The plenty feature offering smartphone maker Infinix has launched another budget range device, the Infinix Hot 8 priced at Rs. 6999. With features like a huge 5000 mAh battery, triple camera setup, 6.5-inch huge display, where does the device stand in the competition? Well, we here at InstallOrNot have used the device for an ample amount of time before coming to write the review of the Infinix Hot 8. Read over for the detailed review of the device.
Design and Display
The Infinix Hot 8 has a better design language than any of the devices in the budget segment. It covers the handset in rounded corners, has gradient back which adds to a great look, and is very comfortable to hold in the hand. As soon as you hold the device, you get the feel of holding a large device. The power button and the volume rockers are placed on the right panel of the device and the SIM card tray on the left which comes with a dedicated MicroSD card slot along with dual SIM card slots.
On the back, we get the triple camera setup along with an LED flashlight placed vertically, fingerprint sensor in the middle where your finger usually finds itself when you hold the device, and the Infinix HOT branding at the center in the bottom. We get the usual Micros USB along with a 3.5mm headphone jack and the speaker grill in the bottom panel.
Onto the front, the Infinix Hot 8 sports a large 6.5-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 720×1600 with an aspect ratio of 20:9. The screen-to-body ratio can be at least over 85% from the looks. It gets a thick chin at the bottom and the side bezels are kept at a minimum side. The colors do look cool but considering the resolution, the display is not crisp enough. Brightness levels though, on this device, are great at outdoors and we did not find it much difficult to use it under direct sunlight.
Software and Performance
The Infinix Hot 8 comes with XOS 5.0 on top of Android 9.0 out of the box which is pretty great for a budget range smartphone. The custom UI is a but naggy but will get to you if you get used to it. Coming to features, it has a smart panel that will let you access a particular app’s actions just like in the native Android, has both faces unlock and fingerprint unlocking which we found to be fast enough, and there is a special intelligence voice broadcast which can read out the cricket scores, news, and SMSs for you aloud. Apart from that, it comes with various gestures that you can assign to several actions listed. The device comes with several pre-installed apps that you can uninstall as per your preference and has several customization options in the settings which you can play with.
On the performance side, the Infinix Hot 8 comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. It is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 which is an Octa-core processor that can handle all the day to day tasks easily. In our testing, the processor combined with the 4GB of RAM deemed to be good enough for minimal multi-tasking and browsing heavily. However, when it came to intensive gaming, the device did struggle a bit and we can surely say that if you are looking to play PUBG on this device, it will disappoint you a bit. Playing games of minimum graphics was good and the battery did hold up.
Cameras: Infinix Hot 8 Review
The Infinix Hot 8 comes with a triple-lens rear camera setup which we usually don’t see in most of the budget range smartphones. In this section, Infinix does up the game by some ante by providing the users with features that you don’t get in this price range. There is a primary 13MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture along with a 2MP depth sensor and a dedicated lowlight sensor. These cameras feature with AI and provide multiple modes for taking pictures.
The camera app UI is smooth and has modes that include bokeh, panorama, beauty, night mode, and other modes. The photos come out great in daylight with a decent amount of colors and sharpness with the primary camera. The bokeh or portrait mode is a bit shabby in edge detection but does justice to the price served. In the lowlight too, the camera does a better job than other smartphones in this range, thanks to the lowlight sensor. But, the images come out not that sharp and with some noise. Onto the selfie camera, it has an 8MP shooter that takes decent selfies and includes a beauty mode. You can check the camera samples for yourselves below.
Battery and Miscellaneous
The Inifnix Hot 8 comes with a huge 5000 mAh battery packed inside which will easily last you through your day. In our tests, the device still had some juice left after the end of the day which included browsing, social media, some gaming, YouTube, and music. With the processor not being that powerful, the battery life excels and this is the only device in budget-segment to offer a 5000 mAh battery.
In the connectivity, we did not find any issues in the mobile network and it was stable while traveling as well. The speaker is loud enough to be heard in a medium-sized room and the audio headphone jack output is good too.
Verdict: Infinix Hot 8 Review
Priced at Rs. 6999, the Infinix Hot 8 has more than anyone could ask for in a device in this segment. With a huge 5000 mAh battery, triple rear camera setup, huge 6.5-inch display, and a practical UI, the Infinix Hot 8 does speak for the users who want to have a taste of everything.