Price: ₦55,000 naira to ₦58,000 ($155)

Specifications: Snapdragon 430, 3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage (expandable up to 128GB, dedicated slot).
5.65-inch IPS LCD (1280 x 720 pixels).
13MP f2.0 rear camera with PDAF, 20MP f2.0 front camera with diffused dual LED flash.
WiFi n, BT4.2, FM, GPS.
4,000mAh battery, 150 grams.

Pros: Good design, fast fingerprint scanner, dual SIM with dedicated microSD slot, latest Android Oreo, great selfie camera, high quality display with good contrast/colour, great battery life.

Cons: Polycarbonate (plastic) construction, not a full HD+ screen, video recording capped at 1080p

The Note (larger screens) and Zero (flagship class devices) are two different series and the Hot S3 adds yet another series called ‘Hot S’ into the mix. It’s got a 20MP front camera with a special low light mode and comes out of the box with Android 8.0 Oreo.

The design of the phone is nothing extraordinary but it is pleasing to look at — it follows the new convention of fitting a larger screen into a smaller shell.
The company says that the 5.65-inch screen is in a device that normally houses a 5.2-inch screen.

Screen to body ratio is 81% which is quite good, though the side bezels are not as thin as some of the competition. The power button has a textured finish which is nice. The only thing about the design that’s not up to the mark is the plastic construction — where everyone in the budget space is scrambling to get out unibody metal designs, the Hot S3 is allplastic and picks up loads of fingerprints/smudges. Thankfully, the company includes a nice case in the box.

Performance from the SD430 is adequate for most tasks including light gaming. You’ll only run into limits with very heavy use. Thankfully, the low power processor also sips power, giving you two days of use on a charge.

Coming to the front camera, one of the main features on the phone — the 20MP f2.0 camera excels at taking selfies. For low light, the diffused dual LED flash fills in light (you can adjust selfie flash brightness in three levels) while in the daytime, you can even blur the background for selfies. It may not have the best edge detection but it’s passable and also has beauty effects and a wide selfie mode. For better low light performance, the camera uses the data from the 20MP sensor to do ‘pixel.

Overall, the Hot S3 is practical and does offer some extras by way of better selfies. Soon, we will be comparing the device with the others within the same price range.

You can get the device from Jumia.


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Snapdragon 430, 3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage (expandable up to 128GB, dedicated slot), 5.65-inch IPS LCD (1280 x 720 pixels), 13MP f2.0 rear camera with PDAF, 20MP f2.0 front camera with diffused dual LED flash, WiFi n, BT4.2, FM, GPS, 4,000mAh battery, 150 grams

Snapdragon 430, 3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage (expandable up to 128GB, dedicated slot), 5.65-inch IPS LCD (1280 x 720 pixels), 13MP f2.0 rear camera with PDAF, 20MP f2.0 front camera with diffused dual LED flash, WiFi n, BT4.2, FM, GPS, 4,000mAh battery, 150 grams