The 2016 version of JIM’s Big Thing is the Infinix Note 3, a 6-inch display hunk that has got us drooling here at MobilityArena. We have had it for about two weeks now. We have put it through all the hoops and have our verdict ready for you.
If you have not seen them already, you should have a look at some of the informative articles we already have published on the Infinix Note 3:
- Infinix Note 3 photos: a fine specimen
- Infinix Note 3 benchmark tests and performance
- Infinix Note 3 Specifications & Price
Infinix Note 3 Review: Quick Pros And Cons
Before we dive into the review proper, starting with the major pros and cons.
|Improved beautiful design and solid, premium build||No toughened glass protection for the screen|
|Big, crisp 6-inch display is great for reading, editing, viewing photos and watching videos.||The loudspeaker is not very loud|
|Fingerprint sensor||Some XOS bloatware|
|Easy, breezy user interface|
|Dedicated microSD card slot|
Infinix Note 3 Review: Hardware/Design
What we have here is a shift in design compared to previous Infinix phones. If you think the Infinix Hot S is beautiful, the Note 3 is even more so. What we have here is a well crafted metal unibody. With a 6-inch display, the Note 3 is a big smartphone, but it is a pleasant, solid one. From whatever angle you look at it, it allures you. That allure makes us keep picking up the device again and again – and we have quite a number of beautiful devices in the house here at Mobility Arena.
The rear of the phone has the 13 megapixel camera, dual LED flash, and fingerprint scanner. On the left hand side is the eject-able dual-SIM compartment. On the right side we have another eject-able compartment for the micro-SD card, as well as the volume rockers and the power/lock button.
In cold weather, being made of metal, the Infinix Note 3 feels quite cold to the touch.
Infinix Note 3 Review: Software
The Infinix Note 3 runs Android 6 Marshmallow under Infinix Mobility’s XOS user interface. We already have a the full software review of XOS Chameleon, so you might want to check that out too.
One nifty feature is that from time to time, you are notified of the power intensive apps on the phone.
XOS has a number of apps pre-installed though. These include: Ultra Power, XManager, XAccount, XClub, XHide and XWeather. While they may provide some utility, depending on your needs, none of them are uninstallable.
Infinix Note 3 Review: Display and Multimedia
The Note 3’s 6-inch display has a resolution of 1,080 x 1920. In numbers, that’s 367 ppi. Which is very good. The display comes out really sharp with rich colors. Viewing angles are great too.
As is custom with Infinix devices though, there’s no Gorilla Glass protection or similar here.
There is a dual speaker grill at the bottom end of the phone. The left sided one harbors the mic. Sound production is good but not quite loud enough. We had to plug in an external speaker to enjoy audio from movies. A set of headphones help with that too.
Infinix Note 3 Review: Photography
The Infinix Note 3 has a rear 13 megapixel lens with dual LED flash and a front-facing 8 megapixel unit with LED flash for selfies. The main camera takes pictures of good quality. Details and colour reproduction are quite good. The surprise here is that the front-facing camera is quite good too. The flash light is not the usual soft flash that most front-facing cameras use. It is a proper flash light, and it produces decent results – better than we have seen in many cases.
We have ended up loving the cameras on the Note 3.
Infinix Note 3 Review: Multitasking/Performance
In everyday use, the Infinix Note 3 performs smoothly most of the time. During heavy multitasking, there are moments that it slows down quite a bit. Not once did it heat up though. We are not sure whether that is because of the current wet weather in Lagos or it is that Infinix Mobility has optimised the device.
You can see our benchmark test results HERE.
Infinix Note 3 Review: Battery life
The Infinix Note 3 is equipped with a 4500 mAh battery. You won’t be worrying about your phone draining fast of battery power. It just keeps going. With fast charge built in, battery and charging are strong points of the Infinix Note 3.
This phone has no back lit capacitive buttons. It has USB OTG that works well. Call clarity is good on this device. And the fingerprint scanner works as expected.
Infinix Note 3 Review: Final Words
The Infinix Note 3 is undoubtedly a beautiful device. It is the most beautiful Infinix smartphone till date. But It isn’t all beauty. there’s brawn here too. It ticks all all the right boxes. Good battery life. Big, bright display. Decent cameras. Large internal memory plus memory card slot. Android Marshmallow. A beautiful body.
There’s only one thing else left to be desired about this unit: we wish it was 4G LTE. As is usual for Infinix, no release date has been announced for the 3GB RAM 4G version. In all probability, it will hit the market quietly just like previous variants did.