Infocus M2 Review


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Infocus launched Infocus M2 3G smartphone in India last month on Snapdeal for Rs 4,999. We have recently seen the unboxing and photo gallery of the phone now lets see if the phone offers features worth its price tag.

Unboxing

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Display, Hardware and Design

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Infocus M2 sports 4.2-inch (1280 × 768 pixels) 355PPI display that is good and offers bright colors. It is sharp and provides clear and crisp colors making it worth the price tag. The screen is prone to fingerprints and results into smudges. Viewing angels on the phone are good but the sunlight visibility is just decent. There are huge top and bottom bezels present on the front of the phone that give the display an odd look. LED notification light is present at the front for missed calls, messages, and other similar updates. The phone has a 8MP camera at the front along with LED flash. However, the soft flash has a white texture to it that stands out on the broad black bezel and is a bit distracting. Moving on the phone has three capacitive touch buttons that are not backlit.

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Volume rockers are situated on the left side.

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The power button is present on the right side. The micro USB port and the primary microphone are located at the bottom while the 3.5mm audio jack is there at the top. Coming to the body of the phone, it is sturdy and well-built. The bulge at the back offers a good grip to the device but the phone is a bit heavy at 145 grams, for the screen size.

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The phone has a 8MP Auto Focus Camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, 5P lenses at the back. Infocus branding is present at the center. The back cover has a matte plastic that helps further for the grip.

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The micro SD and the micro SIM card slots are present on the side of the smartphone, under the back cover along with the 2010 mAh battery.

Camera

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The Infocus M2′ s main feature is its 8MP rear and front facing camera with LED flash. The front camera takes pretty good selfies and the LED flash helps it take them however the flash gets too bright on the eyes if taken too close to the face. Close up and daylight shots with the rear camera came out clear and crisp. Low light images were a bit blurry and unclear. The HDR mode added a lot of unnecessary noise to photos for close up as well as long shots. Photos come out okay with flash on.

The phone offers features like voice capture when enabled lets you take photos by simply giving the command ‘capture’ or ‘cheese’. Others include face detection, smile shot and face beauty that enhances your selfies and gives it clean touches.

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Daylight

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HDR OFF

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HDR ON

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HDR OFF

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Night

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Flash

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Front Camera

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Video

The phone records video at 1920×1088 and the quality is just about average.

Software

The InFocus M2 runs on Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) with the company’s own Inlife UI skin. The UI is too plain, simple and is not much attractive. You have to double-tap the Home button to call up the task manager. The phone does not offer any new customization options.

Home and Lock Screen

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There is no app drawer and all the apps are present on the home screen. As this is not a common feature it takes time to get used to it.

Notification Center

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You can add or delete the notifications as per your choice in the panel.

Apps

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The phone does not offer any major built-in apps except for the usual Google apps. There is a Meitu PC app that lets you add numerous effects and filters to your photos.

Music Player and FM Radio

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The music listening experience on the phone is decent and you will have to use default Play Music to play audio files. Radio functionality is also good and lets you add radio channels. Loudspeaker of the phone is loud and clear.

Connectivity & Storage

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The phone has 8GB of internal storage memory out of which 5.07GB is available.Out of 1GB RAM, 497MB is free when some apps are running.

SIM Management

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The phone supports dual SIM options and 3G connectivity for both and lets you customize each SIM cards. Call quality on the device is clear and works perfect. It supports connectivity options like 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS.

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Moving on to storage, the phone supports microSD card support and apps can be transferred to SD card.

Battery Life

Infocus M2 has a 2010mAh non-removable battery. The phone’s battery life is decent and does not drain when kept idle. Depending upon the usage ranging from medium to heavy the phone’s battery lasts for more than a day.There is also a power saver mode

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Performance and Benchmarks

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Infocus M2 is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor. The phone is good at running everyday tasks like calling, Wi-Fi, social media, games and Bluetooth connectivity. Gaming is also decent on the device and we tried games like Real Racing, Temple Run and others. The phone is smooth and lag free most of the time and also the touch quality is good and feels responsive.

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Check out our detailed benchmark results of the Infocus M2 here.

Conclusion

The Infocus M2 offers dual 8-megapixel cameras which offer good performance considering the price tag. Most phones in this category offer 2MP or 5MP front camera. One of the areas where the phone lacks is its UI which is too simple, less user-friendly and does not offer much personalisation options. It is available only on Snapdeal, which is a concern for people who want to check the phone before buying. Overall performance of the phone is lag-free and smooth for the price tag of Rs. 4,999.

Pros

  • Display
  • Camera
  • Price

Cons

  • Not attractive UI
  • Odd design with huge bezels

Author: Sneha Bokil

Sneha Bokil is a tech enthusiast and is currently using OnePlus 3T but she still treasures her Nokia N70 (M). You can follow her on Twitter @snehabokil and on Google+