Transsion Holdings sub-brand Infinix today announced the successor to its only selfie-centric smartphone, the Infinix Hot S3 in the form of Infinix Hot S3X. According to Infinix, the Hot S3X brings some major upgrades to the selfie shooter and the phone has a notch on the front this time around. To recall, the Hot S3 was launched in February earlier this year and it arrived in two variants. But the Hot S3X comes in a single variant with a price bump which is completely expected. The Hot S3X is still powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It goes against the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 which is the go-to option right now for many users looking for a selfie-centric device under Rs 10,000.
Infinix Hot S3X: Specifications and Features
Starting with the display, the Hot S3X has a 6.2-inch HD+ screen on the front which offers 86% screen-to-body ratio and 19:9 aspect ratio. The display has a 2.5D curved glass on top, but the company did not mention any protective layer used on the screen. The Hot S3X is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset, paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. The phone also has a dedicated microSD card slot which allows users to expand storage up to 128GB.
The USP of the Hot S3X is the 16MP selfie camera. The Infinix Hot S3 arrived with a 20MP shooter, but the 16MP shooter on the S3X is capable of delivering better selfies than the Hot S3. The selfie camera has a f/2.0 aperture, LED flash and pixel binning technology. For the unaware, pixel binning technology merges four pixels into one pixel further capturing more light in the images. And as you would expect from a brand like Infinix in 2018, the camera app has various Artificial Intelligence features such as AI Beauty and AI Bokeh. As for the rear side, the Hot S3X offers 13MP+2MP cameras with support for PDAF, Dual LED flash and f/2.0 aperture. The camera app offers various modes including AI Portrait, HDR, Beauty, Professional, Night, Panorama and Time-lapse.
The phone weighs 150 grams and has a 4000mAh battery which is rated to deliver 23 hours of 4G talk time. The phone boots XOS 3.3 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. For security, Infinix has added Face Unlock and a fingerprint scanner on the Hot S3X. Lastly, the Hot S3X has support for 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a Micro USB port.
Infinix Hot S3X: Pricing and Availability
Same as the Hot S3, the Hot S3X will also be available exclusively on Flipkart. The phone will be available in three colour options- Ice Blue, Sandstone Black and Tradewinds Gray at Rs 9,999. The newly launched smartphone will be available exclusively on Flipkart with the “Big Diwali Sale” starting from November 1 until November 5.
Infinix Hot S3X: Competitors in India
Speaking about the competitors, the Hot S3X will face a tough time from Xiaomi’s Redmi Y2 as it packs a powerful Snapdragon 625 chipset and offers way better dual cameras on the rear. But the Hot S3X has its own advantages especially in the battery department as it rocks a beefy 4000mAh unit.
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