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Infinix Note 5

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Infinix Note 5 marks it’s debut as the latest Android One smartphone from the Hong Kong manufacturer. The device is expected to make amends for the last year’s Infinix Note 4 and Note 4 Pro that got a good number of critics and mixed feelings from it’s users.

The Note 5 comes in bigger and sharper display size when compared to it’s predecessor, Infinix Note 4. Stylus pen is only included on the Pro version – Infinix Note 5 Pro. The Note 5 Pro (or Note 5 Stylus) hides its x-pen inside the body, something like what we see on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

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Infinix Note 5 Key features

  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo with Android One
  • SIM Type: Dual SIM (Micro)
  • 4G LTE: YES, LTE
  • Screen Size : 6.0 FHD+ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Screen Resolution: 2160 x 1080 pixels (~403 PPI)
  • Processor Type: Octa-core 2.0 GHz
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • External Storage: microSD, up to 128GB
  • Back / Rear Camera: 12MP camera & LED Flash
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4500 mAh (non-removable)

Infinix Note 5 Features Overview

The Infinix Note 5 has a display size of 6.0 inches with Full HD+ resolution of 2160 pixels by 1080 pixels which now left it’s PPI (pixels per-square inch) at 403 pixels. The 18:9 screen aspect ratio is thrown into the mix to spice things up a little.

Infinix Note 5 features the latest Android 8.1 Oreo with the Android One program that brings the latest AI powered innovations and security protections to the new device. No XOS or XUI this time around, just the basic Android one stock ROM.

The front panel of the device sees a 16 megapixels selfie camera that comes with a LED flash for quality photography. At the back, you’ll find a smaller 12 megapixels camera with a ring flash positioned at the top left corner on the back of the Note 5. Bokeh (Portrait mode) features are offered in the device by the help AI since it doesn’t come with dual back snappers.

Face ID unlock is not available on the pre-sale version of the phone, later versions will probably ship with the Face ID unlock system while the rest gets it via an OTA update.

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On the inside will be a 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage space, the Pro version carries a bigger RAM and ROM capacities of 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM. The best part is that they will all have an option to expand the storage with microSD card.

Infinix Note 5 is powered by an Octa-core 2.0 GHz with Helio P23 chipset and Mali G71 MP2 on board. This is a significant upgrade from the older variant (Infinix Note 4 Pro) that came with Mediatek chipset and Octa-core 1.3 GHz processor.

In terms of build quality, the Note 5 is nothing short of impressive and trendy, it is finished with a glossy glass back cover. There are three stylish color options; Milan Black, Berlin Gray and Ice Blue colors.

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The Infnix Note 4 from last year had it’s fingerprint reader embedded in a home button at the front panel but that’s not the case with Infinix Note 5, the fingerprint scanner has moved to the back to sit below the camera region.

In the power house of the Note 5 is a 4,500 mAh battery that comes with a quick charge technology that is guaranteed to give you more battery juice is lesser time. The battery is advertised to keep the device up and running for up 3 days. The phone has 4G network option with dual micro SIM capability.

Infinix Note 5 price and availability

Infinix Note 5 will go on sale following it’s June 24th launch in Dubai, it will be available for purchase through various online and offline stores. It is currently available for pre-order via Jumia Kenya Store and at the price of KES 17,939 (Kenyan Shillings) which is about #64,300 naira in Nigeria (175 USD), see purchase links below.

Where to buy the Note 5

From Jumia Nigeria – Click Here
From Jumia Kenya – Click Here

Infinix Note 5 Best Alternatives

If you feel the Note 5 is not a nice upgrade of the Note 4 from Infinix, you might want to consider the pro version: Note 5 Stylus or there flagship device; Infinix Zero 5. They also have a good line up of mid-range smartphones which includes the likes of Infinix Hot 5, Infinix Hot 6 Pro with dual camera and Infinix Hot S3.

Away from Infinix, Oppo Realme 1 is a nice smartphone in that category, Tecno Pouvoir 2 and Tecno Camon X Pro are also great with moderate price tags.

Infinix Note 5 Detailed Specs

Network
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
4G Network Yes, LTE
SIM Dual Nano SIM (Dual Standby)
Status Launched: June 2018
Body
Dimensions – x  x  mm
– Weight:  g
Keyboard Touchscreen
Colors Milan Black, Berlin Gray and Ice Blue colors
Cover Glass
Display
Type – FHD+ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
– 18:9 Screen aspect ratio
Size 6.0 inches, 2160 x 1080 pixels, 403 Pixels Per-square Inch
Memory And OS
Card slot MicroSD, up to 128GB
Internal 32GB
OS Android 8.1 Oreo With Android One
Processors – Octa-core 2.0 GHz CPU
– Helio P23 chipset
– Mali G71 MP2
RAM 3GB RAM
Audio
Alert types Vibration, MIDI, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
Audio port 3.5mm jack
Connectivity
2G GPRS – up to 85.6 kbps; EDGE – up to 236.8 kbps
3G Up to 21.2 mbps downlink; Up to 5.76 mbps uplink
4G LTE
WIFI Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi direct
Bluetooth Version 4.2, A2DP
GPS A-GPS
NFC NO
USB Yes, microUSB
Camera
Primary – 12 MP, LED flash
– FEATURES: Autofocus, Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Exposure compensation, Face detection, Geotagging, HDR, ISO settings, Panorama, Scene mode, Self-timer, Touch focus, White balance settings
Video 2160p@30fps
Secondary 16 MP Camera
Battery
Capacity 4500mAh Li-Ion non-removable battery
Stand-by up to 72 hours
Talk time N/A
Music play
Other Features
Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass, Rear Fingerprint, Face ID unlock via OTA update and Light sensor
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
Miscellaneous – Quick charge technology
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FlAC player
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.265 player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
Price
Price level About 64,300 naira – 17,939 KES – 175 USD

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  • MY INFINIX NOTE 5 EXPERIENCE
    Bought Sept. 2018 and I’ve used it since then. And while it’s truly a beautiful phone & performance navigation seems fine so far, Infinix as usual disappoints me (in little ways, for now);
    1) poor widget loading times.
    2) inconsistent display support for widgets.
    3) Occasionally refuses to respond after taping an app icon.
    3) irritating knack of disconnecting from the SD card, or denying access to it.
    4) plays customized ring tones for only 4-5 seconds (my Samsung J7 pro does it longer – sometimes too long).
    5) refuses to enable ring tone customizations for some apps like Twitter, Facebook, etc, stuff I can do with my other devices (a Samsung phone & tablet)
    6) terribly unimpressive cameras & speakers.
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    I’ve used the INFINIX NOTE 5 for exactly 1 week & 2 days now…….I bought this phone as a backup mainly because I had 2 spare SIM cards that I wished to activate to diversify my access to network.

    On top of the issues I mentioned above, below are additional observations;

    The OK;
    1) As a phone for calls – no problem so far (Using airtel & 9mobile).

    2) Browsing works fine (on 4G too) so far (using 9mobile data – SIM slot 2).

    3) Receiving mails via my email app (Aqua mail) – no problem so far.

    4) WiFi/ Hotspot? All good so far.

    5) No Infinix device overheating, thank God.

    6) No Infinix device freezing/ lagging/ sudden reboot…….Yet.

    7) Battery – VERY GOOD. Carries me a whole day at heavy use. Charges fast – even with (good) non-native chargers.

    PLS NOTE: I don’t do mobile gaming so can’t comment on the phone’s performance there.

    The Terrible;
    1) Bluetooth use has an occasional tendency to make your mounted SD card instantly unavailable to the phone for awhile; you have to physically remove & reinsert the SD card several times + reboot the phone after using the bluetooth till it becomes active on the phone again. Tried the SD card in other phones/devices (in case it was an SD card issue) and it worked fine with other phones/ devices.

    2) Icons for apps installed inexplicably disappear from the phone’s “desktop”. Its worse, after updating apps from Google Play store.

    3) SMS sending? Not a problem so far. Receiving? ONLY if the message/ SMS app is up & running in the background – you’ll only know you’ve got text if it’s on. Tried several other SMS apps from the store to see if there would be a desired change. Nope.

    4) You cannot customize ringtones for the native SMS app (messages) that came with the phone OS. Wasted time in settings > notification looking for the option to.

    5) Still does not maintain stability of “desktop” widgets (even after fully updating the phone). You have to remove the widget from the “desktop” & put it back on the “desktop” where it works/ shows properly for only a while (and do it again, & again, & again, & again……….).

    6) Fingerprint unlock? I don’t bother with that anymore. Rarely responds. And responds slowly. I had to go back to Screen unlock and had to use Pattern unlock (faster!) because using the other options (either Passcode or PIN) you are prone to making errors if entering your secret code rapidly; you have to enter the code REAL SLOW or you get error and the phone will not grant access. NO RAPID code entering allowed.

    The Infinix NOTE 3 (last Infinix Phone I used) was way way more responsive at fingerprint unlock – though the phone had long term Zero performance issues in just about anything else.

    7) Not impressed with the camera quality (though its not the reason why I bought it – never is for Infinix devices I buy), selfie or back-camera. The Google Lens thing? Hmm..not wowing me yet either.

    8) The Gel back cover that comes with the phone is a joke. Buy a proper, THICK flip cover case (couldn’t find good ones in the market) before the phone (piece of near-glass) drops on you. I’ve been lucky after a few drops & so carefully conscious while holding the device – you should be careful but not at this over-the-top caution I’ve had to be, especially while in my pocket.

    9) Piss-poor speaker quality.

    The stuff I’ve detailed above may not matter in the long run to some wanting to buy the phone and that’s very OK. What should be important to you is whether you can work with the phone’s limitations or not, which in turn will help support your decision to purchase or not.

    My own impression FOR NOW is that the phone performs well for calls, browsing and some wireless.

    For anything else, BADBADBADBADBADBAD…..

    PLS NOTE:
    These issues might be related to some peculiarities of the ANDROID ONE OS, and this is my very first exposure to Android One.

    And that’s my bit.

  • I have a brand new infinix note 5 for sale …all accessories complete.
    interested buyer shud contact me on 08026002222
    location: Lagos
    price: 52k

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