Hello guys, it’s finally here. It’s been weeks now since we had the Infinix Zero 2 X509 android phone. We even did an unboxing and hands-on review of the android phone and said we will be publishing a full review of the device the following week. We sincerely apologize if we took too much time than expected. We sorta had too many things in our hands and more so, we wanted to be more sure of the device before bringing forth a review as we wouldn’t want to say things we are not sure of.
Anyway, here is the full review of the infinix zero 2 x509 phone which was tagged as The Next Hero before and during it’s launch on the 4th of June at the University of Lagos Main Auditorium. Is the device truly the Next Hero? Does it justify all the hypes it’s been getting in the last few months? We’d have to leave that for you to decide at the end of this device.
The Infinix Zero 2 X509 phone when it comes to it’s hands-on feel, is really a device to behold. Over the past few months, we have constantly being trailed with the Next hero coming soon. I have always wondered, “Next Hero”? The last time i checked, i don’t think a phone can actually fly like Iron Man, Batman or Superman, run like speed and other superheros we have often watched on TV. Well, unless the company refers to speed in terms of Multitasking, gaming and sort. So far, i think the device has done well in that regards.
Just before we advance more into talking on the infinix zero 2 x509 phone, let’s take a look at the key features of the device.
- 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
- 2 GB of RAM Size
- 13 Megapixels back camera with Autofocus and LED flash. Pixel count 3120 x 4160 pixels and Video recording of 1080p.
- 5 Megapixels, 85 degree wide-angle, front-facing camera, with pixel count 2560 x 1920 pixels and 480p video recording.
- 32 GB internal storage ( 27 GB usable) There’s also a 16GB version.
- Dual SIM support, Both SIM slots are Micro-SIM, 3G switchable on both sims.
- 2300mAh Non-removeable battery.
Things We Am Not So Comfortable With
Please note, the disadvantages we are going to be stating here are based on our own opinion. You may see things differently.
No Quick Charge Feature : Yes, we quite understand that this is not so much an issue but for a company which has produced an earlier device that supports fast charging, we expect it to be on newer devices.
Non Removable 2300mAh Battery : We have unboxed and used the Infinix Hot Note android phone which sports a battery capacity of 4000mAh and it’s non-removable. The infinix zero 2 phone on the other hand, sports a battery capacity of 2300mAh and it’s also non-removable. Personally, the battery capacity is quite small compared to what we expect in the current economy.
SIM Tray and Memory Card Tray : Although we are beginning to live with this as most devices now comes with the SIM card tray and the memory card tray at the sides. However, not everyone is comfortable with this. If you have had a chance to use a blackberry Q5 phone, you’d realize that you certainly do not need a pin or a sim ejector to remove the sim card or memory card from the phone. In the case of the infinix zero 2 phone, you certainly need one. Fortunately, A SIM ejector comes with the pack but what if you are not close to the ejector neither can you get a pin within your reach?
We had put up a detailed post which talked on the unboxing of the device. We even went ahead to providing a video which we constantly do on every review device we get. However, we’d like to give you a quick summary of what to expect.
Unboxing the pack, below are basically what’s contained in it:
- The Infinix Zero 2 Smartphone
- A 2 port power input
- A 3 port charger Power input
- A smaller pack which contains the SIM and Memory Card tray ejector, earphone, USB cable, zero 2 user guide, safety information, instruction card on how to cut your SIM Card.
Hardware and Design
The Infinix Zero 2 is a 5.0 – inch HD AMOLED display, with 720 × 1280 pixels (294 PPI) with Gorilla Glass 3. The side finishing is designed with aluminium and has got curvy edges. The back cover is made from Kelvar which is a material used in making bulletproof vests (Guess that’s another reason why it was called the Next hero lol).
In the unboxing post, we talked more on the hands-on review which includes a detailed discussion of the design and everything you need to know about the hardware and a little bit of software. In other to save us some repetition, we are just going to move on to what we have not talked exclusively about in regards the device. If you’d like to read more on the Design and Hardware, you can read the Hands-On Review Here.
Not to forget, the infinix zero 2 comes packed with some smart gestures which makes using your phone more phone. However, these gestures has to be activated from the settings page.
With smart gestures enabled, you can wake your phone by just swipping up the phone on the screen, you can change song (next or previous) by swipping from the left to right and vise versa. You can also quick launch music and other apps even when the phone is asleep by just drawing W on the screen. Pretty cool feature.
Just like most android phones running stock android OS, the infinix zero 2 has some pretty intriguing display. Considering the kind of screen it comes with, operating the phone is sorta a pleasurable experience. Unlike other infinix phones we have used, the device comes with more sleek design.
The notification tray is really no much difference from that of the infinix hot note x551, we just got to admit that we love the color design on this one better than the later.
Of course, the device has got app drawer which enables you see all of the apps installed on the device. It also has the function keys placed on the screen which is kinda of a new phone when involved with latest infinix phones. At first, this was sort of a turn off for me but getting to understand the device better, i prefer the on-screen function keys to what it has always been because it blends with the screen functionality easily.
Music Player Design
Do you really think the music interface on the infinix zero 2 x509 android phone as shown above is cool?
If i have to talk personally on this, the battery has not really been encouraging. In other to come up with an accurate battery test, we decided to do an intensive use of the device. We had to turn the music on to the loudest volume and at same time, play games on the device. On a battery percentage of 100%, we commenced playing songs in its highest volume alongside playing different games from 3:40PM and at about 7:10PM, the battery percentage had gone then to 10%. Luckily, the device has a really cool power saving mode which restricts you from doing other functions on the phone other than making or receiving calls, sending text messages, checking your phone contact list and using the clock. On a 10% battery, the ultra saving mode boost of a 3 hour battery use.
Now, this is where i will say the device did pretty well. For the straight hours we used the device in playing games and playing music at same time, the device didn’t lag at all. Multitasking works very well and fast too. In other to give you more details in regards the performance, we had to conduct a test using Antutu benchmark app. See the results below:
The 13 megapixels back camera is really cool. Taking pictures during the night time is also cool too unlike the infinix hot note camera which isn’t so cool when taking pictures at night.
In regards the front facing camera, i would say i wasn’t really so impressed. Although it’s a 5 megapixels camera which produces better pictures, i just felt the device could produce better pictures. Don’t blame me, i love selfies and sorts.
The device is really cool. I am not trying to hype the phone or anything. If you are the time who loves light phones, trust me, the infinix zero 2 is really very light. Just 118g. Very much lighter than the infinix hot note device and the earlier infinix zero.
If you want my opinion in regards whether to get the device or not, in all sincerity, I’d say YES! However, if you are the type who makes intensive use (playing games, browsing, chattings frequently) of your device and still want to get the zero 2 phone, you may want to consider getting a powerbank too.