Infinix Hot S; Unboxing and First Impressions

by | Aug 2, 2016

The Infinix Hot S also known as the Infinix X521 is the recent addition in the Infinix range of smartphones. With the wave of new devices from other brands it seemed like Infinix Mobility were either resting on their laurels or bidding time.

From what I can see of the Infinix Hot S, the latter looks like it; they were indeed trying to outdo themselves. You will see what I mean from this unboxing we are about to experience.


  • Android  6.0 Marshmallow
  • 5.2 ” HD IPS
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal expandable memory
  • Dual SIM capability- Micro SIM cards.
  • 13MP auto-focus rear camera with flash
  • 8MP front-facing camera with Flash
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Fingerprint Identification

What’s in the box?

The box is a cream colored cardboard encasement without plenty fuss


Well  protected with this seal on devices these days that makes tampering a near impossibility

The top has to be slid from the bottom to open

Inside the compartments, we find the usual suspects; earpiece, charger head, USB cable, warranty cards and a SIM card ejector pin.

There are protective nylon stickers on the screen of the device itself….

…and the back!

On the top front side of the phone, there’s an 8MP selfie shooter, speaker for calls in the middle and the sensor.

The earphone jack is at the top of the Infinix Hot S

 SIM tray is on the left side of the device…


…and can be opened by using the SIM ejector pin.

…volume and power buttons are nestled on the right side.

Its charging port, call microphones, and extra speakers are at the base of the Infinix Hot S

The 13MP primary camera and flash is in the back…

…and the bigger circle is a fingerprint scanner that unlocks the device and takes pictures too.

First Impressions

I am a sucker for lightweight smartphones and this sometimes tends to distract me from other specs. The weight — and maybe handles — of the Infinix Zero 3 was its singular edge in the battle against the Tecno Camon C9 

Suggested read; Phone Battles: Tecno Camon C9 vs Infinix Zero 3

The Infinix Hot S is very light for its 5.2 inches. Too light? There’s nothing like too light for a smartphone, the lighter the better. And it handles well.

It was easy to add my fingerprint to the database and it unlocked everything. You had to choose between pattern lock, passwords and of course the fingerprint lock was my choice.

Finger placed at the back unlocks and locks everything and also takes pictures too.

The Infinix Hot S retails for ₦45,500 on Jumia. It is not very cheap, but with the current specs, it is worth every kobo.

I like the look of the Infinix Hot S already. But then, looks can be deceiving especially in smartphones so watch this space for the review in a few days.

Victor Ekwealor
Victor Ekwealor

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Fareed Agbaje
Fareed Agbaje
5 years ago

Nice review of the Infinix Hot S. Just a suggestion: you could add a White glow/shadow to the Techpoint logo on the images in your site to make it more visible.

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