I have had the Infinix Note 3 for a week now. And to be clear, I think this is the best big phone – that’s affordable, at less than Ksh. 15,000 – right now.

I know many of you have waited for this review. Some are even angry it took quite some time. But here we are finally. I will focus this review on 5 things; the fingerprint scanner, the cameras, the phone design, the battery, and the software experience.

Let me believe that it’s good to let you know, as the post begins, that I actually love this device. It feels good in the hand, it is big and nicely finished. It is classy.

Front Infinix Note 3
Sensors, Camera, Speaker and Flash

Unboxing:

I already have a post, some confused it for the full review, that I did when I unboxed the phone. Check it out here. A video and photos of the phone are included.

Specifications:

  • 6.0 inch Full HD Screen
  • 4500mAh battery with aerospace cooling tech
  • 13MP Back camera with Dual LED flash
  • 5MP front camera with LED Flash
  • 3G only model
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • MT6753 Octa-core 1.3GHz
  • 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory
  • Micro SD up to 128 GB

Okay let’s start.

Fingerprint Scanner:

I won’t lie, I expected a bad scanner. Something one could easily fool. Or something that took quite some time to recognise or unlock the phone. I was shocked and amazed by the speed of this fingerprint scanner. It is like instantaneous! You can even tap the scanner and the phone unlocks!

Back Infinix Note 3 FingerprintI was with some friends when unboxing the phone and everyone wanted to test out the fingerprint recognition speed. And it amazed everyone. It is faster than the Galaxy S5’s fingerprint reader apparently.

The scanner keeps your phone secure and can also be used to approve purchases from Google Play Store.

You can add up to 5 different fingerprints.

Fingerprint Scanners Infinix Note 3Cameras:

It’s hard to review phone cameras. Not all 13MP cameras are good. Not all 5MP cameras are the same.

The Note 3 has some really good cameras for the ‘Megapixels’ stated. It takes very nice pictures and selfies.

The back camera produces quality photos, with nice colours. It is very fast. And it can also do very good close-up shots. This is one of the best close-ups I’ve taken:

Flower Infinix Note 3More camera samples are here —>> Click Now.

The front camera comes with beauty mode, and Photo in Photo mode. It takes nice pictures too.

Battery:

A 4500mAh battery is not a joke! Powering a 6 inch full HD 1080p panel for 5 to 7 hrs is not a joke.

Speakers Infinix Note 3
Speakers, MicroUSB and Microphone. Non-removable battery since it is a metallic uni-body design.

On pretty above normal use I got about five and a half hours screen-on time. Data was enabled on “3G only” with the screen brightness was set to AUTO. I was reading Medium, tweeting, WhatsApping and taking many photos. Some of the photos I have attached here.

On light use you can charge your phone after two days.

Leave your data on. Make and receive calls. Check out a little of Twitter, Facebook. Listen to some music. Create a hotspot for a few minutes. At the end of the day you’ll be at around 40%.

There’s also SUPER fast charging. Which means you don’t have to charge your phone overnight. Nope. Just wake up. Plug in your phone. Shower. Breakfast. Boom 100%!

There’s some tech that’s been used to make the phone not over-heat. And its pretty decent even-though you can still feel the device get hot some times. It would heat much much more without the technology I think. Remember it is a metallic body phone.

Design:

This is always on top. I’m having it here so as to highlight the other items above.

Buttons Infinix Note 3
MicroSD Card tray, Volume, and Power Buttons.

This phone is beautiful. I know the Infinix Hot S is more beautiful. But still you just need to touch the device to believe me.

It feels really good on the hand. It is not too heavy, not too light. It is class when you hold and carry it around.

And there’s no plastic.

Sim Card tray Infinix Note 3
SIM Cards Tray

Software:

You know I was angry when I first heard XUI was becoming XOS. Yes Infinix was copying their brother TECNO. But they did XOS in a very very nice way.

XOS infinix Note 3

HiOS felt rushed. XOS is home.

  • The Xlauncher can be your default launcher as it is really good.
  • There are X apps you might love: XShare, XAccount, XCloud, XManager, XPower, Xtheme, and Xweather.
  • The skin is smooth, the notifications are working well. The icons are coloured brightly, beautifully.
  • The phone is fast and the processing speed is good. I can swiftly switch between apps with no lag.
Xlauncher Infinix Note 3
XLauncher

There’s the usual smart gestures for waking up your device. And there’s also a screen record feature that allows you to record your phone, in video format, when doing something, instead of just a screenshot.

Finally…

What else is there to be said?

The 4G model is expected soon. I hope it will have both 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. If not, then let it be 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. We can buy microSD Cards.

By the way the Infinix Hot S is officially launching in Kenya very soon.

Ask me all the questions you may have on the Infinix Note 3 and I will try and answer where I can.

Meanwhile go to Jumia and buy the phone.

14 COMMENTS

  1. hallo I just bought my note 3 and I feel disappointed..it isn’t supporting play store and some apps like gmail can’t instal
    it says my phone doent support play store
    pliz help me 0726631007

  2. Love the review Otieno. Very detailed. Just wondering what advise you would give to one who is torn in between the note 3 and the zero 3

  3. nice review here, you made mention of 5 diff fingerprints, does that mean i can register my fingerprint and also dat of my brother just incase I’m not around and d fine need to be unlock

  4. thanks for this review,i been waiting on it and on particular the fingerprint scanner since it duplicates bigfish like huawei.
    anything you still have reserved against this phone?and why would you want to pick the pro version apart from 4G connectivity?

  5. Once again, very nice review. So I guess no questions on that. Sidebar : if you had no phone and you had to choose between hot s and note 3, which one could you go for.
    And the photos you’ve used here are really nice, so kudos to the photographer!

    • I would pick the Note 3 expected pro version over the Hot S.

      Thanks for the feedback! The photos are by myself. And would you imagine that all these have been taken by the Infinix Hot Note X551? Yes.

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