Infinix Hot 12 Play Review – Should You Buy?

infinix hot 12 play review

The Infinix Hot 12 Play was released alongside the Hot 12, but the Hot 12 has been getting all of the attention. Does that mean you skip the Hot 12 play? Well, our Infinix Hot 12 Play review will guide you on why the Hot 12 Play might just be enough for you. I have used the Hot 12 play for over two weeks now, and I feel I can comfortably share my experience with you guys. The Hot 12 Play has some cool, and not-so-cool features and we will go over everything in this complete review.

Infinix partnered with Free Fire a mobile game for the Hot 12 series, and there is a special Free Fire theme on the phone. It has 4GB RAM, but thanks to memory fusion you can expand the RAM to 7GB using extra space from your storage. The phone has a whopping 6000mAh battery and a 13MP main camera. It is sized at 6.8 inches which is fairly large for people with small hands. Read along as we break down everything.

Pros

  • Outstanding 6000mAh Battery
  • Compact Build
  • 90Hz refresh rate

Cons

  • Not Optimized for gaming
  • Poor camera quality
  • Android 11 instead of 12

Infinix Hot 12 Play Unboxing

  • The Phone
  • USB C cable
  • 15W fast charger
  • Plastic case
  • Sim Ejector tool
  • Xclub Dollar Bill
  • Applied Screen Protector
  • Documentations

Infinix Hot 12 Play Review

Design Aspect – Hot 12 Play

The phone is made of plastic and I have the champagne gold color, other color options include racing black, origin blue, and lucky green. We have the frames also made out of plastic, there is a textured pattern at the back but that doesn’t stop the phone from being slippery in the hand. I’m sure the black color variant of the Hot 12 play will be prone to fingerprint stains.

The device is big in the hand, but weight distribution is even, I have a large palm and it was just okay in my hand. It charges through a USB C port which is always interesting to see infinix embracing type C on budget phones. There is a headphone jack and a down-firing speaker at the bottom of the device. We the unlock key and volume rockers by the right side, with the sim card slot by the left.

The phone supports two sim cards with a dedicated memory card slot. Upfront we have a center hole punch cut out. It is not the smallest I have seen on a display but it is fairly decent. The cutout doesn’t intrude while streaming content or playing games. I tried to ascertain the type of protection used on the display, but it wasn’t disclosed by the brand. We have two cameras at the back and I will talk more about them in a bit. Design-wise we have a compact design without any creaks, it is what we are used to nothing outside the norm.

Infinix Hot 12 Play Review – Display Aspect

We have a 6.8 inches IPS LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The display resolution is 720 x 1612 with a 20:9 aspect ratio. We are getting used to FullHD+ nowadays and I feel that was a bit of a letdown. The proper Infinix Hot 12 has a 1080p resolution, and you might spend the extra bucks and get it if you care about that, the Hot 12 also has a 90Hz refresh rate. I enjoyed using the display even under direct sunlight because it was viewable.

If you want to have the maximum brightness then you have to set it to auto-brightness that way it can get up to 300 nits outdoors. The display has a fast touch response rate, and thanks to the refresh rate the animations pop, scrolling is also fast and pleasing to the eye. I watched YouTube videos at 1080p and the display was fairly accurate, especially with white colors. Playing games was also fine you could see the details but games were hindered by the performance I will tell you why in a bit.

The display is flat, but the borders around the display are noticeable. We only have those ultra-thin borders on flagship phones. The only downside of the display to me is the resolution, otherwise, everything is okay

Software Aspect

The device is running on Android 11 out of the box, but the Hot 12 is running on Android 12 that’s another major difference. There is no assurance if the phone will have an Android 12 update given the trend with Infinix phones. The user interface is XOS 10, it is still the same for a while no major refinements. There are some pre-installed apps on the interface, and you can remove some but other can only be disabled. You can also enable the free fire theme in the settings if that is what you want.

So, the device has 4GB RAM, like I said early memory fusion lets you expand the RAM to 7GB. To me, memory fusion is becoming a gimmick with no major impact on overall performance we’ll see more of that in a bit. My variant has 64GB storage space but there is a variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. There are a lot of customizations you can do in the settings of the phone, there is a special function tab in the settings where you can increase the RAM, have access to the gaming assistant, or clone apps on the phone. The notification shade is accessed by swiping to the left while the quick control center is by swiping right. It is not the best user interface on Android but Infinix is constantly working to improve the user interface.

Performance Aspect – Infinix Hot 12 Play Review

The Hot series by Infinix is more of a budget gaming series but they made a tough call with the chipset on the Hot 12 play. We have the Mediatek Helio P35 powering the phone. The Helio P35 is a 2018 chipset and that is another letdown, the chip is optimized for battery performance, and CPU benchmark scores are not the best. I played games like PUBG, Free Fire, and Altos Odyssey among others and it was obvious that the chipset is not for playing games.

infinix hot 12 play PUBG test

Using it for casual stuff like scrolling social media, texting, and making calls is great. The Hot 12 is powered by the Helio G85 and performance is excellent on that device for gamers. I feel we deserve at least the Helio G70 on the Hot 12 Play the gaming performance is slightly better. In fact, the Helio G70 is the chipset powering the Hot 11 last year.

Infinix Hot 12 Play Camera

infinix hot 12 play cameras

The camera is not so encouraging we have a 13MP main camera, a QVGA lens, and an 8MP selfie camera. I will attach some images below so you can see what they look like on your own.

shot on Hot 12 play
selfie camera

Infinix Hot 12 Play Battery Aspect

The battery is an interesting aspect we have 6000mAh, I don’t see anyone killing the entire battery in one day. Charging however is a pain because the 15Watts charger takes over three hours to charge from zero to a hundred. I normally charge the phone at night while I’m sleeping. Don’t worry infinix has a good technology that stops the phone from charging once the battery is completely charged. Battery is an excellent feature of the device and given the condition of power in Nigeria, the Infinix Hot 12 Play will help you navigate through the day without worrying too much.

The Final Take – Should you buy?

The phone cost 77,100 in retail outlets across Nigeria, it is equivalent to 185 dollars. Now the phone is a decent phone but there are certain aspects where other competing phones within the same category stand out. If you want cameras you can add a little more and get the infinix note 11i. Performance is okay but it is not suitable for extreme gaming. Hopefully, the Infinix Hot 12 play review will be helpful drop any questions you have in the comment section below.

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