We reviewed the Infinix Hot 8 just before we concluded one of the most underrated years in history, 2019. The successor to the 8 is here in the name of Hot 9.
For those who are not aware of the company’s naming scheme, the Hot phones are at the bottom of the food chain and bring some impressive features for customers on a budget. The 2020 installment of the phone was launched in Indonesia and is likely to hit stores in India in April.
We also expect a Kenya launch around the same time – but that depends on how we game the Coronavirus menace that has brought the world to a standstill.
The Hot 9 is equipped with some key improvements over the Hot 8 in terms of processing power and cameras. It also comes with some impressive colours (Matte Black, Cyan, Violet, and Light Blue), and expands storage to ample options starting at 32 GB.
This is actually impressive because, in the past, the company usually launched up to 3 models with different RAM and storage capacities (some as low as 16 GB), with the cheapest Lite model skipping on 4G (not the case this time around, hopefully).
This is a budget phone so the 6.6-inch screen is capped at HD+. Android 10 and XOS 6.0 picks up things on the software side.
As we said, the phone has okay processing oomph with an MTK Helio A25 built on a 12 nm finfet process. There is even a 128 GB capacity option, which we figure is for the Pro model. RAM starts at 2 GB all the way to 4 GB.
The 2/3GB RAM and 32 GB models have quad cameras on the rear at 13 MP (main), 2 MP (macro), 2 MP (depth) and a low light sensor. The 64/128 GB models have the same arrangement, but the main sensor is a 16 MP one. They are all arranged inside a rectangular bump that is currently the trend for rear camera presentation.
All have an 8 MP selfie snapper punched in the screen.
As before, the cells here are huge at 5000 mAh. They don’t support fast charging (10W) so it will take a while to fill them up. There is no USB Type C here, but we expected that.
Pricing should start at KES 9000 and max out at around KES 14000 for the Pro model.