In the market for an entry-level smartphone? There are a whole bunch of options out there and to make the decision even harder for you, Infinix has added a new competitor with the Hot 12i, and it’s now available in the Philippines.

The Infinix Hot 12i is powered by a 2GHz Helio A22 quad-core chip from MediaTek. Now that we’re thinking about it, Infinix may actually be making the decision easy for you as it isn’t already looking good for this device. But let’s continue anyway.

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It only comes in a single 64GB storage and 4GB RAM option. Obviously not a lot, so Infinix included a RAM expansion technology that can add adds 3GB of virtual memory for an extra performance boost.

Like a lot of budget phones, the Hot 12i comes with a 5,000mAh battery, which should easily last you longer than the completion due to its underwhelming hardware.

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Speaking of underwhelming, the device only comes with a microUSB port. While it may be a budget device, going with the old microUSB instead of the newer Type-C is unforgivable, especially when we’re seeing other similarly priced devices that already have Type-C.

It ships with XOS 7.6, the company’s own skin placed on top of Android 11.

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On the upside, it does come with an enormous 6.82-inch screen, which is great for making movies or games immersive. It also gives you more real estate for multitasking.

Sadly, it only has an HD+ resolution and for a screen this size, don’t expect sharpness to be great.

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Infinix said that the Hot 12i has a 13-megapixel triple camera setup. Obviously, not all three cameras have the same sensor. Infinix didn’t bother to mention what the other two are, but considering the price, it’s safe to assume that they’re only QVGA shooters.

The selfie camera is quite decent, though. It’s an 8-megapixel sensor that should be more than enough for video calls and TikTok videos. It also comes with its own LED flash if you need it.

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Infinix Philippines is selling the Hot 12i for an SRP of Php5,490. It will be up for pre-order exclusively in Shopee on May 15 with a flash sale price of Php5,199 and a launching price of Php5,099 from 12AM to 2AM and 12PM to 2PM.

Infinix Hot 12i Specs

  • Android 11, XOS 7.6
  • Dual SIM, Dual standby
  • 6.82-inch HD+ TFT HD+ display, 1612 x 720 pixel resolution, 258ppi
  • 480-nits peak brightness
  • 2.0GHz MediaTek Helio A22 quad-core processor
  • 4GB RAM, +3GB virtual RAM expansion
  • PowerVR GE8320 GPU
  • 64GB internal storage, expandable via microSD
  • 8-megapixel front camera, LED flash
  • 13-megapixel (f/1.8) + QVGA + QVGA rear cameras, dual-LED flash
  • Single loudspeaker
  • Headphone jack
  • HSPA+, 4G LTE
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • FM radio
  • microUSB
  • Dimensions: 164.80 x 76.40 x 8.75mm
  • Weight: 190g
  • Colors: Blue, Bronze, Green, Black
  • 5,000mAh non-removable battery



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