Infinix S5 Pro review

GSMArena team, 09 Mar 2020.

Android 10 and XOS 6

The Infinix S5 Pro boots XOS 6.0, which is actually a proprietary launcher running on top of the latest Android 10. It is heavily skinned, with lots of customization options, and comes with a few pre-installed third-party apps probably part of an advertising deal made to lower the S5 Pro price down even more.

Infinix S5 Pro review

Upon successful screen unlock with the so-so fingerprint reader, you will be taken on a homescreen that's basically the same across all launchers - a Google widget, and shortcuts for the most important apps.

The leftmost pane holds cards, which are is another word for widgets. There is a ton of those, some of them contain ads, but you can disable those (thankfully).

There is an app drawer if you decided to use one - the strange A-Z orange icon at the bottom.

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Lockscreen • Homescreen • Cards • Cards • App drawer

The notification shade itself is nothing out of the ordinary. It can fit three rows with six quick launch icons for each row and right under the icons, you will find the screen brightness slider.

Multitasking is a familiar affair and the task switcher allows for split-screen mode.

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Notifications • Toggles • Task switcher • Multitasking

There are a ton of useful settings such as battery saving options, themes, smart panel, social turbo, gestures, and what not. The side panel is turned on by default and it's a floating piece with various shortcuts, which you can move anywhere anytime.

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Settings

Infinix provides its own Gallery, Weather, Files, FM radio apps. For music purposes there is YouTube Music, but you can install any player from the Play Store.

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Gallery • Weather • File Manager • FM radio

There are many other apps installed on the S5 Pro and some of them may pop some ads in the notification area - especially the default Phoenix web browser.

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You can get rid of them, sure, but they are still annoying. We guess that's the price to pay for the low retail price, pun intended.

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Lockscreen with ads • Notification area with a ton of ads • App drawer with ads • PHX Browser

Performance and benchmarks

The Infinix S5 Pro is powered by the Helio P35 chip by MediaTek. It's far from impressive SoC, but it is still the most powerful one Infinix has used so far.

The Helio P35 is manufactured on TSMC's 12nm FinFET process and contains an octa-core Cortex-A53 processor (4x2.3GHz +4x1.8GHz). There is also a PowerVR GE8320 GPU. Finally, you can get the S5 Pro with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM depending on the storage option.

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We ran a couple of benchmarks and you should not expect much.

The Cortex-A53 is a dated core and the Infinix S5 Pro has got eight of those. Whether it's a single- or multi-core performance, the A53 generation is well behind the curve already.

GeekBench 4.4 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
    5620
  • Realme 5s
    5596
  • Realme 3
    4936
  • Infinix S5 Pro
    4226
  • Sony Xperia 10
    3985
  • Xiaomi Redmi 8A
    3030

GeekBench 4.4 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Realme 5s
    1533
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
    1519
  • Realme 3
    1482
  • Infinix S5 Pro
    911
  • Xiaomi Redmi 8A
    853
  • Sony Xperia 10
    848

GeekBench 5.1 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Realme C3
    1262
  • Infinix S5 Pro
    1039
  • Sony Xperia 10
    990

GeekBench 5.1 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Realme C3
    347
  • Infinix S5 Pro
    187
  • Sony Xperia 10
    179

The PowerVR GE8320 is a feeble GPU and while it will do for arcade games and not-so demanding shooters, smooth and hiccup-free experience is not possible no matter what you run. Don't hold your breath for multiplayer games either.

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Realme 3
    34
  • Realme 5s
    31
  • Xiaomi Redmi 8A
    18
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
    16
  • Infinix S5 Pro
    11
  • Sony Xperia 10
    11

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Realme C3
    27
  • Realme 3
    26
  • Realme 5s
    24
  • Xiaomi Redmi 8A
    13
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
    11
  • Sony Xperia 10
    7.8
  • Infinix S5 Pro
    7.3

GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Realme C3
    15
  • Realme 3
    15
  • Realme 5s
    12
  • Xiaomi Redmi 8A
    7
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
    5.9
  • Sony Xperia 10
    4.3
  • Infinix S5 Pro
    3.2

Well, there are slower phones than the Infinix S5 Pro, sure, AnTuTu will definitely show you some. But that's not much of a consolation.

AnTuTu 7

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
    141077
  • Realme 5s
    139103
  • Realme 3
    132764
  • Infinix S5 Pro
    90446
  • Sony Xperia 10
    89697

AnTuTu 8

Higher is better

  • Realme C3
    192223
  • Realme 5s
    168635
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
    167395
  • Infinix S5 Pro
    117533
  • Sony Xperia 10
    112198
  • Xiaomi Redmi 8A
    89901

Well, on a positive note - the Infinix S5 Pro runs quite cool. It handles 1080p movies very well and unless it's gaming, you will have no problem with the S5 Pro performance even it a hiccup happen do happen here and there.

Gaming is possible, too, but not all games will run smooth, while some will look like a slideshow. You do get what you are paying for though, so nobody should be surprised by these findings.

Reader comments

  • Anonymous

nice phone with nice cameras but the only problem is that the battery is too small

  • Anonymous

It is ok

The major problem with this phone is that it can make phone calls only using 3G network. Yes it is 4G capable and also can use VoLTE, but AT&T and, I think other major carries, do not activate VoLTE (or HD voice) on the phones which are not in th...