Overview
Introduction
Design
Display
Hardware
Software and apps
Camera
Audio and video
Performance
Battery life
Conclusion
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InFocus M680 Review

By Ershad Kaleebullah on 2016-01-22
Key Features
  • 5.5-inch Full-HD display
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 13-megapixel rear camera
  • 2,600mAh battery
What we like
  • Metal body
  • Rear camera captures great images in daylight
  • Front camera captures detailed selfies
What we don't like
  • Intermittent performance lags
  • Below average battery life
  • Sound quality is not up to the mark
7.1
Our Score
Introduction

Teaming up with arguably one of the world’s most popular contract manufacturers for smartphones, Foxconn (it also manufactures Apple’s iPhones), InFocus has its sight set on grabbing a heavy chunk of the Indian smartphone market. But, with every brand aiming for the same goal, the fight is only going to get tougher.

Infocus intro

Therefore, to distinguish itself, the brand recently launched a sub-15k smartphone - the InFocus M680. First and foremost, the phone comes in a metal body, which is not a very common feature in this price range. Furthermore, the M680 includes a 13-megapixel on the rear and one on the front as well for capturing detailed selfies. We used it as our primary device for almost two weeks. Read our full review to find out what we thought about the InFocus M680.

Design
8

There isn’t an iota of doubt in our minds when we say that M680 does cut a smart figure for a sub-15k smartphone. The slim profile and the chamfered edges are design elements that stand out. We got the white/golden coloured version of the phone for review, but it is also available in a white/silver colour option. The M680 has dimensions of 156x76.8x7.25mm and weighs 158g. This weight is distributed evenly across the device, making it comfortable for single-handed usage despite a fairly large 5.5-inch display. One gripe that we had with the M680 is that, despite the metal body, the phone creaks and flexes easily. Moreover, the metal is also susceptible to scratches and scuffs. You’d be well advised to use a case with the phone. 

Infocus m680 design

The 5.5-inch display takes up most of the front face of the phone. There are fairly slim bezels on either sides of the display. Below the screen, InFocus has decided to go with three capacitive buttons to navigate through the operating system, whereas, above the display, one can find the earpiece, front-facing camera, a prominent notification LED light, and the ambient light sensors. The top edge has the 3.5mm jack and the microphone as well. The Micro-USB port, speaker, and another microphone are present on the bottom edge. 

Infocus M680 design

The power button and the SIM card tray are present on the right edge of the M680. On the other hand, the volume buttons are present on the left edge. Both these buttons offer decent tactile feedback. The primary camera sits on the top right corner of the rear. Do note that the rear cover is not removable and as a result, the battery is not accessible. 

Infocus m680

Display
7

The 5.5-inch screen has a display resolution of 1080x1920p, which is found in very few phones in this price range. Therefore, the 401PPI pixel density of the display actually looks pretty crisp. Despite being an IPS LCD panel, the colours are adequately saturated. Even the viewing angles are pretty decent. However, the sunlight legibility even at maximum brightness is below average. Moreover, the software doesn’t provide a brightness slider and instead you have only three levels for low, medium and high, from which you will have to choose. To compound this issue further, the auto brightness setting doesn't work too well, either.

Infocus M680 display

Hardware
9

InFocus has decided to go with the octa-core Mediatek MT6753 SoC which has eight cores clocked at 1.5GHz. There is 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage space. This can be further expanded up to 64-GB using a microSD card, but it comes with a caveat: the second SIM slot also doubles up as a memory card slot. As a result, do note that the M680 cannot be used as a Dual-SIM phone, in case you had intended on using a memory card to increase the storage space.

Infocus m680 hardware

Like we mentioned earlier, the M680 has two 13-megapixel shooters. The one on the rear has a single-LED flash for low light situations. The phone can connect to Indian 4G networks that function on the 2,300MHz band. The other connectivity options include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth v4.0. There is a 2,600mAh battery providing the juice for the phone.

Software and apps
7

The M680 runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with InLife UI 2.0 skin on top of it. The skin is not too different from Android Lollipop except for a custom icon pack. This icon pack is quite colourful and may not really appeal to everyone. Also, the UI doesn't appear to be quite polished. For example, the dock at the bottom is too close to the edge of the display that makes it look cramped. Thankfully, there is an app drawer. 

Infocus M680 software

The software has a few tricks up its sleeve. For example, there are a few motion-based functions like turning over your phone to reject a call or shake the phone to change the song. These work as advertised. There are also quite a few helpful apps such as Mobile Assistant, Power Detective, App Traffic Control, and One Tap Boost. WPS Office is the only third-party app and it can be uninstalled.

Camera
7.5

The camera app on the M680 has a dated UI design, but nevertheless offers some fun modes. The Multi Angle View Mode in particular is a fun mode in which the rear camera shoots the same subject from different angles. These images are then stitched together with some added three-dimensional depth. It is somewhat similar to Apple’s Live photo mode.

Camera sample

The 13-megapixel camera can capture some really great details in daylight conditions. The struggle is in focussing right, though. Also, shot-to-shot time is nothing too great. Our sample images had some really good dynamic range and the colours were close to natural as well. The depth was also pretty decent. In low light however, the camera fails to capture redeemable images. The camera can also record 1080p videos, which serve the purpose and don’t look like they have been shot by a sub-15k smartphone.

Infocus m680 camera sample

The front camera is what completely blew us away. It takes one of the most detailed selfies that we’ve captured using a smartphone. In fact, we are crowning it as the best selfie smartphone under Rs.20,000.

Infocus M680

Audio and video
6

The phone’s default video player couldn’t play our highly encoded 40Mbps 1080p video or the 4K ones either. However, there are many third-party apps that can do it for you. The audio through speakers is not very loud and the sound also crackles at high volume. InFocus states that the M680 has a dedicated high-fidelity DAC for better audio, but it doesn’t really translate to its real-world performance. We tried using multiple headphones and earphones on this device, and none of them sounded up to their potential.

Performance
8

In daily usage, the M680 works without lagging too often. However, loading a few applications at the same time caused the phone to stutter once in a while. Casual games worked without any hassles, but graphic-intensive titles like Asphalt 8 saw constant frame drops.

Infocus m680 performance

In our AnTuTu test run, the M680 scored a respectable 37,574, whereas in the GFXbench test it scored 12fps, which is fairly low. The call quality on the M680 is pretty respectable and we never faced a call drop either. The sound is fairly clear and audible in phone calls. We have no complaints.

Battery life
5.5

This is one area where the M680 struggles. In our time with the device, we noticed that the phone never managed to cross three hours and 30 minutes of screen-on time. We used the phone constantly on 4G and the phone managed to last eight hours. Moreover, the bundled charger charges the M680 very slowly. The 2,700mAh battery is indeed the Achilles heel of the phone.

Conclusion

Priced a shade under Rs.11,000, the M680 is a really good bargain for what’s on offer except for its battery life and multimedia performance. Otherwise, we are generally happy with the overall performance and especially with the 13-megapixel cameras. The Moto G (3rd Generation) and the Xiaomi Mi4i may be more stable phones and better bets, but we still think that the InFocus M680 can easily find an audience. That said, buying one may be a bit of a hassle considering that this device is available only during flash sales on Snapdeal.

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