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INFINIX HOT 30 is Smoking To The Core

With mobile gaming, and content creators on the rise, it’s no wonder phone companies are manufacturing phones to cater to them. Infinix is no different and delivers well. We were given the Infinix Hot 30 phone to review, and my oh my, it impressed me. Thanks to its 6.78-inch perforated screen with a 1080P high resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, and 270Hz touch sampling rate, we can now enjoy a smoother gaming experience, better responsiveness and also smoother browsing when using the phone. With 8GB + 8GB (16GB) of RAM, the HOT 30 doubles its performance.

Now of course the Infinix phones are not like iPhones or Samsung. And no, it isn’t fair to compare Infinix to these brands. However, for its price, which by the way is INCREDIBLY cheap at (RM599), you get way more than what you are paying for.  

Effortlessly Trendy with a Great Viewing Experience

The Hot 30 is available in 3 colours – Racing Black, Surfing Green and Sonic White. I was disappointed that there was no purple (Why don’t phone companies ever want to make things in purple anyways? Totally not saying this because it’s my favourite colour). The phone also comes with a charging cable and an adapter, not forgetting a clear phone cover case. This should be a standard among all phone companies if you ask me. If Infinix can provide a phone, with all these necessary accessories for just a mere RM599, big companies should definitely be doing the same (psst, I’m looking at you Apple). 

The design is stylish and no matter which colour you pick, it’s shiny, reflective and definitely eye-grabbing. It’s trendy looking with its holographic design in the front and light (196 grams), which is great for creating content on the go. I mean, my iPhone weighs like a brick so this is pretty nice for a change. Called Shifting Zone, this design is the combination of two different textures. One is a Fresnel lens texture machined with a single-point diamond super-precision lathe, and the other is an ultra-precise laser engraving process that uses over 5,000 continuous lines of varying wavelengths and curvature on a near-nanometer scale to create a texture with a sense of spatial dimension and linear speed.

In terms of aesthetics, I’d say it’s almost perfect, except for the fact that it’s a teensy bit lengthy, which makes it difficult for one-handed usage. 

One of the best features about this phone is that it is Widevine L1 Certified, and for those of you who don’t know what that means (like me), you can stream full HD content on Netflix, Amazon Prime and some other streaming services. Yay to us lazy folks who want to watch good-quality shows in bed. The Hot 30 comes with DTS Stereo Surround Sound, creating deep bass, strong highs and clear midranges for an immersive audio experience especially when you’re relaxing in bed. 

It Never Dies (Big Battery Capacity + Fast Charge)

The everyday performance is pretty decent for a mid-entry device. The HOT 30 is powered by an 8-core MediaTek Helio G88 processor, containing two powerful ARM Cortex-A75 cores with a maximum frequency of 2.0GHz, and this allows it to provide exceptional performance. As someone with ADHD who opens multiple apps (and of course never closing them, leaving them all running at once), the battery life did very well even with a lot… running.

It was slightly laggy of course which was to be expected. It is powered by a features a 5000mAh battery that can last throughout the day, or days even. The phone supports up to 18 applications opened simultaneously.

I went out with my puppies, took some pictures and videos here and there, and the battery lasted me all day with still well over 40% to spare at the end of the day. The HOT 30 also offers the exclusive Power Marathon power-saving mode, which enables the phone to standby for a whole day or operate continuously for 2 hours at 5% limit. This means you don’t have to carry that heavy power bank with you everywhere you go! But if you do need to juice up that phone, Infinix has equipped the Hot 30 with a 33W fast charging technology. And for the tech dummies like me, that means the phone will charge two times faster than the previously used 18W of its class. You’ll be able to charge your phone up to 55% in just 30 minutes. The charger also comes with a Type-C fast charging cable.

Light Gaming & Content Creation

Keep in mind this is a budget gaming phone, so you’re not going to expect it to do crazy graphics, but for the price that you pay, it does very well. I tested several mobile games on the Hot 30 including Genshin Impact and Apex Legends. We were able to push the graphics to medium settings, although the frames struggled to stay at a constant 60 fps. The HOT 30 integrates the advanced Dar-Link 3.0 gaming engine which enables the Hot30 to have smoother gameplay.

This is a new feature which provides intelligent sensing by evaluating the load scenario and uses an AI algorithm to preload the required resources, this will then ensure that key specifics such as image and sound are automatically optimized. One thing I noticed is that after gaming on it for over an hour, the phone did not heat up. It took about more than 3 hours before the phone started to heat up. I’d recommend only light gaming on this mobile though because it’s not really built for intensive gaming. That means if you’re planning to go competitive, this might not be what you want to start with. It didn’t stutter as much as I thought it would.

To enhance your gaming experience even further, it supports Link-Booming and UPS Signal Boost network optimization technology for multi-network adequacy. This means you’re able to connect to both Wi-Fi and mobile data to increase the speed of data transmission on weak networks.

The camera is decent for its price, of course. It would be unfair again to compare it to big brands since this is a mid-entry-level phone. It comes with a 50MP main camera with a large F1.6 aperture, along with 4 LED flashlights.

Colours and details on the phone are pretty good when using the rear camera although it doesn’t do very well in low-light areas. For all you selfie lovers, well, the front camera is decent but not the best. They have a Super Night mode that leverages AI algorithm and f/1.6 large aperture to bring in more light in every shot you take. A big plus for content creators who make content on the go, the Hot 30 is equipped with several advanced editing tools that support various templates which include sounds, transitions and special effects.

These are some images taken with the AI Camera on the Hot 30.

Hot To The Core

At the price of RM599, the Hot 30 is a great deal with the features you are getting, and honestly, it is an easy recommendation for those who are looking for a budget phone or a phone which allows you to do light gaming. I’d say it’s honestly TOO GOOD for an entry-level phone. Well, if you’re not focused on taking pictures with it…

PROS

  • An impressive package deal for a RM500 device
  • Latest Android 13 OS with XOS 12.6 UI support
  • Very good battery life performance
  • Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • Multiple colour options are available
  • Comes with 33W fast charging

CONS

  • Clunky for one-handed usage
  • Does not support 5G network
  • No 4K video recording
  • Decent photography

FINAL SCORE: 80/100

A review unit of the Infinix Hot 20 was provided to us by Infinix. 

 


VITAL STATISTICS

PERFORMANCE

Processor : Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
Chipset : Mediatek Helio G88 (12nm)
GPU : Mali-G52 MC2
RAM & Storage : 128GB, 8GB RAM
External Storage : microSDXC (dedicated slot)
OS : Android 13, XOS 12.6
Battery : Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable battery 33W wired, 55% in 30 min

 

SCREEN

Display size : 6.78 inches, 109.2 cm2 (~84.5% screen-to-body ratio), 1080 x 2460 pixels (~396 ppi density)
Display type : IPS LCD, 90Hz, 500 nits (typ), 600 nits (peak)

 

CAMERA & VIDEO

Rear Camera : Dual: 50 MP, f/1.6, (wide), 1/2.55″, AF + Secondary unspecified camera
Front Camera : 8 MP, f/2.5, (wide)
Video : 1440p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, Selfie: 1080p@30fps
Features : Quad-LED flash, HDR, panorama, Selfie: Dual-LED flash

 

CONNECTIVITY

SIM : Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Data Speed : HSPA, LTE
Wifi : Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth : Yes
NFC : Yes
USB : USB Type-C 2.0, OTG

 

SENSORS

Sensors : Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
Radio : FM radio

 

AUDIO

Loud Speaker : Yes, with stereo speakers
Sound Jack : Yes, 24-bit/192kHz audio
Radio : FM radio

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