Infinix Hot 10T Review: Budget Done Right

T for good trouble. Infinix's latest smartphone is great in many ways and the best value choice.

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Infinix Hot 10T review

Infinix has been launching new devices in the Kenyan market for the past few months. The latest one in their portfolio is the Infinix Hot 10T.

Infinix Hot 10T is the newest device in the company’s Hot 10 line which includes the Infinix Hot 10, Infinix Hot 10 Play, Infinix Hot 10S and Infinix Hot 10 Lite.

We’ve been using the Infinix Hot 10T for a good amount of time, taking it through its paces including a comparison review with the Samsung Galaxy A12 and now here’s our full review.


Before we begin, here’s what you get in the box:

  • 10W power brick
  • micro-usb charging cable
  • hard back plastic case
  • screen protector
  • pair of earphones

Design

Infinix Hot 10T is a nicely designed smartphone. It has a glossy finish that weirdly not a magnet for fingerprint smudges.

The back features a curved lines pattern, a camera bump at the top left, a fingerprint sensor at the top centre and Infinix branding at the bottom left.

Infinix Hot 10T is huge and a little heavy but not that hefty enough for one-hand use.

The power and volume buttons are easily accessible, positioned centrally to where your thumb would naturally rest when using the phone.

The fingerprint sensor is also reachable for quick unlocking. You can use face unlock too. Both are equally fast.

At the bottom, we have a micro-usb charging port, headphone jack, microphone and speaker grille.

Coming to the front we have the 6.82″ display that has 720p resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. The top bezel houses the two LED flash and we also have the waterdrop notch.

Infinix Hot 10T 90Hz display

The display served my multimedia needs very well. The good thing is that 90Hz is enabled by default.

I enjoyed browsing the web, scrolling social media, playing games, binging tv shows and trilogies. The display is surprisingly good even outdoors.

Everything was smooth and snappier thanks to the high refresh rate.

Infinix Hot 10T comes in various colours including Morandi Green, 7° Purple and 95° Black.

Overall, you’ll love using the Infinix Hot 10T.

Performance

Infinix Hot 10T rocks Android 11 and XOS 7.6. Both are latest operating system and user interface from Google and Infinix respectively so you are getting the best of both worlds.

Android 11 features a redesigned media player, bubble chat heads, grouped notifications, more restrictive permissions, notifications history, ability to pin apps in the share menu, a more granular Do Not Disturb mode, seamless updates, Multitasking pane, improved autofill, suggested apps, biometric authentication, among a host of other useful features.

XOS 7.6 also brings neat tricks up its sleeve including Social Turbo, Game Mode, Peek Proof, Theft Alert, tweaks to the graphical user interface, XClone, among others.

XOS still has its drawbacks – you still get bloatware apps and suggested apps to download. You can easily uninstall these unnecessary apps and install a third-party launcher to customize your experience on the Infinix Hot 10T.

Software aside, Infinix really packed heavy with the internals.

You are getting 4GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. Infinix Hot 10T also rocks a Helio G70 chip and Mali G52 GPU.

At this price point, T better stand for terrific performance. I lauded the regular Hot 10 launched last year for its performance but the newer Hot 10T swept me off my feet.

Everything runs pretty smooth thanks to the hardware upgrade and the 90Hz refresh rate.

Infinix Hot 10T runs amazingly fast, speedily opening and switching between apps, powering my long gaming sessions including heavy games such as PUGBG, Genshin Impact, Among Us, Critical Ops, Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition, Two Dots, Alto’s Odyssey, Ninja Arashi 2, Asphalt 9 Legends, NFS No Limits, Dead Trigger 2 and Atomas with zero hiccups.

In terms of gaming settings, PUBG played at its highest settings with the High Frame option(it averaged around 118fps) and HD Graphics.

Infinix Hot 10T is the perfect workhorse

Light use on the Infinix Hot 10T will be a breeze, be it checking up emails, social media, and streaming. Talking of streaming, Infinix Hot 10T has stereo sound thanks to the bottom-facing speakers and the earpiece on the top.

It can get loud without the distortion so your entertainment needs are well met.

This performance makes it rank up high when compared with other rival smartphones in this price point and even those a little bit expensive.

Battery

Infinix Hot 10T comes with a huge 5000mAh battery. It was so hard to exhaust this battery even with my heavy consumption. My screen-on-time averaged between 6 and 8 hours on heavy and light use repectively.

You can extend the battery life with the Power Marathon features including Power Boost and Ultra-power saving and pull the smartphone’s battery for another day.

So you are in good hands in terms of battery life performance.

One drawback is that when the phone completely dies, you’ll need close to 3 hours to fully juice it up. Infinix included a 10W power brick.

It would have been handy to have a a type-C port and probably fast charging.

Cameras

The camera performance was another upgrade the Infinix Hot 10T excels at.

Infinix Hot 10T has a tripe camera setup at the back and a selfie camera housed in the waterdrop notch.

We have a 48MP main camera, a 2MP depth camera and an AI lens. At the front we have an 8MP selfie camera. We also have a quad-LED flash at the back and dual-LED flash at the top bezel .

You can play around with different modes such as Portrait mode, panorama, HDR, Beauty, 48MP mode, Short Video, Video, Video Bokeh mode, Slowmotion, AR shot, and Timelapse.

We have Super Night mode included to help with lowlight photography. I loved how it captured nighttime selfies and regular shots as you’ll see below that came out with sufficient colour and detail.

Photos turned out pretty well – respectable enough to share on social media platforms. You are getting pics with decent dynamic range, details and a little saturated colours for most shots.

You’ll love the background blur on selfies and regular shots. There’s video bokeh mode too for both selfie and regular videos. You can adjust the blur level if you want.

The Hot 10T also has the ability to shoot 2K video for both selfies and videos.

Here are some samples:

Selfies, Portraits

Regular Shots

Lowlight Selfies

Super Night Mode Shots

The cameras on the Infinix Hot 10T were pretty versatile and for a phone at this price point, you are getting your money’s worth and then some more in terms of photography and videography performance.

Verdict

Infinix Hot 10T is an incredible smartphone – well-rounded features including powerful performance, nicely designed, capable cameras, strong battery life, a decent screen with a high refresh rate and a dependable software experience.

Infinix put value where it mattered for smartphones at this segment with the Hot 10T. It now climbs up the ladder in our list of best Infinix smartphones to buy in the country.

Pricing and Availability


Infinix Hot 10T is being sold in two variants, the 4GB RAM and 128GB storage will retail for Ksh 17,499 while the 4GB RAM and 64GB version will go for Ksh 15,499.

You can purchase it online on XPARK and retail partner e-commerce sites like Jumia with free exclusive gifts[Direct Link] Infinix Hot 10T will be available in all authorized Infinix outlets countrywide listed below.

TownLocationSTORE NAME
NairobiShops along Moi avenue1. Ropem kc
Art
Ropem moi avenue
Smart hub
Photohive
Carlifornia
Lemuma
Wataalam communication
Shops along Tom MboyaInfinix trends brandshop
Central electronics
Dream world communication.
Queens mobile.
Ronald Ngala streetDalnurio
Scorpio
Bidan.
Smart plus.
Tricom cianda
Mama Ngina streetInfochoice.
NAKURUShops along Mburu Gichua rdDirect mobile
Tenco exclusive brandshop
Phonelink
Winacom
Pali capital
Sparks
Shops along Kenyatta avenueDevi stationers
Digitronics 2
Shariff electronic
Samchi telecom
Ropem
Brighter brands
Target one
Shops along Urma Dini rdTechspa communication
Nakuru brandshop
NYAHURURUShop along Kenyatta avenueMukuyu mobiles
Jamara Swinger
Happy go
NAIVASHAShop along biashara streetNarasha
Netspace
Celtech
KERICHOShop along john kerich roadSmartchoice
Temik
Shivling
Shop along moi roadEvident communication
Fairprice
T.discount
Advatech narok
Shop along temple roadVision gate
Moonlight
Roimax/kiene
Keromatt
BOMETShop around Main StageClassic mobile
South c
Techplex
Mercy communication
Keromatt 2
KISIIShops along Hospital roadFone fun
Matrix
City Hub
West link
Shops along Mai mahiu kisumu raid Galool. A
Galool. B
Digitex.
Brothers
Dabniil
Vima
New California
Smartcomm
Mueingene
Shops along Sansora roadMJ phones III
MJ phones
One two One
Kisii Matt
Keromatt
MERUShops along NJURI NCEEKE STREETMkenya smartphone
Mkenya annex.
Qkuicom connect
C & M fastcom
Shops along KIRUKURI STREETSnowman enterprises
Shop Around (Uchumi supermarket)Town mobile centre
Shops along Ghana streetCity mobile
EMBUShops along KUBUKUBU STREETTelematt mobile
Ideal quality Makuti
Embumatt mobile
Shops along Jomo Kenyatta RoadRisa Communication
MAUAShops in Maua behind Family bankSkyhawk mobile
Winners mobile
MURANG'AShops around K.C.B bankTelefonica
Shops along KCB street Kerugoya1.Mercy communication.
NYERIShops along Kwa malori streetMt Kenya
Shops in Prestige mallDecent one
Comstar
Qkuicom connect
NANYUKIShops along Kenyatta roadMobile trendz
Ecoris
Shops along Lumumba roadQkuicom connect
Space mobile
Shop around Joskaki hotelConsumer mobile
MOMBASADigo RoadGmax
Wireless county
Eruma communication
Ricom
Classic communication
Snaap
MWEMBESteplink
Wireless Netzone
Wincos
KILIFIMastermind
ELDORETShops along the Uganda roadKosirai
Magical Mobiles
Chandni emporium
Anand Will's
Dhaval
Dhaval 2
Phoneart solutions 2
Rudra mobile gallery
Dhoni emporium
Anand Khandala
Oginga Odinga streetBemotec(Eldoret) communication shops
Shops along Ronald Ngala streetRamzi Africa
Kieorn enterprises
Shops along Oloo streetEldomatt Hyper
Kerio stores
Super selection
KISUMUShops along Odinga oginga streetGalool
Marks
Janely
Damo
Samchi
Shops along jomo Kenyatta StreetStar mobile
Tescom

1 COMMENT

  1. the specs of the infinix hot 10T are really nice. I’m a fan of the huge battery and mediatek processor

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