It’s been more than a month since Infinix Mobile has launched the Infinix Hot 8 in India. You might have not heard or seen too many news and advertisements of Hot 8 like the other Realme and Redmi phones in the 7K price segments, still Hot 8 is the best mobile phone deal one can get under ₹7000.
Infinix Hot 8 comes with the 16.56-centimetre (6.52 inches) HD+ mini-drop notch display, the aspect ratio of 20:9 and 90.3% screen-to-body ratio. Infinix Hot 8 has a 13MP triple rear camera and 8MP front camera. It is the first mobile phone in its price segment or probably in any price segment to feature the actual front LED flash even after having the mini drop notch and more than 90% screen to body ratio. Let’s take a look at the full specification/features of the Infinix Hot 8.
Key Features of Infinix Hot 8 (X650C):
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Review Infinix Hot 8 (X650C)
Design and Display of Infinix Hot 8:
Infinix Hot 8 is a low budget mobile phone with a screen size of 6.52 inches and a huge 5000 mAh battery, it’s mostly plastic built. It feels a bit heavy in hand but the built and finishing is good. The rear plastic panel has a glossy finish that gives it a shiny and glass-like look & feel. The triple rear camera is vertically placed on the rear side at the left top corner with the quad-LED flash.
Apart from the camera setup, the fingerprint scanner is also mounted on the rear side, the Infinix branding is right below the fingerprint sensor.
The volume rocker and the power button is on the right side of the phone. On the left, it has a dual SIM + MicroSD card slot in the same tray. At the bottom, it has a speaker grille, a micro USB port, microphone and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The 6.52 inches HD+ display panel is on the front with very minimal bezels, the top of the display has the small waterdrop notch or mini drop notch. The earpiece is right above the selfie camera near the top edge of the display panel.
The Full HD display is still not very common in low budget mobile phone, I was expecting a Full HD display with the Infinix Hot 8 but judging the price and specs it’s obvious that it has the HD+ display. The display panel manufacturer is unknown, however, I liked the display.
Infinix has done some really cool software tweak to optimize the display appearance like its previous few phones. Visual contents and images are appearing very good on the big screen of Hot 8. You can enjoy the visual content on its big screen without worrying about running out of battery.
Performance of Infinix Hot 8:
Infinix Hot 8 is powered by the Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 (12 nm) which is a
Octa-Core clocked at 2.0 GHz. I have been using the Infinix Hot 8 with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, so far they have released only one variant not sure whether there will be other variants or not.
Hardware is not the only factor which influences the performance of a device, software plays an important and very crucial role in the overall performance of any mobile phone. It has the company’s latest custom UI skin called XOS Cheetah 5.0.2 on Android Pie, the operating system is so customised that you won’t even get a glimpse of the stock android and yes, it has bloatware too. Fortunately, it has the app drawer and most of the pre-installed apps can be uninstalled.
There are some official applications that you cannot remove or uninstall from the system which is annoying it would have been better if Infinix had reduced the bloatware and had made its OS a bit cleaner. It has got the 81011 scores on AnTuTu benchmark.
Considering the price tag, the overall performance of Infinix Hot 8 is good. It’s not buttery smooth but there are no lags. I have been using this phone for more than a month and I have already received the two updates for software optimizations.
Considering the target market, price, and specs, it is a good phone to enjoy the video streamings, watching YouTube on its big and bright display. Infinix Hot 8 comes with the Asphalt Nitro preinstalled on it, so you can get the hint by the Infinix that you can also play resource-intensive games on Hot 8. The Asphalt Nitro is running smoothly on it, I have been playing some regular games and so far haven’t found any issues.
The rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is working fine, sometimes it takes a bit longer to unlock the device but mostly it unlocks quickly. If you do not want to use the fingerprint sensor then the Face Unlock feature is also there.
Battery and camera play an important role in making a decision to buy some specific budget phone. The battery backup of Infinix Hot 8 is obviously crazy, thanks to its 5000 mAh battery. It took more than 2:30 hours to fully charge from 10 to 100%. On a regular day to day uses it may last more than two and a half-day and around 20 hours on heavy use including playing games and streaming videos etc.
Camera Review of Infinix Hot 8:
The camera is the prime focus of this phone. Infinix Hot 8 has the Triple Lens Setup (13MP (f/1.8) S5K3L6XX03-FGX9 sensor + 2MP + Low Light Sensor) 5P lens for the rear camera and 8MP, f/2.0 4P lens for taking a selfie. I have reviewed many phones in this price range and I’ve found that the Infinix Hot 8 has the best camera in its segment, check out the camera samples in different light conditions. (All photos are in low resolution and optimised to faster page load, click on photos to open the originals)
The low light photos are not that good which is not surprising but the daylight photos are very good. Below are a few low light camera samples.
The focus speed of the rear camera is pretty fast, it also has an option to adjust the brightness before taking the photo from the rear camera. There are many camera modes like AI Portrait, HDR, Night Mode, Beauty Mode. I had mentioned about the issues on the camera app of Infinix Smart 3 Plus review, thankfully, the company has fixed issues like focus speed and photo preview speed on the latest software version. The close-up photos using the triple AI camera is really very impressive.
Selfie Samples: [Click on photos to open in full resolutions]
Infinix Hot 8 has good design, performance, camera and a huge battery and display. A perfect phone in the price range of 7K. If you are looking for a phone in this price segment then you can definitely consider the Infinix Hot 8 for its big display solid built, crazy battery backup, clear and loud calling quality, and of course for its very reasonable price tag.