The build up to the launch of the Infinix Zero 2 was full of hype, glamour and social media campaigns. All over social media. The Next Hero, from Zero to Hero, ‘Kevlar this, Kevlar that’ were common acronyms we were getting conversant with.
The launch event – in which we were present – was also a grand occasion all in honor of this Zero 2 flagship. The Infinix Zero 2 is a successor to the highly successful breakthrough Infinix Zero. Coming with face lifts in almost all ramifications. Does this device live up to the hype, Is this the mobile Hero we noble brethren yearn for?
Looking at its key features:
- 5.0 – inch HD AMOLED display, with 720 × 1280 pixels (294 PPI) with Gorilla Glass 3
- Android KitKat 4.4.2
- MediaTek MT6592 chipset with octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex and 2 GB of RAM.
- 13 MP Autofocus camera with LED flash, pixel count 3120 x 4160 pixels and Video recording of 1080p.
- 5 MP 85 degree wide-angle, front-facing camera, with pixel count 2560 x 1920 pixels and 480p video recording.
- Fully partitioned 32 GB internal storage ( 27 GB usable).
- Dual SIM support, Both Micro-SIM, 3G switchable, and hot swapping.
- 2300mAh battery, Non-removeable.
- Mediocre battery life.
- Non-removable battery.
Hardware and Design:
The front offers you HD AMOLED screen with scratch resistant Gorilla glass 3, and front facing 5 MP camera. At the top you see the micro USB port and 3.5 mm earphone jack. The left hand side carries the Dual SIM tray while on the right hand side bears, the micro SD card slot, volume rockers and power button, in that order.
The bottom side features the external microphone and speakers. We like the positioning of speakers such that leaving the phone on a surface doesn’t block off sound. The back side is made of ‘bullet proof’ Kevlar material.
The bezels on the upper and lower sides are too big. This device has onscreen buttons which is cool, but it’s bad that the bezel on the lower part is just empty. Since we have onscreen buttons the lower bezel should’ve just been eliminated or reduced in the the best way possible.
Software and Display UI:
The Infinix Zero 2 shipped Android KitKat 4.4.2 on board. After first boot an OTA update popped up with a few bug fixes. This phone comes with an updated form of Aliyun OS , dark themed with a revamped new look icons. And very appealing to the eyes, far better improved from what we have seen in previous Infinix models.
Here we have a 5 inch AMOLED HD display with a resolution of 720 x 1280. The display is super crisp and sharp. Viewing angles is superb, Sunlight legibility is great. The on screen buttons somewhat takes up some part of the screen.
The 13 MP camera of the Infinix Zero 2 is super sharp. The sensor takes in lots of detail even in dark areas the flash does just fine. One peculiar thing here, in low light conditions and with flash turned off, the camera still manages to come up with fine images.
Here we have a 5 MP 85 degree wide-angle front camera. Plenty heads can be accommodated in a selfie. Picture resolutions appear in 2560 x 1920 pixels. Awesome!
Music playback is great on the Infinix Zero 2. The volume is loud and clear. The default music player has a nice interface with sound effects feature. Watching videos here is really cool not forgetting the HD AMOLED display. We were able watch 1080p videos smoothly and hassle free.
Now here’s the sweetest part of the Infinix Zero 2. This phone is fast, everything is fast, one touch in a twinkle of an eye it responds. See the results of the Antuntu and Quadrant tests.
The Infinix Zero 2 has an average battery life. With 2 SIM cards installed, steady 3G, 4 hours of hotspot, 2 hours movie playback we were able to churn out approximately 8 hours before the phone gave up. In simple English, if you’re a heavy phone user, you need a power bank by your side if you want this phone to last a whole day. You can choose to activate the inbuilt power save mode to churn out extra hours.
Delving around the settings we noticed you can actually change fonts on this phone without even rooting. If Gesture controls is your thing, be glad because there are lots of available options you can customize to your taste. USB OTG works smoothly, Call clarity is OK. The SIM slot is hot swappable – this means you can swap/change your SIM cards without having to reboot your device.
The Infinix Zero 2 can be likened to a fast sports car that runs at the speed of light while consuming loads of fuel. Or like a young man that hustled to have everything, and literally running faster than his shadow. We already know the consequences.
This device is uber-slim, uber-sexy, uber-fast, with uber- sweet camera. If you care less about battery life then for you, this is a match made in heaven.