Nowadays it is very difficult to find a better Android smartphone in the market under Rs.5,000. Equipped with 2 GB RAM, Bingo 21 can be a good option at this price. The colorful color combination and splash along with the front camera and design make one feel that the phone has been specially designed for the youth. Find out from our review whether Bingo 21 is a pass or fail and whether it is worth buying in terms of price and features.
look and design
With its dazzling orange frame, Bingo 21 will grab your attention from every corner. The phone is made of plastic body but feels sturdy to look at. The phone flaunts a 4.5-inch (480×854) resolution FWVGA display, which makes the phone pocket friendly. However, the low resolution of the screen can be seen easily. The density of the screen is 216ppi. On the top of the screen is a 5-megapixel front camera with LED flash and a notification LED.
The power and volume buttons are on the left side of the phone and are very soft. The headphone jack and micro-USB connector are placed at the bottom of the phone.
The back of the phone can be detached. The battery is of 2300 mAh. The straight vertical lines on the rear cover give a good grip to the phone. Apart from this, there is an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and speaker at the bottom.
With the Bingo 21 you get the charger, cable, headset and manual though in our review unit we only got the headset. We think InFocus has done a good job on the design and finish of the phone with this price tag. The phone is not forcefully presented as a premium device and that is a good thing for the phone. The look of Bingo 21 is just right for your budget.
Specifications and software
The Chinese semiconductor company’s Spreadtrum quad-core Shark L (SC9830) processor has been given in the phone. Although this processor is not very well known, but you will find this chipset in many smartphones of this price. Bingo 21 is equipped with four ARM Cortex-A7 CPU cores clocked at 1.5 GHz. ARM has Mali-400 for graphics. Its benchmark numbers are excellent for 2GB RAM and its price wise. The performance of the phone is fine.
Talking about other specifications, 8 GB storage can be increased up to 64 GB with the help of microSD card. The Bingo 21 is a dual-SIM smartphone that also supports Band 40 for 4G. LTE works in both sim slots. The phone comes with Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio and GPS. In our tried, the USB OTG given in the phone did not work.
Talking about the software, the phone runs on Android 5.1 on top of which Inlife UI 2.0 skin has been given. InFocus has given its own tweaks like EZ Launcher which makes the phone easier for the new user. The user has the option of single and dual layered mode. An app named Safebox has also been given to keep private data safe.
Bubbles is the app to make it fun by adding virtual bubbles to pictures.
The general app performance of the phone is good but Bingo 21 is not at all for multitasking. If you have opened too many apps then the phone becomes very slow and takes a lot of time to go back.
Despite 2 GB RAM, only 460 MB RAM is left for the user. Talking about storage, the user’s work is only 4.6 GB. We did not see any problem in the call quality of the phone and the phone works smoothly even on 4G network.
The display can be viewed in every light except direct sunlight. InFocus has also included a bluelight filter in the phone and you can change the color temperature of the screen. The multimedia playback in the phone is also not bad and the phone handles 1080p files with ease. The loudspeaker works well during alerts but don’t expect too much from it. The handset that comes with the phone is fine for audio.
InFocus Bingo 21 comes with Google Camera app which is simple and easy to operate. But the quality of both the cameras is not good. There is no detail found in landscape photos in daylight and colors are also not correct. The camera focuses quickly in daylight but does not work properly in low light. Photos taken indoors also did not look good.
Video recording quality also looked below average. The flash provided for the front camera is nothing more than a flashlight.
The best thing about Bingo 21 is its battery. The battery lasted for 12 hours and 2 minutes during our video loop test. Even with normal use, the battery lasts more than a day on a single charge.
Although we do not expect much from the starting price smartphone, but now it seems that the smartphone market has reached the stage where there is no need to compromise even in the low price. The InFocus Bingo 21’s size and form-factor are decent, but everything in particular, including the display, is mediocre. You will also get a smartphone equipped with great specifications with an HD screen at this price. Xolo Era X and Karbonn Titanium S205 are better options with good resolution display.
Bingo 21 has a good battery and some software makes it good but there are a lot of bad things in it. For this price, you can get many other better phones in the market.