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Infinix Hot Note X551 Review: Everything you need to know

June 1, 2015
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The Infinix Hot Note X551 is a hot selling smartphone that offers an excellent Phablet experience at a budget price tag. We did a technical specifications overview of the Infinix Hot Note a while back and it’s now time for a full review of the Phablet. We were able to get hold of a review unit of the Infinix Hot Note courtesy of Jumia Kenya and here is what the Infinix Hot Note has to offer. Unboxing The Infinix Hot Note comes in a neatly designed light brown packaging box, a packaging concept similar to what you will find on high end Samsung devices. What’s in the box? Inside the box you will find; The Infinix Hot Note AC Charger USB Cable In Ear Earphones User Guide and Safety Information Manual Design Frame Dimensions: 155 x 77 x 8.9 mm Weight: 172g The Infinix Hot Note X551 is enormous. You will completely love the smartphone if size matters to you. The smartphone is however, relatively light and it feels even lighter in your palms. You get some smooth well curved corners that work out extremely well at enhancing the ergonomics of the smartphone. The rear cover of the Hot Note features what feels like faux wood and it feels awesome to slide your fingertips over it. The smartphone has a svelte profile, a factor that makes it able to comfortably slide into your palms despite its enormous size. The Infinix Hot Note X551 has a super slim removable rear cover and underneath it you will find two Micro SIM slots and a Micro SD card slot. The Infinix Hot Note has a non-removable battery. Display Display Size: 5.5 inches Display Type: IPS LCD Screen Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels Screen Resolution Density: 267 ppi Screen Protection: None The Infinix Hot Note has a 5.5-inch 720p display. The choice of a 720p display was essential since anything less than that would have looked ugly on the device. The vibrancy of the display is evident. Colors do look vibrant on the display even under a 0% display setting. The display is extremely bright and can be irritating to the eye especially in the dark. The Infinix Hot Note has a light sensor and thus you can just select the Automatic brightness option and the prevailing lighting conditions will determine the brightness level. The Infinix Hot Note performs quite well under direct sunlight and the display is visible. Viewing Angles are super impressive. One flaw i noticed with the Infinix Note has to do with its wallpaper setting. The display struggles to optimize custom HD wallpapers. Performance Operating System: Android 4.4 (KitKat) CPU: Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A7 RAM: 1 GB Internal Memory: 16 GB Micro SD: Yes, up to 32 GB I expected the Infinix Hot Note performance to be awesome, but I didn’t expect it to be this splendid. Lag is non-existent and the transition from one menu to the next is a flawless affair. Eight 1.3 GHz cores power the Infinix Hot Note…

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Infinix Hot Note X551

Price: Ksh. 12,500

Design
Display
Perfomance
Camera
Battery
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The Infinix Hot Note X551 is a hot selling smartphone that offers an excellent Phablet experience at a budget price tag.

We did a technical specifications overview of the Infinix Hot Note a while back and it’s now time for a full review of the Phablet.

We were able to get hold of a review unit of the Infinix Hot Note courtesy of Jumia Kenya and here is what the Infinix Hot Note has to offer.

Unboxing

The Infinix Hot Note comes in a neatly designed light brown packaging box, a packaging concept similar to what you will find on high end Samsung devices.

[image] Infinix X551unboxing

What’s in the box?

[image] Infinix X551 inside the box

Inside the box you will find;

The Infinix Hot Note

AC Charger

USB Cable

In Ear Earphones

User Guide and Safety Information Manual

Design

[image] Infinix X551 Impression

Frame Dimensions: 155 x 77 x 8.9 mm

Weight: 172g

The Infinix Hot Note X551 is enormous. You will completely love the smartphone if size matters to you. The smartphone is however, relatively light and it feels even lighter in your palms.

[Image] Infinix X551 Impressions

You get some smooth well curved corners that work out extremely well at enhancing the ergonomics of the smartphone. The rear cover of the Hot Note features what feels like faux wood and it feels awesome to slide your fingertips over it.

[image]-Infinix-Note-X551-Design

The smartphone has a svelte profile, a factor that makes it able to comfortably slide into your palms despite its enormous size.

The Infinix Hot Note X551 has a super slim removable rear cover and underneath it you will find two Micro SIM slots and a Micro SD card slot.

The Infinix Hot Note has a non-removable battery.

Display

[image]-Infinix-Note X551-Display

Display Size: 5.5 inches

Display Type: IPS LCD

Screen Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels

Screen Resolution Density: 267 ppi

Screen Protection: None

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The Infinix Hot Note has a 5.5-inch 720p display. The choice of a 720p display was essential since anything less than that would have looked ugly on the device.

The vibrancy of the display is evident. Colors do look vibrant on the display even under a 0% display setting.

The display is extremely bright and can be irritating to the eye especially in the dark. The Infinix Hot Note has a light sensor and thus you can just select the Automatic brightness option and the prevailing lighting conditions will determine the brightness level.

The Infinix Hot Note performs quite well under direct sunlight and the display is visible. Viewing Angles are super impressive.

One flaw i noticed with the Infinix Note has to do with its wallpaper setting. The display struggles to optimize custom HD wallpapers.

Performance

Operating System: Android 4.4 (KitKat)

CPU: Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A7

RAM: 1 GB

Internal Memory: 16 GB

Micro SD: Yes, up to 32 GB

[image] Infinix X551 Perfomance

I expected the Infinix Hot Note performance to be awesome, but I didn’t expect it to be this splendid. Lag is non-existent and the transition from one menu to the next is a flawless affair. Eight 1.3 GHz cores power the Infinix Hot Note and that is the core reason behind its stellar performance.

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The Infinix Hot Note runs Android 4.4 (KitKat) out of the box. The OS is almost stock Android with just a limited number of Blotware Apps and Services.

The smartphone comes with a number of Applications pre-installed such as WhatsApp and Swiftkey. You can however, uninstall all the pre-installed Apps at your pleasure.

The Hot Note comes with 16 GB internal memory, 10 GB of which is available to you. In addition to that the smartphone has a Micro SD Slot that can to support up to 32 GB of memory.

Camera

Rear Camera: 8 MP

Secondary Camera: 2 MP

LED Flash: Yes

The Infinix Hot Note has an 8 MP rear camera and 2 MP Rear snapper. Most budget smartphones have camera specifications that look good on paper but are disappointing in action

It is however, different with the Infinix Hot Note X551. Its rear camera specifically, surpassed my expectations. The rear camera captures images at a 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution and the results are stunning.

Here are sample images captured by the Infinix Hot Note. All the images are unedited and they are as they were captured (just compressed).

[image] Infinix Note X551 Camera Samples

[image] Infinix X551 Camera Samples

The camera captures video at a 1280 x 720 pixels (720p) maximum resolution which is satisfactory by all standards.

The Hot Note X551 selfie camera is equally impressive. The images aren’t as clear as those of the rear snapper but they are good enough to earn you lots of double taps on Instagram.

The Infinix Hot Note camera has a plethora of additional features. I need to write a separate review on that to expound on each of the individual features.

Music and Video Playback

The Music and Video Playback experience on the Infinix Hot Note is a couple of units above average. However, I have an issue with the stock earphones.

[image] Infinix X551 Music Playback

The earphones are quite disappointing as they lack the clarity that i think they should have.

The Infinix Hot Note plays 1080p and 720p videos effortlessly with no stutters whatsoever.

Battery

Battery Capacity: Li-ion 4000 mAh

The 4000 mAh battery of the Infinix Hot Note will awe you. Once fully charged you can rest assured of a full day of intensive usage and up of 72 hours of moderate usage.

[image] Infinix X551 Battery

An in-built Power Saving Mode and an ultra-lower Power Mode further complements the enormous Infinix Hot Note battery. The ultra-lower Power Mode works more like what you found on some Samsung smartphones and is excellent at pushing the battery life of the smartphone to the extreme.

Verdict

Smartphone buyers were for long accustomed not to expect premium features at a budget price. Well those days are over.

Infinix Mobile has in its product portfolio a smartphone other vendors will struggle to beat. With the Infinix Hot Note you simply get a lot more than what you pay for.

The Infinix Hot Note X551 has a suggested retail price of Ksh. 12,500 in Kenya.

Order it online and have it delivered to you.

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Infinix Hot Note X551

Price: Ksh. 12,500

  • Design
    82%
  • Display
    73%
  • Perfomance
    85%
  • Camera
    88%
  • Battery
    94%

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Kevin is a Passionate Technology Enthusiast and the Lead Writer at MobiTrends. He has been writing about Smartphones and Mobile Technology since 2012. Drop him your comments below :)

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  • dennis

    great review there. so now between the INJOO note and the infinix x551… which would you go for any good day?

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    • Hi Dennis,

      Thanks for the feedback.

      It all depends on what you want. If you are all about the camera, the Innjoo Note is a fine choice, but if you are mostly about battery life, the Infinix Hot Note is your best bet.

      Check out this comparison between the two –> http://mobitrends.co.ke/infinix-hot-note-x551-vs-innjoo-note/

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      • kimani

        Hi kevin,What could be the problem with my x551.Every time i receive some photos,after some time when i try to view,it either displays small blurred images or a msg appears…”cannot generate thumbnail”I have repeatedly gone to media storage,clear data which offcourse deletes all my photos but after some time the problem reoccurs.kindly help otherwise the performance is wonderful

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  • Ken

    What a waste.. All that power under the hood and they give it a gig of ram.. I am disappointed

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    • Hi Ken,

      Yeah, the it was really weird that Infinix paired a powerful octa core CPU with just 1 GB of RAM.

      However, i am not sure if you are aware that the Infinix Note now has a pro version. It has 2GB RAM.

      Check it out.—> http://j.mp/hotnotepro

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  • Nate

    Hi i just bought this phone and soo far im REALLY impressed…it takes in tons of apps effortlessly and the battery life is simply second to none.apart from the rather boring earphones everything in this phone is top-notch..and btw.1 gb of ram seems to work perfectly on this phone with all the aps installed.dont ask me how

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    • Hi Nate,

      Great to hear!

      You just summarized the entire post with a one paragraph :)

      Thanks for reading

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  • Hassan

    I can’t find call reject or block option on my Infinix hot note.. Plz shed some light

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    • Hi Hassan,

      Try settings > call > Call reject

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  • djossou thierry

    hi, my name is thierry djossou so i have infinix hot note X551, but 3 days ago i was change my sim card when i have activated the security privacy protection cod. when i restared my phone i can enter cause i forgoten the pin or privacy protection passe word. please help me, i need to use my phone.

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    • Hi Thierry,

      So you are basically locked out of your Smartphone.

      The easiest thing to do is log in to your device using your Google account password. If that option isn’t avaialble to you, you will have to factory reset the smartphone.

      Factory resetting the smartphone will give you access to yur smartphone but you will all the personal data found on the smartphone.

      Prodedure

      Power down the smartphone.

      Press Volume Up + Home Button + Power (all at once).

      Use the power button to select the ‘Wipe data/factory’ reset option

      Restart the smartphone

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      • Ijaz Ul Haq Pukhtoon

        sir i got the infinix hot note about a week ago. it worked perfectly. i set a pin code for my privacy and used it for two days. but i dont know now it it says wrong pin. what i can do now???. i tried factory reset from startup. but the problem persists.

        please help me.

        Ijaz Ali Khan
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  • Ijaz Ul Haq Pukhtoon

    sir i got the infinix hot note about a week ago. it worked perfectly. i set a pin code for my privacy and used it for two days. but i dont know now it it says wrong pin. what i can do now???. i tried factory reset from startup. but the problem persists.

    please help me.

    Ijaz Ali Khan
    03455666889

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  • Joyce Ayesu

    OK. My name is Joyce and bought my phone 3 weeks ago… I realised when I take pictures they show I hv taken a picture but to now view it I end up not finding them but older photos.. What could be the cause. I need help pls.

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  • Seth Botchway

    Hi my name is seth, I would like to know which of the sim numbers browses faster using the internet. Thank you.

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    • Hi Seth,

      From my experience, both SIM card slots provides some excellent internet connectivity.

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  • Gabrielo

    hi Kevin im Gabrielo plz help me my phone Infinix x551 consumes my data like seriously ive disabled my background data but still no big diffrence plz help…

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  • Mildred seshimey

    I hav a problem with my Infinix hot note the apps that i personally did nt install on my fone keeps installing on it own

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  • Nehal Hashem

    i hard reset my phone and still i get the password privacy protection screen whats the solution please

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  • Tabz Gee

    Hey have this Infinix phone keep showing privacy protection password which i didn’t set have tried factory setting but nothing so far whats the problem

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  • Moses

    I locked some messages on my phone and I have no clue on how to unlock

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  • Thomas Normeshi

    Good evening, i activated the anti-theft, when i changed the sim, it now requires me to put privacy protection password. i tried all my best, but it avails to nothing.
    what should I do?

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  • Yinka

    Hi… My name is yinka, I’ve got problem with my infinix x551. The camera is not clear unlike other pictures taken by my friends with theirs and I’ve restored the camera factory settings, cleaned the back cover of the phone and the inner cover. please what do u think I can do.

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  • Timothy Mathai

    Hey Kevin my X551s has a problem…… it hanged last night and till now its not yet come up again…..this is the second time….what could be the problem please?

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  • daf doc

    hi everyone, my 4months old Infinix x551 Hot note has been perfect until this evening when i took some pictures under the snow. After taking all the shots, i made a call and put the phone in my pocket. 3 minutes latter as got into the house to apreciate the pictures, the screen is totally black but i receive calls, bips of messages from messenger, skype and whatsapp but cannot do anything since the screen is black and doesn’t come on. Could someone help out there

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  • Idah Nik

    Hi, i lost my infinix hot note… is there away to track it?

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  • monica musewa

    hi kevin,
    my infinix did an upgrade and after a successful upgrade it cannot detect the simcard and I cannot switch on the mobile date-help…

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    • Hey Monica, Was it an OTA or SP Flash update?

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  • Njoki Kiama

    Hi Kevin,
    Thank you for the brilliant, very clear analysis and review of the Hot Note X551. I want to buy a new phone and asked my colleagues at work what phone to buy – they suggested it. I googled, I found this and now I am looking no further as am certain it’s the phone I want to buy – thanks to you :-) !!
    Keep up the fab work.
    Cheers

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    • Hi Njoki

      Many thanks for the compliment.

      The Hot Note X551 is a fine smartphone. By the way, you should also check out the upcoming Infinix Note 3

      http://mobitrends.co.ke/infinix-note-3-jumia-kenya/

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      • Njoki Kiama

        Looks great! They say it’ll be on sale as of today 17 August. Is it out yet? What do you think of the INFINIX Zero 3 (X552) has 3GB ram, and a pretty great sounding camera and 4G! I guess you can expand that memory to 32GB right? What does it compare to in the Samsung world?

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