The new Infinix Hot 8 is finally in Kenya, the latest smartphone in the company’s Hot Series. And just as expected, Infinix has bumped up the features of the new smartphone, making it more attractive than its immediate predecessor, the Infinix Hot 7.
In this review, we reveal the finest details behind the hyping that comes with the new Infinix Hot 8, just like any other new smartphone.
You will certainly need this in making decisions on whether to upgrade to the new Infinix Hot 8 or go for an older, definitely more pocket-friendly Infinix model.
For instance, there is a need to dissect the additional features you would get for choosing Infinix Hot 8 instead of Infinix Hot 7 that currently retails at Ksh 11,000.
In other words, are the new features deserving compared to the additional cost of Ksh 5,000?
We also have several comparative reviews to help you understand how the newly released smartphone compares with other mid-range smartphones different companies.
And so, let’s get started. Below are the main features of the new Infinix Hot 8.
A 6.6″ HD Waterdrop Display
Infinix is focused on enhancing the smartphone experience for people who like watching videos or playing games
For this reason, the new Hot 8 has a bumped-up screen size of 6.5 inches, as compared to Hot 7’s 6.2 inches.
In other words, Infinix is continually working on eliminating the unpleasant experience of spending several hours every day with your eyes fixed on a tiny screen.
Apart from the screen size, the new Infinix Hot 8 Waterdrop Display also features an impressive resolution and brightness.
The display, however, is still of the LCD type, which has less saturated colors and not-so-good contrast like the AMOLED screen types.
Anyone with using a smartphone featuring an AMOLED screen will tell you their experience with richer hues, deeper black levels, and wider viewing angles.
LCD displays are however the most used type for mid-range smartphones available in Kenya.
And on matters resolution, the new Infinix is still yet to achieve full HD levels (1920 x 1080 pixels).
Still, the display has good brightness levels for videos, games and is readable under direct sunlight.
After all, even with phones that offer quad-HD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels) or 4K resolution (3840 x 2160), you’re unlikely to notice those extra pixels.
A 5,000mAh Large Battery
A battery rating of 3,000mAh serves normal android phone users just fine.
Well, the new Infinix Hot 8 offers more than that, with a 5,000mAh large battery that enhances your entertainment experience.
This is great news to people who travel a lot and still need to stream their favorite movies, listen to music and capture the best moments without the need for a recharge.
The large battery also makes it possible to browse the internet with 4G speeds for several hours after a single recharge.
What more? The Infinix Hot 8 maintains the fast-charge technology, which allows you to charge your battery within a short period of time.
The new phablet also promises the use of AI intelligence to monitor, learn and use a user’s smartphone habits to save on power by margins close to 10%.
If you are tired of being a slave to power banks, then probably you need to rejoice, because the new Infinix Hot 8 is now available in Kenya.
2.0 GHz Octa-Core Processor
In efforts to facilitate faster open times for apps, smoother gameplay, and quicker photo editing, the new Infinix Hot 8 has a bumped Octa-Core processor.
The processor boasts of 2.0 GHz speeds, up from the 1.3 GHz Quad-Core processor that powered the Infinix Hot 7.
If you are looking for a mid-range smartphone for heavy tasks such as photo/video editing, playing heavy games and streaming videos, consider adding Infinix Hot 8 to your preference list.
The smartphone company however still relies on MediaTek processors, which are not as fast as the highly-rated Qualcomm, Snapdragon and Huawei’s Kirin processor types.
The Infinix Hot 8 processor offers good overall performance, and you don’t expect any lag even when playing the most demanding games.
Triple Rear Camera
Apart from the additional dedicated low light sensor, the new Infinix Hot 8 comes with the same camera features as its predecessor, the Infinix Hot 7.
The phablet features a 13MP main camera with a 2MP depth sensor and an 8MP selfie camera.
Of course, there is a lot of hype surrounding smartphone cameras with companies trying to outdo each other with megapixels.
You, however, need to look beyond and if possible behind these hypes. Be careful to note that more megapixels alone will not give you better images.
For instance, the new Infinix Hot 8 boasts of an extended capturing angle that enhances the quality of your pictures.
The 13MP main camera is enhanced with an autofocus function, a Quad flash and artificial intelligence capabilities to capture more beautiful images.
If you are looking for a pocket-friendly smartphone in Kenya to capture all those memorable moments in pictures and videos, Infinix Hot 8 may be the best deal.
2GB RAM, 32GB Internal Memory
You realize that Infinix Hot 8 features 2GB of RAM, up from its predecessor’s 1GB RAM.
Coupled with the improved processor speed, this implies an improvement in the speed of the phone and its ease of operation.
The company must have realized that 1GB is no longer an attractive RAM value among modern-day smartphone users.
In fact, heavy smartphone users are looking for smartphones with at least 4GB RAM.
Infinix also doubled the internal memory for the latest smartphone from 16GB to 32GB.
This must have been informed by the growing user needs, especially the need to accommodate more apps and games, some of which easily occupy more than 1GB of storage.
Of course, the new operating system requires slightly more storage space. More memory also means more space for apps, videos, photos and songs that you want to store on the phone.
The smartphone retains its predecessor’s ability to accommodate additional storage up to 128GB.
It’s however important to always remember that apps stored and run from memory cards tend to be slower.
Simply said, heavy gamers may have a hard time coping with the 32GB internal memory that Hot 8 offers.
Infinix Hot 8 Full Specifications
|Price in Kenya||Ksh 14,000 – Ksh 16,000|
|Operating System||Android 9.0|
|Screen Size||6.6″ HD Waterdrop Display|
|Display Resolution||1600 x 720 pixels|
|Processor Type||MediaTek Quad-core|
|Connectivity||2G, 3G, 4G|
|Internal Memory (ROM)||32GB|
|Main Camera||13 MP + 2MP|
|Selfie Camera||8 MP|
|Colors||Quetzal Cyan, Midnight Black, Cosmic Purple|
|Other Features||Rear Fingerprint reader, Face Unlock, Dirac Audio|
Infinix Hot 8 vs. Other Smartphones in Kenya
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