InFocus Corporation, a company that started while working on LCD and DLP projectors, has grown into quite a conglomerate these days. The American owned brand entered into India last year and so far has launched many handsets as well as recently announced a set of LED TVs at affordable pricing as well. But we are not going into deep there, what we are interested in is the handset that company has launched today, the Bingo 10, yet another affordable handset in the Bingo Series, which includes three other handsets; Bingo 20, Bingo 21 and Bingo 50. The smartphone launched today is available at a Rs 4,299 pricing.
In a move to woo Indian audience seeking for budget handsets with decent specifications, InFocus has aggressively launched a couple of handsets with little price variation, giving its consumers to choose from a list of options according to needs. The most incredible part of the latest Bingo handset is that it is running on the Android Marshmallow operating system out-of-the-box. The company is calling it world’s most affordable Marshmallow powered device, and it’s true as well, beating its own handset, the Bingo 50. We have been using this handset for about a week now, and this is our detailed review of the device.
Sporting a white color on the textured back and a greenish yellow color on the edges, this device feels like the company wants to bring back the colorful handsets into the market, unlike what we see these days. With not very much different ports and button placements, the Bingo 10 manages to deliver intuitive design aesthetics. On the front, you’ll see the black color takes over the empty spaces. Just above the display, there is a camera module, earpiece, and flashlight, while the bottom of the display is covered by Logo branding. Coming to the backside, you can notice a camera module and LED Flash aligned in a manner on top with the embedded Logo branding on the back. On the bottom left corner, there is a speaker grill give, underneath that you can find the loud speaker when you remove the back panel. After opening the panel, you’ll see that greenish yellow color is spread on the whole plastic constructed body. There are two SIM slots; one of them can be used to place a microSD card as well to expanded storage. Overall, the device offers a sturdy build and feels comfortable in the hand, but it just might be too bulky if you’re used to lightweight devices, which I’m.
There is not much to the display; it is a 4.5-inch size with 854 x 480 pixel resolution, which gives a pixel density of about 218 PPI (Pixel Per Inch). The company has also incorporated that it will support up to 16 Million colors, something e don’t generally bother to mention in our review, but this is quite a budget handset, and even the smallest feature might be worth notable. Using the IPS LCD technology, the device manages to offer decent color reproduction, nothing fancy, but watching casual YouTube video is fine on this display unless you want to view HD (720p) videos, which won’t be possible here. The viewing angles are pretty decent on this screen, with full brightness you can say the sunlight legibility is as better as one can expect in this price range. The display is a fingerprint magnet but doesn’t interfere with the viewing experience much. All in all, the display is decent, considering the price point it comes with.
We have used a lot of InFocus handsets since last year, and the one constant thing in all these handsets was the interface experience. Offering one universal UI experience on all its handsets makes it quite easy to release the software update, although, we haven’t seen company quite active in releasing OTA updates, as we expected with powerful software approach. But the company has again shown that software first approach on the Bingo 10 as well. The device is powered by Android Marshmallow, which is not even released for the many flagship devices launched last year. Meanwhile, the device is claimed to be the first affordable handset with Marshmallow running out-of-the-box. And the claim seems to be true as no device comes with Android 6.0 OS less than this pricing. Well, the closest handset that comes is the InFocus’s Bingo 50, which is priced at Rs 7499. So, if you’re looking to get a handset with latest Android OS installed then, this could be your handset.
But we must warn you that it’s not a stock UI, you’ll see tons of customization. The Marshmallow element is present only in Settings app while it’s absent from the notification panels, app drawer and other factors you generally see on a Stock Android. The more important thing; the UI offers smooth operations and can easily manage a couple of apps running in the background. Multitasking won’t be as swift, but it can be done with little patience. The software experience on this handset was pretty fine, looking at 8GB of internal storage and expansion slot, you can have as many apps installed on this handset. But we should warn you that it will get slow down once you filled it with more apps. I suggest you use default apps as the company has added tons of pre-loaded apps, mostly resourceful.
Hardware & Performance
The device isn’t a powerhouse, if that’s what you were expecting; rather it is a handset with computing power to carry out your average apps usage smoothly. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6580M, which is said to be equivalent to the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 processor. The Quad-core chipset clocks at 1.3GHz and has a support of Mali 400 GPU; it is further supported by a 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The gaming on this handset is decent if you’re playing small games like Temple Run, Angry Birds, and Candy Crush Saga. While it can also play games like Riptide GP2 and Dead Trigger 2, but the experience won’t be good as we played these games and there was a noticeable lag. Regarding heating, the device didn’t heat up high during apps usage, but the heating measure was considerably high during game plays.
Talking about the benchmark scores, just to check the potential of the device, we tested it out for Anututu and Vellamo scores. The first test was Antutu, which yielded a score of 23586 while the Vellamo measures in three different parameters. The scores were 1190 for Multicore, 701 for Metal and 1858 for Chrome Browser test. Though, the real-life usage test revealed that the browsing websites on this handset is not a very good idea unless the websites are optimized for such small sized devices.
The camera package on this handset includes 5-megapixel modules on both sides; rear and front. While it’s pretty nice to have at least 5MP selfie camera, it isn’t anywhere good to have a 5MP main camera. But that is the case of budget handset, they’ll not feature top of the line specs. Though, when we took both the camera for spin, we learned that selfie camera produced good outputs considering the aperture number of f/2.8. In low light, the flashlight helped improve details in captures, while the HDR wasn’t any helpful. Talking about the rear module, it has a f/2.2 aperture but didn’t yield any good results, whether we take natural light or artificial light into consideration. The rear module had issue focusing during macro shots.
The camera app offers smooth operations, but it rather lacks modes, face beauty, panorama and HDR, these three were the only modes present for capturing via rear module, as well as through front module. The video recording on this handset wasn’t what we expected, but looking at price point, if it can shoot 720p videos, then that is feature worth noting. I like the selfie camera far better than the rear module, Overall, its decent package.
Battery & Connectivity
The device comes with a 2000 mAh capacity battery, now when you consider the display and processor it comes with, the battery life should be good, right. But that’s not the case here, despite average usage, the battery wasn’t lasting much, it struggles to last the whole day. You need to at least charge one time to make it through the day. While talking about the connectivity, it has options like Dual SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and microUSB port. Not much connectivity options on the handset, but considering the budget, it has everything one can expect. Though, it would have been nice to see this handset to feature 4G connectivity.
With Indian smartphone scene heating up, this handset was inevitable, and InFocus couldn’t have timed it better and deliver a handset that’s priced at Rs 4,299. The specification it offers is unbelievable, Android Marshmallow, a Selfie Camera with LED Flash, a Quad-core processor to handle daily operation and a display that can deliver decent picture quality. There’s not much you could hope from a handset with such budget price point, but the company has defied the odds and was able to deliver a handset that can empower citizens living in tier II and tier III cities. We just hope company would be offering great service when it comes to after sales service.