Infinix Smart 3 Plus Review 2019, What kind of smartphone do you get for every penny? 6.999? Two years ago, the answer was a barebone package with entry-level hardware and legacy software.
This has changed quite quickly, with several well-rounded phones launched at affordable prices. Now, several big and small brands are eager to hit the bull for that ‘valuable money’, andInfinix is one of them.
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Infinix Smart 3 Plus Review
Infinix has been trying to position itself in the budget category for quite some time, and the company’s latest offering – Infinix Smart 3 Plus, may be an attractive option for buyers.
Price, 4, This phone tries to punch above its weight with three rear cameras and a sleek design, as well as some software tricks thrown into the mix.
On paper, the Infinix Smart 3 Plus has appeared as a great budget phone, but can it wow users with its performance and steal some buzz from Xiaomi and other popular brands? Let’s find out our Infinix Smart Plus 3 Plus review.
Infinix Smart 3 Plus design
At first glance, Infinix Smart 3 Plus may be mistaken for more premium phones. Infinix has gone for a glossy body, and the back panel sports a layer of clear plastic that tries to attract the reflection of the glass. The edges have been rounded to provide a comfortable hand feel but we found this phone very slippery.
We found it a bit comforting to see that the cheaper, spray-painted gradient finish that was not made for all the rage these days, and chose a more minimalist look.
The glossy rear panel, however, has no protective material of any kind. It rather easily attracts fingerprints and dust.
Infinix Smart 3 Plus Midnight Black, Mocha Brown and Sapphire Cyan come in color options, and we like it because it’s pretty unique.
This phone has a strong resemblance to the recently introduced Techno Camon i4 (review) and would be very hard to distinguish from the other, if not for the other sized fingerprint sensors and related company logos. It is probably worth noting that TransCoin Holdings, the parent company of Techno and Infinix, is the same.
The power button has a dotted texture and is located to the right with ease – just below the volume rocker – both of which provide good clear feedback.
The left has a SIM slot that can hold up to two nano-SIM cards and up to 256GB of microSD cards simultaneously. The top is blank, the bottom is equipped with a speaker, 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone and micro-USB port.
The small earpiece is fastened between the frame and the waterdrop notch. The Infinix Smart 3 Plus still has a relatively thick bezel after being etched, the Infinix bundles a unique protective case, which is transparent white with a pattern that outlines different objects.
The retail box contains the phone itself, protective case, a 5V / 1.2 1.2 charger, micro-USB cable, SIM removal equipment and some paper.
Infinix Smart 3 Plus specifications and features
Infinix Smart 3 Plus packs a 6.21-inch HD + (720×1520 pixels) in-cell display with 19.5: 9 aspect ratio and 500 Nit peak brightness. The pixel density stands at 269ppi, while the screen-to-body ratio is claimed to be 1 percent. The software includes a read mode and an eye care mode.
This phone is powered by MediaTek Helio A22 processor clocked at 2 GHz. We’ve seen Helio A22 before on entry-level phones like the Techno Camon i4 (Review), Honor 8S, Honor Y5 2019 and Redmi 6A ₹ 5,999 (review), to name a few.
There’s a single configuration with only 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage that can be expanded up to 256GB.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n Bluetooth 5, a 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio and a micro-USB port, but the onboard sensor includes an accelerometer, proximity sensor, light sensor and compass. In addition to facial recognition for protection, there is also a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
As a software, Infinix runs the custom XOS 5.0 skin based on Smart 3 Plus Android 9 Pie, and our review unit had an April security patch. There is no app drawer button, but a swipe up app drawer will open at the top.
The phone has a number of pre-installed apps including Instagram, Facebook Messenger, Facebook, Car Care, Danger Dash and Flipkart. Except for the general suite of Google apps, there are some internal applications, such as X-Themes, XShare and Xclub.
This version of XOS has some nifty features like bike mode, whatsapp mode and a smart panel. If WhatsApp mode is enabled, it limits data access for all apps running in the background except WhatsApp, and can be helpful when users are running low on data but still want to receive messages.
Smart panels, which are accessible by swiping to the horizontal bar at the right edge of the screen, are a set of apps and tools that you can use most often. It’s customizable and can be populated with your favorite app.
Then there’s a Smart Orange feature that categorizes and rearranges application icons into folders. The X Theme App provides wallpapers and fonts for UI customization.
The intelligent broadcast feature can be enabled to listen to notifications, weather updates, live news headlines, and content written online from a preinstalled PHX browser. This application sends out a ton of notifications and we had to disable its notification permission to stop them. You can choose to activate the audio broadcast feature by double-tapping on the lock screen.
For navigation, users can choose between the classic three-button Android layout and a ‘mix navigation’ option, which only shows a protruding pill that acts as a home button and can open the app switcher with a back button on the side.
There’s also a third gesture-based option, which hides the navigation buttons and swipes you upwards in the same position instead.
Infinix Smart 3 Plus performance, camera and battery life
Before going into details about Infinix Smart 3 Plus’sperformance and camera quality, let’s talk about the display.
The .22-inch HD + panel provides vivid colors, and we’ve never had a problem viewing the contents. Viewing angles are good, and sunlight is also accessible. The screen is quite reflective and the contents are somewhat difficult to see against the dark background in the sunlight.
There is an adaptive brightness mode for automatic brightness adjustment. An ‘inadvertent mode’ prevents the phone from registering involuntary touch input by ‘extrusion or fabric sliding while in the pocket’ and although we did not find it particularly useful, it worked as expected.
You can choose to mask the notch for specific applications if you like. A reading mode reduces the brightness of the display and gives it a reddish color for a more comfortable reading experience.
When it comes to general performance, we find that 2GB of RAM is not enough and if you do a lot of tasks and install a ton of applications on your phone, lags and stutters will be inevitable.
We have found that the phone usually handles the application with a good switch, but only a few heavy apps or games are executed. Even calling the keyboard took a second in this national situation, which was quite frustrating.
The fingerprint sensor worked without interruption, but facial recognition was a bit slow and took a second to unlock the phone, even in pretty good conditions.
We tried playing a few games on the phone, but Infinix Smart 3 Plus didn’t fare very well.
Light games like Angry Birds played smoothly, yet more intense titles such as Asphalt 9: Legends fall back and flicker, even in the lowest setting. PUBG Mobile simply refused to cross the load screen after pressing the ‘Start’ button to start the match.
First of all, Infinix Smart 3 Plus is only good for general use and if you are a heavy multi-tasker or gamer this is not the right phone for you.
Infinix Smart 3 Plus came up with synthetic criteria and refused to run Gickbench and was suddenly shut down several times while running Antu Two. Finally on Antuti we got a score of 62,003 which is very weak. GFXBench’s Manhattan 3.0 and T-Rex tests yielded 21fps and 8.2fps, respectively. At the 3Dmark Slingshot we recorded 456, the 3dmark Ice Storm Extreme returned 5,703.
Infinix Smart 3 Plus packs three rear cameras. In addition to the standard camera and depth sensor, this phone has a low-light sensor. It is claimed to help capture bright low-light shots with lots of detail, similar to phones trying to achieve the same goal with low-light or night mode in their applications.
The Premier rear camera has a 13-megapixel sensor and f / 1.8 aperture and is supported by a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
Camera features on this phone include PDAF, AI scene detection, AR sticker, portrait mode and AI HDR.
There is an 8-megapixel camera on the front of the Smart 3 Plus with an F/2.0 lens and AI enhancement ement.
The camera app has video labeled video cams, AI cams, beauty, bokeh and AR shot labeled modes at the bottom of the basic screen, while HDR, flash, and scene mode toggles sit in a row at the top, with no image size adjustments, grid lines, and a waterproof option available in settings.
No pro mode or panoramic mode is available, which is quite surprising. Beauty mode is also basic, with only six levels of AI-powered beauty enhancements, and there is no specific control for eye growth, facial thinning, etc.
Daylight photos are generally good when it comes to camera performance, especially close-up shots.
The colors look natural and the gradients were captured on a detailed amount of surface as well. Infinix Smart 3 Plus was quite fast in locking focus and generally very good with edge detection. However, if the object in focus had a rich color and was against an opposite background, some edge bleeding was noticeable.
As a regular daylight shot, Infinix Smart 3 Plus proves to be a capable phone considering its price point.
The long range shots had a good dynamic range, but there was a bit of blurring between the elements in the frame’s circumference. HDR thankfully does not exaggerate the colors and presents a natural tune.
We were a bit disappointed with how the Infinix Smart 3 Plus camera handled the sunlight. Photos taken under a harsh daylight appeared washed and muted.
We were pleased with the color profile and the depth of the bokeh effect in the shots, but the phone occasionally blurred the edge of the object that needed to be in focus. Photos taken indoors can only be average, with granular textures and low saturation.
The Smart 3 Plus has a dedicated low-light sensor that can understand more details in low light, but there was a lot of noise and grain in the background of the shots, and also a lot of blurring in the circumference of the frame. We have noticed that when using low-light sensors, the ISO used for the shot is broken, and more fine details are lost.
Then, having a dedicated low-light sensor is better than having no low-light photography mode or feature, which is ideal for phones in this price category.
The 8-megapixel front camera featured a good selfie that we found to be similar to posting on social media. We appreciate any aggressive smoothening on the face. The selfies we took looked natural and had a great amount of detail with the punchy look. The focus lock was spot on too. However, as the front camera struggled inside the room, the images are grainy and the colors appear muted.
As mentioned above, there is nothing special about Beauty Mode on this phone. What you will find is six layers of each beauty filter that illuminates just one image and smooths out the texture of the skin.
There are a few weird AR stickers to play but there are only 15 of them and there is no option to download more.
Both front and rear cameras can record video in full-HD, HD and 480p resolution. There is no stagnant technology here and as a result, the videos we have recorded have become frustrating.
We were particularly frustrated by the camera app. In addition to being feature-savvy, it lags far behind. Switching between camera modes takes its own sweet time, and once you have a look at a newly captured photo, you have to wait a few seconds before displaying the phone’s processes.
As far as battery performance goes, Infinix Smart 3 Plus was able to go a day of regular use with some internet browsing, music playback, a few calls and messaging, with a little bit of gaming thrown into the mix. On average, we found that the phone had about 10-15 percent juice at the end of the day.
The bundled charger takes the phone from 0 to 100 percent in about two hours. In our loop test of HD video batteries, Infinix Smart 3 Plus lasts 14 hours 57 minutes. In addition to battery saver and WhatsApp modes to reduce power consumption, there is also a ‘Power Consumption Reminder’ feature that sends an alert when an app is consuming too much power.
Infinix Smart 3 Plus is an attractive option at Rs 6,999, providing a great feature while still being affordable. The performance of the phone camera is quite good for its price, and its aesthetics is also attractive.
The low-light sensor is an added bonus and XOS 5.0 also brings nifty tools to some tables.
However, the Poultry 2GB RAM takes a heavy toll on the phone’s multi-tasking capabilities, resulting in frequent stutter and unresponsive apps. If you are keen to keep it up and the performance of the camera is your main criteria, the Infinix Smart 3 Plus can be a perfect pick for the price.
For a bit more, the Redmi 7 ₹ 7,999 (reviews) offers better performance as well as a more polished software experience than the Infinix Smart 3 Plus, though we’ve only tested the variant of the phone’s 3GB RAM, which costs quite a bit more.
Another option to consider is the 3GB RAM variant of the newly introduced Realme C2 (Review), such as the older Realm C1 (Review). Nokia 6.1 (review) is also often priced at Rs. ,, ৯৯৯ online, it produces the best price package.
Other options may be priced slightly higher, though, including Realme 3 (Review) and Asus Zenfone Max M2 (Review).