Indian mobile phone makers have already retaliated to the Chinese device firms’ move to take over the smartphone segment in India especially in the affordable phone range, but Videocon has taken the competition to a much steeper level. With the new Infinum Graphite smartphone which packs a lot of features for a medium price, the Indian conglomerate has sounded the bugle for the competition to buckle up. And here is why the phone is worth another look.
Design: The Mumbai-based firm wanted the Graphite to look trendy for mostly the phone is targeted towards the youth. Infinum Graphite—as it has been named—is a sleek black product (no other colour option is available) whose design mostly resembles the Sony Z3 mini. Rounded edges, smooth metallic finish and the black glow makes it a perfect companion for the boys who want to show off their new phone. There is a regular 3.5 mm port for audio at the top and a USB cum charging point at the bottom of the phone. There is a standard front camera at the left adjacent to the calling audio speaker. At the back of the phone there is again a standard camera with LED flash.
What is also similar to the Sony Z3 mini is that the back panel cannot be removed. There is a single MicroSIM slot at the side. Again interestingly, the black panel comes with a sticker which advises the consumer not to discard it as it comes with warranty information. It also says that the battery is non-removable and the user has to contact the customer care in case of any issues. There are also sensors on the body—the P-sensor or the proximity sensor, a G-sensor or an accelarometer, an ambient light sensor and a gyroscope while the Infinum Graphite loses out on the barometer, compass and temperature sensors. Considering the price this could be given a miss. The length of the phone is 137.4 mm, the breadth is 67.6 mm and the height is 7.4 mm.
Display, sound and camera: Videocon has been producing TVs for a long time and it like other rivals have put its display expertise into its phones. With a touchscreen form factor, the Graphite has a screen size of 4.70 inches which lets the user enjoy a 720 x 1280 pixels resolution HD display. Sound of the phone on the speaker was decent but as the phone comes with no headphones because of cost-cutting, we tried other headphones and the output was moderate. When it comes to the moment-capturing capability of the phone, the Graphite takes fairly good pictures in daylight. Selfies are also near perfect as it sports a 5-megapixel front camera. The 8-megapixel rear camera with LED Flash also helps in taking good pictures but the camera cannot support groupies.
Performance: The Infinum Graphite sports a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor with a 1 GB RAM and doles out a fairly good performance. But sometimes the RAM can be a problem if the user is running too many applications at the same time. Graphite has a 1800 mAh Li-Polymer battery which gives it a usage of at least 10 hours with Wi-Fi and 3G while during the non-network mode it easily runs for one day. The graphics performance for playing games is not very high but decent-sized and medium-heavy games were not a problem on the Graphite. In fact the phone comes pre-loaded with a few games like the Asphalt 7. When it comes to storage, the Graphite is not miserly at all. It comes with 16 GB of internal memory and can be expanded up to 32 GB using a microSD card.
Connectivity, OS and apps: Like most of the competition, the Graphite sports a Bluetooth and a Wi-Fi module. Where it lags behind is that it does not support an NFC or infrared. The phone comes with a single microSIM slot which supports 2G and 3G. Coming to the OS, Videocon has adopted Google’s flagship Android Kit Kat operating system. The phone has Java support too. The phone comprises regular apps like email client, sound recorder, calculator, OperaMini along with company-based apps like the V-Safe, V-Secure and V-Zone. V-Secure is an anti-virus service which the user gets free for 90 days after the purchase. The user would also need to create a Videocon account.
Verdict: The Graphite in its competition zone can be called a fairly good product which balances out in all aspects. Another 1 GB of RAM would have jolted Graphite’s rankings and made it a perfect choice for the consumer. But for a price of R10,499 Videocon has put out a fairly good product that aspires to be the perfect companion.
Estimated street price: Rs 10,499