American tech company InFocus announced two new budget smartphones in the Indian market yesterday. The latest smartphones InFocus Snap 4 and Turbo 5 Plus are priced at Rs. 11,999 and Rs. 8,999 respectively and will exclusively sell on Amazon.in.
The budget Turbo 5 Plus focuses on long-lasting battery backup by incorporating a massive 4,850 mAh battery unit, while the Snap 4 is aimed at photography enthusiasts as it comes equipped with 4 cameras, two at front and two at rear panel, making it the first handset in the Indian market with four cameras on board.
Both the smartphones are backed by MediaTek chipsets and run on Android Nougat out-of-the box. While the on paper specs look good, we at GIZBOT tried our hands on the new budget snartohones to find out how good or bad they are. Here's what we have to say about the new budget devices from InFocus.
Camera: Dual-Lens Camera setups at budget price-point
Let's start with the interesting one, the InFocus Snap 4 that packs in four camera sensors to please shutterbugs. The smartphone has a 13MP+8MP rear camera. The 13MP Autofocus sensor works onf/2. aperture and the 8MP secondary camera uses f/2.4 aperture. The 8MP+8MP front camera setup for selfies uses an f/2.2 aperture.
The 13MP sensor has an 80-degree wide angle view whereas the 8MP secondary sensor captures a good 120-degree wide angle view, making Snap 4 a good budget handset for photography enthusiasts. As far as the image output is concerned, pictures taken from Snap 4's rear camera looked pretty average and lacked sharpness. The wide-angle view works quite well in capturing a wider frame and will make Snap 4 a decent budget option for street and landscape photography.
The dual-camera setup at front can deliver good Bokeh shots.
As far as Turbo 5 Plus is concerned, it also sports a Dual-Lens camera featuring a 13MP+5MP setup. The camera output seemed pretty average.
Hardware: MediaTek chipsets, 3GB/ 4GB RAM and expandable storage support
Both the smartphones are backed by MediaTekMT6750N Octa-core chipsets. The Snap 4 has 4GB RAM while the Turbo 5 Plus takes care of multitasking with the help of 3GB RAM. As far as storage is concerned, Snap 4 has 64GB internal storage that can be expanded by up to 128GB via microSD card. The Turbo 5 Plus comes with 32GB internal memory that can be expanded by up to 64GB via microSD card.
Both the smartphones have a hybrid SIM card slot, so you will have to compromise on expandable storage or an extra SIM card.
Design and Display: Uni-body metal design and 720p displays
While both the handsets have Uni-body metal design, the Snap 4 feels quite sturdy and well built. It is also very compact and can be used with one hand without any problem. Turbo 5 Plus on the other hand is a bit bigger in size and is best suited for two hand use.
Snap 4 sports a 5.2-inch HD screen. The HD IPS screen has 2.5D curved glass over it and is very responsive. Turbo 5 Plus on the other hand features a slightly larger 5.5-inch HD IPS display with the same 720p resolution. It is worth mentioning that you can get 1080p screens in the same price-point. Some handsets even offer taller 18:9 aspect ratio panels, for instance Micromax Canvas Infinity.
Software: Android Nougat out-of-the box
It was good to see that both the handsets run Android Nougat out-of-the box. The user interface is not stock Android, instead you will get the company's customises UI that places all the icons on the homescreen. The user interface felt pretty responsive in my brief usage; however the real software performance will be evaluated in our detailed review of the handsets.
Battery and Connectivity
InFocus Turbo 5 Plus is backed by a massive 4,850 mAh battery unit, which as per company can deliver upto 34 days of standby time. That's a bold claim and will be evaluated in our comprehensive review of the handset.
On the other hand, InFocus Snap 4 is powered by a 3,000 mAh battery unit.
Price and Availability
InFocus Snap 4 will be available at Rs. 11,999 from 26th September 12.00 pm onwards while the Turbo 5 Plus will be available at Rs. 8,999 from 21stSept 12.00 am onwards. Both the devices will be exclusively available on Amazon.in.
The on-paper specs of Infocus snap 4 and Turbo 5 look good and can appeal some consumers in the Indian market. The big battery device Turbo 5 Plus can be a good buy for smartphone users who love watching movies and playing games on their mobile devices. However Lenovo and Xiaomi also offers budget devices with 4,000 mAh batteries that can also be considered in sub Rs. 10k price-point for long-lasting battery backup.
Coming onto InFocus Snap 4, the smartphone with its dual-camera setups at rear and front does seem like an interesting budget camera smartphone and it also has 4GB RAM that can offer lag free multitasking experience. As far as after sale service is concerned, InFocus said that the company is looking at expanding their service touch points to 500 by the end of this year.
We will stress test the new devices in the coming week to give our final verdict. Stay tuned on GIZBOT.com.