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InFocus M330 Review: Definitely one of the creme de la creme of budget phone segment

Launch Date : 06 April 2015
Operating System : Android 4.4, with InLife UI
Display : 5.5 inches
Battery : 3100 mAh
Camara : 13 MP
Processor : 1.7 GHz, Octa Core
RAM : 2 GB
Best Price
Rs. Alert

Editor Rating

outstanding

The InFocus M330 impresses both on paper as well as in real life.

    Pros
  • Excellent battery back up
  • Quite powerful with octa core processor and 2 GB RAM
  • Plenty of storage space
  • Good cameras
    Cons
  • No 4G
  • Just a bit bulky

US based, InFocus impressed us with its first product in India, the InFocus M2. It has recently launched another smartphone in India, the InFocus M330, which is retailing currently for Rs 9,999.

Specs

The InFocus M330 comes with a wall charger with cable and an earpiece apart from the handset itself. The phone comes in white and black variants and measures 153.4mm(H) x 78.1mm(W) x 9.3mm(T). This 5.5 inch display bearing smartphone weighs 170 grams with a 3100 mAh Li-Po battery. The display has HD resolution.

InFocus M330

InFocus M330

Besides, the M330 offers 1.7 GHz Mediatek octa core processor, dual SIM, 13 megapixel rear camera, 8 megapixel front camera, Android KitKat operating system, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth. It has 16 GB of internal storage and 2 GB RAM and a micro SD card slot for up to a 64 GB card.

I used it for about a fortnight and here is what I have found about it.

Design

Like the M2, the M330 is quite sturdy and compact. There is a metal frame that surrounds its four sides. Since the volume button (left side) and power key (right) are part of the metal sides, these are very tough too and can last really long. Its back panel has matte finish and feels equally sturdy.

InFocus M330

The speakers, one in the back and another at the top of the display, do manage to produce quite decent sound. The rectangular camera unit gives a good contrast to the back panel (it comes in white and black version). The micro USB port is at the bottom while a 3.5 mm jack is at the top.

InFocus M330

Notably, the phone comes with two microphones - one just below the camera unit while another at the bottom panel. One of the mic is there for noise cancellation and it does the job quite well.

InFocus M330

Overall, I like phone's design. It looks and feels good and most importantly does not look cheap or flashy.

Display

The InFocus M330 has a 5.5 inch display. The display has the necessary high definition resolution. Some of its competitors do offer full HD resolution but the resolution looks sufficient. The IPS LCD has good touch response and good viewing angle as well.

InFocus M330

InFocus M330

One drawback is that the screen has no Gorilla Glass or any other protective covering and it does gets scratches but there are tempered glass and screen protectors available in the market for few bucks which are very cheap solution for this issue.

Camera

The InFocus M330, like most leading smartphones in this price range, offers a 13 meapixel rear auto focus camera and an 8 megapixel front camera. There is an LED flash in the back panel too.

InFocus M330

As far as quality goes, the M330's cameras are one of the best that you can afford for less than Rs 10,000. Not only its cameras are quite quick to focus on objects, they capture a lot of details and colours. Even in low light, the M330 does a wonderful job above our expectations from a phone at this price range.

InFocus M330

InFocus M330

InFocus M330

InFocus M330

InFocus M330

InFocus M330

Performance

The InFocus M330 is quite a potent smartphone with a 1.7 GHz MediaTek MT6592 octa core processor, Mali 450 graphics processor and 2 GB of DDR3 RAM. The smartphone has one of the heaviest interface I have seen in recent times - it is actually based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat version on top of which lies a customised UI called InLife UI and the EZ Launcher.

InFocus M330

The launcher offers one layer mode where only the home page exists and the two layer mode like the one found in normal Android phones. There are several scrolling options/effects for the home page.

However, the heavy UI doesn't pose a problem for the octa core processor and the 2 GB RAM combination. It manages to play high end games like Mortal Kombat X with ease. Even during multitasking I have never faced any sort of lag.

Storage

The phone also offers 16 GB of internal memory apart from a micro SD card slot that can handle a micro SD card of 64 GB - pretty sufficient to store many movies apart from pictures and songs. Besides, it also accepts external storage devices like pen drives via OTG cable.

InFocus M330

Battery

But the best aspect of M330 is its battery back up. As claimed by the company, the phone comfortably offers 6-7 hours of video play back. Its huge 3100 mAh Li-Po battery is good enough for more than a day; even heavy users with round the clock data connectivity, dual SIM, occasional gaming urges would not need a charger before the day ends.

InFocus M330

Connectivity and Other Features

The InFocus M330 has two SIM card slots and offers 3G connectivity. There is WiFi for internet connectivity as well. For file transfers, there is a micro USB port, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), and WiFi Direct.

InFocus M330

I was using two SIMs with 3G via one and had extensively used WiFi but did not face any issue throughout the review period. However, the lack of 4G option may go against it.

Images by Sushil Kumar

Verdict
There are several phones in the market, some with good performance while few others have good cameras while many others have good design. But there are only a handful of smartphones in the budget segment which are truly all rounders. The InFocus M330 truly belongs to that segment. Infact, it it a bit better than just an all-rounder. It impresses in almost all segments. Baring the lack of 4G, it has everything that its competitors offer.
First Published : Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 18:01



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