Infinix Hot 9 vs Hot 8; do you really need to upgrade?

The Infinix Hot 9 was announced recently to succeed the Hot 8 of last year. At first, we were all excited to hear that a new Infinix Hot-series was coming. But after the device was announced, it turned out the device wasn’t a worthy successor of the Hot 8 we were looking out for.

The Infinix Hot 8 has been around since the month of September of 2019, and the main version was powered by Mediatek Helio P22 CPU. The Hot 9 on the other hand was announced in Indonesia towards the close of the month of March 2020, and it came with the Mediatek Helio A25 CPU. Both devices have their strength and weakness, and you should be able to decide for yourself, either to upgrade to the new Hot 9, or not.

hot 9 vs hot 8

Infinix Hot 9 vs Hot 8 specification comparison

 Infinix Hot 9Infinix Hot 8
Display6.6 inches IPS display punch-hole notch6.52 inches IPS display U-shaped Notch
CPU1.8GHz Octa-core Mediatek Helio A252.0GHz Octa-core Mediatek Helio P22
GPUPowerVR GE8320 GPUPowerVR GE8320 GPU
Storage64/128 GB32/64 GB
RAM3/4 GB3/4 GB
Quad camera
16 + 2 + 2 + 0.3 MP (Quad-LED)
Triple camera
16 + 2 + 0.3 MP (Quad-LED)
8 MP (LED flash)8 MP (LED flash)
OS & UIAndroid 10 (XOS 6.0)Android 9.0 (Pie) (XOS 5.0)
Data2G/3G/4G LTE2G/3G/4G LTE
Battery5000 mAh Li-ion5000 mAh Li-ion
Fingerprint Sensor (Rear)Fingerprint Sensor (Rear)
165.4 x 76.8 x 8.8 mm (185 grams)165 x 76.3 x 8.7 mm (179 grams)

Infinix Hot 9 vs Hot 8 comparison summary

hot 9 vs hot 8

Advantages of Hot 9 over Hot 8

  • The Hot 9 has a bigger 6.6-inch display, with punch-hole notch
  • It has four camera modules at the back with the introduction of a 2-megapixel dedicated macro lens. The main camera is increased to 16-megapixel too.
  • Also, the Hot 9 run on Google Android 10 with XOS 6.0 Dolphin out of the box.

Advantages of Hot 8 over Hot 9

  • Main Hot 8 run Mediatek Helio P22 CPU, instead of Helio A25 in the Hot 9 (more on that below)
  • Android 10 OTA update on the way
Infinix Hot 8 specifications features and price

It would be more natural for the Hot 9 to have better features than the Hot 8. But even at that, the choice of CPU in the Hot 9 is a big turnoff for me. I have seen a video where a popular Nigeria Vlogger was suggesting that Helio A25 is better than Helio P22. That is not true, and this was my response to him.

Helio P22 is better than Helio A25 CPU and GPU wise. I would say the Helio A25 is a downgrade of P22. From the CPU, the Helio P22 has 8-CPUs @2.0GHz each, but the A25 although has 8-CPUs, but in (4×1.8GHz and 4×1.5GHz) big.LITTLE setup. On the GPU also, the P22 is using PowerVR [email protected], while A25 is same PowerVR GE8320, [email protected]
So in gaming and even day to day use, the Hot 8 should be more swift than the hot 9, and the Android 10 is no longer an advantage since the Hot 8 Android 10 OTA update is now in the pipe-line. Thanks for reading, let me know your thoughts via the comment section below.

Stephen is the Editor-in-Chief @DroidAfrica. His work on DroidAfrica is born out of pure passion for tech, especially as it relates to smartphones. When Steve is not writing tech, then he is reading tech.