Infinix HOT 40 Pro Free Fire Edition: Elevating Budget Smartphone Standards with Exceptional Performance – Full Review

Budget phones have come a long way in the ever-changing smartphone world. Infinix, known for affordable yet powerful devices, introduced the Infinix Hot 40 Pro which is now available in the Philippines. This phone promises big things for a low price. But does it deliver? Let’s explore this in this detailed review.

Infinix HOT 40 Pro Specifications

OS:XOS 13.5, Android 13
Processor:MediaTek Helio G99
Display: 6.78″ 120Hz IPS
Wireless Connections:4G, Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS
Memory:8GB+256GB
Connectors:USB Type-C, OTG
Cameras:Rear Camera:
Main – 108MP, f/1.8
Macro – 2MP, f/2.4

Front Camera:
32MP, f/2.2
SIM Card Slots:Dual SIM (Nano-SIM)
Battery:5,000 mAh
33W charging
Price:Php 7,499

What’s in the Box?

The Infinix HOT 40 Pro Free Fire Edition is presented in a box featuring a custom artwork sleeve. Additionally, it includes an exclusive theme with wallpapers and icons inspired by the game, seamlessly integrated into the Android 12-based overlay. Upon opening the package, you’ll notice a customized SIM ejector pin, along with the inclusion of a limited Free Fire branded cooler with RGB lighting which attaches to the back of the phone and plugs into the USB-C port. The package also contains several Free Fire-themed stickers that you may enjoy.

Inside the unit box, you’ll find the device, essential documents, and another basic, user-friendly SIM ejector pin. The package is further enhanced with accessories, including a high-powered 33W charging adapter, a USB Type-A to Type-C cable, and a black Free Fire-inspired silicone case, ensuring a comprehensive and convenient experience for users.

Its Appearance

The device is mainly constructed from polycarbonate material, providing it with a high-quality look featuring a “metallic” finish. The design of the HOT 40 PRO showcases a sparkling layer of crystals set against a starry texture, presenting a glossy finish that changes its appearance as it reflects light from various angles. This imparts a luxurious look and feel to the phone, defying its budget-friendly price. Moreover, the device is resistant to fingerprints and smudges, ensuring it maintains a sleek and stylish appearance.

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On its sides, you will find the buttons for its volume and a fingerprint sensor. It also has dual speakers on its top and bottom sides. Located below is the SIM card slot, its microphone hole, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Our unit comes with the Horizon Gold color variant. For some who prefer other options, it also has its Starlit Black, Palm Blue, and Starfall Green colorways.

Its Display and Features

The Infinix HOT 40 Pro features a 6.78-inch FHD+ display with a remarkable screen-to-body ratio of 93.65%. It boasts a 120Hz refresh rate and a 360Hz touch sampling rate, which is eight times more precise than standard screens, that can peak at up to 1,260Hz for activities compatible with this speed, especially in gaming. The device also sports a narrow chin of 2.3mm. Its durability is notable, attributed to the use of 0.65mm Double-Reinforced Glass in its construction, allowing it to withstand a 1m drop test with resilience.

Featuring its 90Hz Super-Fluid punch-hole screen, the HOT 40 Pro is complemented by Infinix’s Magic Ring on its top side. This feature enables users to effortlessly stay informed about face lock, charging status, and voice calls.

Its Performance

The Infinix HOT 40 Pro comes with a MediaTek Helio G99, UFS 2.2 storage, and LPDDR4X RAM. You can choose between two storage options: 8GB RAM + 128GB or 256GB + 8GB RAM. The phone supports expandable storage of up to 1TB with a microSD card. It features Infinix’s XBOOST Gaming Engine, allowing gamers to easily customize settings. Swipe left to access a tactical panel for one-click optimization. The HOT 40 SERIES is optimized for Free Fire, providing players with a smoother gaming experience at 90FPS.

For a couple of days that I have been using the Infinix HOT 40 Pro distinguishes itself as a proficient gaming gadget in its price range, well-suited for various games, spanning from casual titles such as Starlit Kart Racing and Mobile Legends to more demanding ones like Free Fire and Genshin Impact. This device has left me in awe as playing Genshin Impact gave me smooth and enhanced gameplay. 

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In addition to this, Infinix promotes its Xboost engine game launcher, which ensures “improved stability” while playing games. Given these specs, the HOT 40 Pro positions itself towards the lower-midrange in terms of performance.

The device delivers excellent performance and maximum graphic settings. Indeed, it hails the claim to be fast and fun when that surely mobile game enthusiasts can experience at a low budget.

Here are some benchmark results of the Infinix HOT 40 Pro.

Its Cameras

The Infinix Hot 40 Pro truly excels in the camera department. It stands out as the first phone in its price range to feature an impressive 108MP main sensor, a significant leap from the common 50MP cameras found in budget smartphones. This promises exceptional photo quality, and in reality, the camera lives up to the expectations. Daylight captures exhibit detailed and sharp images with accurate color reproduction and a wide dynamic range. Even in low-light situations, the phone performs well, producing decent shots with minimal noise.

Complementing the main sensor are a 2MP macro camera and an AI camera. The macro camera enables close-up shots with impressive detail, while the AI camera automatically adjusts settings to optimize photos based on the scene. On the front, a 32MP selfie camera captures clear and detailed selfies, perfect for sharing on social media or engaging in video calls.

Here are the sample pictures:

The Battery

For users engaged in daily tasks with heavy smartphone usage, the Infinix Hot 40 Pro provides a full day’s battery life, ensuring uninterrupted engagement in social media activities. The device is complemented by a 33W fast charger. In our charging test, the battery reached 60% in just 34 minutes and fully charged in one hour and 20 minutes. While it might not be the fastest charging, it remains quite manageable, swiftly filling up half of the battery life in half an hour.

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With moderate to heavy daily usage involving activities such as calling, texting, sending emails, taking pictures, browsing social media, and listening to music, the phone can last throughout the entire day.

Final Thoughts about the Infinix HOT 40 Pro

The Infinix Hot 40 Pro stands out as an impressive choice in the budget smartphone category. It brings forth powerful performance, a captivating display featuring a high refresh rate, and a camera system that exceeds expectations on its budget-friendly price. Despite some minor drawbacks like its plastic build, the advantages outweigh these concerns. In summary, the Infinix Hot 40 Pro presents a compelling option for budget-conscious users who desire a smartphone packed with features and performance. Its outstanding camera, enduring battery life, and seamless display provide a glimpse into the future of budget phones, challenging the idea that powerful features come only at a premium.

The Infinix HOT 40 Pro is priced at Php 7,499. It is now available on Lazada, Shopee, and Tiktok Shop

8.4 Total Score
Infinix HOT 40 Pro

The Infinix Hot 40 Pro stands out as an impressive choice in the budget smartphone category. It brings forth powerful performance, a captivating display featuring a high refresh rate, and a camera system that exceeds expectations on its budget-friendly price. Despite some minor drawbacks like its plastic build, the advantages outweigh these concerns. In summary, the Infinix Hot 40 Pro presents a compelling option for budget-conscious users who desire a smartphone packed with features and performance. Its outstanding camera, enduring battery life, and seamless display provide a glimpse into the future of budget phones, challenging the idea that powerful features come only at a premium.

Design
9
Display
7.5
Performance
9
Camera
7.5
Software
8
Battery Life
8
Price
9.5
PROS
  • Powerful performance
  • Budget friendly
  • Decent camera quality
  • Reliable battery life
CONS
  • Plastic build
  • No water or dust resistance
  • Not AMOLED display
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