In Nepal, there is a huge market for smartphone and many well known multinational smartphone companies has already set an eye on Nepali market whereas some are trying to do so. One of those multinational company who succeeds to enter Nepali market is InFocus. Prism Technologies (the authorised distributor of InFocus Smartphones for Nepal) has recently launched their entry and midrange level smartphone in Nepali market. In this article, I am going to review InFocus M370i an entry level smartphone launched by InFocus Nepal.
Key Features of InFocus M370i
5 inches of IPS Capacitive display with 1280 x 720 pixels screen resolution.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 with Quad-core 1.1 GHz processor and Adreno 304 GPU.
2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard memory which can be expanded up to 64GB using microSD.
8MP of rear camera and 2MP of a front facing camera.
Sensors like Accelerometer, Proximity & Ambient Light Sensor.
2230 mAh removable Li-Ion battery.
InFocus M370i is an entry level smartphone and has a full plastic body which makes it light weighted. Along with that the phone feels good and provides a good grip in a hand. InFocus M370i comes to dimensions of 143mm height, 71.5mm width and 8.1mm thick.
M370i is one of the most affordable smartphones in the Nepali market that comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset inside. In the front of the phone, there is a Front facing camera of 2MP on the left side of the earpiece and on the right side there are a proximity sensor and notification light. The phone does not come with physical capacitive buttons but there are virtual buttons for Recent apps, Home and Back. Umrah Packages are now available at MEX for free avail it now before the offer goes down.
On the back, the phone has the 8MP of rear camera, a secondary mic and a LED flash at the top right and a speaker in the bottom left.
On the right side of the phone, there is a power button and on the left side, there is a volume rocker key. The bottom of the phone has 3.5mm headphone jack, a microUSD port and a primary mic.
The sims in the phone have to be inserted by removing the 2230 mAh removable battery. The phone supports Dual sim (nano & micro) and the micro sim tray is the hybrid sim tray which means you have to choose between using the Dual-Sim or increasing the internal memory using microSD.
InFocus M370i comes in 5 inches of display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The display is one of the best in the price range as colours are vibrant and very responsive to the fingers. Sunlight visibility is average, which means using InFocus M370i under direct sunlight will not be so easy. The only thing I do not like about the display is that it easily catches the fingerprints in the display which is bit annoying and does not come with any protective layer. So I’ll suggest you use tempered glass on M370i display.
Infocus M370i is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 Quad-core 1.1GHz CPU and Adreno 304 GPU and comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM. Talking about the performance of the phone, it was good and during the review period I did not face any problems in normal use but while playing heavy games like Asphalt 8, Mortal Combat 5 and much more, I have faced a sudden lag and sometimes while playing the Asphalt 8 I have felt the drop in the frame rate. I guess the main cause of the downfall in performance is due to the low and old processors compared to the other phones available in the market. As the phone has 2GB of RAM the main cause of the downfall for the performance may be due to the year old processor. During the review period of the phone, I felt that the phone easily heats up during the normal use also.
The camera side, InFocus M370i comes with 8MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flashlight. The picture taken with the rear camera on InFocus M370i is average, just like with other smartphones in this price range. It fails to take clear and sharp photos, while the HDR mode does not help either to take great images. Front facing camera has the same story. So we would like to say, don’t expect any kind of miracles from the InFocus M370i camera.
During the review period of InFocus M370i, the battery normally lasts for a day in which I used the phone for Web Surfing, making calls, watching videos, a bit of game and the phone was connected to a smart fitness band a whole day using Bluetooth. As you may know, the battery life of the phone depends on various factors which mean it is not fair to judge the battery life from my use only. Below are some screen on time screenshots of the battery life on various periods of time.
If you are an entry level user who has a very limited budget and don’t want to use Chinese smartphones then this phone might be a good choice for you as it performs great in normal uses and gives a day of battery life without a problem. But if you can add some more budget and don’t mind to use a Chinese company smartphone then the ZTE blade S6 is offering a lot. ZTE Blade S6 is available at Rs.15990 which is just 2 thousand more expensive compared to InFocus M370i. ZTE Blade S6 offers better build quality, better CPU, GPU and camera performance than the Infocus M370i.