Review verdict: While the ZERO ULTRA has its fair share of flaws, it makes up for it with a very interesting set of features as a mid-range phone in the Philippines–and its aggressive pricing that’s way lower than its global SRP.
- Best display on a mid-range phone
- Insanely fast charging
- Great camera performance (in daylight conditions)
- Low light performance needs improvement
- Below-average battery life
Infinix ZERO ULTRA Review Philippines specs
- Dimensity 920 processor
- 8GB LPDDR4X RAM
- 256GB UFS 2.2 internal storage, expandable via microSD
- 6.8-inch Full HD+ Curved AMOLED display, 120hz refresh rate
- 200-megapixel f/1.97 main camera with PDAF and OIS, 13-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera with AF, 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth sensor
- 32-megapixel f/2.0 selfie camera
- LTE, 4G, 5G
- WiFi, Bluetooth, in-display fingerprint scanner
- Stereo speakers
- 180w wired charging
- 4500mAh battery
- Android 12, XOS 12
While Infinix is more associated with entry-level to budget mid-range phones in the Philippines, the brand is stepping up significantly with the ZERO ULTRA as its official mainstream mid-range offering. There’s much to like about the ZERO ULTRA–180w wired charging, 120hz curved AMOLED display, 200-megapixel main camera–but do its price and features make a dent in an already saturated mid-range market?
Unlike previous Infinix phones, the ZERO ULTRA is a clear statement that the brand wants to step up in terms of design. You get a long and slim body due to the curved display and glass back panel, making it easier to hold in hand. The ZERO ULTRA has the Coslight Silver or Genesis Noir colorways to choose from, with our review unit being the former.
While the glass back panel does have a glossy finish, the ripple design of the Coslight Silver makes it resilient against smudges and gives a unique look to the ZERO ULTRA. You have a square camera module, where the biggest camera is obviously the 200-megapixel main camera, while the smaller one below it is the 13-megapixel selfie shooter.
Despite having a glass panel, the ZERO ULTRA comes with a plastic frame, which is understandable given the features it has crammed in to meet an aggressive price tag–more on that later. You have a speaker on top, while the volume rocker and power button are on the right side. At the bottom, you have the other speaker, USB-C port, and SIM card tray. There’s no headphone jack to be found–but Infinix does include a 3.5mm dongle with the ZERO ULTRA.
The ZERO ULTRA is the first phone from the brand to have a curved AMOLED display and an in-display fingerprint scanner. The display is huge, coming in at 6.8-inches, and boasts a Full HD+ resolution and a 120hz refresh rate, which is overall a combination you’d not expect on a mid-range phone.
How’s the display? It’s quite good and is definitely the best panel we’ve seen on an Infinix phone. While we could not install Netflix to verify its Widevine certification, the ZERO Ultra’s AMOLED panel has deeper blacks and more vibrant colors compared to the AMOLED panels used on other Infinix phones. This lets you know that Infinix is stepping up their game, and they’re doing quite a nice job with the ZERO Ultra.
The same can be said for its speakers. We like how Infinix is making stereo speakers a standard feature across almost all of its devices, though the ZERO Ultra does deliver more detail across the entire audio range–again, showcasing that this is the most premium device Infinix can offer today.
With phones racing again for megapixels, the ZERO Ultra is the third phone (and the first mid-range offering) to come with a 200-megapixel main camera. Accompanying it is a better-than-expected 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor–we think that Infinix could have ditched the filler camera and still have a great offering.
We had hesitations on how the ZERO Ultra can maximize the 200-megapixel main camera since the Dimensity 920 only supports up to 108 megapixels, but the photos we took using it show that the ZERO Ultra manages to maximize the sensor’s capabilities when it comes to daylight and mixed lighting conditions.
You’ll realize that you’re pushing the processor’s power to its limits in low-light conditions, where images shot in the dark lose a lot of detail. Should you want to use the ZERO Ultra for photography, you’ll need to be aware of your lighting conditions and the fact that the Dimensity 920 will not be able to maximize that 200-megapixel sensor.
One way you can utilize the main camera at its best is with video recording, as its OIS feature does a great job of keeping video footage stable even while shooting handheld.
The same can be said for the 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, though the high megapixel resolution of the main camera will make you notice that the ultra-wide-angle camera has a significantly smaller resolution. The details you get on the ultra-wide-angle camera are not as great, but it’s definitely better than the output we would see on phones using the usual 8-megapixel sensor used for the ultra-wide-angle camera.
The selfie shooter is a 32-megapixel snapper, and they’re much better compared to what we’ve seen on other Infinix phones. You get a really good amount of details with the selfies we took with the ZERO Ultra, and the post-processing keeps skin tones as natural as possible.
Internals and Battery Life
The ZERO Ultra is a 5G-ready device that is powered by a Dimensity 920 processor and is paired with 8GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage–which is practically the same configuration we saw with the ZERO 5G. The Dimensity 900 and 920 are quite similar in terms of performance, though the latter offers better GPU performance–which translates to a slightly better gaming experience.
The ZERO Ultra comes with Android 12-based XOS 12, and while you still get some uninstallable bloatware, the overall UI is cleaner and more streamlined compared to previous XOS iterations, which shows that Infinix is making an effort to improve its overall software experience for its users.
The 4500mAh battery may not sound impressive–we only got 8 hours and 34 minutes in PCMark’s battery benchmark test, but the real headliner here is its 180w wired charging solution, which is the fastest we have seen on a mid-range phone.
Infinix claims that the battery can be charged from flat to 100% in just 12 minutes, and we were able to replicate their claims when we activated Furious Mode in the settings and used the included 180w charger and cable. Take note though that you’ll see slightly higher temperatures when using this fast-charging mode. That being said, you may not want to use that 12-minute charging capability all the time, and Infinix does provide you the option to keep Furious Mode on or to turn it off to keep battery temps down if you’re not in a hurry.
Wrap-up and Conclusions
While the ZERO Ultra has its fair share of flaws, it’s still a very good offering from Infinix especially with the features it has to offer–the 200-megapixel main camera, 180w wired charging, and the 120hz curved AMOLED display. The killer deal with the ZERO Ultra is its pricing, where it is priced significantly lower in the Philippines compared to the global SRP.
Infinix ZERO Ultra Review Price Philippines
The ZERO Ultra is priced at Php 21,999, but Infinix is offering it at a lower price on October 15 for Php 18,749 in Lazada. From October 16 onwards, Infinix will offer the ZERO Ultra at Php 19,999 in Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok Shop.
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