INFINIX HOT 8 SPECS
|Release date||4th September 2019|
|Launched in India||Yes|
|Dimensions (mm)||165.00 x 76.30 x 8.70|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||5000|
|Colours||Quetzal Cyan, Cosmic Purple|
|Screen size (inches)||6.52|
|Protection type||Gorilla Glass|
|Processor make||MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762)|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||256|
|Dedicated microSD slot||Yes|
|Rear camera||13-megapixel (f/1,8) + 2-megapixel|
|Rear autofocus||Phase detection autofocus|
|Front camera||8-megapixel (f/2.0)|
|Operating system||Android Pie|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00|
|Number of SIMs||2|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|
Infinix Hot 8 Design
Talking about the look and design of the phone when you look from the front, the Infinix Hot 8 looks like one of the several generic-looking budget Android phones with waterdrop notches. The earpiece is located just above the notch and when you move to the little left, you can find the soft LED flash strip that only becomes visible when the screen is turned on. This also lights when the phone is being charged but sadly doesn’t function as a notification light like some other phones.
Infinix tried to give a different look to its new device. The backside of the phone with Quetzal Cyan had a peacock blue shade in the upper region, which gradually fades into black while going downwards. You also get a glittery finish that also covers the fingerprint sensor. Infinix offers the phone in two colours which are, Quetzal Cyan, Cosmic Purple, Shark Grey, and Midnight Black.
This phone also picks up smudges very easily. Thanks to Infinix for supplying a transparent protective case in the retail package.
Power and volume buttons are easy to reach and well-positioned and provide a clicky response. You also get a tray which is 3-in-1 (dual Nano-SIM + microSD) which is located on the left. The speaker, Micro-USB port, and 3.5mm headphone jack are placed on the bottom of the device.
The curved sides ensure a comfortable grip on your hand. It is loaded with a massive battery of 5000mAH. Despite packing a heavy battery of 5,000mAh, this phone is not heavy. You will sometime found adjusting the phone in your hands to reach for content on the upper half of the screen.
SPECIFICATIONS AND SOFTWARE
The Infinix Hot 8 comes with a 6.52-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 720×1600 pixels with an aspect ratio of 20:9 and a 90.3 percent screen-to-body ratio. The highest brightness level is 450 nits and it also produces decent colours. Even though the display of this phone is reflective, the brightness was satisfactory even under daylight conditions. In short, Infinix Hot 8 is one of the better displays you can see on a phone at this price range.
Infinix Hot 8 is loaded with the octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 SoC clocked at 2.0GHz, combined with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which you can expand up to 256GB using a microSD card. Infinix comes with the single variant which is 4GB + 64GB configuration which is priced at Rs. 8,999 but you can avail this phone at Rs. 6,999 during online sales. Hot 8 is loaded with a 5,000mAh battery along with a 10W charger which you get in the retail box.
As well as cameras are concerned, the Infinix Hot 8 comes with a triple rear camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel primary lens with an f/1.8, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a dedicated low-light sensor. For the selfie lovers, Infinix has added an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture.
The Infinix Hot 8 is based on a custom skin called XOS 5.0, based on Android Pie 9. Unfortunately, the UI remains the same as on the previous model of Infinix Hot 7, the Infinix Smart 3 Plus, and other phones from the Infinix company. There are lots of preinstalled bloatware, including in-house and third-party apps such as XTheme, XClub, AI Gallery, Opera News, ShareChat, Flipkart, Instagram, and Facebook.
The Infinix Hot 8 has a Kika keyboard, which was recently removed from the Google Play Store for ad fraud. Palm Store shows a lot of ads and sends a barrage of notifications, which you will found to be of little to no use. The swipe-based navigation gestures are not very easy to use and sometimes failed to work when doing multitasking.
Talking about the bright side of Infinix Hot 8, XOS 5.0 does offer some useful features such as WhatsApp Mode, which is very useful. What is does it restricts the cellular data access of all apps in the background except WhatsApp so as to limit your data usage.
You also get a Freezer app that restricts some apps which you allow, they won’t run in the background.
PERFORMANCE AND BATTERY LIFE
As long as you stick to the basics MediaTek Helio P22 processor at the core of the Infinix Hot 8 specs is a decent performer. Normal tasks such as Web browsing, social media usage, and basic productivity were good, but as soon as there were more than 10 apps or games running in the background, the device started to stutter. Multitasking was quite lazy, but the update improved that.
This phone was not made for those peoples who are multitasker and they need to switch between multiple apps frequently. Heavier apps and games such as PUBG took some time to load.
If you are a day to day and your usage is the normal user then the Infinix Hot 8 should serve you fine, but putting too much stress on the phone will definitely reduce your experience. One good thing is that we didn’t feel this phone getting too warm while playing games.
Battery life is one of the biggest USP of this phone. The Infinix Hot 8 comes with a 5,000mA battery that easily went past a day. With moderate usage that involved normal gaming, full-day Internet connectivity, social media usage, and productivity apps, and listening to music and watching videos for at least a couple of hours, the phone lasted us a day and a half. In the HD video battery loop test, the phone lasted for 17 hours and 21 minutes which is a good time compared to its competitors, especially at this price range.
The latest Infinix Hot 8 by Infinix appears to offer capable hardware, especially for its special price of Rs. 6,999. However, loaded with 4GB of RAM, the phone struggled while multitasking and XOS have its downsides too. The Redmi 7 and Realme 3i play better with less RAM because they pack faster processors.
This phone’s general performance is good, but you are not allowed to play heavy games. If you are a phone photographer and camera is your main motive and you are ready to live with some performance limitations, Infinix Hot 8 could be a great choice for you.
If you are looking for an all-rounder smartphone that won’t stutter or lag frequently, also has decent cameras, and provides a polished software experience, the Redmi 8A is a good option. Other alternatives include the Realme 3i and Honor 8C which you can also consider.
I hope my Infinix Hot 8 Specs review is helpful for you.
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