Infinix Hot 12 Review: Looks Premium But Isn’t what It Seems

The Infinix Hot 12 play and Hot 12 were launched last month (or last week to be precise) in Nigeria by the company in an event which held in Lagos.

Now one thing with entry-level transsion phones is that every year, they come with redesigns, new camera layouts, new features (and gimmicks), but on the inside, its the same thing (with maybe a little software update) every two years.

If you are conversant with Infinix then you might agree with me. Now without wasting much time, lets dive into the device and see what i’m talking about.

Inside-the-box of the Infinix Hot 12

opening the box of the Infinix Hot 12, you are first greeted with the device, then a black protective case with Freefire branding all-round.

Then below the phone and the case, you get the charging brick, a type-C cord, a pair of wire earphones, and a bit of paperwork.

Design & Display

The design of the Infinix Hot 12 is a new one yet again. it has this flat edge body design, no rear fingerprint scanner cause it has finally been shifted to the side.

The camera module is something which has been seen before on last year’s Oneplus 9 series. the back is made of a fragile, glossy glass which attracts fingerprints. the rails are plastic while the front is glass.

The smartphone comes in four colors; Green, Black, White, and Blue

Moving to the display, this device features a 6.82″ IPS LCD panel with a 720p resolution and 90Hz refresh rate.this clearly isn’t new and is kinda like a drag for this device. The new thing on the display is the centered hole-punch camera cutout which is a first for the ‘Hot’ series.


For your day-to-day usage, you get the 12nm Mediatek Helio G85 again, backed up by either 3GB or 4GB of RAM,and 128GB of storage space which can be expanded up to 1TB. The Infinix Hot 12 is the first Infinix device to get the Android 12.

Gaming on this device isn’t that good. I wouldn’t advice a heavy gamer to go for this device, cause as some would say, you’ll be entertained with a lot of lags. here are the benchmarks of the device on various test softwares :

  • AnTuTu – 228,945
  • Geekbench 5 – 358(single core), 1,271 (multi core)
  • 3D mark – 707

Though the scores maybe averagely good, it doesn’t really depict the real gaming strength of the Infinix Hot 12.

So, you can use the Hot 12 for heavy gaming, but don’t expect to have a ‘Winner Winner Chicken Dinner’ among a sea of Redmi devices.

Infinix Hot 12 Photography

The triple rear camera setup on this device is made up of a 13 MP main camera, 2 MP macro lens, and another 2MP camera for depth sensing, while the front camera is an 8 MP shooter.

Shots on the Infinix Hot 12 are okay in good lighting conditions (but they aren’t top-notch), HDR is managable, indoor pictures aren’t as good as outdoor ones due to poor lighting.

The videos shot on the smartphone have a 1080p limit, no 2K or 4K.


The Battery of the Infinix Hot 12 is a 5000 mAh Li-Po battery which can be juiced up with the 18W charger that comes in the device.

being an average user, this device is sure to last you the whole day on full charge. the battery is okay for a device at the price point.


In conclusion, The Infinix Hot 12 is a great device which is priced at 95,000 Naira, but i wouldn’t recommend it because there are other better devices you can get at that price, or by increasing your budget a little.


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