Infinix Hot 10T was officially made available in Kenya late last week and in this smartphone season, it is easy for such devices, especially those in Tecno and Infinix’s lower-tier to go under the radar, unnoticed.
This device comes to join the Hot 10 family of devices, which in turn comes to succeed the Hot 9 devices and the Hot 8 before that. The Infinix Hot 10T comes with a bunch of new and some upgraded features which make it unique in the budget segment of the market.
We bought the Infinix Hot 10T on launch-day and I have been using it ever since and here’s my unboxing and initial impressions.
The box is typical Infinix with bold colors and branding and in it, you get the following.
- 1 x Infinix Hot 10T
- 1 x 10W power brick and
- 1 x micro-USB charging cable
- 1 x Sim injector tool
- a plastic case
- a flimsy screen protector
The design of the Infinix Hot 10T is very thoughtful and sleek but still very ‘traditional’. The device is primarily made of plastic (obviously), and has an interesting pattern on the back which should help with grip. I have only been using it with the case on so I can’t really talk on the effectiveness.
A quick walk around the device, the left hand side houses the SIM tray which holds two SIM cards and an SD Card. The bottom features a headphone jack, a micro-USB port, and a speaker grille while the right side has the volume rockers and the power/lock button.
The 6.8’’ Dot Display is large enough to cater to all your multimedia needs including watching music videos, streaming movies or music but the 720p display gave a lower pixel density than I would like.
Infinix Hot 10T also has Bluetooth Audio share 2.0, and Dirac Stereo Sound Effect.
Infinix Hot 10T has a 90Hz refresh rate so you not only enjoy scrolling the web or social media but also playing your favorite games. This is my first encounter with 90Hz and I didn’t really feel the difference between 90Hz and regular 60Hz.
It has a back fingerprint sensor and face unlock at the front for bio-authentication, both are pretty fast but you might want to tame your expectations on the face unlock’s security.
The Infinix Hot 10T has a square-shaped camera sensor at the back but only has 3 sensors with a blank slot in the array. The flash is housed in a separate location just below the square.
On the software side, the Infinix Hot 10T runs Android 11-based XOS 7.6 Dolphin out of the box.
On top of most of the Android 11 features, Infinix added software enhancements and customization features with XOS 7.6 such as this side panel you scroll over to get tools like the screenshot feature or apps for easy multi-app switching.
Running the show is the Helio G70 processor and a Mali G52 GPU coupled with 4GB of RAM and 128GB/4GB of RAM and 128GB onboard storage. I have the 4+64GB variant and most of my daily tasks are handled with no fuss.
For the photography enthusiasts, the Infinix Hot 10T comes with a 64MP main sensor, a 2MP depth sensor and an AI camera. Selfies and face unlock is done with a 8MP teardrop camera sensor.
There are a bunch of built-in modes that we shall highlight more in our full review so stay tuned for that. You can shoot video at 720p,1080p and 2K at 30fps.
For me, the star of the show is the 5000mAh battery. I had the device set to 90Hz full time and still, I was able to last about a day and a half of normal usage and Hotspot tethering before the device gave out. I regularly got 8-9 hours of screen-on-time, a first for me in a long time.
Sadly though, the micro-USB charging maxes out at 10W, at least with the included charging brick. Considering that this is a massive 5000mAh cell, this took ages, at least for someone like me coming from 33W super-fast charging on Samsung Galaxy A70.
Pricing and Availability
Infinix Hot 10T is available in retail stores across the country at KES 15,500 for 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, while 4GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage goes for KES 17,500.
Knowing Kenyan stores, this price might be inflated slightly or you might get a discount depending on where you choose to purchase your device.
We’re working on the full review so be on the lookout for that sometime soon.