Infinix have released the latest installments of their flagship Zero line, releasing the Zero 4 and the Zero 4 Plus.
It’s Infinix’s first time releasing two versions of a phone, and the Zero 4 Plus is the company’s attempt at a top-level premium device. Read our full review below!
Infinix Zero 4 Plus – Design and Display
On first sight, the Zero 4 Plus looks like a pretty big phone, and it feels like too. It’s slim enough to use with one hand, but its weight prevents extended one-handed use. The phone has a full metal unibody, and comes in 4 colors: champagne gold, lilac grey, filet brown, galaxy blue and silver purple.
The power and volume buttons are the only physical buttons, with the menu, home and return buttons all on-screen. Considering this, there’s almost no reason for the phone’s bottom bezel being as large as it is, as it just makes the phone longer than necessary.
The Zero 4 Plus’ ports are in all the conventional places: an earphone jack on top, and a microUSB 2.0 port flanked by a pair of really decent-sounding speakers on the other end.
The phone’s rear bears the rear camera, flash and fingerprint sensor. The rear camera is fat and bulges all the way out of the screen. The phone however comes packaged with plastic case that when used, covers only the back of phone, and makes the bulge a lot less noticeable.
The screen is a 2.5D tempered Corning Gorilla glass screen, that provides a premium aesthetic value and also strength. The screen measures almost 6 inches (it’s 5.98 inches officially), and has a 1080 x 1920 pixels full HD display. At 368 ppi, the display is sharp and crisp, and one wouldn’t expect anything less from a flagship device from a forward-thinking brand like Infinix.
Infinix Zero 4 Plus – Software and Performance
The Infinix Zero 4 Plus runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and Infinix’s custom XOS Chameleon UI. While the XOS is upgradable, the Android OS is fixed, and if you want to experience the new Android 7.0 Nougat, you’d have to root the device or get another one.
The custom ROM provides an impressive set of tools: XCloud for backing up data, XPower for managing the phone’s battery level through different scenarios, and much more. The tools seem to have been written by a person whose first language is not English, and contain a number of typing and grammatical errors.
The Zero 4 and Zero 4 Plus both employ fingerprint scanning as an added layer of security, and it works perfectly on the Zero 4 Plus. It’s very easy to set up, and works like a charm.
The phone runs on MediaTek’s all new 10-core Helio X20 processor. The processor is also seen in flagship phones of other brands such as the HTC One A9, and guarantees top performance while also being battery-efficient. The 4GB RAM CPU clocks at 1.73Ghz, and has impressive benchmark scores of 1580 for on a single core and 4498 on multiple cores.
numbers don’t lie, and the phone is actually as powerful as they make it sound. I tried playing a high definition game on it, Asphalt 8, and it came out amazing. And this was despite the fact that I was running the screen record program along with it.
The screen record is one of a number of new Infinix features making their debut in the Zero line, along with the scroll shot function, that allows you to screen shot while scrolling, making a video instead of just one photo. There is also the introduction of voice commands, which allows you to open apps even when the phone is locked by programmed commands. The annoying drawback of this feature is that it only works for one application at a time.
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Infinix Zero 4 Plus storage and connectivity
The Zero 4 Plus comes with 32 GB of internal memory, expandable to up to 128GB with a external memory card. The external memory card however shares the same slot with SIM 2, meaning you can either use 2 SIM cards, or one SIM card and a memory card.
With every major telecoms in network in Nigeria now providing 4G network services, the Zero 4 Plus comes with 3G and 4G capabilities, meaning you can enjoy high speed internet straight from your device. There’s also Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a USB port as additional means of connectivity.
Infinix Zero 4 Plus hardware
One of the amazing features of the Zero 4 Plus is its cameras. it has a front facing 13-megapixel camera, and a 21-megapixel rear camera. Both cameras are accompanied by a flash, and the rear camera is so good, I don’t even remember the bulgy lens. The front camera has a editor that allows you to beautify your selfies even before you take them, saving you a whole lot of stress.
The rear camera, I have to say again, is just amazing. Images are amazingly clear, and there’s a pro tool that allows you to edit a bunch of settings like a proper digital camera.
The Zero 4 Plus comes with a 4,000 mAh battery. Combined with the Helio X20 processor and Infinix’s XCharge technology, the battery takes a very long time to die, and a very short time to get back to full power. Exactly what we need in these times. The XPower tool also allows you to set different modes from high performance to power saving, allowing for either more efficiency or more power.
The phone is packaged with all the basic accessories: a light-speed charger, earphones and a USB cord.
Infinix Zero 4 Plus verdict
What the Zero 4 Plus lacks in look and style, it more than makes up for it in performance. At its price tag of N118,000, you’d be hard-pressed to find a device that offers more at that price range. While it may not have some features of top premium devices such as Quad HD display and water-proofing, it still offers many premium features that make it worthy of the tag of a premium device.