InFocus Mobiles has been aggressively launching its smartphones in India for the past couple of months from the budget end M370, to the to the mid-range M810 and the latest M812. Given the rising importance of India as a smartphone market, the approach is not surprising. InFocus currently has a portfolio of around 10 smartphones in India, with the M812 being the most expensive device in the list. So is the M812 worth its high price? Here’s our review.
Specs: 5.5-inch full HD screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 glass | Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor | 3GB RAM, 16 GB storage | 13 MP rear camera with a dual tone flash, 8 MP front camera | 2900 mAh battery | Android 5.0 Lollipop with InLife UI 2.0
Price: Rs 19,999
InFocus M812 is clearly the premium device from this company, given its aluminum unibody design. It might remind you of a bulkier version of the iPhone. InFocus has kept the camera in the centre of the rear, and even added a little 4G logo at the bottom of the smartphone, presumably to remind users of this capability. The extra black line at the bottom connecting the 4G logo circle, is a bit unnecessary I feel, and doesn’t add to the overall look of the phone.
In terms of performance, the InFocus M812 has enough power to get the job done. From playing heavy duty game to your daily dose of browsing, the phone rarely gave me any issues. The 5.5-inch screen, something a lot of people appreciate, works fine in sunlight as well and outside of it. You can read quite easily on the phone even in bright sunlight, take pictures, etc.
What really impresses with M812 is the battery life. I used the phone on a 3G network, on roaming, and even with around 50 percent battery, the phone lasted the whole day with notifications coming in, alerts, browsing on the phone etc. While the company claims charging of “40 per cent battery in 30 minutes flat,” I was not entirely convinced as it definitely took more than that to get to the said percentage mark. However, the phone has a really long standby time with the battery, and it should last you a day, even with heavy duty usage.
The rear and front camera of the InFocus M812 are quite good and fast when you have ample light in the room. If you’re taking photos outside, both selfies or clicking objects or even group photos, the results are pretty impressive. However, it’s a different story when you are taking pictures inside.
What’s not good?
The 13MP camera really does not deliver well when you’re taking pictures inside a room. The autofocus takes its own time and you might think you’ve taken a very sharp picture only to get grainy results later on. Low-light performance of the InFocus M812 is rather disappointing. The noise is there even with selfies, and given that a lot of people take selfies indoors this could be an issue.
The scratches on the 5.5-inch screen are another issue, given that this is Rs 20,000 smartphone and InFocus is promising Gorilla Glass 3. The screen is prone to smudges and scratches, quite a few of them infact, so getting a screen-guard for this phone is a must.
In terms of performance, InFocus M812 is a decent option. The big drawback: the asking price of Rs 19,999 is far too high, given that InFocus is still a relatively new brand. Plus there are cheaper options from InFocus itself the M810 with similar specs like a 13 mp camera, 5.5-inch full HD display as well. The M810 phone is currently available for under Rs 10,000 online.
Then there are stronger brands like Xiaomi, Lenovo and Motorola dominating the market, with Motorola just launching its Moto X Play for Rs 18,499 for 16GB. For InFocus M812, performance won’t be enough to convince users.