Infinix enters the Android smartphone fray

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  • Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017

New phones on the block: Models showing off the Hot 4 Pro (left) and the Zero 4 at the Infinix smartphone launch in Kuala Lumpur recently.

A new challenger has arrived, so goes the line from the Capcom video game classic, Street Fighter II.

The description is also apt for the Hong Kong-based Infinix Mobile, a new smartphone player in this country that has just launched three new Android smartphones, namely the Infinix Zero 4, Zero 4 Plus and Hot 4 Pro.

The Zero 4 and Zero 4 Plus are the hero phones in the range while the Hot 4 Pro is the entry-level model.

The Zero 4 Plus supports 4G, runs on the MediaTek Helio X20 MT6797M 2.0GHz deca-core (that's TEN cores) processor, comes with a 5.98in FullHD display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 4,000mAh battery and microSD slot.

The rear-facing camera on the Zero 4 Plus is a 21-megapixel model with optical image stabilisation and laser-assisted autofocus while the front-facing camera is a 13-megapixel model.

Next down the line is the Zero 4, which is also a 4G phone and comes with an MediaTek MT6753 1.3GHz octa-core processor, 5.5in FullHD display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage and a 3,200mAh battery.

The rear-facing camera is a 16-megapixel model with optical image stabilisation and laser-assisted autofocus. The rear-facing camera is 8-megapixel.

On the budget front, there's the Hot 4 Pro and it's main selling point is that it comes with dual speakers and a sound processing technology called Dirac Stereo Widening, which provides a surround sound effect from the relatively small speakers.

Other notable features – it runs on a MediaTek MT6737 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 5.5in 720p display, 16GB ROM, 2GB RAM and is powered by a 4,000mAh battery.

The rear-facing camera is a 13-megapixel model while the front-facing one is a 5-megapixel.

Infinix claims that the Hot 4 Pro can last up to two days on a single charge thanks to its quite generously-sized battery.

All phones run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but there are plans to push out an update in July for Android 7.0 Nougat.

All three models will be available at authorised dealers as well as online at Lazada Malaysia, with the Infinix Zero 4 going for RM999 and available in Lilac Grey while the Hot 4 Pro goes for RM599 and comes in a choice of Lilac Grey, Champagne Gold and Galaxy Blue.

The Zero 4 and Hot 4 Pro will be available next week but the Zero 4 Plus will only hit stores in April and pricing has yet to be finalised.


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