Infinix took the wraps off its latest smartphone, the Infinix Note 5, at an event in Dubai yesterday. A device it and its parent company will be hoping will keep the fire burning after a successful run last year that saw the Transsion Group ship 130 million smartphones and expand to several new markets around the world.
The phone, which the brand has been teasing for the last few days, packs many of the features that are the “in-thing” at the moment.
That means there’s an 18:9 display and, surprise, Artificial Intelligence (AI) features.
According to Infinix, the latter will come out in terms of battery optimizations done by the device as well as in the camera where the camera will utilize it for bokeh effects, portrait mode and the beauty mode.
The 6-inch display is now even more imposing thanks to the reduced bezels and the slight increase from 5.7-inches last year on the Note 4, resulting in an 85% screen-to-body ratio.
Of course, it’s not a “Note” if the battery is not big enough and doesn’t last long enough and, as such, the Infinix Note 5 comes with a sealed 4,500mAh battery unit that supports fast-charging and which Infinix says, “will provide 3 days on average usage”. A half hour charge supposedly results in enough juice to last an entire day thanks to the device’s fast-charging tech.
After some dalliance with entry-level Qualcomm processors in the last two devices it launched in Kenya, Infinix is back to MediaTek’s fold with the Note 5 with the device being powered by the Taiwanese company’s Helio P23 chipset.
As had been hinted by the teasers prior to yesterday’s unveiling, the Infinix Note 5 becomes the second Infinix smartphone to arrive under the Android One programme. At Google I/O, Infinix’s parent company, Transsion Holdings, was one of those that were mentioned on stage as bringing Google Lens to the camera apps on their devices. The Infinix Note 5 is one of those devices with the camera app supporting Google Lens right out of the box, or so we understand.
The Infinix Note 5 is available starting today through online retailer Jumia in Milan Black, Berlin Grey and Ice Blue colours for a price of Kshs 17,939, as we had learned earlier on.
Since this is an Android One device, according to Infinix head Benjamin Jiang, those who end up buying the device can expect it to receive an upgrade to Android P in “March or April 2019”.
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