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Infinix S5 Lite unboxing and first impressions: punch-hole display on a budget

A couple of months ago, I checked out the Infinix S5 (first impressions) and was impressed by the package that it offered under Rs 10,000. From a punch-hole display to 32MP selfie camera, the phone had a lot going on in its favour. Today, Infinix has launched a stripped-down variant of the device, aptly called the Infinix S5 Lite. While cutting a few corners, the latest launch keeps all the best bits from its pricier sibling. We received the smartphone ahead of the launch and here’s my first impressions.

The packaging and box contents are exactly the same as that of the Infinix S5. You get the wall charger, micro-USB cable, plastic case, screen protector, documentation and SIM ejector tool in the box. The phone itself looks identical to the Infinix S5, except for a more subtle metallic finish on the back.

Speaking of the design, the Infinix S5 Lite sports an identical form factor as its pricier sibling, and an equally smudgy glossy plastic back panel. In the top left corner, there’s what looks like a quad-camera module, but if you look closely the last circle simply has “autofocus” written in a circular manner, The triple camera module is accompanied by a triple LED flash. The rest of the back panel is same with a squircle fingerprint scanner towards the middle and an Infinix logo below it. In my experience, the fingerprint scanner was pretty fast and accurate as it should be, and so was the face unlock. Other elements include a dual nano-SIM card tray with a dedicated microSD card slot on the left, volume/power buttons on the right and micro-USB port with a speaker and 3.5mm audio jack at the bottom.

Coming to the display, the S5 Lite retains the same display from the S5. You get the same 6.6-inch punch-hole display with narrow bezels and a 20:9 aspect ratio. The screen resolution has been set at HD+ and with a 90.5 percent screen-to-body ratio, the viewing experience is pretty immersive as well. As was my experience with the original S5, the visuals on the screen are sharp and vibrant. However, I did find the brightness to be a tad on the lower side.

As for the performance, the S5 Lite also gets the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, which is a 12nm octa-core processor backed by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. Out of the box, the smartphone offers around 48GB of storage to users. The remaining space has been taken up by bloatware and several third-party apps that come with the Android 9 Pie-based XOS 5.5. Thankfully you can uninstall most of the third-party apps from the device. During my experience with the phone, the S5 Lite seemed to handle multi-tasking with ease. In the battery department, the phone again retains the 4,000mAh battery of the S5.

The camera department is where the S5 Lite is completely different from the S5. As I have mentioned earlier, the S5 Lite comes with a triple camera module instead of quad, comprising of a 16MP primary sensor, 2MP super macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. The phone is missing the 5MP ultra-wide angle lens that was present on its pricier sibling. The company has also swapped out the 32MP selfie shooter for a 16MP camera. The initial pictures that I took using the smartphone have been decent, but I’ll elaborate on that in my review.

The Infinix S5 Lite is a whole grand cheaper than the S5 at Rs 7,999, and doesn’t cut too many corners in the process. As it is, the sub-Rs 10,000 comes with a hard cap in terms of budget, and in that respect, the Infinix S5 Lite is a good option. However, if you can stretch your budget slightly, it’s better to go for the Realme 5 (review).

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