InFocus Vision 3 Review

InFocus Vision 3 Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Vision 3 sports 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel rear cameras
  • The InFocus Vision 3 is priced at Rs. 6,999
  • The phone has sturdy construction and comes with good battery life

In 2018, we can pretty much expect a majority of smartphones to sport trendy 18:9 displays. We’ve already seen this feature trickling down from the flagships that launched this year to several mainstream models. Until recently, it was only the Micromax Canvas Infinity which had this kind of display in the sub-Rs. 10,000 market. However, we weren’t happy with its performance in most areas so it’s not a model we’d recommend.

InFocus hopes to do better where Micromax stumbled, with its new Vision 3 smartphone. It boasts of many of today’s popular features but at a much more aggressive price of just Rs. 6,999. It goes right up against the Xiaomi Redmi 5A, which might not have a fancy looking display or dual cameras but seems like a dependable workhorse. Let’s see how well the Vision 3’s impressive feature list translates to day-to-day usage.

InFocus Vision 3 design and build quality

The Vision 3 predictably has a plastic body, with rounded corners and sides so it’s relatively easy to grip. The display in the front has rounded edges as well, so you don’t have to deal with sharp edges when you swipe the screen from the sides. Due to the taller display, the power and volume buttons are placed a bit higher up than we’d like, which often forced us to shuffle the phone around in order to reach them.

The headphones socket and Micro-USB port are placed at the top and bottom respectively. InFocus has added antenna bands at the top and bottom of the back panel, although we feel that this is more for appearances than functionality as the plastic body shouldn’t cause any hindrance to wireless signals.

There’s a hybrid dual-SIM tray on the right, which accepts either two Nano-SIMs or a single SIM and a microSD card (up to 128GB). There’s a single mono speaker grille at the back, along with the fingerprint sensor and a dual camera setup. We didn’t have any misreads with the fingerprint sensor but it takes longer than usual to wake the screen up. You can also assign a fingerprint to switch on the flashlight or open any app.

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The 5.7-inch HD+ IPS display produces good colours and viewing angles. The resolution of 720×1440 is not the best for a screen this size, and it shows in some of the text in the menus. Touch response is good though. There are narrow borders above and below the screen, but there’s still room for the earpiece, front camera, sensors, and a notification LED.

In the box, you get a Micro-USB cable, a charger, a SIM eject tool, and a warranty card, but no headset. The quality of the accessories seem fairly good, keeping the price in mind.

InFocus Vision 3 specifications and features

The Vision 3 is powered by the quad-core MediaTek MT6737H SoC, along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Compared to the Snapdragon 425 that’s in the Redmi 5A, benchmark scores were slightly lower. In AnTuTu, we got 32,633 points while the Ice Storm Extreme test in 3DMark showed 3,637 points. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, single-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4, FM radio, and USB-OTG. You also get the basic accelerometer, ambient light, and proximity sensors.

The phone uses Android 7.0 Nougat, with a custom skin called Smile UX. The customisation isn’t too drastic, and mostly involves a few custom icons and a different look for the notifications shade. Some gestures make it easier to use Android on this taller screen, such as the ability to swipe downwards anywhere on the screen to show the notifications shade. However, the text explaining some of the menus and functions isn’t always grammatically correct, and could use improvement. You get some pre-installed apps too such as Amazon’s shopping and streaming video apps, and UC News, and Browser.

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InFocus has moved some of the sections in the Settings app around, but it’s not as confusing as some of the other custom UIs we’ve seen. The Special Settings section lets you clone apps, take a screenshot with three fingers, and change settings for screen recording. S Boost is another section with features such as intelligent acceleration, which doesn’t really say what it does but we assume it would free up RAM from time to time. Other options include defragmentation and the ability to mange background apps. You can swap the navigation buttons around or hide them altogether. There’s even an iOS ‘Assistive Touch’ like feature called Suspension Ball, which lets you navigate Android.

InFocus Vision 3 performance, camera, and battery life

The Vision 3 works well for day-to-day tasks such as social media apps, and doesn’t heat up much. The interface is relatively lag-free but every now and then, we did find the phone showing minor signs of stress when loading heavy apps or switching between them. However, it’s quite intermittent and does’t really get it the way of usage. Gaming is also handled decently well, given the HD+ resolution, but we noticed that the phone gets very warm after about 10 minutes of gaming. The Vision 3 runs games fullscreen by default, which means it stretches them slightly. This is noticeable in games that have circular controls, which appear a little skewed. There’s no option in the Settings app to adjust this.

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Full-HD videos play just fine. The speaker gets loud but can also easily be blocked when you hold the phone in the landscape orientation. The loudspeaker is good enough for voice calls but sounds a little tinny for media files.

Another highlight feature of the Vision 3 is its dual camera setup. The main sensor has a 13-megapixel resolution and an f/2.0 aperture, while the second sensor is a 5-megapixel, wide-angle sensor with an f/2.2 aperture. Switching between the sensors takes a bit of time and you can’t use the secondary camera at all when in video mode. Autofocusing is also slow and there’s shutter lag, which makes capturing fast-moving objects quite tricky. In good natural light, the main sensor is capable of capturing decent dynamic range. The level of detail is strictly average here and we did find some chromatic aberration when zooming in to landscape shots. The wide-angle sensor doesn’t do too well with detail but at least there isn’t too much visible barrel distortion.

The iOS ‘inspired’ camera app offers the standard shooing modes, including professional mode but there’s no option for adjusting focus or the shutter speed. There’s a bokeh mode too but the end result is often below average. InFocus boasts of a ‘dualfie’ feature which lets you shoot with the front and rear cameras at the same time. It’s very similar to the ‘bothie’ feature that Nokia introduced with the Nokia 8this year and has an equally tragic name. Other modes include the ability to enable an InFocus watermark and shoot a collage of four pictures.

Shot with the 5-megapixel wide-angle sensor. Tap to see full-size.

 

Tap to see full-sized InFocus Vision 3 camera samples

 

In low light, close-ups and landscapes appear hazy, with poor detail and colours. Autofocus speeds also dip drastically, forcing you to remain stationary for at least a second or two till the camera focuses and saves each shot. Video recording goes up to 1080p but there’s no electronic stabilisation, which results in shaky footage. The front camera isn’t too bad under good lighting but details are quite soft.

Battery life is good, and we managed to get an entire day’s worth of usage. In our video loop test, we got 12 hours and 12 minutes of continuous HD video playback. However, charging is quite slow. With the included charger, we had to wait almost three hours for the battery to charge fully.

Verdict
InFocus has been very ambitious with the Vision 3, trying to cram in a lot of desirable features for very little money, but not all of it comes together correctly in the end. Its battery life and large display are its main selling points, so if you’ve been waiting for a stylish phone in the sub-Rs. 10,000 segment, then this is worth considering. Everything else is exactly what you’d expect from a budget smartphone. The cameras can give you okay shots in an ideal scenario, but are more often underwhelming. System performance is quite average, the fingerprint sensor doesn’t wake the screen fast enough, and the phone gets warm rather quickly when gaming.

If you’re not in any hurry, we’d recommend holding off on your purchase for a bit as the budget segment will soon be getting a flood of new 18:9 smartphones. Xiaomi has already launched the Redmi 5 in China, and it should sell for well under Rs. 10,000 when it launches here.

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LG names G6 display “Full Vision”

We already told you about the unusual 5.7” QHD+ display LG Display started producing for the LG G6. It has 2,880 x 1,440 resolution and 18:9 ratio, something we haven’t seen yet in a smartphone.

Now this display has an official name and it is “Full Vision”, quite good name actually for a front panel “filled” with screen.

A company teaser from earlier this year already hinted about a bigger display in the same body. In the same time renders are showing an almost bezel-less screen that will probably make LG G6’s visual experience even better.

LG Electronics is trying its best to have proper flagship since LG G5 was the reason the Mobile division of the Korean company announced poor performance in 2016.

The LG G6 will be launched in the beginning of March in South Korea and on April 6 in USA.

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LG Electronics India’s marketing head, Amit Gujral, sets a clear vision for 2017

LG Electronics India is going to celebrate this Republic Day with the launch of its #KarSalaam initiative, which is dedicated to the brave soldiers of the country. Through this initiative, LG aims to salute the soldiers’ spirit of selfless contribution and service towards the country. The brand plans to reach out to the citizens through radio, on-ground and digital communication to capture the wishes of the citizens of India for our soldiers. Taking this campaign forward, LG will be contributing a certain amount to every LG product purchased till 26th January towards the ‘India National Defence Fund’, which is dedicated to the welfare of soldiers.

Brand Equity caught up with Amit Gujral, head – corporate marketing, LG Electronics India, who recently joined the company, to have a chat about the idea behind #KarSalaam,
and LG’s plan for the year ahead. Take a look…

“#KarSalaam is not a marketing campaign”

This is Gujral’s first big initiative for the company, and there has been a lot of thought and vision attached to it. He says, “This campaign has been launched to capture the patriotic fervour of the season to establish itself as a brand that cares for Indians and their sentiments. We also took this initiative to bring together the citizens of India to express their gratitude to our soldiers. The selfless devotion our armed forces calls for adulation and what could be a better occasion than this Republic Day.”
The company also plans to invite people through social media platforms and encourage them to #KarSalaam (express their gratitude). All Indians are invited to post their wishes for soldiers on its dedicated website. LG also seeks participation from the families of the soldiers to send their heartwarming messages to their near and dear ones who brave all odds to protect the country.

While talking Gujral about the spends behind the #KarSalaam initiative, he said, “Honestly, it cannot be seen as a marketing campaign. #KarSalaam is a very noble, social and patriotic cause, which cannot be attributed as just a promotion campaign. We invite all citizens to pour their heart out and leave no barriers to reach out to soldiers.”

Amit Gujral
Amit Gujral

‘Life’s Good’ for LG and Gujral?

Consumer Electronics industry in India stands as a conducive market and 2016 has equally clocked growth for LG, informs Gujral. “We have seen a number of new entrants in the industry due to the growth opportunities the Indian market holds. The brand is driven by the philosophy “Life’s Good” and throughout the years we have ensured that we live up to it,” he adds.

For 2017, LG has already created a buzz with the announcement of a host of new products including signature TVs during CES. LG will soon bring those products to the Indian market this year.

When asked about the targets for 2017, Gujral optimistically mentions, “As a marketer, certainly revenue targets are essential to anything and everything we shall plan and do. Not just enhancing brand track indices but increasing revenue generation up by two digits percentage is set as a target for 2017.”

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2020 Vision: Applying Million-Dollar Business Insights To An Uncertain Future

“2020 Vision: Today’s Business Leaders on Tomorrow’s World” offers insight on planning for an uncertain business future with interviews from 20 leaders of global million-dollar and billion-dollar companies. Leaders from a variety of background and industries share their perspective in “2020 Vision” on the biggest threats and opportunities that will impact their businesses the next 5 years and beyond.

A lot of business magazines celebrate the past exploits of billionaire businessmen, like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates.

The stories of how they acquired and built their businesses becomes the stuff of entrepreneurial legend. Yet, with all of this information, only a little information goes into how these leaders prepare for a complicated future.

This is where “2020 Vision: Today’s Business Leaders on Tomorrow’s World” comes in. “2020 Vision” brings together leaders from 20 international million- and billion-dollar companies and asks them: “How will you address the most complex challenges in your business’s future?

“2020 Vision” is a collection of 20 interviews with the top leaders of the world’s biggest companies, including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, GE, Universal Music Group, WPP and Geely Holding Group. Combined, these five leaders alone represent companies with almost $200 billion in operating revenue.

These interviews focus on the successes and problems that these leaders currently experience or expect to experience in the foreseeable future.

In reading these interviews, readers will begin to recognize certain patterns. Technology, emerging markets and cost containment appear as persistent themes. These themes represent the biggest concerns and opportunities for all businesses in the future.

As an example, Linda Zecher, CEO of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, discusses the cost-effective and disruptive impacts technology has on the global and U.S. markets. Technology, Zecher says, is meeting a growing consumer demand for digital command — which is occurring even at the pre-K level. But it is also placing a heavy burden on teachers who may not be used to the increased demand.

Such uneven adoption of technologies requires, Zecher notes, a slower, step-by-step approach.

In another industry, Sir Martin Sorrell of WPP, discusses why his advertising and marketing business is placing a large amount of its resources on analytics and data investment. As Sorrell himself, puts it: “Don Draper would hardly recognize much of what we do today … In the future, there will be more ‘maths-men’ and women than ‘Mad Men’ in our industry.”

Those two examples reflect what readers can expect throughout the book: problem analysis, strategy and reflection. Readers will be able to see how these leaders predict and deal with the opportunities and challenges that the future brings.

The best part of “2020 Vision” is the view it provides of a leading business executive’s strategy from their own perspective. Although the book is written mostly from a third-person perspective, it details the approach and personal insights of the person being interviewed.

In addition to that, the book’s focus on many industries gives a wider, overall perspective about the general nature of change in business. Readers are able to see the issues from a much broader perspective than a typical book on future business trends.

Although the book provides excellent insight from leaders working in the field (as opposed to experts talking about the field), the book lacks direct takeaways. Such takeaways would certainly be of benefit to readers who become inspired by or interested in one or more of the strategies listed in the book.

For example, if an education tech startup wanted to capitalize on the growing market in Africa, where should they begin? “2020 Vision” gives some info, but not enough upon which to take action.

Author Tim Burt (@timjburt) is currently managing partner of a communications firm and former editor of The Financial Times. And the ideal reader for “2020 Vision” would probably come from the same audience as the author’s former publication. The book works from the assumption that the reader is knowledgeable about international business, emerging markets and technology.

“2020 Vision” covers a wide variety of industries operating in various countries with very expensive operating budgets. So, while it might not at first appear to be a book for small business owners, look deeper. “2020 Vision” offers any entrepreneur or small business owner the opportunity to reflect on how they will plan for the future. It also offers greater insight into what their businesses could look like one day.

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