Infinix’s Latest Budget Smartphone is the Zero 2, No LTE in Sight Yet


Infinix has had relative success in the Kenyan market with its smartphones. While its earlier models like the Alpha Marvel which it released in conjunction with carrier Safaricom failed to reach the masses, it has more than compensated with its Hot X507 and the Hot Note X551 which have been selling via online retailer Jumia. While the specifications are basically entry level to lower mid-range at best, it is the pricing that made the two prime candidates for the “sold out” tag on Jumia every now and then. Infinix is now introducing another smartphone that it hopes will follow in the footsteps of the two and not its predecessor, the Infinix Zero, which wasn’t as popular in the Kenyan market: the Infinix Zero 2.

We had earlier been promised that it would be the Zero 2 that we will see debut as the first Infinix smartphone with LTE radios on-board but that is not the case here. It’s just another 3G warrior. We guess we’ll need to wait much longer before we get to see the first 4G LTE smartphone from the Infinix brand.

The Infinix Zero 2’s distinguishing feature is its Kevlar back cover. Kevlar is a rather strong material and while we have been complainants of the Hot Note’s plastic back cover whose colour peels off within weeks of heavy use, looks like this may be the answer to all those complaints. Kevlar is the material Motorola is famed for use in some of its Droid models like the Turbo and the Ultra. The smartphone is also reportedly dropping IPS for a Super AMOLED panel as well as Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. We’ll have to use it to determine how true that is though.

Here are specs of the Infinix Zero 2:

  • Display: 5 inch HD (720 x 1280 pixels) display
  • Camera: 13 megapixel back camera; 5 megapixel front-facing camera
  • Processor: Octa-core MediaTek MT6592 chipset, Mali 450-MP4 GPUchip clocked at 2 GHz
  • Memory: 16 GB internal storage (expandable via microSD up to 32 GB); 2 GB RAM
  • Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Battery: 2300 mAh
  • Network: 2G, 3G
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WIFI hotspot, Wi-Fi direct
  • Others: Dual-SIM

The Infinix Zero 2 is already on sale in Kenya and is available exclusively via online retailer Jumia at a price of Ksh 20,000.