Oregon, US-based company InFocus is eyeing a bigger share of the Indian smartphone market with bigger investment plans and a new breed of smartphones such as the InFocus Vision 3. Available at Rs6,999 on Amazon.in, this is the most affordable thin-bezel smartphone with 18:9 aspect ratio, you can buy, after Micromax Canvas Infinity (Rs9,999).
Here are the key elements you should keep in mind before going for the new InFocus Vision 3.
■ The Vision 3 is a new-age budget smartphone which feels more durable and looks more stylish with the metal body. The rounded edges, the matte finish and the phone’s narrow (72mm) form factor makes it easily manageable with one hand. The Vision 3 has a back-facing fingerprint sensor. It is a bit slow but accurate.
■What makes the Vision 3 stand out further is the thin-bezel design, though it is still quite uncommon. The LG G6 (Rs12,999 onwards), Micromax Canvas Infinity (Rs9,999) and Honor 7x (Rs12,999) are some of the other budget smartphones with similar design.
■The 5.7-inch display has a resolution of 1,440x720p and immersive aspect ratio of 18:9. Though the resolution is lower than the 5.5-inch (1,920×1,080p) screen of the 10.Or E, it looks brighter, which makes watching movies more enjoyable on it.
■Driven by MediaTek’s modest MT6737 quad-core processor and 2GB RAM, the Vision 3 was able to handle most casual tasks well, but with 8 to 10 apps running at the same time, it slows down a little.
■The 10.Or E is better placed as it is driven by a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor with 3GB RAM in tow. It also offers 32GB internal storage and the option to add more with a microSD card. With the Vision 3, users get only 16GB internal storage, but there is a microSD card slot in case they need more.
■Another surprise in store is the 4,000mAh battery. It comfortably lasts over a day and half on a single charge, which is impressive and at par with the 10.Or E’s 4,000mAh battery.
■InFocus has redesigned its custom UI with the Vision 3. It runs on top of Android 7.0 and looks polished with new apps icons. InFocus has left out a lot of features such as the dual interface to keep the UI lighter. You still get the dual app mode, private space and the option to change the position of navigation keys. Overall, it is a good-looking interface with hardly any rough edges. The 10.Or E runs Android 7.1 too but with stock Android UI.
■The dual camera setup on the back includes a combo of 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors for capturing photos in bokeh mode. Shots captured in bokeh mode look good and also hide the photos inability to reproduce details. Regular landscape shots look dull. Colours also look a bit washed out. The camera app has mode called Dualfy, which fires both front and rear cameras simultaneously to capture the image for both the object and the user clicking the image.
■ InFocus’s new smartphone is ideal for casual users looking for a big screen for watching movies and reading. If you are looking for a more powerful smartphone, go with the 10.Or E.livemint