Our Opinion

The Infinix S5 is a slightly better phone, but the Infinix Hot 8 is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Infinix S5 might be a slightly better choice.

Infinix Hot 8  Infinix S5 
Infinix Hot 8 Infinix S5
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Excellence Score
25.2
29.0
Value for Money Score
81.1
80.4
Price ₹ 6,999 onwards ₹ 8,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Oct, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.52 inches 6.6 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1600 pixels (~ 269 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 266 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, Read Mode, Eye Care mode 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P22Ranked #61 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P22Ranked #61 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE8320 PowerVR GE8320
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 13MP + 2MP + Low Light Camera 16MP + 5MP + 2MP + Low Light Sensor
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 16MP: F/1.8 Aperture; PDAF, 5MP: 114-Degree Wide Lens; Super Macro Lens (2.5cm Focus), 2MP: Depth Sensor, Low Light Sensor, Auto Scene Detection, AR Animoji, Custom Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Beauty, Panorama
Secondary Camera 8MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Flash, AR Stickers, 4P Lens, 81° FOV, AI Portrait, AI Beauty, Wide Selfie F/2.0 Aperture, 1.6um Pixel Size, Screen Flash, AR Animoji, AI Portrait, AI 3D Face Beauty, Wide Selfie
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.7 mm 7.9 mm
Weight 179 gm 178 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby 609 hrs 744 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support
Included Fast Charger
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 Audio Playback Time (Speakers): 32 hrs, Audio Playback Time (Headset): 111 hrs, Video Playback Time: 14.7 hrs, Web Surfing: 13.4 hrs, Gaming: 11 hrs, 4G Talk-time: 18.8 hrs
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
  • The front has a trendy punch-hole camera design (for the first time in this price bracket), giving it an excellent 90.5% screen-to-body ratio
  • The back of the device is made up of reflective polycarbonate, and it sports what the company calls ‘Crystal Feather’ pattern design - it looks striking and stylish - and has a rich hand-feel
  • Reasonably light-weight
  • Both the rear fingerprint sensor, and the face unlock, work well
  • Large 6.6-inch, 20:9 aspect ratio, immersive display - ideally suited to watch videos
  • The display quality is also quite decent for this price bracket - you get good brightness, good sunlight legibility, and vibrant colors
  • Infinix's custom XOS UI has some useful features like bike mode, one-hand support, game mode, do-not disturb, eye-care and book reading mode
  • Pretty good performance with the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC under the hood (similar to Snapdragon 625) - day-to-day performance is smooth, and so is casual gaming - you can even run games like PUBG in low-graphics settings
  • Decent, versatile quad camera setup at the rear: 16-megapixel primary sensor, a 5-megapixel wide (and Super macro) lens, a depth sensor, and a low light sensor
  • The smartphone’s primary camera clicks decent pictures in daylight conditions
  • In bokeh mode, the camera detects human faces well
  • The 32-megapixel selfie camera too takes fairly good selfies in good light conditions
  • Good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - will give you about 1.5 days of usage on moderate use
  • Overall, the S5 continues Infinix's track record of good-specs-for-the-money launches, and is a decent option to consider if you are looking for a trendy hole-punch design - although as all-round good phones, the alternatives from Xiaomi and Realme are better options
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
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor - so you will need to adjust brightness manually
  • Like a lot of custom UIs, it does pack plenty of bloatware (though most of it thankfully can be uninstalled), and is not quite as simple and clean as stock Android
  • Macro mode and wide-angle shots offer interesting framing options, but the overall image quality is ordinary
  • Low light performance is average
  • Overall, while the 'quad camera' claim is catchy, but in terms of real-world performance the camera setup is only ok for the price bracket
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. For its price, the smartphone offers a lot that will keep buyers happy
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  2. A good pick in this price range...especially good for watching movies
    financialexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Best camera, display under 9K
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
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