It has been over eight months since it was made available, yet the latest version of Google’s mobile OS called Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) is available on only 2.3% of all Android devices globally, as per Google’s OS dashboard for developers released on 7 March. Its predecessor, Android 5.1 (Lollipop), is the most used version of Android as it is installed on 36.1% of all Android devices. Barring the Moto range of phones (Moto E 3G, Moto E 4G, Moto G 3rd Gen and Moto G Turbo), no other phone maker has showed interest in the latest Android OS so far. InFocus, an American smartphone brand, is the first to launch a budget smartphone that comes with Android Marshmallow. Priced at 4,299, the InFocus Bingo 10 is the most affordable Android M phone in the market right now.

The Bingo 10 feels compact and very usable
The Bingo 10 feels compact and very usable

Design: Handy form factor

Like most entry-level budget phones, the Bingo 10 has a plastic body, a removable back panel and two SIM slots. The matte finish on the back and the striped frame offers firm grip over the phone. The frame is also made of plastic but is coloured differently. In the white variant, its green and in the black variant it is blue. Overall, the Bingo 10 feels compact and very usable, and tips the scales at 140g. The phone looks thick and the bezels on the front look wide, but they don’t spoil the useability aspect.

Display: Small and dull

The Bingo 10 has a 4.5-inch display with screen resolution of 854x480p. The display looks ordinary. The viewing angles are poor as the slightest of tilts changes the colour and visibility. Also, it is a bit too reflective which makes using it in bright light a challenge. Even for this screen size, the screen resolution is low and that reflects during video playback and games.

The key highlight is the presence of Android M
The key highlight is the presence of Android M

Software: Latest Android gives it an edge over rivals

The Bingo 10 runs Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) out of the box with a neat custom UI, which allows you to apply new themes and modify the layout of the app drawer. The key highlight is the presence of Android M, which means you have access to new features such as Now on Tap (contextual search that shows all related details, options, and apps), Do Not Disturb (a short-cut in notifications that allows the user to turn off specific alerts), App Permissions (it is a dedicated page where you can see what all data an app is accessing on your phone) and also the latest series of performance and battery life improvements that Google baked into the new software.

Performance: Struggles when stressed

The phone is powered by MediaTek’s MT6580 quad-core processor with 1GB RAM. It can handle individual tasks well and even played games such as Smash Hit smoothly. However, with six to eight apps running in the background, the same set of tasks take a little more time to open and run. The phone offers 8GB of storage which can be expanded to another 32GB via a microSD card. The phone’s battery back-up is good. The 2,000mAh battery is not much on paper, but it delivers almost a day’s back-up easily.

The camera struggles with detail reproduction and sharpness, but captures colours quite accurately
The camera struggles with detail reproduction and sharpness, but captures colours quite accurately

Camera: Works well in daylight

The 5-megapixel camera is basic but can give good shots for social media posts as long as the lighting is good and the object is in focus. You need to tap and hold on the object for the focus to lock on an object correctly. Also, the image processing takes a bit of time. In terms of picture quality, the camera struggles with detail reproduction and sharpness, but captures colours quite accurately. Indoor shots looked mostly blurry.

Verdict

The InFocus Bingo10 is the most affordable Android M phone in India, right now. The fact that it supports 4G makes it all the more relevant, and future-proof. It is perfect for first-time smartphone users with modest requirements. In case you can spend a little more, the Moto E 4G ( 6,999) is also worth considering, because of the better display and faster multi-tasking performance.

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