Infinix ZERO 5G review: A budget 5G-enabled gaming phone

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Saan aabot ang P12,000 mo? These days, this can get you a strong gaming phone with good camera and 5G capabilities to boot!

Infinix is back with another bang-for-your-buck unit that lets you work hard and play ever harder. Speed got its hands on the new Infinix ZERO 5G and here are our first impressions.

A reliable unit for heavy smartphone users

Since we’re on our phones more and more, the requirements from a decent budget-friendly phone are piling up on phone manufacturers. We’re happy to report that Infinix is stepping up to the plate with a reliable smartphone that comes with a strong battery and chipset. 

Out of the box, you’ll get the Infinix ZERO 5G unit, a USB-C type cable, and a power brick. It’s great that Infinix isn’t cutting corners here, equipping the ZERO 5G with USB-C, which is becoming the new standard. The 5000mAh battery gives you all-day juice. In case you run flat, you can easily top it up in roughly 1.5 hours thanks to its 33W fast charging solution. 

The Infinix ZERO 5G looks sleek and is comfortably light in the hand even though it has a huge 6.78-inch FHD+ IPS display. The 120Hz refresh rate is such a treat on a phone in this price range, so that’s definitely a big plus. However, the back panel is a fingerprint magnet and can be quite slippery, so we recommend getting a case for this.

A gaming machine

Mobile gaming is fast becoming one of the biggest markets in the world, and in the Philippines, 74% of the Filipino online population is playing on mobile. In 2020, 43 million gamers spent $572 million on games, making our case that budget gaming smartphones are on high demand in the country.

With this in mind, Infinix made sure the ZERO 5G is also a strong gaming unit. Under the hood, it comes with MediaTek’s newest Dimensity 900 6nm chip.

To test out its gaming capabilities, we booted up Genshin Impact, one of the most popular and processor-demanding mobile games right now. It plays smoothly on the Infinix ZERO 5G on low to medium graphics, with noticeably minimal temperature increase compared to higher-end and more expensive smartphones. If this phone can run Genshin’s stormy Inazuma smoothly, it can run any game just fine.

Great camera for your grams and reels

If you’re crazy about dressing up your Instagram feed and creating reels or TikTok videos, the Infinix ZERO 5G offers a good kit for your internet stardom dreams. At the rear is a 48MP main camera, a 13MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom, a 2MP depth sensor, and a quad-LED flash.

We were honestly surprised by the quality of the photographs we took, and even the seamless blur of the background when taking foreground shots. Low-light night mode churned out good photos, and the 2x zoom of the sunset was really beautiful. Photos taken outside are a bit on the pale side but an easy saturation fix in post-process would solve that.

Here are some of the photos we took using the ZERO 5G:

Speed says

With 5G poised to become more accessible to provide faster internet speeds and lower latency, owning a 5G-enabled smartphone like the Infinix ZERO 5G puts you ahead, so you can play smoother, stream faster, and use online social services such as teleconsultation and government services with no hiccups.

The Infinix ZERO 5G retails for P11,990 through the Infinix official store on Shopee.

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