InFocus Turbo 5 Review


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Infocus launched its latest budget smartphone – Turbo 5 with 5000mAh battery in India last month starting at Rs. 6999. This has a curved glass screen, unibody design and also has a fingerprint sensor. Is the phone worth the price? Let us find out in the complete review.

Unboxing

We unboxed the smartphone recently, check out the video below.

Box contents

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  • Infocus Turbo 5 smartphone in Mocha Gold color
  • 2-pin charger (5V-2A)
  • Micro USB cable
  • SIM Ejector tool
  • Quick start guide

Display, Hardware and Design

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The Turbo 5 has a 5.2-inch IPS on-cell 2.5D curved glass display with a pixel resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of around 282 PPI. The display that is supplied by Kingdisplay is bright, has good viewing angles, offers vibrant color output and the sunlight visibility is also good. It has a screen-to-body ratio of about 62%. The company says that the display has a 2.45mm narrow frame, but the black border around the screen looks awkward. The company also doesn’t say if the phone has any type of scratch resistant glass for protection.

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Above the screen there is a tiny notification LED next to the 5-megapixel front camera along with the usual set of proximity and ambient light sensor. The earpiece is present next to the sensors. The phone also has a magnetic sensor (magnetometer) and gyroscope.

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Below the screen on the bezel there are capacitive buttons for menu, home and back in silver color. There are not backlit but offer haptic feedback when pressed.

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On the back there is a 13-megapixel camera with LED flash and f/2.2 aperture. There is a fingerprint sensor below that, which is comfortable to reach when holding the phone in single hand.

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On the bottom part of the back there is a loudspeaker grill. You can also see silver colored antenna lines running on the top and the bottom part of the back.

On the right side of the phone there is volume rocker along with power button. On the left there is a hybrid dual SIM slot. On the top there is a 3.5mm audio jack and the bottom there is a micro USB port and a secondary microphone.

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When you use the ejector tool to open the SIM tray, you find a primary nano SIM slot along with the secondary nano SIM or a microSD card slot in a single tray. Wish it had dedicated SIM slots, since most doesn’t prefer hybrid SIMs.

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Even though the back doesn’t look like it is made of metal, the build quality is good. It measures 149.5 x 74 x 8.95mm, which makes it slightly tall for a phone with a 5.2-inch screen. It has a 5000mAh built-in battery.

Camera

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The phone has a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and single LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture. The camera UI is similar to most of the MediaTek-powered devices with several modes (Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Flowers, Backlight, Candlelight, Sunset, Night, Beach, Snow). Daylight shots are good, but it doesn’t focus properly to capture macro shots. HDR shots are decent. Low-light images have a lot of noise and came out blurry. Images with flash are good and the flash is not overpowering. Even though the camera on the phone is decent for the price, it is just average for a 13-megapixel shooter. The 5-megapixel front-facing camera is just average.

Check out the camera samples below (click the image to view full resolution sample).

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Front camera

 

Even though it has a 13-megapixel camera, it can record video at a maximum resolution of 720p due to processor restriction. The video quality is decent. The phone doesn’t have a secondary microphone so the audio is not crisp. Check out the sample below.

Software, UI and Apps

Coming to the software, it runs on Android 7.0 (Nougat) which is almost stock and has May 5, security update. The company did not say if the phone will get future Android update.

Out of 2GB RAM, 1.86GB of RAM is usable, out of which 794MB of RAM is usable when default apps are running in the background. Out of 16GB of storage, 9.7GB of storage is free. It has option to set default write disk as internal storage or SD card, but it doesn’t let you move apps to the SD card.

Apart from the usual set of utility apps and Google apps, it comes with Xploree Keyboard, MakeMyTrip, Saavn, Amazon, Go2Pay and Dailyhunt apps and Temple Paradise Dash game. You don’t have an option to remove these.

Fingerprint Sensor

It has a fingerprint sensor on the back that is easy to reach when holding the phone in single hand. It is quick to unlock the phone in seconds, but doesn’t detect if your fingers are wet. You can add up to 5 fingerprints, and it can also tell if you are adding the same fingerprint again.

Music Player and FM Radio

It Google Play Music with equalizer and Surround sound can be enabled from the settings to improve the audio when listening through earphones. That said, audio through the third-party earphones is decent and the loudspeaker output is good.  The FM Radio has usual UI, has auto scanning and recording.

Calling and Messaging

The dialer and messaging UI are similar to other stock Android phones running on Android Nougat. Since this is a dual SIM phone, you get option to select either SIMs when calling or sending text message. There are no call drops and the earpiece volume is good.

Connectivity

It has the usual set of connectivity features such as Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. It has 4G connectivity with support a lot of bands and also has Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) support for Reliance Jio. Both the SIMs support 4G, but you can enable 4G only in one SIM at a time, while the other goes to 2G. You can set preferred SIM for voice call, text and data. It also has USB on-the-go (OTG) support.

Performance and Benchmarks

Even though CPU-Z shows that it has a MT6735 SoC, the company says that it has a Quad-core MediaTek MT6737 64-bit Processor clocked at 1.25GHz per core. The performance is good without any lags. 2GB of RAM is more than enough to run several apps in the background. It has ARM Mali-720 MP1 GPU. The gaming performance is decent with average graphics. Check out some synthetic benchmark scores.

AnTuTu Benchmark 6

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It managed to score 29728 points in the AnTuTu 6 benchmark.

Geekbench 3 Single-Core

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It scored 585 points in the Geekbench 3 Single-Core benchmark and grabbed the third spot.

Geekbench 3 Multi-Core

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It scored 1677 points in the Geekbench 3 Multi-Core benchmark and grabbed the second spot.

3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited

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It managed to score 3642 points in the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited GPU benchmark.

Battery life

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It packs a huge 5000mAh battery, bigger than most of the smartphones in this price range. It lasted for more than a day even with heavy use and lasted for 2 days with average use. Since it has reverse charging, you can use a OTG cable to charge other devices using the phone’s huge battery.

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It achieved a One Charge Rating of 17 hours and 12 minutes in our battery test, mainly due to brilliant talk time. Since it doesn’t have support for fast charging it took 3 and half hours to charge the phone. Considering the huge battery this is decent, but during emergency cases this might be a problem. Check out the complete set of battery life test results here .

Conclusion

Trend of budget smartphones with huge batteries started a few years back. Even though there are a lot of smartphones come with huge batteries under Rs. 10,000, only few phones tick all the boxes when it comes to value for money. You can’t say the Turbo 5 from InFocus is perfect, mainly due to hybrid dual SIM slot and not so impressive cameras.

The phone is exclusively available from Amazon.in starting at Rs. 6,999 for the 2GB RAM with 16GB version and 3GB RAM with 32GB storage version costs Rs. 7,999. This directly competes with the Redmi 4 that starts at the same price offering a better performance, camera and Infrared sensor, even though it packs a slightly smaller 4100mAh battery. To summarize, here are the pros and cons of the smartphone.

Pros

  • Good build quality
  • Good battery life
  • Competitive price tag

Cons

  • Average cameras
  • No fast charging
  • Hybrid dual SIM might not be preferred by everyone
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Author: Srivatsan Sridhar

Srivatsan Sridhar is a Mobile Technology Enthusiast who is passionate about Mobile phones and Mobile apps. He is currently using the Motorola Moto G4 Plus. You can follow him on Twitter @ssrivatsan and on Google+