Phone Review: The Infinix Hot Note X551

Phone Review: The Infinix Hot Note X551

Imagine the fuss that comes with the release of a new movie? The talk by friends and on Social Media? That is the atmosphere that engulfed the world upon the release of the Infinix Hot Note X551.

When I first heard about this phone, I was not very sure about the brand and took a some steps back before deciding on whether to buy it or not.

The Infinix Hot Note is a sensation for people looking for low-budget smart phones.

The specs look outstanding for the price attached to the phone.

To get a 16GB internal storage, a 5.5” IPS display, a 4000 mAh battery with rapid charging and an octa-core processor rolled up into a single package at the current market rate of between Ksh 12,000 is unbelievable.

But will the phone live up to its expectations? Given its compatibility and adaptability, I guess yes.

Let’s explore what it has to offer:

Key Features:

  • 5” 720p IPS Display
  • 16GB internal memory
  • microSD slot
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GHz Octa-Core Processor
  • 4000 mAh Battery
  • 13MP primary and 8MP front cameras
  • 3G support

Design & Specs:

The phone is quite light with a sizeable 5.5 inch IPS display and comes with a 720p display that which means you will experience visible pixelation if you have near perfect eyes. The display is excellent for people with weaker eyes, as lower screen resolution provides bigger icons and generally good overall navigation experience.

The screen provides ample brightness in outdoor settings making it easy to read the texts even in the brightest conditions.


Camera: Main camera 13 MP, Selfie camera 8MP.

The phone comes with a 13-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel secondary ‘selfie’ camera, which likes any other budget phone, is mediocre at best when it comes to resolution, color rendering, and image quality.

With camera features ranging from panorama, multi-angle view, motion track, smile recognition and Face Beauty, you’ve got your photo needs covered. The Face Beauty feature automatically adds a face-smoothening filter that removes spots and blemishes and your picture is ready to share.

Battery Life:

The 4000 mAh battery is amazing. The phone manages to live up to the promise of being fully charged in 55 Minutes and the full charge will last you a day and a half in usage even under careful usage of screen time, camera, data, etc.

The phone, with 98% battery and running on Wi-Fi on and off, lots of photography and a mix of heavy and light gaming plus running the benchmarks of Antutu, Geekbench, and Basemark variants, the battery remains strong and powerful for a maximum duration.

On average, the Hot Note can last 48 hours before it gets to the critical 15% charge and starts notifying you.


Low Power, Power Save & Ultra Power save

Power Save:  The phone screen turns Black and White but allows you to access the internet and use applications which require access to function.

Low Power: The phone screen remains colored, but downgrades mobile data connectivity to Edge, which is much slower than 3G or the HSDPA we are accustomed to on other phones.

Ultra Power Save: This is the mother of all power save functions. It switches the screen to Black and White,  closes all applications, disables menu and internet access and only limits you to the home screen with the Phone, Contacts, Messages and the Clock, which is essential if your phone is almost dying but you still need to keep time with your alarm clock.


Screen Gestures

It has some handy on-screen gestures that you can use when the screen is timed out.

To ‘wake’ the screen, just double-tap it. To go straight into the Camera App, just draw a C on the screen. To go to messages, draw an M with your finger. To go to WhatsApp, just draw a W and so on.



The phonebook sort of confuses the country code (+254 in Kenya for example) when importing contacts from Google. So if you saved a number without the country code e.g. 0712 XXX 678 and you receive a call/text from the same number but with a country code attached, the phone will not recognize it.

The sound is also ‘scratching’ compared other high-end models of phones.

Review By Arthur Mbuguah, graphics designer, poet and blogger.