Infinix has increasingly become one of the most trusted brands when it comes to affordable mobile phones. The latest Infinix Hot 12i from the company has one of the best features every phone lover on a budget would like to get. There’s no doubt this is one of Infinix’s best cheap phones as of now.
The Infinix Hot 12i comes as a direct successor to the Hot 11 launched last year, debuting with some of the best features in the market. The phone was launched as the smaller variant to the base Infinix Hot 12. It’s a beautifully designed smartphone with great functionality you can’t afford to resist.
There’s no doubt the Hot 12i is a mid-range killer and will introduce a new beginning, thanks to many upgraded features. Undoubtedly, the latest Infinix Hot 12i blew our expectations and actually raised the bar for other mid-range brands to follow. Below is our full review, verdict, features, and price of the revamped Infinix Hot 12i in Nigeria.
Infinix Hot 12i Key Specifications
- Display: 6.6-inch IPS LCD
- Resolution: 720 x 1612 Pixels
- Processor: MediaTek Helio G85
- Front Camera: 8-megapixel
- Rear Camera: 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel + 2-megapixel
- RAM: 2GB /3GB
- Storage: 64GB
- Battery Capacity: 5000mAh
- OS: Android 11, XOS 7.6
Design and Display
The Infinix Hot 12i just like its name has a hot and beautiful design. It has an amazing rear panel that’s fingerprint-resistant much to our surprise. The colour gradient back is one of the best we’ve seen on infinix devices and you can choose to buy yours in either Turquoise Cyan, Polar Black, 7-degree Purple, or Exploratory Blue colours.
Similar to other Infinix smartphones, there’s a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner that’s somehow outdated as other brands have shifted to the side-mounted fingerprint reader. However, the Infinix Hot 12i has two huge camera bump on the back that makes it look like a flagship phone. This is undeniably the best part of the phone’s design.
At the bottom are the speaker grill, micro-USB charging port, and a headphone jack. 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.
The Infinix Hot 12i comes with a 6.6-inch IPS LCD screen, alongside a resolution of 720 × 1612 pixels. This alongside a 164.8 x 76.4 x 8.75 mm dimensions will bring out a magnificent display with stunning colours that’ll be good for outdoor use.
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.
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The Infinix Hot 12i has triple cameras on the rear that comprises a 13MP primary shooter alongside a 2MP depth sensor and another 2MP AI lens. Upfront is an 8MP lens that takes care of the selfie camera. Fortunately, there’s a LED flash available on the rear and front sides of the device.
The Infinix Hot 12i 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 a lack of details and are not bright enough.
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Performance and Software
Powering the Hot 12i is a MediaTek Helio G85 chipset alongside dual 2GB or 3GB of RAM depending on the variant you’re going for. Fortunately, the Hot 12i 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.
With Android 11 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.
Similar to most Android phones, you’d 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.
The Infinix Hot 12i 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. While the phone lacks reasonable fast charging support, the battery department still remains one of the best features of this smartphone.
Infinix Hot 12i: Price in Nigeria and Availability
The Infinix Hot 12i is an affordable device and it’s currently on sale at ₦62,000 ($106) for the base 2GB RAM with 64GB while the variant with the same storage space but higher 3GB RAM goes for ₦67,000 ($114).
As for availability, you can easily buy the Infinix Hot 12i from Jumia, Konga, and other third parties online and offline stores in Nigeria.
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Infinix Hot 12i Key Specifications
- Brand: Infinix
- Model: Hot 12i
- Release Date: April 1, 2022
- Weight: —
- Colours: Turquoise Cyan, Polar Black, 7-degree Purple, Exploratory Blue
- Touchscreen: YES
- Size: 6.6-inch
- Type: IPS LCD
- Screen Resolution: 720 x 1612 pixels
- Dimensions: 164.8 x 76.4 x 8.75 mm
- Facelock Support: YES
- In-display fingerprint scanner: No
- Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-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-A (2CA) Cat6 300/50 Mbps
- Operating System: Android 11, XOS 7.
- Chipset: Mediatek Helio G85
- CPU: Octa-core
- GPU: PowerVR GE8320
- RAM: 2GB /3GB
- Inbuilt Storage: 64GB
- SD Card slot: Yes (Dedicated slot)
- Rear Flash: LED Flashlight
- Rear Camera: 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel + 2-megapixel AI
- Video: 1080p@30fps
- 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 5000 mAh, non-removable
- Fast Charge: 10W
- Price in Nigeria: ₦62,000
- Price in Dollars: $106