The phone comes with an excellent Reliance Jio sim offer, where with your first and consecutive recharges you get cashback worth Rs 2,200. Comio phones also come with ‘Comio Support’ and ‘Buy Back’ offer. C2 Lite gives one more option to choose from an incredible range of entry-level smartphones that provide a good basic day-to-day performance.
China’s Topwise communications launched Comio C2 Lite and S2 Lite in budget segment smartphones recently, following its flagship Comio C1, S1, and P1. Comio made its foray into India’s smartphone market with its series of smartphones in 2016. Launched along with S2 Lite in February 2018, Comio C2 Lite is priced at Rs 5,989 and falls into the cheapest smartphone range in market. For now, the company, which has been an original design manufacturer (ODM) for many Indian and Chinese smartphone brands, is aiming to become popular in domestic market. Comio phones packs a punch with its attractive design and competitive hardware specifications. Comio C2 lite stands out with its 3,900mAh battery. The phone is a serious rival to other smartphones available in Indian market at this price range, including Samsung Galaxy J3 pro, Coolpad Note 5 Lite, and Xiaomi Redmi 4A. The Comio C2 Lite has a bit of everything for everyone. Available in Metal Grey and Sunrise Gold colors, Comio C2 Lite can be bought from any online stores.
Design & Display:
The Comio C2 Lite is powered by 1.3 GHz 64-bit Quad Core Mediatek Cortex A-53 MTK6737 chipset that is accompanied with Mali-T720 A53 GPU and 1.5GB RAM. It measures 148.8 x 71.1 x 9.55 mm and weighs 177 grams. It is hard to miss its premium appeal and the credit goes to its metallic unibody design, a rare breed among entry level smartphones for sure. The classy sunrise gold phone exudes the feel of any high-end smartphones available in the market today. The glass display meets the abrupt sharp edges with a nice finesse, a commendable attempt by Comio. The volume rocker is on the left edge and the lock button is on the right with the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top. The back of the camera has a feel that is between glossy and matte finish. It has the camera lens with flash with the speaker grille at the bottom. The front camera comes with flash and sits at the top. The phone comes with dual-sim tray with microSD card slot which is expandable up to 128GB. It has an internal memory of 16GB and has OTG support. The phone has dual SIM option and supports Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth. It is compatible with any GSM network provider and supports 4G/LTE and 4G VoLTE.
The C2 Lite is very similar in appearance with other Comio handsets and can win hearts for its attention towards design at this price which often is not the case with other brands. The sturdy design and premium touch is definitely a winner for C2 Lite. The phone comes with a headphone, which many Chinese brands does not provide, and charging plug.
The 5-inch display has an HD resolution of 720 x 1280 IPS LCD at 294 pixels per inch. The screen is crisp and clear and the IPS LCD panel delivers enough brightness to the display though some might prefer an OLED more, which is richer in appearance and costlier. The Comio S2 Lite has a more vibrant display than C2 Lite. The screen is very reflective under direct sunlight but it does not pose hindrance to reading the screen and texts and it is sufficiently bright in the dark too. The home and navigation button in the bottom of the screen are not backlit. The screen is very fingerprint intensive, meaning if you fondle the device for a while the screen gets finger impressions quite easily. Comio could have provided an oleophobic coating on its screen to prevent fingerprint impressions so easily, which also tells us that it won’t be long before you will get scratches on the phone screen. The TFT capacitive touchscreen is to some extent seamless and has negligible lag time. But if I stop nitpicking, the C2 Lite is impressive at its display, though colors might not be okay all the time, given the price tag it has.
With a 3,900 mAH battery the Comio C2 Lite does an excellent performance and is a beast that will keep you going a well over two days with extensive use. It worked for a little over 24 hours with highest screen display and full-screen video streaming over LTE. But it fared badly when it came to calls, as the sound gets incoherent and extremely raspy to the point of not understanding and this is something of an issue with other Comio phones as well. The battery exhausts moderately if you are video streaming, playing games, or multi-tasking, which is what people prefers to do with their smartphones. It can deliver basic operations like YouTube, Gmail, Chrome, Maps, and messages with ease.
Games high on graphics, like Asphalt is not playable in this phone, but you can play basic games like Temple Run, Angry Birds and fruit Ninja.
The Comio C2 Lite has an 8-megapixel rear camera with a 4P F2.2 lens and a 5-megapixel front camera with 3P F2.2 lens. The back camera has autofocus options with no frame drops which Comio promises to be effective even when shooting moving objects. The real results are quite the contrary, as moving object shots are muddy most of the time but with several tries could become better. Comio has provided its own camera application that boasts of having a bokeh effect, which unfortunately isn’t as impressive as OnePlus 5 and Xiaomi Mi A1. The front camera has beauty mode which one can add for some enhancements, though I will refrain from using it because it has a mediocre feel. Though both the cameras produce a little over saturated pictures, they are vivid and natural. But pictures lose clarity and gets mushy in poor light, even the flashlight does not help. The highest resolution of images is 3264 x 2448 pixels. There are various shooting modes like Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face Detection and Touch to Focus. Shooting video is not very enticing and is grainy and muddy. Videos are shot at 30fps with resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. Considering the price point it is remarkable to note the plethora of options one could get. But again, the slack in shutter speed and a lagging camera interface are some of the perils of an entry-level smartphone and I guess one can wave that off easily.
Software & Ui:
Comio C2 Lite comes loaded with Android 7.0 Nougat operating system out of the box and Comio promises that the handset will receive an update to Android Oreo soon. But I doubt if the processor will have the ability to run an updated version. But the good news is Comio has an upgrade offer, where you can buy a new Comio smartphone within a year and get 40% cashback on the pre-owned Comio handset. The phone is close to stock Android with a minimal Comio skin on top. The user interface is pretty average with usual home screens, lockscreens and notification panel. The hardware has the ability to ensure a seamless software performance with some apps pre-installed, which thankfully one can disable, or force stop. The phone can handle basic operations including call, email, browsing, social networking, maps and messages. You can get along with basic gaming apps though and the outcome is not disappointing. Overall, the interface is decent and is expected in an entry-level smartphone.