Elegant Speedster: Infinix Zero X506 Review

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The Infinix Zero finally got to me through Konga after many delays and online quarrels. This device is a beauty. At just 7.9mm thick, it is sleek and fits the hands perfectly. Quick run-down of specs:

SIM type: Micro-SIM/Dual SIM

Released: September 2014

Dimension: 140 x 70 x 7.9mm

Display: 5.0 inches, 1280 x 720 pixels (293ppi)

Memory: 8GB, plus micro SD card slot

Camera: 13MP back with LED flash, 2.0MP front-facing

OS: Android 4.4 Kitkat

Chipset: Mediatek MT6592

CPU: Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A7

GPU: Mali-450

RAM: 1GB

Radio: Yes

Battery: 1,920 mAh

Price: N20,900

Pros: Premium build.

Very fast performance.

Has notification light.

Good rear camera.

Cons: Front camera is a bit blurred and doesn’t cover a wide enough range.

Average battery life.

Unboxing: The pack that ships with this device is compact, with no unnecessary spaces. You have the phone on one side, then the USB charger and ear piece. The wires have a flat design to prevent tangling.

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Hardware and Design:

This phone looks and feels well premium and doesn’t reflect its cheap price. This phone has Gorilla Glass front and back with the sides made of a metallic material. You also have hot-swappable slots for the 2 SIM cards and memory card. By hot-swapping, I mean you can insert and remove your SIM card without need for rebooting.

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Software:

This phone runs Android KitKat 4.4 OS, I checked and there was an OTA update available, size 65MB (See screenshots for the change log). This unit was the 8GB model, and I particularly like the way the memory was partitioned. 4GB for apps, 2GB for the ROM plus system apps, and 1.98GB for file storage. See screenshots below.

Screenshots

Camera: The rear camera of this phone produces good quality images especially in bright conditions. In dark places or at night, the output is blurred. The front camera is not good at all. The images are blurred and the range it covers is quite small. This means it can’t completely contains 3 heads in one selfie. Use the back camera if you must take a good selfie.

Multimedia: Music Playback quality is just there, not Dolby Digital kinda spectacular and still not chinko kinda loud. Sound output is decent. The video playback is awesome. Remember this phone has a 720×1280 HD display, so the video watching experience is really cool.

Network, Calls & Internet: Its supports HSDPA+  switchable on both SIMS, Call clarity is clear. Browsing speed is super fast, and I suspect its the 8 cores in action.

Performance: This beast runs on an octa-core processor, so almost everything works fluid and fast. Apps open and run smoothly, The few games I played on it Temple Run and Candy Crush, ran smoothly. See screenshots of the Antuntu Benchmark:

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Battery life: This phone lasted 10 full hours of normal use with an accumulated total of 1 hour break. It was on 100% as at 7:30am on 3G with 2 SIM cards installed, and brightness set on lowest, and it had 5% charge left as at 5:30pm. This is not bad if you ask me, and switching to EDGE will make the battery last considerably longer.

Miscellaneous /Apps: With this phone, reading under sunlight didn’t get me twitching my eyes. I tried to root this beauty, and I couldn’t. Tried various apps like Framaroot, Vroot, Root master,went ahead and also tried this tutorial by Yomiprof. None of them worked. I reclined sha make I no spoil person phone.

The Etisalat free 500mb worked. Once I popped in the SIM, and sent the required sms, I received the data.USB OTG is not supported, plugging in the cable with a flash drive at the other end, nothing happened. One cool feature of this phone is the notification light that blinks whenever something happens.

Final Words:

Many people have had bad experiences using Infinix phones, but so far, since the launch of this phone, the only major complain I’ve heard has been the battery life. This phone is a worthy purchase, I didn’t experience any instant reboots or overheating. With this Infinix Zero, they stepped up their game, also the fact that its always  running out of stock on Konga, tells you Nigerians love the phone. Infinix has gotten better than what they used to be, and considering the price vs specs, this phone indeed  is value for money.

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

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