Infocus sometime back launched Epic 1 in India. It packs a deca-core processor and is priced at Rs 12,999. We had used the smartphone for a couple of weeks and here is our review of the device.
Look and feel
Epic 1 features a 5.5-inch display along with a Corning Gorilla Glass protection for the front. It has a rounded earpiece. The smartphone uses on-screen navigation buttons. The power and volume buttons are on the right, while the hybrid SIM tray is on the left. There is a USB Type-C port at the bottom, with a speaker grille next to it. The Epic 1 has an IR blaster as well on top, which allows it to act as a universal remote control. The 3.5mm audio jack is also located at the top.
The brushed metal rear gives the Epic 1 a curved shape which helps in gripping the smartphone. It also has a round fingerprint sensor below the camera lens at the rear. At 160 grams, the Epic 1 feels neither too heavy nor too light for its screen size.
Hardware and software
InFocus Epic 1 is powered by a deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 (MT6797M) SoC with two Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2GHz, four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.9GHz, and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.4GHz. It has a 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).
The smartphone sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with a f/1.8 aperture, dual-tone LED flash, PDAF, and auto image stabilisation, while the 8-megapixel front-facing camera has an f/1.8 aperture and 82-degree wide-angle lens. It has a 3000mAh non-removable battery and supports fast charging. Apart from 4G with VoLTE support, other connectivity options include Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and GPS/ A-GPS.
You get Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the company’s InLife 2 UI on top. The Epic 1’s interface doesn’t look appealing as it misses out on several of Marshmallow’s visual improvements. The icon packs follow design pattern. It doesn’t have an app drawer
The InFocus Epic 1 performs all the regular stuff with ease but during gaming, we did experience some lag. Also, audio quality seemed to on the lower side. The fingerprint sensor on the Epic 1 is just average as most of the times it didn’t unlock the device in the first try.
The 16-megapixel rear camera on the Epic 1 is able to click good pictures in decent lighting conditions but we did encounter shutter delays and blurry pictures quite regularly. Though, selfies clicked were good.
The 3000mAh non-removable battery lasted for about 9 hours on heavy usage which is just average.