Infinix Smart 3 Plus (X627V) is a feature-packed entry-level budget mobile phone, it has a triple rear camera, 6.21 inches HD+ display, MediaTek A22 Quad Core 2.0GHz processor and 3500 mAh Li-ion Polymer Battery. If I am not wrong then Infinix Smart 3 Plus (X627V) is the only mobile phone in the price range of Rs. 7k which comes with the triple rear camera setup.
Infinix has launched the Smart 3 Plus in a price range which is the most crowded mobile phone segment in India. In sub 10k segment there are too many phones, probably more than any other segment. I would not be surprised if I visit a mobile store and find about a few mobile phone brands that I never heard before. There are many companies and many brands in the sub 10k segment, especially in the offline mobile phone market, that launch the devices on a regular basis and more importantly, people are actually buying it based on the recommendation of the store’s salesperson.
Infinix is an online-only brand of ‘Transsion Holdings’, other brands of the company are TECNO and iTel. Infinix Smart 3 Plus is going to be available only online and it will be in direct combat with the entry-level Xiaomi Redmi and Realme phones. Xiaomi Redmi phones and Realme C series phones are doing really well in sub 10k segment in India but Infinix Smart 3 Plus is going to play a challenging role in this battle. Let’s take a look at the key specifications of Infinix Smart 3 Plus (X627V).
Key Specifications of Infinix Smart 3 Plus (X627V):
Infinix Smart 3 Plus (X627V)
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Design and Display of Infinix Smart 3 Plus:
Infinix Smart 3 Plus is a low budget phone, but its design & finishing is impressive. It has a plastic body and glass on the front, the rear plastic panel has a glossy finish that gives it a shiny and glass-like look & feel, but unfortunately, it is also a fingerprint magnet. The triple rear camera is vertically placed on the rear side at the left top corner followed by the dual-LED flash right below the triple-lens setup.
Apart from the camera setup, the fingerprint scanner is also mounted on the rear side, the Infinix branding is right below the fingerprint sensor and some more text on the bottom of the rear panel.
The volume rocker and the power button is on the right side of the phone. On the left, it has a dual SIM + MicroSD card slot in the same tray. At the bottom, it has a speaker grille, a micro USB port, microphone and a 3.5mm audio jack. There is nothing at the top.
The 6.2 inches HD+ display panel is on the front with very minimal bezels, the top of the display has the trending waterdrop notch for the selfie camera and sensors. The earpiece is right above the selfie camera near the top edge of the display panel.
The full HD display is very common these days, but not so common in the budget segment. Infinix trusted on the HD+ screen for Infinix Smart 3 Plus. I am not too sure about the display panel manufacturer but I liked the display, it seems like Infinix has done some really cool software tweak to optimize the display appearance.
However, the company has no other option but to use the HD display since the MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22 doesn’t support the full HD display. I have found the brightness and colour reproduction satisfying considering its price segment.
Performance Review of Infinix Smart 3 Plus:
Infinix Smart 3 Plus is powered by the MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22 SoC which is a Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, the variant I have been reviewing has 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage this is also the only RAM variant launched by the company so far. Hardware is not the only factor which influences the performance, software plays an important and very crucial role in the overall performance of any mobile phone.
It has the company’s latest custom UI skin called XOS Cheetah 5.0.0 on Android Pie, the operating system is so customised that you won’t even get a glimpse of the stock android and yes, it has the bloatware too. Fortunately, it has the app drawer and most of the preinstalled apps can be uninstalled. There are some official applications that you cannot remove or uninstall from the system which is bad for the phone with such limited resources. It has got the 60,927 score on AnTuTu benchmark.
The overall performance of the phone is just average. It’s not very smooth, there are some minor lags while doing multitasking but if you are not that into multitasking then it should work fine for you. The performance is like any other mobile phone in the price range of under 7-8k. The performance of phones under this price segment including the Infinix Smart 3 Plus is good until you compare them with the flagship phones that most of the reviewers are using as their daily driver.
This would be like the first full-fledged smartphone for its price range and potential buyers. Some of the buyers would also buy it as a secondary phone. The first time users who have not been using a flagship phone may not even notice the lags. Considering its target buyers, price, and specs, it is a good phone to enjoy the video streamings, watching YouTube on its big and bright display, playing some regular games and other regular uses like browsing, making phone calls etc.
The fingerprint sensor is working fine, sometimes it takes a bit longer to unlock the device but mostly it unlocks quickly. If you do not want to use the fingerprint sensor then the Face Unlock feature is also there.
XOS Cheetah 5.0.0 comes with a feature called AIBox to block the unnecessary notification, I find it very irritating because I am not able to find a way to remove this from the notification area, not even after disabling its functionality.
Battery and camera play an important role in making a decision to buy some specific budget phone. The battery backup of Infinix Smart 3 Plus is very good, it has a 3500mAh battery which takes 1 hour 30-45 minutes to charge from 0 to 100 per cent. On a regular day to day uses it may last more than one and a half day easily and 8-10 hours on heavy use like playing games and streaming videos etc.
Camera Review of Infinix Smart 3 Plus:
The camera is the prime focus of this phone. Infinix Smart 3 Plus has the Triple Lens Setup (13MP (f/1.8) + 2MP + Low Light Sensor) for the rear camera and 8MP, f/2.0 camera for selfie. As I said earlier, this might be the only mobile phone in its price range to feature the Triple rear camera. Both rear and front camera of the phone are good enough for taking photos that social media ready.
The focus speed of the rear camera is pretty fast, it also has an option to adjust the brightness before taking the photo from the rear camera but it is not in sync with the toggle and does not work smoothly. There are many camera modes like AI Portrait, HDR, Night Mode, Beauty Mode. The photo capturing speed in any mode is fast but it takes around 1-2 seconds to display the preview of the captured image. The camera app of the phone could definitely use some software update to run more smoothly and effortlessly.
I appreciate the picture quality from both the selfie and the primary camera. Photos from both the cameras look good in daylight conditions, good enough to share on social media sites, you won’t get many details though. During low light conditions, both the cameras capture some noise. For a rear camera, it’s slightly manageable with the Night mode but not for the front camera. The colours on the photos appear good with a balanced contrast, but the camera performance is not the same in low light conditions. (All photos are in low resolution and optimised to faster page load, click on photos to open the originals)
Rear Camera Samples: [Click on photos to open in full resolutions]
Selfie Samples: [Click on photos to open in full resolutions]
The overall design, performance, battery and camera of the Infinix Smart 3 Plus is impressive considering the fact that you are getting all those features for just Rs. 6,999. You can consider buying this phone if you are looking for an entry-level mobile phone with a big display, a decent camera, and a good battery for the price.
Similar options in this price segment that I recommend is the Realme C2. If you can stretch your budget then there are some other good options like Redmi 7, Redmi Note 7, Honor 9N, Honor 7A etc. You can get this phone now from Flipkart at a price of Rs. 6,999.