Infinix has a new smartphone in the works, coming soon. Like all other Infinix devices, it will, of course, be targeted at the budget smartphone market. Since it’s Infinix we’re talking about, add some other aspects like “youthful” in the mix too, as witnessed by its campaigns aimed at getting as many college students as possible into the Infinix bandwagon.
The device, the Infinix Hot 6 Pro, will be picking up from where the Infinix Hot 5 left last year and, hopefully, bring the Hot (without an S) lineup to speed with what’s, well, hot in 2018. That, obviously, means a couple of things.
And displays with 18:9 aspect ratios.
Even though the Chinese smartphone brand managed to get on the dual-camera bandwagon just on time with the Zero 5 and Zero 5 Pro (which I, unfortunately, never got to use or experience up close), Infinix is kind of late to the 18:9 aspect ratio game. Sibling brand Tecno and other market rivals from China like Huawei and OPPO have all managed to make available in the local market budget devices with such displays. As such, Infinix is playing catch up since the Infinix Hot S3, the company’s first device with an 18:9 display, not only arrived late to the market but never got to see the light of day in the Kenyan market.
The other standout feature that we expect from the Infinix Hot 6 Pro, as far as promotional material shared on social media by Infinix accounts is anything to go by, is the presence of a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor under the hood.
This is significant because, traditionally, Infinix has gone with mobile application processors made by Taiwan-based MediaTek, a brand renown for its affordable chipsets and mostly chastised by experienced users for its lack of extensive support for most of the chips it sells to its partners, something that sees those devices go for ages without updates. Just take a random trip to Facebook and interact with Infinix fans and see their number 1 feature request.
The Infinix Hot S3, which also had the 18:9 display, packed a Snapdragon 430 processor but since it never made it to our horizon, the Hot 6 Pro will have all the stage cameras focusing on it should it pack a Snapdragon processor. Unfortunately, that 430 chip was most likely the cause of all my performance woes on the Nokia 6. My fingers are crossed to see how the Infinix Hot 6 Pro fares if at all Infinix decides to go with that chip.
Hopefully, there won’t be a notch since that is also, sadly, hot this year.