Infinix Mobile launched the Infinix Hot 8 smartphone in Kenya in October this year. The phone comes in two variants, namely Hot 8 and Hot 8 Lite.

The phone is the successor to the Infinix Hot 7, which launched in Kenya in March 2019. The phone was launched globally in early September and was made available in Kenya for pre-order in September 2019.

We received the Hot 8 for review and here are our thoughts on it;

Infinix Hot 8 Specifications

  • Network: 4G / 3G / 2G
  • Operating System: AndroidTM 9 Pie
  • Internal storage: 32 GB
  • RAM: 3 GB (HOT 8) and 2 GB (Hot 8 Lite)
  • Display: 6.6 HD + water drop display
  • Processor: MT6761-> 32 GB + 3 GB and 32 GB + 2 GB / MT6580-> 32 GB + 2 GB edition
  • Dimensions: 165.4 * 76.3 * 8.7mm
  • Battery: 5000mAh
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Rear camera: 13 MP + 2 MP + AI lens

Design

The Hot 8 comes in an arched design with the screen covering almost the entire front of the phone. It has a notch that fits the front camera. The screen protector comes separately and you will need to attach it to the phone yourself.

The home button is in the middle of the phone with the rest of the controls on the left and right.

There is a dual SIM card port on the left side which also has the MicroSD port. The power button is on the right along with the volume buttons. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom of the phone (left), along with a charging port (middle), speaker, and mouthpiece.

The fingerprint sensor is centrally located on the back of the phone with the rear cameras on the left plus the camera sensor.

Screen

The phone comes with a 6.6 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. It has a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels with a 20: 9 ratio (~ 269 ppi density) The screen covers 81.5% of the front of the phone.

The screen notch can be disabled so that it is not visible. It is, however, small and barely noticeable in case you want to leave it that way.

The screen produces colors quite well and is quite good even in bright light situations like in the sun. When you activate the adaptive brightness feature on the phone, the light is automatically adjusted according to the lighting conditions. At 0%, the screen is always visible.

Other features of the screen include the eye care feature which softens the screen to reduce eye strain while using the phone. It is especially useful at night when a bright screen can interfere with your sleep or when you are tired.

Connectivity

The phone is dual SIM and it also comes with dual 4G which means both SIM cards can access 4G at the same time. You can also switch data, voice or SMS usage between different SIM cards quite quickly. However, the data switching takes a little longer than the other.

I used the phone with Safaricom and Telkom SIM cards. On the data, I was able to get downloads between 20 and 40 Mbps on Safaricom and downloads between 15 and 20 Mbps. On Telkom, downloads were between 15 and 20 Mbps and downloads between 10 and 20 Mbps.

The phone can also access 2G and 3G networks and it also has Bluetooth, Micro USB, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hot Spot and FM radio.

The phone comes with 4G + which can only be activated on Safaricom in Kenya. This comes with a better browsing experience and better voice calls.

Software

The phone comes with Android 9.0 (Pie) paired with XOS 5.0. The apps provided include the usual Google apps and also come preinstalled with apps like WhatsApp and Facebook. It also comes with Palmstore, an app store from Transsion Holdings, where you can install additional apps.

Performance

The phone with Mediatek MT6761 Helio A22 chipset, 2.0GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 processor and PowerVR GE8320 graphics processor. The phone also comes with 3 GB of RAM. The two combine well enough for a smooth experience most of the time.

It works pretty well with standard apps open at the same time. He has a little trouble using heavy apps like Instagram, Tumblr, and Snapchat. It holds up when you play games, but you have to close other apps for a great experience.

Camera

The phone with 3 cameras, 2 on the back and 1 on the front. The back features a 13 megapixel and 2 megapixel camera with Quad-LED flash, panorama, HDR video. Up front there is an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash.

Camera features include;

  • AI CAM – Recognizes the characteristics of the objects or things you are photographing and optimizes the light to adapt it.
  • Beauty on the front and rear cameras
  • Other features include Bokeh, AR Shot and Panorama mode

Here are some photos I took with the phone.

Battery

The phone comes with a large 5000mAh battery that lasts around 10 hours under heavy use. If you turn on battery saver, the phone can last up to 16 hours. However, in battery saver mode, some features are disabled, such as automatic synchronization. It’s a small price to pay especially if the phone is really on battery power.

You can also enable WhatsApp battery mode, which limits data usage to only WhatsApp, Download and Music apps. This means that you can conserve the battery at a higher rate and the phone will last much longer without having to recharge.

Storage

The phone comes with 32 GB of internal storage. This is sufficient if you don’t need a lot of space. However, if you are the type of person who stores a lot of pictures and files on your phone, you will need to add a MicroSD card. The phone can handle a MicroSD card up to 256 GB.

Final thoughts

Infinix is ​​a master at producing budget phones with great features and the HOT 8 is no exception. It contains what you absolutely need at a very affordable price.

Both Hot 8, HOT 8 and HOT 8 Lite variants are available for sale at INFINIX stores nationwide and online at XPark (formerly known as infinixmall) for a retail price of Ksh. 10,999 and Ksh. 9,999 respectively. Additionally, a 32GB + 3GB variant of HOT 8 is available exclusively on Jumia Kenya for Ksh. 11 899.

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