Infinix Smart 8 HD Review: Looks Appealing But Does It Go Beyond Looks?

Infinix Smart 8 HD Review: Looks Appealing But Does It Go Beyond Looks?

Infinix is ​​setting the right tone with several 2023 launches, including the Zero 30 5G and GT 10 Pro. It offered good value for money and won praise for its build quality and performance. However, can Infinix repeat the same mantra for its latest budget offering, the Smart 8 HD? We will find out in the Infinix Smart 8 HD test report.

Design and appearance

Infinix Smart 8 HD design is not unique but looks impressive. The phone is entirely plastic, but thanks to the meticulous craftsmanship, it doesn't feel cheap even though it costs just Rs 6,299. The green version we tested is a real eye-catcher. Depending on the light, the panel may have a slight golden tint. The light shows a square outline around the camera island, which again looks interesting.

The power button and fingerprint volume are located on the right side for precise and quick unlocking. At the bottom is a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is rare these days. A USB-C port and speakers are included. These speakers are average at best in both volume and sound quality.

The display screen is a 6.6-inch IPS LCD with HD+ 1612 x 720 pixel resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. At the top there is a cutout for the front camera. The screen delivers a peak brightness of 500 nits. It produces decent colors with good viewing angles. However, I found the panel to be a little lackluster, as I found it very difficult to read outdoors and in direct sunlight.

Software and performance

Infinix Smart 8 HD is powered by Unisoc T606 chipset paired with 3GB RAM and 64GB storage. It runs on XOS 13 based on Android 13. Now this phone is not designed for heavy duty tasks and it shows. But even everyday activities, including browsing Instagram or surfing the Internet, reveal stuttering. Also, the RAM management is not the best either, as most programs had to be restarted after closing. Virtual RAM doesn't seem to help much in my case.

What I appreciate, however, is the range of features. He gets the Magic Ring, a clone of Apple's Dynamic Island. It works well and shows the status of system parameters like battery percentage, call duration timer, unlock animation and more.

Moreover, this phone also has other features like: B. AI Smart Charge, navigation gestures, different themes through special stores and much more. At the same time, connectivity performance, including Bluetooth, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi, remains impeccable.

Replacing the battery

The Infinix Smart 8 HD packs a 5,000mAh battery with standard 10W charging. I think Infinix can offer 18W fast charging, but considering the price, I might take the offer. Battery backup seems to be one of the impressive aspects of this phone as it can last a day or more with moderate usage.

In my Infinix Smart 8 HD test, the screen time for common daily tasks like streaming, social media scrolling and more was more than 5 hours in one day of use. However, the charging speed is an issue as it takes almost 2.5 hours to charge the phone from 0 to 100%.

the camera

The Smart 8 HD has a 13-megapixel primary camera sensor and an AI lens on the back. There is also an LED flash module next to the sensor. The phone has an 8-megapixel f/2.0 front camera sensor and a small flashlight next to it.

The phone takes good outdoor photos in terms of color but lacks detail regardless of lighting conditions. When taken outdoors, the photos are very soft and give the effect of an oil painting. Also, the camera cannot process the exposure correctly.

When shooting in dark shadow areas, such as in low light or at night, it becomes increasingly difficult for the camera to compensate for this problem, and this shows up as noise and lack of sharpness in the photos. The situation is similar when taking photos indoors with artificial lighting.

When it comes to selfies, most skin tones are very different from what you see in real life. These photos once again show the lack of sharpness and detail.


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