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Infinix ZERO 5G Review: An affordable gaming 5G smartphone

Perfect for mid-range gaming!

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The Infinix brand is owned by Transsion Holdings, which has been creating dozens of new low-cost smartphones with tons of features. The Infinix ZERO 5G is the company’s first 5G phone, and it’s very stunning, to say the least. Thanks to the competitive pricing and 5G connectivity which is still rare at this price point.

The MediaTek Dimensity 900 is a significant step forward for the company, which had relied heavily on MediaTek G processors. Infinix opted for fast UFS 3.1 storage and LPDDR5X RAM to complement it, boosting its capabilities. Is there anything else it has to offer? Let’s see what this review reveals. 

What’s inside the box?

The Infinix ZERO 5G comes with a USB-C type cable and a power brick out of the box. Because of the way it was designed, the packaging had a really distinct look and made quite a statement.

The 33W charger is coupled with a short yet durable USB Type-A to Type-C cable. There’s also a transparent TPU case with a nice grip, perfect for clumsy hands. The company has generously added a pair of wired headphones with an inbuilt microphone as well.

Build and Design

Cosmic Black, Horizon Blue, and Skylight Orange are the three color options for the Infinix Zero 5G. We received the black version for review, which has a really shiny feel to it — we like it because it gives it a luxury vibe. However, because it attracts fingerprints, the complimentary transparent case is ideal.

The Infinix Zero 5G feels solid, despite its massive 168.73 x 76.53 x 8.77mm body and 199g weight.

The Infinix Zero 5G features a unique aesthetic, particularly around the camera area. The way the back surface twists and slopes onto the camera assembly reminds me of the Oppo Find X3. Due to its plastic design, Infinix was unable to match the build quality of the substantially more expensive Oppo Find X3.

Because the Zero 5G is a low-cost device, its body is made of plastic. Infinix describes it as a composite material that resembles the look and feel of glass to create an attractive smartphone that feels premium to the touch. As a budget phone, neither an ingress protection rating nor a Gorilla Glass in front of the display are available. But the phone is otherwise solid and stylish.

Display

This phone has a 6.78-inch Low-Temperature Polysilicon (LTPS) panel and FullHD (1080 x 2460 pixels) native resolution. Interestingly, it offers a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz and touch sampling at 240 Hz, which you would normally see on flagship devices.

Infinix ZERO 5G is allowing users to stick to the Auto-Refresh option, which determines the refresh rate automatically. This also improves battery life, and it’s great to see that a budget phone offers this handy feature.

Overall, Infinix’s high refresh rate means handling is good but not ideal. Some additional work is needed to improve the auto mode, which can be done through software updates. 

When watching Netflix episodes like The Bridgerton or Dynasty indoors, we found the screen to be more than adequate. In direct sunlight, the display’s visibility is limited by its panel’s maximum brightness of 499 nits. However, is not as good as one might expect at this price point.

On the Infinix Zero 5G screen, color reproduction is all over the place. However, the XOS software has no color profiles or customizations.

Connectivity

Infinix places a strong emphasis on connectivity and has made 5G within everyone’s reach. Its 5G modem supports 13 bands, including n38, n40, n41, n77, n78, n79 Sub6 TDD, and n1, n3, n5, n7, n8, n20, and n28 Sub6 FDD. Apart from that, this phone features a Dual-SIM and True Dual 5G SIM standby, as well as VoNR, which are supported by the MediaTek Dimensity 900 5G chipset. Other connectivity features are FM radio receiver and OTG support, but there’s no NFC.

Performance and Benchmarks

Made for mid-range gaming!

The Infinix ZERO 5G is equipped with a MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset, 8GB of RAM (which can be expanded up to 3GB), and 128GB of internal storage. We are impressed by its performance it should be sufficient as a daily driver. Flipping between apps or browsing social media was effortless. 

The Dimensity 900 contains two Cortex-A78 big cores clocked at up to 2.4GHz, which is significantly faster than the MediaTek Dimensity G96 or G95. It is also paired with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of fast UFS 3.1 storage. These subtleties count, especially when it comes to overall performance.

The display is extremely snappy thanks to the 120 Hz refresh rate and 240 Hz touch sampling rate. This is most obvious when playing mobile games. Also consider the lack of Widevine L1 certification, which will limit most OTT video resolutions to 480p. While this may not be a deal-breaker for most people, it is worth noting. 

In terms of gaming experience, Infinix is promoting an enhanced cooling technology known as the “Heat Pipe Thermal Module 2.0 & 3-D Cooling Master.” It’s a heat management system that keeps the Zero 5G cool to the touch even when subjected to intense and sustained loads.

The GPU performance of the Infinix Zero 5G is similarly tough, outperforming Helio G96, Dimensity 810, and Snapdragon 695 5G-powered competitors.

When we tried playing some highly demanding games at high settings, such as Call of Duty Mobile and Genshin Impact, no frame drops or heating issues occurred.

For your comfort, we’ve conducted some tests to measure its synthetic performance. AnTuTu Benchmark gives the Infinix ZERO 5G a score of 477454, PCMark Work 3.0 is 13367, and Geekbench 5 gives it a score of 700 (single-core) and 2173 (multi-core). To be honest, this device outperformed the Huawei nova 9 SE, which has the Snapdragon 680 processor.

OSX 10

We admire how Infinix tries to set itself apart from the competition by developing its own user interface software on top of Android 11. The XOS 10 version is the one that runs on the Infinix ZERO 5G.

A pre-installed theme store and several UI adjustments allow you to customize your home screen, which isn’t uncommon at this price point.

The split notification shade, which pulls your notifications down from the top left and control center widgets down from the top right, is also noteworthy. Xiaomi’s MIUI or Huawei’s HarmonyOS do something similar with a little more flair. 

Game optimization is another prominent XOS 10 innovation, or rather a group of functions, named Monster Game Kit. Infinix includes built-in Dar-Link 2.0 software that offers AI-driven gaming optimization, such as frame rate stability, reduced touch latency, and hardware performance and temperature management. There’s a system-wide Game Mode toggle, as well as a Game Mode settings menu where you can change the entirety of the functionality. 

The XArena software is a typical game launcher with a few extra features, such as notification blocking. You receive an in-game toolbar with tons of helpful shortcuts, including floating app support, whenever you add a program to XArena and launch it from there.

Bloatware exists, including a number of its own apps as well as third-party apps, many of which have duplicate uses. Though the user interface is unpolished and uninspiring, it has potential that can be enhanced over time.

The essential point is that, despite the surge of bloatware, XOS 10 runs smoothly, with no glitches or stutters. So far, Infinix has looked impressive in this aspect.

Battery

The 5000mAh battery of the Infinix Zero 5G is quite substantial. That’s a lot of space, but it’s also becoming more common for a phone in this price range.

It lasts for a full day of moderate to heavy use, and under ideal conditions, it could possibly last two days. It, on the other hand, does not hold up well to heavy use. One thing is for sure, the 5000 mAh battery will keep you going all day. If you run out of juice, owing to its 33W quick charging solution, you can easily recharge it in about 1.5 hours.

The Infinix Zero 5G got only 8 hours and 12 minutes in the PCMark Work 3.0 battery test that we put all of our phones through, which mimics hard mixed-use. In comparison to other pricey phones, we still think this is a good performance.

Camera

The back of the Infinix Zero 5G features an intriguing triple camera configuration. These days, a dedicated 2x telephoto snapper on a cheap handset is rare. Infinix chose this option over ultrawide, which is the considerably more popular option.

Infinix ZERO 5G

A 48MP primary sensor, a 13MP secondary telephoto lens with 2X optical zoom, and a 2MP tertiary depth sensor are found at the back. The main sensor uses the Samsung ISOCELL Plus S5KGM1. It measures a 1/2.0 “sensor with PDAF and 0.8m pixels. and the dedicated telephoto camera is a 13MP 50mm device with PDAF and a 1/3.1” Samsung ISOCELL S5K3L6 sensor.

In terms of performance, the main camera takes good pictures in bright light with clear details. The auto HDR feature enhances the overall picture quality, and it performs well. However, the shutter speed really isn’t very fast, and there may be some shakes if your hands are not particularly stable.

The telephoto lens provided good results in bright sunlight, but the phone could not keep up in low light situations.

To put the Infinix ZERRO 5G’s camera to the test, we took it to Boracay Island. Here are some of the photos for your pleasure.

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Overall, the camera’s performance could have been better, but it’s good enough for social media use.

Infinix has also introduced a selfie LED flash on the Zero 5G’s 16MP front camera, which helps with images in low-light situations. The selfie camera performs decently, but nothing stands out. Although we find the skin tones are not overly processed, which is a plus.

The phone can also record up to 4k videos at 30fps and 1080p at 30/60fps using the front camera.

Overall, the camera’s performance could have been better, but it’s good enough for social media use.

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Should you buy the Infinix ZERO 5G?

Infinix has a new champion in its current lineup with the ZERO 5G, and it’s easy to recommend it because of its price tag that few others can match.

There are a few minor flaws, such as the lack of stereo speakers, the absence of an ultrawide camera, an uninspiring user interface, and the lack of Widevine L1 is quite frustrating. However, in terms of affordability, the Infinix ZERO 5G is a strong contender.

However, we still commend the Infinix ZERO 5G as it stands out for its overall performance, snappy response, and ability to handle massive apps. The stylish design and decent battery life contribute to the overall value.

If you are a frequent smartphone user, doing everything from social media to heavy multitasking, 5G connectivity, and mobile gaming — this is an obvious choice.

The Infinix ZERO 5G sells for only P11,990 on Infinix Flagship store on Shopee, Lazada, and retail partners nationwide.

Infinix ZERO 5G Full specifications:

  • Display: 6.78-inch 2.5D curved LCD (IPS) screen w/ 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, FHD+ 2460 x 1080 resolution at 396 ppi
  • Dimensions: 168.73 x 76.53 x 8.77 mm
  • Weight: 199
  • CPU: 2.4GHz 6nm MediaTek Dimensity 900 octa-core processor
  • GPU: Mali-G68 MC4
  • RAM: 8GB LPDDR5
  • ROM: 128GB UFS 3.1 expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB
  • Rear Camera: 48MP f/1.8 w/ PDAF, EIS + 13MP f/2.5 50mm Portrait + 2MP f/2.4 Bokeh + Dual color temperature flash
  • Front Camera: 16MP f/2.0 + Dual Front FlashBattery: 5,000mAh w/ 33W TÜV Rheinland Safe Charge
  • OS: Android 11 w/ XOS 10
  • Connectivity: WiFi 6, 5G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth, FM Radio, GPS, dual SIM
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
  • Others: Side-mounted fingerprint sensor, face unlock, DTS audio, Linear Motor, Heat Pipe Thermal Module 2.0 + 3-D Cooling Master, USB-C
  • Colors: Cosmic Black, Horizon Blue, Skylight Orange
  • Price: PHP 11,990

Infinix ZERO 5G Review: An affordable gaming 5G smartphone

RV Cuarto

Build & Design
Display
Battery
Camera
User Experience
Value

Summary

If you are a frequent smartphone user, doing everything from social media to heavy multitasking, 5G connectivity, and mobile gaming — The Infinix ZERO 5G is an obvious choice.

3.7

RV Cuarto is the founder and editor-in-chief of EveryTechEver, a startup team of writers and researchers. He started in tech journalism in the early days of 2012 as the founder of the successful tech site Nokia Revolution. His belt of experience spans across the industry, from consumer electronics, data operations, and cloud computing, with several brands including Dell, Nokia, Realme, and Huawei. He is also an HIV advocate and a public speaker. He spends his free time singing, playing mobile games, and experimenting with new recipes in his kitchen. Follow him on Tiktok.

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Vivo T1 5G: Unboxing and First Impressions

Is the Vivo T1 5G the right phone for you? Let’s take a quick look at our first impressions. 

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Vivo’s new T-series smartphones are directly aimed at Gen Z. Such shoppers, according to Vivo, seek well-designed items with good features for the price. The Vivo T1 5G is the first smartphone in this new series that offers a sleek new style. It also has a massive 64-megapixel triple camera setup, a 90Hz refresh rate display, and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778 5G chipset.

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So, is the Vivo T1 5G the right phone for you? Let’s take a quick look at our first impressions. 

Unboxing time!

First, let’s look at the box. The phone arrives with a charger and a decent back case in a package. This ensures you won’t have to shell out extra cash for a phone case. The Vivo T15G is available in two colors: Turbo Black and Turbo Cyan.

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It’s a fairly standard unboxing experience when you first open the Vivo T1 5G. There’s a cardboard box with the silicone casing and a user guide. The charging brick, charging cord, and SIM ejector tool are all located beneath the device. 

Design and Build

The Vivo T1 5G comes with a 6.58-inch full-HD+ IPS LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The phone weighs 187g and is 8.25mm thick. It also has a dewdrop notch on top with a 16-megapixel camera, a hefty chin on the bottom, and narrow bezels on both sides of the screen. Interestingly, the camera island on the phone is reminiscent of the triple camera design on the Huawei P50.

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The Vivo T1 5G has a plastic body, but it looks attractive with a gleaming black finish. The phone’s smooth matte back texture and curved corners make it easy to handle.

Under the hood

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778 5G, Qualcomm’s mid-range chipset with integrated 5G and designed for mobile gaming, powers the Vivo T1 5G. Vivo has also included a virtual RAM function that allows you to use a portion of the phone’s storage as extra RAM. Depending on the model, this can range from 1GB to 4GB.

The Vivo T1 5G should be able to play Call of Duty Mobile or Genshin Impact in high settings. However, we will still have to park this one as we fully test the phone in our full review.

So far, the phone feels smooth and fluid as I navigate the UI and switch between apps. I appreciate how FunTouch OS 12 is implemented here because it appears more like the stock Android UI. It’s a lot easier to use and much cleaner. 

Camera

On the back, the phone has a triple camera configuration with a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. A 16-megapixel front camera is available for selfies. 

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In our initial shots, the 64-megapixel primary camera takes photos in daylight with ease. It captures fine details and has a decent dynamic range. We also tried taking shots at night, and we are pleased with the photos it produced. The f/1.79 aperture delivers plenty of details and, combined with its Super Night Mode feature, denoises photos while adding more light to nighttime shots. 

Here are some shots were taken by the Vivo T1 5G:

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Initial Impressions

Vivo attempted to improve performance by including a high-refresh-rate display, additional cameras, and a large battery. As a result, the Vivo T1 5G is an all-around mid-range smartphone designed for Gen Z and gamers.

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However, the Vivo T1 may have been superior in some areas if it had opted for a punch-hole display and a 120hz refresh rate. So, should you go with the Vivo T1 5G or one of the other alternatives? We’ll get to that in our full review, which will be out soon. 

You can also watch our unboxing video here:

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vivo T1 5GKey Specifications
Display6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED, 90Hz
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G
RAM8GB
Storage128GB
Rear Camera64MP main
8MP ultra-wide
2MP focus
Front Camera16MP
Battery4700mAh
66W Flash Charge
ColorsTurbo Black
Turbo Cyan
PricePHP 16,999

The Vivo T1 5G is currently selling at P16,999 locally at Vivo’s flagship stores online via Shopee and Lazada and authorized retailers nationwide.

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Peculiar Eyewear HUGO Anti-radiation Eyewear Review

Keep your eyes protected with trendy specs from Peculiar Eyewear for as low as Php 189 only at Shopee’s 6.6 Mid-Year Sale!

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If you spend all day in front of a computer, your eyes may become tired, dry, or itchy. Gazing at a screen for long periods of time can harm your eyes. You might be concerned that you’re forever damaging your eyes, or you might be unsure how to cope with the discomfort. If your task requires extensive computer use, you may notice eye issues. A study suggests at least 50% of those who spend time in front of a computer suffer from eye issues.

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Blue light affects eyesight

Digital eye strain can be caused by blue light from computer screens and other digital gadgets, which reduces contrast. Eye strain might be caused by fatigue, dry eyes, poor lighting, or how you sit in front of the computer. Sore or irritated eyes, as well as difficulties focusing, are signs of eyestrain.

According to research, long-term exposure to blue light may cause retinal cell damage.

As a content creator, I’ve been doing my stuff every day in front of my computer and smartphone. And this led me to develop dry eye syndrome and frequent migraines. As little as I know, the lack of anti-radiation computer eyewear contributes a lot to this aspect.

Get protected with UV400 Protection and BlueLight Blocking Technology certification

I tried a number of methods to address my persistent eye irritation, including eye drops and eye creams that are wholly pricey and consumable. Then I found Peculiar Eyewear’s HUGO Anti-Radiation Glasses on Shopee and it revolutionized my everyday grind. 

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I’ve started using Peculiar Eyewear HUGO Anti-Radiation Glasses for about two weeks now, and they work so well. I usually sit in front of my laptop and a big monitor for about 12 hours, excluding my mobile phone usage. And I am satisfied with the comfort these glasses have given me. The glasses literally block our devices from emitting blue light. Hence, it protects our eyes from extended periods of gadget use. 

Here are some of the features :

  • Anti-radiation SafeShield UV400
  • BlueShield for protection against harmful Blue Light
  • Color Changing Lens for 3x protection – allows you to switch from clear to dark in seconds

For prolonged screen time, I highly recommend Peculiar Eyewear HUGO Anti-Radiation Glasses. It is endorsed by a number of influencers, bloggers, and celebrities, including Carla Abellana. It’s also been named the most popular and reliable computer eyewear at the Southeast Asia International Awards.

Peculiar Eyewear HUGO

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I purchase all of my eye and eye care products exclusively from Shopee. Only Shopee makes online buying a more sulit and rewarding experience. The Peculiar Eyewear’s HUGO Anti-Radiation Glasses are truly perfect for students, work-from-home professionals, content creators, and gamers!

So what are you waiting for? Get Peculiar Eyewear’s trendy specs for as low as Php 189 on Shopee’s 6.6 Mid-Year Sale!

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Anker PowerPort III Review: The Only Charger You Need

Truly live more when you charge fast!

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In our current generation where charging bricks are starting to get out from mobile device boxes, it has become more relevant to look up the best chargers on the market.

Anker, among others, is one of the leading global brands in charging technology. Their products include wireless charging, car charging, power banks, and wall chargers. 

Portable and wall chargers are the best-selling products of Anker. They term their Charging adaptor product line as PowerPort, with their most recent release, the PowerPort III. This 3rd iteration of the said product line by Anker is its latest fast charger offering with a whooping 65W Power output.

Anker PowerPort III

What’s in the box?

Unboxing the Anker PowerPort III, you’ll find the charging brick immediately. No other accessory is included. The charger is quite heavy at 132 grams. The exterior is made out of plastic with a matte finish on the side and a glossy finish on the back where you will find its single USB-C slot.

Design and Features

Great Power that fits in your pocket

The Anker PowerPort III is a powerful wall charger, that boasts a massive 65W output, that can charge smartphones as well as laptops. Slightly bigger than those usually included in out-of-the-box phone chargers, the PowerPort III is still compact at 6.8 x 3.0 x 4.5cm. I personally find it very useful that I could leave my bulky laptop charger at home and treat my laptop like a smartphone when charging using this PowerPort.

Anker PowerPort III

Anker is also revolutionizing the way its charging technology is constructed. They call this the MiniFuel, in which by incorporating a unique stacked design, they have been able to reduce the overall size or footprint of the charger while boosting both efficiency and heat dissipation.

The best charger for a traveler

The PowerPort III has become an easy favorite accessory for me, especially since I bring different gadgets when I go out. It serves as my universal charger. It is good for charging laptops, smartphones, power banks, and wearables. It eliminates the need of bringing multiple chargers for every device. 

Performance

The PowerPort III is equipped with Anker’s exclusive PowerIQ 3.0, making optimized charging virtually to any device. 

Anker PowerPort III

The phone I am using is a Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, which has up to 45W fast charging capability. It is a delight for me to use the PowerPort III as it activates Super Fast Charging 2.0, which can fully charge my device from empty for only 1.5hrs. It is around an hr faster than the regular 25W charger provided in the box.

Aside from my smartphone, I’ve also started using the PowerPort III for my Dell E5320 laptop. Having to leave my default and bulky laptop charger at home is the best thing the Anker PowerPort III has done — while charging it similarly to the bundled 65W power adaptor.

Should you buy the Anker PowerPort III

The course of phone makers to remove chargers as default accessories is really a big frustration. It is not really okay to spend more to get what you can get free before. But since this has become the new reality, adapting is the only key.

Back Portion of the PowerPort III where the single USB-C port is located

Looking for the best option out there can be the only way to get rid of the frustration — and getting the Anker PowerPort III does the job. It is an easy decision to choose as it is one of the best charger adapters on the market. Paying for the extra thousand Pesos does not only give you a reliable fast charger for your smartphone but also for laptops and tablets. It is a reliable charger for all, making a step forward for a simpler life with electronics

What I did not like about the Anker PowerPort III is that it only has a single USB-C port, which means you cannot use the adaptor for multiple and simultaneous charging. Also, in the box, you would only find the charger itself, no other accessories whatsoever. It would be a very nice addition to have a bundled cord that is also compatible with fast charging. In my case, I’m using the fast charging cable bundled from my Galaxy Phone. If these are not major letdowns for you, the PowerPort III is an excellent buy.

Pricing and Availability

The Anker Powerport III is available online on Soundcore Official Store on Lazada for only 2,551.00Php. At this time, you can grab it at a discounted price, 1,499.00.Php, for a limited time. Every purchase of the PowerPort thru Lazada comes with a welcome guide, worry-free 18-month warranty, and friendly customer service.

Anker PowerPort III Review

TJ Amparo

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Performance
Value

Summary

Looking for the best option out there can be the only way to get rid of the frustration — and getting the Anker PowerPort III does the job. It is an easy decision to choose as it is one of the best charger adapters on the market. Paying for the extra thousand Pesos does not only give you a reliable fast charger for your smartphone but also for laptops and tablets. It is a reliable charger for all, making a step forward for a simpler life with electronics. 

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