Infinix Note 2 First Impressions - The Affordable All Around Phablet

Undeniably, the sub-6k phablet scene is getting stronger recently. More and more phone makers are starting to realize that there's a growing demand from people who wanted a pocket friendly big-screened handsets.
Infinix Note 2 first impressions
Infinix Note 2 first impressions

Apart from the local brands such, Infinix, new yet well respected international brand entered that scene in our local market recently. The company has announced the Infinix Note 2 X600, a stylish looking 6 inch phablet that goes with highly capable specs, long battery life, and never before seen charging speed at this price range.

Gladly, we were able to grab a hold of that unit last time at Lazada's office to share with you guys if its worth all the attention it is getting right now. Here's our first impressions article.

Infinix Note 2 X600 Specs

Display: 6 Inch HD IPS 1280 x 720 resolution at 245 ppi
CPU: 1.3 GHz 64 Bit MT6753 octa core processor
GPU: Mali T720
ROM: 16 GB expandable via micro SD card slot up to 64 GB
Back Camera: 13 MP Samsung ISOCELL sensor w/ PDAF and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 5 MP w/ BSI and 1.6 μm
Battery: 4,000 mAh w/ 4.5A quick charging support
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow w/ XUI
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, LTE, Bluetooth, FM Radio, GPS, A GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM (hybrid)
Dimensions: 159.5 x 82.5 x 9.3 mm
Weight: 194 g
Price: 5,999 Pesos

Build Quality / Design

Side by side with Mate 8
Side by side with Mate 8
Also notice that there's slight protrusion in its main camera

At first, you'll think that this phone is made out of metal materials as its plastic frame mimics that material very well. Plus the type of polymer they used here was quite okay and doesn't feel like brittle or anything that will break easily. In front, there's some sort of glass protection in its panel to give you peace of mind that it won't have hairline scratches easily.
Back cover removed
Back cover removed

For better longevity, we would still suggest anyone not to abuse this device. It'll be better protected if you'll place a case and some sort of protection in its glass.
3.5 mm female audio port on top
3.5 mm female audio port on top
Fast charging port and single mic below
Fast charging port and single mic below
Power button and volume rocker at the right side
Power button and volume rocker at the right side

From afar, the design of the Infinix Note 2 doesn't shy away from the higher-end phones that we've seen. It goes with a crossed patterned textured back cover design that's undeniably nice in the eyes. There's also some well engineered contours that makes the phone appear like a well thought-of handset. The screen bezels on the screen and the slimness of this phone maybe a little thicker than what I wanted, but it still looks undeniably nice for the price.

Ergonomically, this phone is impossible to use with one hand, but for two handed use it would be just fine. We like that it has a wider than normal curve at the back cover that adds better hold of the handset. It's also not too slippery to hold compared with other full-metal framed phones that we were able to hold in the past.

Buttons and ports placement were average too, you anybody who's familiar to Android won't have a hard time in adjusting.

As a whole, for the price, this is a well built handset that doesn't feel cheap at all.

Specs and features analysis

Antutu score

On paper, this handset looks like a pretty powerful phone. It goes with a large 6 inch screen with HD resolution. Some critics may say that the panel will look bad as it lacks an FHD resolution, but I beg to differ. The screen of this set, is quite pleasant to look at, has decent quality in general, and 5 points of multitouch.
The Infinix Note 2 will treat you with modern entry-midrange performance on a budget phone.
Under the hood, you'll be happy to find out that this uses a speedy enough 64 Bit MT6753 octa core chip clocked at 1.3 GHz, paired with Mali T720 GPU, and 2 GB of RAM. As a result, based on our few test with it, the phone feels fluid enough on multitasking, and can even run heavy games nicely such as Asphalt 8. With NBA 2K16, there's lag, but its still playable on low and medium settings combo setup.

There's also 16 GB of ROM that's expandable via micro SD card slot that's ample enough for most. If you need extra storage, this handset gladly supports OTG capability where you can attach you favorite USB OTG storage.

The best part on its specs and the deal-maker here is the HUGE 4,000 mAh of battery capacity. Given that it only has an HD screen and a pretty power saving processor, we assume this to last for up to two days on heavy usage.
Aside from its large battery it has one of the fastest charging capabilities on a phone yet.
It can fill its 4,000 mAh battery in 1 hour and 15 mins using its stock 4.5A charger.That's crazy fast as most phones with 3,000 mAh that claims to have "fast charging" only has the same charging time.
The main camera at the back w/ LED flash
The main camera at the back w/ LED flash

Camera-wise, we weren't able to properly test it because of the time limit, but it appears to be a little above average in quality. It's 13 MP Samsung made sensor has good slightly dark color tone, great sharpness, nice macro, and pretty speedy focus / shutter speed.
Main camera sample
Main camera sample

In front, there's a great type of  5 MP selfie camera. It'll just give you a saturated result, but it's well detailed, wide angled, and has speedy shutter.

The software used in its cameras were pretty special too as it looks very clean, has manual mode, lots of modes, and can take 1080p videos in either .3GP or .MP4 format.
Selfie test
Selfie test

On the UI-side, Infinix did a great job in making it a very impressive looking skin. On first look the XUI reminds me of a refined Vibe UI and EMUI. It's icons looks amazing, snappy in performance, has few bloats, complete with phone management options, and loaded with smart gestures as well.

At first you'll think that its a drawer-less skin, but there's actually a cleverly placed alphabetized app drawer.

As of the moment

The Infinix Note 2 X600 made me a believer of their brand as it's arguably the nicest sub-6K phablet that I was able to hold too. Aside from that, it has large battery life, super fast charging, decent cameras, and great type of UI to make everyone enjoy this phone in an instant. So far, this is currently my top pick if you want a phone with large screen on a budget.

Hope to give this set a full review soon, watch out for it.

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