InFocus M680 first impressions: an all-round package with an attractive price tag

“InFocus M680 can pose a serious threat to the Lenovo K3 Note and Meizu m2 note” 

While Indian and Chinese companies duel for supremacy, there is an American firm that likes to stay in focus. Yup… we’re referring to InFocus, which entered the Indian market just this year. It has launched power-packed devices at affordable price tags, at a steady pace. It’s latest offering, the InFocus M680 is loaded with features and is priced strategically at Rs 10,999. The phone seems like a perfect budget phone on paper, but how does it feel in the hand? Read on to find out whether the InFocus M680 manages to impress us.

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Starting with the looks first, the M680 is surely appealing. A white panel in front hosts the screen, front camera and sensors along with a row of capacitive touch buttons, which sadly, aren’t backlit. The power button and the volume rockers are placed on right and left respectively. While the 3.5mm audio socket is on top, the micro-USB port is at the bottom alongside a speaker gill. Talking about the overall feel, the sides feel very premium thanks to the use of metal around the circumference. Turn to the back and you have plastic… but doesn’t feel cheap, and feels study, especially on the top and bottom edge. Overall the phone scores high on looks, which is a rare compliment for budget phones.

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The phone packs a full HD IPS LCD display which is rich and vibrant. Colours pop out of this 5.5-inch screen and make routine tasks more appealing. There are only a few full HD phones around this price bracket and kudos to InFocus for bringing another one in.

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Packing an octa-core processor from Mediatek, the InFocus M680 comes with 2 gigs of RAM. The device is quick and efficient for the most part, though the software animation noticeably reduces the fluidity. Talking about software, the smartphone runs Android Lollipop 5.1 and is topped up with InFocus’ InLife UI. The company has also promised an upgrade to Android Marshmallow 6.0 for the phone.

The user interface is animated and lively, and features round icons. The mobile comes with a some useful apps preinstalled including a File Manager, FacebookTwitterWhatsAppWPS Office Note for scribbling your ideas and also Power Detective, which monitors your battery usage pattern. The phone however, doesn’t include the intensive software gimmicks that most Chinese UIs feature these days. Overall, the interface is efficient, but as previously mentioned, the animations slow down the smoothness a bit.
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Coming to the optics, the phone features 13-megapixel cameras on either side. The rear one utilises a lens from Samsung and is accompanied with an LED flash. Talking about the camera app, it features a metallic theme on the shutter keys. There are a bunch of settings present in the front panel and, filters and modes can be accessed on a tap. However, we didn’t like the touch to shoot functionality in the camera app, as touch to focus feels more useful.

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The phone supports dual-band 4G networks on both SIM cards, and while It does support two SIMs, the second slot is a hybrid. Hence, you can either choose between adding a microSD card or using another SIM card. The device has 16GB storage on board, out of which only 9.24GB is available. This can be further expanded up to 64GB using a microSD card.

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The device is juiced up by a 2,600mAh battery, which should manage to give a day’s worth of backup.

Overall, the phone has a lot going for it – powerful hardware, premium design and a high-res front camera. It can easily pose a threat to Lenovo K3 Note (review FAQs) and MEIZU m2 note (review), which though slightly cheaper, could lose to the InFocus M680 in terms of looks and optics.

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