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Cloudfone Next Infinity Quattro Review - The KING of local smartphones?

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On paper, Cloudfone's Next Infinity Quattro is one of those must check phones due to its design, capable specs, quad cameras, and rich set of features.
Cloudfone Next Infinity Quattro Review - The KING of local phones?
Next Infinity Quattro review!

In case you missed it, the Next Infinity Quattro also managed to impress us out of the box. We think that this handset has the chance be a pretty good all-rounder for the low asking price of PHP 12,999.

Here's our full review!

For the review part 1: Cloudfone Next Infinity Quattro Unboxing and First Impressions

Display Quality

Infinite Vision Display
Infinite Vision Display

The Next Infinity Quattro is equipped with a big, tall, and wide 6-inch IPS screen with 18:9 screen aspect ratio. Cloudfone calls this the I
nfinite Vision Display. It has narrow top, bottom, and side bezels with near bezel-less and full screen effect.

18:9 screen goodness!

Resolution is isn't the sharpest around though. It is at HD+ 1440 x 720 resolution which translates to 268 pixels per inch.

Fortunately, its quality in person is actually great. It has close to accurate and punchy colors, good contrast, and deep blacks. It can also go bright enough to make the texts on the screen legible even under direct sunlight hit.

Overall screen quality can compete with some entry-level AMOLED panels.

It also has eye protection mode and 5 points of touch.

Audio Quality

The Next Infinity Quattro has a single down-firing speaker with WAVES MaxxAudio tuning. Quality is crisp and clear. It even has some slight bass punch, but it is still kinda weak as expected.

Turning the WAVES MaxxAudio mode in the settings will add a bit of loudness and soundstage. It'll also make the audio signature a bit brighter. But it'll have a bit more distortion on max loudness than usual.

For headphones, Cloudfone stated that the Quattro has a built-in HiFi DAC to enhance listening experience.

HiFi audio!

I tried playing some HiFi audio files and it worked. It can play up to 3,000+ kbps of FLAC lossless files! My heavier AIFF audio files with over 9,000 kbps bit rate won't work anymore though. But, that's fine! Even most high-end phones can't play that file type.

Audio quality is superb for the price! Just turn off the WAVES MaxxAudio audio filter and you'll hear warm and highly detailed tunes (crispy and clean) out of your lossless audio files. Separation of details is also so good for a phone this affordable!

Driving power is strong too! It has no problem driving my Uiisii Hi905 HiFi dual-driver IEM. It was able to make it shine too.

Microphone for calls is clear enough. For video recordings, it is decent, but not the fullest around. Still acceptable though.

Battery Life

Good battery score!
Good battery score!

The Quattro is equipped with 4,010mAh of battery capacity! That is big for a phone with HD+ resolution and power efficient Helio P25 chip.


Really good battery life!

Our benchmark test recorded 11 hours and 33 minutes of work battery life. In real life, it was able to last us more than day of mixed heavy usage. We usually turn the data on all the time, shoot lots of photos, and play games occasionally.
Power Manager
Power Manager

It even has a built-in Power Manager to let you optimize its battery further. It comes with normal mode, power saving mode, and extreme power saving mode.

Charging time is a bit slow though. We clocked 2 hours and 50 minutes of charging time from 0 to 100 percent using the stock 2A charger.

Cameras

Dual rear cameras!
Dual rear cameras!

The Next Infinity Quattro is one of the very few packed with a quad camera setup. Yes, you read that part right. It has two cameras behind and two cameras in front.
Simple yet feature-rich camera interface
Simple yet feature-rich camera interface

At the back, the Quattro highlights a 13MP OV13855 f/2.0 primary sensor behind paired with a 5MP S5K5E2 depth sensor. It has PDAF focus, 2x zoom, portrait, and single LED flash.
Different modes
Different modes

It has the nice auto HDR, several filters, panorama, bokeh (portrait), slow motion, and professional mode, to name a few.
Professional mode
Professional mode

The portrait mode has adjustable bokeh level from 1 to 8. Level 4 by default gave us the best results.

The pro mode is unlike the pro mode of most local phones. It has shutter speed adjustments from 1/8th of a second to 12 seconds. It also has the usual EV, ISO, WB, and manual focus adjustments.

It means that the Quattro can let you shoot long exposure night shots and even light trails. It even has grids for guide.

Shooting quality is surprisingly great for a phone this affordable!

Focus speed is fast, not the fastest around, but quicker than most mid-range phones. It can also focus on subjects up to 2.5 inches near. Shutter speed is fast too. Photo saving is instantaneous.

Daylight shooting is very impressive! It has plenty of details and almost no grains. Colors are rich and accurate too. It has enough saturation that won't make your shots look pale or dull in colors.

Indoor shots are decent too. It'll just struggle a little compared when you shoot in well-lit places. There are times where it might either underexpose or overexpose your shots.

Gladly, there's a brightness slider that you allows you to fix the exposure before taking the shot.

Lowlight images are okay. But, there will be grains as expected. Dynamic range won't be as good versus daylight shots.

Use the professional mode to achieve high-quality images in lowlight. You will need a tripod though.

The flash is not the strongest around. But, it is still pretty useful when needed. You can even use it as a torch.

Rear Camera Samples

Auto
Auto
HDR
HDR
Indoor auto
Indoor auto
 2x zoom
2x zoom
Nice depth effect
Nice depth effect
Indoor dim
Indoor dim
Auto HDR night
Auto HDR night
EV -3 (ISO 100, 2s)
Pro mode: EV -3 (ISO 100, 2s)
EV -3 (ISO 100, 4s)
Pro mode: EV -3 (ISO 100, 4s)
Flash
Flash

For selfies, it has a larger sensor resolution size! It goes with a 20MP Sony IMX376 f/2.0 sensor (like Vivo V5s) paired with another 8MP OV8856 f/2.4 sensor for wide-angle mode.
Dual selfie shooters!
Dual selfie shooters!

It also has autofocus, different filters, adjustable face beauty mode, bokeh (portrait) mode, and adjustable softlight LED flash.
Selfie camera modes
Selfie camera modes

The portrait mode also has adjustable bokeh level from 1 to 8. Level 4 still gave us the best results. Its face beauty is also nice and can smoothen and whiten your skin tone. It can even make your face look slimmer and enlarge your eyes.

Quality of selfies are also great. To our eyes, it is right up there with the top mid-range selfie phones in terms of selfie capabilities. It even has tap to focus and shooting speed is fine. Details are good and colors are rich. Colors are even richer than OPPO F5's selfies for us.

The wide-angle mode is also really wide. Quality, resolution, and sharpness won't be as great as the primary selfie shooter, but it has nice colors overall. It would be decent enough for social media uploads.

Shooting in lowlight won't be that great as expected. Fortunately, it has a nice softlight flash to help you shoot great selfies and groufies even in the dark.

Selfie Camera Samples

Daylight selfie
Daylight selfie
Portrait selfie
Portrait selfie
Wide selfie indoor
Wide selfie indoor
Groufie indoor lowlight
Groufie indoor lowlight
Lowlight selfie
Lowlight selfie
Selfie flash
Selfie flash

For videos, it can shoot up to 1080p 30 fps in quality at the back and only 720p in front in .3gp format. The main cameras has 2x zoom while the selfie cameras has wide-
angle mode. It also has slow motion and time-lapse.

Shooting in 1080p at the back is fine with decent colors and contrasts. The selfie camera is also decent, but we expected it to have at least 1080p of video shooting resolution. Both has shaky output and has no EIS or OIS for stabilization.

Video Samples


Performance

 Nice benchmark scores!

Specs-wise, the Next Infinity Quattro is beastly on paper for the price! It boasts the underrated 2.5GHz 64-bit Helio P25 octa-core processor paired with Mali-T880MP2 graphics and 4GB RAM. This phone even has 64GB of expandable storage up to 256GB.


In our actual usage, phone is swift and almost hiccup free for general smartphone use. It includes opening of multiple social media accounts, browsing, listening to music, taking photos, and etc.

Gaming experience is also nice. It can load NBA 2K18 at all high settings with minimal frame drops even after prolonged usage. Thanks to the use of just an HD+ screen.

Thermal management is also nice. It gets warm, but far from hot. That's normal and fine.

Helio P25 is really powerful when properly optimized. My overall experience is as smooth if not smoother than phones with Snapdragon 450 or even 625 chips.
Cloudfone's custom UI
Cloudfone's custom UI

Cloudfone is also one of the few local brands with their own custom UI. It looks decent which reminds us of some Chinese custom skins. It has some bloats though, but most of them are removable.

Cloudfone Care and System Manager
Cloudfone Care and System Manager

Using it is easy! Like Vivo and OPPO phones, you need to swipe down to see notifications and swipe up for the shortcut panel. It has no app drawer too which allows you to see all your apps in a swipe to either left and right.

Changing its theme is possible too. It even has downloadable themes found on the Theme Park app.

What we like here is it is rich in features. It has Split Screen, Data Clone, Child Mode, System Manager, and Cloudfone Care. I personally find the System Manager the very useful as it allows me to keep the performance of the phone fast always.

We also liked that it has the Cloudfone Care for customer care, system maintenance, and updates. It also has the Cloudfone App Shop where you can download some apps and games for FREE.

It is not perfect, but the effort to make a better UI is there. Cloudfone should just organize its functions a bit better to make it easier to use.

Smart Lock, trusted face unlock
Smart Lock, trusted face unlock

By the way, this handset also has a speedy fingerprint scanner! Moreover it has a hidden face unlock feature found on the Smart Lock in the settings. Its not that consistent, but it works.

The rest of the telephony experience is mostl good too. GSM signal is okay, Bluetooth is fine, and GPS works well. Then after setting-up the APN of your preferred SIM card, LTE is mostly fast on locations with strong signals.

We also like that it has OTG support and gyroscope sensor. 

Pros - Slim bezels, big screen with rich colors, good ergonomics, decent performance, good back and front cameras for the price, nice set of camera features, long battery life, 700MHz LTE ready, speedy fingerprint scanner, accurate face unlock
Cons - Screen resolution could have been sharper, no fast charging, video shooting could be better

Verdict

The Cloudfone Next Infinity Quattro is the best of what our local smartphone scene has to offer yet! It is also one of the must consider phones in its class.

Why? It's one of the few who nearly did everything right. The Quattro has a modern near bezel-less 18:9 screen, decent overall performance, capable quad cameras, long battery life, and a rich set of features normally found on pricier offerings.

Its asking price of PHP 12,999 is more than reasonable. It is a superb mid-range all-rounder that won't empty your wallet.

Build / Design - 4
Display - 4
Audio - 4
Battery - 4.25
Camera - 4.25
Performance - 4.25
Average - 4.125 / 5
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