The Chinese company launched the Innelo 1 back in Sept, claiming the first smartphone under Rs 8000 to sprot a notch. Since the we have had a number of phones with notch. Since then we have had a number of phones with notch we below that price level it is now time to see how good the Innelo 1 really is
Innelo 1 design
The Innelo 1 was built on a tight budget, and one look at it clearly shows this. There’s no noticeable flex in the body but the texture given to the plastics makes this phone look a bit cheap. The body has a semi-gloss finish which does attract fingerprints and smudges, but not too much. It’s fairly slim at 7.4mm, and at 154g, it’s not too heavy.
The phone has a 5.85-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 1520×720 pixels, but there is not any form of scratch protection, such as Corning’s Glass. The brightness is good and content is really legible even under bright lights. The auto-brightness setting is not very accurate though, as indoors, we often found the brightness to be a little higher than necessary. You can manually adjust it, but in order to do so you will have to disable, which is inconvenient.
There’s a pretty wide notch on the top, due to which certain elements like the battery percentage are only visible when you pull down the notification shade. The Innelo 1 also has noticeably thick borders on all sides of the display, and one of the biggest chins we’ve come across on a notched display. This asymmetrical design looks a little odd and you have quite a bit of wasted space at the bottom.
The buttons are placed on either side of the phone but they feel flimsy and there’s a lot of play in the power button. The SIM tray is placed on the right and is upside down for some reason, if you have the display facing you. This is a hybrid tray, which can accommodate two Nano-SIMs or a MicroSD card (up to 128GB) in the second SIM slot. The listing on Amazon suggests dual 4G is supported, but in our experience, only one SIM connects to 4G at a time while the second defaults to 2G.
the phone has 3.5mm headphone socket on the phone. The Innelo 1 ships with headset that has a Micro-USB plug- something we have not seen. The bundled headset sounds terrible and if you lose it or if it stops working .
There’s a sizeable camera bulge at the back, which makes this phone rock about when placed on a flat surface. Below that is a single-LED flash and a fingerprint sensor placed in the middle. There’s some Innelo and I Voomi branding embossed here too, along with a sticker which has SAR and IMEI information. The latter is a bit of an eyesore, but removing it left some nasty glue residue on our review unit, so we suggest leaving it as is.
The phone has old MediaTek MT6737H quad-core CPU, which is slower than competing to silicon such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 and even Media Tek’s current Heilo A22 SoC. The phone comes up with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. There is roughly 8GB free for apps and other files. There is no option to format SD card as internal storage. The phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with a custom skin called SmartMe OS 3. The Security patch was dates August 2018 which is now a bit old.
Some of the preloaded third-party apps can’t be uninstalled, such as Amazon, NewsPoint and Gaana. Even trial games like Cupcake Dreamland and Bean Counter are treated as system apps and can’t be removed.
Performance battery life and camera
Battery life is quite weak too. The 3000mAh battery lasted for just 6 hours and 15 minutes in our HD video loop battery test. With actual usage, the phone just about lasted an entire workday, but we had to charge it before going to bed. The bundled charger charges the phone completely in about two hours.
The phone has 13 megapixel rear camera which has decently quick autofocus under good lighting. Images shot in daylight were passable but colors were muted and details were not very good. Macro shots lacked good sharpness and clarity. There is no portrait shooting mode which is odd considering that there is one for the front camera
The front 5-megapixel camera captured soft images under good light, and slightly grainy ones in low light.
Video recording maxes out at 1080p but there’s no stabilisation and the frame rate varies depending on the available light. During the day, we generally got about 15-20fps (which is too low) but in low light, it dropped all the way down to 10fps, which resulted in blurry and unusable footage. We noticed this inconsistency across resolutions.
Talking about the negativity of the phone. The phone is not going to be in market for not more than long time battery is not good the phone has bumper camera and not so good according to others phone. There is more better phone than it in the market.