Smartphones are launched every day. As a matter of fact, most of them are nothing but another ho-hum news item that I usually do not pay more attention than a quick glance. But an Infinix HOT phone was announced yesterday and it has got myself – and multiple others around the world – in shock. Okay, perhaps shock is a little bit of an exaggeration, but you get the message. I didn’t see it coming. I am betting that you didn’t either.
If you were ever told that one day, you would be able to purchase the base model of an Infinix HOT phone that has 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal memory for less than $150, what would your response have been? Disbelief? Most likely. After all, Infinix HOT phones have been known to be budget devices.
Throwback to Infinix HOT Phones from the past
Here is a quick flashback sampling some of the Infinix HOT smartphones launched in recent years.
2018 Infinix HOT phones
- Infinix HOT 7 Pro: 2GB/3GB RAM, 32GB storage.
- Infinix HOT 6X: 2GB/3GB RAM, and 16GB/32GB storage.
- Infinix HOT 6 Pro (review): 2GB/3GB RAM, 16GB/32GB storage.
- Infinix HOT 6: 1GB/2GB RAM, 16GB storage.
- Infinix HOT S3X Pro: 4GB RAM, 64GB storage. This was the first time of seeing a 4GB/64GB combination is an Infinix Hot smartphone, but it was a Pro version, and it cost more.
- Infinix HOT S3X: 3GB RAM, 32GB storage.
- Infinix HOT S3: 2GB RAM, 32GB storage.
- Infinix HOT S3 Pro: 3GB RAM, 64GB storage.
2017 Infinix HOT phones
- Infinix HOT 5 Lite: 1GB RAM, 16GB storage.
- Infinix HOT 5: marketed as “the mobile cinema”, it had just 2GB RAM and 16GB storage.
2016 Infinix HOT phones
- Infinix HOT 4 Pro: 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory.
- Infinix HOT 4: 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory.
- Infinix HOT S (review): 2GB/3GB RAM, 16GB/32GB storage.
- Infinix HOT 3 LTE: 2GB RAM, 16GB storage.
- Infinix HOT 3: 1 GB RAM, 16GB storage.
Tracking the progress of the Infinix HOT range in recent years, it has been clear that the manufacturer was moving the range up a notch from entry-level to mid-range. But an Infinix HOT phone with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage just didn’t register on anyone’s radar. Yet, here we are today.
Infinix HOT 8 was announced in India, and besides the generous RAM and storage, there is a fingerprint scanner at the back, a triple camera, and a hefty 5000mAh battery. The rear triple camera consists of a 13MP main sensor, a 2 MP depth sensor, and a low-light sensor.
The price tage is INR 7,999 ($111), though it will initially sell for INR 6,999 ($97) till the end of October 2019. $111 translates to just under ₦40,000. If you can get a phone with the above core specs for ₦40,000, what do you really need a more expensive smartphone for? Oh, wait, there is no fast charging here, so yes; that counts. But one expects that Infinix will also fill that market gap with a smartphone that costs under $150 and that includes fast charging.
However you lok at it, the Infinix HOT 8 is a game-changer in the mid-range smartphone market. It democratizes a number of key features.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the best phone package under $115 (or ₦40,000) right now. It arrived and instantly became the king of the best smartphones under ₦40,000 ($115). With that 5000mAh battery, it also shares the turf of best battery. Simply put, whether it is performance, battery, or photography you are looking for in that price range, this Infinix HOT phone has got you covered.
Having been announced in India, one can only hope that when announced in Nigeria, we won’t be getting a watered-down version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage. One is seeing that practice of recent, and it isn’t nice.
Update: It turns out that there are three variants of the HOT 8: one with 2GB RAM + 32GB storage (called Infinix HOT 8 Lite), one with 3GB + 32GB, and the last with 4GB/64GB. The first two were launched with price tags of ₦33,900 and ₦36,500 respectively. If the 4GB/64GB variant is released for less than ₦40,000, hurrray!
You really should have a look at the detailed specs of the Infinix HOT 8, if you haven’t done so already.
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Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.