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Infinix S5 Pro unboxing and first impressions: pop-up selfie camera on a budget

On: March 6, 2020

Infinix is known for launching smartphones that bring premium features to the budget segment. In the past, this has included triple cameras, quad cameras, a punch-hole display, among others. Therefore, not surprisingly, there have been talks of Infinix launching the most affordable smartphone with an elevating selfie camera since the beginning of this year. The smartphone in question is the Infinix s5 Pro, which was previously speculated to go official in February but has arrived in India only now. I received the Infinix S5 Pro ahead of the launch date, and here’s my first impressions of the handset as well as a peek inside the retail box.

The Infinix S5 Pro comes in a standard green gradient Infinix box with the smartphone graphic on the top and branding all around. Inside the box, you will find the Infinix S5 Pro lying on a cardboard tray atop the compartment containing the bundled accessories. You get a 10W charger, micro-USB cable, transparent protective case, screen protector, SIM ejector tool and documentation. While the Infinix S5 Pro comes with a 3.5mm audio jack, there are no headphones included in the box.

Speaking of the 3.5mm audio jack, it’s located on the bottom with a single noise-cancelling mic, micro-USB port and speaker grill. You will find the volume and power buttons on the right edge and dual SIM tray with a dedicated microSD card slot on the left. The top edge is empty except for the elevating selfie camera cutout. Moving to the back, there is a triple camera module in the top left corner just below the elevating camera module, a squircle fingerprint scanner towards the centre along with the Infinix branding. I personally am a fan of the symmetrical camera module where the rear setup and elevating module appear to be a single entity, which is also seen on several OPPO devices.

The S5 Pro is polycarbonate clad device with 3D glass finish on the back and 2.5D glass on the front. During my short time with the handset, it picked up a lot of scratches even with gentle use so I would suggest using the provided case. I received the Forest Green variant, which looks stunning but also is a smudge magnet. The fingerprint scanner and face unlock are both pretty fast and accurate, so no qualms there.

Thanks to the use of pop-up selfie camera, the Infinix S5 Pro is also one of the most affordable offerings to provide an all-display fascia. The smartphone ships with a 6.53-inch Full View display with Full HD+ screen resolution. The LCD panel offers a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio, which is impressive at this price point. However, there’s still a sizeable chin on the phone, which might be an eyesore for some. Infinix has loaded the phone with display features like eye care, dark mode, adaptative brightness and more. I found the display to be bright enough and vivid during my short stint.

Ticking at the core of the smartphone is the MediaTek Helio P35 chipset, which is designed for budget smartphones. The SoC is built using TSMC’s 12nm FinFET fabrication process and backed by IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU. The processor is further accompanied by 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, which can be expanded up to 256GB using a microSD card. Out of the box, the phone offers around 50GB space because remaining is taken up by bloatware present in XOS 6 based on the Android 10. However, most of this can be uninstalled to free up resources. Brownie points to the brand for offering Android 10 out of the box at this price. During my stint with the smartphone, it performed well, but I will reserve my judgement for the detailed review, which will be up soon.

Powering the handset is a 4,000mAh battery with an AI smart power-saving feature. Infinix claims that on a full charge, the S5 Pro can provide up to 28 hours of music playback, 11 hours of video playback, 14 hours of talk time on 4G, and 15 days standby time. Unfortunately, the device doesn’t offer fast charging.

In the camera department, the Infinix S5 Pro features a triple camera setup on the back comprising of a 48-megapixel primary lens accompanied by a 2-megapixel depth sensor and a dedicated low light sensor with dual-LED flash. The camera is further backed by AI scene recognition, which can detect nine scenes including Portrait, Night, HDR, Portrait night, Portrait HDR, Pet,Food, Flowers and Street. Other modes include 48MP, beauty, bokeh, HDR, live filter and more. The elevating module houses a 16-megapixel shooter with AR Emoji, Wide Angle selfie, AI Portrait and 3D Face Beauty mode. Infinix claims that the pop-up module has a lift cycle of 1,50,000 lifts, which means it can last over 8 years if opened 50 times a day. The module is also protected against dust and splashes. The initial shots I took from the front and rear cameras were pretty good but I will be testing the camera more in detail, so stay tuned.

At Rs, 9,999, the Infinix S5 Pro is one of the most affordable smartphones in the market. If you are looking for better performers, I would suggest you look at  Redmi Note 8 (review), Realme 5i (first impressions) and Vivo U20 (review). But if a stylish smartphone with a futuristic selfie camera is what you are looking for within a tight budget, the Infinix S5 Pro should fit the bill.

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Abhiman Biswas

Abhiman is obsessed with all things tech. His hobbies include reading on his Kindle and clicking random pictures on his phone. His secret superpowers happen to be mixing great cocktails and lip reading. In his spare time, you are likely to find him cleaning his aquascape, researching new species of aquatic fishes and planning which aquatic plants to buy next.