“The Vision 3 Pro offers an upgraded processor, better cameras and more storage over the Vision 3”
American phonemaker InFocus aimed to disrupt the sub-Rs 8,000 smartphone segment with the launch of the Vision 3 (first impressions) late last year, offering dual rear cameras and a tall 18:9 display to those on a budget. However, since then we have seen an influx of dual-camera toting smartphones with bezel-free displays in the budget segment. Therefore, the brand decided to upgrade its offering with the introduction of the InFocus Vision 3 Pro. The newest smartphone brings an upgraded processor, better cameras and more storage, to take on the competition. The retail box of the InFocus Vision 3 Pro landed in our lab recently, and here are our first impressions of the handset.
To begin with, the packaging is identical to that of the InFocus Vision 3 with the addition of the word Pro on it. The box comes with the silhouette of the smartphone on top and minimal branding on the sides. At the bottom of the box, you will find the SAR value and key specs of the smartphone listed. Inside, you will find the smartphone lying on top of the documentation, a wall charger, a micro-USB cable and a SIM-ejection tool. Thankfully, the brand has added a pair of in-ear headphone in the package this time, which was missing from the Vision 3’s box.
Moving on to the smartphone, the handset is nearly identical to its predecessor in terms of aesthetics except for a very subtle change. While the InFocus Vision 3 comes with a loudspeaker grille at the rear panel, the same has been placed at the bottom of the Vision 3 Pro. This results in a more uniform-looking rear panel, which also holds the dual-camera module on the top left corner along with an LED flash. There is a fingerprint scanner in the centre and InFocus branding on the lower edge. At the fascia sits the 5.7-inch HD+ display with slim bezels on the top and bottom.
As for the sides, the right edge of the handset houses textured power and volume buttons, whereas the left spine houses the hybrid SIM slot. There is a 3.5mm audio jack on the top, and a micro-USB port along with the loudspeaker grille at the bottom edge.
Coming to the core specs of the smartphone, it has an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor backed by 4GB of RAM. The InFocus Vision 3 Pro comes with 64GB storage, of which around 52GB is available to the user. We couldn’t find any traces of lag during our brief session with the smartphone. The smartphone runs the Smile UX interface based on Android 7.0 Nougat, which comes with features like S Boost (S Boost), app cloning, gesture support, screen record and private space. For security, you get fingerprint scanner and face unlock, which the brand claims can unlock the smartphone in 0.5 seconds. While both options are accurate and fast, the screen takes its time to wake up due to heavy animations.
Coming to the cameras, there’s a 13-megapixel primary shooter accompanied by an 8-megapixel unit at the rear panel. The camera offers modes like time-lapse, beauty, pro, panorama, wide angle and bokeh. For selfies, there is a 13-megapixel camera on the front with modes like Pro, Bokeh, and beauty. Both cameras produce good pictures in ideal lighting conditions, though the picture quality takes a hit when indoors or at night. Further, while the bokeh mode works as intended for the rear camera, there are visible soft edges when using it with the front camera as it’s software-based. Notably, we faced the same issue with the InFocus Vision 3 as well. Lastly, the new phone gets a beefy 4,000mAh battery under the hood.
In a nutshell, the InFocus Vision 3 Pro checks all the right boxes from aesthetic design to a massive battery. However, the brand has priced it at Rs 10,999. This means that the handset would go up against stalwarts like the Honor 9 Lite (review) and Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (review), and seems to be facing an uphill battle to prove its worth.