Your first reaction to this would most likely be – err what? We know, we know. So we may have to spell it out for you here. iVOOMi is a Chinese OEM/ODM company which is more than 15 years old in its business, aims at bringing its products which are mostly smartphones at a very affordable price. Not many would have heard about this company, but following the trend of the dozens of Chinese phone-makers out there, they entered the Indian market a few months back. Me5 is what they’ve launched today, and this aims to bring in a lot for a price of Rs 4499 it is offered at. Here is our first cut of the phone, a first impression if you will.
Me5 comes in an orange box with a battery, pair of earphones and a cable+charger brick duo. One can tell from the packaging that it’s all about keeping things to their bare minimum. Speaking of which, the phone is completely made of plastic, and when you take that back cover off to install the battery, you’d know how minimalistic the things are. Once the cover is put back on, it’s time to ride the phone. Going around the phone, there are no buttons on the right side of the phone, and the left side has the power button along with the volume rockers – rather strange and sounds as if the phone was made for a southpaw. Up top, there is a 3.5 mm audio jack and a micro USB charging port. A speaker grille is found on the back of the phone while on the top is the camera bump with a LED flash along with the branding. The phone is light and fits well in hand but, that back cover doesn’t blend into the sides of the phone and pokes the palm a bit.
On the front is the 5-inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 1280*720 pixels and a 2.5D curved glass! But that back cover not blending into the sides truly takes away that seamless 2.5D curved glass experience. There is no mention of any kind of protection on the screen. The screen can get very bright at its max levels, and the viewing angles are good. Touch sensitivity and visibility under sunlight are the main concerns on this display. There is a screen guard that comes installed by default and even taking that off, the touch sensitivity was a notch below the average levels. One will have to get used to the pressure that needs to be applied. There is a trio of hardware buttons on the front that is painted in silver and won’t light up.
Under the hood, Me5 packs an unnamed quad core chipset clocked at 1.3GHz with a Mali 400 GPU. 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory to go along with the SoC, and the phone runs a stock version of Android Nougat 7.0 with a May 2017 security patch. There are some gestures available though, which we will test out over the next week or so. There’s a 3000 mAh battery to power the device. It comes with a microSD slot capable of expanding storage by up to 128 GB.
The camera bump at the back houses an 8MP camera while the front shooter is a 5MP one. The camera app surprisingly had tons of options such as filters, make up effect for the rear camera, HDR mode and so on. Focusing seemed to be struggling in our initial tests, but we will put it through its paces in our full review.
Coming at a price of Rs 4499, the iVOOMi Me5 supports 4G LTE on both of its sim slots. For that price and the configurations it brings, it’s a mixed bag as one wouldn’t expect too much to start with. Our initial impression is that it may be just doing justice to its price rather, getting the job done per say. But when the Xiaomi Redmi 4A comes for Rs 1000 more and being a brilliant all round performer, it would be interesting to see how an unknown brand in the Indian market will perform. For now, we roll up our sleeves to see how the Me5 performs across various departments. The full review is coming soon, stay tuned!