If it’s a smartphone then it has to be metal. Gone are the days when metal would mean an expensive phone; now they come in small prices.

I am of course talking about the budget segment. In Focus today is the InFocus Epic1 that has an Epic name and the American company says it ups the game with its first deca-core processor.

How many cores has a smartphone got to have before you call it a smartphone (I was listening Bob Dylan).

After spending a good week with the phone let’s take an extended look at the phone and if you don’t have the time then just watch the video.

HOW GOOD

The good starts from the looks. The all metal design of the Epic1 does look appealing. It’s of a good quality premium construction and certainly feels sturdy in one piece.

The curved brushed back does give that confidence to hold the smartphone comfortably. And the thing with the brushed finish is that the scratches will look like they are part of the design.

The smartphone is slim and weighs at just 160 g. The screen-to-bezel ratio is decent considering other companies are focusing real hard to narrow the divide till there is no visible line separating the two.

You get a type-C port here and there is an audio jack. Yay! The 5.5″ Full HD display looks good and produces good colours and it reflects when you are outdoors.

Now let’s come to the core issue, the deca-core processor. There is no issue about the hello X-20 deca-core processor with tri-cluster architecture.

The first has two 2.5GHz Cortex-A72 cores for high performance, the second has four 2.0GHz Cortex-A53 cores for a balance of performance and efficiency, and the third has four 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 cores for low-power consumption tasks.

Supporting the processor is a 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM which is expandable to 128GB. This all comes down to one thing your real life usage is going to be blazing fast.

All the tasks are taken care of efficiently and you would face no problems whatsoever. The bench mark scores might not tell the same picture but real life usage does.

However, there is one problem with the performance and I will come to that in the BAD segment below. The phone runs on Android Marshmallow with InFocus custom eUI on top.

The UI is neat and you will get along quiet well. So to sum up, the good about the Epic1 is its design, the performance and the price (Rs. 12,999).

HOW BAD

Nobody is perfect and the InFocus Epic1 is no exception. While I said the performance is good the bad comes in when you are playing games. There are no issues like frame drops or anything but playing games for more than 15 minutes would make your hands burn (not literally).

Yes, the phone heats up and the metal design definitely helps in making sure you feel it. The 16MP rear camera is not bad but it’s not a strong point of the Epic1.

Images captured in day light look good in fact they look awesome in the phone’s display, however when you get it on your desktop, you notice that they aren’t that sharp and sometimes the colours don’t look that natural.

But still it works for uploading on social media and what are filters meant for? The front camera does a decent job.

The 3000mAh battery will just about last you the day; I recommend you charge it before you leave your house or office. There is quick charging and that would come in real handy.

Now why we are calling the battery life bad is because Epic1’s competition — Redmi note4 and the CoolPad Cool1 — with their 4000 mAh batteries give you much more.

JURY VERDICT

The jury comprises of my fellow tech enthusiasts who get to use it for a day or two and I who has been using it for a while.

What we feel that the Epic1 is a good device to own for it is priced right and has a good design and construction, reliable performance and a decent front camera HOWEVER we suggest you buy the Epic1 when the Xiaomi Note4 and the CoolPad Cool1 are out of stock (which they are most of the times).

First Published | 11 February 2017 10:54 PM
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