Infinix Hot series is probably Infinix’s most popular series. That is most likely because of the fact that it holds most of the cheapest phones they have. The latest being the Hot 9 twin which were announced at the end of May and released on June 5.
Like many other companies, Infinix phones are released in more than one version. In the case of the Hot 9, we have the Hot 9 pro and the Hot 9 Play joining the primary phone to make whole lineup a trio. Before we continue however, it’s best you keep it at the back of your mind that neither of these phones is the face of sophistication. Rather, they’re just cheap low-performance smartphones, if we can call them that, from Infinix.
Infinix Hot 9 vs Infinix Hot 9 Pro: Verdict.
There’s nothing on either of these phones we haven’t seen before. Instead, they both come with a lot of dated specs. What’s more? There’s not much of a difference between them, just a tiny teeny upgrade to the Pro’s chip and rear camera and that’s all. If you’re out looking for a device that’ll satisfy you for gaming and other CPU intensive tasks, none of these phones is on the list.
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Infinix Hot 9 vs Infinix Hot 9 Pro
The Hot 9 was released a little earlier than the Hot 9 Pro. It was announced in March and released in April while the Hot 9 Pro was announced in May and scheduled for release on the 5th day June. Despite the date difference, however, these phones are as identical as ever. In fact, they’re both 185g heavy.
Both the Hot 9 and its Pro measure out at 6.6 inches across the face which houses the display based on IPS LCD and capacitive touchscreen. Hence, made of glass. Their frames and back are made of plastic and are beautifully coloured. While the Hot 9 can be gotten in Midnight Black, Quetzal Cyan, Violet and Ocean Wave however, the Hot 9 Pro can only be gotten in Violet and Ocean Wave.
Both phones share body design with the Infinix S5 and Tecno Camon 15 Air and lite. The back houses a combination of 4 lenses to stand as the camera, these lenses are supported by a triple-LED flash which can also be used in place of a torch without using the camera (but everyone already knows this). Still on the back, we have the brand name INFINIX spelt out under the fingerprint sensor and the series name HOT appears closer to the lower part of the phone.
The sim card tray is on left, control buttons on the right while the 3.5mm jack, mic, the dated usb 2.0 port and speaker outlet are all fixed at the base. The selfie camera seats in the punch hole found on the face but the smaller speaker outlet is fixed on the edge right above the screen.
They both come with the same HD screen which is 6.6 inches IPS LCD with with 720 x 1600 resolution and 266 ppi pixels density. The brightness is said (by Infinix) to be up to 480 nits but that is for nothing but a figure too good to be true for these phones.
The major difference (if we can it major) lies in the chip found on these phones. The Hot 9 comes with an old Mediatek chip – the Helio A25. It’s not only weak but also slow. For the Hot 9 Pro however, Infinix shifts a little bit forward but still in the league of weak chipsets and picked the Helio P22 – the same chip found on the Hot 8’s 4GB + 64GB version and Hot 7 Pro’s 32/64+3/6 GB versions. So much for “upgrade” I’d say.
Both the Helio A25 and the Helio P22 incorporate Cortex-A53 Octa-Core processors but are clocked at different speeds. While the A25 has 4 cores running at 1.8 GHz and 4 cores running at 1.5GHz, the P22 has all its cores (8) running at 2.0GHz. Surely, you’ll get better processing speed from that. On these chip and CPU though runs Android 10 which has been spiced up with XOS 6.0 for the user interfaces.
In terms of memory, the Hot 9 Pro is a single release which features 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The Hot 9 on the hand gives a lot more variants to choose from. These include and are limited to 32GB ROM + 2GB RAM, 32GB ROM + 3GB RAM, 64GB ROM + 3GB RAM, 64GB ROM + 4GB RAM, 128GB ROM + 4GB RAM. In case you exhaust your internal memory, each of these phones support up to 256GB of external storage through a dedicated slot fixed on the sim tray and flash drive (On-the-Go). Both phones feature 5,000mAh Li-Po built-in battery.
Before giving the camera specs, I’ll like to mention that these phones produce nice images with the lens combo fixed on them. I do not speak of the selfie camera though, only the rear. The Hot 9 offers 2 variants in this aspect, one with 13MP main lens and one with 16MP main lens – 64GB and 128GB versions. The Hot Pro main camera goes further only to stop at 48MP like the S5 and Camon 15. Despite the difference in the main rear lens however, all version feature 2MP lens each for the macro lens and depth sensor and their front camera is 8MP. A fourth lens on the back is said to be a low-light sensor.
On these phones, we have GSM, HSPA and 4G LTE network technology with same bands. And for the conectivity, we have WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot), Bluetooth 5.0 with A2DP and LE, GPS with A-GPS, FM Radio and microUSB 2.0 with USB On-The-Go support.
There, you have it. The Hot 9 Pro is a bit different from the Hot 9. And definitely better. This is especially obvious in the chip and rear camera setup.
The starting price for the Hot 9 falls somewhere around NGN40,000 and we’re guessing the 128GB shouldn’t make it above #55,000 at most (though it may not go that high). The Hot Pro is also expected fall somewhere around #50,000 to #55,000 at the most. And it my not go that high as well.