The USP of the Infinix S2 Pro is that it has 2 front cameras for capturing 135º wide-angle shots for taking Selfies and Weffies. The phone is designed to be easily used by just one hand. The device is instinctively outlined, the splendid and bright S2 is stuffed with fun wonderments for the perceiving user.
As usual, we start with talking about the design. It is one of the most important aspects of a phone. How a phone looks and feels in your hand will most definitely add to the good or bad experience you have with it. The Infinix S2 Pro continues to bring the somewhat premium design that was started with the Hot S, with a metallic back, 2.5D glass at the front and a handle-able 5.2” IPS display.
There are capacitive navigation buttons, denoted by dots just as we saw on the Infinix Zero 4. Some people will not like these capacitive buttons, but I prefer them to the older style that was on other Infinix devices. Only issue is, the navigation buttons are not backlit, it’s a struggle trying to use them at night.
There is also a black plastic frame around the display. Its black, so you probably won’t notice it but its plastic and even the slightest drops dent this frame. Our review unit has taken some drops and the scuff and scratches are clear. You should probably also keep your case on as the back has two plastic sections at the top and bottom, to help with network reception, and these sections scratch easily.
The Infinix S2 Pro is available in topaz blue and quartz black. Some regions have a rose gold version as well.
Software and Performance
The Infinix S2 Pro runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. However, Infinix released an update to Android 7.0 Nougat. Nothing much has changed, as XUI still runs on top of Nougat, but you do get the sweetness of Android 7 Nougat with split screen multitasking and better notifications. XUI isn’t that bad, aside from the lack of a proper app drawer (you can get access to all apps by swiping up from the home screen, the bloatware that is the X family of apps. When it comes to performance, the 3GB RAM included does a really good job keeping the device on its toes. Apps launch time is impressive and you can comfortably switch between three to four apps without any of them refreshing automatically. The included MT6753 processor does a good job running apps smoothly despite it being quite dated. The S2 Pro comes with 32GB of internal memory, which is expandable up to 128 gigs via Micro SD Card.
The Infinix S2 Pro comes with a 13MP Auto Focus camera with a dual-tone flash. The images produced by the camera are eye candy and will garner some likes on social media. The dynamic range is impressive, colour reproduction and details are well captured. For those who like macro shots, the bokeh effect is quite impressive. Panoramas are also surprisingly well stitched with a lot of detail and proper colour reproduction. The dual cameras on the front top bezel of the Infinix S2 Pro are the talk of town. With every big smartphone manufacturer making a play with dual cameras, Infinix jumped on that train as well. The S2 Pro has two cameras, a 13MP standard selfie lens and a much wider 135 degrees wide-angle lens. Images from the 13MP lens are detailed but it’s hard not to notice all the aggressive post processing going on. The 8MP wide-angle lens captures much more in the frame but suffers from barrel distortion – you can see that the edges of the image seem to be curved. However, for selfie lovers, the wide-angle lens is a fun feature to have as you can fit in more people and objects.
The S2 Pro packs a 3000 mAh battery which might seem small but remember, it is only pushing 720P graphics on a 5.2-inch display. I have found my review unit lasts me well through the day, especially if I use WiFi as opposed to mobile data.
The device also includes fast charging capabilities, reducing the need to feel like you should charge your phone overnight. You could simply just wake up, plug it in and depending on how fast you prepare yourself, you will have more than 70% charge, up from zero.