Infinix Mobility partnered with Airtel Uganda to launch one of their most anticipated smartphones for this year. The company unveiled the NOTE7 and its lite version NOTE7 Lite, and according to the company their aim is providing their customers with an ultimate smartphone experience at a reasonable price. On the other hand, Airtel will be offering 5GB of data valid for a month when one buys any of the handsets.
“As Airtel, we are still committed to providing affordable data and internet usage and we are continuing to make sure this is available for all Ugandans and this is made possible through partnerships such as the one with Infinix Uganda,” Ms. Remmie Kisakye; Airtel Uganda Head Brand and Communications said during the launch.
After launching the smartphones in the country officially following successes in other countries like Nigeria, Kenya, PC Tech Magazine received one of handset, the NOTE7 for hands-on and review.
Unboxing, comes the Infinix NOTE7 phablet, a charging brick, microUSB data & charging cable, standard 3.5mm earphones, user & guide manuals, warranty card, transparent plastic phone case and a screen guard.
Hands-on, the handset is lightweight and with its huge display at 6.95-Inches, it fits well in a grip for a person with huge hands as those small hands will find difficulties. The touch is sensitive and swift.
Infinix has ditched the X-Pen on the NOTE7, as well as made some huge changes for instance, removing the fingerprint sensor from the back placing it on top of the power button that’s on the side (side-mounted) below the volume buttons.
On specifications, comes with the 6.95-Inch HD Infinity-O display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1640 pixels as rumored. The huge display gives users more viewing and work space. Best for entertainment, gameplay, reading among others.
The phablet sized beast comes with a MediaTek Helio G70 chipset which is ideal for mainstream smartphone users like the Infinix NOTE7 and elite mobile gamers, also supports camera performance among others. It also comes with a 2.0GHz Octa-core processor, and for the variant we received comes with 4GB RAM and an internal storage of 64GB which is expandable with a dedicated microSD.
The phone is backed on a non-removable Li-Po 5,000mAh battery, running on Android 10 topped on the company’s XOS v6.0 skin to smoothly run and optimize the phone’s performance. The skin makes the apps look sharp and circular well-presented.
Its quad-rear camera designed much like the one seen on the Nokia 7.2 is one of its key selling points. The sensors of the rear camera are at 48MP (wide) + 2MP (macro) + 2MP (depth) + 2MP (dedicated video camera). The front-facing punch hole camera comes with a 16MP (wide) sensor. Both these cameras have the capability to shoot videos at 1080p at 30fps.
In brief, we are impressed with the;
- Huge display though this might favor those with small hands. The NOTE7 Lite would be good alternative.
- The quad camera in a circular setup, something different from Infinix.
- Power, the 5,000mAh takes at least two days on a single charge for a average usage.
- Yet good performance and multitasking with no lags on gameplay, social networking, web surfing, media play among others.
- Supports fast charging.
- Image quality is good.
- Less bezels to give that huge display.
We however were not impressed that;
- The fingerprint sensor was side-mounted. Nevertheless placed on the power button which in our opinion makes no sense. But it’s still a handy feature as we shall see in our review.
- Still using a microUSB 2.0.
- Why is Infinix stuck on 720p?
Getting too hands on the phone, it is now available country wide in all Infinix and Airtel stores priced at UGX833,00 for the 6GB/128GB, UGX734,000 for the 4GB/64GB, and UGX655,000 for the 4GB/64GB. They come in three color options; Forest Green, Aether Black, and Bolivia Blue.