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Infinix S5 unboxing and first impressions: a feature-packed phone that won’t punch a hole in your pocket

Infinix launched its latest smartphone called the Infinix S5 in India today, and it brings several high-end features priced under Rs 10,000. The latest launch is only the second phone in this price segment after the Tecno Camon 12 Air to offer a punch-hole display, and the first to feature a 32MP selfie camera. I received the phone ahead of launch, and here’s an account of my initial experience.

The Infinix S5 comes in a gradient box featuring the phone illustration on top, branding all around, and core specs with other details mentioned at the bottom. As you open the lid of the box, you will find the Infinix S5 lying on a cardboard tray with a plastic sticker applied on the display. In the compartment below the phone, there is the wall charger, micro-USB cable, documentation and SIM ejector tool. Infinix has also included a plastic screen protector and clear case in the box. I would suggest putting the case on as soon as you take the phone out, as the glossy back gets easily smudged.

Speaking of the glossy back, the Infinix S5 flaunts what the brand is calling a ‘crystal feather’ design with 3D glass on the back. The design is actually a grid of multiple lines fanning out from top left corner to the bottom. Infinix is offering the phone in three colourways – Quetzal Cyan, Nebula Black and Vi0let. I received the Cyan variant and must admit that it looks stunning. You will find the quad-camera setup with rather tall quad-LED flash in the top left corner and squircle fingerprint scanner towards the middle with Infinix logo below it. The fingerprint scanner is fast as expected and there is a face unlock feature as well for security.

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 speaker and 3.5mm audio jack at the bottom.

Moving on to the front of the phone, the Infinix S5 features a massive 6.6-inch punch-hole display with narrow bezels and a 20:9
aspect ratio. The display flaunts HD+ screen resolution and an impressive 90.5 percent screen to body ratio. In my short time with the phone, the screen was sufficiently bright, punchy and sharp.

The Infinix S5 boots Android 9 Pie with XOS 5.5 interface on top. The software is a drawerless one with all icons laid out on the homescreen. There is a lot of bloatware and several third-party apps installed on the phone, but thankfully most of these can be uninstalled. There are some useful features as well, like Digital Wellbeing, Smart Gestures and more. Driving the performance of Infinix S5 is the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, which is a 12nm octa-core processor. The chipset is further backed by 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. During my time with the phone, I encountered several random reboots and app crashes on the phone, although this wasn’t the case initially when we tested it for gaming and battery performance. This might be an issue with this specific unit though.

Powering the phone is a beefy 4,000mAh battery with AI Smart Power Management, which is claimed to offer up to 18.8 hours of 4G talk time and up to 31 days of standby time.

Coming to the highlight of the Infinix S5, the brand has equipped the latest launch with powerful cameras on both front and back. You get the first 32MP selfie camera under Rs 10,000 with features like HDR, AI Cam, Beauty mode, Portrait, and wide selfies. I was pretty impressed with the initial selfies I captured, especially the portrait and wide-angle ones. On the back, the quad-camera module comprises of a 16MP primary sensor, 5MP wide-angle lens, 2MP super macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. The wide-angle and super macro lenses are also capable of capturing videos, which is a huge plus. I tried out the macro lens and it produced some extremely detailed images even when the camera lens was almost touching the surface of the object. The daylight shots using the primary 16MP lens turned out to be pretty good as well.

There’s no doubt here that for a price tag of Rs 8,999, Infinix offers a lot more than you can ask for. You get a punch-hole display with impressive screen-to-body ratio, quad-camera setup on the back with dedicated super macro and wide-angle lens, 32MP selfie camera and more. My only concern here is the dated Mediatek Helio P22 processor, which hampers the performance a bit. If you are not big on cameras and display, you can look at Note 7S (review) offering 48MP camera and Snapdragon 660 SoC for Rs 9,999. And if you cannot stretch your budget, the Realme 5 (review) is another good phone offering quad-cameras, Snapdragon 660 and 5,000mAh battery for Rs 8,999.

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