Our Opinion

The Infinix Hot 8 is a slightly better phone than the Infinix Smart 3 Plus, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Infinix Hot 8!

Infinix Hot 8  Infinix Smart 3 Plus 
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Excellence Score
25.2
20.4
Value for Money Score
81.1
68.6
Price ₹ 6,999 onwards ₹ 6,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Apr, 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 6.21 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1600 pixels (~ 269 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 271 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display 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 Quad Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P22Ranked #61 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio A22Ranked #83 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE8320 PowerVR GE-class
RAM 4 GB 2 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 13MP + 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 13MP: F/1.8 Aperture; PDAF, Auto Scene Detection, AR Stickers, Portrait Mode, HDR, AI Beauty, AI Bokeh, Night mode, Sports mode
Secondary Camera 8MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Flash, AR Stickers, 4P Lens, 81° FOV, AI Portrait, AI Beauty, Wide Selfie AI Face Beauty, Screen Flash, AI Beauty, Portrait Mode, HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 32 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 7.8 mm
Weight 179 gm 148 gm
Width 76.3 mm 76.0 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 3500 mAh
Battery Standby 609 hrs 600 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 Talktime (4G): 25 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 34 hrs, Video Playback Time: 10 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
  • Good looking, premium design, with a glossy mirror finish on the back panel
  • Lightweight
  • Fits comfortably in the hand
  • Decent, fast rear fingerprint sensor
  • Good, modern, water-drop notch, 6.21-inch display - it offers some good colour reproduction and viewing angles
  • XOS UI is pretty decent, works smoothly, and comes loaded with some interesting features
  • Decent day-to-day performance with a Helio A22 at the core (similar to Snapdragon 615) processor - light users will be happy (though power users will want to look elsewhere)
  • Triple camera setup at the rear, which is a rarity for this price segment - includes a primary camera + depth sensor + low-light sensor
  • Decent daylight performance from the rear camera set, with good detailing
  • Macro shots are pretty good too
  • Decent selfie camera too - the selfies look natural and have a decent amount of detail with punchy colours
  • For this price point, this is one of the better camera phones
  • Good battery life with a 3500mAh battery - you will comfortably get a day of use
  • Decent charging speed - the phone can be charged from 0 to 100 per cent in about 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Overall, the Infinix Smart 3 is an attractive choice for this price bracket, if you are fine with just-about-ok performance, and want to instead prioritise the camera
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 back panel is prone to smudges (though thankfully, the company has given a bundled protective case)
  • There is plenty of pre-installed bloatware though, a problem that plagues a lot of such custom UIs
  • Multi-tasking performance is limited though because of the limited 2GB of RAM - again, the device is only meant for light users
  • Both the rear and front cameras have significant shutter lag though, so if you don't keep a steady hand, you can sometimes end up with blurry photos
  • Low light performance of the rear camera is only average (even with the low-light sensor)
  • If you do care more about performance more, look at options from Xiaomi or Realme instead
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 are willing to put up with average performance and camera is your main criteria, then the Infinix Smart 3 Plus could be a decent pick for the price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Struggles hard to play the value for money card
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Surely looks like an interesting proposition for the price
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. One of the better contenders in the entry-level budget segment
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
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