The Infinix Hot 10 Play was launched in Kenya in March 2021 for Ksh 15,499. The phone is the newest member of the Infinix Hot 10 series which is Infinix’s budget phone series. It succeeds the Inifnix Hot 9 Play which was launched last year. The phone has the same specifications as the Hot 9 Play but with a faster processor and an upgraded Android version. It comes in Aegean Blue, Obsidian Black, Purple, and Morandi Green colors.
Price in Kenya and Availability
The 4GB RAM + 32 GB storage model goes for Ksh 15,499 in mobile stores in Kenya. On Jumia, the phone sells for as low as Ksh 14,799 which is a good deal. Some sellers on the online store are offering free gifts such as watches, smartwatches, OTG cables, Bluetooth earphones, and selfie sticks if you buy the Hot 10 Play. Other reputable online stores like phoneplacekenya are also selling the Infinix Hot 10 Play for as low as Ksh 14,500.
For those who are not fans of online shopping, the Infinix Hot 10 Play is also available in local mobile stores and authorized Infinix dealers in the following counties; Nairobi, Nakuru, Kirinyaga, Nyahururu, Kakamega, Naivasha, Kericho, Bomet, Kisii, Kisumu, Meru, Embu, Murang’a, Nyeri, Mombasa, Eldoret and almost any other county with a developed town.
Specifications and Features
The Infinix Hot 10 Play weighs in at 207 g and is 8.9 mm thick. The phone build is generally made of plastic as it has a glass front, a plastic back, and a plastic frame. It features a 6.82 inches HD+ IPS LCD display with a 60 Hz screen refresh rate. The display has a peak brightness of 400 nits and a pixel density of 263 PPI. The display has a water-drop notch at the top which gives space to the earpiece grill and an 8 MP camera that records 1080p videos at 30fps. This gives the Hot 10 Play an 82.4% screen-to-body ratio.
The phone runs on Infinix’s XOS 7 OS based on Android 10 (Go Edition). It is powered by a MediaTek Helio G25 (12nm) chipset. This chipset has an octa-core with a 2.0 GHz maximum frequency and an ARM Mali-G52 MC2 GPU. It is an entry-level budget chipset but it incorporates optimal power efficiency due to a high-level 12nm FinFET fabrication process. When this is combined with MediaTek’s HyperEngine Technology intelligent power Management, it ensures long battery life even during long gaming sessions or when handling heavy tasks.
For memory, the Hot 10 Play is available in 2 models. There is a 2 GB RAM + 32 GB storage model and a 4 GB RAM + 64 GB model. Sadly, there is no 128 GB storage model of the Hot 10 Play. However, both models come with a dedicated memory card slot for expanding your storage.
In the camera section, the Infinix Hot Play has a dual-camera setup. It uses a 13 MP main camera and an additional AI depth sensor for bokeh shots. It can record clear 1080p videos at smooth 30fps. Below the lenses, there is a quad-LED flash setup for lighting up low light regions. Just next to the LED flash there is a fingerprint sensor.
A 6000 mAh battery powers the phone. It supports 10W fast charging via a Micro USB 2.0 at the bottom of the phone which is not impressive. A USB Type-C would have been better. Sensors onboard the Hot 10 Play include an accelerometer, proximity, and a compass. In the comm section, the phone has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, and FM Radio. There is also a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Infinix Hot 10 Play Review
The Infinix Hot 10 Play looks beautiful but once you hold it in your hands, you get the ‘cheap’ feeling from the plastic back cover. To add to that, it feels heavy and the display is so huge it can’t be operated on one hand. The heaviness is mostly because of the huge battery. As for the huge display, it comes in handy especially when gaming or watching videos. The 720p display is easily visible but when standing in direct sunlight, you will have to strain your eyes or cover the screen with your palm in order to see the text or videos properly.
The processor is made to provide the best gaming performance at a budget price. Therefore don’t expect Samsung-like performance from the Helio G25 powering the Hot 10 Play. However, it handles light tasks easily and it can also run games like Dream League, Candy Crush, and Score hero very easily. For games like PUBG and COD Mobile, the phone constantly stutters at high and ultra graphics settings.
The camera performance on the Infinix Hot 10 Play is not bad for a phone worth Ksh 15,000. They perform well especially outside where there is sufficient light. The selfie is also good in well-lit areas. However, n low-light areas, the cameras, both front and back, give produce grainy photos. Especially for the selfie camera since it doesn’t have a dedicated LED flash, unlike the rear camera.
The battery performance on this phone is the best you will get at this price range. The phone is very power efficient and can last up to 2 days with light-medium usage on one full charge. Although the battery lasts that long, the 10W fast charging painfully slow. It takes more than more 2 hours to charge from 0-100%.
Overall, the Infinix Hot 10 Play offers a good display experience, good, performance, and perfect battery life. This is dragged behind by the poor camera performance, long charging hours, and the lack of a USB Type-C.