When Infinix upgraded the Hot 10 Play with a faster chipset and bigger storage capacity, the Hong-Kong based company was no doubt aiming for one thing: above-par performance.
First launched last January, the entry-level smartphone now sports a more powerful MediaTek Helio G35 octa-core chip, a step up from the Helio G25 of the earlier model. Making the device more like a beast—and an affordable one at that—are the bigger memory and storage: 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM—twice that of the G25 variant.
Although the upgraded Infinix Hot 10 Play can be considered a good deal, there still might be some things you want to consider before you get one. Find out as Speed takes a closer look into it below.
Infinix Hot 10 Play is one sleek yet rugged smartphone, as seen in the Obsidian Black unit we reviewed. This one has a glossy ebony cover with textured gray pipeline design. It’s the dusky version of Hot 10 Play’s other variants: Aegean Blue, Morandi Green, and 7° Purple.
And because it’s black, fingerprint smudges are hardly visible from afar. (Still, it’s best to use the hard plastic case that comes with the unit.) Adding to the sleekness is the ultra-thin camera bump at the back with dual sensors and a quad-flash light. Underneath it is the fingerprint scanner that comes in matching color.
The front boasts a huge 6.82-inch display framed with bezels that are thicker than most devices now. At the top of the screen is a dewdrop notch and by the edge is the device’s speaker.
The Hot 10 Play is a tall smartphone measuring 172 x 78 x 9mm, but it’s medium-weight and easy to grip with its slightly curved edges. Buttons and ports are conveniently positioned for easy access, too. The volume rocker and power button are located near the middle of the right side, just where your fingers would naturally touch the phone. At the left side is the device’s dual SIM and micro SD slot.
The bottom edge houses the USB 2.0 port, 3.5 mm audio port, and the device’s microphone.
Display and multimedia
At 6.82 inches, the Hot 10 Play’s display is clearly one of the device’s main attractions. With its HD+ 1640 x 720 IPS resolution and pixel density of 263ppi, images come out sharp and bright with accurate colors.
Gaming and binge-watching can be done with ease, thanks to its 90.66% screen-to-body ratio. And despite having just the basic 60Hz refresh rate, scrolling through apps still feels smooth and videos play without lag.
In addition, the display features a 20.5:9 aspect ratio that would make it possible for you to operate the phone with just one hand. Brightness is 440 nits max and clear enough under sunlight.
As for the audio, output is clear but kills the bass a bit. The volume level is low as well. Plug in your earphones instead to get the best gaming and streaming experience. Selecting any of the preset modes—smart, music, video, or game—in the phone’s built-in DTS Sound app will also automatically adjust the device’s audio settings.
If you love taking photos for the ‘Gram, you can bank on Hot 10 Play’s rear dual cameras consisting of a 13-megapixel main lens and a VGA depth lens. These shooters are backed with an AI technology that detects your subject and tweaks the cameras’ settings to give you a stunning shot.
It’s not all the time that the camera can identify what type of object you’re aiming at, though. Still, they capture feed-worthy images that are bright, sharp, and rich in color, both under natural light and in dimly lit spaces.
When it comes to taking selfies, the Hot 10 Play’s 8-megapixel front camera with LED flash can take equally captivating and realistic shots on AI mode. Shooting with the app’s beauty and bokeh effects can flush out the color of your skin immensely, but if you want to look flawless, the phone’s selfie cam will certainly do the trick.
The Hot 10 Play can also shoot 1080p videos at 30fps. Similar to still images, the clips are sharp and bright with clear audio. A minor flaw is its lack of image stabilization and for that, I recommend using a tripod.
The Inifinix Hot 10 Play wowed me on startup because it feels fast for a budget smartphone. It can run multiple apps simultaneously with zero lags, thanks to its MediaTek Helio G35 octa-core processor backed with 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM.
You may experience a few delays while playing games, but these are minimized with the device’s HyperEngine Game Technology that optimizes the device’s CPU and internal storage while you’re playing.
Expect an easy user experience with its XOS 7.0 system based on Android 10. It has a clean interface featuring apps to boost your phone’s performance, such as a cleaner that would free up the phone’s space and another one to track your battery usage.
The device’s fingerprint scanner and face unlock function are quick to set up and works accordingly.
The phone’s massive 6,000mAh battery is equipped with Power Marathon or energy-saving technology that can get your phone going for up to three days with moderate use of social media apps and games. It uses a rather measly 10W charging, which juices up the phone by 20 percent with an hour of charging and a hundred percent for three hours max.
Overall, the upgraded Infinix Hot 10 Play is one competitive player in the budget phone segment. While its display is similarly vibrant as its counterparts, the device’s camera is great for a budget phone, with its ability to capture crisp and vibrant images in any scenario. Its fast user interface with minimal to zero lags likewise keeps this device ahead of the game. All that for only P4,990 makes the Infinix Hot 10 Play an outperformer among its kind.