Infinix Hot 9 Play Review, Specs, Price, & Deals in Kenya

Infinix Hot 9 Play was announced and released in April 2020 with a big 6.82-inch display, dual main camera, and a monstrous battery.

It is a budget smartphone and, therefore, won’t fetch deep into your pocket and is within reach to many while still offering high-end smartphone features. Hot 9 Play has few similarities with Infinix Hot 9 but they are totally different.

Buy Infinix Hot 9 Play at KES 12,097 on Jumia –DEAL, the lowest price in the market.

First, let’s dive into looking at the pros and cons of Infinix Hot 9 Play given its budget.

Infinix Hot 9 Play Pros

  • Big immersive display
  • Good performance -2.0GHz quad-core or 1.8GHz & 1.5GHz Octa-core processor
  • microSDXC dedicated slot
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Decent camera
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Massive battery

Infinix hot 9 Cons

  • Might feel heavy -209g in weight
  • Might be overwhelming to hold especially to those with small hands
  • Body mostly made of plastic
  • It is not water or dust-proof
  • No Selfie LED flash
  • Outdated OS –Android 9.0 pie

Yes, Hot 9 Play has its strong and weak points. Big immersive display, good performance, massive battery, dedicated microSD dedicated slot, 3.5mm to connect to your current headset, decent camera, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor are some of its strengths.

On the other hand, its plastic body which is not water or dustproof, weight, and size may be a turn off to some. The Selfie camera also lacks an LED flash hence reduced performance in environments with poor lighting conditions.

Infinix Hot 9 Play Specs Summary

Display

  • Size: 6.82 inches
  • Resolution: 720×1640 pixels

Platform

  • Chipset & Processor: 2.0GHz Octa-core, Helio A22
  • Memory: 2/3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB ROM

Camera

  • Main Camera: 13MP+QVGA
  • Selfie camera: 8MP

Battery

  • Capacity: 6000mAh
  • Fast Charging: –

Body and Display 

Infinix Hot 9 play has a glass front, plastic back, and a plastic frame. It weighs 209g and comes in three colors to choose from -midnight black, quetzal cyan, violet, and ocean wave.

The body is not water or dustproof.

It comes with a big 6.82-inch Infinity-V IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720 x 1640 pixels and an 82.4% screen-to-body ratio translating to 263 ppi density.

This display offers immersive cinematic viewing while streaming or playing videos, gaming, sharing, and browsing through your phone.

Platform, performance, & Memory

Infinix Hot 9 Play runs on either Android 9.0 Pie Go edition or Android 9.0 pie. The model that runs on Android 9.0 Pie Go edition comes with 2GB RAM and 32GB ROM paired with an Helio A22 chipset and a Quad-core processor cloaked at 2.0 GHz.

On the other corner of the ring is the model that runs on Android 9.0 pie and comes with 3/4GB RAM and 32/64GB ROM paired with an Helio A25 chipset and an Octa-core processor cloaked at 1.8GHz/1.5GHz.

The performance is generous given the price you pay for it and will handle most tasks you throw at it smoothly. Streaming will be easy but we noted it will struggle to play resource-hungry games and might heat up under stress.

Infinix Hot 9 Play Camera

Infinix Hot 9 comes with a dual rear camera with a 13MP primary lens and QVGA. It features a triple LED flash, panorama, and HDR.

The selfie camera is 8MP with no LED flash.

Both cameras are capable of shooting and broadcasting 1080p videos.

We noted that the camera captures decent photos under all lighting conditions and will keep you covered at all times and captures all those defining moments. However, the selfie camera will fail you in poor lighting conditions as it lacks a LED flash but will do just fine in normal lighting conditions.

Battery        

Infinix Hot 9 Play comes with a monstrous battery with 6000mAh and this is one of the areas Hot 9 excels.

Yes, it is understandable that a large display requires more power to run but this device keeps you powered better part of the day doing what you love with it.

Under normal usage, we found this device able to stay powered for at least 2 days. Under rigorous usage –playing games, sharing, and streaming –the battery usage was fair keeping you powered for the better part of the day hoping gaming/streaming/sharing is not the only thing you do that day but just a part of your daily entertainment.

Features

Other cool features that come with this device include a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go, FM radio, GPS, Bluetooth, loudspeaker, and a 3.5mm jack to connect to your current headset.

Infinix Hot 9 Play Price in Kenya

All those features and capabilities come at a price. And the question is -what is the price of Infinix Hot 9? The price of Infinix Hot 9 Play in Kenya is KES 12,097.

This device is pocket-friendly and will return good value for your hard-earned money.

Verdict

Hot 9 Play is worth considering. Why buy it? You buy Hot 9 Play if…

  • You want a budget phone packed with features
  • You love a smartphone with a big cinematic display
  • You want a phone that will keep you powered in your busy life

What is in the Box? Infinix Hot 9 Play Unboxing

It comes in a compact box. When you open Infinix Hot 9 Play, you will find the device itself, 10W power brick, earphones, micro-USB cable, clear back cover, SIM ejection tool, screen protector, manual, and warranty/customer service card.

Infinix Hot 9 Play Full specifications

  • Network: Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE, Bands: 2/3/4G, Speed : HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
  • Body: Dimensions 8 x 78 x 8.9 mm (6.76 x 3.07 x 0.35 in), Weight          : 209 g (7.37 oz), Build: Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame, SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Display: Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Size: 6.82 inches, 110.5 cm2 (~82.4% screen-to-body ratio), Resolution: 720 x 1640 pixels (~263 ppi density)
  • Platform: Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie (Go edition) – 32/2GB or Android 9.0 (Pie) – 32/3GB, 64/3-4GB, Chipset: MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22 (12 nm) – 32/2GB or MediaTek Helio A25 (12 nm) – 32/3GB, 64/3-4GB, CPU: Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 – 32/2GB or Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.5 GHz Cortex-A53) – 32/3GB, 64/3-4GB, GPU: PowerVR GE8300 or PowerVR GE8320
  • Memory: Card slot microSDXC (dedicated slot), Internal: 32GB 2GB RAM, 32GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 4GB RAM
  • Dual Main Camera: 13 MP, (wide), 1/3.1″, 1.12µm, AF, QVGA (Low light sensor), Features: Triple-LED flash, panorama, HDR, and Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Single Selfie Camera: 8 MP, (wide), and video: 1080p@30fps
  • Sound: Loudspeaker: Yes, 3.5mm jack: Yes
  • Communications: WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth : 5.0, A2DP, LE, GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, Radio: FM radio, USB: microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
  • Features: Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, and compass
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 6000 mAh battery
  • Infinix Hot 9 Play Colors: Midnight Black, Quetzal Cyan, Violet, and Ocean Wave

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