Infinix S4 review: Infinix is a popular brand in budget segment with several affordable smartphones under Rs 10,000. From ‘note’ series to its ‘hot’ series, Infinix has a special place in the market. One of the recent devices to join the list is the S4, a budget smartphone that sports a 32 MP front (selfie) camera, triple rear camera setup, 6.2 HD+ display, 4,000mAh battery, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage – all at less than Rs 8,000. Though the fight is the latest Realme 5 that comes with four rear camera setup under a similar price range.
No doubt, Infinix smartphones hold good design, decent battery and a good processor, while S4 is one of the best from companies and stands among the tough competition prevailing in the market. So, how does the phone perform and what all all configurations, the S4 possess? Is it worth buying Inifinix s4? Read on to know.
Infinix S4 design and looks
Infinix S4 comes in three colour variants – Nebula Blue, Space Gray, and Twilight Purple. At first sight, S4 does does not feel an affordable or entry-level smartphone. It has a dual tone gradient glass look that looks stylish and attractive. Though it may not offer a glass finish at the back, sports a decent built quality and comfortable grip. On the front, it has a 6.2-inch HD+ waterdrop display (720×1520 pixels) that adds more beauty to its design. Colours on the screen feel rich and clear, despite being a sub 8k category smartphone, it comes with slim bazels which feels like using a mid-level device.
The glossy back is a fingerprint and scratch magnet and you may need to wipe it off again and again. While the box contains a clear case, that can keep your phone safe from scratches and dust up to an extent. Talking about the design further, it has a mini USB charger, stereo speaker and a 3.5mm audio jack at the bottom and a fingerprint scanner at rear. while a volume rocker and a power button on right side. Though, it packs a 4,000 mAH battery, the phone feels extremely light in hands. Overall except a wide chin at the bottom, the phone looks good.
Infinix S4 performance and hardware
Just like Oppo A1K and Realme C2, Infinix has also bundled a MediaTek Helio P22 SoC to power the S4 , which is common in this price segment. The phone features a 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM, which is a good package at this price. Though we had a upper variant that has 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM, which was quite impressive during long hours usage. However, Infinix S4 doesn’t lag 8 out of 10 times, while switching between apps in the menu or during waking up display to use. Talking about gaming or mutitasking, Infinix S4 plays most of the games quite well. No major lags were there during small or medium-sized games.
However, the phone experienced frame drops and few lags when tried playing heavy games like PUBG on medium settings. Switching it back to lower resolution, it went well. Continuous gameplay of 30 minutes witnessed a little heat at the top rear, while overall there were no severe heating issues at all. S4 managed to multitask well without any problems.
Infinix S4 comes with XOS 5.0 running on top of Android 9 Pie. Though it does not look like stock Android and quite a few UI customisations like smart gestures for calls, double-tap display wake-up, three finger slide for the screenshot, special menu tray for favourite apps etc.
From watching Youtube videos to using social media apps along with GPS at the same time, S4 did a decent job. Coming on the battery, it offers a 4,000mAh battery that easily serves a day with average usage. While during continuous gaming and multitasking, the battery drop was quick which took 2 hours 10 minutes to charge 100%.
Inifinix s4 camera
Now let’s talk about the highlight of the phone, its camera department. Inifnix S4 packs a triple camera setup rear, as you may not find many options at this price tag offering three cameras. It sports a 13-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor with a 120 degree field of view, and the third camera is a 2-megapixel depth sensor. While at the front, S4 has a 32-megapixel selfie shooter with an f/2.0 aperture and screen flash.
The camera has built-in AI features to set a subject position or movement, it also has few quick options like HDR, flash, settings, wide angle activation and frame size. You also get other built-in camera modes like Beauty, Bokeh, Video, and AR Shot that adds perfection to images.
Images taken on Infinix S4 were decent and came out good in daylight. The pictures were clear with ample exposure and each mode on the camera app did its job pretty well. Shots taken at outdoor locations were also good. While the low light images were blurry and colours were not sharp during night photography. The portrait mode and macro mode were also decent.
Coming on the 32MP selfie shooter, Infinix S4 does an average job. It managed to click decent images from its front camera, AI, HDR and portrait mode were good at outdoors. Overall, the phone offers a decent camera and does a fair job at the price it comes at.
Infinix S4 verdict
The Infinix is offering S4 at below Rs 10,000, which sports a triple camera setup, 32MP front camera, decent processor and battery. Though you may not find it as one of the best camera phones in this segment, it features stylish design, attractive looks, lightweight and good performance. Starting at Rs 7,999 for a 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM variant, the Infinix S4 feels slightly better than other devices under 8k. While, if you want to have a better version of Infinix S4, you can also consider the top variant priced at Rs 8,999, which sports 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM.
Overall, if you are looking for a budget friendly smartphone that looks good and can do every job of the medium user, you can definitely consider, Infinix S4 over others.