Infinix Note 5
Infinix Note 5 is a well-crafted phone that has been designed to look pleasing to the eyes and comfortable in the palm of your hands.
The physical home button, sported in the immediate past Note series, has been completely removed to make room for the FHD+ infinity display. The only visible features on the top of the display are the 16MP camera, flash LED, earpiece speaker and notification LED — all horizontally arranged.
It’s interesting to see that the back panel is extremely shiny and glossy, similar to the appearance of Nokia 8 Sirocco. Surprisingly, it’s made of plastic and not glass as you may first assume.
I love that the device is way lighter than its predecessor and has been carefully crafted to make fingerprint smudges unnoticeable on it. This way, your phone will be easy to carry in your pocket and always look neat.
Also noticeable on the back panel is the 12MP camera placed on the top left corner alongside a dual flash, and the fingerprint sensor sitting on the center. This arrangement is totally different from that of the Note 4.
Note 5 sports a large 6-inch FHD+ display, which is better than the HD+ display found on Hot 6 pro and Hot S3. The device features a 2.5D glass with an excellent screen to body ratio and rounded corners.
The 18:9 aspect ratio boasts of 480PPI density. This offers a pleasing view when watching movies or playing games. Unfortunately, it’s not protected by a Corning Gorilla glass. A screen guard has, however, been included in the box. Makes some sense, right?
This device runs on Android 8.1 Oreo right out of the box. But unlike the previous Infinix phones, Note 5 is based on Android One not XOS (more on that later). It is powered by an octa-core Helio P23 chipset clocked at 2.0GHz. This makes processing of information on the device pretty fast.
Battery and Storage
It packs a large capacity battery of 4500mAh, which Infinix Mobility says can last up to 3 days. Of course, this claim greatly depends on how you use it. I doubt it will last for complete 24 hours with heavy usage over the 4G network.
On the storage, the smartphone comes in two variants; a variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM and another variant with 4GB and 64GB ROM. Your budget and activities you carry out on your phone play a major role in the decision of which variant to go for.
As expected, the camera is a key selling feature of the device. It sports a 12MP back camera with 1.25µm for excellent images in lowlight conditions without flash.
Infinix Note 5 camera
It’s also accompanied by a dual LED flash for brighter images when the need arises. The usual settings like professional mode and portrait selfie mode are included on the primary shooter only.
Selfie lovers aren’t left out. If you’re a selfie lover, you’re even more considered because the selfie camera is greater at 16MP and also empowered with an LED flash.
Infinix Note 5 comes with Android Oreo OS based on Android One.
Whether you call it a stock Android or pure Android, Google says Android One only comes with essential apps. This means that it has no bloatware (unessential apps that are often found on new phones).
With the Android One pre-installed on this phone, you’re definitely going to say goodbye to the usual XOS UI found on Infinix phones. Also, you’ll have to download most apps from Playstore yourself.
One other noticeable thing is that the (virtual) back navigation button is situated on the left, not on the right as with other Infinix phones.
What does the Android One offer?
Better battery optimization when the phone is in your pocket or purse. This helps to increase battery life
Unlimited photo storage from Google photos
Better security with regular Google certified updates
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
The AI is embedded into Google assistant to offer features like Google lens, which tells you what you’re looking at. It tells you things like texts, barcodes, products, books, notable buildings, and so on. This is a similar feature to the one found on Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus. Google lens is also embedded in the camera.