|Launch Date||February 15, 2018 (Official)|
|Operating System||Android v7.0 (Nougat)|
|Custom UI||COMIO UI|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Colours||Royal Black,Ocean Blue,Sunrise Gold|
|Screen Size||5.0 inches (12.7 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||HD (720 x 1280 pixels)|
|Pixel Density||294 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||67.77 %|
|Processor||Quad core, 1.3 GHz, Cortex A53|
|Internal Memory||32 GB|
|User Available Storage||Up to 24 GB|
|USB OTG Support||yes|
|Resolution||8 MP Front Camera|
|Image Resolution||4128 x 3096 Pixels|
|Shooting Modes||Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus|
|Video Recording||640x480 @ 30 fps|
|TalkTime||Up to 10 Hours(2G)|
|Standby time||Up to 160 Hours(2G)|
|Network & Connectivity|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer|
The Comio S1 Lite priced at Rs. 7,499 which is a costly bet when compared to the Redmi 4 which is available for an almost similar price. Don’t get us wrong; the S1 Lite shines with excellent build quality, design, HD display, decent software experience. But on the flip side, the performance is not satisfying, and the cameras are also not very impressive. So, if you are in the market looking for a good all-rounder, we suggest you have a look at the Redmi 4, Lenovo K8 Plus, Moto E4 Plus.
Comio is slowly expanding its market in India with continuous launches, and it looks like the company is moving in the right direction since it is mainly aiming the budget and affordable segment. While it may take time for the brand to grow into people, for now, creating the portfolio is more important than aiming for top spot. There are brands like Xiaomi, Lenovo, Huawei that are killing in the sub Rs 10,000 to 15,000 price segment in India. So, it takes a lot of effort for any brand to outshine them. While Comio sure seems to have the potential to go places, it still needs to be seen what the company is planning for India.
However, launching phones is just not enough, Comio needs to diversify into other products and expand its limitations. For now, let’s stick to what the company has to offer and review to see how successful it will be in doing so. The company recently launched the S1 Lite which is a Lite variant of the original model of the S1 that launched last year. Now the Comio S1 is worth the money you are spending? We review
The Comio S1 sports a 5-inches HD (1280 x 720 pixels) HD display with scratch-resistant glass protection and is powered by the MediaTek MT6737 SoC clocked at 1.3GHz quad-core 64-bit processor with Mali-T720 GPU. There is 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage that is expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD. It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
In the camera department, it has a 13MP autofocus rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.0 aperture and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and USB OTG. A 3050mAh battery is on board for all the battery needs.
The Comio S1 Lite is an all plastic phone. It fits well in hands, and the in-hand grip is also good. The edges are rounded, and the back panel is slightly curved so that it doesn’t hurt your hands even after extended use. The rear panel has a smooth matte finish that makes it slippery at times. The camera ring is one unique point of the phone, and it resembles Motorola phones launching these days. Though it is a plastic body, the back panel isn't removed which is strange. We have no complaints about the design, but the build quality could have been metal since Xiaomi and Lenovo phones in this price range have already started embracing the unibody designs. The company is bundling a free silicon back case within the box so it should prevent the device from getting scratched.
Moving to placements, up front, you find the 8-megapixel selfie camera, ambient & proximity sensor, main earpiece, and down below the 5-inches screen are the three touch type capacitive buttons which aren’t backlit. You have the hybrid SIM slot on the right along with power button. While the volume rockers are the right side. Top houses the 3.5mm audio jack, secondary microphone, while the microUSB port with speaker grills are situated at the bottom. Flipping the phone to the rear is where you find the 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone Dual LED flash and Comio branding. The Antenna bands are present right above the camera module. The back panel isn't removable, so is the battery.
The Comio S1 Lite sports a 5-inches HD display (1280 X 720) with scratch resistant glass. While we don’t know the kind of glass used but was able to withstand a couple of drops during our testing. The HD panel was able to produce vibrant colors, rich contrast levels. Since it is an HD display, we didn’t notice any lack of sharpness or color distortion on zooming in texts or images. The brightness levels are also very impressive; we were able to view the content outdoors or under direct sunlight. However, it is quite reflective which might make it hard at times to read texts outdoors.
The touch response is smooth, and since it is an IPS panel, viewing angles are top notch with no color shits whatsoever. As we mentioned above, there is a scratch-resistant glass on top which comes in handy if you are a rough and heavy user. With 5-inches display, you get enough screen real-estate of media and gaming consumption. Overall, the display of the Comio S1 Lite, all in all, is good.
The Comio S1 Lite is powered by the MediaTek MT6737 SoC clocked at 1.3GHz quad-core 64-bit processor with Mali-T720 GPU and 2GB RAM. MediaTek Chipsets are known for slower processing speeds and heating issues; the Comio S1 Lite is no exception. Apps take time to open and load completely. There is a fair amount of stutters in the U.I even with casual to moderate usage. The age-old chipset is something that needs to be blamed for this. Basic tasks like calling, messaging, browsing are smooth, but anything that is beyond will result in unexpected crashes and lag. Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram apps run fine, but the device can’t handle all of them together.
As we mentioned above, there is a slight heating issue on heavy usage. It is not something that is unbearable but something that makes you uncomfortable. Moving to the gaming department, we played casually to moderate games like Asphalt 8, Nova 3, Subway Surfers, Temple Run and more. These games ran fine, but you will have to trim down the graphics to low for smoother gameplay. There is no fingerprint sensor which is again a drawback if you are counting on it. Overall, the performance of the Comio S1 Lite is pretty decent, but not on the levels of Redmi 4.
The Comio S1 Lite packs a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera for selfies. The interface is simple with toggles for video, front camera, flash, HDR mode and more. Moving along, the images clicked in good lighting and daylight conditions turned out fine with ample amount of light and detail. The color reproduction is on point, and there are no dull moments in the pictures as well. Landscape images have the good dynamic range, and macro shots are decent enough as well. We didn’t notice any lag while clicking photos or even with focusing and post-processing. In the low-light department, things get out of hands. The photos are entirely washed out and are grainy as well. They are not even social sharable making it completely unusable.
Moving to the front camera, there is an 8MP sensor which does a better job selfie. Since it is not a wide-angle sensor, you can’t click group selfies. The rear camera can record 1080p videos, and the quality of the footage is decent. Overall, the cameras of the Comio S1 Lite is good for the price tag.
The Comio S1 Lite packs a 3050mAh battery with no support for fast charge. With casual to regular use, the battery was able to last one full day on a single charge. Our usage includes a couple of calls, GPS navigation, click photos, listen to music and more. This isn’t very heavy usage hence the phone had no issues lasting until the end of the day. There was no idle battery draining nor dropped fast on heavy usage as well.
On the other hand, the phone could only last till mid-evening on heavy and continuous usage. Since the 3050mAh battery is not on the heavier side, this battery life is something that is expected. It can’t be compared with the Redmi 4, Smartron t.phone P, but surely does justice to the casual and moderate battery users. With the bundled charger, the Comio S1 Lite took close to 2 hours 40 minutes to charge completely which is fine. Overall, the battery department of the Comio S1 Lite definitely falls short when pit against the Redmi 4 and others.
The company is bundling a pair of earphones within the box, and they are in-ear style and good quality as well. The speaker is present on the bottom, so the sound doesn’t get muffled when you place the phone on a flat surface, but gets blocked when you hold the phone in landscape mode. The default music player can play wide-range of audio formats, and the quality of the sound is also excellent when tested with the ones bundled.
Moving to video department, the device was able to play 1080p videos without any freezing or heating issues even when played with 4G turned on. Overall, the audio and video department does a good job.
The Comio S1 Lite runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with an interface that is a lot closer to stock. Since the brand is very new to India, we’re not sure if it would get the Oreo update or any major software updates anytime soon. Moving along, the interface is smooth; there is an app drawer where all the installed and downloaded apps reside. If you are bored with the stock like interface, you can rely on PlayStore or any theming and customization needs. The phone apart from stock Google apps packs a bunch of unwanted bloatware apps which can’t be uninstalled unless you are rooted. We hate the fact that these unnecessary apps take up the internal storage when are find no reason to keep them. The notification area is also custom themed, and it looks nice with a transparent background. There is a 360-security app which can be used to protect the phone from getting lost, clean junk files, and more. There is also theme store, but the themes count is currently on the lower side.
It packs 2GB RAM out of which around 1.1GB is free on first boot. With the interface that is close to Stock, the interface didn’t lag or stutter in our regular day-to-day use cases. The available free RAM is more than enough to handle casual to moderate multitasking with ease. Apps stay in memory as the RAM management is also decent. Overall, the software experience of the Comio S1 Lite is good enough.