Mobile phone makers Infinix Mobility have updated their phablet line with the release of the Note 3.
Read our full, in-depth review of the Infinix Note 3 below!
Infinix Note 3 – Design & Display
Infinix is certainly on the right path to finding the perfect design for its Note series. The Note 3 also carries a 6-inch screen like the Note 2 and Hot Note, but at 8.4mm, it’s slimmer than any of them. There are no buttons on the body, with all buttons on-screen. Infinix combines metallic and matte color finishes on the full metal body, creating a very beautiful device.
The 6-inch screen doesn’t take up as much of the screen as in previous Note phones, given the wider 163 x 83mm frame. Located above the screen is a 5-megapixel camera, flanked by a flash and an LED indicator. The back cover of the phone cannot be replaced, and bears the rear camera, a dual flash and a fingerprint sensor.
Sim card and memory card slots are located on either side of the phone. The volume and power buttons are also located on the side. At the top of the phone is an earphone jack, while the speaker, microphone and a micro-B USB type port are located below.
The Note 3 is the first in the series to have a full HD screen, and the depth of color and clarity is evident from the first look.
Infinix Note 3 – Software and performance
The Note 3 is powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow along with Infinix’s custom XOS interface. The Note 3 is only the second device from Infinix to possess a fingerprint sensor, and it’s impressive to see how easily they’ve integrated the technology. The finger print sensor takes a while to register but it’s smooth sailing once you’ve gotten the hang of it. It’s a really cool way to unlock the phone, responding in less than two seconds.
With 2 GB of RAM, the Note 3 will get you through your daily needs with ease. Any attempts for more than regular functions will result in the phone showing some lag. This becomes more obvious when its 16GB memory is full. A micro SD of up to 128 GB can be used to increase the phone’s memory so you don’t encounter that problem. With a CPU that clocks at 1.3 GHz, Infinix obviously intended to keep the Note 3 a mid-performance and ultimately, a mid-budget phone.
A not-so-minor put-off of the Note 3 is the absence of 4G network support. One is left stuck with 3G, a mode in which many Nigerian networks are manageable, at best.
Infinix Note 3 – Camera
Infinix’s best cameras have always been seen in its Zero series. Thus, I really wasn’t expecting much from the Note 3’s cameras. The front camera doesn’t do much to change that notion, a 5-megapixel flash accompanied with a soft flash. The rear camera is however much better, and produces images worthy of the Note 3’s huge screen. It comes at 13 megapixels, and is also capable of recording at 1080p.
Infinix Note 3 – Battery
The selling point of Infinix’s Note line has always been the Bruce Willis-nature of its battery, and the Note 3 improves on that. The battery capacity goes up from 4,000 mAh in the Note 2 to 4,500 mAh in the Note 3. You can go over 2 whole days listening to music on the phone. It wiill give you over a day if you combine data usage to that. It isn’t just that the battery is huge, it also charges really fast too. If you have power supply issues, the Note 3 is just right for you.
Infinix Note 3 – Verdict
The Note 3 iss a clear upgrade on the Note 2. However, it iss still not impressive enough to enter the conversations of the top phablets in the market. At a retail price of N61,000 however, the Note 3 gives you what you’re paying for – a mid-level device that does the job.