of a game antenna Wi-Fi enhancement technology. This precision-engineered landscape antenna is built for gaming with dedicated designs for WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC antennas. The Hot 40 Pro, with its Helio G99 Ultra-Speed Processor and hard-Gyroscope has even higher-level gaming capabilities and 8X precise touch sampling for exceptional accuracy, thrilling performance, and ultra-fast touch response. 

Infinix yet again, does not disappoint with the camera quality in the Hot 40 series. The Hot 40, Hot 40i and the Hot 40 pro all offer high-resolution photography and crystal clear picture quality. The Hot 40 Pro has the best resolution out of the bunch, with amazingly clear zoom capacity and colourful, bright, and sharp photos in any light.

Shape-wise, Infinix is sticking with its rectangular design. I  like that it sits perfectly comfortably in my palm. The wide full-screen design makes for an enjoyable viewing experience. The Hot 40 series also offers superfluid display capacity and the Hot 40i and Hot 40 Pro come with a unique Magic Ring feature. This magic ring is a small window that appears at the top of the screen to keep users updated about face unlock, charging status, and calls. It provides enhanced and more enjoyable user interaction abilities. and smart experience capabilities.

The HOT 40 series also has Multi-Functional Near Field Communication (NFC) features for short-range wireless technology. I enjoy the advancements in NFC technology because of the speed and convenience it comes with. With just a tap, you can connect to an NFC-enabled device to share data, make contactless payments, or even listen to music with NFC-enabled headphones.

Most Nigerians and Africans shuffle between multiple network providers, if you’re building for the African market, it makes fiscal sense to make more dual SIM phones. This is a simple idea that Infinix keeps adapting with its new releases. 

Personally, I don’t like the wide camera lenses at the back. Infinix plays with colour so well, offering vibrant and lustrous designs, but these large lenses crudely interrupt the beauty of these colours.

Final verdict: The phones in the Hot 40 series have efficient and great technology for their price range. Anything you get in the Hot 40i or Hot 40, you get an enhanced version in the Hot 40 Pro. The Hot 40i is slightly smaller than the Hot 40 and Hot 40 Pro, but it’s a negligible size difference. The Hot 40 is adequate and reliable, but I preferred the overall experience on the Hot 40 Pro.

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