The banner on @InfinixKenya’s Twitter page is a huge teaser on the Infinix Note 3 (X601), the follow-up of the incredibly popular Infinix Note 2.
All week, there has been talk of its launch in Kenya and going by the specs, it is quite an improvement from its old mate. First away goes the plastic body. Transsion opted for a metallic build this time round. This is at a price, of course. The battery is now caged in (non-removable) and the price shoots up a tinge. The display sticks to 6 inches like its predecessors but this time, it is a 1080p FHD panel, a bump from last year’s 720p (HD). Media consumers, rejoice.
RAM gets a boost too, to 2GB, up from last year’s meagre 1GB. Internal storage comes in at 16GB. We don’t know if there will be a 32GB option however. We really hope there is. This, of course is expandable to 128GB via MicroSD.
The battery coming with the Infinix Hot Note 3 grew a bit too, to 4500mAh. However, we don’t know how the battery life will do, considering the FHD screen. Fast-charging is in too claiming to give you 200 minutes talk time from a mere 5 minute juice-up. The workhorse in the Hot Note 3 is said to be an octa-core Mediatek MT6753 clocked at 1.3GHz, which is sad since that is almost two years old. Perhaps they chose this to keep the price down.
The cameras remain the same on paper, at least. A 13MP shooter at the back, flanked by a dual LED flash. Up front, we have a 5MP camera for selfies. This time, it comes with a front-facing ‘soft’ flash. It also remains dual-SIM.
We hear there will be two versions of this device: a normally priced version with 3G and the slew of usual connectivity options and a slightly more expensive 4G LTE version that will also include 3GB RAM.
Now to the cooler stuff. Apparently there is a fingerprint sensor at its back. This is a first in Kenya for a sub-20,000/= device. And beyond its main security duty, apparently it can be used to perform other options like answer calls and take selfies. It also features liquid cooling. This isn’t exactly novel anymore but on a budget device, this is new.
The Hot Note 3 will come with XOS Chameleon, Transitions custom version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow designed for Infinix. It is supposedly more polished than XUI in the older Infinix and devices will have a few tricks up its sleeve, including a colour inversion option (light and dark modes, I presume) in the quick toggles. The usual X-named apps (XCloud, XApps and Xshare in place of Xender etc.) are still in place.
The 3G version of the Infinix Note 3 is expected to be priced around Ksh. 15000 (teased at Ksh. 14,499 on Jumia for the, up from the Note 2’s Ksh. 12,000) and Ksh. 18,000 for the 3GB RAM, 4G LTE version.
There is also talk of the launch of the Infinix Hot S in Kenya
Expect a full review as soon as we get our hands on one.