Infinix Zero X Pro review: A star in the making

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Infinix is taking midrange smartphones to the next level with one of its flashiest offerings yet: the Infinix Zero X Pro.

For its price of P14,990, this device hosts some impressive specs that you’ll often see in high-end phones, including an eye-catching design, a 108MP rear camera, and a 120Hz refresh rate display. It is also propped as the ideal mate for moon watchers and mobile photographers alike, for its Super Zoom Moonshot camera.

But how does it fare as an all-around mobile device? Read on as Speed brings it to a test below.

Design

The Zero X Pro’s star-studded Nebula Black rear glitters under the light and gives off a subtle sheen when in the dark. Surprisingly, the back of the phone isn’t a fingerprint magnet even though the rear is reflective.

Still, I used the case that came in the phone’s box because, although it feels sturdy, I was worried about scratching the stunning rear design. The case came in black, though, and tends to dam up the phone’s gorgeous body.

It’s a pretty tall phone given its 6.67-inch display and, at the same time, lighter than most phones its size because of its plastic build.

Both the power button and the volume rocker sit on the right side of the device for easy one-handed operation.

I experienced some hitches with my test unit’s power button as it would sometimes get stuck whenever I pressed it. This resulted in a lot of unwarranted restarts at the most random of times.

The left side houses the sim tray, while the USB-C port and 3.5mm headphone jack, and speaker grille are found on the bottom of the phone.

Display

Scrolling through apps and streaming movies on the Zero X Pro’s display pleasurable, thanks to its a FHD+ 1080×2400 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. I found myself turning up every YouTube video to 60fps and or the highest resolution possible because the screen was vibrant. Audio, however, was lackluster—the speakers could use more punch.

Performance

The Infinix Zero X Pro is powered by a MediaTek Helio G95 chipset and runs on Android 11 with XOS Launcher baked on top. Its skin might not be everybody’s cup of tea, with its icons and font that don’t look as sleek as other smartphones’ UI design. Luckily, the launcher offers themes with a more stylish aesthetic.

I used this phone to play Pokémon Unite and it provided decent performance. Its immersive display and 4,500mAh battery kept me playing for hours on end. With the 45W charger, the Zero X Pro chargers from under 20% to full battery in an hour. 

When it comes to its sensors, the Zero X Pro’s face unlock feature works in a pinch compared to the slow in-display fingerprint scanner.

Camera

The Infinix Zero X Pro’s rear shooters, consisting of a 108MP main, 8MP periscope, and 8MP ultrawide lens, are impressive and fun to use. The camera can capture small details—even the folds on my pug’s face—in high quality and this feature translates to Night Mode, too. I was able to see the little furs on my keyboard in a dimly-lit shot.

I don’t really have a great view of the moon from my house, but I tried snapping photos outside with Night Mode. I was impressed with how bright the photo turned out but when I tried zooming in to snap a shot of the moon, I was left underwhelmed with the zoom as it got blurry by 20x.

View of the moon from my house.
Photo of the moon taken with 20X zoom.

I wanted to use this phone for video calls, too, but the 16MP selfie camera looked like it had a filter even though there weren’t any on.

Speed says

If you’re a budding phone-tographer looking for a smartphone camera to help you get into the habit, the Infinix Zero X Pro can be a decent choice, especially if you’re on a budget. Its stylish design will also suit your liking if you’re keen on looks.

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