Tuesday 21 April 2015

Infocus M2 3G Review : So much at so less

Infocus M2 3G Review - The best budget Smartphone ?

Today we have the Infocus M2 3G with us for a Review, its a low range Budget Android smartphone, but mind you, it offers more than what you can even imagine for the price-tag. With many smartphones being launched in the sub-100$ category, its a common sight when two or three of the devices are a replica of each other with just some minor changes. But this one aspires to be the best there is in the price band.

First Impressions :

The device feels quite heavy for the small size it is, with 4.2" screen size, you will instantly feel its too small if you are used to 5" screens. The feel is premium with matte back and smooth touch that glides smoothly. The front LED flash is the only other thing that stands out on the front panel, back panel is more like Zenfone, nothing outstanding here. The screen has kind of yellow hue, the UI is pretty smooth, which was not expected by me for it is heavily themed.

Key Specifications :

  • MediaTek MT6582 based 1.3 GHz Quad core Processor
  • Mali MP2 GPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB Internal Storage (5 GB usable)
  • OTG supported
  • Micro USB dual sim
  • Android Kitkat 4.4.2
  • 2010 mAh battery
  • 4.2 inch 1280x720 display (JDI IPS), 350 ppi
  • 8 MP Main camera/ 8 MP front camera

Build Quality : The build quality is the first thing that is the deal maker with this smartphone, its not flimsy like most of the budget alternatives in the market, and feels pretty durable and premium. I couldn't help but notice that this device has a Zenfone borrowed design. The back panel is Polycarbonate and detaches quite comfortably to reveal two micro-sim panels and a sd slot with a non removable battery.

The Bezel is slightly more than what you maybe accustomed to. Other than that, its a pretty standard bar phone design, with the only noticeable feature being the front LED flash for those beautiful selfies. The capacitive Navigational buttons are available too and are absolutely needed for such a small screen size, it really saves the real estate on-screen. Other than that, you have the Micro-usb slot at the bottom, and the 3.5 mm jack on the top of the device, and the volume rocker and power button on the right side of it.

UI/Software :

The UI is smooth for such a heavily skinned ROM, its 4.4.2 Kitkat and with no plans for a Lollipop soon. The stock Android look is not there to be seen, its heavily themed, with a custom launcher and a utility filled statusbar. Its easy to find everything which you will use on the statusbar in an easy to scroll layout.

Camera :

The Camera is the one of the most outstanding things to talk about in this Smartphone. It has one of the best picture quality seen in Android budget phones that I have used, and that includes - Moto E (1st and 2nd Gen), Redmi 1S and Redmi 2, Zenfone 4 & C.

The Camera shoots 720p 30fps videos and pictures which have a natural color and sharpness rarely seen in budget phones. The picture surely tears out when you look at it on a higher zoom on a bigger monitor but lower resolution pictures are just perfect.

The front camera is wide angle 8MP and is superb for taking group selfies as it captures an immense angle. This kind of front camera is only seen in high end smartphones these days, and if you are one to take many selfies during a day, you may just be looking at the "Selfie camera" you ever always wanted.

Performance :

Not going to do any benchmarks on Phone, as they are quite easily gamed. But the one acceptable benchmark people swear by is Antutu and Infocus M2 3G scores above 17000 in Antutu benchmark.
Now for some real usage that I did on this phone was to play some heavy duty games, among them are NFW Most wanted, Asphalt 8 airborne, Riptide GP2, Out there, Subway surfers and Real Racing.
Out of these, most of them gave flawless performance but Riptide GP2 had some render lags and Asphalt had pretty heavy lags on setting above medium. So not a Heavy Gaming smartphone, but casual gamers won't notice a difference.

Conclusion : At a price of Rs. 4999, this is a Steal Deal of a Phone and this gets a Yes from me to anyone looking to buy a budget Android smartphone. If Rugged quality, a spectacular camera, handy screen size are some of your requirements, then Infocus M2 3G is the Best budget smartphone for you. Its currently available on Snapdeal for sale.

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