The Infinix Hot 2 is a sub-$90 5-inch Android smartphone targeted at six emerging African markets with a solid software support guarantee straight from Google.
Larry Page’s efforts to penetrate even the poorest, most underprivileged mobile territories in the world are starting to feel a little all over the place, with the Lava Pixel V1 initially referred to as the second-gen Android One program’s initiator.
Soon after V1’s Indian launch, we heard phase two actually intended to cut prices instead of hiking them, and now, Android One reaches its third continent, after Asia and Europe. But the Infinix Hot 2 costs the equivalent of USD 87, i.e. N17,500, in Nigeria.
It’s safe to assume it’ll go for a similar tag when it debuts in Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Morocco, so the $30 lowering of the bar must wait.
Whether we consider the Hot 2 as part of Android One’s second, first or even third wave of releases, what’s truly important to note is the bang for buck factor. The growth of Africa’s mobile web traffic will no doubt be aided by this handsome and relatively speedy quad-core 5 incher, powered by a MediaTek chip and up to 2 GB RAM.
Of course, the “entry-level” model sold below $90 offers just one gig of random-access memory, alongside 16 generous gigabytes of internal storage space, 720p screen resolution, microSD support, 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP selfie snapper, FM radio capabilities and a 2,200 mAh battery.
A looker by any standards, particularly in the low-cost décor, the Infinix Hot 2 measures 8.8 mm thin and comes coated in an assortment of colors, including black, white, blue, red and, as far as the 2 GB RAM version is concerned, gold.
It almost goes without saying that software is the key selling point here, with Android 5.1 Lollipop provided out the box and “automatic upgrades to the next version of Android according to Infinix’s schedule.” Translation – Marshmallow will likely come once members of the Nexus family are covered.