Updated on 2018-02-06 by Shivam Setia
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Infinix Hot S3 is the lastest smartphone from Infinix launched on 6th Feb in India. The Hot S3 is a selfie-centric phone with a 20MP front camera. It also comes with a bezel-less display of aspect ratio 18:9 which has been a trend lately. Infinix Hot S3 comes with a 5.65-inch screen with HD+ resolution, the display is an IPS display protected by 2.5D curved glass and Gorilla glass protection. The phone is easy to hold in hand and feels light in weight even though it comes with a large 4000mAh battery.
Infinix Hot S3 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor and runs on Android 8 Oreo. It is not stock android though. It runs on Infinix's own custom skin which doesn't look that great but does perform well. There are few extra apps but not a lot of bloatware which is a good thing.
The phone comes in 2 variants of 3GB RAM with 32 GB internal storage and 4GB of RAM with 64 GB of internal storage. The Antutu benchmark score of Infinix Hot S3 is around 44000.
The camera performance of Infinix Hot S3 is impressive for the price, it has a rear camera of 13MP resolution. The camera performs well in daylight and under low light the performance is average. The front camera, which is USP of the device, is a 20MP camera with a selfie dual-tone flash. The front camera on Infinix Hot S3 is great for taking selfies. The pictures look great under daylight. Low light selfies also come out well because of dual-tone flash. Overall the camera performance is good. There is also beautify mode which is something a lot of people like.
Infinix Hot S3 also worked well in the gaming department with no noticeable lag observed even in the high-end games like Asphalt 8, Modern Combat 5. The fingerprint sensor is on the back and is pretty accurate.
The battery for Infinix Hot S3 has a good capacity of 4000mAH. With an efficient chipset like Snapdragon 430, you can expect it to last for 1.5 days with heavy usage and 2 days with light usage which is excellent battery backup.
The Hot S3 comes with a dedicated micro SD card slot which can be used to increase the storage by up to 128GB. Thumbs up to Infinx for going with a dedicated MicroSD card slot.
The Infinix Hot S3 is not waterproof or dustproof so no IP rating is there for it. We hope that in few years budget smartphones will also have IP ratings.
Overall, the Infinix Hot S3 ticks all the right boxes. It has a nice display, good cameras, excellent battery and a decent entry-level chipset. The selfie camera is the USP of the device. We like the device and would call it one of the best smartphones under 10000. It will compete with the Lenovo K8 Plus and Redmi Y1, which are also really good devices.
Update: Infinix Hot S3 has received face unlocking feature via a software update. Now you can unlock the device just by looking at it.
If you would like to read the reviews given by customers who bought Infinix Hot S3, check out the links below
The best price of Infinix Hot S3 is around Rs. 9999. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below
Infinix Hot S3 is a selfie centric smartphone with a nice front camera and dual tone flash. The display is also latest having 18:9 aspect ratio though the resolution is not Full HD+. Overall, the phone performs well and offers good value for money. If you take selfie and need a phone under 10000, then go for it.