With new smartphones launching on a regular basis, typical consumers expect innovation. To keep up with the expectations of the consumers, smartphone manufacturers have been seemingly working to innovate better versions of their own products day by day. The smartphones of today come with bezel-less 4K resolution displays, dual rear camera, 4G VoLTE capabilities, wholesome memory and what not! All thanks to the innovation being experienced in the fast-moving smartphone technology.
However, a major consequence of this is the drain of battery life. A good battery backup is something that one looks for when buying a new smartphone. Especially those who commute for long hours regularly and use their smartphone frequently for their entertainment.
Though the manufacturers have been trying to optimize the software with the battery in such a way that it becomes more efficient and lasts longer, the simplest way to offer a good battery backup is to fit in a bigger battery. And this works most of the time. Keeping this in mind, the US-based technology company, InFocus, recently announced its budget-friendly smartphone, the Turbo 5. The phone houses a 5000mAh massive battery which indeed is its biggest highlight. What else does this smartphone offers? Let’s find out!
Build & Design
The phone has a plastic body with a faux metal finish, which should be fine for most of us. A phone can still offer a good build quality without necessarily having a metal build. However, the panels of the phone seem to be a little loose. The 2.5D glass on top of the almost-no-bezel display along with round edges gives it a neat look.
Sure the phone doesn’t look ugly, but it has nothing extraordinary either, as far as the design is concerned. It looks pretty much like the Redmi 4. Just that Xiaomi’s phone is more compact.
With the inclusion of a 5000mAh big battery, I expected the device to be heavy. Turns out that the device is light weighted (164 grams to be precise) and extremely easy to carry. The Turbo 5 is sleek (8.95mm thin) and single-handed operation on this device is perfectly fine.
Just like most of other smartphones, the fingerprint sensor is placed at the back.
Display & UI
The Turbo 5 sports a 5.3 Inch HD IPS display with 2.5D curved class on top. The color reproduction on this device is good and a little on the cooler side with decent contrast level. The viewing angles are quite sharp too. It couldn’t have been better at this price point.
However, the capacitive buttons at the bottom aren’t backlit and do not respond well at times, which is quite irritating.
Regarding the UI, the Turbo 5 comes preloaded with the Android Nougat with Infocus’ own custom UI on top. The UI doesn’t bring any major change on the software site, except for the heavy bloating. The smartphone is filled with many bloatware apps including Saavn, Make My Trip, Amazon and Xploree keyboard. What’s worse is that they can’t be uninstalled.
As said earlier, the phone housed a huge 5000mAh battery and is the USP of this smartphone. We rarely get to see a smartphone at this price range with such a good battery life. On moderate and judicious usage, the battery will last roughly for 2 days on a single charge.
However, a major demerit is the lack of fast charging. The phone takes nearly 4 hours to charge from 0 to 100% which makes the charging process very cumbersome.
To compensate this, the phone has a reverse charging feature. Sure you can’t charge this device fast but you have the ability to charge other devices from this one. Though, I see no point in filling one bucket by emptying the other. You’ll still have the same amount of battery, distributed in 2 phones. However, this feature will come handy for those who prefer carrying an alternate phone along with them.
The phone is powered by MediaTek MT6735 octa-core chipset, clocked at 1.25GHz. This sure is a not a powerhouse and lags in performance all the time. The lag can be noticed even while typing, which is really a bad sign. On the other hand, its direct competitor, the Redmi 4, offers much better and smooth performance with almost no lags, despite that it runs on the older Android version (Marshmallow).
Even the animations while switching the screen or opening apps lag at times and show visible slowness. This vexes me out all the time.
Though, gaming on this device was pretty smooth, much smoother than the normal usage. But, it does struggle much with graphics intensive games including Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 5. 20 minutes into gaming and the device starts to get hot. So hot that I wonder if it will deteriorate the over performance of the phone over time, which already isn’t satisfactory.
The phone sports a 13MP primary camera along with a 5MP selfie shooter. The images taken by the rear camera are pretty decent and vibrant. Though, the images are soft and lack details. It also takes time to focus. The low light performance is pathetic but I did expect this considering that the phone at Rs 6,999. The front camera’s performance is also the same.
Apart from the 5000mAh battery and sharp display, the phone doesn’t have much to offer. Though it’s justified as it is a budget-oriented phone. The phone comes in 2 variants. The one with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory is priced at Rs. 6,999. On the other hand, the better 3GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage version cost about Rs. 7,999.
This one is for those who are always on the go and want a battery-rich device. If you are looking for performance then this is not the one.
I find it hard to recommend this phone to you all. If I had to choose one for me, I would rather go for the Redmi 4.