There are so many smartphones to choose from in the budget/mid-range smartphone market here in Nepal. Infocus M535 is a new contender and a very strong one too. If you didn’t know already, Infocus is an American smartphone manufacturer which specializes in displays. Recently, they have plunged into the smartphone market and they are doing really well. All the Infocus phones are made in Foxconn and are of good build quality.
The authorized distributor of Infocus phones in Nepal is Prism Technologies Pvt Ltd and they have priced the Infocus M535 at Rs.17,490 for the 2GB variant and Rs.19,490 for the 3GB variant.
Let’s have a look at the specs of the Infocus M535 first:
- 5.5″ HD IPS Display
- Mediatek MT6753 SoC (same as that of Gionee S6s)
- 2GB/3GB RAM
- 13MP Rear Camera with autofocus
- Full HD Video recording
- 8MP Front Camera with autofocus
- 16GB Internal Storage
- 2600mAh Battery
- Dual SIM Hybrid Slot
- Memory Card slot expandable up to 64GB
- OTG Support
I have used the Infocus M535 for over 4 days extensively and this is my initial impression of the phone.
Let’s start with the display of the phone. The Infocus M535 has a really good 720p HD Display that is packed into a 5.5″ screen. This clearly is the best display in any smartphone at this price point. The text is sharp and the contrast is good. The colors look kind of muted, though. The phone also gets reasonably bright outdoors. Unlike many of the budget smartphones, this phone has an ambient light sensor which automatically adjusts the brightness of your display.
The processor that is powering the Infocus M535 is Mediatek MT6753 which is the same SoC used in phones like the Gionee S6s which is priced way higher. This processor worked really well on a 720p display of the phone. Performing daily chores like opening up default apps like Phone, Messaging, Gallery, Youtube, Facebook wasn’t a problem to the phone at all. However, fire up intensive games like Dead Trigger 2 and Asphalt 8 and you will easily push the SoC to its limits. I dropped frames many a time while playing Asphalt 8 especially. However, smaller titles like Temple Run 2, Clash of Clans, Mini Militia ran very well on the phone.
Also read: Infocus M680 launched in Nepal
The rear camera on this phone is good but nothing to right home about. What we get is a 13MP sensor with f2.2 aperture which does extremely well in good lit situations but struggles in low-lit environments. I compared it with the Xiaomi Mi5 and the Coolpad Cool1 and I understand that it isn’t a fair comparison but the phone held itself really well. It wasn’t as good as the other two but it was good at its own rights. It was better than I expected it to be. And when I compared it against the Redmi Note 4, I found the M535 to be superior.
If there’s something I really loved about the phone, it has to be the front camera of the phone. At first, when I fired the Bobble app (one of the home-grown Infocus app for making face stickers and things of that sort), I was pissed off with the front camera as the photos looked out of focus and all fuzzy. But when I opened the “Camera” app, I was surprised to see a sharp image of myself. Turns out, the front camera has an auto-focus module (which doesn’t work in Bobble app) in it and it works really well. You can even hear the module making adjustments. The front 8MP camera produces really sharp images.
The Infocus M535 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow which is a nice thing. What is not particularly nice is the InfLife UI that the company put on top of Android 6.0. This is one area which I didn’t particularly like about the phone. The UI looks dated and a little too dark for my taste. The UI of the phone reminds of stock Android 4.4 in many ways. But that is not to say that the software isn’t functional. All the features are logically laid out. You can even take a screenshot of the entire page and do some other cool stuff with the phone. We will cover the software part of the phone extensively in our full review.
The Infocus M535 has a 2600mAh non-removable battery and you get a 1A wall adapter for charging the phone. The stand-by battery of this phone is really good but we are getting mixed results with the screen-on usage time. We will publish our detailed view on the battery life in our full review.
That’s all, for now, folks! Thanks for reading the initial impression of the Infocus M535. A full review of the phone is coming soon. So stay tuned for that. Till then, you can subscribe to our new YouTube Channel, Instagram page as well as our Facebook page.