InFocus, a well-known US-based smartphone maker in India, have launched many great budget smartphones in the country so far. The Turbo 5 Plus, launched recently, is a successor of the Turbo 5 which was launched in June this year. So we have come up with the detailed review of this device, since we already had our first impressions with the device. It comes with the price tag of Rs. 8,999 in India, and it is available via Amazon. So without wasting much time let’s check that is it a real value for money phone (VFM)? in its full review below.
InFocus Turbo 5 Plus Review
Design and Build (4.5/5)
It is an all metal device which feels solid in hands and the design of the smartphone also looks good. The device feels a bit thick but the overall weight distribution does not make it too heavy. The front has a 5.5-inch display and at the top, it has a 5-MP camera with an earpiece; while the bottom hosts a home button with a fingerprint scanner.
At the back side, we have the primary dual cameras sitting on the top left with the LED flash. Below the camera, you are going to get InFocus branding which looks premium. The rear also has a large non-removable 4850mAh battery under the hood.
Coming to the right side, it has volume rockers and sleep/wake button, the left of the device has the SIM tray extension space where you can also insert a microSD card as it is a hybrid slot. The bottom of the phone comes with a regular USB port with speaker grill, and the top offers 3.5mm jack. The InFocus Turbo 5 Plus costs Rs. 8,999 and at that price we feel that it offers pretty decent design and build quality.
It comes with a 5.5-inch HD display with the resolution of 720×1280 pixels, and the device has 268 PPI pixel density. There are also Full HD options available at this price range, but HD displays are common too. However, it is a HD display but we feel that it has some decent vividness and sharpness, which makes the screen more clear and lively.
It is an IPS LCD display which means you can view the display from any angle and you will not get any distraction on the screen. We have tested some HD videos in the device and it was a nice experience, but it is only a HD display and hence we cannot expect more. The gaming experience on this display is also good. We played some great graphics intensive games on this device and the viewing experience was really good.
Operating System and UI (4/5)
It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with Inlife UI 2.0 out of the box. In this device, you will mostly get stock Android experience, but its custom UI is also there which provides some modifications like either you can choose no app drawer or an app drawer mode.
When you long press the screen, you will get some options like widget, wallpaper, preference selections, arrange apps. These are not available on stock Android. However, the overall look and feel of its UI is quite simple and most users will like it.
The Turbo 5 Plus comes pre-loaded with some apps like Amazon Prime video, Amazon Shopping, Safebox app. However, you can also choose to disable them if you do not want to use them. The typical suite of Google apps also come with this device.
Performance and Hardware (3.8/5)
The Turbo 5 Plus comes with octa-core MediaTek MT6750 64-bit processor and is powered by 3GB of RAM. 3GB RAM looks decent in this device but the processor could have been better. We have tested some games like Asphalt 8, Dead Warfare and some small games and surprisingly the gaming performance on the device was awesome.
We haven’t noticed any lags in the games which we have played. With Turbo 5 Plus, you can easily do day-to-day multitasking without any issue. While doing multitasking and playing games, we haven’t noticed any heating issue. Yes, the phone heats but this is genuine and common in all-metal body smartphones; there is no excessive heat.
There is also a fingerprint scanner present on top of the home button of the device, which performs very accurately and quickly. Moreover, getting a fingerprint sensor on a 9k device is a big deal in itself.
Coming to the camera of the Turbo 5 Plus, it has dual camera setup at the back – 13+5MP with f/2.2 aperture, 120-degree wide-angle lens and Digital Zoom. The rear cameras of this device have capabilities of capturing some good images which you can look below, where both low light and bright light performance of this device’s images look good.
We can clearly see the details in its rear camera. Also, the camera UI is quite simple of the camera app, you will get some filter options along with some modes like blur, HDR, Panorama. The blur mode is not up to the mark here.
It is like an editing app where you just scroll to blur the image till where you want and there is no depth at all. It looks very artificial. The front camera of this device which is of 5MP comes with f/2.4 aperture and is a fixed focus sensor. The capturing quality of its front camera in daylight is good, but when it comes to low light, its performance is decent and here we had expected more from InFocus.
Battery performance (5/5)
The battery department of this device is highlighted as it comes with a large 4850mAh battery, which is clearly up to the mark in this price range. We are testing the device for many days and in terms of battery performance, we can say that it is the USP of this device. We have fully charged this device in the morning and started using it from 9AM in average modes like watching videos using Facebook and other low stuff, and it went easily for about 2 days without the need of charging it again.
Also, we have tested this device with heavy usage, like we did gaming for 4 hours, video playback of 3 to 4 hours and some other stuff. Still, it gave a battery life of more than one day. If we talk about other smartphones with low battery capacity, they would die twice as fast compared to the Turbo 5 Plus.
So, at the end of our InFocus Turbo 5 Plus review, we would say it is a device which will give you overall satisfaction. However, we feel that more could have been offered as well, like a Full HD display, better processor and better dual cameras. Although, the main USP of this phone is its 4850mAh battery and it will give you a great battery life. So if you want a solid all-round device at 9k, you can go for the InFocus Turbo 5 Plus.