Among the cheap smartphones with good value of money you can buy in Nigeria right now is infinix hot 8 and this write up will answer all the question you have about it.
We live in a dispensation where we have an excellent competition for market shares of innovative smartphone gadget, and one of the market entry strategies companies adopted is the price of the commodity.
The market is saturated with a large number of budget smartphones, and every company must follow this trend if it wants to retain and hold much higher market shares. This time, the Transsion Holdings Company, a Hong Kong-based manufacturer, who owned the brand product called Infinix, has decided to introduce a perfect smartphone product in their Hot-Series line for all their pleased customers globally, which accordingly is a budget-centric smartphone with perfect specifications.
This is the first impression of the most use of brand products during the unveiling of their new product in September, 2019.
Hot 8, which was announced on September 4, 2019 is expected to hit Nigerian retailer’s shelve on 12 September same year, at a retailing price of less than N40,000 in mostly all Nigeria Retail Phone Storehouse, despite that its predecessor, Hot 7 and Hot 7 Pro is still trends in the Nigerian mobile market storehouses.
The new phone is powered by XOS 5.0 Cheetah GUI company Software, running on the new Android 9 Pie Mobile Operating System, embedded with 4 GB RAM, 32GB ROM, massive 5000mAh capacity battery, a large 6.52-inch HD+ display, good premium quality poly carbonate body, AI-enabled rear triple camera sensor, and some competitive hardware.
Infinix Mobile is leaving no stone unturned for their customer as to make it a worthy option.
It is the first 4G mobile product of the Hot Series of Infinix products. Other new features is seen with the CUP.
Hot 8 is the first product to feature MediaTek Helio P22 processor type – classified as a gaming process, in which the company believed is better than snapdragon counterpart, it also have a great utilization for new hardware for smartphone devices.
It’s predecessor is the infinix hot 7 but you should also check out the infinix Hot S4. They are both a worthy buy and so is the itel s15 pro especially for Nigerians with small budget for a smartphone.
The processor is built on 64-bit CPU Architecture, PowerVR GE 8320 GPU and another worthy note features with the smartphone is the triple camera specification. This is the first smartphone Infinix Inc. will produce with such a great features.
Kudos to their camera development for this development, for this follow suit with other latest brands with multiple camera features. A triple camera plus the quad-LED flash is held at the rear of the screen. All these features make these flagship device, second to none in the phone industry with low-budget price tag.
After using the device for some time, here are my honest opinion on the device.
Infinix Hot 8 Price in Nigeria
With all these identifications, the phone is available at a price of just $110, which is N38,500 to Nigeria currency.
Low in budget and packing all the goods, the phone is perfect for the price it’s going for.
Hot 8 has enough to offer at its price. The screen size, camera, and essential performance are decent. The issues with heavy gaming and multitasking are apparent. However, a light user buyer spending this amount should not have any issues with the phone.
It is packed with a triple camera setup, with a massive 5000mAh battery, and a large display.
Design & Display
An intriguing thing about Hot 8 and other budgeted phones in the market is the striking resemblance in design and display. The gradient color of the phone is an apparent move to perfect its display design game, so as to be light – weights 179g, handy and not slippery to grips – the phone dimension is at 165 x 76.3 x 8.7 mm, and comes in a few color options — the Quetzal Cyan, Shark Grey, Cosmic Purple, and Midnight Black color. Hot 8’s body is a product of excellent quality polycarbonate, and it feels quite premium when held in the hand
At the right and the left-hand sides of the phone are the physical volume and the screen lock button, the SIM & memory card slot, respectively. The SIM slot has space for two SIMs and a micro S.D. card.
The triple camera, with a quad-LED flash and the fingerprint scanner, are aligned vertically at the rear panel, while the USB port, loudspeaker, a 3.5mm headphone, jack, and microphone can be located at the flipside below, and a front flash at the edge of the top of the screen.
It front sports a vast 6.52-inch IPS LCD 720×1600 HD+ display size of the screen, which is a little too big for one-hand usage, especially users with small hand, features a waterdrop notch design, with 20:9 aspect ratio, ~90% screen-to-body ratio, which are made up of 2.5D glass, which fails to deliver sharpest display (below 500 nits), even at high resolution. And bears 269ppi pixel density.
Hardware, Software & Security
During the review period, which the phone was subjected to, it was observed that, hot8 is such a great phone, considering the speed of its performance, for it practically handles all daily tasks a phone should be subjected to flawlessly.
Although the phone may be concluded as not be a good gaming phone, especially when tested with high resource-demanding PUGB games, which affects some background applications, where switching from a task to another might be a nightmare for the users.
Nevertheless, it performance is considerably impressive, when put side-by-side with other much high ending resources phones, as there are little differences observed,
It is powered by latest octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 chipset, encrusted alongside with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB through dedicated microSD card slot.
Although, the reason of these hardware component performances of the device is considered not encouraging, considering other competitors like Xiaomi Redmi 8, iPhone 11 Pro, Google Pixel 4, Realme C2, and more.
The XOS 5.0 Cheetah GUI company software runs sensibly on Android 9.0 Pie mobile operating system, powered by Google Inc., which is conservatively mild on the battery consumption. The graphics user interface is loaded with customized features, which users may personalize accordingly to their preferences.
There is support for the app drawer that can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom. Afterward is the Smart Panel, a floating window that shows shortcuts to different settings and apps, where you have different gesture-based navigation controls and more.
Other personalized features are Game Mode, Bike Mode, full-screen gesture navigation, and among others.
A notable addition to Hot 8 is the Face Unlock Security Mode. This is believed as reviewer, as an impressive security setup for such a budget-centric smartphone device, considering that only heavy sophisticated hardware smartphone devices are being loaded with such features, because of the Unlocking Algorithm.
Being featured with the new Hot 8 phone is a great achievement for a low budget smartphone, as they were able to add a more sophisticated biometric security measure to their devices, after the era of fingerprint scanning security algorithm.
My personal opinion about the introduction of the Face Unlock Biometric Security Mode layout is that the face detection Unlocking Algorithm makes the phone is impressive and more secured.
Other Biometric security layers on Hot 8, apart from the Face Unlock Biometric Security is the Fingerprint Biometric Unlocking, which works perfectly well as it were with other Infinix smartphone product.
Apart from the Fingerprint Biometric Scanner, other traditional security layers that can be make use of to protect user’s privacies are the conventional Number Code Unlocking and the Pattern code Unlocking. These security measures invariably works beautiful and flawlessly,.
It is considered as the company’s first mobile phone product that will feature a triple camera setup.
A 13MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture and phase detection autofocus (PDAF). + 2MP depth sensor + a dedicated low-light sensor and a quad-LED flash at the rear sides of the phone, while the front camera is powered with an 8MP f/2.0 aperture with 810 field of view, 4P lens for selfies and video calling is accompanied with a front LED flash.
As for the video, it’s shot at up to 4K 60fps to an incredibly slow 7680fps slow-motion capture at 720p.
The video quality impresses across right illumination conditions, it beats other smartphones hands-down.
Camera app user interface comes with different modes like AI CAM (regular photo mode), HDR, Live Filter, Beauty, AR Shot, Panorama, Bokeh, and Video. Its camera performance does not seem to be excellent when subjected to testing.
The photo is a bit dull, though detailing was decent. From my review, I found that the selfie performance is slightly better.
Interestingly, despite having a dedicated low light sensor, the camera app doesn’t feature a night mode, but the AI-backed scene recognition feature can detect low-light scenes and utilize the dedicated sensor in such scenarios.
Regarding the battery performance, it is the first smartphone at its price to offer a massive 5,000mAh cell, which is a plus point of this phone. The company in their statements promised that the phone would deliver 22.5 talk time hours and music playback, 14 hours of video playback, 18.6 hours of web surfing, 11.4 hours of gaming, and 25.4 days of standby time.
Though these attestations are yet to be tested affirmed, though considering power-efficient processor and low-res display, one could expect a battery backup of almost one and a half-day.
In terms of connectivity, it sports Bluetooth 5.0, dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, 3.5mm jack, F.M. Radio, OTG, micro USB, GPS, and WiFi.
However, given its budget pricing, Infinix has skipped on fast charging support. Therefore, while the phone lasts a good deal on a single charge, it takes a little more than 2 hours to charge from 0 percent to 100.
Infinix Hot 8 smartphone was launched on September 4 2019. The phone is launched with a 6.52-inch touchscreen display, 720×1600 pixels screen resolution. It is powered by the latest MediaTek Helio P22 processor, with 8 x 2GHz processor speed.
It is packed with 4GB of RAM and packs 32GB of inbuilt storage, expanded via microSD card to 256GB through a dedicated slot. It runs XOS 5.0 based on Android Pie. The dual-SIM smartphone accepts 2 Nano-SIM and a microSD card.
Regarding the optics, it packs a 13MP primary camera with an f/1,8 aperture + 2MP camera at the rear. The rear camera setup is innovated with phase detection autofocus. And the front camera, otherwise known as selfie camera sports with an 8MP f/2.0 aperture.
Connectivity options on the device include USB OTG, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth v5.00, F.M. radio, and Micro-USB. Sensors on the phone include an ambient light sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor, compass/ magnetometer, fingerprint sensor, and face unlock.
It weighs 179.00 grams with 165.00 x 76.30 x 8.70mm 3D-dimension. It was launched in Quetzal Cyan and Cosmic Purple colors.
Not meant for gaming needs but is a perfect companion for binge-watching your favorite T.V. shows and movies. If you are considering a phone that can carry out everyday tasks at ease and can fulfill your entertainment needs without burning down your wallet, then this is it.