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Infinix Zero 8 review: budget-friendly flagship approach

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Many of you may not have heard of the Infinix brand of smartphones before. The company has been around since 2013 and is based in Shenzen China, but their smartphones have become popular in some Middle Eastern and African countries. Today we’re looking at the new Infinix Zero 8 which is the flagship phone for these emerging markets. In many countries, when you hear “flagship”, you’re probably thinking that the price will be $1000-2000 USD. That’s a lot of money! Infinix’s flagship costs around the equivalent to $250 USD.

Specs

The Infinix Zero 8 starts off with a Mediatek MT6785 Helio G90T chipset, with an Octa-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55) CPU and Mali-G76 MC4 GPU. We’ve got 128GB of storage space and 8Gb of RAM, and there’s a MicroSD card slot that accepts up to 2Tb of extra storage. For a display, we’ve got a 6.85″ IPS screen with 2460 x 1080 pixel resolution. This is not a 5G phone, but it supports the following 4G/3G/2G bands: GSM:B3/B8, GSM: B2/B3/B5/B8, WCDMA: B1/B8, WCDMA: B1/B5/B8, FDD: B3/B7/B20, FDD: B1/B3/B5/B8, TDD: B38/B40/B41. Those do not include T-Mobile USA’s LTE bands, so for me, I was stuck on 2G. There’s WiFi that supports everything up to 802.11n, so that’s missing 802.11ac support. Bluetooth is there along with a USB type C data/charging port. The battery has a 4500 mAh capacity that can provide about 31 hours of talk time. There are four cameras on the back with an LED flash, and two cameras on the front.

The Infinix Zero 8’s packaging is beautifully shiny. You even get a clear case and headphones in addition to the charger and charging cable.
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It’s nice to see a protective film with some information on it.

Hardware and Design

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The design of this phone looks great. Our model is the silver version which beautifully refracts light thus showing different colors. There’s also a matte “v” shape that adds to the unique design.

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The diamond-shaped camera bump contains four camera lens/sensor combos along with an LED flash.

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On the top edge, there’s nothing but clean chrome finished rounded plastic.

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The bottom edge shows the speaker grill, the USB-C data transfer and charging port, as well as a microphone hole and we nicely have a 3.5mm headset jack, which is also important for the FM radio antenna.

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The left edge holds the SIM card and MicroSD card tray. This phone supports two nano-SIM cards so that you can have two cell phone connections at the same time. MicroSD storage expansion is great to have too. Something that is missing from many much more expensive flagship phones these days.

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The right edge is where you’ll find the power button and volume up/down rocker. The power button doubles as a fingerprint scanner for quick unlocking. Its also indented on the edge so that the fingerprint scanner is easy to find by touch.

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There’s an oval pill-shaped punch hole area in the screen that houses two front-facing cameras.

Software

The Infinix Zero 8 includes Android 10 and a customized XOS Dolphin 7 user interface along with a good number of pre-installed applications.

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One part of the XOS interface is that there’s a “Smart Panel” that appears with a left edge or right edge swipe. It’s customizable so you can choose tools and apps to have quick access to. That’s pretty nice, except the left edge-swipe gesture interferes with other apps that also use edge swipe gestures.

Another part that I really like is that when you open a folder of icons that you may have on one of the home screens, you can swipe down from the middle and move all of the icons to the lower part of the screen. This makes them much easier to reach while holding the phone in one hand. There are also a few useful utilities that can protect against viruses, clear out memory, keep the CPU from overheating, translate languages, etc.

There are also two other app stores installed beside the Google Play store. There’s the Palm Store and the AHA Games Store. Both are made by Shalltry Group in Shanghai who also made the XOS launcher and other utilities. One thing that’s a bit suspicious about these app stores is that they’re set by default to auto-update apps that you may have installed from other stores. For example, I installed Pulse and Jitsi Meet from the open-source F-Droid repository. A little while later, they were both updated to different versions that didn’t exist in their open-source project repositories. Jitsi Meet had a higher version number than what existed. Pulse was updated to require signing in and creating an account.

Beyond that, there are a lot of bloatware apps and games included. They’ll often fire off notifications to get your attention too. Most of them are removable though, so that’s good.

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