Infinix Note 5 is the current icon of Infinix’s Note series. The phone was released about 3 months ago, replacing Note 4 as the icon of the series. Note 5 is a very nice device. The smartphone comes with high-end specs and features. The chipset, battery, OS and cameras, are all epic. The smart device does not have a catch which means anyone who can afford it should consider it when buying a new smartphone.
Infinix Note 5 Review
Infinix Note 5 replaced Note 4 as the iconic phone of the Note series after Note 4 held this title for about 11 months. The smart device was launched in June 2018 after a long period of expectation. Ever since the device was released, it has been massively advertised and smartphone users have been buying it at a high rate.
It will be very disappointing for a smartphone like Infinix Note 5 not to come with the support for 4G networks. Knowing this, the manufacturer of this phone made Note 5 support 4G networks. In other words, a user of this smartphone can step up to 4G whenever they are in areas where 4G networks are available. Unlike some phones that leave out support for 3G networks, Note 5 supports 2G, 3G and 4G networks.
Infinix Note 5 which is a dual SIM smartphone, has a large body. The largeness of this phone can be accounted for, by the display of the device. The phone comes with a 6.00 inches (15.24 cm) liquid crystal display, just like the majority of high-end phones. Infinix Note 5’s display furthermore belong to the IPS family, not the AMOLED family. This is not a catch for the phone as IPS displays are still cool for 2018 smartphones.
Note 5 is championed by a chipset that belongs to a special family of MediaTek chipsets. This family of the chipset is the Helio family which is known as a family of some of the best chipsets of MediaTek. The chipset that champions this phone is the MediaTek Helio P23. The high-speed processors of this chipset can operate at speeds up to 2.00 GHz. In addition, Helio P23 is an octa-core chipset.
The chipset of Infinix Note 5, works with a 3 GB RAM as the main memory. As 3 GB is the high-end standard for RAM; Note 5 cannot be said to disappoint here. Although we have phones that come with 6 GB RAM, this does not mean the phone would not serve a high-end user, seamlessly. A 3 GB RAM is enough for a very large percentage of Android users, and very often 6 GB RAM are overkills.
Unlike some high-end smartphones that are not up to standard in the OS aspect, Infinix Note 5 is also nice in the OS aspect. Note 5 runs Android 8.0 Oreo which is the current standard for 2018 high-end smartphones. The operating system is well-known to be smarter than Android 7.0 Nougat and other older versions of Android. In addition, the OS comes with new features.
Infinix Note does just as expected in the storage aspect. The smartphone uses a 32 GB flash storage as its internal memory. This internal storage is where the OS of the smartphone is housed. In other words, a user can not have all the 32 GB of the storage space to themselves. Although the phone comes with 32 GB of storage space, it is, however, possible for the phone to have as much as 160 GB, when a 128 GB SD card is inserted into the smartphone.
Although some high-end smartphones come with three cameras, Infinix Note 5 comes with two cameras. As a norm, one of these cameras is positioned in the front of the smartphone, while the other is positioned on the rear side of the phone. The front camera of this device makes the phone interesting, as the front camera of the phone is a 16 MP camera. While a 16 MP camera serves as the selfie camera of this smartphone, a 12 MP camera serves as the primary camera of the phone.
Just like Infinix Note 4 pro, Note 5 is powered by a 4500 mAh battery. However, Note 4 pro has a higher uptime than Note 5 because its hardware is not as sophisticated as that of Note 5. It is also important to note that the up-time difference of these smartphones is small, so Note 5 cannot be said to be inferior to Note 4 pro in this aspect.
Key Specs and Features
- Display: 6.00 inches; high-definition (HD) in-plane switching (IPS) LCD; 1080 x 2160 pixels
- Storage: 32 GB, expandable up to 128 GB
- RAM: 3 GB SD-RAM
- OS: Android 8.0 (Nougat)
- Cameras: 16 MP front camera; 12 MP rear camera
- Battery: 4500 mAh
- Chipset: MediaTek Helio P25; octa-core; 2.00 GHz
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes
The chipset featured by Infinix Note 5 is one of the things that make the smartphone interesting. The smartphone is championed by a chipset which belongs to the Helio family. Helio is a family of high-end MediaTek chipsets. Chipsets of this family are more sophisticated than regular chipsets. As a result, they are more expensive and are only found in high-end smartphones. Apart from being powerful, they are also power-efficient, when compared to other chipsets of their class.
Being explicit, the chipset that champions Infinix Note 5, is MediaTek Helio P23. People familiar with the smartphone market will recognize this chipset, as it is very common among high-end smartphones.
MediaTek Helio P23 is an octa-core chipset, and as octa-core chipsets are known for, some of their cores are high-speed cores. The high-speed cores in this smartphone can process about 50 percent faster than standard cores. Giving details, standard chipsets process at about 1.30 GHz, whereas the high-speed cores of Helio P23 can clock up to 2.00 GHz.
The tremendous progress Google made with Android, in the past year, rendered some high-end smartphone obsolete. In 2017, Android 7.0 Nougat was the hot cake of the day. Owing to this, high-end smartphones released in 2017 came with Android 7.0 Nougat as their operating system.
However, 2018 has been full of surprises as Google released two new versions of Android, under 10 months. These two versions are Android 8.0 Oreo and Android 9.0 Pie. The release of these new operating systems makes Android 8.0 Oreo, the current standard of OS, whereas 2017 smartphones run Nougat.
Infinx Note 5 does not suffer from OS problem, unlike 2017 high-end smartphones. The phone runs the 2018 standard which is Android 8.0 Oreo. Android 8.0 Oreo is a very cool operating system, and users of the operating system can attest to this fact. The operating system is smarter than Nougat and other older versions of the Android operating system (OS).
Infinix Note 5 does not only run Android 8.0 Oreo as its operating system, the smartphone runs an unmodified build of the operating system. In other words, the smartphone is an Android One phone. Being an Android One smartphone means the smart device will surely get an upgrade for Android 9.0 Pie. In addition, a user of this smartphone will also get OS upgrade when newer versions of the operating system come around.
An Android One smartphone is not only cool for people who lay emphasis on an operating system, but also cool for Android users who security is very important to. Running an Android One smartphone means a user’s smartphone will always receive security update whenever they are available.
In a span of 5 years, the size of mobile phone display has increased greatly. While displays less than 1.00 inches (2.54 cm) used to be the norm of the past, 6.00 inches displays are now the norm of today, among high-end smartphone. The large display is not about luxury, it is about giving users of smartphones better user experience. Displays of phones are the primary medium of interaction between phones and computer, and an increase in their size have been seen to facilitate better interaction.
Infinix Note 5 meets up to the 2018 standard of high-end smartphones, in the aspect of display. This smartphone has a 6.00 inches display which in turn has a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. Only a minority of high-end smartphones have display resolution as high as 1080 x 2160 pixels. With this display resolution, Note 5 is left with a pixel density of 403 pixels per inch (ppi).
Cameras are now deeply rooted in our social life. The world has people who can hardly live without cameras. This is more common among ladies of recent years. A smartphone that does not feature cameras will unlikely make any sales in the current smartphone market. This makes it not surprising to see smartphone coming with three and four cameras. While three cameras are too much, two cameras are very important.
Infinix Note 5 is a dual camera smartphone. The smart device comes with two cameras. As expected, one of these cameras is in the front of the smartphone, and the other is on the rear side of the smart device.
A very nice 16 MP camera acts as the selfie camera of the smartphone. Apart from the fact that this camera is powerful, the camera is also well-enhanced. The rear of this smartphone features a 12 MP camera. The phone has two cameras, and as expected, one of them is in the front of the phone, and the other on the rear side of the smartphone.
Storage is a very important component of smartphones. The need to store software and data makes it crucial for a smartphone to come with an internal storage device. Infinix Note 5 comes with an internal storage device with a capacity of 32 GB. This capacity is the 2018 standard for high-end smartphones. In other words, this smart does not disappoint in the aspect of internal storage.
The operating system (OS) of smartphones are stored in their internal storage device. The operating system of smartphones take some gigabytes of storage space. Putting in other words, the amount of usable storage space of Infinix Note 5 is less than 32 GB. Even though builds of Note 5 comes with 32 GB of storage space, it is possible to for the phone to have as much as 160 GB of storage space. To expand the storage space of a smartphone, a micro SD card will be required.
Infinix Note 5 Full Specs and Features
- Announcement Status: Announced
- Announcement: June 2018
- Release Status: Released
- Release: June 2018
- 2G: Yes, GSM (850/900/1800/1900)
- 3G: Yes, HSDPA (850/900/1700/1900/2100)
- 4G: Yes, LTE
- Count: Dual SIM
- Type: Nano SIM
- Dimension: N/A
- Weight: N/A
- Thickness: N/A
- Colours: Berlin Gray, Milan Black, Ice Blue
- Case Type: Glass
- Size: 6.00 inches
- Type: high-definition (HD) in-plane switching (IPS) LCD
- Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels
- Pixel Density: 403 pixels per inch (ppi)
- Size: 3 GB
- Type: SD-RAM
- Manufacturer: MediaTek
- Model: Helio P23
- Cores: 8 cores (octa-core)
- Speed: 2.00 GHz
- Type: Android (Android One)
- Version: 8.0 (Oreo)
- Edition: N/A
- Size: 32 GB
- Expansion Support: Yes
- Expansion Limit: 128 GB
- Total: 2 cameras
- Front Camera: 16 MP
- Rear Camera: 12 MP
- Front LED Flash: Yes
- Rear LED Flash: Yes
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes
- Position: Rear
- GPU: Mali G71 MP2
- Speed: N/A
- Wi-Fi (Mobile Hotspot)
- Proximity Sensor
- Light Sensor
- Type: Li-Ion
- Capacity: 4500 mAh
- Rapid-charge system: Yes
Infinix Note 5 Price in Nigeria
The price of Infinix Note 5 in Nigeria ranges from 60,000 Naira to 65,000 Naira and is available in Infinix certified retail stores nationwide. It is also available on Jumia, Konga, Slot and other e-commerce websites across the country. Infinix also recently released the more feature-packed Infinix Note 5 Pro in Nigeria.