This phone packs in a lot of high end-features you will not find in any other handset in the below-Rs 10,000 price band
By Anand Parthasarathy
That classic American stage and screen musical of an earlier era, "Annie Get Your Gun!" had a catchy song whose refrain went: "Anything you can do, I can do better"!
Infinix is now a respected brand of made-in-India smart phones, and this could well be their slogan: they have a pattern of watching the latest tech trends in premier handsets, then quietly offering them a few months later at a significantly lower price point.
The Infinix S5 Pro lives up to this tradition. I am not aware of any other phone today priced below the unwritten lakshman rekha of Rs 10,000 (Rs 9999 to be exact) and offering a 16 megapixel pop-up selfie camera.
A pop-up camera involves some complicated mechanics but the advantage is that the camera does not take up any space on the screen -- allowing for the largest possible viewing area -- in this case all of 6.53 inches in diagonal. It has an auto retract feature-- which means if you accidentally drop the camera when shooting a selfie, the camera will not break, but slide back into safety.
The rear camera is no slouch eithe being a 48 MP 3-lens combo with double flash. It offers AI-backed setting options like night, portrait, street, night portrait etc with a selectable bokeh setting to blur the background variably for portraits. With 4 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM, you have enough storage to last you years -- but if you do need extra space, the S5 Pro takes 2 SIMS plus a micro SD card. The OS is the latest Android 10, but Infinix also throws in the Dolphin XOS 6.0 if you care for some extra frills.
All Android screens look fairly similar by default, but I liked some useful features like a button to quickly display the installed apps in an alphabetical waterfall. One feature that may not be immediately apparent: the phone has embedded Google Lens in its camera, which means, if you install Google Assistant, you can leverage many useful camera-driven enhancements as you point the phone at passing sights. Again this is not a feature you will find in many phones in the mid-priced sub Rs 10K category.
The Dolby DTS-HD sound is loud and clear when you play YouTube or other videos -- and the 19.5:9 screen ratio makes it just right to play scaled down cinematic content.
All-in-all, a phone that offers excellent value and some very useful premium features