160W charging, electrochromic panel & more
Over the past few weeks, we have been hearing of Infinix’s next big project in bits and pieces. First, the 160W charger leaked, and then came the renders of a premium-looking phone. Yesterday, Infinix took the stage at the World Mobile Congress to unveil the Concept Phone 2021.
Infinix Concept Phone 2021 Overview:
160W Wired Charging
Let’s start with the charging first. The 160W charging in the Infinix Concept Phone 2021 is the fastest we have ever seen in a smartphone. It can charge the phone from 0 to 100% in just 10 minutes.
Currently, commercial phones max out at 120W (iQOO 7 Chinese Variant and Mi 10 Ultra). While Xiaomi and Oppo have demoed even faster solutions, they are yet to be implemented in an actual phone.
Infinix Concept Phone 2021 uses an 8C battery, which has 18% less resistance than a 6C battery. The higher “C” number also enables it to charge and discharge at a higher rate.
The charger, on the other hand, uses Gallium Nitrate (GaN) and Silicon Carbide (SiC). These material choices help manufacture compact adapters with high efficiency.
The Super Charge Pump, which converts voltage from the charging port to the device, boasts an efficiency of 98.6%.
The lower-resistance battery and the higher-efficiency pump should reduce heat to an extent. Still, Infinix has included 20 temperature sensors to keep it in check. If it goes over 40˚ Celsius, the phone security mechanism kicks in. And there are 60 of them in place.
In addition, the phone supports 50W wireless charging.
People have also talked a lot about the phone’s design, and rightly so. It’s nothing we have seen prior in an Infinix phone. Infinix Concept Phone 2021 has a 6.67-inch AMOLED panel with 88˚curvature at the side. This curvature leaves no room for the side buttons.
At the back, the phone has a massive “NOW” branding that almost covers the entire rear panel. If you think this is ludicrous, wait till you see it shift color.
It does so with the application of electrochromic material, which changes its appearance based on the exposure to current. Brands like Vivo and Oppo have demoed similar technology in the past. Even OnePlus used it to hide cameras on Concept One.
The cherry on the top is the “O,” which changes color to notify you of notifications. In addition, it glows when the charger is plugged in.
Rest of the Features
The rectangular camera module on the back setup encloses a triple camera setup. The 64MP primary sensor is huge and protrudes further from the module. You can notice the rectangular periscope sensor towards the bottom left. It supports digital magnification of up to 60X. The third sensor is an 8MP ultrawide sensor. On the front, there is a 32MP selfie shooter.
Powering the phone is Helio G95, which looks out of place given the rest of the specs. It runs Android 11 out-of-the-box.
Infinix Concept Phone 2021 has a single speaker grille at the bottom. It is placed together with a Type-C port, SIM card slot, and a microphone.
Infinix Concept Phone 2021 Specifications:
- Display: 6.67-inches FHD+ AMOLED panel, 88˚ curvature
- Chipset: MediaTek Helio G95 (12nm)
- GPU: Arm Mali-G76 MC4
- Software & UI: XOS on top of Android 11
- Rear Camera: Triple (64MP main, 8MP ultrawide, 8MP periscope lens)
- Front Camera: 32MP sensor (punch-hole)
- Battery: 4,000mAh with 16W fast charging, 50W wireless charging
Infinix Concept Phone 2021 Availability
As indicated in its moniker, Infinix Concept Phone 2021 is a concept phone. Thus, it’s unlikely that it will ever hit the market.
Brands often do this to offer a preview of what they are capable of. It is also a means to extend goodwill among customers and news media. Mi Mix Alpha, Oppo X 2021, and OnePlus Concept One are some popular examples of concept phones.
What do you think of Infinix? Will you even consider buying flagship smartphones from brands like Infinix? Do let us know your opinion in the comments section.
- Meanwhile, check out our review of Infinix Zero 8.