The Sub-Rs. The price segment of 10,000 is huge in terms of potential buyers, and many smartphone manufacturers do their best to secure a share of it. In the race for dominance in this segment, we saw manufacturers who tried everything, including smartphones with quad camera setups, AMOLED displays and large batteries. Such trains were dreams far away a few months ago. Customers are spoiled for choice and can be more demanding than ever. Infinix has thrown another smartphone into the mix, the Infinix S5 Lite.
Just like its older sibling, the Infinix S5, this lite model has a punch display. This type of display was a feature of some flagship devices and hasn't even come down to many medium-range smartphones, so we didn't expect to see an ad on a phone for Rs. 7,999 only. How good is the display and has Infinix shortened other corners to offer this feature at such an aggressive price? We tested the Infinix S5 Lite to find out.
Infinix S5 Lite design
The Infinix S5 Lite looks very similar to the Infinix S5 (Review), and it will be impossible to distinguish between the two when viewed from the front. A 6.6-inch display dominates the face of this smartphone, and Infinix states a screen-to-body ratio of 90.5 percent. The company has chosen an aspect ratio of 20: 9, which is not very common even at this price. The IPS display panel has good viewing angles, but we have found that the brightness is low. Like the Inifinix S5, the device lacks an ambient light sensor, which could be a major problem. You have to manually adjust the brightness all the time. The camera hole is in the upper left corner. Even for what it is worth, the front camera was not perfectly centered in its hole in our test device.
We found the Infinix S5 Lite to be slightly larger than usual and had to mix it in our hand. The on / off and volume buttons are on the right and can be reached with just one hand. The SIM compartment is located on the left and has two nano-SIM slots and a dedicated microSD card slot. The Infinix S5 Lite has a micro-USB port below, which is acceptable for the price, but we've seen Xiaomi introduced the USB Type-C port at that price. In addition to the micro USB port, there is the 3.5 mm headphone jack and the speaker.
There is a triple camera configuration on the back of the S5 Lite, which makes a big difference to the S5's quad sensor array. There's also a quad LED flash that works like overkill. The fingerprint sensor is near the camera module, and we found this placement a bit too high for our taste. Infinix offers the smartphone in three color options: Midnight Black, Quetzal Cyan and Violet. We had the Quetzal Cyan version for this test. The Infinix S5 had a slightly rounded back, which made it comfortable to hold, but the S5 Lite has a flat back, which is made of plastic just like the frame of the phone.
Infinix ships the S5 Lite with a protective case, a screen protector and a 6 W charger, which is a little disappointing given the 4,000 mAh battery packaged by this smartphone.
Infinix S5 Lite specifications and software
The Infinix S5 Lite is powered by the 2 GHz octa-core processor MediaTek Helio P22. This is a fairly old SoC now and it shows its age. Newer smartphones like the Realme 5 (review) are equipped with the newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 665. There is 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, both of which are good for the price.
This phone supports Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi, 4G with VoLTE, GPS, FM radio and USB OTG. While this device lacks the ambient light sensor, it has other basic sensors.
The software on this phone is similar to that on other Infinix devices. It's called XOS Cheetah 5.5 and is based on Android 9 Pie. There are some adjustments to the user interface, but it's still easy to find your way around. What we didn't like was the amount of bloatware that was preinstalled on this smartphone. Apps like Palmstore and AHA Games are alternatives to the Google Play Store and suggest different apps that you can try. PHX browser, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp are also preinstalled on the S5 Lite. We received spam notifications from some of these apps, which were very annoying.
If you don't like the camera hole, you can mask it with a black band. You can also swap the traditional three-button navigation layout for gestures. Via the user interface, you can activate a Smart Panel, which is a drawer with symbols to start a preferred app or perform an action, e.g. B. Take a screenshot.
Just like its older siblings, the S5 Lite has a feature called "Intelligent Voice Broadcast" that announces the latest news, the names of the callers and the senders of incoming messages aloud. It can also notify you of notifications from apps like Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. This does not read the content of messages that in some way satisfied our privacy concerns.
Infinix S5 Lite performance and battery life
As we said before, the MediaTek Helio P22 is now an old SoC and shows its age when you press it. Regular tasks like making calls, scrolling through apps, and WhatsApp messages were handled fairly well on the S5 Lite, but we noticed long loading times when we launched heavy apps. The phone has 4 GB of RAM, so apps can be quickly restored from the background. The fingerprint scanner and face recognition were quick. We noticed that the brightness of the screen is a little too low and the speaker is too thin.
We ran our usual benchmarks to measure the performance of this smartphone. The numbers weren't bad, but they weren't impressive either. The S5 Lite failed to run AnTuTu 8, but it scored 157 points in Geekbench 5's single-core test and 821 points in the multi-core test. In GFXBench, the smartphone reached 11 fps in Manhattan 3.1 and 25 fps in the T-Rex scene.
We played PUBG Mobile on the S5 Lite, and the smartphone's graphics default was set to Low. The game occasionally stuttered, which forced us to lower the frame rate further. The phone did not heat up noticeably for a short while while playing, but felt warm after a while. If you play PUBG Mobile for 18 minutes, the battery drops by 6 percent.
The 4,000 mAh battery provides adequate battery life if you don't strain the phone. With regular tasks such as making calls, sending messages with WhatsApp and using Google Maps for navigation, the smartphone took about a day and a half. In our HD video loop test, the S5 Lite lasted 13 hours and 46 minutes. The included 6W charger is extremely slow and takes more than 4 hours to fully charge the smartphone, which was disappointing. Infinix should have a quick charge installed and at least one 10 W charger in the box. We recommend buyers to invest in a faster charger. Competitive products such as the Redmi 8A (review) support faster charging.
Infinix S5 Lite cameras
The triple camera setup on the back consists of a 16 megapixel primary camera with an aperture of 1: 1.8, a 2 megapixel depth sensor and a sensor for low light with unknown resolution. For selfies, this phone has a 16 megapixel shooter with an aperture of 1: 2.0. We found the camera app to be very simple in terms of the shooting modes offered. There is no night mode, which is surprising given that there is a special low light sensor.
Focusing was a bit slow and we had to wait for the phone to lock focus before taking pictures. The dynamic range was not particularly large, which is why dark areas were underexposed in our test shots. The images were not sharp and details in distant objects were missing. We also noticed a slight shade of yellow in some daylight shots.
For close-ups, the smartphone took even more time to focus. It also didn't always set the exposure correctly. We often had to tap the screen to adjust the focus and exposure. The resulting shots were still below average quality and the S5 Lite did not produce a good depth of field when taking close-up pictures.
There is a bokeh mode that can be used for portrait shots. This allows you to adjust the degree of blurring before taking a picture. Photos taken in this mode seemed to have a good separation between the subject and the background, but the S5 Lite tended to overexpose backgrounds.
Tap to view Infinix S5 Lite camera samples in their original size
Low-light shots were also disappointing. They looked artificially reinforced and grain was visible when zooming in. Since there is no night mode, we had to wait for the AI to turn on and detect poor lighting. It seems like the smartphone is using its special low light camera when the AI detects weak light as the shots were taken a little brighter and with slightly better details. In either case, taking photos in low light is not a strong point of this phone, and you may need to use the flash to get better shots.
Selfies taken with the front shooter were good enough for social media. You have the option to take pictures in bokeh mode and we've seen good edge detection. Infinix has also added an AR shooting mode, where you can place stickers on subjects before taking a shot. It's fun and we can see that people use it a lot. The resolution of the video recording is highest at 1080p for both the primary rear view camera and the selfie camera. There is no electronic stabilization, which means that the output is shaky. Video recordings with a nearby light source gave better results than outdoor recordings. The colors seemed too strong for our taste.
Clicked on the Infinix S5 Lite with the selfie camera
Click with AR Shot on the Infinix S5 Lite
The camera performance definitely has to be improved, since the competition achieves better pictures under the same price level in most conditions. Given that this smartphone has a special sensor for low light, the results for low light should have been better.
The Infinix S5 Lite is currently the cheapest smartphone with a punch display on the market. Thanks to this function, it looks much higher quality than it actually is. However, it doesn't feel that good. The choice of processor is questionable considering that this segment has moved to more powerful options. That's not all – dropping the ambient light sensor from a smartphone, the price of which is around Rs. 8,000 are simply not acceptable. A large battery helps the S5 Lite achieve good battery life, but the lack of quick charging can be a problem for many people.
If you're interested in a smartphone with a striking display, you'd better wait for something else because the Infinix S5 Lite has cut too many corners to meet that price. We recommend that you take a look at the Redmi 8 (Review) or consider recently reduced phones like the Redmi Note 7S (Review) or Realme 3 Pro (Review), which have proven to be outstanding in recent sales.