I am always glad that new models of smartphones from little-known brands are being produced in the mobile market. Today I have reviewed one of these models, which is called the Infinix ZERO 8.
I can easily classify this smartphone as a mid-budget device category. Since the price of the new Infinix ZERO 8 phone was about $ 200. Therefore, in this review, you will find out my opinion about the build quality, performance, and other nuances. But I will also compare the acclaimed Poco X3 smartphone.
You might think the Infinix brand is a little-known company. But actually, it is not. Because this company is very popular in Asian countries, after companies such as Huawei, Xiaomi, and others. Therefore, I can definitely trust the quality of products from the Infinix brand.
As for the technical stuffing, the new Infinix smartphone has received many interesting features. To which I can refer is a huge 6.85-inch Full HD screen with a 90 Hz refresh rate. In addition, the device received a new and efficient Mediatek MT6785 or Helio G90T processor, as well as 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory.
Other features include a very beautiful design, a 64MP main camera, and a large 4500mAh battery with fast charging capability.
Ok, now I propose to start my in-depth and detailed review to find out if the device is worth your attention or not. You will learn about all the advantages and disadvantages while reading the review or in the conclusions at the end of the article.
Infinix ZERO 8: Specifications
|Infinix Zero 8:||Specs|
|Display:||6.85 inches IPS with 1080 x 2460 pixels, 90Hz|
|CPU:||Mediatek MT6785 Helio G90T Octa Core 2.05 GHz|
|Memory extension:||Up to 512TB|
|Cameras:||64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP main camera and 48MP + 8MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, and GPS|
|Dimensions:||168.7 x 76.1 x 9.1 mm|
Unboxing and packaging
The look of the Infinix ZERO 8 packaging made a positive impression on me. It is a beautiful and colorful box that stands out a lot when compared to its other competitors. On the front of the package, you can see the name of the company and the model of the device.
On the back of the box, there is a list and icons of the main technical features and specifications. These include a 90 Hz screen refresh rate, the world’s first 48-megapixel dual selfie camera, an Helio G90T game processor, and others.
Inside the box, I was also a little surprised as there was so much to see here. Apart from the smartphone itself, here I found a 33 W power adapter, Type-C charging cable, wired headphones. In a separate envelope, you can find a needle for removing the SIM tray, documentation, and even stickers.
In addition, a protective silicone case and a screen protector are also included in the package. That is, the package bundle exceeds all my expectations, it has everything you need for full use.
Design, build quality and materials
As I mentioned, I am planning to compare the new Infinix ZERO 8 smartphone with the top-end Poco X3. The first thing that surprised me was the dimensions and weight of the ZERO 8. For example, the Infinix smartphone measures 168.7 x 76.1 x 9.1 mm and weighs about 205 grams. At the same time, the Poco device measures 165.3 x 76.8 x 9.4 mm and weighs approximately 215 grams.
In addition, the screen size of the ZERO 8 is even larger – 6.85 inches, while the X3 has a screen size of 6.67 inches. Thus, I can conclude that using the Infinix smartphone will be much more comfortable than from the Poco brand. Since the weight of the ZERO 8 is less, as well as the thickness of the case than the popular model from Poco.
How is it that the Infinix is smaller than the Poco, you might ask, while the screen is larger? It’s simple because the bezels around the screen on the ZERO 8 are very small and much smaller than on the X3.
The body of the Infinix ZERO 8 smartphone is made of plastic, like its frame. This is common practice for this class of devices. But I don’t mean to say that plastic is bad. Not at all, I even prefer a plastic case over the glass. Since plastic is lighter and more reliable if the device falls on a hard surface.
I want to pay special attention to the back of the smartphone. A very unusual diamond shape of the camera is used here. At the same time, it looks very good and causes only positive emotions. In addition to this, the device is available in two versions – black and silver. As you noticed, I have the last option and it looks attractive. And the combination of two matte and glossy colors gives the device a unique character.
Of the shortcomings, I can note that the rear camera module sticks out pretty much. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to use a protective silicone case.
But the fingerprint scanner was located on the right side and built into the power button. There is a volume rocker next to the scanner. On the opposite end, a full-fledged slot for dual nano-SIM cards and one microSD memory card was installed.
On the bottom of the case, there is one speaker, a microphone hole, a Type-C port for charging, and a 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones. There is nothing on top of the case.
Thus, I liked the appearance of the new Infinix ZERO 8 smartphone even more than the Poco X3 NFC. For example, the Infinix smartphone has less weight and dimensions, as well as an interesting rear panel design and, of course, a full-fledged slot for SIM cards and memory cards.
Screen and image quality
As I said, the front of the Infinix ZERO 8 has a large 6.85-inch Full HD screen. Its resolution was 1080 x 2460 pixels and the pixel density per inch is 392 PPI.
This screen is built on IPS LCD technology and it very much resembles the screen of the Poco X3 model. But there are natural differences between them. For example, the screen of the ZERO 8 received a 90 Hz refresh rate, while the X3 received 120 Hz. Yes, the Poco’s refresh rate is better on paper, but in practice, I didn’t notice a big difference. The higher the refresh rate, the faster the battery will drain.
Another difference between the two models is the maximum brightness level. Here I want to give preference to the Poco model. Yes, the brightness of ZERO 8 is not as high as we would like to get.
The rest of the parameters, for example, color rendering, contrast, viewing angles are identical for both models. Now it’s worth talking about the most important thing – this is the heart of the device.
Performance, benchmarks, and OS tests
Despite the fact that the company says that the Infinix ZERO 8 has an Helio G90T gaming processor, it’s problematic for me to call it such. I have never liked Mediatek processors and still prefer Qualcomm chipsets.
For example, Helio G90T is built on 12 nanometers technologies, while Snapdragon 732G has 8 nanometers technologies. That is, the power efficiency of the Snapdragon processor will be better and more efficient.
For example, you can check the benchmark test results. From myself, I note that yes, the results of Helio G90T are not the worst, but it is difficult to call them ideal.
In terms of gaming ability, the ZERO 8 has a Mali-G76 MC4 graphics accelerator. It is capable of running quite heavy and demanding games. During my test, I was able to play Call Of Duty, PUBG Mobile, and other games. Even after 1 hour of playing, the smartphone practically did not heat up, for example, the processor temperature was normal around 50 degrees.
In terms of the amount of built-in memory, everything is also good. For example, the Infinix ZERO 8 received 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. There is only one modification. But given that this is already the maximum amount of memory, then let there be only one modification. In addition, you can use a separate slot for a memory card with a microSD card up to 512 GB.
As for the operating system, the Infinix ZERO 8 is built around Android 10 using the Dolphin v7.0.0 user interface. I didn’t have any comments about the interface. All functions work quickly and without unnecessary problems.
In the settings, you can set two types of control – these are gestures or buttons at the bottom of the screen. Besides, there is a dark theme, which is good. In general, the user interface works smartly and without any questions. But here I have doubts due to updates.
Also on board, the Infinix ZERO 8 smartphone is installed the latest generation of dual-band Wi-Fi module with support for a/b/g/n/ac networks. In addition, the device received a wireless connection Bluetooth 5.0 version, a fast GPS signal. But the main disadvantage is the lack of an NFC module. In the meantime, I want to remind you that the Poco X3 model has an NFC module.
Camera and sample photos
But the quantity and quality of camera sensors on the Infinix ZERO 8 are very impressive. For example, there is a main 64MP camera on the back. It takes incredible shots with good detail and even night photos look good.
The second camera module received an 8-megapixel resolution for ultra-wide shots. At the same time, the quality of photos using this mode is pretty good. For example, the corners are not very distorted and I didn’t notice much blur.
The third and fourth sensors have a 2-megapixel resolution for macro and portrait photography. Again, the bokeh mode works well, but macro photography does not give me positive emotions.
Another unusual solution on the Infinix ZERO 8 is a 48-megapixel selfie camera with the main sensor. And the second module received an 8-megapixel resolution for ultra-wide mode. Both sensors work well and no questions asked.
The camera app has a lot of functions and features. For example, this is an artificial intelligence that detects an object, HDR mode, filters, and others.
Battery and run time
The battery life of the Infinix ZERO 8 gave me only positive emotions. The battery capacity is 4500 mAh. Yes, that’s 650 mAh less than the Poco X3 smartphone model. But after testing both smartphones, battery life is completely identical.
For example, I charged both devices to a 100% charge level, and at maximum brightness, I watched about 1 hour of video on YouTube and played PUBG Mobile for half an hour. At the same time, both devices were discharged to 80%. That is, you will be able to fully use ZERO 8 for 2 days with daily use and without heavy exertion.
But another positive side for the Infinix ZERO 8 is the availability of fast charging with support for a 33W power adapter. In just 30 minutes you can charge your device from 0% to 70%, and a full charge will take up to 1 hour of your time.
Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons
The Infinix ZERO 8 is not just a modern smartphone that surprises with its design and other specifications, but also an excellent assistant for everyday use.
On the positive side, I really liked the look, build quality, and materials used. In addition, the smartphone has a large 6.85-inch screen with a 90 Hz refresh rate. The performance is not bad for a mid-budget device, but the amount of built-in and RAM surprises me.
I also really liked the optimization of the UI and the battery life with the fast charging option. I want to pay special attention to fast charging, as it is a necessary part of our life. I think no one wants to wait 2-3 hours for charging the device if your smartphone is discharged at the wrong time.
In addition, I liked the work of the camera, both front and main. The photo quality is good, and in the dark, the quality of the Infinix ZERO 8 is even better than that of the Poco X3.
On the negative side, I can only attribute one speaker, the presence of a macro mode, and only 12-nanometer processor technology.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
If you are interested in the Infinix ZERO 8 smartphone like me, then currently you can purchase it at an attractive price for only $209.
This is a great deal when you consider that the Poco X3 will cost you several tens of dollars more. Therefore, I can definitely recommend a smartphone for purchase.