InFocus Turbo 5 Review – Battery monster on a budget price

InFocus, the US-based smartphone company launched its Turbo 5 smartphone in India in the budget-smartphone category which is already flooded with loads of options. We got a chance to review the phone over a 10 day period and share our views as below. 

InFocus Turbo 5 – In the Box:

  • InFocus Turbo 5 smartphone with Internal Battery
  • Travel Charger
  • USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card
  • SIM Tray Ejector Pin

InFocus Turbo 5 – Specifications:

  • 5.2 inch HD Display
  • 1.2GHz Mediatek MT 6737 quad-core processor
  • 2/3GB RAM
  • 16/32GB Internal Storage
  • Android 7.0 Nougat OS
  • 13 MP rear camera with LED Flash
  • 5 MP front facing camera
  • 5000mAh battery
  • 4G VoLTE, 3, 2G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Fingerprint Sensor

InFocus Turbo 5 – Hardware and Design:

 

The InFocus Turbo 5 comes with a 5.2 inch HD (1280×720 pixels) display On-cell 2.5D curved glass over it. There is a 5MP camera on the top of the display along with ambient light sensor and tiny LED Notification light with the speaker in the center.

At the bottom of the display you will find the 3 usual capacitive Android buttons.

On the left of the device you find the SIM Card slot which is Hybrid in nature while on the right side, the company has placed the Volume Rockers and the Power button.

Over the top is the 3.5mm headphone jack while on the bottom you would find the USB charging port.

Coming to the back of the device, the InFocus Turbo 5 has the 13 MP camera with LED Flash and the fingerprint sensor in the top center. Below it is the InFocus logo carved into the aluminium-like plastic casing. At the rear-bottom we find the speaker grill.

Overall, the phone feels premium for its price range and the curved 2.5D glass on top of the display is a plus. The body is of plastic but with the brushed finish feels like aluminum. The Turbo 5 scores in the looks.

Display:

The InFocus Turbo 5 comes with a 5.2 inch HD (1280×720 pixels) display On-cell 2.5D curved glass over the top of it. The display is bright and does work well under sunlight. The texts are sharp and colour vibrant. Overall, you would be happy with the display performance of the smartphone but it is not the best-in-the-class. The touch response and feedback is good but the glass is a fingerprint magnet. Overall, the display is good and one of the positive points of the smartphone.

Camera:

The cameras on the InFocus Turbo 5 include a 13MP primary camera with LED Flash and 5MP front facing camera for Selfies. The Camera UI is disappointing as it is too basic and feels like you have travelled back a couple or more years while the performance is just okay. We had issues with the autofocus as the camera was unable to detect objects a few times. The output from the primary camera is acceptable but images are on the softer side and colours flushed off a few times. Pictures turn out to be better if the lighting condition is good but low light performance was disappointing.

The 5 MP front facing shooter on the InFocus Turbo 5 is just average and most of the images turn out to be blurry, if not kept still. If you can’t live without a camera, you might want to look somewhere else.

Camera Samples of InFocus Turbo 5:

HDR sample

HDR sample

Auto Settings

Auto Settings

Low-light sample

Low-light sample

Front camera with Beautify

Front camera with Beautify

 

Performance:

Powered by a 1.2GHz Mediatek MT 6737 quad-core processor coupled with 2GB or 3GB RAM options. The review unit that we received was a 2GB variant. Overall, the performance of the Turbo 5 is satisfactory for day to day working but we faced lagging during game play as the 3D graphic took a hit. We hope the 3GB version handles the load better.

The phone scored 28000 points on AnTuTu 3DBench with CPU scoring 9677 and falling under Middle End Satisfactory rating for daily use while on GeekBench, it scored 539 on Single-Core and 1512 on Multi-Core. If you are looking at a daily driver for normal usage, the Turbo 5 would sail you through it.

UI and Storage:

One of the positive points of the Turbo 5 is that it comes with Android 7.0 Nougat OS out of the box though InFocus has loaded a lot of bloatware on to the phone which eats up in the storage. The 16GB variant that we got, had only 9.7GB free for users to make use of. This is a bit disappointing. The phone comes pre installed with apps like Xploree Keyboard, Temple Paradise, MakeMyTrip, Saavn, Amazon Shopping, Go2Pay and Dailyhunt. With no option available to uninstall the apps, users will have to settle with a microSD card for expanded storage.

The UI of the Turbo 5 is fluid and looks great on the display. It comes with Android 7.0 Nougat functionality like replying to notifications with the Notification Direct Reply feature, Multi-window view, Quick switch between apps and better battery life. Within the 12 days of the phone being with us, 2 software updates were pushed for better performance of device and camera. This indicates that InFocus does focus on providing OS updates.

Connectivity & Fingerprint:

The phone packs in the the usual 4G VoLTE, 3, 2G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 4.0, Fingerprint Sensor amongst the connectivity options and should satisfy all your daily requirements. The calls made over VoLTE and 2G or 3G were clear and crisp while the network reception was trouble-free.

The fingerprint sensor which has been included performanced well and the response time isn’t the fastest but get the job done.

Battery:

The Turbo 5’s main USP is it’s huge 5000mAh battery and well, it doesn’t disappoint a bit when it comes to keep the show running. We were able to pull through almost a day and half of backup with the battery with medium usage on 4G and using VoLTE, 2 social media accounts and 2 mails. We even tried charging another smartphone using the Turbo 5 and the feature worked like a charm.

But, the phone doesn’t come with Fast Charging feature and thus, charging the 5000mAh battery with the bundled charger could feel like a whole lifetime. But once the battery touches the 100% mark, you are good to go for another 2 days, which is great. The battery on the Turbo 5 saves the device.

Verdict:

Overall, the Turbo 5 is a decent smartphone for users who are looking for a phone with loads battery juice and can adjust with an average camera and for the price of Rs. 6,999 the Redmi 4A or the Redmi 4 are its direct competitors.