Infinix Smart 2 unboxing and first impressions: aims to deliver more than your money’s worth

“The Infinix Smart 2 marks the brand’s foray into the entry-level smartphone segment “

Within an year, the Transsion-Holdings owned brand, Infinix has managed to establish itself as a known name in the budget segment. Now, the brand is going further with the launch of its new entry-level series – the Infinix Smart. The debut launch of the series comes in the form of the Infinix Smart 2. We got hold of the latest launch from the brand and here’s how we’ll describe our initial impressions.

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The Infinix Smart 2 comes in a smaller-than-usual retail packaging that comes in bright red hue. The box carries the phone’s visuals on top, its branding all around with core specs listed at the bottom. Upon opening the pack, you are greeted by the Smart 2 lying atop a tray with wall charger, micro-USB cable and documentation below. We’re glad that the brand has provided a flat cable with the handset as well as a pre-applied screen protector. If you are wondering where’s the SIM-ejection tool, then there isn’t one because the smartphone comes with a removable back panel concealing the dual-SIM slot and a dedicated microSD card slot.

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Speaking of the rear panel, there’s a camera module with LED flash in the top left corner, Infinix branding towards the center and a loudspeaker grille along with Smart insignia at the bottom. The fascia houses the front camera, an earpiece, a dedicated selfie LED flash above the 5.45-inch 18:9 display. The power and volume buttons rest on the right edge, whereas the base is home to micro-USB port and a 3.5mm audio socket. You can take a look at the Infinix Smart 2from all angles in the gallery, embedded below.

Coming to the display, the 5.45-inch panel has considerable bezels all around despite offering an 18:9 aspect ratio. The screen bears HD+ resolution, and while it might not be the most colour accurate panel, the text is sharp and colours are punchy. The display is also legible under the direct sunlight and offers good viewing angles.

Moving on to the performance, the Smart 2 comes with a MediaTek MT6739 chipset backed by 2GB RAM. Out of 16GB storage onboard, around 8.5GB is available to the user. The handset is also available in a 3GB + 32GB variant. In our brief stint with the phone, it seemed to jump between apps smoothly. The handset boots Android 8.1 Oreo-based XOS out of the box. The interface has been equipped with a fair share of bloatware like Phx Browser and Flipkart as well as brand’s proprietary apps. Thankfully, the third-party apps can be easily uninstalled. A 3,050mAh battery powers the device.

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In the camera department, the Infinix Smart 2 features a 13-megapixel shooter on the rear panel and an 8-megapixel selfie snapper with a dual-LED flash. The main camera gets modes like night, beauty and live filters, whereas the front camera also offers a software-assisted Bokeh effect. 

With a starting price of Rs 5,999, the debut entry-level smartphone from the brand seemingly ticks all the right boxes. However, the handset will still have to go up against the like of Redmi 5A (review), which comes with a better internals but misses out on the bezel-less design. 

Photos by Raj Rout