The InFocus Vision 3 is priced at Rs 6,999.
It features a 5.7-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio.
It is being sold exclusively on Amazon India.
What is a smartphone? The answer to that question, a decade ago, was a compact touchscreen device that could make phone calls, play music and browse the web. A decade later, the answer seems to be evolving into a piece of glass with sensors getting out of sight or neatly tucked into a notch.
If 2007 is marked as the birth of smartphone then 2017 will be marked as the redesign of smartphone. This year we saw every other smartphone maker offer a redesigned smartphone lineup with a common theme: a display with 18:9 or an even taller aspect ratio. While generally it would take years for features seen on flagship smartphones make its way to a budget device, 2017 also proved it is just a matter of a few months now for innovation to make it to affordability.
Early this year, Micromax launched the Canvas Infinity, a budget smartphone offering relatively thinner bezels and a display supporting 2:1 aspect ratio. The move allowed the home-grown smartphone maker to offer a device with larger display but not a large footprint. LG followed with a slightly more expensive offering, and now InFocus has launched the Vision 3 that features a large display, thin bezels and does not cost a lot.
At Rs 6,999, the InFocus Vision 3 seems to offer a lot for the money. But does it cut corners to reach that price? We had a chance to spend some time with the device and here are our initial impressions.
Look and Feel
The centrepiece of Vision 3 is its front that is almost dominated by the display. The smartphone features a 5.7-inch display with HD+ resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels but you would have to do some nitpicking to differentiate it from traditional Full-HD LCD panels. The display is vibrant under direct sunlight and has very good viewing angles but those black bars while watching YouTube videos can get annoying over time.
The InFocus Vision 3 features a metal back but is considerably light for a metal smartphone. Despite the huge 5.7-inch display, the smartphone is ergonomic to hold and use. There is a dual-camera setup at the back and the placement seems identical to that of OnePlus 5/5T. The fingerprint is also at the back and the response is almost instantaneous.
The power button is at the right and InFocus has added a neat touch by texturing the button, which makes it easier to recognize while in your pocket. The volume rocker is at the left while the hybrid SIM slot is at the right. The smartphone uses a microUSB port for charging and data transfers, placed at the bottom while 3.5mm headphone jack is at the top.
The most important aspect of any smartphone these days is how the camera performs and the Vision 3 has an underwhelming camera at best. Sticking with the industry trend, InFocus has packed it’s Vision 3 with dual-camera setup at the back. There is a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor to capture depth of the subject.
In broad daylight, the Vision 3 captures pictures with good amount of details but dynamic range is not it’s asset. The secondary sensor comes into play while shooting portrait mode pictures and the output is far from perfect. The camera fails to distinguish between foreground and background and often ends up blurring the edges of ears or hair. The portrait mode effect, which also works with the front camera, is a neat party trick but not something you would like to use on daily basis.
The camera, by default, shoots pictures in 4:3 aspect ratio but there is also an option to shoot 2:1 aspect ratio images that fills up the display viewfinder at 9-megapixel resolution. The drop in resolution immediately leads to loss in details as well. Like LG phones, the Vision 3 also has an option to shoot wide-angle images and DualFie, a rip-off of Nokia’s Bothie, that captures pictures with the front as well as rear camera simultaneously.
In a nutshell, the primary camera captures decent shots when provided with ample light but there is a noticeable shutter lag. It takes good few seconds before the photo is processed and lands on the camera roll. This behavior is disappointing especially considering the progress in digital imagery and image signal processors in the last few years. The autofocus and exposure is also somewhat unreliable, which is one of the reason why there is a dedicated pro mode.
The camera software also has few false positives where pictures don’t get clicked even when you press the shutter button. InFocus product managers have confirmed that it is working on software updates and I’ll reserve my final verdict for the full review.
My very first impression when I unboxed the smartphone for the first time was nothing short of disappointment. The smartphone took well over 2 minutes to boot for the first time. It is surprising considering most smartphone take just few seconds and smartphones, in general, are always-on devices.
The reason for that slow boot time could be accredited to the quad-core MediaTek MT6735 chipset, which is paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. Another manufacturer might undercut InFocus here by switching to a Snapdragon chipset. Overall it works reliably well while using mainstream applications like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The InFocus Vision 3 feels well built and very well priced for Rs 6,999 but it does suffer from common problems. The camera is extremely slow to capture and even fails to capture pictures properly at times. It is incredibly slow to boot, which is not acceptable but for the price, there is very little reason to complain.
The biggest question for me is whether InFocus will deliver on its promise to address these issues with the software update or whether users will be stuck with these problems after purchase.
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