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Infinix Note 5 – The sequel isn’t living up to the standard!

    After the launch of the Infinix Note 4 and Note 4 Pro, Infinix unveils the 2018 Flagship of the family, it is the Infinix Note 5 Smartphone in Armani Hotel, Burj Khalif, Dubai.

    Recently, the company announced several of their mid-range phones, and sincerely, they were all awesome and a thing of spectacular, soft crafted-design. The Infinix phone is one of the most anticipated  device in 2018.

    On June 24th, they officially announced the Note 5 but it comes with Google’s Android One. Be very much aware that it is not the company’s first Android ONE phone.

    But it will join the likes of major brands all over the internet, from Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1 (2018), Xiaomi Mi A1, HTC U11 Life etc.

    infinix note 5

    Definitely, Android ONE offers frequent security patches and two years assured update to the latest version of Android from Google directly. And unlike expected the phone packs some humdrum specs and features.

    It doesn’t show any sign of flagship, and specs and features are not interesting! We all expected the phone to pack some clean glass finishing on the front and back, but it instead, it features a plastic glossy shiny back finishing!

    Lets just say, it is attractive. And it changes due to direct sunlight. Like what happened with last year variant, this year device, is following suite; Note 4 didn’t arrive with Pen while the Note 4 PRO comes with one (but extra fees).

    You can checkout the specs of the Infinix Note 5. It is available in all three colors; Black, Blue Grey.

    Specs of Infinix Note 5

    *. Display: 6.0-inch Full View 18:9 IPS LCD HD+ capacitive touchscreen
    *. Screen resolution: 1440 x 2160 pixels
    *. Processor: 2.0GHZ Octa-Core Helio P23 MT6763T
    *. RAM:  3GB/4GB
    *. Storage: 32GB / 64GB with expandable storage space optio
    *. OS: Android 8.1 Oreo (Android One)
    *. Camera:
    – Back: 12MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture and 1.25um pixel size
    – Front: 16MP with f/2.0 aperture
    *. Network and connectivity: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, a USB port, dual nano SIM, Wi-Fi and A-GPS
    *. Battery: 4500mAh non-removable Li-Po battery with fast charging technology
    *. Fingerprint sensor: YES
    *. Price: The Note 5 is priced within the range of N50k – N60k

    The Infinix Note 5 would be available to Ghana starting from 6th of July and would be priced at KSH 17,939.

    Anyways, it retains the 3.5mm headphone jack, that is missing on top phones.  The 16-megapixels front selfie snapper proves that the Note 5 is a selfie-centric device. It is enhanced with AI beauty mode, AI Bokeh Selfie, Portrait Mode.

    According to Managing Director of Infinix Mobile Benjamin Jiang, the company is targeting trendsetters, and young professionals for them to experience the software designed by Google and combined with great hardware from Infinix/Transsion.

    Infinix Note 5

    In conclusion…

    The Infinix Note 5 as aforementioned above, is the successor to the last year variants, Note 4. And on paper, the Note 5 come with more exciting specs but inside, we still have the same old software and no new dauntless features.

    Don’t underestimate my opinions, I won’t say, am presumptuous but the Note 5 features are gimmick; 4500mAh battery, 16MP front selfie, 4GB RAM, latest OS, necessary network, all this specs attract customers, but in a tricky way.

    Unarguably, Infinix phones are the top most rated phones in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana etc, but to hold the standard among iPhone, Samsung, they should have incorporated;
    – OLED display
    – Bezels almost out of the way, possibly utilizing the iPhone X notch display,
    – Complete glass-to-glass body design
    – 6GB of RAM (after-all Infinix phones take more than half of the RAM)
    – Dual rear camera & Samsung like fingerprint sensor (possibly taking little lessons from other top phones)
    – Qualcomm Snapdragon etc

    In conclusion:

    Finally, I’d prefer the Note 4 over the Note 5 Smartphone. Although, the Note 4 is kind of chunky and heavy, I did a comparison with the Note 4 and Camon X, I discovered the Note 4 weighs more!

    Anyways, all of this specs are compromised to provide a budgeted Smartphone that is powered by Android, for both Nigerians, Kenyans, Ghana ins, and many other Africa, Asia countries! Looking for an economic-priced Smartphone with almost mid-end specs, the Note 5 should be on your list!

    You can checkout the phone review from my favorite Youtube vlogger, Eric Okafor. At first, he was talking a bit too fast, listen carefully!