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Infinix Zero X Pro Review

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Infinix surprised the market when they introduced the Zero X Pro, a capable midrange smartphone, in the Philippines.

Launched for Php14,990, the handset offers a set of flagship-level cameras that we’ve rarely seen in this price range. But how do these lenses actually perform? How does the device as a whole perform? We find out in our Infinix Zero X Pro.

Infinix Zero X Pro Specs

  • Android 11, XOS 7.6
  • Dual SIM, Dual standby
  • 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution, 395ppi
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • 2.05GHz MediaTek Helio G95 octa-core processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • Mali-G76 MC4 GPU
  • 128GB UFS 2.2 internal storage, expandable via microSD
  • 16-megapixel front camera, dual-LED flash
  • 108-megapixel (f/1.8, OIS) + 8-megapixel (f/3.4, 5x periscope zoom, OIS) + 8-megapixel (ultra-wide) rear cameras, LED flash
  • Stereo speakers
  • In-display fingerprint scanner, Face unlock
  • HSPA+, 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • FM Radio
  • USB Type-C
  • Dimensions: 164.1 x 75.7 x 7.8mm
  • Weight: 193g
  • Colors: Nebula Black, Starry Silver, Tuscany Brown
  • Glass front and back, plastic frame
  • 4,500mAh non-removable battery, 45W fast charging

Design and Build Quality

The Infinix Zero X Pro wants to give an impression that it’s an expensive phone without being one, and it shows on the design. This thing has a shiny back panel, that looks even more gorgeous in this Nebula Black color with shimmering glitters mimicking the night stars. It also comes in Tuscany Brown and Starry Silver.

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However, due to its shiny material, the back panel is prone to fingerprint smudges and marks. It may also attract hairline stretches over time, so make sure you use the included clear case.

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Speaking of which, we admire the free protective case of the Zero X Pro. It’s ultra-thin, so it doesn’t add much to the device’s impressive 7.8mm thinness. Despite that, it wraps nicely so you know it can protect it well.

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Since a phone this thin has a pretty impressive set of cameras, it’s no surprise that it has a pretty substantial camera bump. The included case protects it well enough, too.

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Another flagship-level feature of this device is its 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display on the front. Partnered with its punch-hole cutout for the camera, the bezels were made very inconspicuous for a really clean look.

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Unlike other Android phones, Infinix went with flat edges for the Zero X Pro. The lack of curves doesn’t make it an ergonomic smartphone to hold. However, the smooth, plastic chassis does feel nice in the hands.

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On the bottom of the said chassis are the headphone jack, USB Type-C port, built-in microphone, and loudspeakers. The top is empty.

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The left side has the SIM tray which has a streamlined design. The screen-side is a dedicated slot for a microSD card, while the back can house two SIM cards side by side. In fact, the tray itself looks so small we thought it was a hybrid at first. A small detail we appreciate.

You can also notice the rubber seal on the tray, hinting at some sort of water protection rating despite the lack of an official one.

Overall, we loved the design on this one. It feels sleek, looks sleek, and the large camera lenses on the back hint at some serious business.

Display and Sound Quality

Another highlight of the Infinix Zero X Pro is its 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen with a fast 120Hz refresh rate. While it looks good on paper, the experience is not like other devices that have the same specs — especially when compared to flagship ones.

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While the panel offers vibrant colors and deep contrast, it’s not as dazzling as other phones that use a similar panel. Maybe we were just spoiled by Samsung’s AMOLED panels and their splashy colors.

The addition of a 120Hz refresh rate is a nice touch as you can definitely feel the smoothness it provides when browsing through the interface and some apps. Do note, though, a lot of apps still don’t support it, so don’t expect any improvements in that category. Also, due to some limitations in the processor, it’s not as fluid when compared to other 120Hz on flagship devices.

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Moving on, it looks like Infinix skimped on the audio department on this one. It has a single bottom-firing speaker, instead of stereo, that offers disappointing volume and clarity.

Hardware and Performance

The Infinix Zero X Pro is powered by a MediaTek Helio G96 octa-core processor, joined by a Mali-G76 MC4 GPU, 8GB RAM, and 128GB of storage. This is the part where Infinix reminds us that it’s still a mid-range device.

Infinix Zero X Pro benchmark scores

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AnTuTu | GeekBench | 3DMark | PCMark

Still, performance was smooth, especially in basic and day-to-day tasks. Gaming was also seamless, with titles like the Call of Duty Mobile running at the highest possible settings.

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Call of Duty Mobile on Infinix Zero X Pro

However, it does suffer the same issues that other Helio G95-powered phones have: throttling caused by overheating. If you’re out on a sunny day and using your phone a lot, it does start to heat up, which results in performance slowdown.

Like a lot of MediaTek devices, power efficiency is also an issue (more on that later). Still, if you’re careful with it, the Zero X Pro can provide satisfactory performance.

For security, the Infinix Zero X has an in-display fingerprint scanner, which is not the fastest that we’ve tested. Chances are, when you lift it up, the face unlock feature has already unlocked your phone before the scanner can fully recognize your fingerprint.

Software and User Interface

Like its siblings, the Infinix Zero X Pro runs on the brand’s own XOS 7.6 interface that’s based on Android 11. It’s not the cleanest UI around and surely needs a lot of polishing, but it gets the job done.

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There’s a page on the home screen that shows important tabs like the weather, steps, RAM usage, recent apps, and news.

Like all Android phones, customization is a big deal on this device. You can change themes, wallpapers, fonts, and others natively via the settings menu.

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Thanks to its OLED panel, users can choose from different Always-On Display (AOD) designs. There are a lot of designs to choose from in the settings.

Also great for OLEDs is the Dark Theme/Dark Mode feature, which helps save battery and make the interface looks more subtle.

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If your kids like playing with your phone, you can enable Kids Mode so you can control what they can access and how long they can use the device.

Infinix’s own voice assistant, Folax, is also here. From the permissions it’s asking, it can read and send texts, read call logs, and make calls.

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The camera app looks intuitive, albeit I wish they change the name of the “AI CAM” to a more generic one like “Photo”. This is for people like me who want to take a more natural photo without any software tinkering.

Let’s talk about one of the main features you’d be using, the keyboard. The Infinix Zero X uses Google Keyboard out of the box. You can easily get used to it, but if you’re not, you can easily change and customize things, even their appearance.

Cameras

We head to the main event. The Infinix Zero X Pro boasts a 108-megapixel main shooter, an ultra-sharp lens partnered with optical image stabilization. It also boasts an 8-megapixel sensor with OIS behind a periscope style lens that offers 5x of optical zoom. These are features we only normally see in high-end devices.

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As per usual, we also have an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens, while the 16-megapixel camera on the front is joined by a dual-LED flash.

That said, the image quality from the 108-megapixel main camera is nothing short of spectacular. They are vibrant without being oversaturated, have nice contrast, acceptable dynamic range, and sharp details giving you a lot of flexibility in editing.

The OIS also makes low-light photos look better than they should. It also helps you take clearer and sharper Night Mode and Super Night Mode shots. It also made the shutter speed faster so you can take quick snapshots even if you’re moving.

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108-megapixel main camera
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Meanwhile, the periscope-style lens is actually quite handy. The 5x optical zoom lets you frame far subjects better or if you want to take portraits of people. It can do up to 60x zoom if you like taking pictures of the moon or if you want a pocketable telescope to see really faraway subjects.

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8-megapixel telephoto camera: 1x vs 5x
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8-megapixel telephoto camera: 1x vs 5x vs 60x
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8-megapixel telephoto camera: 1x vs 5x vs 60x

The 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens doesn’t come with noticeable distortion on the edges. It looks clean, although the colors and details aren’t the most appetizing.

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8-megapixel ultra-wide
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8-megapixel ultra-wide

We also have a 16-megapixel camera on the front with eye tracking for better focus. It’s more than enough for taking selfies, TikToks, and others. Although, it sometimes struggles with exposure when outdoors, resulting in overblown images.

It also has a flash, which is usable if you’re video conferencing in a poorly-lit room.

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16-megapixel front camera
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16-megapixel front camera

Clearly, the Infinix Zero X Pro got the camera department right. It’s flexible and gives you all the lenses you might ever need for whatever you want to shoot.

Battery

As stated earlier, power efficiency is one of the weaknesses of this device. Also, the Zero X Pro only has a 4,500mAh battery, versus some of the competition’s 5,000mAh capacity.

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It got a screen-on time of 8 hours and 57 minutes in PCMark’s battery test. That’s a loop of synthetic workload unit the battery drops to 20%, with WiFi and Bluetooth off and brightness and volume set to 50%.

In real-world usage, this means that heavy users may have to reach for the charger before the day ends.

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Thankfully, it comes with a 45W fast charging, which has TUV Rheinland certification for safety. A full charge will only take more or less than an hour.

Conclusion

The Infinix Zero X Pro is for those who want to treat themselves to a lavish smartphone, without having to pay for a real high-end phone. It has a sleek and elegant design, a fast and vibrant screen, flagship-level cameras, and fast charging.

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But if power is a top priority, there are better options out there that could offer more robust and reliable performance. Some of them even have 5G and better battery life.

However, if you don’t mind compromising a little bit, then you’re in for a treat when you get the Zero X Pro.

Infinix Zero X Pro price and availability in the Philippines

The Infinix Zero X Pro has a price tag of Php14,990 and is available on both Lazada and Shopee. You can also purchase it in stores around the country.

Pros

  • Sleek and attractive build
  • Fast and colorful screen
  • Killer cameras
  • Fast charging

Cons

  • Interface needs some polishing
  • Capable performance hindred by throttling
  • Battery life could be longer

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