Infinix Hot 12 Play vs Tecno Spark 8P

Infinix Hot 12 PlayTecno Spark 8p
Dimensions and weight170.47 x 77.60 x 8.32 mm164.51 x 76.05 x 8.85 mm
Display6.82-inch HD+ (1612 x 720 pixels) IPS6.6-inch Full HD+ Dot Notch (2408 x 1080 pixels)
CameraSelfie camera: 8MP
Main camera: 13MP + 2MP + AI lens
Selfie camera: 8MP with dual flash
Main camera: 16MP triple lens setup with quad flash
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P35MediaTek Helio G35
Memory4GB RAM, 64/128 GB onboard storage (expandable via microSD)4GB RAM, 128GB onboard storage (expandable via microSD)
Operating SystemAndroid 11 (XOS 10)HiOS 7.6 based on Android 11
Network3G, 4G 3G, 4G
ConnectivityBluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB Type-CBluetooth, Wi-Fi, microUSB
Colour optionsRacing Black, Legend White, Origin Blue, Lucky GreenTahiti Gold and others
OthersFingerprint scanner (at the back)Fingerprint sensor (on the side)

As can be seen in the above specifications table, the Tecno Spark 8P matches and also outmatches the Infinix Hot 12 Play in some aspects while the latter also matches and outmatches the former in others. So, which one is the absolute true bargain when pricing and specifications are put together.

The Infinix is, obviously, the more recent device and that is, in our opinion, where the Tecno loses – which means that it is high time that Tecno gave us a sequel to the 8P! At the price it was going for at launch, the Infinix still delivers much better value.

Sure the Hot 12 Play has a HD+ display where the Tecno Spark 8P has a Full HD+ unit but this other side has 90Hz refresh and 180Hz touch sampling… That should count for something, right?

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Then there’s the small matter of microUSB vs USB Type-C. Sure, there’s no fast-charging involved but we’d rather keep a single cable for everything.

This is subjective but we find the Infinix to be a much better-looking device.

As far as memory and storage options go, the devices tie, at least on paper. Infinix offers a 128GB version of its device, which is what we had in for review, but that will add at least Kshs 2,000 to the equation and price match it with the Tecno where it previously had a clear advantage. Its ability to “extend” the RAM tips the scales in its favour.

We found the camera experience to be largely the same on both devices.

The overall performance, is better on the Infinix.

What’s your pick?

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