Infinix Zero 8: Was it Worth the Wait?

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The Infinix Zero 6 was unveiled back in March 2019. Avid users of this line of phones have been eagerly waiting for a successor since then. Fast forward 18 months and finally, we have a sequel to the Zero 6, not the Zero 7 but the Zero 8.

It remains unclear why Infinix chose to skip the 7th generation and go straight to the 8th gen. Now that the device has been launched, we have the chance to explore: was it worth the long wait?

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Infinix Zero 8
Infinix Zero 8

Well, to find out, we might want to go back and look at the previous generation Infinix Zero device, the Infinix Zero 6.

While there are two variants of the Infinix Zero 6, the Infinix Zero 6 and Zero 6 Pro, for an apples-to-apples comparison, we shall be looking at the base model Infinix Zero 6. We shall also be comparing it to the Zero 8 base model.

We have tabulated a detailed comparison of these two devices and you can check out that detailed breakdown in the appendix of this post. But first, let’s look at the obvious changes between these two devices.

Most notably, the display grows from 6.1-inches (on the Zero 6) to 6.85-inches on the newly released Zero 8. The Zero 8 also sports a 90Hz refresh-rate option.

The Infinix Zero 6

The storage department also got a decent bump from a 6GB RAM +64GB ROM combo for the base model to 8GB RAM +128GB ROM for the Zero 6 and Zero 8 respectively. The Zero 8 is also a little chunkier than its predecessor, adding 27g from 178g to 205g.

Under the hood, the new device packs the Mediatek G30T, one of the beefiest processors that has featured in a number of very capable gaming devices this year. This chip also enables a 90Hz refresh rate, one of 2020’s contemporary features.

Below is the detailed spec comparison of these two devices.

  Infinix Zero 6Infinix Zero 8
NETWORKTechnologyGSM / HSPA / LTEGSM / HSPA / LTE
StatusAvailable. Released 2019, MarchAvailable. Released 2020, August 31
BODYDimensions156.8 x Unknown x 8 mm168.7 x 76.1 x 9.1 mm (6.64 x 3.00 x 0.36 in)
Weight178 g (6.28 oz)205 g (7.23 oz)
SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAYTypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
SizeDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
ResolutionFullHD+1080 x 2460 pixels (~392 ppi density)
90Hz refresh rate
PLATFORMOSAndroid 8.0 (Oreo)Android 10
ChipsetQualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 (14 nm)Mediatek MT6785 Helio G90T (12 nm)
CPUOcta-core (4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.6 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)Octa-core (2x2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPUAdreno 509Mali-G76 MC4
MEMORYCard slotmicroSDXC (dedicated slot)microSDXC (dedicated slot)
Internal64GB 6GB RAM128GB 8GB RAM
eMMC 5.1
MAIN CAMERAModules12 MP, AF
24 MP, AF64 MP, f/1.9, (wide), 1/1.73", 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.3, (ultrawide), 1/4.0", 1.12µm
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
FeaturesQuad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panoramaQuad-LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video1080p@30fps4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS
SELFIE CAMERAModules20 MP, f/2.0, (wide)48 MP, f/2.2, (wide), 1/2.0", 0.8µm
8 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide), 1/4.0", 1.12µm
FeaturesHDR
Video1080p@30fps
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE5.0, A2DP, LE
COMMSWLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE5.0, A2DP, LE
FEATURESSensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compassFingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BATTERYTypeLi-Ion 3650 mAh, non-removableLi-Po 4500 mAh, non-removable
ChargingFast charging 33W
MISC
ColorsBlack, GoldSilver Diamond, Black Diamond, Green Diamond
ModelsX620BX687

Is the Zero 8 a worthy successor to the Zero 6? Well, the beefier chipset, the multiple cameras, the 90Hz refresh-rate are rather compelling reasons to get this device.

The Zero 8 is a complete upgrade over the Zero 6 in most metrics and so the wait has been more than worth it. However, the Infinix Zero 8 is not without competition. Realme 6, Tecno Camon 16 Premier, and Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 9 devices are just some of the similarly priced offers in the market today.