InFocus, the American communication giant has been very busy with launching smartphones especially for the Indian market. And couple of their phones in the sub Rs 10,000 range have been doing pretty good amidst the plethora of companies fighting it out in the marketplace. In continuing their quest to grab hold of a market share in a category that means for the masses – the budget range phablet, InFocus has just launched the the M680 exclusively on Snapdeal eCommerce portal. And here we are, taking a quick look at the phone and presenting you our first impressions.
Bringing in a budget device in any category would mean cutting the corners and usually the design of the phone takes a beating. But that trend is quickly changing with companies bringing in some amount of metal into the build and some smooth contours to bring in some appeal (remember the Coolpad Note 3? It had a metallic/chrome ring as its frame giving it a rich look). InFocus seems to be doing something similar here – a 5.5 inch phone coming at a thickness of 7.3 mm and weighing close to a 160 gms, has good rounding off at its edges while the edges take a chamfering as the phone shines giving it a nice appeal. The power and the volume buttons on the either sides of the phone pop out well enough to give a good tactile feedback. Overall, the design might not stand out in the crowd but you will know that the makers have put some effort to bring out a good balance between the cost and the design. What we got is the Gold color which looks good as a matter of fact, apart from being comfortable in the hands.
M680 comes with a 5.5″ FHD screen packing as many as 401 pixels per inch. First impressions of the screen is certainly positive and has good viewing angles though it can get very reflective under the sun. Three capacitive buttons sit at the bottom but are not backlit (cutting the corners remember?). The touch responsiveness has been very good from what we have seen in the past week. What is rather good is the colorful icons that pop out of the screen and some cool transition effects that brings in a good amount of visual delight. The phone runs on a custom built InLife OS built off Android Lollipop 5.1 and InFocus brings in an assured promise of an upgrade to Android Marshmallow in the coming days. We will be testing this out thoroughly as well.
Powering all of this will be a Mediatek MT6753 Octacore processor with a Mali T720 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. With 16GB of internal memory (around 9 GB available to the user) that has an ability to take in 64GB more via microSD slot storage should not be a problem at all.
The camera department is where it gets interesting. Both the rear and the front facing cameras pack 13MP lens (with auto-focus) and InFocus claims that M680 would be the only one in its price segment to bring such an offering. With an f/2.2 aperture and autofocus on both of them, we should see some good pictures coming off the phone. We did quickly try out the camera and in broad we saw some sharp, crispy, true color reproduction images that impressed us. More on this in our detailed review.
InFocus has been putting some work into their OS and we did see some interesting features such as gestures and motions, cool options in the app drawer, an interesting camera app. We also received an OTA update for some minor fixes and this lets us believe that InFocus would be good with software updates. Overall the performance seemed smooth so far. The phone comes with 2600 mAh battery and we will have to see how this manages to keep its juice alive for a tall phone.
M680 also brings in lots of options in the connectivity department. The phone has two sim slots that can take in nano sims and one of them doubles up as a microSD slot. With both band 40 and band 3 supported, TDD and FDD LTE will not be a problem at all for the Indian users. With Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and AGPS and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and quite a good number of sensors like accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer the M680 seems to be bring in good stuff to the table. And for the ones who care about music, M680 will come with a FM Radio and also a support for USB OTG.
InFocus aims at making an impact in the 5.5″ Phablet segment coming for Rs 10,999 (available exclusively on Snapdeal). With some good elements in its design along with metal and the shiny factor, a decent custom knit operating system, some power packed into the cameras and giving those tiny features that matter the most to the masses, we feel this is step in the right direction but the M680 will face a tough competition from the likes of Coolpad Note 3, Lenovo K3 Note and Yu Yureka Plus. Will it manage to make its mark? Will that 2600 mAh battery take the M680 through the race? Will those 13MP cameras manage to impress beyond the specsheet? We will be back with a detailed review on that. Meanwhile, you can ask us any questions you have or something specific you want us to look into.