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Comio P1

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Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 32 GB + 128 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Nano + Nano (Hybr...
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • FM Radio

Highlights from Expert Review

Pros
  • Great battery life
  • Good build quality
  • Decent cameras
Cons
  • No Full HD resolution
  • No fast charging
  • Hybrid SIM slot

Specifications

General
Launch DateSeptember 5, 2017 (Official)
BrandComio
ModelP1
Operating SystemAndroid v7.0 (Nougat)
Custom UICOMIO UI
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Design
Height152.8 mm
Width76.1 mm
Thickness9.2 mm
Weight178 grams
Build MaterialCase: Metal
ColoursMetal Grey, Sunrise Gold
Display
Screen Size5.5 inches (13.97 cm)
Screen ResolutionHD (720 x 1280 pixels)
Pixel Density267 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)71.55 %
Performance
ChipsetMediaTek MT6737
ProcessorQuad core, 1.3 GHz, Cortex A53
Architecture64 bit
GraphicsMali-T720 MP2
RAM3 GB
Storage
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
Camera
Resolution8 MP Front Camera
Autofocus
Physical ApertureF2.0
Optical Image Stabilisation
Flash
Image Resolution4128 x 3096 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting
Camera FeaturesFixed Focus
Video Recording1280x720 @ 30 fps
Battery
Capacity5000 mAh
TypeLi-ion
User Replaceable
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTEyes
SIM 1
SIM 2
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
NFC
USB ConnectivitymicroUSB 2.0
Multimedia
FM Radioyes
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionRear
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

The Comio P1 is a very decent smartphone but the competition in this budget price segment is very cut throat and only the best devices are being bought by the consumers. In terms of positives, we get a solid metal build, compact display, fluid Nougat interface, great battery life, decent set of cameras and good overall performance. When it comes to negatives, we miss out on a Full HD resolution display, fast charging support, gyroscope and dedicated microSD card slot. So if you want to buy a decent smartphone from a new brand, you can purchase the Comio P1. In case you want to check out other options from this price segment, then check out the Lenovo K8 Plus, Panasonic Eluga Ray 700 and Infinix Note 4.

Introduction:

Chinese ODM Topwise Communication entered the Indian market under the brand name Comio back in September 2017 with the launch of three budget smartphones. Today, we will look at the Comio P1 that is the most premium of the lot. The main USP of the P1 is its 5000mAh battery under the hood that promises up to two days of battery life. Also, the brand is offering buy back offers, 100 days additional warranty, 30-day replacement, screen breakage warranty and more in order to make inroads in the Indian smartphone market. So let us take a closer look at the Comio P1 review in order to find out if the device is worth your money or not. However, check out the specifications of the mobile first.Other options include 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS. In the sensors department, we get an accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensor.

The Comio P1 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat OS and is powered by a MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor and 3GB RAM. The phone boasts of a 5.2-inch HD display and packs in a 5000mAh battery under its hood. There is 32GB of internal memory onboard but you can also expand it further up to 128GB. We get a fingerprint sensor at the back. In the camera department, there is a 13 megapixel primary lens along with a 8 megapixel selfie shooter. The P1 has 4G VoLTE connectivity along with Dual SIM support. Other options include 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS. In the sensors department, we get an accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensor.

Design & Display:

The Comio P1 is made up of metal and feels quite premium in hands. However, it has a polycarbonate strip at the back on both top and bottom for placing the antenna bands. The build quality is good. The phone is quite compact and you can use it with one hand very easily. However, it does have big bezels on both top and bottom of the display. The bottom bezel is unnecessary as we do not get any capacitive buttons nor fingerprint sensor on the front. The phone is quite thick (9.2mm) and heavy (178 grams) because of the metal construction and 5000mAh battery but you will get used to it after some usage. The edges are slightly rounded and it gives a very solid grip. The metal back panel has a matte finish.

Starting with the front side first, there is a 5.2-inch display along with the selfie camera, LED notification, couple of sensors and earpiece on top. It comes with on-screen buttons for navigation and hence there are no capacitive buttons below the display. At the bottom, we have the microUSB port along with the primary microphone while the 3.5mm headphone jack is located at the top. The volume rocker and power/lock button are on the left while the right side houses the hybrid slot for SIM and microSD cards. Turning towards the back, we have the primary camera on the top left and the LED flash sits on its right. The fingerprint sensor is seen below the camera along with the Comio branding below it. The loudspeaker grille is found at the bottom. The back cover is non-removable but a 5000mAh battery (non-removable) sits underneath it. Overall, the Comio P1 has a compact metallic body along with decent hardware.

The Comio P1 features a 5.2-inch IPS display, which has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (HD). It is a generic display but the resolution is on the lower side as we get a lot of smartphones with Full HD panels in this segment. It is a compact display with good viewing angles. The colors look quite sharp and vivid. We get good brightness and contrast levels as well. The images, texts and videos look crisp but it would have looked better on a Full HD display as expected. The display has decent sunlight legibility as well and since it has an ambient light sensor, the brightness gets adjusted automatically according to the lighting conditions. There is no branded glass protection on top of the screen but you do not have to worry about scratches from daily wear and tear. However, do use a protective case to specially protect the display from any drop.

The touch response of the Comio P1 is smooth and lag-free because of the good quality display and fluid interface. Overall, the Comio P1 has a good compact display but Full HD resolution should have been there.

Performance:

In terms of performance, the Comio P1 is powered by a MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor along with 3GB RAM. This is a low-end chipset but it can handle most of the basic day-to-day tasks without any issues. Most of the popular apps and games load up fairly quickly but high-end apps and games lags a bit. The 3GB RAM provides a good multitasking experience and you can easily perform intense multitasking by running more than seven or more apps simultaneously. There was no visible UI lags as well but occasionally there was some stuttering here and there. When it comes to gaming, you can play the normal 3D games without lag but the high-end games will lag a bit and run at medium settings. The Comio P1 comes with 32GB of internal memory, out of which around 25GB of free space was available after first boot. You can increase it up to 128GB by adding a microSD card but you have to sacrifice a SIM card as it comes with a hybrid slot. The fingerprint sensor located on the back works accurately and is quite fast as well.

Talking about connectivity, the P1 from the house of Comio supports Dual SIM (nano) and is of course 4G VoLTE enabled. Both the slots are 4G enabled but simultaneously only one slot can be used for 4G while the other will work on 3G. The 5000mAh battery (non-removable) under the hood provides a battery life of up to two days with moderate usage but there is no fast charging support. Hence, a 0-100% full charge can take up to 4 hours depending on the charger you use. Overall, the Comio P1 is a good performer but fast charging support is missing.

Cameras:

In the camera department, the Comio P1 rocks a 13 megapixel primary rear camera. It clicks good images in natural outdoor lighting and we get some amount of details in the pictures. The color saturation is neutral and the photos quite look sharp. The colors are bright and vivid and look quite natural. Now coming to the low light environments, the photos have a lot of noise and lack details as well. The focusing mechanism is decent in terms of speed but it is accurate most of the times. HDR photos look good and is the best mode for clicking landscape images. Macro shots offer some depth of field effect too. On the front, we get a 8 megapixel selfie camera and it clicks decent selfies. You can also use beauty mode and other filters to enhance your selfies.

The camera app of the Comio P1 has a very simple interface and hence it is quite easy to use as well. There are various shooting modes including a pro mode for mobile photography enthusiasts. Although, we would suggest you to use the Auto Mode as it is the most versatile mode. Both the lens can shoot Full HD videos but the quality is above average. Overall, the Comio P1 has a decent set of cameras but they are not class leading in any way.

Audio & Video:
The machine drilled speaker holes of the Comio P1 are present at the bottom on the back side. The loudspeaker sounds quite loud and the quality is good too. There is no audio distortion even at the highest volume level. We get Google Play Music as the native music app and it has all the necessary features, thus you do not have to download any third-party app. However, you can download any music streaming app of your preferred choice to stream music online.

Now coming to the video watching experience on the Comio P1, you can play both HD and Full HD videos without facing any problem but it will struggle a bit with Ultra HD or 4K videos occasionally as the processor is not high-end. We get a bundled earphone with the phone but it is very average in quality and hence you should purchase a good pair of earphones. Overall, the Comio P1 offers a fairly good audio and video experience.

Software & Ui:

The Comio P1 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat OS out of the box. It is one of the latest OS from the house of Google but the P1 will not be getting updated to Android 8.0 Oreo OS in the future for sure as budget smartphones never get any major OS update. Although, we would be happy to be proven wrong by Comio. Talking about features, it more or less feels like stock Android and has similar functionality. We can customize the interface a bit according to our preference. We found it to be mostly fluid and smooth in general day-to-day activities but there were slight frame drops here and there. The P1 comes with some pre-installed apps (bloatware) but you can easily uninstall them and save up on some storage. If you are not satisfied with the look and feel of the interface, then just download any third-party theme of your choice.

Overall, the Comio P1 has a fluid interface based on Nougat OS but there will be no major OS update in the future.

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