- Android 5.0 Lollipop
- 2,000mAh battery
- 4.5-inch display
- 5-megapixel rear camera
- Sturdy built
- Smooth performance
- Slightly on the bulkier side
- Does not support 4G
- Heats quickly
- Mediocre audio quality
InFocus, the Oregon-based company launched a new budget smartphone for the Indian market as part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative. Dubbed as the InFocus M260, it is an entry-level smartphone manufactured at the company’s local facility at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh.
The M260 is priced at Rs.3,999 and is available in three different colours - orange, fluorescent green and white. As compelling as the price tag is, are its features. The M260 features a 4.5-inch FWVGA display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MT6582 chipset coupled with 1GB of RAM. Furthermore, since the phone is manufactured by Foxconn Technology, the company whose major clients include companies like Apple, Sony, and Xiaomi, the build quality is much better than what you usually get at this price point.
Let’s find out how this device fares in real world usage in our review.
The design of the M260 is nothing offbeat - it looks like just any other phone in a candy bar form factor, with neatly chamfered edges. But flip it over to the other side, and the phone breaks into an interesting two-colour design. The top portion of the rear that includes the camera module and an LED flash is fixed and non-removable, whereas the remaining three-fourth portion can be removed to access the two SIM card slots, the microSD card slot and the removable battery. The loudspeaker is present at the bottom of the rear. The InFocus branding is also clearly etched on the rear panel.
We had the white coloured unit for review. We noticed that during our time with the device this white portion would accumulate dust very easily.
The front portion of the phone is rather plain. In fact, a large part of the front portion is taken up by its bezels. Above the display is an earpiece, a 2-megapixel front camera and an ambient light sensor. Below the display are the on-screen capacitive buttons and the InFocus logo right below them. The standard volume rocker and power button are placed on the right edge of the phone and offer decent tactile feedback. The left edge of the phone has been left empty. A 3.5mm audio port and a Micro-USB port are placed on the top edge, whereas a primary microphone rests on the bottom edge.
The M260 comes in an all plastic body. Measuring 10.48mm in thickness and 155g in weight, the M260 is a bulky device. Having said that, the phone feels sturdy in hand, and for a device in its price point, leaves us with barely much to complain about.
At the front is a 4.5-inch FWVGA display with a resolution of 480x854p which translates to a very low pixel density of 218 PPI. Keeping in mind its cost, this is not something unexpected. As a result of the low pixel density, pixels are clearly visible on the screen. Moreover, the display lacks crispness. Also, the lack of oleophobic coating on the display makes it prone to smudges, which in turn affects its legibility. The screen is a bit reflective which results in average legibility under direct sunlight; legibility of the screen in indoor conditions, though, is acceptable. While the viewing angles were only average in indoor conditions, those in direct sunlight were disappointing.
On the hardware front, the M260 is powered by a quad-core 32-bit MediaTek MT6582 chipset clocked at 1.3GHz. It is backed by an ARM Mali-400 GPU for graphics. The device packs 1GB of RAM to enable smooth multitasking. When it comes to storage options, the M260 offers 8GB of onboard storage out of which around 4.5GB is available to the user. That said, the phone allows you to expand the storage up to 64GB via a microSD card. The M260 offers Dual-SIM (GSM + GSM) support. However, in contrast to other smartphones that are similarly priced, this device lacks 4G support. In terms of connectivity, the device supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS for navigation.
It’s been almost a year since InFocus has been manufacturing competitive entry-level and mid-range smartphones in India. In doing so, we have to admit, that the company has also improved its software reasonably well. The M260 runs Inlife UI with Android 5.0 Lollipop as a base. By default, the device ships with two launchers: EZ Launcher and Launcher+. The EZ Launcher has a simplistic interface, with direct access to a few basic apps such as the camera, dialer and messages. You also have an option to add more apps to this list. The Launcher+, on the other hand, is similar to stock Android, but with some changes. Another noticeable addition to the software is its ability to switch between the single layered and two layered UI. What this essentially means, is that you can choose to keep all the apps spread across the different screens or make use of the app drawer for the same.
The device is preloaded with a bunch of Google’s standard apps such as YouTube, Chrome, Play Music and Gmail. Some of the other preloaded apps include App Traffic Control, Backup Tool, Mobile Assistant, and Safebox. Unfortunately, most of these apps cannot be uninstalled which leaves you with a lot of unwanted bloatware on your phone.
As mentioned earlier, the M260 has a 5-megapixel fixed focus rear camera coupled with an LED flash. A 2-megapixel camera is on the front for selfie enthusiasts. Images captured by both, the front and rear cameras lacked details. Moreover, there was a considerable amount of noise in the images captured. Having said that, the rear camera does an average job when it comes to colour reproduction. However, in images captured under bright sunlight, colours appeared to be slightly oversaturated. In indoor conditions, images often turned out blurry. Low light imaging was no good, either. Even the flash couldn’t help in getting better pictures. This only reiterated the fact that the M260 has a weak flashlight.
When it comes to recording videos, the M260 is capable of recording HD videos. There is also an option to record time-lapse videos.
The camera app has a simple interface and is easy to use. It offers a couple of useful features such as the auto capture, which takes a photo when a smile is detected. One can make use of the four available modes: Normal, Live Photo, Panorama, and Face beauty to capture images. As the name suggests, the Face beauty mode modifies the images captured to give you beautifully enhanced results. Alternatively, one can also edit images after capturing.
The default music player looks like a customised version of Google’s Play Music. With a simple-to-use interface, the music app offers features like ‘shake to change song’, and ‘sleep mode’ where you can set a particular time, after which the music stops playing automatically. Additionally, one can always choose from presets such as Heavy Metal, Hip Hop, Jazz, Pop, and Rock. The sound was not too loud, but it was not too low, either. Moreover, it sounded a bit muddy at times. Vocals sounded decent, though. We used our reference headphones and there was some sort of disturbance, making the whole experience unpleasant.
The dedicated video player is not visible in the application grid, but one can play videos directly from the file manager app or the gallery app. It supports few of the popular video formats such as .mp4 and .avi. We played our regular test video - the Big Buck Bunny - in 1080p HD resolution at 30fps and 60fps, and to our surprise there were no frame drops or stutters. Having said that, thanks to the low pixel density, watching videos is not going to be as much fun as it could possibly be.
As mentioned earlier, the M260 uses a quad-core 32-bit MediaTek MT6582 chipset clocked at 1.3GHz. If there is anything in which the device gets it correct, it is the performance. In our day-to-day usage, the M260 performed decently. There were no significant lags during our time with the device. Even though it packs a mere 1GB of RAM, multitasking was smooth. When it comes to gaming, we played Asphalt 8: Airborne to see if the device can handle heavy graphics. Surprisingly, there were no lags even while playing the game at high graphic settings. Other games like Temple Run 2 and Beach Buggy Blitz ran smoothly. However, after playing graphic intensive games, the device did heat up quickly.
The M260 scored 23,341 points in the AnTuTu Benchmark test for overall performance. This isn’t a great score, but not bad either, especially for a phone which is priced so low. In the GFXBench benchmark, the device managed to score 9.7fps which is average at best. In Vellamo’s browser test, the device scored 1856 points. When it comes to voice call quality, the phone was loud and clear without any disturbances; we hardly witnessed any call drops either. An issue which bothered us quite a bit was that the Wi-Fi would get automatically disconnected when not used continuously.
The M260 draws power from the 2,000mAh removable Li-ion battery. The device took around two and a half hours to reach 100% charge from zero. It offers a screen-on time of around three hours and 15 minutes. In our daily usage, which involves listening to music for an hour, watching videos via YouTube, playing games and scrolling through the news feed in Facebook, the device managed to last for around eight hours. One can expect the battery to last for an extra couple of hours by turning the power saving mode on. Do note, however, that playing graphic-intensive games dissipates the charge very quickly.
The InFocus M260 has plenty to offer for its price tag. The lag-free performance and decent software are some of its major merits. On the other hand, the low pixel density, absence of 4G support and mediocre audio quality are some of its setbacks.
The device is available online for around Rs.4,000. Considering the asking price, it is definitely a good buy for a new smartphone buyer as it doesn’t burn a hole in one’s pocket. That being said, if you are ready to sacrifice some extra money, the Coolpad Dazen 1 and Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime are other alternatives which offer better all round performance.