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Infinix Hot 10S NFC Smartphone Review: 90 Hz for $120 USD

Hot and your cold. Just $120 USD can net you a fairly large 6.82-inch Android 11 smartphone and a sizeable 5000 mAh battery. There are some drawbacks, of course, but they're nothing most budget users can't live with.
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Officially unveiled just last week, the Hot 10S NFC is the latest inexpensive smartphone from Infinix designed for users who want a large display without having to spend hundreds of dollars more. The smartphone is also notable for carrying a MediaTek Helios G85 SoC, a 90 Hz refresh rate display, triple 48 MP rear cameras, and a large 5000 mAh battery — not bad for something retailing for just $120 USD.

A second version called the Hot 10S will also be made available on May 12 with more RAM (6 GB vs. 4 GB) and an even larger battery (6000 mAh vs. 5000 mAh) for $130 USD. Both versions are planned for Indonesia, Russia, and Latin America in Black, Green, Ocean, and Purple color options.

Infinix Hot 10S
Processor
Mediatek Helio G85 8 x 2 GHz, Cortex-A75 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6.82 inch 20.5:9, 720 x 1640 pixel 263 PPI, glossy: yes, 90 Hz
Storage
128 GB eMMC Flash, 128 GB 
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5)
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.2 x 171.5 x 77.5 ( = 0.36 x 6.75 x 3.05 in)
Operating System
Android 11
Additional features
12 Months Warranty
Weight
200 g ( = 7.05 oz / 0.44 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

potential competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
76 %
04/2021
Infinix Hot 10S
Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2
200 g9.2 mm6.82"720x1640
83 %
04/2021
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
SD 750G 5G, Adreno 619
189 g8.4 mm6.50"2400x1080
71 %
04/2021
Doogee X95 Pro
Helio A20 MT6761D, PowerVR GE8300
177 g8.4 mm6.52"1600x720
82 %
04/2021
realme 8 Pro
SD 720G, Adreno 618
176 g8 mm6.40"2400x1080
87 %
04/2021
OnePlus 9
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
192 g8.7 mm6.55"2400x1080
78 %
04/2021
Motorola Moto G30
SD 662, Adreno 610
197 g9 mm6.50"1600x720

Case

The first thing users will notice is how large the Hot 10S is. Consequently, it's also slightly heavier and larger than many alternatives including the Samsung Galaxy A52 or Doogee X95 Pro. Build quality is otherwise nothing special with its glossy plastic back and rounded edges and corners. Our specific test unit exhibits no faulty construction or unintended gaps along the sides.

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171.5 mm / 6.75 inch 77.5 mm / 3.05 inch 9.2 mm / 0.3622 inch 200 g0.4409 lbs166.7 mm / 6.56 inch 75.8 mm / 2.98 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 177 g0.3902 lbs165 mm / 6.5 inch 76 mm / 2.99 inch 9 mm / 0.3543 inch 197 g0.4343 lbs161 mm / 6.34 inch 74 mm / 2.91 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 176 g0.388 lbs160 mm / 6.3 inch 74.2 mm / 2.92 inch 8.7 mm / 0.3425 inch 192 g0.4233 lbs159.9 mm / 6.3 inch 75.1 mm / 2.96 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 189 g0.4167 lbs

Connectivity

Left: SIM tray (MicroSD, 2x Nano SIM)
Left: SIM tray (MicroSD, 2x Nano SIM)
Bottom: 3.5 mm earphones, Micro-USB
Bottom: 3.5 mm earphones, Micro-USB
Top: No ports
Top: No ports
Right: Power button, Volume rocker
Right: Power button, Volume rocker

Communication

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
OnePlus 9
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
777 (623min - 829max) MBit/s ∼100% +115%
Infinix Hot 10S
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
362 MBit/s ∼47%
Doogee X95 Pro
Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/n
331 MBit/s ∼43% -9%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
331 (322min - 337max) MBit/s ∼43% -9%
realme 8 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
304 (218min - 328max) MBit/s ∼39% -16%
Motorola Moto G30
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
288 (198min - 337max) MBit/s ∼37% -20%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
OnePlus 9
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
685 (654min - 709max) MBit/s ∼100% +109%
Doogee X95 Pro
Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/n
360 MBit/s ∼53% +10%
Infinix Hot 10S
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
327 MBit/s ∼48%
realme 8 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
323 (279min - 332max) MBit/s ∼47% -1%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
282 (275min - 287max) MBit/s ∼41% -14%
Motorola Moto G30
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
273 (198min - 323max) MBit/s ∼40% -17%

Rear Camera

ColorChecker
17.3 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
13 ∆E
14.6 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
10 ∆E
4 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
2.6 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
2.2 ∆E
1.7 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
14 ∆E
8 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Infinix Hot 10S: 8.78 ∆E min: 1.73 - max: 17.26 ∆E

Display

The IPS display excels in a few aspects while falling behind in others. Contrast ratio, for example, is high for excellent black levels when viewing videos and the fast 90 Hz refresh rate makes the display more responsive to the touch. On the other hand, black-white and gray-gray response times are slow meaning ghosting is noticeable when scrolling through web pages.

Teardrop design is similar to some Huawei models
Teardrop design is similar to some Huawei models
Crisp RGB subpixel array
Crisp RGB subpixel array
454
cd/m²
467
cd/m²
443.7
cd/m²
456.1
cd/m²
459.8
cd/m²
451
cd/m²
454.7
cd/m²
464.1
cd/m²
455
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 467 cd/m² Average: 456.2 cd/m² Minimum: 4.26 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 459.8 cd/m²
Contrast: 2705:1 (Black: 0.17 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.36 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6
ΔE Greyscale 5.8 | 0.64-98 Ø5.8
Gamma: 2.14
Infinix Hot 10S
6.82, 720x1640
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Super AMOLED, 6.50, 2400x1080
Doogee X95 Pro
IPS, 6.52, 1600x720
realme 8 Pro
AMOLED, 6.40, 2400x1080
OnePlus 9
AMOLED, 6.55, 2400x1080
Motorola Moto G30
LCD IPS, 6.50, 1600x720
Response Times
93%
-30%
82%
69%
-40%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
45.6 (20.4, 25.2)
3.2 (1.6, 1.6)
93%
63.2 (29.6, 33.6)
-39%
8 (5, 3)
82%
20 (11, 9)
56%
76 (47, 29)
-67%
Response Time Black / White *
33.6 (18, 15.6)
2.4 (1.2, 1.2)
93%
40.4 (20, 20.4)
-20%
6 (3, 3)
82%
6 (3, 3)
82%
38 (23, 15)
-13%
PWM Frequency
250 (100)
114.7
323.6
176.7 (20)
Screen
47%
0%
17%
64%
-16%
Brightness middle
459.8
744
62%
382.2
-17%
581
26%
731
59%
284
-38%
Brightness
456
749
64%
357
-22%
563
23%
739
62%
263
-42%
Brightness Distribution
95
98
3%
86
-9%
86
-9%
96
1%
83
-13%
Black Level *
0.17
0.18
-6%
0.34
-100%
Contrast
2705
2123
-22%
835
-69%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.36
2.2
59%
4.4
18%
4.34
19%
0.59
89%
2.92
46%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.78
7
28%
8.12
17%
7.15
27%
1.3
87%
5.06
48%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.8
2.1
64%
3.4
41%
4.9
16%
0.9
84%
3.6
38%
Gamma
2.14 103%
2.06 107%
2.03 108%
2.327 95%
2.243 98%
2.307 95%
CCT
7980 81%
6516 100%
6963 93%
7658 85%
6573 99%
6780 96%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
70% / 58%
-15% / -6%
50% / 33%
67% / 65%
-28% / -21%

* ... smaller is better

Grayscale
Grayscale
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps
ColorChecker
ColorChecker

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
33.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 15.6 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 87 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.2 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
45.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20.4 ms rise
↘ 25.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 70 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (38.4 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9651 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 151500) Hz was measured.

Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight

Performance

Processor

Raw CPU performance is most similar to the Snapdragon 720 while graphics performance is only half that of the Helio 90T. It's good enough for most Play Store games including Mario Kart Tour, but more demanding titles like Genshin Impact will have shaky frame rates and plenty of frame skips.

Geekbench 5.3 / OpenCL Score 5.3
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
4566 Points ∼100% +270%
Oppo Find X3 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
4464 Points ∼98% +262%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
1304 Points ∼29% +6%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
1237 Points ∼27% 0%
Infinix Hot 10S
Mediatek Helio G85
1233 Points ∼27%
Motorola Moto G30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
376 Points ∼8% -70%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
261 Points ∼6% -79%
PCMark for Android / Work 2.0 performance score
Oppo Find X3 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
10743 Points ∼100% +24%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T
10512 Points ∼98% +21%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
10438 Points ∼97% +20%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
9573 Points ∼89% +10%
Infinix Hot 10S
Mediatek Helio G85
8670 Points ∼81%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
8463 Points ∼79% -2%
Motorola Moto G30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
6135 Points ∼57% -29%
Nokia 2.4
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
5380 Points ∼50% -38%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
5316 Points ∼49% -39%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
41 fps ∼100% +242%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic
40 fps ∼98% +233%
Oppo Find X3 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
40 fps ∼98% +233%
Infinix Hot 10S
Mediatek Helio G85
12 fps ∼29%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T
11 fps ∼27% -8%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
11 fps ∼27% -8%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
11 fps ∼27% -8%
Motorola Moto G30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
9.2 fps ∼22% -23%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
6.5 fps ∼16% -46%
Nokia 2.4
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
4.5 fps ∼11% -62%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic
30 fps ∼100% +868%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
28 fps ∼93% +803%
Oppo Find X3 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
27 fps ∼90% +771%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
7.6 fps ∼25% +145%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
7 fps ∼23% +126%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T
6.9 fps ∼23% +123%
Infinix Hot 10S
Mediatek Helio G85
3.1 fps ∼10%
Motorola Moto G30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
2.8 fps ∼9% -10%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
2 fps ∼7% -35%
Nokia 2.4
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
1.4 fps ∼5% -55%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
58 fps ∼100% +383%
Oppo Find X3 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
57 fps ∼98% +375%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic
53.5 fps ∼92% +346%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T
18 fps ∼31% +50%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
18 fps ∼31% +50%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
17 fps ∼29% +42%
Motorola Moto G30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
13 fps ∼22% +8%
Infinix Hot 10S
Mediatek Helio G85
12 fps ∼21%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
11 fps ∼19% -8%
Nokia 2.4
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
7.1 fps ∼12% -41%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic
85 fps ∼100% +963%
Oppo Find X3 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
67 fps ∼79% +738%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
57 fps ∼67% +613%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T
20 fps ∼24% +150%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
20 fps ∼24% +150%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
19 fps ∼22% +138%
Motorola Moto G30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
8.6 fps ∼10% +8%
Infinix Hot 10S
Mediatek Helio G85
8 fps ∼9%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
6 fps ∼7% -25%
Nokia 2.4
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
4 fps ∼5% -50%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Oppo Find X3 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
8947 Points ∼100% +525%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic
7294 Points ∼82% +410%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
2927 Points ∼33% +105%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
2743 Points ∼31% +92%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T
2568 Points ∼29% +79%
Infinix Hot 10S
Mediatek Helio G85
1431 Points ∼16%
Motorola Moto G30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
1176 Points ∼13% -18%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
849 Points ∼9% -41%
Nokia 2.4
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
469 Points ∼5% -67%
Doogee X95 Pro
Mediatek Helio A20 MT6761D
257 Points ∼3% -82%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
0 Points ∼0% -100%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Oppo Find X3 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
11999 Points ∼100% +853%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic
11824 Points ∼99% +839%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
2802 Points ∼23% +123%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
2642 Points ∼22% +110%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T
2433 Points ∼20% +93%
Infinix Hot 10S
Mediatek Helio G85
1259 Points ∼10%
Motorola Moto G30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
1081 Points ∼9% -14%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
731 Points ∼6% -42%
Nokia 2.4
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
408 Points ∼3% -68%
Doogee X95 Pro
Mediatek Helio A20 MT6761D
214 Points ∼2% -83%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Oppo Find X3 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
4733 Points ∼100% +73%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
3466 Points ∼73% +27%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T
3188 Points ∼67% +17%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
3164 Points ∼67% +16%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic
3115 Points ∼66% +14%
Infinix Hot 10S
Mediatek Helio G85
2734 Points ∼58%
Motorola Moto G30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
2164 Points ∼46% -21%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
1953 Points ∼41% -29%
Nokia 2.4
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
981 Points ∼21% -64%
Doogee X95 Pro
Mediatek Helio A20 MT6761D
834 Points ∼18% -69%
WebXPRT 3 /
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic
191 Points ∼100% +344%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
119 Points ∼62% +177%
Oppo Find X3 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
118 Points ∼62% +174%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
82 Points ∼43% +91%
Motorola Moto G30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
51 Points ∼27% +19%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T
46 Points ∼24% +7%
Infinix Hot 10S
Mediatek Helio G85
43 Points ∼23%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
42 Points ∼22% -2%
Doogee X95 Pro
Mediatek Helio A20 MT6761D
27 Points ∼14% -37%

Storage Devices

Though MicroSD cards are supported, the reader didn't seem to be working on our review unit. Transfer rates were abnormally slow at less than 2 MB/s even after several retries with different MicroSD cards.

Infinix Hot 10S
128 GB eMMC Flash
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
Doogee X95 Pro
32 GB eMMC Flash
realme 8 Pro
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
OnePlus 9
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Motorola Moto G30
128 GB eMMC Flash
AndroBench 3-5
151%
-49%
20%
291%
6%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
61.25
35.3
81.9
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
83.3
62.74
153.8
Random Write 4KB
68.21
179.23
163%
10.95
-84%
84.8
24%
221.45
225%
12.2
-82%
Random Read 4KB
108.04
176.05
63%
32.59
-70%
98.5
-9%
225.38
109%
247.4
129%
Sequential Write 256KB
175.41
484.62
176%
118.63
-32%
191.7
9%
739.39
322%
190.2
8%
Sequential Read 256KB
307.82
926.67
201%
276.96
-10%
474
54%
1872.3
508%
214.5
-30%

Emissions

Temperature

System idle (front)
System idle (front)
System idle (back)
System idle (back)
CPU stress (front)
CPU stress (front)
CPU stress (back)
CPU stress (back)
Max. Load
 37.2 °C
99 F
30.6 °C
87 F
29.6 °C
85 F
 
 36.2 °C
97 F
31.2 °C
88 F
30 °C
86 F
 
 34.6 °C
94 F
31 °C
88 F
29.8 °C
86 F
 
Maximum: 37.2 °C = 99 F
Average: 32.2 °C = 90 F
25.2 °C
77 F
29 °C
84 F
35.8 °C
96 F
25.6 °C
78 F
29.2 °C
85 F
38 °C
100 F
25.6 °C
78 F
29 °C
84 F
33.2 °C
92 F
Maximum: 38 °C = 100 F
Average: 30.1 °C = 86 F
Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32.2 °C / 90 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 37.2 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 35.2 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 38 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22.5 °C / 73 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.

Speakers

Pink noise at maximum volume
Pink noise at maximum volume
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.53938.52534.135.734.13125.224.625.24019.921.919.95019.718.619.76319.919.619.98026.827.226.810022.322.522.312530.330.430.316020.817.120.820026.915.826.925038.315.738.331546164640051.715.951.750055.913.855.963061.912.861.980067.712.267.710007011.970125071.311.371.3160072.911.972.9200074.411.574.4250075.411.875.4315078.711.678.7400082.211.182.2500078.611.478.6630075.711.775.7800072.511.672.51000071.711.671.71250075.611.575.61600064.910.664.9SPL88.124.688.1N65.30.665.3median 70median 11.9median 70Delta14.42.414.435.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseInfinix Hot 10SApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
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Infinix Hot 10S audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 39.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 6.4% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.4% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (25.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 65% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 26% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 78% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 17% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Infinix Hot 10S
Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 128 GB eMMC Flash, , 720x1640, 6.82
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
SD 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, Super AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.50
Doogee X95 Pro
Helio A20 MT6761D, PowerVR GE8300, 32 GB eMMC Flash, IPS, 1600x720, 6.52
OnePlus 9
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.55
Motorola Moto G30
SD 662, Adreno 610, 128 GB eMMC Flash, LCD IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
A14, A14 Bionic GPU, 128 GB NVMe, OLED, 2778x1284, 6.70
Power Consumption
33%
38%
7%
21%
41%
Idle Minimum *
1.7
0.92
46%
0.5
71%
0.9
47%
0.8
53%
0.8
53%
Idle Average *
2.9
1.78
39%
2
31%
1.7
41%
1.5
48%
1.5
48%
Idle Maximum *
3
1.81
40%
2.7
10%
2.7
10%
1.8
40%
1.9
37%
Load Average *
5.3
3.86
27%
3.7
30%
5.4
-2%
6.1
-15%
3.4
36%
Load Maximum *
7
6.14
12%
3.8
46%
11.1
-59%
8.4
-20%
4.7
33%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Runtimes are long at over 12 hours of real-world WLAN use thanks to the large 5000 mAh battery. Charging is also decently fast from 15 percent to 73 percent in 90 minutes with the included AC adapter.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
20h 30min
Infinix Hot 10S
Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2,  Wh
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
SD 750G 5G, Adreno 619,  Wh
Doogee X95 Pro
Helio A20 MT6761D, PowerVR GE8300,  Wh
realme 8 Pro
SD 720G, Adreno 618,  Wh
OnePlus 9
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660,  Wh
Motorola Moto G30
SD 662, Adreno 610,  Wh
Battery Runtime
-42%
-29%
-18%
-31%
-13%
Reader / Idle
1917
1623
2336
WiFi v1.3
1230
710
-42%
879
-29%
1006
-18%
854
-31%
1069
-13%
Load
324
168
219

Pros

+ high contrast ratio; deep black levels
+ good camera quality for the price
+ good performance for the price
+ 90 Hz display refresh rate
+ long battery life
+ large display
+ inexpensive

Cons

- slow black-white and gray-gray response times; noticeable ghosting
- not compatible with most 4G services in U.S.
- only average color accuracy and brightness
- way too much pre-installed bloatware
- plastic backing feels cheap
- HD+ native resolution only
- Micro-USB port; no USB-C

Verdict

In review: Infinix Hot 10S NFC. Test unit provided by Infinix
In review: Infinix Hot 10S NFC. Test unit provided by Infinix

The Hot 10S is one of the better smartphones in its super-cheap price range. Many of its disadvantages, including the noticeable ghosting, unremarkable native resolution, and heavy bloatware, are easy to live with for those who just want a large smartphone with an equally large display. The decent Helio G85 SoC and 90 Hz refresh rate help to make the smartphone feel faster than it really is when compared to others in its category for browsing and the occasional light gaming.

Cheap, long-lasting, and big for users who want to maximize value per dollar. However, you're likely going to uninstall all the distracting bloatware as soon as you can.

Price and availability

The Hot 10S and Hot 10S NFC will become widely available starting on May 14 in select regions.

Infinix Hot 10S - 04/28/2021 v7
Allen Ngo

Chassis
66%
Keyboard
70 / 75 → 93%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
14 / 70 → 20%
Weight
88%
Battery
93%
Display
83%
Games Performance
17 / 64 → 26%
Application Performance
70 / 86 → 82%
Temperature
94%
Noise
100%
Audio
69 / 90 → 76%
Camera
54%
Average
70%
76%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2021-04-30 (Update: 2021-05- 9)