InFocus M2 review: This Rs 4,999 smartphone with 8 MP front and rear cameras is the best bet at this price

Earlier this month, US-based InFocus Mobiles entered the Indian smartphone market with its InFocus M2 3G smartphone. Coming from a company more synonymous with LCD projectors, we were curious to know what kind of phone were they projecting at the Indian consumers.
The InFocus M2 has a 4.2-inch display with a 1280x768 resolution that offers good visibility even under bright sunlight. The phone sports an overall thin design with a slightly curved back body. It is easy to operate with one hand and the overall touch response of the phone is also good.
The lock button and volume controllers are appropriately placed for easier access on either sides of the phone. The phone comes with an LED notification light in the front for missed conversations, calls, messages, and other similar updates.

One of the best things about this phone is its cameras. InFocus has been able to hit the sweet spot of the average mobile consumer in India who looks for a good camera phone without splurging too much on it. This smartphone includes 8 megapixels cameras on both the front as well as the rear, complete with flash on both sides. The picture quality is good both indoors and outdoors. The default camera app lets you click selfies with voice control and offers a variety of options like skin lightening and make up application while editing. It also offers you advanced settings for ISO, white balance, and scene modes before you capture.

From camera to sound - this phone has a good audio output. I tried testing it in our good old choked Delhi Metro compartment where even as the in-metro announcement was blaringly high, the InFocus M2 made sure to deliver comfortable listening. Even at its highest, the audio is neat and doesn't hurt the ears. However, if you play music on speakers, you will notice slight humming noise in the background, which is not noticeable when you plug in the earphones. If we take into comparison Fly Qik+ which has a poor audio at Rs 6,999, the one by InFocus is still a much better deal at a lower cost.

With Android KitKat, the phone offers Google's smooth interface. InFocus has pre-installed some productivity apps which you can disable from the settings panel. The phone runs a 1.3 GHz quad core processor and while playing around with the phone, I did not come across any app crash or freezing. However, when I tried playing a game on the device, I could never get the game loaded properly in the first go. Browsing the web over Wi-Fi was with little or no glitches.

The 2,010 mAh battery is long lasting and lets you listen to music, browse the web, watch videos, and carry out basic functions on a usual day out.
For a price of just Rs 4,999, you couldn't have asked for a better device. It is sleek, offers dual-SIM support, is Android-based, is 3G enabled, and gives you dual 8 megapixel cameras with flash, all with a good battery backup. If you are looking for a change in brand and want an affordable smartphone with all the features, InFocus M2 is the best bet.
Rating: 4/5

Physical Characteristic
ColourWhite, Black
Dimension135mm(H) x 64.5mm(W) x 11.1mm(T)
Weight145g (5.1oz)
OSAndroid KitKat 4.4.2
Battery2,010mAh Li-Ion Polymer (unremovable)
3G standby time:up to 280 hrs
3G talk time:up to 480 mins
*NOTE: All battery claims depend on the cellular network, location,,signal strength, feature configuration, usage, and many other factors;,actual results will vary. Battery has limited recharge cycles and may,eventually need to be replaced by an authorized service provider.,Battery life and charge cycles vary by use and settings. Battery tests,were conducted using specific InFocus units.
SIMDual SIM (Micro SIM type, dual standby)
CPUMediaTek MT6582, Quad-core 1.3GHz
GPUMali-400, 500MHz
Size4.2 inches (9.2 x 5.5 cm)
TypeLTPS LCD, 16.7M colors
ResolutionWXGA 1280×768 (355PPI)
TouchCapacitive touch screeen with multitouch
InternalROM: 8GB / RAM: 1GB
*available capacity varies by system and pre-load applications
Card slotsupports microSD™ memory card for up to 64GB additional storage

850/900/1800/1900 MHz


900/2100 MHz

*HSDPA up to 21Mbps
Main8MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, Autofocus, 4x digital zoom, Flash LED
Front8MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, Autofocus, 3x digital zoom, Diffused flash LED; Smile auto selfie shot
FeaturesExposure compensation, Continuous shots, Scene setting, White balance, Face recognition, Beauty shot and Photo enhancer, video recording with 720×480, 1280×720, 1920×1080@ 30fps
Multimedia format
VideoH.263, H.264, MP4, VP8
MusicMP3, MP4, MEG4, H.263, H.264, 3GP
PictureJPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG, WebP
Alert typesVibration, MP3, WAV, Custom ringtones
Loud speakerYes
3.5mm jackYes
MicrophoneDual microphones for noise cancelling

802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz), Bluetooth 4.0+LE/EDR/A2DP/HSP/SPP/AVRCP,,GPS/AGPS, WLAN Direct, micro-B USB connector for data transferring and,battery charging

Ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, G-sensor, Gyroscope
UIInLife UI, EZ Launcher
BrowserChrome, support HTML5
MessagingSMS (Threaded view), MMS, Email, Push mail, IM
AppsFacebook, Dropbox, Youtube, Selfie/Photo Enhancer (MeituPic), Music player, Video Player, Audio Effects, Office document viewer, Weather and Google Pack

FM radio, LED indicator

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