Our Opinion

The Infinix S5 Lite is a slightly better phone than the Infinix Hot 8, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Infinix S5 Lite!

Infinix Hot 8  Infinix S5 Lite 
Infinix Hot 8 Infinix S5 Lite
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Excellence Score
20.4
21.5
Value for Money Score
59.8
67.9
Price ₹ 9,999 onwards ₹ 7,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Nov, 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
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
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 #80 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P22Ranked #80 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE8320 PowerVR GE8320
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 16MP + 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, 2MP: Depth Sensor, Low Light Sensor, PDAF, Auto Scene Detection, AR Animoji, Google Lens, Custom Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Beauty, Panorama
Secondary Camera 8MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Flash, AR Stickers, 4P Lens, 81° FOV, AI Portrait, AI Beauty, Wide Selfie F/2.0 Aperture, AR Animoji, AI Portrait, AI 3D Face Beauty, Wide Selfie, Screen Flash
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, 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 mmMedium 7.9 mmMedium
Weight 179 gmMedium 178 gmMedium
Width 76.3 mmOk for one-handed use 76.0 mmOk for one-handed use
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
  • Just like its elder sibling, the Infinix S5, the Lite model has a trendy punch-hole camera design (cheapest phone with punch-hole camera), with an excellent 90.5% screen-to-body ratio
  • Looks good with a plastic body - the glossy back panel has a glittery finish, unlike the ‘Crystal Feather’ pattern on the Infinix S5
  • 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
  • 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 - but heavier titles struggled to run at their ideal graphics settings
  • Decent, triple camera setup at the rear: 16-megapixel primary sensor, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a low light sensor
  • Primary camera clicks decent pictures in daylight conditions - it delivers almost natural-looking results and the HDR mode makes the shots even better
  • The 16-megapixel front camera produces usable selfies as long as you avoid using the Beauty mode
  • Good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - will give you about 1.5 days of usage on moderate use
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
  • One-handed usage is not very easy - reaching the top edge of the display is quite hard
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor - so you will need to adjust brightness manually
  • While Infinix's custom XOS UI is relatively easy to get around, it does pack a ton of bloatware - some of it can be uninstalled - but there's Palm Store and AHA Games, neither of which can be uninstalled - and they send spammy notifications, that can't be disabled
  • Portraits shots aren't that great - subject detection and background blur could have been better (competing phones like the Redmi 8 are much better)
  • Low light performance is average
  • The supplied 6W charger is on the slower side (compared to the 10W with Infinix S5 and other competitors) - takes over 4 hours to charge the phone completely
  • The Infinix S5 Lite is a decent smartphone, but doesn't stand high among the competitors - for the same price, Redmi 8 offers better camera, larger battery and fast charging - and if you can spend a little more, then Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 8 and the Realme 5 are solid options
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. If you fancy a smartphone with a hole-punch display, you'd be better off waiting for something else
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Infinix S5 Lite is a decent smartphone, but the performance seekers should look elsewhere
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Infinix S5 Lite comes with an interesting design language and the punch-hole design is a cherry on top
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. in.mashable.com hands-on Read Review »
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