Infinix Zero 2: A Solid Performer at Affordable Price [Review]

Infinix is the newest entrant in Pakistan’s smartphone market and their mantra seems to be delivering the most bang for buck. The same goes for its newest addition, the Infinix Zero 2, which was launched in the country just recently.

Infinix follows a ‘factory-to-consumer’ business model and by leveraging its partnership with Daraz.pk, it provides the consumers a reduced channel costs. Infinix Zero 2 comes with an attractive price tag of PKR 18,900 in Pakistan.

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Right now, it can only be bought on Daraz.pk so you’ll have to order Infinix Zero 2 online. We have heard that they are in the process of making the device available at retail shops but expect the price tag to be higher there.

You can Order your Infinix Zero 2 from Daraz.PK by clicking this link.

What’s in the box?

Opening the box reveals Infinix Zero 2, a charger with two different plugs and a small green colored box that contains USB cable, headphones and readers manual.

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Design

The Infinix Zero 2 is the successor to the Infinix zero and changes a lot. The phone now comes with a ‘kevlar back’ and ‘metal frame’ (that looks familiar to Galaxy S6, Xperia Z3’s metal frame) and makes it look premium and rugged at the same time.

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The moment you hold the device in your hand you’ll notice that the Infinix Zero 2 is ridiculously light. The good thing is that it doesn’t feel cheap. Infinix Zero 2 is also pretty slim and measures at just 6.7mm thickness. The rounded off corners of the device make it comfortable to hold in the hand.

The Infinix Zero 2 has huge bezels and make the display seems smaller than it should be. However, it’s not uncomfortable to hold for an an average person.

The back side of the device is made with kevlar, the same synthetic fiber which is used in body armors, tires etc. The kevlar is said to be 5 times more stronger than steel and was first introduced in smartphones by Motorola with their Motorola RAZR series as their back covers. It not only looks cool but also gives a sturdiness and ruggedness to the device.

On top left side there’s a 13 MP camera with a LED flash residing just beneath the camera. It also is branded on the back with silver Infinix logo and gray Zero logo that kind of camouflages with the gray kevlar texture. At the front, you have a 5 MP camera.

The left side of the device has a SIM tray which sports dual sim cards and the right side has a micro SD card tray, power button and a volume rocker. On the top-left side it has USB port and on the top-right side there is 3.5mm headphone jack.

On the bottom, you’ll find two speaker grills but there’s only one speaker on the device which lies inside the right speaker grill. Now I can’t figure out why they designed two speaker grills when they were only going put a single speaker in it. The second speaker grill is not for mic either because mic has a dedicated small hole on front of the device, which lies in between glass and metal frame. Aesthetics, I guess?

Zero 2 is available in 3 different colors: champagne gold, red and black.

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Display

The Infinix Zero 2 has a 5.0″ AMOLED HD display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. These days, such a display is on the lower side but at the same time it’s bright screen produces rich colors well and is able to display text and images quite decently. This is an area where there’s going to be a visible difference between Infinix Zero 2’s 720p display and a 1080p panel.

Brightness and viewing angles are particularly strong points of the device. During the test I kept the brightness to about 15 percent. Even tilting the device does not diminish the brightness or legibility too much either.

Zero 2 has another trick up its sleeves called ClearMotion. When enabled, it produces videos so fluid that it’d put a few flagships to shame. Watching videos is definitely a great experience on this phone.

The screen’s outdoor visibility was just like what you would expect from an LED panel. It was good but still had some bluish tint to it.

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Performance

I think the performance is an area where the device really shines. Under the hood, Infinix zero 2 packs a MediaTek MT6592 octa core CPU clocked at 2.00 GHz, with a Mali-450 MP GPU and 2 gigs of RAM. Now some may say it isn’t Snapdragon 810 or it doesn’t have 3 or 4 gigs of RAM but that doesn’t matter until the device is delivering you some really good performance and our test showed that this thing literally flies.

This processing package is certainly impressive in the given price point of this device.

There were no lags in my testing except some sort of delay which happens after you jump out of an app to the home screen and plus when using screen-off gesture but both of them were negligible. Scrolling through remained pretty much smooth throughout all apps.

Games like Asphalt 7 and modern combat 5 have also been tested on Zero 2 and both of them ran buttery smooth with no lag at all. I was expecting the device would lag and would heat up from the back but it didn’t. It heated a little under a stress test but it was quite minimal.

We also ran some benchmark tests on this device and it didn’t score high enough even with an octa-core processor but remember benchmark tests don’t exactly tell you how powerful your device is and how would it perform as your daily driver.

Here are the benchmark test results:

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Hardware

The Infinix Zero 2 comes with 32 GB of on-board storage (only 27 GB is usable) along with microSD card slot for expandable storage. There’s also a 16 GB model but you can’t buy it as there’s only 32 GB model available through Daraz.pk.

The device also features a standard suite of connectivity options, and the Wi-Fi and GPS signals are both pretty strong and stable. The things that are missing here are 4G and NFC. Some may neglect NFC but not having 4G can be a bit of problem, because a lot of people are now buying phones specifically for 4G usage on their handsets.

Considering the target segment is students, youngsters and young professionals who can’t afford expensive phones, the 4G omission kind of makes sense.

As far as the speakers go, we have already discussed the strangeness that is the single speaker with dual speaker grills. Other than that, it’s a pretty standard fare. The loudness and sound quality it produces is just about average.

You can even hot-swap sim cards, meaning that you’ll be able to swap sim cards without turning your device off which is a nifty feature and is definitely worth mentioning.

Software

The software is a skinned version of stock android with custom app icons and there isn’t much tweaking with the overall look of the launcher. The simple launcher might bore you but it keeps thing simple and sweet.

Infinix Zero 2 comes with Android version 4.4.2 KitKat, but expect an OTA Lollipop update on Zero 2 just like the Infinix Hot Note.

While Infinix kept the skin pretty simple, there are few features that have been included in Zero 2. Features like screen off gestures, ClearMotion (video fluidity enhancer), power saving mode and super power saving mode are there.

I found that the screen off gestures were not that reliable as sometimes they don’t work or you have to be really careful while swiping off-screen gesture to get the results, while other features like ClearMotion really amazed me.

Power saving modes have also really saved battery in my testing with a significant increase in the stand-by time.

There is a lot of bloatware as well on Zero 2, but the cool part is that SwiftKey and WPS Office are pre-installed on the device.

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Camera

The Infinix Zero 2 has a 13 MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, Samsung S5K3M2 CMOS sensor and a single LED flash. That captures some decent looking shots and produces accurate colors. The noise level is very low and even in low light conditions it handled noise really well.

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The images usually come out bright and sharp, Even the macro shots are really top notch. Camera focuses really fast and creates some amazing bokeh effects in the background.

Picture taken in low-light conditions along with LED flash tend to get over-exposed and were not focused properly. Other than that pictures taken without flash did a good job.

Up front the Infinix Zero 2 is packing a 5 megapixel selfie camera. The pictures taken with it are sharp but a little under-exposed. So when you’re taking a selfie in low light conditions you would end up with darker images. Plus the selfie camera has 85 degree wide angle lens which takes wider pictures, so you could fit in few more of your buddies in the selfie.

The camera app itself is pretty simple and near to stock with few camera modes and effects. Focusing is really smooth and there is even an option where you can toggle zero shutter delay. In settings you can toggle HDR, smile shot etc.

There is a small button besides the shutter button which has few effects including normal, face beauty, panorama, multi-angle, live photo and motion track mode.

Back Camera Sample

Below are few un-touched samples from Infinix Zero 2 back camera. You an click on images to view full sizes.

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Front Camera Samples

Below are few un-touched samples from Infinix Zero 2 front camera. You an click on images to view full sizes.

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Battery

Nowadays most of the manufacturers are sacrificing battery life of their devices in order to make the device slimmer, lighter and the Infinix Zero 2 seems to be walking the same path. The Zero 2 comes with 2300 mAh battery that is non-removable. With an octa-core processor, in my opinion, the device should have at least 2800 to 3000 mAh battery.

By now you would be thinking the battery life on this device suffers, well it isn’t the case here. After testing the device for few days the battery life proved to be pretty nice. It isn’t the best battery life out there but in my testing the device with moderate usage and Wi-Fi turned on all the time was able to run for 1.5 day easily.

Plus if you want to extend battery life a bit more you can use the power saving mode or the super power saving mode. The 2300 mAh battery which is non-removable can be a problem for some, as they won’t be able to swap another battery.

Specifications:

  • Processor: Octa core 2.0GHz (Media Tech MTK 6592)
  • Graphics Processor: Mali 450-MP4
  • OS: Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • Network
    • 2G: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    • 3G: 900/2100 MHz
  • Dimensions: 145*71.5*6.5 mm
  • Weight: 118g
  • Design: Highly resistant KEVLAR back cover
  • SIMs: Dual SIM – Dual Micro-SIM
  • Display: 5.0-inch, HD AMOLED Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 720 x 1280 pixels (294ppi)
  • Camera
    • 13 MP Rear-facing Camera, AF
    • 5 MP Front-facing Camera (85 degrees Wide Angle)
  • Memory
    • 32 GB ROM
    • 2 GB RAM
  • Connectivity: WiFi, WiFi Hotspot,USB, Bluetooth TM 4.0
  • Sensor: G-sensor, Light sensor, Proximity Sensor, Hall sensor
  • Battery: 2,300 mAh
  • Price: Rs. 18,900

Conclusion:

The Infinix Zero 2 is without a doubt a really nice smartphone. This thing is not only fast but also looks premium and rugged at the same time. The only cons we found were that the screen and battery, that are not the best ones out there but considering its price the Infinix Zero 2 can be termed as a solid performer at a nice price range.

The company still has to catch up a lot in terms of popularity in Pakistani market, and while they are making good devices with affordable prices, what they really need to focus now is to work on the brand positioning; maybe through a lot of marketing.

The company also needs to open customer service centers across the country since customers will have a tough time finding a cover and screen protector from local mobile stores.

So here it is folks, the full review of Infinix Zero 2. Let me know what do you think about this device in the comments section down below.


  • Moiz Qazi

    I am really surprised that they have used two grills and just one speaker? We’re they trying to reduce costs or it was just a way to style the phone! The gaming performance looks excellent! I wish infinix launches a phone with 4G available and we can’t negotiate with NFC too as well cause we will need it! With e- payments using NFC being used in other countries, we might get that too in near future and we can’t go for phones without NFC.

    • Omar

      Please Dont buy Mobiles from Daraz.pk , ye loog adress ,mobile number kay saath ID CARD bhi zabardasti mangtey hain. in se poocho kay shopping karney kay liye ID Card ki kia zarorat hai??

      Pata nahi ye sari information agay kis ko forward karetey hon gay,warna koi bhi website ID Card nahi mangti shoping kay liye.

    • A. Khakwani

      The dual speaker grill does look like a design choice. As for the NFC, I believe it is still years away from gaining mainstream recognition!

  • Affan

    Well phone, what stopped you from sharing Antutu Benchmark Results??

    • Muhammad Yasir

      it might have been pathetic …
      y’kno a 6592 aint exactly Thor of the Cpus , now is it ?

      • Affan

        Antutu Benchmark updated now with 30K+. I saw some ppl are getting even less than Infinix Hot note’s Antutu Score.

        • Muhammad Yasir

          tells the story now , doesnt it ?

  • Usman

    Good Phone i will purchase it soon.I will either choose this or Injoo one.

  • muhammad jawad

    I am really interested in buying this device, but my main concern is that whether the device has recognition over developers cux i really like rooting, trying out new roms or kernels…..
    please lemme know if any body knows about it.

    • Muhammad Yasir

      save ur money for a 64 bit phone ….

    • A. Khakwani

      If that’s the case then buy a Nexus phone. You might be able to find a Nexus 4 in good condition for about 15K, or go for a Nexus 5 if you can spare more.

  • ahsan sial

    honor 4C k saath pic upload kar saktay ho aap author aur agar aap ko koi idea ho k in mai se kon sa better hai. kyu k on paper infinix zayada powerfull hai.

  • Abid Hussain

    any smart phone which has battery below 3000mah is big flop now a days and its not 4g even expensive in 19000

    • Hamza A. Malik

      Lol. Even Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 2600mah battery.
      I think you’re making comments out of the hallucinogens you had last night.

      • Abid Hussain

        so where s4 stands ??? its flop phone battery hardly last for one day !! u want we get into same situation again and waste our money

        • Hamza A. Malik

          Lol. Most of the smartphones out there have 1 day battery timing.
          If your phone has the chutzpah to spend more than a day on regular use, then I’m afraid it’s not a smartphone.

          • Abid Hussain

            So Mr Malik according to your definition Infinix hot note which has battery of 4000mah is not smart phone ??? most of the phones now a days has battery above 3000mah

            • Hasan

              @disqus_zgvB1xLEIG:disqus you’re right dude, Who wanna buy that $#!T. a smart phone is nothing without a good battery, i know some people has samsung older devices and they had to keep there wifi off, unless they really need it. i mean Seriously?

  • mian imran

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6c1aac54eca229fecd5d21011354fe3c55ca6818947dc7a7a3204e5a3508923c.png
    admin plz first charge it full. when battery level reach at 5% then show this screen shot of infinix zero 2 . i wana know the screen on timming of infinix zero 2

  • aasim

    thanks for sharing review of this phone . if video review is available share it please .. i don’t know either u r marketing of this phone or not .bcaz u have only mentioned its pros not cons . i want to buy this phone , i have not any experience in buying things from any online store or daraz.pk, so what precautions should i remember when buying from daraz.pk, bcaz of afraid that originality of phone and any other mishap. thanks

    • Affan

      Daraz.pk is trustable, we have purchased many infinix hot note from them. We ordered Glass protector and it was broken, we complaint with pictures, they sent us new one but bcz of poor packing it was broken also broken, we again complaint, and they sent us protector with good packing and do not asked for the previous broken one to be returned. GO PURCHASE FROM DARAZ.PK. My experience is very good

  • Muhammad Yasir

    Appreciate the review , detailed and honest !

    BUT , its a 32 bit phone …. and imho that cam is very very bad for the price…..
    the benchmarks are close to pathetic and this phone , if placed under the RIGHT tech enthusiast’s hands , will be labelled more of a failure than a success !

    I have said this a Gazillion times , we need MAINSTREAM Chinese Mobile Brands to Penetrate the local market !

    • muhammad jawad

      yaar infinix k phones ki tareef bohat suni hai hote note bohat fit fone hai aur ye bhi bohat acha lag rha hai.
      plus aap 18,900 mai btao k 64-bit fone hai koi.. maine ye fone lena hai but aap k comments parh k confuse ho rha hun thora?

      • Muhammad Ismail
      • Shaaf

        Lenovo A6000, A7000, S60

      • Muhammad Yasir

        wait for the redmi note 2 to arrive … at least on the all my tech . pk website …
        its a helluva killer phone !

        • Muneeb Ali

          I completely agree….Wait for the redmi note 2…..and this phone isnt worth 5k let alone 18,900 k….very outdated specs.!!!!

          • Muhammad Yasir

            Hello , Brother. I remember you from Gizchina . com . I hope more people from here would ACTUALLY visit the darn site and educate themselves on how the chinese mobile phone industry is OWNING the mainstream flagships (and MTK owning Qualcomm :’D) and step out of this blind following they are binded to ….

            with all the local resellers charging draconian prices for the few chinese phones that have made their way here … it should only be a matter of time before people should start demanding that either prices are lowered or OFFICIAL reps of major (and decently minor) brands fly in to establish their offices and sales here …

            btw , Leagoo is already available , if i hear correctly , in Saddar Mobile Market !

      • Take Asus Zenfone 2 yar.. Its cheaper and much much much better! The people providing it just dont pay for silly reviews like Daraz does.. .

        • Faizan Malik

          kaha se mile ga asus zenfone 2 ? kis online website se?

    • shiva the destroyer

      do they sell gionee oppo and vivo? to br honest these chinese companies I haven’t even heard of until today Lol….but gionee and oppo have very nice phones under 20000

      • Muhammad Yasir

        we have oppo , but again , prices are criminal …
        Vivo hasnt arrived yet but Gionee is present in form of Qmobile , which is a TERRIBLE brand … i personally H A T E it !

        i wish we could have gionee like you guys …

  • xperia

    sony xperia’s clone..

    • I really thought it was my Z1 at first sight.. But a clone is a clone lol

  • Arsalan Shah

    ”On the bottom, you’ll find two speaker grills but there’s only one speaker on the device which lies inside the right speaker grill. Now I can’t figure out why they designed two speaker grills when they were only going put a single speaker in it.” Simple reason. Copy the infamous iPhone!

  • Shaaf

    Lenovo A6000. Similar hardware but Qualcomm SOC instead. Has 4G and way better software support from lenovo and devs community. I don’t see this phone selling among those who know what they are getting for their money.

    • shiva the destroyer

      lol r 4G services available in Pakistan?

      • Hamza A. Malik

        Keeping aside your hatred for Pakistan, yes 4G services are available in Pakistan.

        • shiva the destroyer

          I was not mocking I was just asking okay??????

          one of ur countrymen here told me that u dont have amazon ebay and such firms and Paypal services and u cant shop online in pakistan….hence I had asked that

          • Hamza A. Malik

            True that we do not have all those luxuries. But 3G/4G was auctioned last year.

            • shiva the destroyer

              ok

          • Muhammad Yasir

            but wasnt i right ?

            you do have it much better … i mean come on , which indian DOESNT love SHOPPING on snapdeal ?

            if it was available cross country (without any criminally high tax/duties :P) i’d shop there too ! :p

      • Shaaf
        • shiva the destroyer

          ok thanks…I was just curious

      • Muhammad Yasir

        im afraid you are badly misinformed if you don’t know about 4g in Pakistan BUT, i’d rather blame the separatist media , which misguides both sides and make sure we keep fighting , rather than promoting co-operation among us

        • shiva the destroyer

          no i didnt know but I was just curious to know….nothing else

        • shiva the destroyer

          also right now India has the 2nd worst internet services in Asia after Indonesia so I know Pakistan has better internet services

  • aasim

    i want some suggestions regards this phone .. should i buy it or not .. how is build quality and battery timing . i am average user ..

    • Get an Asus Zenfone 2 from bytes instead!

  • Hamza A. Malik

    Does the author get paid for writing a huge paragraph and almost luring the readers to buy the phone, by Infinix? I mean, such proclivity & self-negating love is only bought, not developed !
    Look at the benchmarks, what comes into your mind other than this device being hideously awful? The interface and basic lay-out looks like the one we get on cheap android tablets. I’m appalled by the fact that you touched all strings to almost cajole the readers into buying this device.
    Why tempt us to invest our money and jeoparidse our chances of using a good phone by reviewing such horrendous devices?

    • Zaki Uddin

      it’s a nice brand with great ui, nothing bad about it

    • Exactly! Asus Zenfone 2 is cheaper from another store which does not pay like Daraz hence no knowledge to users :-/ Pity!

      • Muhammad Yasir

        can i know that store , please ?

  • I like it most, one of my favorite attribute that I have been examined in this device, it more slime and stylish, I think the camera will be also have cutting edge result, if it’s really be I will prefer it to buy.

  • Yasir Mushtaq

    I would strongly recommend to go for Lenovo P70.

    • Has a significant price difference though.. I would recommend Asus Zenfone 2 5.0inch model which is cheaper !!

  • Atif Khan

    It is the copy of QMobile Quattro Z4.
    Same performance. Little bit changes bit overall its same. And Z4 is also powerful phone but infinix 2 is a bit more good than Z4.
    Everyone must go for infinix 2.

  • khan

    bhai mujh se apna to maang he rahay te aur bhai k adress pe mangwaya ta to uska b maang rahay te id card numbr halankay mai cc per advance payment kr de te and they took 4 days only on order verification

    • Ahsan

      and also they wont allow you to open an envelope before handing over the payment. You can not even see what is there in the envelope until you make the payment. And once you made the payment and the envelope does not contain what you had bought then you have to follow their standard warranty claim procedure. Whereas, all other shopping websites like HSN even allow you to check the product before you make payment.

  • Rehan

    Another paid article.. ProPakistani you are AntiPakistani…

  • Ahsan

    I agree. I have experienced shopping a cell phone from Daraz and the experience of not at all satisfactory.

  • Sheikh Muhamin Azam

    i Ordered infinix zero 2 on 31ist July 2015 on daraz.pk and till date I didnt get fone. When I called daraz.pk customer service , they said me that they didnt recieve the shipment from the seller.

  • Bilal Iqbal

    HUawei honor 4c is better if the price range is same… even they ar usiny regular sales channel..

  • nadeem

    huawei c4 honor is much better and reputable than this in the same price tag ! The USE ABLE screen is not 5 inches this is 4.75 inches use able bcz the menu button / home and back buttons are the part of 5 inches screen and in the huawei c4 honor that is not the case , so better try next time :)

  • Ahmad Tawfik

    عجباكم الصور الأنا مصورها

  • Ahmad Tawfik

    Infinix best phone ever

  • the lower 3 buttons (back , home, menu) are inside screen and bottom space is vacant and wasted!