|Launch Date||October 1, 2018 (Official)|
|Operating System||Android v8.1 (Oreo)|
|Custom UI||Android Go|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Micro|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Colours||Gold, Grey, Light Blue|
|Screen Size||4.95 inches (12.57 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||480 x 960 pixels|
|Pixel Density||217 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||67.41 %|
|Processor||Quad core, 1.1 GHz, Cortex A53|
|Internal Memory||8 GB|
|Resolution||2 MP Front Camera|
|Optical Image Stabilisation|
|Image Resolution||2592 x 1944 Pixels|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom|
|TalkTime||Up to 9 Hours(2G)|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Micro, SIM2: Micro|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|SAR Value||Head: 0.752 W/kg, Body: 1.167 W/kg|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||Mass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
The Intex INFIE 3 is a phone that is competing against the very famous Redmi 5A. While in specific departments it does outperform the competition with a modern design, slim bezels, clean Stock Android look, and decent performance. But on the flip side, the INFIE 3 does fall back with average battery life, poor display quality, and mediocre cameras. Intex did a decent job by going the Go Edition route, but the lack of decent internals make the phone a lost cause. So, if you are in the market looking for a phone, we suggest you go with the Redmi 5A which yet again remains to be the undisputed king in the segment.
Intex is an Indian brand that has its products widespread among various categories. However, the smartphone segment did wonders for the brand especially in the budget and mid-range segment mostly priced under Rs. 10,000. Despite losing a large chunk of its market share for Chinese brands, Intex kept its ground and continued to do what it does which is working fairly well for the company. Focusing on the very affordable segment; Rs. 5000, Intex recently launched the INFIE 3 which is a part of the Android Oreo (Go Edition), meaning that it has a software that is optimized to run smoothly on low-end hardware.
With Redmi 5A standing in a major threat to the INFIE 3, it needs to be seen how well it can perform and outshine the competition. Let’s get started with the review of the INFIE 3 to see how well it fares.
Intex INFIE 3 specifications: The Intex INFIE 3 sports a 4.95-inches FWVGA+ (480 x 960 pixels) 18:9 2.5D curved glass display and is powered by the 1.1GHz quad-core processor. It packs 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage that is further expandable up to 128GB with microSD. It runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo Go Edition) right out of the box.
As for the camera, the device features a 5MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front camera with LED flash. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS. A 2000mAh battery is on board.
The Intex INFIE 3 packs an all plastic build and considering the affordable price range, we wouldn’t complain much. Design wise; the INFIE 3 comes with an 18:9 aspect ratio modern design and it is good to see brands focusing on design even in the sub Rs. 5,000 price segment. At 4.95-inches size, the INFIE 3 is comfortable to hold in hands, and it doesn’t hurt your hands no matter how long you use the phone. The edges are rounded on all corners, and this makes it very easy to hold in one hand and reach all corners of the display.
On the rear, the antenna bands are present within the frame on top, this change adds to the good looks and worth noting. Since it is all plastic, the device feels quite fragile if you are coming from metal unibody designs. Since it has 18:9 aspect ratio, the bezels on all corners of the phone are very narrow giving a more screen-to-body ratio.
Moving to placements, above the display, you have the main earpiece, a 2-megapixel front camera, the usual set of sensors. The capacitive buttons are present within the display taking up some part of the screen. On the right side, you find the volume rockers and power button. To the left, there is nothing. Flipping the device to the rear, you have the 5MP rear camera, LED flash, Intex branding, and speaker grills. Up top, you find the 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB port, and the bottom, there is the primary microphone. Strip opening the back panel gives you access to SIM and microSD card slots and removable battery. Overall, the build quality and design of the Intex INFIE 3 might not be exceptional, but it still is decent.
The Intex INFIE 3 Go edition sports a 4.95-inch FWVGA+ (480 x 960 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display. Do note that the screen doesn’t come with any protection. Since the smartphone space is evolving to new heights, it would have been good had Intex bundled in a 720p HD panel instead of the old FWVGA+ resolution panel. Moving along, the colors are not very accurate, and they are a little over saturated to our liking. This makes the visuals look artificial and annoying at times. Since the panel itself is quite dull, the viewing angles are not very good, and viewing the display from extreme angles results in the bluish hint. Since it comes with 2.5D glass, holding for longer didn’t have any impact on your hand.
The brightness levels are fine; we were able to view the content under direct sunlight and outdoors given that the brightness levels are maximum. As mentioned above, the phone doesn’t come with any protection, so it best if you install a screen protector to prevent the screen from getting scratched or breaking it. The touch response is smooth, and we never noticed issues like slow response rate, etc. All in all, we are quite disappointed with the display of the Intex INFIE 3, and this comes as a trade-off if you were to pick up the phone.
The Intex INFIE 3 Go edition smartphone is powered by the 1.1GHz Quad-core processor with 1GB RAM. The company didn’t disclose details the chipset it is using for some reason. Since Go Edition is specially designed to run things smoothly even on low-end hardware, the INFIE 3 does its job of being responsive more often than not. During our testing, apps open up quite fine, and they don’t take much time in loading as well.
As mentioned in the software section, we didn’t notice a significant lag in the performance as long as you use it the way it is meant to be. It was able to handle multitasking with around 3-4 app at a time, but if you push it beyond that, the lag and non-responsiveness of the U.I make things annoying. App switching, U.I animations, transitions are decent. If you were to pick the device, you would be satisfied as long as you don’t expect any ground-breaking performance.
Moving to the gaming department, we played a wide range of games including Asphalt 8 Nitro, Leos Fortune, Subway Surfers, Temple Run 2, Life is Strange and more. As long the graphics settings are low-medium, the gameplay is decent with no frame drops or heating issues. But if you try playing with maxed out graphics, be ready to get annoying with non-responsive gameplay, and slight warmth. Since it is a phone priced under Rs. 5,000, there is no fingerprint sensor or any other biometric security feature. Overall, the performance of the Intex INFIE 3 is decent and can be quite satisfactory if you aren’t expecting beyond the price you are paying.
The Intex INFIE 3 features a 5MP primary camera on the back side which is placed right in the middle with an LED flash. On the front, there is a 2MP Selfie camera which is also equipped with an LED flash. As you know the camera performance doesn’t depend on the megapixel count, instead it solely depends on the sensor.
Moving to camera performance, the images clicked in good lighting, and outdoor conditions are decent. However, there isn’t much detail in the captured images. Hence the colors look a bit washed out. The macro shots have a decent bokeh effect but, the object in focus is dull. While the images are mostly sharp, the lack of proper colors makes the pictures unusable. There is no HDR mode. Hence you are stuck with the default mode whether you like it or not.
Moving to low-light, the device struggles to click pictures without any blur or noise in low light conditions. The LED flash presence doesn’t help either, meaning the images look too bright negating the cause. The texture of the subject is often missed in low-light shots.
The rear camera can record SD videos, but the quality isn’t all that satisfactory. Moving to the front, the 2MP selfie shooter gets support with LED flash. While the selfies are usually decent when clicked in ample lighting, it entirely loses the grip in semi-artificial and low-light conditions. Overall, the camera performance of the Intex INFIE 3 is mediocre at best, and this is to be expected considering the price.
The Intex INFIE 3 packs a 2000mAh battery with no support for fast charging. Since it is an affordable segment phone, the battery capacity is quite generous. Moving to battery performance, with our kinds of usage that usually includes calls, texts, GPS navigation, media consumption, browsing and more, occasional gaming, the device could easily last a little over till the afternoon. The average screen-on-time we recorded during our testing was around 3 hours, this is seriously not in the acceptable range, but for the asking price, we couldn’t ask for much. During our testing, we did notice battery dropping relatively quickly even when it is kept idle.
Moving to heavy usage, the Intex INFIE 3 lasted only about a couple of hours, but after seeing the battery performance with moderate usage, this isn’t a surprise. If you wish to live with the phone, you have to charge it twice at east to pull through an entire day.
The phone with the bundled charger took close to 2 hours 30 minutes to charge fully from 1-100%. Overall, the battery of the Intex INFIE 3 is just average, but since it is a budget offering, you can’t ask for much.
The company is bundling a pair of in-ear style earphones with the INFIE 3. Since they are in-ear style, they offer good grip and fit in the ears. The loudspeaker is present on the back at the bottom. Hence the sound gets muffled when placed on a flat surface. Moving along, when the volume is high, the vocal sound isn’t clear on speaker, but the instrumentals sounded decent. Even with max volume, we heard no distortion in the music.
The INFIE 3 comes with a 4.95-inch FWVGA+ display, and it can play up to 480p videos very smoothly. We faced issues like lagging, freezing when trying to play HD videos. Overall, the multimedia experience on the device is decent, but the lack of HD playback is a drawback.
The Intex INFIE 3 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and since it is Android Oreo (Go edition), the interface that is close to stock. As you would expect, there is an app drawer where all your downloaded and preloaded apps are present which makes it easy for navigation for first timers. The Android Oreo (Go Edition) is Google’s optimized version of Android that is aimed at phones with low-hardware i.e., 1GB RAM.
Apart from launching an optimized version of Android, Google also released the YouTube Go, Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard Go. Popular lite version flagship apps include Facebook, Messenger, Twitter. As it is pure stock Android, there are no theming or customization on top, and this might make the interface quite boring after a while. Apart from Google default apps, there are other applications like SwiftKey, Gaana, and other apps. These apps can’t be uninstalled unless your phone is rooted. The Android Oreo Go Edition is a perfect operating system for phones with low-hardware without compromising too much on major features.
It comes with 1GB of RAM out of which around 500MB is free when just the default apps and services are running in the background. As we mentioned, the phone comes with a stock Android interface, and this helps in keeping things smooth for the most part and doesn’t consume too much RAM. Moving along, we didn’t notice any frame drop or lag even when switching between apps or navigating through the interface as well. The device could even handle Chrome browser with multiple tabs open. The RAM management is fine; we didn’t notice any apps running out of memory either. The U.I animations and transitions were smooth.
The device was able to handle 3-4 apps at a time without any lag. Overall, the software experience of the Intex INFIE 3 is excellent, and Oreo (Go Edition) is a blessing.