Midrangers with periscopes???? Stunning move!
Infinix has released a retail variant of the Infinix Zero X series, probably as a successor to the Zero 8 which has been around for nearly a year now. Previously, the Zero X series were concept phones with a glow-in-the-dark back and flagship-level camera systems, which include the periscope. The Zero X series is actually out of Infinix’ comfort zone as they normally manufacture budget phones, the typical ones.
Now that there is a retail version of it, the design of the Zero X has been slightly altered, coming with a more “squircle” camera bump and multiple colours, including a starry night one. Let’s start with the base Zero X and the Pro variant.
Zero X and Zero X Pro
The base Zero X uses a 64mp main camera with OIS, while the Pro variant uses a 108mp camera also with OIS, along with an 8mp telephoto and an 8mp ultrawide camera with 120° FOV. For the front camera, there is a 16mp dot notch. The usual resolution. No useless depth or macro cameras to be seen here, and these two 8mp cameras also apply for the Pro and Neo variants.
While the phone does not use Infinix’ conceptual 160W charging as the concept version of the Zero X, it still does use a speedy 45W fast charging solution. The company is still testing this new charging tech and could not bring it on time for the launch of the retail Zero X series. They are also cutting corners for this one in favour of better cameras.
All three phones use the Mediatek Helio G95 chipset. These phones are not really meant to be a high-end flagship anyway, but rather to help Infinix experiment on new designs and new features for future handsets. The Mediatek Helio G95 is by no means slow, but it is also far from the fastest midrange chip.
For the display, the Zero X and the X Pro both use a 6.67in. AMOLED with 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate that’s made possible thanks to the Intelligent Display feature of the Helio G95, which helps it support beyond the native 90Hz screen refresh rate range.
Just like most BBK phones, the Zero X series also features a Virtual RAM option that turns your storage into RAM, therefore the Zero X can have up to 11GB RAM both physically and virtually. For the battery, both the regular and pro variant comes with a 4500mAh battery
Zero X Neo
The Zero X Neo is the “lite” edition, the one with reduced specs. While the phone still uses a Mediatek Helio G95 chipset, the cameras have downgraded to 48mp and the loss of OIS. It still has the 8mp periscope camera intact that comes with OIS. The phone also lost the 8mp ultrawide in exchange for the 2mp depth sensor
Also, instead of AMOLED, it uses regular 6.78in. IPS LCD with 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate. It keeps the Extended RAM of the previous two however.
For the battery, it uses a larger 5000mAh battery but at the cost of fast charging, instead of 45W, it’s now lowered to just 18W.
All three phones would ship with xOS 7.6 based on Android 11 and supports UFS 2.2 storage. The regular and neo variants have one configuration: 8/128, while the Pro variant has either 8/128 or 8/256 storage configurations. They will be available on the usual areas where Infinix sells: Nigeria, Thailand, Indonesia, Egypt. The trio may also be available sometime in the Philippines but it won’t be available in the North American nor European region.
- Pro Version Colours: Nebula Black, Starry Silver, Tuscany Brow
- Regular Version Colours: Black and Silver
- Neo Version Colours: Black, Silver and Bahamas Blue
Pricing to be announced soon, the phones should be priced around $200-300 (~Php 10-15K)
We’ll update for any official pricing here in the Philippines