“InFocus M680 can pose a serious threat to the Lenovo K3 Note and Meizu m2 note”
While Indian and Chinese companies duel for supremacy, there is an American firm that likes to stay in the focus. Yup… InFocus, which entered the Indian market just this year, has launched power-packed devices at affordable price tags at a steady pace. It's latest offering, the InFocus M680 is loaded with features and is priced strategically at Rs 10,999. The phone seems like a perfect budget phone on paper, but how does it feel in the hand? Read on to find out, if the InFocus M680 manages to impress us in the first glance.
Starting with the looks first, the M680 is surely appealing. A white panel in front hosts the screen, front camera and sensors along with a row of capacitive touch buttons, which sadly, aren't backlit. The power button and the volume rockers are placed on right and left respectively. While the 3.5mm audio socket is on top, the micro USB port is at the bottom alongside a speaker gill. Talking about the overall feel, the sides feel very premium thanks to the use of metal around the circumference. Turn to the back and you have plastic… but it’s good quality metal-like plastic which is harder on the top and bottom edge. Overall the phone scores good marks on looks which is a rare compliment for budget phones.
The phone packs a full HD IPS LCD display which is rich and vibrant. Colours pop out of this 5.5-inch screen and makes routine tasks more appealing. There are only a few full HD phones around this price bracket and kudos to InFocus for bringing another one in.
Packing an octa-core processor from Mediatek, the InFocus M680 comes with 2 gigs of RAM. The device is quick and efficient for the most part, though the software animation noticeably reduces the fluidity. Talking about software, the smartphone runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 and is topped up with InFocus’ InLife UI. The company has also promised an upgrade to Android Marshmallow 6.0 for the phone.
The user interface is animated and lively, and features round app icons. The mobile comes with a lot some useful apps preinstalled including a File Manager, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, WPS Office Note for scribbling your ideas and also Power Detective, which monitors you battery usage pattern. It however doesn’t include the intensive software gimmicks that the Chinese UIs include these days. Overall, though the interface is efficient, as previously mentioned, the animations slow down the smoothness a bit.
Coming to the optics, the phone features 13-megapixel cameras on on either side. The rear one utilises a lens from Samsung and is accompanied with an LED flash. Talking about the viewfinder it features a metal-ish theme on the shutter keys. There are a bunch of settings present in the front panel and mode filters and modes can be accessed on a tap. Although, we didn’t like the touch to click method in the camera app, rather the touch to focus feels more useful.
The phone supports dual-band 4G network on both SIM cards, and while It does support two SIMs, the second slot is a hybrid. Hence, you can either chose between adding a microSD card or using another SIM card. The device has 16GB storage on-board out of which only 9.24 GB is user available. This can be further expanded up to 64GB using a microSD card.
The device is juiced up by a 2,600mAh unit, which should manage to give a day's worth of backup.
Overall, the phone has a lot going for it – powerful hardware, premium design and a high-res front camera. It can easily pose a threat to Lenovo K3 Note (review | FAQs) and MEIZU m2 note (review), which though slightly cheaper, will loose to the InFocus M680 in terms of looks and optics.
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