InFocus M350 review: A value for money smartphone with all the necessary features

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Price: ₹ Rs. Rs. 7,999

Key Specs

    5” LCD HD display(294 PPI), 1.5 GHz 64 bit quad-core MediaTek MT6732 CPU, 2 GB DDR3, 8 MP Rear and Front camera, 16 in-built storage and expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card, Dual SIM (4G/3G/2G+ 2G), 2500 mAh battery

Pros: Good camera, sharp display, snappier processor, beats the competitors in battery backup

Cons: Slippery construction, broad bezels and sill no touch capacitive buttons, feels a tad bulky

Bottomline: Infocus M350 is a great buy with a crisp HD display, nifty camera features, snappier processor and good inbuilt storage under Rs. 8,000. Overall a big thumps up for the performance of the device.

We have seen a growing interest in the Indian market by smartphone manufacturers around the globe. Especially Chinese smartphone makers who have bombarded the Indian market with the affordable feature packed Android offerings.  And now manufacturers from other countries have also followed the trend.

Infocus, the American smartphone maker recently launched its third budget smartphone Infocus M350, which will compete with some of the best smartphones in the sub 8k category.

Let’s check out how the smartphone performs.

Design

InFocus M350 is a well constructed smartphone. The plastic used is of high quality and has a metallic touch which gives it a premium look. The curvy smooth finish of the back panel looks good but also makes the smartphone a bit slippery.

The device is slightly larger than the other 5 inchers because of the large bezels at the bottom of the display. This makes Infocus M350 a bit difficult to use with one hand. The volume rockers are positioned  on the left edge , power button is on the right edge and the 3.5mm audio jack is located on top of the device.

Display

The device comes with 5 inch HD display that delivers a pixel count of 294 ppi. Despite the lower ppi, the display looks brilliant and have good viewing angles compared to other smartphones in the category. We played graphical intensive games and played various HD videos and the display offers an amazing viewing experience.

Performance

This smart phone comes with 1.5 GHz 64 bit quad core processor, which handled all the applications without breaking up a sweat. While testing the smartphone through different benchmarks such as Antutu, Quadrant, GFX, Vellamo, 3D mark etc. we found that the CPU performance was at par with the competitors.

InFocus M350 scored 30,652 in Antutu which is better than Xiaomi Redmi Note and Xiaomi Redmi 2. Its touched 9,965 in Quadrant, 4968 in 3D mark (Asus Zenfone 5 : 4527) and 2751 in Vellamo( Moto G: 1575).

(We do not completely rely on these benchmarks but they surely give a numerical parameter to compare the performances of smart phones and tablets)

We also played 3D games such as ASPHALT 8, dead Trigger 2 and the smartphone handled the heavy graphics without any issues.  However, the smartphone heats up during the gaming and while playing HD videos.

Multitasking was also not a problem with the 2 GB RAM. There were no major lags while using more than 15 applications simultaneously but yes the smartphone stuttered while shifting from one to another app but that’s due to the chunky customized software.

Infocus M350 runs on Android 4.4, which is a downside as most of the smartphones in sub 8k have the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop. We did not encounter any call drops and the device supports two micro SIM cards, one supports all the bands and the other one supports only 2G.

Camera

InFocus focuses on selfie trend by integrating an  8 MP auto focus camera on the front of the smartphone. The rear also has the 8 MP auto focus shooter.  The picture quality is quite good and even after zooming the captured shots to the maximum, there is a minimal pixilation.

The camera also features LED flash light at the back for capturing images in low light conditions. The camera integrates a number of modes such as normal, live photo, motion track, panorama, HDR smile shot, face detection, etc. We tested all the modes in our lab and all works quite well. Besides these, the gesture capture, which takes the voice commands such as Cheese and capture comes quite handy and will be appreciated by the selfie lovers.

Battery life

We are quite satisfied with the battery back-up of M350. It is backed by a non-removable 2500 mAh battery unit, which easily lasted for a day with moderate usage that includes 10-15 calls, browsing, music playback, texting and half an hour gaming. And under heavy usage, Infocus M350 survived for about 13 hours, which is also longer than the competition.  Moreover, in our regular video playback test that includes HD video streaming at Wi-Fi with maximum volume and brightness, the smartphone touched a mark of 9 hours 40 minutes, which is better than its rivals such as Yureka, Lenovo A7000, Redmi 2, etc.

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