Last November 2015, we reviewed the Infinix Hot Note. It was Infinix’s first iteration of Note, and during that time, ‘Note’ was already overused moniker for phablets with more than 5.5-inches of screen. Nevertheless, Hot Note lived up to our hype and we regarded it as something ‘absolutely right, from the design, to the performance, to the price.’

A couple of weeks ago, Leo Yu of Infinix visited the Philippines to introduce and launch Infinix Note 2. They dropped the term ‘Hot’ this time for reasons we do not know, but we’re utterly amazed with its new features and specifications.

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We must admit though that the new Note from the Hong Kong-based mobile phone company isn’t packed with new technologies as it was originally announced in Hong Kong last December 2015. Interestingly, Infinix found a way to make it more appealing and purchase-worthy at the time when phones from Starmobile and Cherry Mobile are dominating the market: it just costs PhP5,999; and you can get it now via Lazada.

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To make things more interesting about Infinix Note 2, we took a long look at its new features, which you are probably not aware of. We hope that through the list we compiled below, we would give you an idea why we think the phone is worth buying.

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1It’s 37% faster than Infinix Hot Note

The new Infinix Hot Note is packed with Mediatek 6573 with 1.3Ghz octa-core processor and 2gb RAM. For technical reference, its performance is comparable to Cherry Mobile’s Flare X. User experience of the phone is very fluid, thanks to its XUI interface that sits on top Android Lollipop 5.1. We’ll talk more about its interface later.

Swiping windows, and switching from pane to pane is smooth on Note 2. We were impressed with the first Note, but Note 2 proved to be a far better upgrade than its predecessor. If you’re into benchmark results, the device registered an Antutu score of 35,042, a tad lower than Meizu Note 3 but a little higher than the 2nd gen Flare X. It got a Quadrant Standard score of 21,854; and 3DMark score of

2Dynamic Default Lockscreen

3It has “Anti Inadvertently Mode”

42-Day Battery Life is For Reals!

5Camera Features are aplenty