Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Infinix Hot 7 Pro: Design and Display
Released way back in August 2017, the Galaxy Note 8 was one of the biggest devices in town and also one of the first to feature the infinity display which today are the norms in a smartphone.
The fingerprint sensor is mounted on the phone’s rear and is horizontally parallel to the camera setup of 2 lenses and flashlight with sensor. The power and volume buttons are lined on the left hand side with an extra button for camera on the right hand side.
At the Note 8’s base are the type-C USB port for charging and certain connections, the speaker output, 3.5mm Jack and the S Pen resting place while the sim slot sits at the Phone’s top. Both the front and back are made of Gorilla Glass 5 together with an aluminum frame and it comes in different colours of Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Gray, Deep Sea Blue and Star Pink (Taiwan only).
At the Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s front sits the 6.3″ Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 16M colours and curved borders. The resolution is fixed at 1440*2960 pixels with 521 pixels-per-inch density. This all amounts to a clear and crisp display; and believe me, this smartphone is beautiful.
Released in March 2019, the Hot 7 Pro comes out as just one of the big devices in town and its measurement of 6.2″ is no longer a thing of marvel since there are many big and even bigger Smartphones around now. It however is among the first phones to sport the U-notch design.
The fingerprint sensor is mounted on the phone’s rear at the very common location where Fingerprint sensors have been fixed for quite a long time. The camera setup of 2 lenses and flash is placed at the top-left side of the phone in a vertical line-up. The volume and power buttons are fixed on the right-hand side and that’s all.
At the Hot 7’s base are the micro USB port for charging and certain connections, the speaker output and 3.5mm Jack. There’s no resting place for any stylus since It’s not part of the Phone’s features. The sim and sdcard slot is fixed on the left-hand side of the phone. Both the frame and back are made of plastic while the front is made of glass but has no factory installed protection. It comes in different colours of Midnight Black, Mocha Brown, Bordeaux Red and Aqua Blue.
At the Infinix Hot 7 pro’s front sits the 6.2″ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with the U-notch design. The resolution is fixed at 720*1520 pixels with 271 pixels-per-inch density. The display is fairly clear but it’s quite far from that of the Galaxy note 8. And the hot 7 Pro is beautiful too.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Infinix Hot 7 Pro: Platform, Storage and Battery
The main things that determine the class of a smartphone include the engine that powers all its features, the storage size and absolutely the battery. This could be seen as the most important part of this duel.
The Note 8 runs Android 7.1.1 (Upgradable to Android 9.0) on either Exynos 8895 (10 nm) chipset, Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Mongoose M2 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU and Mali-G71 MP20 graphics processor for EMEA or Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 (10 nm) chipset, Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) CPU and Adreno 540 graphics processor for USA and China.
All this much power is supported by a whole lot of 6gb ram to handle requests efficiently and speedily. As said earlier, this showdown is limited to the 64gb version but just so you know, the Galaxy Note 8 has other versions of 128gb and 256gb. This however effects no change in the CPU nor RAM.
Powering this smartphone is a non-removable 3,300mAh Li-ion battery which is said to last up to 22 hours of talk time while on 3G. It’s installed with Quick charge 2.0 (15W) fast battery charging for quick top-ups. It also comes with Qi/PMA wireless charging; This feature however is market dependent.
The Hot 7 Pro runs Android 9.0 on Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 (12 nm) chipset, Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and PowerVR GE8320 graphics processor. It’s supported by 4gb of RAM as well but it has other versions which include 32gb ROM + 3gb RAM and 32gb ROM + 2gb RAM (different chipset, CPU and GPU)
The Hot 7 Pro is powered by a non-removable 4,000mAh Li-Po battery which logically should last much longer than that of the Note 8. However, there’s no talk of the fast charge tech being installed in this phone but instead comes with a powerful 6A output charger for quick boosts and it definitely doesn’t come with wireless charging – market dependent or not.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Infinix Hot 7 Pro: Camera and Comm Modules
While some people care much about a phone’s chipset, CPU and RAM before buying a smartphone, some people only care about the camera and ROM (if it’ll be enough to contain their pictures). Neither of these devices come with a “washy” camera.
The Galaxy Note 8 features a 12MP (f/1.7, 26mm(wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS) plus another 12MP (f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom) lenses as the rear camera setup which have the capacity to record videos at 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, and 720p@240fps. The front camera setup is a single 8MP (f/1.7, 25mm (wide), 1/3.6″, 1.22µm, AF) lens with no LED flash.
For the comms, it has WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot), Bluetooth (5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX), GPS (A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO) NFC and USB (3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector). Along with these, it comes with Iris scanner, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2, Samsung DeX (desktop experience support), ANT+ and Bixby natural language commands and dictation.
The Hot 7 Pro features a 13MP (wide sensor) and another 2MP (depth sensor) as the rear camera setup with the capacity to record videos at 1080@30fps. The same setup is repeated for the selfie camera (13MP + 2MP) but the selfie comes with a LED flash to light up the pictures even in a dark environment.
For comms, it has WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot), Bluetooth (4.2, A2DP, LE), GPS with A-GPS, FM radio and USB (microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go). It also comes with accelerometer, proximity and compass
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Infinix Hot 7 Pro: Price in Nigeria.
For most people, the determinant for their choice of device is not so much the features it packs from factory but the amount of cash they can afford to spare for a smartphone. What use is a million specifications if you can’t afford it?? This brings us to the last stage. Pricing.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 falls between NGN #120,000 to #130,000 (at the time of writing this article) while the Infinix Hot 7 Pro falls between NGN #45,000 to #55,000. That’s less than half the price of the Note 8.
It’s worth mentioning here that MediaTek’s CPUs are categorized as low-tier along with other CPUs. This means that the performance difference in both devices may be clearly evident despite the fact that the clockspeeds are close in both smartphones. Also, the Hot 7 Pro has 4GB of RAM. However, I do respect the battery capacity but I also detest the lack of fast charge in the Hot 7 Pro.
Even in 2020, I’d still rank the Galaxy Note 8 higher than the Hot 7 Pro.
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