Just a few months ago, Infinix released the Infinix Hot 8, and during this festive period, it has become one of the best-selling phones in countries like Nigeria, Ghana, and India. But what is so special about this device? Well this is what we intend discussing, so why not stick around till we complete our discussion. But before going into details of what the phone has got to offer, let us give you a sneak peak into its computing power. Builds of the Hot 8 either come powered by the MediaTek MT6762 Helio A22 chipset or the MediaTek MT6762 Helio P22 chipset.
Appearance and Display
The design of the Infinix Hot 8 is one of the most loved things about this smartphone, and we believe it is one of those things contributing to the good sales of the device. The phone comes in a very nice casing, while being available in the following colours: quetzal cyan, cosmic purple, shark grey, and midnight black. According to the company, the Hot 8 has got a length of 165 mm, with its width being 76.3 mm, and its height being 8.7 mm. This dimension in mm, is an equivalent of 6.50 x 3.00 x 0.34 inch.
We have a display 6.52 inches coming with the Infinix Hot 8. The display of this product, just like so many other which fall in its category, is an in-plane switching (IPS) liquid crystal display (LCD). This display has got a resolution of 720 x 1,600 pixels, while leaving the phone with a screen-to-body ratio of about 81.5 percent. To make it easier to appreciate the display of the phone, its pixel density is about 269 pixels per inch. In short, this product gets a 4-star rating in this aspect.
There are different build of the Infinix Hot 8 available in the market, and one of differences between these builds, lie in the aspect of computing power. We have builds of the phone which come powered by the MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22 chipset, and we also have some builds which are powered by the MediaTek MT6761 Helio P22 chipset. The MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22 is a 12 nm chipset, so is the MediaTek MT6761 Helio P22. However, while the MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22 is a quad-core chipset, the MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22 has got eight cores. But regardless of what chipset powers a build of a Hot 8, their GPUs would always be the PowerVR 8320 graphics processing unit.
Chipset is not the only thing that could be different in two given builds of the Infinix Hot 8. Two given builds of the phone may also differ, when it comes to their RAMs. We have builds of the smartphone which may come with 2 GB of RAM. For most mid-range smartphone users, this amount of RAM is very okay. However, if anyone finds 2 GB of RAM to be inadequate, they can always opt in for a build having 4 GB of RAM.
OS and Storage
Just as Tecno and many other smartphone manufacturers have their custom Android operating system, Infinix has also got its own custom Android OS, and this is what the Infinix Hot 8 runs. The Infinix Hot 8 is powered by a custom Android operating system that is based on the cool Android 9.0 Pie. The name of this custom OS is XOS, but it has nothing much to offer over a stock build of the Android 9.0 Pie. The XOS is merely a branding strategy. If you do not like custom OS, you might have to consider some other phone.
The storage space of two given builds of the Infinix Hot 8, may differ. We have some builds coming with 32 GB of storage, a thing good enough for most mid-range smart phone users. But for those who are willing to spare some extra cash, they can consider a build having 64 GB of storage. It is also worthwhile stating that the amount of RAM the phone features can also tell how much storage space the phone would have. Builds of the phone having 2 GB of RAM would come with 32 GB of storage space, while those having 4 GB of RAM would come with 64 GB of storage space.
There are three cameras featured by the Infinix Hot 8, one selfie camera and two rear cameras. The selfie camera of the phone is an 8 MP camera which has got the support of a LED flash. This selfie camera is furthermore quite enhanced and we are confident that you would not find it to be a crappy peripheral. The rear side of the Hot 8 comes with a 2 MP camera and a 13 MP camera. The 13 MP camera is the main rear camera, and we also find it to be pretty enhanced.
Builds of the Infinix Hot 8 come with support for two SIM cards. However, this phone uses nano SIM cards, not micro SIM cards. And in addition to having support for 2G and 3G mobile networks, the phone has also got support for 4G networks in the country. The phone happens to work well with the 4G networks of all major mobile network operators in the country. Among mobile networks operators we tested, include: MTN, Glo, Airtel and 9mobile.
Infinix did a pretty good job in the aspect of battery, and we would be giving the phone a 5-star rating in this aspect. The device comes with a 5,000 mAh battery which also happens to be a Li-Po battery. The battery is, of course, non-removable, while the phone has got support for rapid charge. With a 5,000 mAh battery, charging the phone every now and then would be your last problem.
- Display: 6.52 in-plane switching (IPS) LCD
- Chipset: MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22 / MediaTek MT6761 Helio P22
- RAM: 2 GB / 4 GB
- OS: Android 9.0 Pie
- Storage: 32 GB / 64 GB
- Battery: 5,000 mAh battery
- Cameras: 8 MP front camera; 2 MP + 13 MP rear cameras