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InFocus M812 first impressions: an affordable flagship that oozes premiumness

|July 29 2015 |Android Phones, Android, First impressions

“The M812 is brand’s flagship offering and here’s our first look at it”

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American brand InFocus entered the Indian smartphone market just four months ago. However, within a short span of time, the company has grown it's portfolio from zero to many. At an event yesterday, the brand showcased its roadmap for the country, where it introduced a wide range of offerings, including TVs, feature phones, smartphones and a tablet. It unveiled four smartphones in total, and while all of them seem like capable options in their respective segments, let's take a closer look at the priciest and most loaded of them all, the InFocus M812.

The M812 is InFocus’ flagship offering, and the company has made sure that its build quality reflects the same. At first glance, with its chamfered edges and metallic unibody build, the device might seem like a replica of the venerable Apple iPhone. However, if you look closely, there are several differences.

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The metallic body features a silver hue, which looks quite good to the eye. Not just the looks, the handset feels really good in hands. Even though the phone falls into phablet territory with its large 5.5-inch display, it’s quite lightweight and tips the scale at just 120g. It’s also very lean with a waistline measuring 7.4mm.

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The fascia of the InFocus M812 is dominated by the display, which is given company by an earpiece, a secondary shooter and proximity and light sensors. You won’t find the navigation keys below, since the company has added them as part of the software.

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The right spine of the phablet sports two ejectable slots, with the second one acting as a hybrid slot for accepting a SIM card or a microSD card. The circular power button and the volume keys are available on the left. The audio socket is present up top in a rubberised panel, which looks slightly out of place when compared to the metal finish. The micro-USB port can be found at the bottom, flanked by speaker grilles.

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The InFocus M812 hosts the primary camera along with dual-LED flash at the back, where you’ll also find company’s branding and 4G logo.

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The 5.5-inch IPS display on the smartphone bears a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, offering sharp and vibrant visuals. The viewing angles are also decent, although the brightness seemed a tad low.

Powering the show on the InFocus M812 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU, which offers four cores running at 2.5GHz. The processor is mated to a generous 3GB of RAM. During our brief time with it, the phone worked like a charm while navigating between screens or switching between apps. It ships with 16GB of storage, out of which around 8.8GB is available for use.

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The InFocus M812 comes with company’s proprietary InLife UI, which is based upon Android 5.0 Lollipop. The interface offers a lot of features such as support for gestures, along with numerous preloaded apps and games such as TOI, Snapdeal, Temple Run, WPS Office, etc.

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For imaging, the smartphone boasts a 13-megapixel snapper at the back, which is assisted by a dual-colour LED flash for uniform illumination in low light. At the front, the InFocus M812 features an 8MP shooter, which has an 88-degree wide angle lens. The camera app offers tons of modes and settings to enhance your shooting experience.

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Connectivity-wise, the phone supports 4G networks (compatible with both TDD and FDD bands) as well as the usual options such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. It draws power from a sealed 2,900mAh battery, and you can also enable various modes to extend its battery life.

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InFocus has priced the device quite competitively, just like its other offerings. Priced at Rs 19,999, the M812 offers quite a lot for its asking price. It will go on sale starting September and will be up against the likes of the Xiaomi Mi4 (review | cheatsheet) and OnePlus One (review | cheatsheet).

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