Infinix Hot 8 design
The earpiece is positioned just above the notch on the front panel of the Infinix Hot 8 and there is also a soft LED flash stripe on the left side which is visible only when the screen is on. It burns even when the phone is put on charge, but it does not work as a notification light.
For review, we have the cyan color variant of the Infinix Hot 8 with the upper part being Peacock Blue shade but the lower part is black in color. The glossy back panel of Infinix Hot 8 comes with a glittery finish, fingerprint sensor has also been provided in the back of the phone for security.
The Infinix brand also has another color variant of this handset, the 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 from a weak material as it is suppressed even when lightly pressed.
Spots on the phone also fall easily, 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 reaches the buttons easily. The 3-in-1 (Dual Nano-SIM + MicroSD) tray is 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 grip of the phone is good and it weighs 165 grams. Infinix Hot 8 has a 5,000 mAh battery to make it live, yet the phone is not very 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 has a 6.52-inch (720×1600 pixels) HD + display, its aspect ratio is 20: 9 and the screen-to-body ratio is 90.3 percent. The display’s pick brightness is 450 nits and colors are displayed correctly on the screen.
Even though the display is reflective, viewing the content on the screen was not too annoying and the brightness was correct even in daylight. Infinix Hot 8 has a better display in this price segment. The Infinix Hot 8 has a 2.0 GHz MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor with 4 GB of RAM.
There is 64 GB storage to save photos, videos and other things, it is possible to increase the storage 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 you will get 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variants.
The Infinix Hot 8 has a 5,000 mAh battery, a 10-watt charger in the retail box. In terms of camera setup, the Infinix Hot 8 has three rear cameras. The back panel of the phone has a 13-megapixel primary camera, aperture F / 1.8 and a 2-megapixel depth sensor and a third low light sensor.
There will be an 8 megapixel front camera for selfie and video calling, its aperture is F / 2.0. The Infinix Hot 8’s camera hardware is similar to the Infinix Smart 3 Plus. The 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 phone’s UI is similar to Infinix Hot 7, Infinix Smart 3 Plus. The phone will get several bloatware pre-installs including in-house and some third party apps such as Xthem, XClub, AI Gallery, Opera News, Sharechat, Flipkart, Instagram and Facebook.
Swipe-based navigation gestures are not very easy to use and often fail to work during gaming or multitasking. XOS 5.0 also has some handy features such as WhatsApp mode. In addition there is a smart panel that 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 Infinix Hot 8 works well for basic tasks such as web browsing, social media usage and running basic productivity apps. But as soon as 10 apps or games are running in the background, the phone will start slowing down.
Earlier multitasking in the handset was slow but it has been improved with the update. This phone is not for those who often need to switch between multiple apps. Heavy apps and games take time to load, normal games like Mario Kart Tour in the handset ran well but PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 failed to load even after several attempts.
If you are thinking of buying a phone to do day-to-day tasks, then Infinix Hot 8 works correctly. One thing we liked was that the phone did not heat up during gaming. To bring life to 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, listening to music for hours with the help of wire earphones. Even after usage, the phone ran for a day and a half. In our HD video loop test, the phone supported for 17 hours and 21 minutes.
Infinix Hot 8 cameras
Let’s talk about the camera app first. 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 to control HDR, flash, scene modes, and aspect ratios are given above the viewfinder.
Surprisingly, this phone of Infinix brand cannot capture photos in 16: 9 aspect ratios. The thing to note is that often after switching the camera mode, the shutter button does not respond for a few seconds. Now talk about photo quality.
In the light of day, a picture taken with a 13-megapixel primary camera was good. The autofocus was mostly accurate and the photos look vibrant. There is no lack of sharpness when viewing photos on the phone’s display. The dynamic range was also good but every picture lacked a bit of sharpness around the edges and corners.
We liked that the phone does not oversaturate object colors. When it comes to close-up shots, the Infinix Hot 8 takes crisp photos with the right detail and sharp edge. In bokeh shots captured in daylight, the subject separation was correct and the colors were correct but the edge detection does not work correctly.
After taking a picture, the Blur’s intensity and point of focus can be adjusted in the default gallery app. Granny indoor photos taken in low light came and showed noises with muted colors. A separate night mode takes slightly better pictures.
The 8 megapixel front camera captures photos accurately. The selfie taken in the light of day came in vibrant but the skin smoothening was clearly visible. Grain was seen in a selfie taken in low light. The Infinix Hot 8 smartphone is capable of recording videos up to 1080 resolution, but due to the lack of stabilization, footage comes out.
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 correct as long as you are not playing heavy games.
If camera output is your priority and you can live with certain performance limits then the Infinix Hot 8 may be the right choice. If you want to buy a budget all-rounder smartphone that does not slow down and the cameras are fine too, then Redmi 8A is a good option. Other options include Realme 3i and Honor 8C (Review).