Our Opinion

The Infinix Hot 8 is a slightly better phone than the Infinix Note 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Infinix Hot 8!

Infinix Hot 8  Infinix Note 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Infinix Hot 8 Infinix Note 5
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Excellence Score
22.3
21.0
Value for Money Score
72.3
54.9
Price ₹ 6,999 onwards ₹ 11,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.52 inches 5.99 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1600 pixels (~ 269 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, Read Mode, Eye Care mode IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P22Ranked #70 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P23Ranked #69 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE8320 Mali-G71 MP2
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB microUSB
Primary Camera 13MP + 2MP + Low Light Camera 12.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 13MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 5P Lens; PDAF, 2MP: Depth Sensor, Low Light Camera, Auto Scene detection, AR Stickers, Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Beauty, Panorama 1.25um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, Auto Scene Detection, AI Portrait, HDR, Beauty, Professional, Night, Panorama, Time-lapse
Secondary Camera 8MP 16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Flash, AR Stickers, 4P Lens, 81° FOV, AI Portrait, AI Beauty, Wide Selfie F/2.0 Aperture, 5P Lens, Softlight Flash, 76.4-degree Wide-angle Lens, AI Bokeh, AI Beauty, WideSelfie, Time-lapse
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.7 mmMedium 8.4 mmMedium
Weight 179 gmMedium 173 gmMedium
Width 76.3 mmOk for one-handed use 75.0 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 4500 mAh
Battery Standby 609 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters Talk-time (4G): 18.1 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 17.6 hrs, Video Playback Time: 14 hrs, Web Surfing: 18.6 hrs, Gaming: 11.4 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration; Dirac Surround Sound Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Striking, sleek design, with rounded edges and a gradient color back - one of the better looking budget phones around
  • Offers a good grip, and is relatively light-weight for the size
  • Both fingerprint reader and face unlock work accurately and quickly
  • Nice display - packs a 6.52-inch HD+ (720x1600 pixels) screen with a 20:9 aspect ratio and 90.3 percent screen-to-body ratio - color output is decent, and sunlight legibility is good too - overall, this is one of the better displays you will see in this price segment
  • XOS UI is a decent Android skin, is smooth to use, and has a few useful features - like the dedicated smart panel (to the left of the home-screen for widgets and shortcuts), and Intelligence voice broadcast (can read out a lot of things for the user, like cricket scores, news and SMSes, as well as personal texts from various messaging apps)
  • Decent performance for day-to-day use with a Helio P22 SoC - similar to Snapdragon 625 (though gaming performance is pretty ordinary, as expected)
  • Decent triple camera setup for the price (13MP primary + 2MP depth + Low Light Camera)
  • The primary camera gives reasonably good shots in daylight - sharpness and details are decent - though consistency is an issue
  • Selfies come out nicely too (but the beauty mode can make the pics look unreal, so it's best turned off)
  • Excellent battery life with a 5000mAh battery - you should get a comfortable 2 days of use
  • Decent charging speed (it's not 'fast charge' though)
  • The Hot 8 is an another reliable budget choice from Infinix offering a good specs/price ratio, allowing it to stand up to tough competition from Xiaomi and Realme - as long as performance is not a major concern, and you are not into gaming, it's worth considering
  • Good looks
  • With a glossy plastic back panel coated with 10 layers of nano chrome particles and a modern, tall display, Infinix Note 5 feels premium and good to hold, and is easily one of the best built phone in this price bracket
  • The phone does not have antenna lines at the back, and with the subtle Android One and Infinix branding, it adds a neat look to the rear panel
  • Bright display, with vivid colours, in the new 18:9 aspect ratio - it renders good colour reproduction with wide viewing angles
  • The USP of the phone of course is that it's part of the Android One series, which means you get simple stock Android, and a guarantee of updates for 2 years
  • Good day-to-day performance, with a mid-tier MediaTek Helio P23 (similar to Snapdragon 625) - everything, except very heavy games, will run smoothly
  • Decent set of rear and front cameras, especially in daylight
  • Both cameras also have a software based portrait/bokeh mode, that works reasonably well, as well as scene-recognition AI features
  • Extra long battery life, with a solid 4500mah battery - with moderate use, the phone will comfortably lasts for one and a half days
  • Fast charging support
  • On the whole, the Infinix Note 5 is a worthy option in the budget segment, and can compete well against the likes of the Redmi Note 5 (which is slightly ahead on software customisability and overall build quality, but slightly behind on software simplicity and battery backup)
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • With a large 6.5-inch screen, the phone is a little too big for one-hand usage
  • It does pack a lot of bloatware, though (and spammy notifications)
  • In terms of overall performance though, the likes of Redmi 7 and Realme 3i fare better (even the lesser RAM variants) because of their faster processors
  • The shiny back panel easily attracts fingerprints, smudges and scratches
  • The fingerprint sensor on the phone is a bit on the slow side
  • The display on the phone, while pretty nice, is also reflective and therefore outdoor visibility is average
  • While the cameras are pretty decent in well-lit conditions, they are average in low light
Expert Reviews
  1. If camera output is your primary concern and you can live with some performance limitations, the Infinix Hot 8 could be a decent choice
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Really low in budget and packing all the goods, the Hot 8 is perfect for the price it’s going for
    asianage.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Has almost everything to offer in its price segment
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. This is a good phone for casual use and to enjoy content on
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. All set to be a worthy contender in the budget mobile segment in India
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A well-packaged budget phone...will definitely give a stiff challenge to popular brands such as Xiaomi, Motorola, Nokia and Honor
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. In this price, Infinix Note 5 is definitely a steal
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
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