The Infinix Hot 35G is a very solid device, it is a step above the regular Hot series. It has a similar build quality to them but comes with proper IP53 certification, making it resistant to dust and splashes.
The phone has a plastic body with a pleasant matte texture that prevents fingerprints. I like the Aurora Blue variant, though there might be other color options available. It’s a bit hard to find in the market.
Looking at the back design, you’ll notice a change from the rest of the Hot series. While the others had separate camera rings, the Hot 30 5G has a visible bump housing two cameras. I think this is the first device in the Hot series to have 5G connectivity.
Processor, Performance & Gaming
The chipset on this device is the MediaTek Dimensity 6020. It is an upgraded version of the Dimensity 700. This device performs better than the Galaxy A14 5G or A13 5G.
It will handle most of what you throw at it, as long as you keep your expectations at budget and not mid-range or higher. It is a budget device after all, but it performs better than your average budget smartphone.
I also tested gaming on it, I played Call of Duty Mobile, and it managed to handle medium graphics settings with high frame rates. Those were the available graphic settings. I didn’t notice any unusual heating problems while playing, its performance is decent considering its price.
The Infinix Hot 35G comes with a 1080p IPS LCD display, it is 6.7 inches tall with a 120Hz refresh rate. Infinix calls it the “High Power Vision” display, maybe to show it’s not an ordinary LCD screen, even though it basically is. I agree it does have a strong contrast if that’s the right way to put it.
Software & UI
This device runs XOS 13.1 on Android 13. One thing I don’t like about this smartphone is the fact that it comes with bloatware, but you can actually disable and block some of them before you can get a clean interface.
The good thing is that they only affect the apps that are already installed. You can either remove or disable the ones you don’t need.
Battery Life & Charging
The Hot 35G has a 6000mAh battery, that can last a long time on a single charge. This large battery was needed because using 5G on the phone can drain your battery quickly.
The phone comes with a charger that can refill the battery pretty fast, although not as fast as today’s standard. The charger is 18 watts, which might take a bit of time to completely charge the 6000mAh battery. But the good thing is that 18 watts is a safe charging speed.
Camera & Video Recording
The camera setup includes a 50-megapixel rear camera. The front camera for selfies is 8 megapixels. Surprisingly, the camera performance is better than expected, especially considering my low expectations.
The rear camera takes good photos in proper lighting and has impressive HDR and color accuracy. The selfie camera isn’t sharp, but it’s decent for its 8-megapixel resolution.
For video recording, the Infinix Hot 35G can shoot at 2K videos @30Fps using both the front and rear cameras, and there is no stabilization.
I would recommend the Infinix Hot 35G as the top choice for budget 5G phones. Another option is the Galaxy A14 5G, but it has 4GB of RAM and slightly lower specs. Even though it’s a Samsung with better software and promised updates, the Hot 35G offers more features.
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