Infinix Zero 30 5G Review: Gets almost everything right
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Infinix introduced the Zero 30 5G to the Indian market in September 2023. The phone is priced between the Rs 20,000 to 25,000 segment and competes against the likes of iQOO Z7 Pro (review), Vivo T2 Pro (review), Motorola Edge 40 Neo, Realme 11 Pro 5G etc. It is a versatile device featuring a slim design, impressive cameras, and a powerful processor. However, the crucial question is whether these specifications truly deliver an equivalent experience in real-world usage. We have been using the phone for almost a month now, and here’s our review of the Infinix Zero 30 5G.
Smartphone makers are going the extra mile to make sure that the devices are appealing and have a distinctive design philosophy. Realme has managed to do it well with its realme 11 Pro 5G, which has a distinctive circular camera module and faux leather back. Infinix, too, has put a lot of effort into the current offering. The smartphone is very slim, measuring just 7.9mm in thickness, making it easy to slip into pockets. The device has two colour variants: Rome Green and Golden Hour. We received the Rome Green variant, and the textured vegan leather back provides a good grip when holding the phone. It has a curved display, which adds to its overall appeal.
The device doesn’t feel overly heavy either, weighing 185g. The smartphone’s display measures 6.78 inches and features curved edges, adding to its design. Overall, the phone is comfortable to hold and feels quite premium for the price. The device features a plastic frame outlining the edges, with a golden sheen and a sizable camera module on the back. Within the camera module are two large camera rings, a smaller camera ring, and a flash unit. When placed flat on a surface, the phone tends to wobble slightly due to the protruding camera module, but this can easily be remedied with the use of a suitable case. The company has provided a transparent case right in the box that takes care of it and also protects the phone.
It houses the volume controls and power button on the right edge, while the left edge remains empty except for a ‘The Future is Now’ label. At the top, the device features a speaker along with ‘Powered by Infinix’ labelling. The bottom of the smartphone includes another speaker, a USB Type-C port, a SIM tray, and a microphone. The phone comes with an IP53 rating for splash resistance, adding an extra layer of security to its design.
The Infinix Zero 30 5G features a 6.78-inch FHD+ 3D curved AMOLED display with a refresh rate of up to 144Hz. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 with a peak brightness of up to 950 nits. This screen provides a pleasurable viewing experience, even when bathed in direct sunlight, and the viewing angles are decent. The 144Hz ensured that the browsing experience was smooth.
One of the standout features of the device is its 50MP front camera unit, which supports 4k 60FPS video capabilities, making it ideal for Vlogging purposes. The rear camera unit houses a 108MP OIS-enabled primary camera, a 13MP ultrawide camera and a 2MP sensor. The company has also emphasized that the phone is for content creators, and it does a great job at the same. It allows users to record 4K 60fps videos, a feature that is missing even in a lot of flagship phones, and manages to do a good job of the same. Even for the selfies the camera works to the satisfaction. Moving on to the rear camera, we were impressed with the details captured in the images and the accuracy in the colours. We also have pitted the camera against some of the images we captured using iQOO Z7 Pro. For the uninitiated, iQOO Z7 Pro is a great perfomance-orieted smartphone and we like the camera on this as well. Here are some images that we captured using both the phones. The following example is of the images captured in the daylight using the portrait mode.
However, the situation changes when the lighting conditions change. We found the images clicked via iQoo Z7 Pro 5G in indoor lighting and during the night to have better colours, clarity and details. While the results that Infinix Zero 30 produced were not bad it fell slightly short.
For portrait shots of especially food in good light, Infixnix Zero 30 does a great job, and the colours were punchier and life-like, while the images clicked via iQoo seemed slightly dull in comparison.
Performance and Software
The smartphone has a Dimensity 8090 octa-core chipset with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. We had no issues running everyday tasks on the phone and even playing graphic-intensive games such as Call of Duty. The phone did get slightly warm after a few minutes of gameplay, but it was nothing out of the ordinary.
It runs on XOS 13, based on Android 13, out of the box. There are a lot of pre-installed apps, but Infix has toned down on the bloatware for this device. It is much reduced to what we have been used to seeing. Also, another pleasant surprise was that there were no pesky notifications. However, the company has only committed to one major OS update and two years of security updates. This is disappointing, considering other brands in the same price range typically offer at least two major OS updates and three years of security updates.
The device is fuelled by a 5,000mAh battery and supports 68W fast charging and even with our medium to heavy use, it manages to last a complete day.
- Eye-catching design
- 144Hz display
- A good camera
- One-year OS support
The Infinix Zero 30 5G is an attractive offering in its price range, boasting impressive features. The most notable feature of this smartphone is indeed the 50-megapixel front-facing camera, capable of shooting 4K videos at 60fps. Moreover, it is a good-looking smartphone with a 144Hz refresh rate and a curved-edge display. Powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 8020 processor, it offers solid performance and has ample RAM and storage options, along with a long-lasting battery that supports rapid 68W charging. The company has also toned on the bloatware for this smartphone making it a compelling choice. We feel that Infinix Zero 30 5G gets almost everything right for a smartphone in this price.
PB Rating – 9.5/10 Also Read: Vivo T2 Pro Review: Style and Elegance on a budget
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