As you will read in our review of the device, the Infinix Hot 10i bridges the gap between Infinix’s entry-level devices and those that herald its mid-range smartphone offerings.
As such, obviously, price is one of the most important things to consider. In the case of the Hot 10i, we think it is just right.
At Kshs 11,500 and Kshs 12,600 for the 32GB and 64GB models respectively at the time of its launch and availability in the country 2 months ago, it strikes just the right chords for anyone who is in the market for an affordable device.
Of course, the draw to it is the combination of the suitable pricing and the other features it packs which is what will make you pick it over, say, something from HMD Global/Nokia.
The Infinix Hot 10i packs a 6,000mAh battery unit that, in our experience goes on and on for at least 2 days. It can take anything, can do just about everything. That is a big boost for those who get the device to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues via online channels like WhatsApp, respond to emails on the go and make and receive calls.
Sure, the microUSB charging port and the included corresponding charger don’t do the device justice – and charging takes forever – but once one is juiced up and they are on their way, it delivers.
The thing about budget devices like the Hot 10i is that you don’t expect – and you won’t get – perfection. Corners are cut to ensure delivery of such a product at the kind of prices we have talked about above. The key, for a buyer or user, is to figure out which compromises they are willing to trade-off and live with.
For instance, while the Helio G25 chipset from MediaTek that the device packs is very well suited for it, younger users who are into gaming and whatnot will be frustrated by the stuttering when they try to fire up high-intensity games like first-person shooters, for instance. It will still handle Dream League for hours on end but that’s just about it. It is not meant to be stretched beyond its comfort zone.
The same is true of the optics department where the cameras are so-so. Nothing surprising for a device in its range but also nothing to scream from the rooftops about.