Infinix GT 10 Pro£265 (Approx)
- Large, vivid, AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate
- Big battery to maximise game/video time
- Good primary camera and decent video recording
- Bright LEDs for front and rear cameras
- Decent CPU and GPU performance, fast Wi-Fi and 5G
- Great overall spec for a very low price
- No ultra-wide or telephoto cameras
- Average low-light performance from camera
- Concerns over Android updates (or lack thereof)
I’ve never used a phone from Infinix before, and this is one of two models I’ve got to review. The phone reviewed here is their gaming-focussed model, the GT 10 Pro.
Infinix isn’t a brand that sells its smartphones in the UK currently, but it is a popular brand for customers in many other markets, including Africa and India. There are of course ways to get one here, and the phone I reviewed is fully compatible with all UK networks and frequency bands.
Phones designed to appeal to gamers may still be rather niche, but there is absolutely a market for them (so much so, Qualcomm recently introduced a range of gaming chipsets). Even though the market might be relatively small, there are some pretty high-end devices on sale to appeal to a market that doesn’t just want a normal looking phone. It has to fit into the whole gaming eco-system.
Compared to the flagship gaming devices, the Infinix GT 10 Pro is a highly affordable offering (well under £300), so while it doesn’t come with the highest performing chipset on the market, it does come with a unique look, a high quality display, good audio and more. There’s even a respectable camera, along with a decent sized battery and fast charging.
What you won’t get are colour changing LEDs, secondary displays or clip on active cooling – but the MediaTek chipset still packs a punch.
Design & Build
So what exactly makes a gaming phone?
Unlike in the PC space where you’d be talking about a high-end chipset most likely paired up with a powerful discrete GPU, when it comes to phones the chipsets are pretty much identical to that of any other phone (although, as mentioned above, Qualcomm is looking to change this in the future).
The differentiating factors are mostly down to design and other customisations in software to get the most from the hardware. The rear of the GT 10 Pro gives it a specific look that will hopefully appeal to gamers and their peers.
At its price, the Infinix GT 10 Pro comes with many of the things you need most, and less of the things you don’t.
Let’s start with some of the things you don’t necessarily need, such as an expensive premium metal and glass chassis, which adds cost and can even make a phone more susceptible to damage from drops. It also adds weight.
If you’re going to buy a case anyway (one is included in the box), does it even matter?
That doesn’t mean the phone hasn’t still got some good looks from the back, incorporating a see-through look and lots of bright colours, as well as a small area which contains LEDs that animate for different notifications you might receive.
It’s not as fancy as a Nothing phone, or a premium gaming phone from the likes of ROG – but the Infinix has an always-on display mode too, meaning you can put the phone down with the screen up for more informative notifications.
On the back of the phone you will see the three image sensors and a bright four-LED lamp array, while on the front is a 32-megapixel selfie camera and its very own LED to enhance selfies in low-light environments, a rather rare feature these days.
The right-hand side sports a power button and the volume keys, with a dual nano SIM tray on the left. You can also add microSDXC cards to boost storage space beyond the 256GB it comes with.
At the base is a 3.5mm headphone jack (another rarity these days), USB-C port and one of the two speakers.
All in all, it’s a pretty solid package and the phone comes with a factory fitted screen protector also.
Although not the brightest AMOLED panel out there (900 nits peak brightness), the 6.67-inch display is still bright enough for use in everything but bright outdoor sunlight, and plenty vivid if you adjust the display settings within the settings menu – ideal for game playing, enjoying movies, or perhaps looking back at the photos taken with the 108-megapixel camera. The 10-bit display can show over one billion colours.
There’s stereo sound, and a variety of customisations that you are likely used to on most Android phones. In fact, the XOS UI that Infinix uses is very much in the same realm as other Android phones you might be used to – so it isn’t going to be a massive change to get used to.
There are three cameras on the Infinix GT 10 Pro and I’m going to spend pretty much all my time talking about just one of them, as this is yet another phone that has additional sensors that serve no real purpose, other than to give it more cameras in a vain attempt to make it appear like a high-end camera.
There’s no ultra-wide camera, nor a telephoto camera, which means you are limited to 1x or 2x zoom modes by default, although you can use the digital camera zoom up to 10x if you’re happy with the loss in quality.
There’s no dedicated image processing chip to enhance images, so it’s best to keep your usage to within those two zoom levels. For most people that’s going to be just fine, and if you like taking selfies then you’ll quite likely love the integrated LED lamp.
There’s no OIS, and video capture tops out at 4K 30fps. The video capturing has a good level of electronic stabilisation if you select the ultra-steady mode, but that limits you to 1080p at 30fps. You can also apply a real-time bokeh effect in video mode, but this also turns off the stabilisation.
If you’re shooting video where you don’t need everything to be ultra steady, such as short clips to share on TikTok or YouTube Shorts, you’ll be fine with all of this – and if you do need steady shots, sticking to 1080p at 30fps is likely going to be fine for most people too.
The low-light performance is not fantastic, and nowhere near the quality of phones that have dedicated chips to process images and remove noise, but with the four bright LEDs you have another way to capture photos and video in the dark.
Is this designed to be a class-leading camera phone? No. All of the money has been spent on other aspects to appeal to a different audience.
Does it still offer a good all round performance for point-and-shoot situations? Yes.
There are also some nice photo modes including a sky mode that will replace the sky in any scene with a range of different effects, from turning a cloudy day into a sunny one, adding in a rainbow, turning sunny days into rainy ones, adding in night effects and much more.
There’s also a movie mode that can work with you to create short video clips that can capture special moods.
Gaming & Performance
With the MediaTek Dimensity 8050 being mostly a name change on last year’s Dimensity 1300, this isn’t a sub-par chipset by any means – but nor is it trying to compete with £1000+ gaming phones with the latest Snapdragon 8 gen 2 SoC, ultra-fast memory and loads of storage.
Here you get 8GB of RAM that comes with an optional 8GB boost that uses some of the (expandable) 256GB of internal storage as virtual memory. This has now become a thing on most smartphones, and is primarily designed to allow apps to remain in memory for fast switching.
Great if you’re into games but also like to swap back and forth to check your socials, without having to wait.
That said, its dedicated gaming mode will also allow you to run in performance mode at all times to get the absolute best graphical experience, and keep notifications muted to try and stop unnecessary distractions.
The 120Hz refresh rate, which can be fixed or set to adjust automatically (switching from 60Hz to 120Hz) gives the phone a nice fluid feel when navigating around menus, and while this isn’t really an exceptional feature anymore, it’s great to have.
Along with Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, up to 1200Mbps, you can also use the phone to play cloud games as well as native Android ones. Hook up a wireless controller and you’re all set.
The 5,000mAh battery is accompanied with 45W USB-PD fast charging, via a cable only. Wireless charging would have been nice, but that would have also added to the cost – and likely resulted in Infinix not being able to use the same rear case design.
There are stacks of power saving features in the settings menu, and they can appear a little overwhelming at first.
This includes sleep standby optimisation that can be set to on all the time, or a scheduled basis, which turns off most activity when in standby overnight (or whatever times you choose), to further savings when the phone display is off – which can include killing off background tasks after five minutes of inactivity.
A power boost setting can be used to further save power consumption by reducing the screen refresh rate, turning off Wi-Fi if not connected, disabling location services etc. A further ultra power boost setting can be selected for the longest possible standby time, running only the apps you implicitly give permission to.
As a nice touch, although perhaps a little gimmicky, the phone box can be adapted into an acoustic sound chamber to enhance the audio output and dock the phone when charging.
An impressive performance, along with good battery life and a decent audio/visual experience makes this a great phone for its price, even if you may incur some additional costs to import one to the UK. If you’re reading this review in a country that sells the phone in stores, it’s even better value.
It may lack the flashing lights you can get on gaming phones selling for around five times the price, and not remain as cool under load as a phone with a clip-on cooler, but assuming your gaming needs a little more modest it won’t ever present you with an issue.
For the money it could have had many more ‘cuts’ to ruin the overall package and I for one am very glad Infinix didn’t resort to doing this.
My only concern is regarding Android updates. Although shipping with Android 13, in my time of reviewing the device it has not had one single update. The security patches are currently stuck at April 5th. Yes, April. Now the phone wasn’t even released until August – so it is something to be mindful of, and possibly check before making a purchase.
You can install ROM updates locally, so it may be that some updates will be available via its website to download instead.
|Infinix GT 10 Pro|
|Size/Weight||162.7 x 75.9 x 8.11mm|
1080 x 2400 pixels
120Hz refresh rate
|Chipset||MediaTek Dimensity 8050 (6nm)|
Octo-core, Max freq 3.0GHz
ARM Mali-G77 MC9 GPU
|RAM||8GB (+8GB virtual memory)|
|Storage||256GB + microSDXC|
|Camera (front)||Punch-hole 32MP with LED flash|
|Camera (rear)||Primary: 108MP (f/1.8)|
4K Video recording with 30fps
|Connectivity||Dual band Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)|
5G NR (SA & NSA) Sub 6
4G+ with VoLTE, ViLTE and VoWiFi
45W fast-charging, wired (USB-PD)
|Other||In-glass fingerprint sensor & facial unlock|
Factory fitted screen protector
Dual SIM (Dual Standby)
Protective case & PSU included in box
Box can be adapted into speaker base
Pricing & Availability
The Infinix GT 10 Pro is not officially sold in the UK, but can be purchased from eBay and elsewhere. At the time of publishing this review, the GT 10 Pro was available for £265 from this link. BE AWARE that I am not vouching for supplier and there are many others you can search for. You can also look at AliExpress where the phone can be found even cheaper, excluding shipping costs.