Yea, Infinix. I have not seen any smartphone from this company since we reviewed the Note4 Pro back in 2017. Even back then, Infinix was bringing something unique to the market.
And the Infinix HOT 10S is no different – yet it’s only at RM499.
We’ll start off with the unboxing because it’s kinda weird. Opening up the box, we can find a few standard things like the phone itself (obviously), then the charger and USB cable.
What’s interesting here is the accessories box. We got a hardshell case, a piece of film screen protector that we have to apply on our own since the phone doesn’t come pre-applied, and then an invitation card to join Infinix’s community, but in a banknote form. No idea why they did this – but it’s interesting.
And the phone itself. It has a pretty standard design overall. It looks clean and has a simple glossy plastic back with the Infinix logo is pad-printed. It also uses a rear-facing fingerprint scanner – which I personally prefer.
My immediate reaction when I saw this phone is the length of the phone. Its proportions are… weird. Doing a little digging, I found out that its resolution is 1640×720 pixels. Then I did some quick math and found out that the screen is at 21:9 aspect ratio – the same as my ultrawide monitor.
This 6.82-inch IPS LCD screen can also run at 90Hz refresh rate which is surprising since this phone is only at RM499. The screen’s response time is pretty good too as there is no ghosting.
It can also be bright enough to be used outdoors. What’s weird here though, is the adaptive brightness feature. Instead of having a slider to offset the automatically adjusted brightness, this slider controls the absolute brightness. And it tends to be dimmer than it needs to be. But that can be fixed via software updates.
Then comes the performance side of things. I’m glad to inform you that if you’re ever looking for a budget phone for gaming, then the Infinix HOT 10S should be at the top of your list. The MediaTek Helio G85 chipset paired with 4GB RAM, the Infinix HOT 10S can run all 3 games that I usually use to test phones without much of an issue while maintaining the lowest graphical setting!
I mean, I am certainly impressed as I have seen more expensive mid-range smartphones not being running Genshin Impact at the lowest settings. We have a gaming video for the Infinix HOT 10S too – so check it out here.
And you can keep gaming for hours too – the Infinix HOT 10S comes with a massive 6,000mAh battery which lasts for a very long time in our battery life test.
But, the included charger is only a 10W charger – which means it’ll take forever to charge this phone. I wish I can show you the graph – but our usual app doesn’t work with this phone. I think it’s safe to say that it took more than 3 hours to charge from 15% to 100%?
Also, the phone still uses micro USB…. in the year 2021, micro USB shouldn’t be on phones anymore.
The camera situation on the Infinix HOT 10S is a little weird. There are a total of 3 different cameras on the Infinix HOT 10S, but only one of the cameras is usable.
Look, I have no idea what the AI LENS does, or if it even does anything. For all I know is that the Infinix HOT 10S still takes some good-looking pictures. To have a look at all the pictures taken with the Infinix Hot 10S, watch the video at the top of this review.
One thing I really want to talk about is the software. It’s using Infinix’s own XOS and yes, it does have bloatware – but most of them can be uninstalled or disabled.
It does have a pretty clean interface too. Some of the buttons are very big – like the quick actions panel. The settings menu is also very clean and everything is nicely laid out.
Infinix also included some weird features like MagicButton which treats the volume buttons as triggers. What? This actually makes sense! Why hasn’t anyone else done it?
Should you buy the Infinix Hot 10S?
Okay then – for the price of just RM499 – we’re getting a very good phone with great performance, a pretty decent screen, surprisingly competent software, and also a massive battery. The only major downside is the micro USB port.
Oh – if you’re thinking that 64GB of storage is too little, then you can also expand it with a microSD card.
Overall – I’m liking this phone. A lot. Much more than I initially thought I would.