[First Cut] InFocus Vision 3: Keeping the budget segment In Focus

 

Two things are becoming common across any segment of smartphones – taller screen ratios or the full-screen display as some call and dual cameras. While the most popular brands are among the first to adopt, some of the homegrown ones such as Micromax aren’t behind either. InFocus is an American brand that has been selling phones for a few years now that have been pretty decent in their overall performance, offered at good prices. Joining the bandwagon of taller displays and dual camera in the entry-level phones is the InFocus Vision 3. This is an interesting proposition we have from InFocus, and here are our first impressions.

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It’s so hard to tell the different brands apart by just the looks these days and the Vision 3 is nothing different. Though the phone has an 18:9 aspect ratio, there is a considerable amount of bezels all around but not as much as we have seen on its earlier cousins. The overall build is made of plastic, and the one we got is the gold variant, rather falling into the darker shades. On to the right are the power button and the dual hybrid sim tray while on the other side, there is a pair of volume rockers. Both the buttons have a symmetrical etching on them that shines well, but the tactile feedback could’ve been better – they don’t go deep enough. And they make that clicky noise too. Up top, there is a 3.5 mm audio jack, while at the bottom there is a micro USB port. On to the back, again one of the most common and confusing designs – a pair of cameras at the top with the LED flash and antenna lines going through them. A circular fingerprint scanner sits below them. The InFocus branding is found at the bottom while a speaker grille sits below that. A rather awkward positioning of the grille – just the right side. We will have to test to see how good this would turn out to be. The front has no hardware button, and a front-facing camera sits at the top.

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The phone packs a 5.7-inch OnCell display with no mention of protection. With good viewing angles and touch sensitivity, colors come off bright and punchy. The surface is highly reflective though, especially, under the sunlight. Though the screen is tall, the phone fits well into the hands, although a tad slippery if you don’t grip it well or have sweaty palms. The display does well in not picking up too many smudges, which is a common problem in low-end phones.

 

Under the hood, it packs a MediaTek MT6735 quad-core processor, clocked at 1.3GHz with a Mali T720 GPU. With 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, the phone can take up to 256GB via the Hybrid microSD slot. The phone runs on a customized version of Android Nougat, that doesn’t have an app drawer. Icons are laid out in multiple homescreens. There are few custom apps such as file manager, FM radio, Fileshare and so on. UC News and browser are also pre-installed but cannot be uninstalled. There is a minimalistic theme store as well. The phone did well for basic usage, in the limited time we spent. More on this during our detailed review.

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The primary camera set is a pair of 13MP and 5MP sensors, and portrait mode seems to be a specialty that InFocus wants to bring in here. The camera app has tons of options such as filters, modes, and some fun stickers. The front shooter is an 8MP camera with a beautification mode. InFocus is bringing in Dualfie mode, which is similar to the Bothie mode we saw on the Nokia 8 where both the front and the rear cameras get into the action. Also, the front camera supports Pro mode, which isn’t usual with phones in this price range. The phone also packs a 4000mAh battery with no fast charging support.

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Priced attractively at Rs 6999, the Infocus Vision 3 directly takes on the Redmi 4, Y1 and 5A series. This will be a very interesting battle as the Redmi 5 series, though launched in China, is yet to arrive in India. There is also the Moto C and E series that keep going on offers during sales on Flipkart. Will the Vision 3 be just another phone with that taller display? Or will its portrait mode give it an edge over the others? This and more, we will find out for you in the coming days. Stay tuned.

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