The Infinix Hot 12 and Hot 12i were officially launched last month at the company’s annual launch event. Similar to other entry-level phones, the Hot 12 comes with a revamped design, a new camera layout, and a few other upgraded features.
The Infinix Hot series are known to be cheap without any compromise in quality. Fortunately, the Hot 12 has some of the best features every smartphone lover on a budget would like to get especially the 5000mAh battery capacity. It comes as the direct successor to the Hot 11 launched last year and as a bigger variant to the Infinix Hot 12i.
There’s no doubt the Hot 12 is a device other entry-level phones will follow as it blew our expectations with its amazing features. Without wasting much time, let’s dive in and see what the latest Infinix Hot 12 has to offer.
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Infinix Hot 12 Key Specifications
- Display: 6.82-inch IPS LCD, 90Hz
- Resolution: 720 x 1612 Pixels
- Processor: MediaTek Helio G85
- Front Camera: 8-megapixel
- Rear Camera: 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel + QVGA
- RAM: 3GB /4GB
- Storage: 128GB
- Battery Capacity: 5000mAh
- OS: Android 12, XOS 7.6
Design and Display
The Infinix Hot 12 has a flat edge body design with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. We love how Infinix shifted the fingerprint to the side as it gave the phone a more flagship look. The back is made up of plastic that’s glossy and easily attracts fingerprints, while the front is glass. Fortunately, the Infinix Hot 12 has amazing colour options of Racing Black, Legend White, Origin Blue, and Lucky Green.
Moving over to the back, you’ll be welcomed by two big camera bumps that are similar to the ones on the OnePlus 9 series. This is undeniably the best part of the phone’s design. Coming down to the bottom are the headphone jack, micro-USB charging port, and speaker grill. The power button and volume rockers are perfectly positioned at the top right corner for easy hand reach and they’re tactile enough than that of the Hot 11.
Unlike the Infinix Hot 12i, the base Hot 12 comes with a bigger 6.82-inch IPS LCD screen, but with the same 720 × 1612 pixels resolution. This alongside 170.5 x 77.6 x 8.3 mm dimensions will bring out a magnificent display with stunning colours that’ll be good for outdoor use. The 90Hz refresh rate coupled with a punch-hole camera cutout makes the Hot 12 unique.
In addition, is an 82.4% screen-to-body ratio that brings out an immersive viewing experience that will make your gaming session a memorable one. While the phone has a poor 271ppi density, it’s still preferable to some mid-rangers in the market.
The triple camera setup on the Infinix Hot 12 comprises of a 13MP primary shooter alongside a 2MP depth sensor and another 2MP macro lens. Moving upfront you’ll be welcomed by an 8MP sensor that’s hidden inside the punch hole cutout notch and perfectly takes care of the phone’s selfie photography.
The Infinix Hot 12 comes with plenty of camera features including AI cam, Bokeh, Beauty, Super night mode, Panorama, etc. In terms of performance, these cameras delivered even above expectations, especially in ideal lighting conditions. However, lowlight camera performance is nothing to write home about as photos were taken with lack of details and are not bright enough.
The video is pegged at 1080p as there are the absence of 2k and 4k compatibility. Unfortunately, there’s no difference between the Infinix Hot 12 and Hot 12i photography as they both have the same camera specs and performance.
Performance and Software
Powering the Hot 12 is a MediaTek Helio G85 chipset alongside dual 3GB or 4GB of RAM depending on the variant you’re going for. Furthermore, the Hot 12 is a good gaming phone as you can comfortably play mid-range games without any lag. However, intense games won’t play well in high refresh rate settings rather at medium for a smooth gaming experience. That doesn’t mean you can’t use the Hot 12 for heavy gaming, but bear in mind you won’t get the best performance.
When it comes to storage, there’s a 128GB of storage space that can be expanded up to 1TB via SDcard.
With Android 12 and XOS 7.6, you’re getting system-wide dark mode, a new gesture navigation option, updated security settings, native screen recording, Game Turbo, and many others. The latest Android update integrated into the Infinix Hot 12 gave it an edge over its Hot 12i sibling. This is the first Infinix phone to get Android 12 and we’re glad it’ll be among those to receive Android 13 next year.
Similar to most Android phones, you’ll be receiving unwanted notifications to download certain apps which are annoying. However, you can easily restrict some apps from sending you notifications by going to the phone’s settings. Meanwhile, some of these ads are unavoidable so you have to manage them.
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The Infinix Hot 12 is powered by a 5000mAh battery life that allows you to use the phone for up to 48 hours without connecting it to a charger. Being an average user, you’re guaranteed 24-hour active status on a full charge.
Fortunately, the phone packs an 18W fast charger that’s ok for a device at the price point. This will ensure your phone gets juiced up faster once connected to a power supply.
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Infinix Hot 12: Price in Nigeria and Availability
The Infinix Hot 12 is an affordable device and it’s currently on sale at ₦115,000 ($195) for the 4GB of RAM with 128GB storage variant.
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Infinix Hot 12 Key Specifications
- Brand: Infinix
- Model: Hot 12
- Release Date: April 26, 2022
- Weight: 195g
- Colours: Racing Black, Legend White, Origin Blue, Lucky Green
- Touchscreen: YES
- Size: 6.82-inch
- Type: IPS LCD
- Screen Resolution: 720 x 1612 pixels
- Dimensions: 170.5 x 77.6 x 8.3 mm (6.71 x 3.06 x 0.33 in)
- Facelock Support: YES
- In-display fingerprint scanner: No
- Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted)
- SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Technology: GSM | HSPA | LTE
- 3G Support: Yes
- 4G /LTE Support: Yes
- 5G Support: No
- Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE
- Operating System: Android 12, XOS 7.6
- Chipset: Mediatek Helio G85 (12nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
- GPU: Mali-G52 MC2
- RAM: 3GB /4GB
- Inbuilt Storage: 128GB
- SD Card slot: Yes (Dedicated slot)
- Rear Flash: LED Flashlight
- Rear Camera: 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel + 2-megapixel AI
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- Front Camera: 8-MP f/2.2 (wide)
- Front Flash: —
- Wi-Fi: YES
- Bluetooth: 5.0
- USB: MicroUSB-C 2.0
- GPS: YES
- WLAN: YES
- Capacity: Li-Po 5000mAh, non-removable
- Fast Charge: 18W
- Price in Nigeria: ₦115,000
- Price in Dollars: $195