Infinix has always been about delivering products that punch above their price bracket, and the new Infinix Zero 5G seems to affirm that. With its sleek design, a Full HD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate, triple rear cameras, a proven and tested mid-range processor, and a 5,000mAh battery, this device aims to bring a premium experience for a price tag that won’t break the bank.
Infinix Zero 5G Specifications
|Display||6.78-inch FHD+ IPS LTPS, 120Hz refresh rate|
|Processor||MediaTek Dimensity 900|
|Rear Camera||48MP main|
|OS||XOS 10 based on Android 11|
Design and Build Quality
Infinix Zero 5G uses a glossy finish for its plastic back panel, making it prone to getting smudges and fingerprints, though this can easily be solved with a case. The camera module slightly protrudes, which means the phone wobbles a bit when on a flat surface without a case.
Like some other mid-rangers, this phone uses a side-mounted fingerprint scanner which also works as the power button. The volume rocker feels solid with minimal wobble. It uses a triple slot tray, which is on the left side. The USB-C port at the bottom is joined by a speaker grille, microphone, and a headphone jack.
The 6.78-inch IPS LTPS display has Full HD+ resolution, and up to a 120Hz refresh rate. It has 500 nits of peak brightness, and is very usable under direct sunlight. There is no option to change the color temperature, which by default leans on the warm side. Colors aren’t as punchy as an AMOLED display, but are enough to make things look lively.
Under the hood is a Dimensity 900 5G SoC, backed by 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There is a feature called MemFusion , which is basically Infinix’s version of Extended RAM. It allows you to set up to 5GB of internal storage as virtual RAM, and has an option to let less frequently used apps run on virtual RAM to improve their performance.
As for gaming performance, the Infinix Zero 5G managed to output good numbers with consistently high fps on most of the popular games. Genshin Impact, which is known to be a very demanding game, will also run without major issues, though at 30 fps. The phone did get a bit warm during testing, but not to the point that it’s uncomfortable.
At the back of the device is a 48MP main camera, a 13MP telephoto lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. The lack of an ultra-wide unit can be a deal-breaker for some. As for quality, you do get good looking photos with plenty of detail and good contrast. The depth of field effect it produces is also clean and convincing. The only issue I had with this camera is that it that focusing can be tricky at times.
The device can record up to
The device runs on XOS V10 on top of Android 11, and just like other recent Infinix devices, there’s quite a number of apps pre-loaded, and throughout my time of use, I’ve never really needed to use most of them. A lot of them can be uninstalled, but I just wish that these were optional during setup.
As far as security updates go, they can take a while, but at the time of writing, the phone received an update to the Google Security Patch for February 2022.
As for features, there are the usual goodies like Lightning Multi-Window for multitasking, the Smart Panel for quick access to specific apps, taking screenshots, screen recordings, and more, Game Mode, which offers various settings like disabling auto brightness, preventing accidental exit from the game, and an in-game panel that features a voice changer and the ability to remap the volume buttons for specific in-game functions, and more.
On PCMark’s Work 3.0 benchmark which simulates tasks like data manipulation, photo and video editing, and web browsing, the Infinix Zero 5G managed to score 12.5 hours of uptime, which is a great result. The downside is that charging the phone took around 4 hours to get from 1% to full, using the supplied charger. Do note that this test was done with the phone off.
As an overall package, the Infinix Zero 5G is an excellent option, especially for its PhP11,990 price tag. The high refresh rate display is complimented by a very capable processor that can take on most of today’s popular games with no major issues, the camera package, while not as flexible, can capture good quality photos, and the battery life is excellent.
On the flip side, the lack of an ultra-wide unit can be a hassle at times, it takes a while to fully recharge the phone, and the software can use a bit of streamlining, not to mention the bloatware.
Get the Infinix Zero 5G via Shopee.
Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.