High-end smartphones with wide-angle lenses on the front for accommodating more friends when the need for mass selfie-taking arises are not in shortage. They’ve been around for a while. But what about low-cost smartphones? Those ones are in short supply and that is something Chinese device maker Infinix is out to change with its new Infinix S2 PRO smartphone which launches in Kenya next Monday, April 10th.
Dubbed “wefie”, the Infinix S2 PRO (and indeed the standard Infinix S2) core feature lets its users toggle between a wide-angle view and and a “normal/standard” mode on the front-facing camera’s viewfinder to alternate between capturing a wider field of view and the standard self-portrait.
While the wefie is a feature that users will need to open the default camera app to interact with, it also has a physical manifestation that one won’t be able to miss straight away: the imposing front-facing dual-cameras. The two camera lenses come in 13-megapixel and 8-megapixel configurations. The former is what makes it possible to take 135-degree wide-angle shots, wefies or what Infinix is terming as “powerful group beautification technology” in its marketing materials for the device.
Other features of the Infinix S2 PRO include a 13-megapixel camera at the back of the device (it’s easy to forget the most important camera on any phone in the midst of all this focus on the selfie camera, after all), a 5.2-inch HD display with 2.5D glass, a fingerprint sensor (that is, gladly, still located at the back), 3GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, a 3,000mAh battery and Infinix’s customized XOS interface which is still, sadly, based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
In what is a reversal of previous trends where PRO versions of Infinix smartphones would hit the market weeks or months after their standard counterparts, this time round the Infinix S2 PRO will be available to customers straight away on launch day.
Infinix is partnering with online retailer Jumia for the launch of the device. On Jumia, the Infinix S2 PRO will go for Kshs 15,699.