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Infinix Zero 4 Unboxing And First Impressions

Apart from the Zero 4 Plus, Infinix has recently introduced the Zero 4 in the country, a more affordable offering w/ priority in mobile photography in mind. This handset highlights the well regarded 16 MP f/2.0 Sony IMX298 sensor with laser autofocus and optical image stabilization.
Infinix Zero 4 Unboxing And First Impressions
A camera centric midranger phone?

To refresh our minds, it's the same camera sensor (minus PDAF focus) found the likes of OnePlus 3 and Huawei Mate 8. Of course, we are not expecting this device to match the camera performance of those higher-end devices. But, the point is, we now have a smartphone in the sub PHP 12K region that has this promising type of camera.

On top of that, Infinix also developed an easy to use camera "Pro" mode with ISO, shutter speed, and focus adjustments.

However, critics like us aren't too happy with its use of the ageing MT6753 octa core chip by MediaTek. Anyway, given that this is a photography centric device, not a "power user" phone, it could be forgivable.

Disclaimer: This Zero 4 review unit was borrowed from Infinix Mobile Philippines. Rest is assured of our unbiased review.

Infinix Zero 4 Specs

Display: 5.5 Inch FHD IPS 1920 x 1080 resolution w/ 2.5D curved glass at 401 ppi
CPU: 1.3 GHz 64 Bit MT6753 octa core processor
GPU: Mali T720
ROM: 32 GB expandable via micro SD card slot up to 128 GB (dedicated)
Back Camera: 16 MP f/2.0 Sony IMX298 w/ laser AF, OIS, and dual tone LED flash
Selfie Camera: 8 MP f/2.2 w/ wide angle lens and LED flash
Battery: 3,200 mAh Li Pol w/ Quick Charge
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow w/ XOS
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, OTG, GPS, A GPS, dual SIM
Others: Fingerprint sensor, Colors: fibre brown, barbie pink, galaxy blue, purple silver
Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, compass, gravity, light, voice, gyroscope
Price: PHP 11,990

Unboxing / Accessories

Everything inside the package
Everything inside the package

The Zero 4 is packaged in a "premium" like black box. It has complete accessories from a 2A wall charger, USB to micro USB cable, in-ear monitors w/ mic, SIM ejector tool, clear case, and tempered glass.

This is the type of package we want to have and see on every mobile phones. Great effort from Infinix.

Build Quality / Design

Solid metal construction
Solid metal construction

This device is constructed in a very similar way compared with the higher-end and bigger Zero 4 Plus. It's crafted using a very tough type of metal unibody w/ proper chamfered edges that's nice in the eyes and hands. In front, the screen is protected with Gorilla glass protected 2.5D curved glass. With no doubt, this is a very solid phone!
Top view!
Top view!
Real dual speakers below
Real dual speakers below
Hybrid SIM slot
Hybrid SIM slot
Volume rocker, power button, and SIM slot
Volume rocker, power button, and SIM slot

In terms of aesthetics, the Zero 4 is arguably the most premium looking sub PHP 12K handset in the country as of this writing. It looks outstanding from the chamfered edges, corner curves, speaker holes, antenna lines, and screen! Speaking of the screen, the 2.5D curved glass is an eye candy. We also liked the fact that it doesn't have big black border bezels on the screen. Our only grip here is its protruding camera design at the back.
The Zero 4 is arguably the most premium looking sub PHP 12K handset today!
The device is also nice in the hands and has proper heft. Buttons and ports are on standard locations too. Its dot like non-lit capacitive keys are confusing to use at first though.

Initial findings

1. The 5 points touch ready 5.5 inch FHD screen w/ 2.5D glass is nice in the eyes. Sunlight legibility is good too. Border bezels are slim as well.
2. Construction and design is great like the Zero 4. Like what we said before, it can easily be mistaken as a high-end device.
3. The use of the ageing MT6753 chip is a little disappointing. It is still capable, but a higher-end chip like the MT6750 would have made this handset better. Fortunately, for social media use and general photography, we haven't encountered major slowdowns yet. The XOS skin is clean, snappy, and robust in features.
4. The main camera is amazing for the price. It could be the best photography phone in the sub PHP 12K region yet. OIS and manual controls are always nice to have. Selfie camera w/ wide angle lens and flash looks decent so far too.
5. Like its bigger brother, this phone is packed with a basic sensors that includes gyroscope for VR and AR. It also has a fingerprint scanner behind, LED notification in front, and USB OTG support. What's missing is LED lighting for the capacitive keys. Familiarization is also required to master the use of its dot like keys with no markings.

Related: Infinix Zero 4: First Camera Samples!

As of the moment

For its main purpose of providing great mobile photography experience on a budget, it appears that Infinix did a fine job with the Zero 4. We are pleased with what its main camera and even its selfie camera so far. The build quality is also outstanding and the performance is quite smooth (even with the use of a dated chip) for social media and basic Android task.

For our review: Infinix Zero 4 Review - Priority In Photography
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