Monday, December 14, 2015
InFocus M680 review
InFocus, the US-based company which forayed into the Indian market in September, has been consistent in launching budget and mid-range smartphones like M330, M808 and M810. Adding another budget smartphone, the company has launched the M680, priced at Rs 10,999, which like its other phones will be exclusively available via Snapdeal.
We spent a few days with the InFocus M680 to find out if it's worth buying. Here is what we could make of it.
Design and Camera
The InFocus's new smartphone M680, which comes in white and rose gold colours, is a rectangular smartphone with rounded corners and will certainly remind you of the iPhone 6 Plus (as far as the looks go). While the front is dominated by the 5.5-inch display of the phone, which has the selfie camera, the InFocus logo is placed right above the haptic keys at the bottom. The display of the smartphone offers vibrant colours and has decent viewing angles. We didn't notice any pixilation and the display was very responsive. A point worth mentioning here is that unlike other phones the M680's screen is smudge resistant.
Coming back to the design of the phone, the volume rocker key is placed on the left edge of the smartphone while the power button is placed on the right.
Flip the phone around and you'll see the rose gold back panel, which is non-removable, and has InFocus logo placed in the centre and the primary camera along with the LED flash on the top-left of the InFocus M680. The phone is sleek to look at and we were impressed by its design.
Moving on the camera, M680 sports a 13MP primary and secondary camera. Speaking first about the primary camera of the phone, it takes good quality pictures in well-lit conditions and also does a decent job when used in low light. We didn't notice any pixilation in any of the pictures taken and the colours were pretty close to life.
The front snapper of the smartphone comes with a beauty camera mode, which makes the selfies appear much better. Even without this mode tuned on, the front camera takes decent pictures.
Performance and Hardware
InFocus M680 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and unlike most phones in this segment, the smartphone comes with a dedicated app drawer. And like any other Android phone, it came preinstalled with basic Google apps. The good thing was that it comes with almost no bloatware. Some third party apps like Dropbox and WPS Office were also present in the phone, but these can be uninstalled by the users.
An interesting app in the phone was Power Detective, which tells the user about their usage pattern of the phone and searches for abnormal cases in the past 6 hours. Users can check how much the battery level of their phone has fallen in the past few hours along with the battery temperature, network usage, etc. Overall, the software of the phone was very user friendly and easy to use.
Coming to the other specs, InFocus M680 is powered by a 1.5GHz MTK MT6753 Octa-core processor and 2GB RAM, and offers 16GB storage expandable up to 64GB via microSD card. The phone supports 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and also comes with an FM radio tuner.
While using this phone, we did not experience any lag when we opened or switched between various apps. This phone did not break sweat even when we opened multiple tabs of Chrome, all we got was smooth functioning. The phone performed all basic tasks very smoothly, but what hampered the experience was the unclear sound output of the phone. Another downside of the phone was the heating problem. Even playing a game like Angry Birds made the phone heat up. Otherwise, the gaming experience wasn't bad at all and the smartphone could even handle games like Asphalt Nitro without any trouble.
The call quality of the phone was decent. We did face a bit of a signal issue while in the basement, which comes across as strange as the InFocus M330 did not have this problem. On the brighter side the phone did not heat up when we were using Google Maps/Navigation app.
The phone is powered by a 2,600mAh battery, which lasts all day with normal phone usage that involves watching YouTube videos, voice calling, playing games, and social networking.
At the price of Rs 10,999, InFocus M680 offers a great display, a decent camera, and also sports a sleek design. However, we have seen phones that have better call quality and gaming experience like the Lenovo K-3 Note, which also scored good on other factors mentioned above. But InFocus M680 does have an edge over most of its competitors as far as the battery life goes. To conclude, if one can ignore the heating problem of the smartphone, it is a good buy.
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