INFOCUS BINGO 50
T he Bingo 50 sports a great build quality complete with a sandstone-finish curved back cover and a solid metal frame. What you , also get is a device that runs the newest version of Android: Marshmallow, and a feature called Turbo Download that allows you to combine your Wi-Fi connection along with your 3G or 4G networks for better speeds.
The Bingo 50’s screen is crisp, is visible outdoors under sunlight, and colours are rendered vibrantly . Its camera app comes with a Normal (with HDR) and Panorama mode and within its settings menu, you can also select `beautification’ for selfies, adjust exposure, white balance, and even choose between 14 scene modes, including sunset, party , portrait, night, sports, and fireworks. Macro images shot with this device are quite sharp with just the right amount of depth for the background.Overall, both 8MP cameras shoot pictures that are soft on detail, but their output is good enough to share on social networks.
When it comes to performance, the Bingo 50 works just as well as the Coolpad Note 3 Lite, and while it posts average scores in benchmark tests, the handset is still capable of running Full HD movies and games like Asphalt 8.
On the downside, auto-rotation on this handset does not work. If you change the orientation of the device when watching a movie, browsing the web or photos, it simply does not respond. Also, after selecting a numerical lock during setup, we weren’t able to switch to pattern unlock until we reset the device. This was eventually resolved, but a firmware upgrade might be required to deal with these niggling issues, and perhaps to also make the handling of OTG drives simpler via a better file browsermanager. Lastly, the sound through headphones and speakers is rather underwhelming. On paper, the Bingo 50 holds a lot of promise, but doesn’t quite deliver yet.
SPECS: 5-inch (1280x720px) display | 1.3GHz MTK6735 quad-core processor | 3GB RAM | 16GB storage, microSD, USB OTG | 8MP (LED flash), 8MP cameras | Dual SIM | 2500mAh battery PRICE Rs.7,499 RATING 5/10
ALSO CONSIDER :
On February 20, Techtonic reviewed the LeEco Le 1s (Rated 7.5, Rs.10,999), and the Honor 5X (Rated 6.5, Rs.12,999). Both these devices are still worth your consideration. Second only to the Mi Note 3 in performance, the Le 1s promises value for money: it sports a metal body, looks fantastic, you get 32GB of storage, and its fingerprint scanner adds an extra layer of security. This device works smoothly when it comes to productivity, as well as performance in gaming and multimedia.
The Honor 5X also boasts of a metal body, looks just as good, and comes with a fingerprint scanner and while it is not in the same performance class as the Mi Note 3 and the LeEco Le 1s, you get a stellar battery life of over a day and a half on a single charge.
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN…
Techtonic uses a detailed rating system that takes into consideration various criteria such as device build quality and design, hardware and software features, user experience and even price when reviewing products. Points are awarded and sometimes even deducted from total scores based on this system to arrive at a final score. Below 5: The product is poor and doesn’t offer the experience it promises. 5 and 6: The device works. 7: It is very good. 8: The product is fantastic; super value for money. 9: The product is exceptional. 10: You’re kidding, right?