Comio C1 review: The affordable metallic smartphone
Years after the success of Asus, OnePlus and Xiaomi, Chinese original design manufacturer (ODM) Topwise Communication entered the Indian market in April this year to launch its range of Comio smartphones. The new series of handsets, including the Comio C1, S1 and P1, is aimed to help the company get an early recognition from domestic users. Among the other handsets, the Comio C1 is the cheapest option at a price of Rs. 5,999. The smartphone is competing against the Coolpad Note 5 Lite, Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro and Xiaomi Redmi 4A.
Comio has provided the C1 with in-box accessories such as an AC adapter, data cable, in-ear headphones and a user manual. Additionally, the box includes a screen protector and a TPU case.
The Comio C1 comes in two color options — Mellow Gold and Space Black; both have a metal frame and a metal-looking plastic back. On the front, the smartphone has a 5-inch IPS display with 1280 x 720 pixels (HD) resolution that produces a pixel density of 297 pixels. The display has a scratch-resistant glass atop that enables the panel to support up to two touch inputs. Color production and viewing angles of the smartphone are fairly decent, even slightly better than the Redmi 4A.
There is Android 7.0 Nougat operating system with a custom skin on top. The interface has usual homescreens, notification panel and a lock screen with support for widgets like a clock and a weather alert.
Comio has provided a MediaTek MT6735 chipset on the C1 smartphone that comes with a 1.25GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU, Mali-T720 GPU and 1GB of RAM. Further, there is 32GB onboard storage that can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 128GB. The built-in hardware works well on usual tasks, but some glitches can be noticed on high graphics intensive games.
Testing the performance of the Comio C1 on some popular benchmark apps shows ordinary results. The smartphone resulted in 30,674 scores on AnTuTu version 6.2.7 and 1,512 multi-core scores on Geekbench 4.
MediaTek’s chipset has WorldMode 4G LTE support that empowers the Comio C1 with VoLTE and global 4G network access. The smartphone also has hybrid dual-SIM support.
In terms of imaging tech, the C1 has an 8-megapixel rear camera sensor with a four-piece, F2.0 lens. The front side, on the other hand, has a 5-megapixel front camera with F2.2 lens. The rear camera delivers competitive still shots but has inferior performance on the video front. The company has provided a proprietary Camera app that supports a custom bokeh effect, which isn’t as smooth as the one a dual-camera featuring Xiaomi Mi A1 and OnePlus 5. On the part of capturing selfies, the front camera sensor has a beauty mode that artificially adds effects to your portraits and clears your face.
The Comio C1 includes Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and a microUSB port that doesn’t support USB OTG. There is a 3.5mm jack that helps you stream your audio to a surround sound speaker. The built-in speaker is also loud enough to deliver a sufficient music experience in your living room. Besides, the smartphone has a 2,200mAh battery that lasts for around 20 hours with a normal to moderate usage.
The Comio C1 is a good-looking option in the sub-Rs. 6,000 price bracket. It wouldn’t be your choice if you’re looking for some mind-blowing performance. Nevertheless, the smartphone is a satisfactory package if you don’t want to opt for a brand like Samsung or Xiaomi.