Infinix is prepping the Note 8 for a launch (likely towards the end of 2020). This is after the device was seen in benchmarking app Geekbench 5.
The Note 8 will succeed the Note 7 that was released many months ago (and not be confused with Note by Redmi and Samsung).
The Note line of devices from the Transsion sub-brand is one of its most popular releases because it sits above the Hot series (entry-level) but under its flagship line (Zero).
Infinix has also sold many of these phones because they are priced very well. The company avails them in emerging markets such as Kenya (Africa) and select parts of Asia.
Now, there isn’t much about the Note 8 in the interwebs save for a few details. First, we do not know how the phone will look like (not for long because manufacturers do a good job leaking renders so they can keep looped in news cycles).
However, we know the device will be powered by an MTK G80 chip. This is a midrange silicon by MediaTek, and its numbers fit a good performer, for the price of a Note.
The unit that made an appearance at Geekbench 5 has 6 gigs of RAM, although we wouldn’t be surprised if Infinix pushes beyond that limit.
It is also likely the device will ship with Android 10. While Android 11 is already out, 10 is not bad, bearing in mind that Infinix always updates its Notes to the next major Android version available.
This reminds me of the Note 5 that was released under the Android One umbrella more than two years ago. It shipped with stock Android, which is a much better experience than the skin Infinix adds on its devices (XOS). The Note 5 received updates in a timely manner, and we really hope Infinix will go back to that strategy in the future.
The Note 7 is still available at KES 18K. We played with it in July an summed up our assessment here.