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InFocus M2 Review: This American can challenge Chinese dominance in India

Launch Date : 11 March 2015
Operating System : Android 4.4.2, KitKat
Display : 4.2 inches
Battery : 2010 mAh
Camara : 8 MP
Processor : 1.3 GHz, Quad Core
RAM : 1 GB
Best Price
Rs. Alert

Editor Rating

impressive

It is an entry level smartphone that gives smooth performance.

    Pros
  • Good design
  • Best storage for the price
  • 8 MP front camera as well as rear camera along with flash
    Cons
  • Few bugs prevents downloading apps

InFocus, US based handset player, recently entered the Indian market. And its first product, the InFocus M2 was priced at Rs 4,999, that it is instantly pitted as a rival of Xiaomi's Redmi 1S. The M2 also have decent features. Note that the InFocus devices are manufacured in China.

InFocus M2

Design

If I need to select top 5 devices under Rs 10,000, then the InFocus M2 would definitely make the cut. Just like first love, I instantly fell in love with the M2 the moment I opened the box. With a curved and matte finish back panel, the phone fits nicely in the palm. The materials used looks quite durable and overall the phone gives the confidence that nothing would go wrong even if you drop it. Moreover, it doesn't look cheap though it is actually cheap; instead, it looks quite a mid-range device.

InFocus M2

I particularly like the volume rocker (left side) and the power button (right side) which are part of the main frame itself and are made of metal; not like in other cheap phones where the keys are just mere lumps in the back panel that need to be pressed hard to get a response and such buttons get damaged in the long run.

InFocus M2

The back panel is quite neat with the brand name (InFocus) engraved in the middle. On top of that the 8 megapixel camera lies just below a LED flash light. Towards the bottom, there is a speaker grill. The micro USB port is at the bottom panel. Note that in the front too there is an 8 megapixel camera along with a flash light.

InFocus M2

The back panel is removable, but the battery is not. The two SIM card slots (micro SIM) and the micro SD card slot are located inside. At the top panel, there is a 3.5 mm jack.

Display

The InFocus M2 has a 4.2 inch display with high definition (1280x768 pixels) resolution. The display has pretty good brightness. Its touch response is also top notch which is quite evident the way it allows typing. It is perhaps among very few affordable devices in which I actually liked to type things out.

InFocus M2

InFocus M2

However, the display has no scratch resistant coating like Gorilla Glass. But anyway that can be resolved by putting a screen guard on top of it. Anyway, asking much at this price range sounds a bit greedy.

Performance

The InFocus M2 has Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system and has a customised interface – InLife, which is much like that of Huawei and Redmi's UI where there is no app drawer and everything is laid out on top.

InFocus M2

InFocus M2

The OS runs on a 1.3 Ghz Mediatek quad core processor, Mali 400 MP2 graphics processor and 1 GB RAM.

The InFocus M2 has a 2010 mAh Li-Ion battery and it offers

Camera

The InFocus M2 has an 8 megapixel camera both in the front as well as rear panel. There is flash light support for both the cameras as well.

InFocus M2

The picture quality of the rear is quite good keeping in mind the price tag. The only problematic areas are close up shots as they lack detailing and low light shots as they display some amount of noise.

As far as the front camera goes, quality is quite appreciable. the diffused front flash add to the quality of the pictures snapped.

To check the camera quality of InFocus M2 click here.

Storage and Connectivity

InFocus M2 is one of the best phones in the price bracket in terms of storage. It offers 8 GB of internal memory and has a micro SD card slot that accommodates a card of up to 32 GB capacity.

InFocus M2

In terms connectivity, it is like any other phone in the same price range with dual SIM, 3G, WiFi, micro USB port, Bluetooth, and GPS.

Images by Sushil Kumar

Verdict
In Focus M2 is an entry-level smartphone and is definitely worth considering. There are no major hiccups in it and the performance is also quite smooth. As a matter of fact, it is at par with some of the smartphones are that are priced around Rs 2,000 more than it.
First Published : Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:18



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