Bulk of processing cores
Universal remote functionality
Inferior camera results
No Nougat plan
The InFocus Epic 1 is the perfect option if you're looking for a smartphone with the highest number of cores under Rs. 15,000 price bracket.
We’ve seen the build and camera of the InFocus Epic 1 in the previous sections. And here, we are covering all its pros and cons to accomplish the review.
The InFocus Epic 1 has a 5.5-inch IPS display with 1920 x 1080 pixels (full-HD) resolution and 10-point multitouch support. The display panel produces satisfactory colors, though it doesn’t have perfect viewing angles. Sunlight legibility of the smartphone is also not the best one in the range.
InFocus has provided the Epic 1 with Android 6.0 Marshmallow with its InLife 2.0 UI. There is also an option to receive regular over-the-air (OTA) updates. The company is yet to announce its plans for Android Nougat, though.
The InLife UI on the InFocus Epic 1 comes with a distinct interface and offers several customisations. There is an uncomplicated lock screen and multiple homescreens. Also, the interface comes with a notification panel and setting toggles. You can use the available fingerprint sensor on the smartphone to unlock the screen in just a couple of seconds.
In terms of telephony, the Epic 1 has dual-SIM (hybrid) support with 4G VoLTE technology and a simple dialler with smart dialling option. We haven’t faced any call dropping issue on the smartphone. Additionally, it is worth mentioning that the smartphone has a proprietary keyboard and a custom messaging app that eases your text messaging.
The InFocus Epic 1 is one of the rare smartphones in today’s market that comes with an IR blaster. This transforms the InFocus offering into a universal remote. There is a KooKong app that comes with preset controls for a large number of devices, starting from set-top boxes and projectors to television sets and amplifiers.
On the hardware front, the InFocus Epic 1 has a MediaTek MT6797M (Helio X20) chipset that has been developed through 20-nanometre architecture. The Helio X20 chip has ten cores with a maximum clock speed of 2.11GHz. Notably, there are three CPUs including an ARM Cortex-A72 and two Cortex-A53 units based on HMP (heterogeneous multi-processing) technology. There is 3GB of RAM and 32GB onboard storage that can be expanded through an external microSD card. Besides, the smartphone has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS and USB-C support.
The given hardware performs quite well on popular benchmark apps. The smartphone got 2,376 scores on Vellamo version 3.2.6 and 25,185 scores on Quadrant Standard Edition version 2.1.1. Moreover, we haven’t observed any issue with the real-life performance of the smartphone.
InFocus has provided a 3,000mAh battery on the Epic 1 that delivers nearly a day battery life on a single charge. You can use USB On-the-Go (USB OTG) support on the smartphone to even reversely charge your devices.
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