As 4G becomes the buzzword in India’s Internet growth story, more and more 4G ready-phones are entering the market, at all price points. Now, 4G smartphones starting at Rs 5999 are widely available. The InFocus M370 is the latest to join the list.
Specs: 5-inch HD screen | Qualcomm 210 1.1 Ghz Quad-core processor | 1GB RAM | 8GB ROM (Expandable to 64GB) | 8MP auto-focus camera, 2MP fixed focus front camera | 2G/3G/LTE (TDD/FDD & Reliance JIO Compatible ) | 2,230 mAh (Removable) | Android Lollipop 5.0
Price: Rs 5,999
InFocus M370 offers bare minimum specs, a 5-inch HD screen, quad-core processor, 8MP camera and Android 5.0 OS, all for Rs 5999. The black and white review unit we got, came with a plastic rear cover (removable) which has a non-glossy pattern on it.
InFocus M370 is a fairly light and a decent-looking phone given its budget pricing. However, it is not quite in the league of the Redmi 2, a budget smartphone that has set a benchmark for entry-level budget phones in India. So is the 4G-ready InFocus a good enough budget buy? Here’s what we thought after using the device for a week.
So what’s good?
At Rs 5999, InFocus is offering a 5-inch screen HD screen, which is slightly bigger than the newly launched Redmi 2 Prime (4.7-inch HD screen). InFocus M370’s screen works fairly well if you want to watch videos on YouTube or your downloaded films and TV shows, but it is prone to scratches and smudges and does not work well under sunlight.
If you’re just browsing the Internet or a select few apps like Facebook, Instagram or YouTube or making calls with the InFocus M370, it works fine. But move on to the heavy duty stuff and there are some issues.
What’s not that good?
I can’t say that InFocus M370 has a smooth performance. Apps would crash, the phone would freeze at times, and it’s not a device for gaming. Even basic games or at least games that budget users would want to play like Temple Run, Subway Surfer, etc, are not lag-free. It can be a little frustrating, especially if you’re in the middle of a good run, because you don’t know when the phone might act up.
The cameras, both rear and front, in the InFocus M370 do not impress at all. The colour-reproduction is not good, at times the camera freezes, the auto-focus takes its own time and just does not work as fast as the cameras I’ve seen in earlier InFocus devices.
On the camera front, I would say that other budget devices like Redmi 2, Yu Yuphoria offers a better performance. Sure, the InFocus M370 is priced at Rs 5999, but so are the other two devices.
InFocus has decided to pre-loaded far too many apps on this 8GB smartphone, and not too many users will appreciate memory space getting used up by apps they might not use.
Should you buy it?
The InFocus M370 has the budget price right, but is underwhelming when it comes to performance and camera.
It might be 4G ready, but so are many other devices in India, and more such smartphones are expected. Given that Redmi 2, Yuphoria, Lenovo, Moto E are all offering budget 4G phones, with much better performance, it’s hard to recommend the InFocus M370.
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