Design of Infinix Hot 8
The earpiece is placed right above the notch on the front panel of the Infinix Hot 8 and there’s also a soft LED flash stripe on the left that is visible only when the screen is on. It lights up even when the phone is on charge but it does not work as a notification light.
We have a Cyan color variant of Infinix Hot 8 for review, whose upper part is of Peacock Blue shade but the lower part is black. The glossy back panel of the Infinix Hot 8 comes with a glittery finish, a fingerprint sensor is also provided at the back of the phone for security.
There is also another color variant of this handset of Infinix brand, Cosmic Purple. On the back panel of this color variant, you will get a glimpse of dark purple shade instead of blue. However, it appears that the rear panel is made of weak material as it tends to sag even with a slight press.
Spots also fall easily on the phone, let us know that a transparent protective case will also be available from Infinix in the retail box. The power and volume buttons are placed in such a way that the hand can reach the buttons easily. The 3-in-1 (dual nano-SIM + microSD) tray has been found on the left side of the phone, while the speaker, micro-USB port and 3.5mm headphone jack are at the bottom of the phone.
Due to the curved edges, the phone has good grip in the hands and its weight is 165 grams. The Infinix Hot 8 has a 5,000 mAh battery to fuel life, yet the phone is not too heavy. But due to the 20: 9 display, 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 flaunts a 6.52-inch (720×1600 pixels) HD+ display, 20:9 aspect ratio and 90.3 percent screen-to-body ratio. The pick brightness of the display is 450 nits and the colors are displayed correctly on the screen.
Even though the display is reflective, viewing content on the screen was not too disturbing and the brightness was decent even in daylight. Infinix Hot 8 display is better in this price segment. Infinix Hot 8 is powered by 2.0GHz MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor with 4GB RAM.
There is 64 GB storage to save photos, videos and other things, it is possible to increase the storage up to 256 GB with the help of microSD card. Talking about Infinix Hot 8 Price in India, the price of Infinix Hot 8 in India has been fixed at Rs 7,999, at this price 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variants will be available.
Infinix Hot 8 has a 5,000 mAh battery, a 10 W charger has been given in the retail box. Talking about the camera setup, the Infinix Hot 8 has three rear cameras. In the back panel of the phone, 13-megapixel primary camera, aperture F / 1.8 and 2-megapixel depth sensor and third low light sensor have been given.
An 8-megapixel front camera will be available for selfie and video calling, its aperture is F / 2.0. The camera hardware of the Infinix Hot 8 is similar to that of the Infinix Smart 3 Plus. Infinix Hot 8 smartphone runs on XOS 5.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie.
Our review unit received the September security patch during testing. The UI of the phone is similar to Infinix Hot 7, Infinix Smart 3 Plus. The phone will get many bloatware pre-installed in-house and some third party apps like XTheme, XClub, AI Gallery, Opera News, ShareChat, Flipkart, Instagram and Facebook.
The swipe-based navigation gestures are not very easy to use and often fail to work while gaming or multitasking. XOS 5.0 also has some handy features such as WhatsApp Mode. Also 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
For basic tasks such as web browsing, social media usage and running basic productivity apps, the MediaTek Helio P22 processor in the Infinix Hot 8 works well. But as soon as 10 apps or games are running in the background, the phone will start slowing down.
Multitasking was slow in the first handset but with the update it has been improved. This phone is not for those who need to switch between multiple apps frequently. Heavy apps and games take time to load, normal games like Mario Kart Tour ran smoothly in the handset but even after several attempts, PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 failed to load.
If you are looking to buy a phone for day-to-day tasks, the Infinix Hot 8 does the right thing. One thing that we liked was that the phone did not get hot while gaming. To bring life to the Infinix Hot 8, a 5,000 mAh battery will be available, which runs smoothly throughout the day.
Uses include gaming, internet connectivity, social media and productivity apps, and listening to music for hours using wired earphones. Even after usage, the phone lasted for one and a half days. In our HD video loop test, the phone supported for 17 hours and 21 minutes.
Infinix Hot 8 cameras
First let’s talk about the camera app. Basic camera modes and controls such as AI Cam, Beauty, Video, Bokeh and AR buttons are given in a strip above the shutter button. Buttons for controlling HDR, flash, scene modes, and aspect ratio are given at the top of the viewfinder.
Surprisingly, this phone of Infinix brand cannot capture pictures in 16: 9 aspect ratio. One thing to note is that often the shutter button does not respond for a few seconds after switching the camera mode. Now let’s talk about photo quality.
In daylight, the picture taken with the primary camera of 13 megapixels came out well. Autofocus was mostly accurate and photos look vibrant. There is no shortage of sharpness when looking at the pictures on the phone’s display. Dynamic range was also good but there was a slight lack of sharpness around the edges and corners in every picture.
We liked that the phone doesn’t oversaturate the colors of the object. When it comes to close-up shots, the Infinix Hot 8 takes crisp pictures with perfect detail and sharp edges. The bokeh shots captured in daylight had decent subject separation and colors, but edge detection didn’t work properly.
The intensity of blur and point of focus can be adjusted in the default gallery app after taking a picture. Indoor photos taken in low light were grainy and showed muted colors as well as noises. The night mode given separately takes slightly better pictures.
The front camera of 8 megapixels captures pictures accurately. Selfies taken in daylight came out vibrant but skin smoothing was clearly visible. Grains were visible in the selfie taken in low light. The Infinix Hot 8 smartphone is capable of recording videos in up to 1080 resolution, but the lack of stabilization makes the footage jerky.
Infinix Hot 8 comes with a capable hardware. However, despite having 4 GB of RAM, the phone struggles during multitasking. redmi 7 And realme 3i ,review) are better with less RAM as they have faster processors. The performance of the phone is good provided if you are not playing heavy games.
If camera output is your priority and you can live with some performance limitations, the Infinix Hot 8 can be a good choice. If you are looking to buy a budget all-rounder smartphone that does not slow down and has decent cameras, then the Redmi 8A is a good option. Other options include realme 3i and Honor 8C ,review) is included.