If you must blink, do it now. The Infinix Hot 6 is fresh out the oven. Once you get ahold of this beauty in your grasp, you won’t be doing much blinking, I can assure you of that. The Hot 6 is a gorgeously contoured 6-inch device fitted with an 18:9 Infinity Screen. It’s tall and slender with seamless curved edges, a nod to high-end Samsung Galaxy smartphones.
I’d wager, if smartphones on the African market ever held a beauty contest, the Infinix Hot 6 would take the crown, hands down. Not with that sleek unibody design.
The Hot 6 runs the very latest Android Oreo 8.1 Go Edition. We have covered Android Go at length, but a recap wouldn’t hurt. Basically, Android Go is a lighter but no less powerful version of Android which utilises much less system resources than we’re accustomed to. The Google apps (e.g Google Go, YouTube Go, Gmail Go, e.t.c) are re-engineered to leave as little as footprint as possible on your system.
What’s in the box
- Power adapter
- Micro-USB cable
- Screen Protector
- Customer Service Card
First things first; the Hot 6 is really slender, measuring only 160.43 x 76.21 x 8.3 mm. Our review device was all Sandstone Black. The all-black unibody blended well with the screen. This is a smartphone Batman would approve of, no doubt. The device is deceptively tall to accommodate the 18:9 Infinity Screen.
To your left, you will find the dual-SIM card slot. It accepts only MicroSIM. So Nano and MiniSIM users are out of luck. This side is also home to the volume buttons. Conversely, the SD card slot is on the right side next to the power button. This arrangement provides much better one-handed dexterity. For some reason, the earphone jack is located at the bottom next to the speakers and a MicroUSB slot.
Infinix crammed so much screen into the frame, that it looks bigger, and yet still fits in your palm. Overall, it feels like a premium device regardless of the plastic build. I would say this has something to do with the design. The svelte body which wraps around the device is delicious eye candy. You have to see it to believe it.
Turning on the device is like stepping into a dream. The HD screen is simply glorious. The XOS Hummingbird icons are well rendered and the performance is fluid. It’s doubly impressive given that we have a playing field of only 1GB of RAM.
Perhaps given this RAM ceiling, the Hot 6 ships with Android Oreo Go Edition, which is basically Android on a diet. The idea behind Android Go is that entry-level and low-end smartphones don’t get left out whenever a new more powerful Android flavor hits the market.
Infinix Hot 6 Specs
Announced: 2018, April
Available: 2018, May
Model: Infinix X606B
Colors: Blush Gold/Bordeaux Red/Sandstone Black/Sapphire Blue
SIM: Dual SIM (Micro-SIM)
OS: XOS Hummingbird v3.3.0 based on Android™ 8.1.0 (32 bit Go Edition)
Network: GSM, WCDMA, GPRS, EDGE, HSPA
Dimensions: 152.2 x 71.7 x 5.6 mm
Display: 6.0″ HD 1440 x 720px 18:9 Full Display
CPU: MediaTek MT6580 Quad-core 1.3GHz, 64bit, ARM Cortex-A7 Mali-400 MP Processor
Memory: 16GB ROM, 1GB RAM, microSD, up to 128 GB (dedicated slot)
Camera: 13M (4160 x 3120) Dual LED rear flash, 5M (2560 x 1920) front Camera with Dual LED Flash
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, OTG, WiFi Direct.
Sensors: Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Orientation, Ambient Light, Proximity, Compass, Fingerprint, Face-ID
Battery: Non -Removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
Price & Where to Buy
The Infinix Hot 6 is retailing at a modest price of UGX 468,000. It should now be available at most Infinix branded outlets. In Kampala, find it at:
- Micromax at Ambassador House
- Berries at Ambassador House
- Banana Fashion City on William Street near Stanbic Bank
- MTN outlet at Crested Towers
- MTN outlet at Acacia Mall
- MTN outlet at Victoria Mall
- MTN outlet on Kyaggwe Road
- MTN outlet at Lugogo
- MTN outlet at Forest Mall
- MTN outlet at Clock Tower
- Banana Phone World
- The Boulevard opposite the Main Post Office
- Opposite the City Square
- Lugogo Mall
- Next to former Nandos
- William Street opposite Mutaasa Kafeero
- Luwum Street opposite Zai Plaza
- City House opposite Radio One
- Opposite Zainab Plaza
- Kampala Road near Top Finance