Hot Infinix Design 8
The earpiece sits just above the notch on the Infinix Hot 8’s front panel and there’s also a soft strip of LEDs on the left side that’s only visible when the screen is on. It lights up even when the phone is charging, but it doesn’t work as a notification light.
We have the cyan color variant of the Infinix Hot 8 for review, which has a peacock blue hue on top but a black color on the bottom. The glossy rear panel of the Infinix Hot 8 comes with a glossy finish, for security, a fingerprint sensor has also been provided at the rear of the phone.
There is also another color variant of this Infinix brand terminal, Cosmic Purple. On the back panel of this color variant, instead of blue, you will be able to catch a glimpse of the dark purple hue. However, the back panel seems to be made of flimsy material, as it buckles even under light pressure.
Smudges easily land on the phone too, let us tell you that a protective clear case from Infinix will also be available in the retail box. The power and volume buttons are positioned in such a way that the hands easily reach the buttons. The 3-in-1 tray (dual Nano-SIM + microSD) sits on the left side of the phone, while the speaker, Micro-USB port, and 3.5mm headphone jack sit on the bottom.
Due to the curved edges, the grip of the phone is good in the hands and its weight is 165 grams. There is a 5000 mAh battery to power the Infinix Hot 8, but the phone is not very heavy. But because of the 20:9 screen, it is not easy to use the phone with one hand.
Infinix Hot 8 Specifications and Software
The Dual-SIM (Nano) Infinix Hot 8 smartphone features a 6.52-inch HD+ (720 x 1600 pixels) display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and 90.3% screen-to-body ratio. The maximum brightness of the screen is 450 nits and the colors appear true to the screen.
Although the display is reflective, viewing content on the screen wasn’t too distracting, and brightness was decent even in daylight. The Infinix Hot 8 screen is better in this price segment. Infinix Hot 8 is powered by a 2.0GHz MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor coupled with 4GB of RAM.
There is 64 GB of storage for saving photos, videos and other things, it is possible to increase the storage up to 256 GB with the help of a microSD card. Talking about Infinix Hot 8 Price in India, the Infinix Hot 8 price in India has been set at Rs 7,999, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage will be available at this price.
To bring the Infinix Hot 8 to life, a 5000mAh battery, a 10W charger was provided in the retail box. Talking about the camera setup, the Infinix Hot 8 has three rear cameras. The rear panel of the phone has a 13-megapixel main camera, F/1.8 aperture and a 2-megapixel depth sensor and a third low-light sensor.
An 8-megapixel front camera will be available for selfie and video calls, its aperture is F/2.0. The camera hardware of the Infinix Hot 8 is similar to that of the Infinix Smart 3 Plus. The Infinix Hot 8 smartphone runs on XOS 5.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie.
Our review unit got the September security patch during testing. The UI of the phone is similar to Infinix Hot 7, Infinix Smart 3 Plus. The phone will have a lot of bloatware pre-installed, including in-house and third-party apps like Xtheme, Xclub, AI Gallery, Opera News, ShareChat, Flipkart, Instagram, and Facebook.
Swipe-based navigation gestures aren’t very user-friendly and often don’t work while gaming or multitasking. XOS 5.0 also has some useful features like WhatsApp mode. Apart from this, there is a smart panel which is a customizable widget with shortcuts to frequently used apps and tools.
Infinix Hot 8 performance and battery life
The MediaTek Helio P22 processor in the Infinix Hot 8 performs well for basic tasks like web browsing, using social media, and running basic productivity apps. But the phone will start slowing down as soon as 10 apps or games are running in the background.
Multitasking was slow on the first phone, but it got better with the update. This phone is not for those who need to switch between various apps frequently. Heavy apps and games took time to load, the phone ran simple games like Mario Kart Tour, but PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 failed to load even after several attempts.
If you’re looking to buy a phone for everyday tasks, the Infinix Hot 8 gets the job done. One thing we did like was that the phone didn’t get hot while gaming. To spice up the Infinix Hot 8, a 5000 mAh battery that runs smoothly throughout the day will be available.
Uses include gaming, internet connectivity, social networking and productivity applications, listening to music for hours with the help of wired headphones. Even after using it, the phone lasted a day and a half. In our HD video loop test, the phone ran for 17 hours and 21 minutes.
Infinix Hot 8 cameras
First of all, let’s talk about the camera app. Basic camera modes and controls, like the AI Cam, Beauty, Video, Bokeh, and AR buttons, sit in a strip above the shutter button. Buttons to control HDR, flash, scene modes, and aspect ratio are located above the viewfinder.
Surprisingly, this Infinix-branded phone cannot capture photos in 16:9 aspect ratio. It is worth noting that often after changing the camera mode the shutter button does not respond for a few seconds. Now let’s talk about photo quality.
The photo taken with the main 13-megapixel camera in daylight was good. Autofocus was mostly accurate, and images look vibrant. There is no blurring when viewing images on the phone screen. Dynamic range was also good, but each image lacked a bit of sharpness around the edges and corners.
We liked that the phone did not oversaturate the colors of objects. When it comes to close-ups, the Infinix Hot 8 takes sharp images with decent detail and sharp edges. Bokeh shots captured in daylight had decent subject separation and decent colors, but edge detection doesn’t work properly.
The blur intensity and focus point can be adjusted in the default gallery app after taking the photo. Indoor photos taken in low light came out grainy, with dull colors and a hint of noise. The separate night mode takes slightly better photos.
The 8-megapixel front-facing camera captures decent images. Selfies taken in daylight came out vibrant, but skin softening was clearly visible. The pimples were visible in the selfie taken in low light. The Infinix Hot 8 smartphone is capable of shooting video at up to 1080p resolution, but the lack of stabilization makes for jerky footage.
Infinix Hot 8 comes with capable hardware. However, despite having 4 GB of RAM, the phone struggles during multitasking. The Redmi 7 and Realme 3i (Review) are better off with less RAM as they have faster processors. The performance of the phone is okay as long as you are not playing heavy games.
If camera output is your priority and you can live with some performance limitations, the Infinix Hot 8 might be the right choice. If you’re looking for an all-round budget smartphone that doesn’t slow down and has decent cameras, then the Redmi 8A is a good choice. Other options include the Realme 3i and the Honor 8C (Review).<!–