All About Smartphones: Infinix Alpha Marvel (X502) Detailed Hands - On Review

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Infinix Alpha Marvel (X502) Detailed Hands - On Review

We have spoken about the Infinix Alpha Marvel smartphone recently and now its officially available for purchase. its expected features were talked about which were not far at all from the real thing. 
Today, we had an opportunity to lay our hands on the Infinix Alpha Marvel (X502) smartphone and it was splendid using the device. 
 

The X502 didn't go too stray from the leaked specifications and we are giving you a hands - on review just after the break.

The Infinix Alpha Marvel which we shall refer to as X502 from now on is a 5 inch touchscreen device with gorgeous screen display and comfortable feel to the hand. Even though it has an all metallic finish to it, its quite light in terms of weight compared to the Infinix X570 that was released about 2 months ago.


On purchase, it comes bundled with a flip case along with the phone and its accessories.


Dimension, weight and casing
The X502 has a dimension of 147 x 72.1 x6.98 mm and a weight of 0.56w/Kg. Consequently, it feels so light when holding one in your hand. One thing that caught our attention was that instead of the usual Volume Key to the left and Power button key to the right, this time around, both  buttons are situated at the left side of the phone with the power button just below the Volume buttons. 
The direct implication of this is that, it would be much easier to power off/on the device without first accidentally pressing the volume key as in older designs.


Finally, the USB port and earphone jack is located at the top part of the phone as against the bottom which we have seen for the Infinix Alpha. Furthermore, 2 mics are embedded on the device, one at the bottom and the other at the top side, close to the camera for a better audio quality. The loud speaker is located at the bottom back of the smartphone, its louder than the X507 due to X502 larger aperture and its of excellent quality.

SIM And Network
X502 is a single SIM smartphone. The macro SIM tray is at the top-right side of  the phone. SIM is inserted by ejecting the SIM tray with a metallic tray ejecting pin, the SIM is placed on the tray and then inserted into the phone; just like the iPhone.


It supports 3G: 850/2100MHz and 2G: 850/900/1800/2900MHz network bands and transfer data in the 3.75G technology

Camera and Resolution
Talking about camera, the X502 gets a 13MP AF BSI rear facing camera which churns out a beautiful picture when used. There is a flash attached to the side of the camera so that pictures can be taken at night. The image below was taken with the X502 rear camera with flash in a small medium lighted room.



The front facing camera is 5MP BSI and of course, those Skype and video calls would be splendid. Both cameras performed well when put to the test especially alongside  a picture taken with a Galaxy S4. The Alpha Marvel (X502) camera is better than the Alpha (X570).


Screen Display and Resolution
X502 is a 5 inch touchscreen smartphone with resolution of 720 x 1280 (294PPI), which is not bad at all for a medium budget phone of 5 inch. It would be good to state that the Moto X comes with the same resolution (312PP1) but appears shaper due to its smaller screen display (4.7").

X502 is not a Gorilla screen smartphone like its elder brother the X570 but it comes with a screen guard to protect its screen from scratches and the likes

Operating System and Processor
In terms of operating system, X502 comes with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1 and with a very different icon UI than the others we've seen. The UI is almost looking like that of Galaxy S4. Althoug, it can be changed to any one you prefer with the help of the Theme Style app; we kinda love the default one.

Speaking of processor, the X502 comes with a huge 1.5GHz Quad - Core MT6589T Cortex-A7 more advanced processor than the MT6589 found in the Infinix Alpha (X507). This MT6589T processor performs task so efficiently when we put it to the test. The speed at which everything responds was very good and significant. Its one of the plus this device has.
Also, the GPU IMGSGX544 on the MT6589T runs at 357MHz while  that of MT6589 runs at 286MHz. Consequently, better performance would be noticed on the Infinix Alpha Marvel.

Memory and RAM
We just love it with when a device doesn't give us unnecessary bad surprises. Thank God the X502 came with a 1GB RAM and not 512MB. Although, the rumor was initially that it was gonna come with 2GB RAM, however, the 1GB RAM is capable to do things it should do since we are talking of a very stable Jelly Bean OS.

Also, Infinix decided that the X502 should have an in-built 16GB memory with no SD card slot for expansion just like the Infinix X570.

Gaming Experience
Seriously, gaming on this Infinix X502 is superb. Not only does it handle the HD games well without lag, most games that are not supported on the Infinix 570 are all supported in the Alpha Marvel. 

Of course, the turbo MT6589T processor with its GPU are the guys that makes this Infinix Alpha Marvel play game better than the Infinix Alpha.
For example, I have tried hard to install Call of Duty and Dead Trigger 2 on the Alpha (X570) it wasn't installing due to compatibility issues. However, immediately I search for the same games on the Alpha Marvel, they showed up immediately and were compatible. That being said, Dead Trigger 2 is now supported on X570.

The bottom line is that gaming on the Alpha Marvel is splendid

Battery and Performance
The X502 comes with a good non-removable 2500mAh battery capable of keeping the phone alive for a substantial amount of time, keep things running and everyone is happy. Furthermore, after using the device for 1hr, we didn't notice any kind of hotness, which is a good thing. Its important to point this out because some folks have history with some old Infinix devices getting abnormally hot during use. This isn't the case with Infinix Alpha Marvel.

Sensors and Connectivity
Iinfinix Alpha marvel has G, Light and Proximity sensors, which are the norm in most smartphones today. Also, Bluetooth 4.0, AGPS, GPS, WiFi and WiFi Hotspot are connectivity features of this device and of course a FM Radio to listen to those local FM radio stations

Pre - Installed Apps
The device comes pre installed with apps like Whatsapp, Facebook, Google Play, Email, Camera 360, Flashshare, YouTube and a System Update app. Also, additional menus are included in the system settings  which are not present in the Infinix X570 (alpha) smartphone.

OTA Updates
Naturally, Infinix devices don't come with OTA updates capabilities. However, what I noticed was that there was an icon with System Updates as the icon name. It doesn't necessarily mean that OTA updates are supported, however, it means that just like the X570, when ever Google push out minor system updates, the Infinix X502 will get those updates too.

Price Tag The price tag for this smartphone is N40,500 from Jumia Online store and if you use this coupon code: OFFA0Zn you would get it for less than N40,000, which is not bad for a device of this good build and quality. You guys know how much Samsung or HTC will ask for a phone of this same build. So we are actually very impressed with the price tag.
It can be purchased presently at slot stores, Park N Shop, Micro Station Mushin and many other stores in Nigeria.

Conclusion
Is Infinix Alpha Marvel a great smartphone? Hell yea! Is it better than the Infinix Alpha? The difference is slight. However, it depends on individual preference for big screen, processor speed and dual sim devices. Aside that, the Infinix Alpha Marvel is a better device in terms of processor type/speed and camera quality.

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93 comments:

  1. One thing.. Is the screen Lcd or super amolead?

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  2. Very nice review. Thanks for the info. Keep up the good work. If any of this smartphones come with physical keyboard, I would have jettisoned my BB and subscribe to the fluid UI of these novel devices. Still waiting to unveil physical keypads. It kills me wen I type wit an onscreen keypad.

    Thanks bruh !

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    1. Tecno D1 And tecno Q1 both come wth keyboard

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  3. is the android os a vanilla or stock android version?

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  5. I want to get this phone....which store currently has it?

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    1. You can get it from the stores mentioned in the article.

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  6. You can get it now at www.kara.com.ng

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  7. Pls bro. Abt the battery, I hear its non-removable, won't that cause wahala incase I want to change it, then wen u test the battery, how long does it last for a day? Thanks for the review.

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  8. Pls bro. Abt the battery, I hear its non-removable, won't that cause wahala incase I want to change it, then wen u test the battery, how long does it last for a day? Thanks for the review.

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    1. am using X502 . the phone is simply amazing.. am on internet through out and it lasts me the whole day. if you leave your phone idle it not consume much. again the phone has an app for maximizing the strength of the battery (Du Battery Saver) you will not regret having this phone.

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    2. Pls..how do I stop my keypad from vibrating and keytones.

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  9. The battery is good. Yes it non-removable but I doubt you would have any problem with it though. if you do, am sure 12 months warranty would cover you.

    Have been using the X570 for 3 months now and the battery is splendid. Am sure the X502 battery would perform even better.

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  10. I would like to know about d smart gestures of d x502

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  11. I would like to know about d smart gestures of d x502

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  12. Thanks Mr. Akinsanya, incase one has issues with phone, where will it be repaired, where is there customer office?

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    1. They share the same customer service as Tecno. Carlcare is officially servicing Infinix devices

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  13. Mr. Akinsanya, am quoting ur words, u said "It would be good to state that the Moto X comes with the same resolution". Are. U saying the infinix marvel has d same screen clearity and resolution as Moto X, bcos the moto X is super amoled screen? How?

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    1. AMOLED is brighter and colours appear livelier compared to TFT screens. Not only that, but AMOLED's require less power
      than TFT screens because they don't require a back light -- each individual pixel is lit by it's own accord, unlike TFT based LCD's which require a LED or fluorescent
      backlight.

      Because of this, mobile phone makers use AMOLED's instead of TFT because it conserves battery life.
      AMOLED displays however often aren't as bright as their LCD counterparts when viewed outdoors or in direct sunlight. The
      other downside to OLED displays is they have a significantly shorter lifespan than LCD displays -- roughly three years.

      So super amoled and TFT with the same resolution would have almost the same look, only someone with a good eyes maybe able to spot the little differences which is observed in viewing angles and in direct sunlight. However, colour reproduction coupled with the screen size would greatly enhance the beauty of both displays.

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  15. U have not told us what the gaming experience is like on this machine, nd does it hv support for ota?...finally(very inportant ),how does the battery fare for a full charge.

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  16. Please what are the major differences between Alpha Marvel (X502) and Alpha X570

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  17. @akin pls can i also know how many out of the 16GB internal memory is available for use.?

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  18. a good phone finally a phone with one Sim not dual
    but how long does the battery stay when fully charged

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  19. from your review, the x502 infinix alpha marvel is a wonderful phone for its price. But you did not state the PPI for the display, if its better than Infinix alpha x507.

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    1. Sensors and Connectivity
      Iinfinix Alpha marvel has G, Light and Proximity sensors, which are the norm in most smartphones today. Also, Bluetooth 4.0, AGPS, GPS, WiFi and WiFi Hotspot are connectivity features of this device and of course a FM Radio to listen to those local FM radio stations

      Why wont Nigerians take time to read? smh

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  21. hows the battery life and pict quality

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    1. Battery life is just splendid and picture quality is very good.

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  22. I saw this fantastic phone today and how was MARVELled! Honestly there is no point buying an expensive brand e.g Samsung etc when you have something better and very much cheaper.

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  23. only reason to buy other brand like Samsung is because you get updates and aside that it faster but i comes at a price i guess for. this price it good but my only problem is non expandable memory

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  24. Pls Mr Akin .. I need your help on this greet phone.. I saw your review and I went ahead to buy the phone.. But I have a problem with the camera... Picture becomes blur and unclear after pictures are taken... It won't be as clear as when you've not taken the picture... Pls is this how a 13mp camera should behave or is this how the camera is? Pls I need your help on this... Since you know the phone so well.. U should understand what am saying.. Because its really disturbing me.. Pls I need your help... Thanks a lot.. I would be waiting for your reply.. Thanks.

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  25. That's quite interesting. I currently use the same phone and it doesn't churn out blurred pictures as you described. Check to see if HDR mode is on.

    Also, check if any other settings is messing with it.

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    1. HDR mode is off and beside even if d setting is messing it up... It automatically chance to default setting when u switch off and on d camera.. All my settings re fine... Well.. Am thinking Dats how the camera is... Bcs there is nothing I can do about it.. I have tried everything possible... I love this phone so I will enjoy it anyways... Since the camera is still manageable.. Night pictures re okay (bcs its dark any one will understand) But day light pic is not as sweet.. Thanks for you help... I believe Dats how its made.. Like I said, I still love the phone anyways...

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  26. I am having a second thought about the non-expandable ROM size of Infinix X502 Alpha Marvel.Is there any phone that can be expanded to 32GB that you can recommend for me.I am looking at Nokia Lumia 720.Can you explain the pros and cons of it to me.@Akin

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  27. i recently purchased the alpha marvel. But then i noticed that the sim card tray is stuck. It doesn't come out fully only halfway and its stuck. What should i do?

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    1. Use a sharp pin to remove the sim from the half open tray. Then remove the tray afterwards. Investigate the tray and the compartment to be sure nothing is preventing it from opening fully. If u still can't find anything causing it to get stuck, you could take it back to the store you bought it from for complain

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    2. i haven't put a sim inside. It was stuck the day i bought it. I had already started using the phone before i realised it. I'm thinking of taking it to calcare but i dont know how long it will take them to fix it.

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  28. pls is there any adventure game like god of war for this infinix i just bought mine 2hrs ago

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  29. so u cannot use memory card on the phone???

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    1. with 16 GB internal memory no need of memory card

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  30. Please what does dis "coupon code:
    OFFA0Zn" mean?

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    1. It means that if you use the code on Jumia sites, you can get discounts on their products

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  31. Please can this Infinix Alpha download BBM please. Thanks.

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  32. Mr. Akin, my Infinix alpha X502 fell and stooped working immediately, does d one year warranty card cover that?

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    1. Take it to them. They would ask you what happened, tell them it just stopped working - for no reason.

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    2. Thank you so much... Do I av to take it to d place of purchase or Infinix office?

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    3. Take it to carlcare office. If its rooted make sure you unroot it.

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    4. did they attend to u cos d same just happened to my phone

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    5. did they attend to u cos d same just happened to my phone

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    6. did they attend to u cos d same just happened to my phone

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    7. did they attend to u cos d same just happened to my phone

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    8. did they attend to u cos d same just happened to my phone

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  33. How do I screenshot on my inifix marvel..any help? Would be glad

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    1. Press and hold the Power and Volume down buttom simultaneously.

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  34. i just bought mine about a month ago. it didnt fall it just won come on.

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  35. what happens when the none-removable battery fails after the warrant expires/

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  36. How fast is the internet on alpha marvel comparing to galaxy S3

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  37. How fast is the internet on alpha marvel comparing to galaxy S3

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  38. How fast is the internet on alpha marvel comparing to galaxy S3

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    1. Ver fast. It uses 3.75g network and upload and download is as high as the S4.

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  39. I recently acquired one and i have not managed to switch off the connection and end call vibration, Again how do i remove the tap key tones while messaging ?

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  40. can one be able to upgrade the os 4.2.1

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  41. Pls..how do I stop my keypad from vibrating and keytones.

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    1. Do that from Settings/language & Input settings

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  42. Pls..how do I stop my keypad from vibrating and keytones. The model of my phone is infinix x502

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  43. Pls am using inifinix alpha marvel..pls..how do I stop my keypad from vibrating and keytones when am typing

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  44. Hi please please, i used another charger to charge my Infinix Alpha X570 and now it wont come on again what do i do?

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    1. hi, was this issue resolved? i am in the same position now!!

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  45. pls help me on this. i bought this phone before travelling to UK now the screen is cracked and there is no place for me to repair it because it affected the touch sensor which is no more responding. please where can i send it for repairs? will be so happy if you can help me.

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  46. pls help me on this. i bought this phone before travelling to UK now the screen is cracked and there is no place for me to repair it because it affected the touch sensor which is no more responding. please where can i send it for repairs? will be so happy if you can help me.

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  47. Why not send it to a phone repairer if you can't find a authorized service center for Infinix. They don't operate in the UK

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    1. Akinlolu, I bought this Alpha Marvel on your recommendation earlier in the year. Last month the phone dropped and screen cracked making it totally unusable since I cant even slide to unlock. I went to the Abuja service centre (Karl Care) and they said they do not have the screen in stock so I have to do a swap. They valued a 42k phone at 12k and now want me to drop like 30k and wait 2 weeks to give me some other Tecno model.

      The painful truth is if one wants good after-sales service, you should just buy a phone made by a real phone manufacturer cos this won't have happened to me with a Samsung. Tecno, Infinix and co are okay if you want to spend 10-25k but once you cross 40k, just go buy beta cos it will pain you more if 40k goes down the drain.

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    2. Hi. Dewole,

      I can imagine the frustration you are going through right now. Is there a way you can you reach the Carl Care office in Lagos for you to see if they have the screen and replacement can be done? If they have, it would be a lot cheaper. Its really sad you had to go through this.

      However, you are right regarding after sales service. it is something that the Chinese companies haven't really done quite well. Its not even a matter of Tecno or Infinix, its Chinese manufacturers as a whole. Samsung and other American companies understand this.

      I will ask around for you though.

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    3. Will appreciate any links you can provide for the replacement. I had no idea who carl care was till slot redirected me there when i went to ask about screen replacement.

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  48. Hi

    does infinix have a desktop support software like sony companion to manage/upgrade the phones?
    is the alpha marvel software upgradeable?

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  49. You can use Mobogeine desktop manager to manage your Infinix smartphone. As far as OS upgrades go, you won't be able to update the Alpha Marvel to any newer Android OS, only current OS patches can be downloaded.

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  50. This phone...AMAZING is an understatement.
    A smartphone can't get any better...apart from the external storage disadvantage.

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  51. can i set a bbm notification tone for infinix alpha marvel x502

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    1. Am not sure you can do that. Try that out and see how it works. You may need to go into both BBM settings and the phone tones too.

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  52. why do infinix x502 goes off and on?
    kindly how do we solve the problem?

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  53. my infinix x502 screen got cracked and after dat my touch is not working. since that time ve been searching for a fully new screen to buy but to no avail plss help me guys

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  54. Pls am in need of the complete screen n touch.. Any body wit idea where i can get it.

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  55. Pls am in need of the complete screen n touch.. Any body wit idea where i can get it

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  56. does infinix have a desktop support software like sony companion to manage/upgrade the phones?

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