American brand InFocus recently entered the Indian smartphone market with its M2 handset. Manufactured by Foxconn, the InFocus M2 may not grab much eyeballs initially but the brand seems to have a good understanding of the local market. With a budget-friendly price tag, the smartphone will easily woo any buyer with its spec sheet. But can this eye-popping spec sheet and price tag actually deliver? Lets find out.
Specs: Android 4.4 KitKat | MT6582 Quad-Core 1.3GHz | Network- GSM/GPRS/EDGE/HSPA+| 4.2-inch WXGA (1280×768) 355 ppi display | 8GB(ROM) | 1GB(RAM) | support Micro-SD up to 64GB | Camera- Main: 8MP AF BSI ; Front: 8MP AF all with Flash LED | Connectivity- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, BT 4.0, GPS/APGS,FM | Battery- 2,010mAh (un-removable)
Price: Rs 4,999 (Available only on snapdeal.com)
Design: The M2 smartphone looks ordinary overall. The front of the smartphone is all glass. Both the top and bottom bezels are unusually wide. The bottom portion houses the three regular capacitive Android navigation buttons (non-lit). The rear portion is a bit curved and seems to be inspired by the Moto G. The rear cover has a matte finish which prevent fingerprints and smudges, however, the front glass gets dirty very easily. The rear cover can be removed to access two SIM card slots and a microSD card slot. The battery is irremovable. The device is quite compact and the build quality is good. For the budget market, the device will please the buyers. However, it would have been better if the front Flash was camouflaged properly with the top bezel as it looks a bit odd.
Display: Speaking about the display quality, this is one of the best displays I have seen in an Android smartphone which is priced under Rs 5,000. The device sports a 4.2-inch WXGA TFT LCD display and offers a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels at 355ppi. The display is sharp, bright and looks great. While the overall look may not be impressive, the display is surprisingly good.
Outdoor visibility is good, far better than other smartphones in this price range. The viewing angles are decent. The thick bezels gives an impression that the display size is small. However, I have nothing to complain in the display department at all.
Performance: The smartphone runs on a 1.3 GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6582 processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM which can be expandable up to 64GB via microSD card slot. It scored a good 18,542 points on AnTuTu Benchmark (v5.6.1). According to benchmark scores, the device is at par (or more) with Lenovo A6000, Xiaomi Redmi 1S and Moto E. Keeping benchmark aside, users shouldn’t have any complains with the overall performance. I experienced lags sometimes while opening apps, but then it’s completely doable. The M2 also offers good multimedia experience.
The M2 runs on Android 4.4 KitKat OS along with its custom UI. The UI along with the icons look neat and includes several good features. Overall, the device is made to woo budget customers.
Camera: The 8MP front and rear cameras comes with Flash on both side. The rear camera is exceptionally good for a smartphone priced under Rs 5,000. The image quality is good and colour are nearly accurate. The camera is a bit slow while focusing but then you can expect this in any budget smartphone. Another thing I really liked about the rear camera is that it can capture good Macro shots. The front camera is capable of taking good selfies. The selfie camera clicks automatically when you smile and offers a range of editing (or beautification) options.
Battery: The device is powered by a 2,010 mAh battery. Standby battery life is good. WiFi drains a lot of juice. Overall, the device can survive a full working day with mixed usage and a bit of gaming.
Verdict: If InFocus can vouch for the after sales support, then this is a great device to buy for Rs 4,999.