Sub-Rs. The 10,000 price segment is huge in terms of potential buyers, and many smartphone manufacturers are doing their best to participate. In the competition to dominate this segment, we have seen producers try everything that could be included smartphones with configurations of four cameras, AMOLED screens and large batteries. Such a feature is a distant dream, even a few months ago. Customers have many options and may be more demanding than before. Infinix has released one more smartphone in the mix, called the Infinix S5 Lite.
Like its brother, Infinix S5, this Lite model features a piercing screen. This type of display has become a feature on some iconic devices, and hasn't even made it to the mid-range. smartphones However, we did not expect to see him on a cell phone at Rs. 7,999 first. How good is the screen, and has Infinix cut another angle to provide this feature at an aggressive price? We tested Infinix S5 Lite to find out.
Infinix S5 Lite design
Infinix S5 Lite is very similar to Infinix S5 (Review), and it is impossible to tell the two apart when looking at them head-on. 6.6-inch screen dominates the face of this smartphone, and Infinix claims a 90.5 percent screen-to-body ratio. The company has chosen the 20: 9 aspect ratio which is not very common at this price. The IPS display panel has a good viewing angle, but we found the brightness to be low. This device also doesn't have an ambient light sensor, like the Inifinix S5, which can be a big problem. You have to adjust the brightness manually every time. The camera hole is in the upper left corner. Also, for what it's worth, the front camera isn't perfectly centered in the hole of our review unit.
We found Infinix S5 Lite a little higher than usual, and we needed to shake it in our hands. The power and volume buttons are on the right, and can be reached when using this phone with one hand. The SIM tray is on the left and has two Nano-SIM slots and a special slot for microSD cards. The Infinix S5 Lite uses a Micro-USB port on the bottom, which is acceptable for the price, but we've seen Xiaomi introduce a Type-C USB port at this price. Next to the Micro-USB port is a 3.5mm headphone jack and speaker.
On the back, the S5 Lite has three camera settings, which is a huge difference compared to the S5's quad sensor. There's also a four-LED flash that seems overkill. The fingerprint sensor is placed near the camera module, and we consider this location to be too high for our wishes. Infinix offers smartphones in three color options: Midnight Black, Quetzal Cyan, and Violet. We have a version of Quetzal Cyan for this review. The Infinix S5 has a slightly rounded back that makes it comfortable to hold, but the S5 Lite has a flat plastic back just like the phone's frame.
Infinix ships the S5 Lite with a protector and a screen protector along with a 6W charger, which is a bit of a disappointment when you consider the 4,000 mAh battery wrapped by this smartphone.
Infinix S5 Lite Specifications & Software
Infinix S5 Lite is powered by MediaTek Helio P22 octo-core processor with a 2GHz clock. This is now a SoC that is quite old and shows no age. Newer smartphones like Realme 5 (Overview) the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 sport. There is 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, both of which are good for the price.
This phone supports Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi, 4G with VoLTE, GPS, FM radio, and USB-OTG. Although there is no ambient light sensor in this device, it does have another basic sensor.
The software on this cell phone is similar to what we have seen on other Infinix devices. This is called XOS Cheetah 5.5 and it is based on Android 9 Pastel.There are some UI settings, but still easy to find a way out. What we don't like is the amount of bloatware pre-installed on this smartphone. Apps like Palmstore and AHA Games are alternatives to the Google Play store and suggest a number of apps for you to try. PHX browser, Facebook, Facebook Delivery courier Instagram, and WhatsApp has also been pre-installed on the S5 Lite. We saw spam notifications from some of these apps, which are very annoying.
If you don't like the holes in the camera, you have the option of covering it with black tape. You can also swap out the traditional three-button navigation layout with gestures. The user interface allows you to activate Smart Panel, which is a drawer with icons to start favorite applications or perform actions, such as taking screenshots.
Like its siblings, the S5 Lite has a feature called "Smart Voice Broadcast" that announces the latest news, the names of callers, and the senders of incoming messages out loud. It can also alert you to notifications from apps like Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. This does not read the content of the message, which in some way satisfies our privacy concerns.
Infinix S5 Lite performance and battery life
As we said before, MediaTek Helio P22 is now an old SoC and it shows the age when you press it. Common tasks like making calls, scrolling through apps and sending WhatsApp messages are handled quite well in S5 Lite, but we see a long loading time when we launch heavy apps. This phone has 4 GB of RAM which helps applications to proceed quickly from the bottom. Fingerprint scanner, as well as facial recognition, fast. We discovered that the brightness of the screen is too low and that the speakers are too high.
We ran a series of benchmarks to measure the performance of this smartphone, and the numbers are not bad but not impressive either. S5 Lite was unable to run AnTuTu 8 but scored 157 points in the Geekbench 5 single-core test and 821 points in multicore tests. At GFXBench, this smartphone prints 11 fps in Manhattan 3.1 and 25 fps in the T-Rex scene.
We play PUBG Mobile on the S5 Lite, and smartphones are set to Low Graphics by default. The game occasionally stuttered, forcing us to further reduce the frame rate. The cell phone does not heat up to a certain point when playing games for a short period of time, but it does heat up to the touch after a while. Play PUBG Mobile for 18 minutes results in a 6 percent battery drain
The 4,000 mAh battery provides good battery life if you don't stress the phone. With routine tasks like calling, texting with WhatsApp, and using Google Maps for navigation, smartphones last about half a day. In our HD video loop test, S5 Lite lasts for 13 hours and 46 minutes. The supplied 6W charger is very slow and requires more than 4 hours to fully charge the smartphone, which is disappointing. Infinix must include fast charging and put at least one 10W charger in the box. We recommend that buyers invest in faster chargers. Competition like Redmi 8A (overview) supports faster charging.
Infinix S5 Lite camera
The three camera settings on the back consist of the main camera. 16-megapixel with f / 1.8 aperture, 2-megapixel depth sensor, and low-light sensors with unknown resolution. For selfies, this phone has a 16 megapixel shooter with f / 2.0 aperture. We found that the camera app is very basic in terms of the shooting modes it offers. There is no night mode, which is surprising given the fact that there is a special low-light sensor.
The focus is quite slow, and we have to wait for the phone to focus in focus before taking a photo. The dynamic range is not good and consequently the dark areas in our sample shots are not bright. Images are not sharp and details from distant objects are missing. We also notice the slightly yellow tones in some of the shots we take.
For close-up shooting, smartphones need more time to focus. It also does not always adjust the exposure correctly. We often have to touch the screen to adjust the focus and lighting. The resulting shots are still below average in quality, and the S5 Lite doesn't produce a good depth of field in close-up shots.
There is a Bokeh mode that can be used to take portraits. This allows you to adjust the level of blur before taking a photo. Photos taken in this mode appear to have a decent separation between subject and background, but the S5 Lite tends to expose excessive backgrounds.
Touchez to see a sample from a full-size Infinix S5 Lite camera
Low-light shooting is also disappointing. They look artificially enhanced, and the granules are visible when zoomed in on shots. Since there is no night mode, we have to wait for the AI to activate and detect low light conditions. It seems that the smartphone uses a special low-light camera to use when the AI detects dim light, because the shots are a little brighter and a little better detail. Whatever it is, low light photography is not a strong point of this phone, and you may need to use a flash to get better photos.
Selfies taken with the front shooter are good enough for social media. You have the option to take photos in Bokeh mode, and we see good edge detection. Infinix also adds an AR Shooting mode that allows you to put stickers on your subject before taking a photo. This is fun, and we see that people use it frequently. The video recording resolution reaches 1080p for the main rear camera and the selfie camera. There is no electronic stabilization, which means that the output is unstable. Video recording with the closest light source offers better results than outdoor recording. Colors look too strong for us to like.
Click Selfie Camera on Infinix S5 Lite
AR Shot clicked on Infinix S5 Lite
The performance of the camera clearly needs some improvement, because the competition at the same price level handles the shots better in most conditions. Considering that this smartphone has a special low light sensor, the low light result should be better.
Infinix S5 Lite is the most affordable perforated looking smartphone on the market today. Thanks to this feature, it looks much more premium than it really is. However, using it doesn't taste good. The choice of processors is questionable, as this segment has shifted to stronger options. That's not all: drop the ambient light sensor from a smartphone at a price of around Rs. 8,000 alone is not acceptable. Having a large battery helps the S5 Lite generate good battery life, but a lack of fast charge can be a problem for many people.
If you like a smartphone with a shocking look, you'd better wait for something else, because too many corners have been cut in the Infinix S5 Lite to reach this price. We will recommend that you watch Redmi 8 (Review) or consider the latest discounted phones like Redmi Note 7S (overview) or Realme 3 Pro (overview) that stands out in recent sales.