Budget Nexus Redefined: Infinix Hot 2 Review

The Infinix Hot 2 is a device that has gained lots of (international) recognition, far more than its peers and predecessors. This was championed by the partnership between Google and Infinix to launch this device as part of the former’s Android One project in Africa. Our Infinix Hot 2 Review is now ready and you can see how it performs in real life.

Infinix Hot 2 Box

This is practically the more affordable version of the ever elusive Nexus phone. We’ve been clamoring for this in this part of the world. The launch brought lots of excitement, but does it end there? Compared to other devices within this price range, the Infinix Hot 2 already is champ on paper. How does this reflect in reality? How successful was this marriage between Infinix and Google?

This and more we shall access, and like I promised, well do proper justice to this phone review. Looking at its key features:

  • 5.0 – inch HD IPS display, 720 ×1280 pixels, (298 PPI).
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, upgradeable to Android M.
  • MediaTek MT6580 chip set with quad-core 1.3 GHz processor, Mali 400-MP GPU and 2GB of RAM.
  • 8 MP Auto focus camera with LED flash, pixel count 3840 x 2160 pixels and Video recording of 1080p.
  • 2 MP front-facing camera, with pixel count 2048 x 1152.
  • Fully Partitioned 16 GB internal storage (11 GB usable).
  • Dual SIM support, Both Micro-SIM, 3G switchable.
  • Removable 2200 mAh battery,

Main Disadvantages

  • No USB OTG.
  • Poor resolution front cam video recording.
  • Would’ve had a higher battery rating.

Read the full detailed Infinix Hot 2 Specifications HERE , as well as our Hands on experience and Unboxing HERE.

The Complete Infinix Hot 2 Review

Hardware

Like we mentioned in the Unboxing review, the Infinix Hot 2 shares a close resemblance to the Infinix Zero series. The lower back side is angled and goes round the lower side of the phone. The Hot 2 also shares similar with the Zero for the positions of camera module, LED flash, volume and power buttons.

Infinix Hot 2 Back side

This phone is made of plastic casing. The phone is nicely built, and feels good to hold. It doesn’t look cheap. until you try to open the back cover then the plastic creaks will be noticed.

The top part has the USB port and 3.5 mm earphone jack. The lower part carries the speaker grill.

 

Design

The Infinix Hot 2 has great design, though it has a few flaws we’d like to highlight. On the hardware side, the bezels are still too big. Especially at the top and lower ends. Maybe Infinix already finished with this design before Google came along and slapped Android on it. The fact that we have on-screen keys on this device should’ve meant that the lower bezel be made as small as possible. It appears this is the case with budget devices.

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Infinix hot 2-Screen waste

On the software side. The onscreen keyboard covers a significant part of the screen. The usable screen space is markedly reduced to about 4.7 inch (approximately). The lower section just comes out plain black on some app interfaces. Normally this should have been transparent or blending with the app interfaces to give a uniform design.

 

Software

This is the high point of this device. In fact, one of the best selling points. This baby runs stock Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-the latest version of Android you can find anywhere. Even those carrying some flagships of this world are yet to officially get this software version on their devices. Not only is this the latest Android software, it is the default Android, lean with no bloatware, customization or additional bells and whistles.

Infinix Hot software
There’s this leanness you experience on this device Like something that has been set free from a heavy load. The true Android experience just the way it’s supposed to be. Trust me guys, that feeling is rare, and can only be experienced on the Infinix Hot 2 or any Nexus device.

Lastly, the last software advantage here is that owners of the Infinix Hot 2 as part of the Android One program will receive software updates for a period of two years. At least, we’re rest assured of getting Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) as soon as it comes, while our brothers on TECNO, Innjoo and the rest are languishing on Android KitKat.

 

Display and User Interface

The Infinix Hot 2 shipped with an HD display of resolution of 720 x 1280, and PPI 320. The display is great and exactly what you would expect from a HD Display. When the brightness is set at its lowest, there’s this dark greenish tint you get in places meant to be white, maybe it’s my eyes, or maybe it’s from the stock Android theme. Cranking up the brightness normalizes everything though.

Infinix Hot2 UI

This device has great viewing angles. Tilt it, and you still get to see whatever is happening. Sunlight legibility here is bad-same for every device on this price segment. But increasing the brightness let’s you see well under sunlight.

Like we mentioned earlier, the Infinix Hot 2 runs stock Android Lollipop, so the user interface is pure Android, exactly the way it’s founding fathers made it to be. The notification bar, home screen, app drawer is all stock Lollipop.

 

Camera

The camera is 8 MP at the back and 2 MP for the front. Though, we later discovered it’s actually 8.3 MP/2.4 MP respectively. The back camera really takes in light unlike other 8 MP sensors we’ve tried. Images come out sharp and colors are more natural. In dark places, the flash does well and pictures come out clear, though you can’t compare them with the flagship phones we have now.

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The 2 MP front camera takes good selfies – but there’s this gripe I have with Infinix for not making it wide angled. The case is same with other Infinix models like the Infinix Hot and Infinix Hot Note.

To show us how good the camera of the Hot 2 is, below are comparison pictures with the Gionee M2 that has same 8 MP camera. Now you be the judge. The Hot 2 sample is at the top and Gionee M2 sample below:

Night time shot.

Hot 2-vs-M2-night

Daylight shot.

Hot 2-vs-M2-day

 

Multimedia

The Infinix Hot 2 has good sounding speakers, Music playback is loud and clear. Google Play Music comes as default and isn’t bad at all. Music listening is ok, here both with external speakers or with earphones. The default Android video player is crap.

To enjoy a better video watching experience, you would have to install a 3rd party app like MX Player. The FM Radio after initial scan automatically saves a list of favorite stations. It also supports recording.

 

Multitasking /Performance

The Infinix Hot 2 is great for multitasking. The 2 GB RAM just glides along with the stock Android. Open the likes of WhatsApp, GReader Pro , Chrome (with 5 tabs open), and going back to each of them, everything still remains just like you left them.

One funny thing here. The Hot 2 and Gionee M2 runs same 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, but the Hot 2 performs considerably faster. Below are screen shots of its AnTuTu Benchmark and Quadrant tests.

Infinix Hot2 tests (2)-horz

 

Battery life
Fans and enthusiasts have asked, why would this device carry a (meager) 2200 mAh battery? Folks will hang on to see a review like this to be sure of how the battery lasts before making a purchase. Ears are tingling in anticipation to know how the 2200 mAh battery measures up.

With 2 SIM cards installed and steady 3G, 4 hours or browsing and chatting, a few calls, 2 hours movie playback and 1 hour of gaming, we were able to achieve approximately 8 hours of use before the battery hit 5%. On average use, the Infinix Hot 2 should take you through one day of use. Below is a screenshot of how long it can last. The straight line parts of the graph indicates standby by times.

Infinix Hot 2 Battery (2)-horz

Switching to EDGE will save you extra power. Switching to the battery saver mode will even save you extra juice.

Miscellaneous
The Infinix Hot 2 has no Double Tap to Wake function, No USB OTG, though the option appears in Settings, we inserted a USB cable and nothing showed up.

Also read:  The implications of the Google Android One partnership with Infinix

On this phone, after first boot up, you can’t side load any apk at all. You can’t access files/folders because there’s no default file manager. You’ll have to connect to internet, install a file manager and Xender (or any other file transfer app), or you transfer your apk files through Bluetooth.

Another observation, when WiFi hotspot was shared from this device to my Windows 7 laptop, it refused to connect but it connected on another Windows 8 machine. We can’t really conclude if this is a Windows 7 issue. But we’ll see if the problem can be rectified.

Like every other Nexus device, you can’t peg the Infinix Hot 2 to full 3G (only preferred or auto mode). You’ll need an extra app like Notification Toggle to peg it to 3G.

This phone doesn’t heat up. While charging or while gaming. A big ups to Infinix and Google on this one. Call clarity here is loud, clear and audible. The 16 GB internal storage is fully partitioned with 11.78 GB usable. There’s a notification light at the top that blinks red when any notifications arrive or green the the battery hits 90% while charging.

Some apps came pre-installed on this device and they include : Carlcare, MTN Music+, My 2015 app, Naij and Jumia store apps.

Final Words
The Infinix Hot 2 is a beautiful device inside out. The important thing here is that it’s targeted to a group of users. Do you want to experience Android in it’s purest and truest form? Get the Hot 2. Do you want to use the latest version of Android on your device, and also receive the latest update as it comes? Get the Hot 2.

We have a few gripes with the No USB OTG, and most especially the battery life. I personally would’ve greatly appreciated if the battery rated up to say 3000 mAh. But then, the price would have escalated, and that would deviate from the true purpose of the Android One project which is offering the best possible specs at the cheapest of prices.

The Infinix Hot 2 can be summed up with this phrase: It’s the budget Nexus device redefined!!

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Etoniru Chibueze

Chibueze is an award-winning gadget reviewer and geek. He loves research, while living and breathing tech. You can reach him on Facebook, Twitter ,OR LinkedIn

43 thoughts on “Budget Nexus Redefined: Infinix Hot 2 Review

    • August 25, 2015 at 10:53 pm
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      Thank you sir

  • August 25, 2015 at 6:18 pm
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    Good review! I currently own the nexus 5, which is a year old now, i love it very much. However I am happy Google finally brought the android one project to Africa, looking forward to trying the infinix hot2 .

  • August 25, 2015 at 6:39 pm
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    Indeed, it is BUDGET nexus.

    It should be the best sub 20k handset around right now…. for that price point, it looks ok.

    here’s to hoping Infinix does a Hot Note reboot with Android One

  • August 25, 2015 at 8:38 pm
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    Oga Elroy, great review, I see you are trying to tempt me with your market but it will not work!

    And well done with the shots! Please show your Oga how to take a pic of the same thing from approximately the same angle at the same distance. But I like the little duck thing by the hand wash…last price?

  • August 25, 2015 at 9:10 pm
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    Just a question, is the audio output like that of GIONEE m2 or better like blackberry?

    • August 25, 2015 at 10:53 pm
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      Its better and clearer than on M2

  • August 25, 2015 at 10:23 pm
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    thanks for the review at least i am convinced that the hot note pro is what i need.

    • August 25, 2015 at 10:53 pm
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      You’re welcome sir

  • August 25, 2015 at 11:57 pm
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    Elroy Elroy. Nice one. Delivered like a true Mobilista.
    Keep it up, bro.

    PS: You have got me longing for stock android now.

  • August 26, 2015 at 12:04 am
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    Dope phone. I took an HDR shot this afternoon. I was happy with the result. Also, I agree with you on the lower bezel: me I’d have preferred a capacitive button on it, but since it’s on-screen, I expected the bezel to be smaller. That would’ve even made the phone more beautiful.

    I haven’t browsed via mobile data, I’m presently using a hotspot. Contrary to what you said, in the preferred network, I’ve selected 3G from the two options. But since I haven’t used it, I cannot comment too much on it.

    Also, the bloat ware part: it didn’t take me three minutes to remove the MTN app and Jumia app.

    I am satisfied with the display.

    Someone said the phone doesn’t have H+, is it true? I’ll try to subscribe and try using mobile data on it, sha.

  • August 26, 2015 at 7:26 pm
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    i wonder why the reference devices in your benchmark tests are always ancient devices it’s hardly surprising that a 2015 device performs better than 2/3/4 year old devices
    RE: Ashipa
    A Hot Note with Vanilla Android would be nice

  • August 27, 2015 at 3:32 pm
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    I got the phone and alongside the file manager there’s also no gallery function.. how do I get to view my pictures and videos..

    • August 27, 2015 at 3:38 pm
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      Go to Google Play Store and download ES File Explorer (file manager) and Quick Pic (gallery app). There’s a default gallery app that comes with it though.. Photos

    • August 28, 2015 at 11:42 pm
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      You’re right. The 320 figure was actually the dpi.

  • September 1, 2015 at 1:19 pm
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    Good review but the issue with usb otg is actually specific to your phone, it actually works on my fedora 19 PC.

  • September 2, 2015 at 2:52 pm
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    Hello
    Currently having the worst experience with this phone. Apps dont respond when I want them to.
    I have deleted cache. Phone is slow and unresponsive I don’t know what to do

  • September 4, 2015 at 2:35 pm
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    how good is the camera on this device compared to a blackberry z10, looking to make a switch and camera being the only deciding factor.

    • September 4, 2015 at 10:28 pm
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      We haven’t paired the camera of the Hot 2 with the Blackberry Z10. But we’re sure the camera is good, the review will tell you so

  • September 6, 2015 at 7:46 pm
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    Review on point, I think now I’m convinced to go for the hot 2. Then again, which will you recommend hot 2 or hot note, I hear the hot note is receiving lollipop update too. Ditching my galaxy grand prime ASAP.

    • September 6, 2015 at 8:01 pm
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      Still depends on what you want. Hot Note has a bigger long lasting battery. Hot 2 has Lollipop with sure update coming. So you decide.

  • September 16, 2015 at 10:21 pm
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    Awesome review dude. Question though; do all gold hot note 2 phones have 2GB RAM?

  • September 24, 2015 at 1:15 am
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    Hi everyone. This is a useful information for all: I bought this phone on Tuesday 22 September, 2015. At a shop at computer village. And as per 1GB for #500 as it’s been advertised. For almost 48hours that I have sent the code. No response from MTN to give the 1GB they promised. Then I called them, I was now told that the offer is only applicable to jumia store alone. That’s only if you buy from jumia you will get the 1GB. MTN will give you something with one hand and strech another to colect it back. NA THEIR WAY!
    I bought the infinix zero 1 and Itel phone from computer village sometimes ago. And etisalat is give a megabyte offer on those phone immediately I sent the code I got it without delay, inrespective of the store. Please, take note of this. Thanks.

  • October 17, 2015 at 8:30 pm
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    Please, I’ve got the same issue as Nife… The apps never respond when you wanna make use of them. Asides, the phone goes off itself even when the battery ain’t flat. Got it just 3weeks ago from a MicroStation outlet… Worst phone I ever bought…Smh sadly.

  • October 23, 2015 at 4:11 pm
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    Good review. But please i dont have the 2GB variant on the website jumia.ci since im in ivory coast. Did the 1GB variant is enougt for multitasking for a normal user ?

  • October 24, 2015 at 10:50 pm
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    Have this problem with the new infinix hot two…after downloading yh es manager,I still can’t find my pictures…and sometimes it shows android process has stop

    • October 25, 2015 at 9:27 pm
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      Hello Aisha, I recommend you restore the phone to factory settings. After that if you have an active data plan, search for the latest updates and install them. You’ll be fine. Meanwhile install Quick Pic from Google Play Store.

  • October 25, 2015 at 8:44 pm
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    Waoh you killed it, thanks for explaining in details but can dz device be rooted without having any issues. and when rooted can i use it for 3D games such as need for speed, pes etc…

    • October 25, 2015 at 9:10 pm
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      Yes you can root this phone. But users have complained that after rooting, installing OTA updates is a problem

  • October 30, 2015 at 5:09 pm
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    Thanks for the review buh I have have a question which needs an urgent answer. Was told that the infinix hot 2 has storage problems like being unable to save things you wish to save showing insufficient memory when you damn well have enough please I need to know cause I had an experience with such a phone and it was frustrating and I was also told that the hot 2 frequently malfunctions is this also true? please be honest. Thank you

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  • December 3, 2015 at 9:14 am
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    Thanks for the review, but someone was complaining of not having a full screen gameplay, how true is this?

  • January 11, 2017 at 7:19 am
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    Dear Elroy Chibex, thanks for providing awesome review of nexus mobile, i really impressed by your work.

    • January 11, 2017 at 1:12 pm
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      Thank you

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