Review: InFocus Turbo 5’s battery can go that extra mile
The Turbo 5 lasts longer than any of its rivals, but struggles when it comes to handling heavy tasks
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Big battery smartphone are not always bulky and big in size. Phonemakers have found the right balance by using high-energy density batteries, which are more compact in size. By accommodating more ions in the same space, they are able to deliver longer backup than regular batteries. US-based InFocus is trying to take the big battery experience to a whole new level with their new smartphone, the Turbo 5, which offers a 5,000mAh battery, yet doesn’t feel heavy. It is priced at Rs 6,999, and is available on Amazon.in.
Design: Handy, good-looking
Available in the unique mocha gold colour, the Turbo 5 has a unibody metal design with a matte finish on the back. The edges are a bit rounded towards the back for greater comfort. At 9mm, it looks slightly thicker than Redmi 4 (8.4mm) which has a 4,100mAh battery and weighs 150g. The Turbo 5 weighs 163g, yet it doesn’t feel heavy or unmanageable. The navigation keys are built on the lower bezel. The finger print sensor is placed on the back. It is pretty accurate but a little slow.
Overall, Turbo 5 looks stylish and snuggles well into small hands.
Display: Big enough for basic users
The 5.2-inch display has a resolution of 1,280x720p. The screen is big enough for typing and reading, but lacks the sharpness that you can get in the likes of Redmi Note 4 or the Moto G5. However, it handles colours well. This makes watching videos enjoyable. InFocus has also added colour customisation options in display settings. It can enhance the colours a little, but the difference is not very clear. Visibility from odd angles is good but the screen smudges a lot.
The Redmi 4 has a slightly smaller but brighter looking 5-inch screen with resolution of 1,280x720p.
Software: New Android with a light UI
The Turbo 5 runs Android 7.0 with a custom User Interface (UI) which has a lot more in common with plain Android than the likes of MIUI or Emotion UI. The idea here is to offer a slightly different look without bloating the software with too many features. Google Assistant, side-by-side multi tasking and the option to modify size of the on-screen content are some of the key features in this smartphone.
In terms of design, it looks quite bland in comparison to the more colourful MIUI on the Redmi 4, which also offers more features and customisation options. The only niggle with the Redmi 4 is that it runs Android 6.0.
Performance: Struggles when stressed, impressive battery
The InFocus smartphone is driven by MediaTek’s MT6737 processor paired with 3GB RAM. It is an entry level processor and is used in a number of budget smartphones to keep the cost low. The Turbo 5 was able to handle basic tasks well, but struggled with games and multi-tasking. With six to eight apps running the background, apps take longer to open.
The smartphone offers 16GB internal storage and accepts microSD cards of up to 32 GB.
The biggest highlight of the Turbo 5 is the 5,000mAh battery, which can deliver over two days of backup on one charge comfortably. The Redmi 4 packs in a 4,100mAH battery which can muster a day and a half on modest use. The Redmi 4 is better placed when it comes to hardware. It is powered by a superior Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core chipset with 2GB RAM.
Camera: Mediocre even in daytime
The camera is not one of the strong points of the Turbo 5. The 13-megapixel snapper is good with colours in a well-lit environment. In the absence of it, it looks a little blurry and struggles to light up darker areas also. Detailing is poor and it shows if you look at the photos on bigger screen. The camera modes are also very limited. The Redmi 4 also has a 13-megapixel camera which is slightly better when it comes to capturing detail.
InFocus’ new smartphone has the look and feel of a more expensive smartphone. What makes it standout in the crowd is the long lasting battery and the compact form-factor.
However, you can’t ignore the fact that it struggles at the slightest signs of stress. This gives the Redmi 4 a slight edge as it runs on a more capable processor and offers more features too.