The InFocus A2 has a very basic camera with 5-megapixel in both rear and front. Intex has 8MP rear cameras in this price range though. The back camera has autofocus options with no frame drops. There are features like Continuous Shooting, Geo Tagging, Digital Zoom, Panorama, HDR, Touch Focus, Face Detection, White Balance settings, ISO settings, Exposure Compensation and Scene Mode. It does not have any dual flash or bokeh mode. At 5MP it is a no-brainer that shots will be muddy and will not capture color as desired. In well-lit conditions the pictures are not that disappointing and shots are good enough for a basic camera. But in low light we already have clumsy experiences with better phones and A2 too performs poorly. Both the cameras shoot videos at 30 frames per second with highest resolution of 1280x720 pixels. There is a lot of noise in videos in dim lit situations, otherwise results are fairly good if you keep your expectations low. The slack in shutter speed and a lagging camera interface are some of the perils of an entry-level smartphone
At Rs 5,499 the Infocus A2 is a good smartphone to buy if you are on a low budget and buying your first smartphone. There are disappointments around camera and its plastic body by the price point justifies it. It is a good functioning basic smartphone that performs smoothly all day. Entry-level smartphone markets are heavily saturated with a plethora of products and options. It is often difficult to cut to the chase when you are on budget and you can often end up buying the wrong phone with dismal performance at low price. Having said this, we are still yet to discover how Infocus performs as a brand in India and it will take a while to fully review its products in the smartphone market.
The Infocus A2 is powered by Li-ion 2,400 mAh removable battery. On a single charge this phone can go on unflinchingly throughout the day. The phone performs well with good network connection and calls are clear and loud. The voice quality might have a harsh tone, but it has overall clarity that one might need during calls. The phone is good in performing basic actions day to day and it will serve you well without any hiccups. The video watching is good with loud volume and clarity and sharpness of sound. One can multi-task with basic applications like Gmail, Chrome, Maps, messages and You Tube in this handset.
InFocus is an American brand that manufactures monopads and projectors and provides conference solutions for organizations for many years. Recently it has ventured into smartphone market and launched A2 in India in January this year. InFocus is in lookout for making some impact in India’s huge smartphone market with this entry-level handset. InFocus phones are manufactured by Foxconn, who also manufacture iPhones. It is quite a credible brand with good track record in manufacturing projectors. The InFocus A2 is priced at Rs 5,499 and is available only through Amazon in India. At this price the phone offers basic features and is targeted towards feature phone buyers. The phone can face competition from Intex Aqua 5.5 VR Plus which is a good quality entry-level smartphone not just for seamless basic tasks but also for some real entertainment and zing. The A2 does not come with any added USP to make its selling point strong in the already saturated smartphone market. Like so many corpses of phones around us this might well could become one
Software & Ui:
The phone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with InFocus Smile UX skin on top. All the Android Nougat features can be seen in this phone and the experience is more stock Android. There are a couple of standout features of this phone that needs mentioning. The UI does not provide an app drawer and you will find all apps on your homescreen. There are some cool gesture options you can utilize in this phone. Under the Settings Menu you will find Special Settings option which has a feature called ‘Somatosensory option’. Don’t get too confused or overwhelmed by this word. It simply means quick access to camera or some app access. There are options like Tri finger screenshot, Turn over to reject call, Silent on pickup, and Press power button twice for camera to choose from. Wait, there are more to explore, like Defragmentation, Intelligent acceleration, Background app management, and Auto-start management. You can use SoftKey Settings to access some core functions in your phone. This is very much like QuickBall feature which is available in Xiaomi smartphones. There is also split-screen option in this phone which lets you access multiple apps at the same time, something which avid multimedia fans will love to use. The phone comes with a couple of pre-installed apps but thankfully you can get rid of them and make room for your own favorite applications. The hardware has the ability to ensure a seamless software performance with a dozen apps installed. You cannot get ambitious with gaming experience in this phone as it is not designed for one. Out of 16 GB you get approximately 11 GB of effective memory space and 256 MB of RAM space out of 2 GB. Basic games like Subway surfers, Temple Run 2 runs good with vivid colors and enough sound.
Design & Display:
Infocus A2 is powered by 1.3 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex A53 Spreadtrum SC9832 chipset that is accompanied with Mali-400 MP GPU and 2GB RAM. It measures 143.9 x 71.7 x 8.9 mm and weighs 176 grams. The handset is an 8.9 mm thick plastic body and when you take it out of the box the plasticky feel can put you off, especially when there are other metal bodies with premium finish around. It is available in two colors, Champagne Gold and Midnight Black. The phone has a unibody design with non-removable battery. Infocus has tried to make an attractive design to catch some eye. The 5-inch phone has sleek edges with a white metallic shine in the back. Though it is a plastic body, and it is justified at this price tag, the glass display meets the abrupt sharp edges with a nice finesse, a commendable attempt by Infocus. The white metallic back sits snugly in your hand and is easy to operate. The volume rocker and lock button is on the right edge. The back has the camera lens with flash with the speaker grille at the bottom. The front camera too comes with flash and is at the top. The microUSB charging port and 3.5 mm audio jack sits in the bottom. The back of the phone has a matte finish with the camera lens and flash on top. The phone has an internal memory of 16GB which is expandable up to another 64GB and has no OTG support. It has dual-sim option with 4G LTE and VoLTE and is compatible with any GSM service provider. It supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Do not expect any beveling or sleek round edges from this design. The basic get up and plastic feel is somewhat justified at this price tag. The neat design and sturdy construction is good enough to get on with. The 5-inch display comes with no backlit off-screen navigation buttons. Considering its price, the phone has a neat design and construction.
The 5-inch HD IPS panel has a resolution of 720x1280 pixels at 294 pixels per inch with 2.5D curved glass edges. The TFT capacitive touchscreen is justified at this price. The screen is aptly bright and the texts are readable under sunlight and at different viewing angles but tends to be reflective. When you look closely pixelation is visible, though it has good viewing angles with proper colors. The touchscreen is not as smooth as one would expect and over some time it gets iffy to get along. These are oddities of entry-level smartphones and I am sure one will not mind them considering the stakes are not high. The touch buttons below the screen does not have backlit and hence cannot be viewed in dark. The software provides apps from settings menu to alter screen brightness and one can choose among standard, vivid, and user mode. You can also switch to Dynamic Contrast for more depth. The screen appears clear and somewhat sharp with some cool themes and wallpapers to choose from. A2 handles basic operations well and could be a choice for daily functions.