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A good looking budget smartphone – Comio X1

Featuring a compact design and 13-megapixel camera, Comio X1 gets most of the tasks done with ease. Here’s a full review of the phone.

Kul Bhushan

 

Comio X1, Price: `7,499, Key specs: 5.5-inch HD+ Full View display, MediaTek MT6739 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera with portrait mode and 3050mAh battery.

Comio X1, the latest offering from Chinese smartphone maker Comio, launched in India late last month with a price tag of `7,499. The latest smartphone comes with entry-level specifications like MediaTek MT6739 quad-core processor paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage (expandable up to 128GB via microSD)

The highlight of the phone, however, is the compact design featuring beautiful red panel on the back, and a compact 5.5-inch HD+ Full View display on the front. The phone has volume buttons and power buttons on the right edge and SIM and microSD slots on the left edge. The base USB port along with speaker grilles and the top has 3.5mm headphone jack.

Apart from being compact and lightweight, the Comio X1 has a fluid back panel painted in red colour. There’s a Moto phones-like circular camera module with golden bordering, giving it a premium look and feel. The camera module is followed by a fingerprint sensor which is also in red. The overall red theme and unibody-like design is refreshing for phones in this price segment, which is increasingly becoming mundane in terms of look and feel.

The stock Android-like UI also adds to the overall experience. The interface doesn’t lag but it could have been much faster. The near-Android experience, however, makes it easier to get accustomed to the phone. The phone handles games like Subway Surfer and Temple Run with ease. It comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB built-in storage.

There aren’t many preloaded apps as one would expect on budget Android phones. For instance there’s a Chrome alternative, Venus browser. Fortunately, one can delete most of these preloaded applications, unless one finds some utility for them.

The 13-megapixel camera on Comio X1 is interesting. It takes GIFs and even delivers software-based bokeh-effects, allowing the user to adjust the f numbers as per one’s preferences. The bokeh quality, as expected, isn’t really great, but nonetheless does a pretty job for its price point. The 8-megapixel front camera is also on par with phones in this price range. Comio is also bundling a few AR-based stickers, similar to the face filters on Snapchat and Facebook. These filters work with both front and back cameras.

Summing up, the Comio X1 looks like a worthy rival to the popular Xiaomi Redmi 5A. Apart from a relatively slower interface, the phone checks all the boxes for a budget smartphone. The design and camera remain the highlight of the phone.

(HT Media)

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