By: Anil Satapathy, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi
Last updated : Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 21:48
InFocus M808 has a superb metal design and its performance is also quite impressive though there are few grey areas too
Gorgeous metal body
Powerful processor, can handle any game
Plenty of storage
Offers 4G and Android Lollipop
Heats up while playing games
Cameras capture darker images
Average battery back up
The InFocus M808 is the latest smartphone to be launched in India. It is available for Rs 12,999. Here's a detailed review of the smartphone.
Like most of the InFocus devices, the M808 has also an attractive design. Like the M810, the new InFocus M808 too has a metal body but a whole lot different treatment. It would remind you of Apple's iPhones for sure.
The InFocus M808 has an unibody metal construction but unlike other metal phones, it feels smooth in hands and is not-slippery. With curved edges, it also gives a firm grip. The golden colour model of InFocus looks exquisite and has black stripes at the top and bottom of the back and side panels to break the monotony (see pictures as just a picture is worth thousand words).
The phone has overall a clean look as well with the brand name engraved in both front and back panels in a very aesthetic manner. In short, the InFocus M808 is classy and certainly nobody can call it a budget device just by looking at it.
Ports and Keys
The InFocus M808 has two nano SIM slots - there is one tray on the right hand panel which contains both the SIM slots. Just above the SIM tray lies the micro SD card tray. The 3.5 mm audio jack is at the top while the micro USB port is at the bottom. The volume and power keys are located in the left hand side.
Above the display, there is a speaker grill on either side of which lies an LED indicator and the front camera. In the back panel the camera lens, an LED flash light and what seems to be a microphone for noise cancellation, are placed inside a blackened area. This blackened area gives a good contrast to the overall golden look as I said above.
The camera lens is on a lower level and thus isn't in danger of getting scratched when you keep it upside down but be always careful; if you keep it in a rough surface and then drag it then you might damage the lens.
The InFocus M808 has a 5.2 inch display with full high definition (1920x1080 pixels) resolution - the best what you can get at its price. The display has decent touch response and at maximum brightness you can use it even in bright outdoors â€“ but its just enough and not something that I have experience in high end smartphones.
The InFocus M808 has the Mediatek MT6753 chipset that comes with 64-bit, octa core 1.3 GHz processor and huge 2 GB RAM. The phone is also based on the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system. The combination, as you would guess also, is enough to run even high end games. To check its performance in demanding circumstances, I played the Dead Trigger 2 in high setting but the phone did not show any sort of lag at all. However, the phone heats up after about 15-20 minutes of gaming.
The M808 has also good storage facility â€“ 16 GB internal memory, 128 GB micro SD card slot and USB OTG functionality.
The phone has a 2450 mAh battery that offers just average back up. Heavy users would certainly need to charge it after 5-6 hours. If you are a gamer or watch a lot of videos (offline or online), don't expect much from it.
The InFocus M808 has a 13 megapixel auto focus rear camera that comes with BSI sensor and a 5 megapixel front focus front camera.
The front camera comes with HDR option as well as a PIP mode that allows users to capture selfies along with a shot of what's infront of them. Besides, there is a face beauty mode for the front camera.
The rear camera has few more options like motion track mode, live photo mode, panorama, face beauty, and multi angle view. As is evident from the name itself, the motion track mode is meant to capture pictures of moving objects; actually in this mode the camera goes into the burst mode and captures several pictures so that the user can select few pictures with perfect pose. The multi angle view mode is nothing but a GIF mode which is certainly would be loved by many.
However, I was a bit less impressed with its camera work. The pictures capture via both front and rear cameras looks great on the phone's display, but they are less impressive on the larger PC screen. In normal mode both the cameras produce a bit dull images in terms of lighting. Ofcourse they were able to capture colours but detailing was missing, especially pictures capture through front camera.
The InFocus M808 is one of the cheapest phones to have a metal unibody design. It also gets full marks for its processing ability, storage and connectivity. Battery back up or camera output of M808 isn't that attractive but at Rs 12,999 it definitely looks quite attractive. So go for it if you want a really hot looking phone.
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