With smartphone growth expected to continue at a high pace in India, mobile companies are taking it with all seriousness; which explains why each day brings news of a new smartphone launch, be it from a big brand or a newcomer.
The entrants in India are not just Chinese, but also the Americans–well at least in collaboration with China. InFocus, the US-based technology company, which launched with budget devices like M2, has introduced three new smartphones in the country in the last month alone. The latest of these is M810.
Specs: 5.5-inch full HD screen | Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor | 2GB RAM, 16 GB ( 64 GB microSD slot) | 13 megapixel rear camera with True tone LED flash, 5 megapixel front camera | 2,600mAh battery | Dual-SIM 4G device | Android 5.0.1
Price: Rs 14,999
InFocus M810 is an Amazon exclusive device and the black-gold colour device we got has quite a premium feel to it. The full-glass body (front and back panels) and the metal frame on the side make this look like a flagship smartphone. The volume rockers on the side are stylishly designed and the power button is a circular one.
Premium look and unique buttons aside, InFocus M810 will remind you of a lot of other flagships in the market, and one can’t really say you’re seeing something new. The InFocus M810 is also a fairly heavy device, although I personally liked the dark champagne gold colour.
What is good?
The 5.5-inch full HD screen is a definite plus point for this smartphone. At this price range no other player is offering a Full HD screen which is this size. Viewing angles are sharp on this, and watching YouTube videos on this phone is worth it. The bad bit: the screen and in fact the smartphone’s rear get easily covered in smudges. Also the lack of anti-reflecting coating makes it hard to read on the phone in harsh sunlight.
The other really impressive bit about the InFocus M810 is the battery which easily lasted a day for me with heavy to moderate usage. Asphalt 8, browsing through Facebook, Instagram all day, long calls, the smartphone’s battery didn’t dip all of a sudden. I used the device to live-tweet from an event with under 20% battery and it didn’t die till I reached home, nearly an hour and a half later, which I think is very impressive for this price range.
The other positive about the M810 was that it did not get scorchingly hot even after playing a graphics-heavy game for over half an hour. This is something that one has to be thankful about these days, because even premium flagship devices above Rs 40k turn into molten metal with some usage. But yes, it does not stay entirely cool.
What is not that good?
InFocus M810 despite the Snapdragon 808 chipset has some issues with the performance. There were times when the device would just not respond, especially when I tried to turn off the Mobile Data. Other times apps would crash or the phone would not respond to a particular swipe for the longest time.
Where the camera goes, I definitely don’t think it’s as good as the M530 which had a really fast and impressive 13 megapixel rear camera. While it does the job, under-low light conditions, the camera is not really ideal and some of the pictures came out pixelated. For those who are not really picky, the rear and front camera do an acceptable job. InFocus has added features like Wink to Shutter, Smile to Shutter, which means you can take pictures via these actions. It works accurately, although I don’t see this getting used a lot.
InFocus M810 in my opinion is a good-looking phone, with a 5.5-inch HD screen and very good battery on offer. The camera and performance, however do have some flaws, but don’t necessarily make this a terrible phone.
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