Indian smartphone maker Comio just lately launched its X1 Note smartphone within the sub-Rs. 10,000 market. It is positioned to tackle the likes of the Redmi Note 5 (Review) and Honor 9 Lite (Review) that are priced equally. Comio is part of Topwise Communications, which has been within the cellular house since 2006. The model made its solution to the Indian market late final 12 months with finances smartphones. It is positioning the X1 Note as its present flagship, and has priced it at Rs. 9,999.
When we see Note in a smartphone mannequin identify, we’ve got come to anticipate a giant show and a giant battery. The Comio X1 does have a giant show however surprisingly has solely a 2900mAh battery, which is not quite a bit in contrast to what’s already on provide available in the market. Has Comio nonetheless managed to ship a great total bundle within the sub Rs. 10,000 phase? We are about to search out out.
Comio X1 Note design
The Comio X1 Note has a giant 6-inch show with an 18:9 facet ratio making the physique tall and slim. There’s an array of sensors above the show, whereas the house under it’s clean, because the cellphone makes use of on-screen navigation buttons. The show on the X1 Note is common at greatest. Colours are first rate, however there’s no choice to customize the output. The show additionally doesn’t get actually shiny, however we could not gauge outside efficiency because it wasn’t sunny in Mumbai throughout our total overview interval.
Looking at this cellphone from the entrance, it appears just like a few of the Xiaomi telephones we’ve got seen just lately. Turn it round, and the round digicam module reminds us of the Moto G5 (Review) and Moto G5 Plus (Review). The module homes a twin digicam setup and has a single LED flash subsequent to it. The fingerprint scanner is positioned under the module, together with a Comio brand. We had the Sunrise Gold variant for overview, and the color appears a bit gaudy to our eyes. The again cowl is made from plastic and flexes inwards when pressed. It additionally picks up scratches simply and we’d advocate that you simply use the case supplied within the field to stop that from occurring.
Comio has positioned the textured energy button on the proper facet, together with the SIM tray whereas the amount rocker is on the left. We discovered that the facility button is nicely positioned, however the quantity buttons aren’t straightforward to succeed in with out shuffling the cellphone in your hand. The Micro-USB port is on the backside, with grilles on both facet, out of which the left one homes the loudspeaker. Comio has put the three.5mm audio socket on the prime together with a secondary microphone.
Apart from the case, the Comio X1 Note ships with a 5W charger, a pair of in-ear headphones, and a plastic display protector within the field. Comio is providing consumers fairly a number of incentives on the X1 Note. You get a 1-year guarantee plus 100 additional days, a 30-day substitute assure, a one-time display substitute, and a buyback provide to your present smartphone. There can be an improve provide that guarantees you 40 p.c of the worth of your current Comio cellphone while you improve to a different Comio system.
Comio X1 Note specs, software program, and options
Comio has opted for a MediaTek MT8735 processor to energy the X1 Note. This is a quad-core processor clocked at 1.45GHz, but it surely’s comparatively outdated. It was introduced by Mediatek in 2015 for tablets, and we’ve got seen it powering gadgets such because the Lenovo Phab 2 which was launched in India in late 2016.
The Comio X1 Note additionally has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, out of which you’ve round 25GB to be used. In case the inner storage is not sufficient you do have the choice to increase it utilizing a microSD card of as much as 128GB.
The Comio X1 Note is a dual-SIM system and has two Nano-SIM slots and a devoted microSD card slot. It has help for 4G and VoLTE on each SIMs, however just one can entry a 4G community at a time whereas the opposite is restricted to 2G networks solely. In phrases of optics, the X1 Note has a twin digicam setup on the again consisting of a 13-megapixel main sensor with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.four aperture. At the entrance, there’s an Eight-megapixel selfie digicam with an f/2.four aperture. The X1 Note additionally has help for Bluetooth four.zero, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, and FM Radio.
Comio ships the X1 Note with Android 8.0 Oreo, and our overview unit was working the March safety patch. The interface is near inventory and there aren’t quite a lot of customisations on prime. The cellphone has a number of preinstalled apps resembling Comio Connect, WPS Office, Xender, and Venus Browser. Apart from the Comio Connect app, all of them could be uninstalled. The menus within the settings app have been rearranged somewhat however issues are straightforward to search out. While utilizing apps on the X1 Note, we discovered that the cellphone suggests scaling non-18:9 apps. We did do that with a number of apps, and so they ran advantageous with out crashing.
The X1 Note has options resembling App Cloner, which helps you to run two cases of WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, and Facebook Messenger, however not every other app. This is just like the Twin Apps or Dual Apps options discovered on different smartphones. If you wish to run two WhatsApp accounts on one cellphone, this makes it potential. There is a gesture that allow you to double-tap to wake the system, however we discovered it to be somewhat sluggish. Comio additionally enables you to customise the shortcuts you see on the lock display, and by default, there are 5 as a substitute of the standard two on most Android telephones. You need to double-tap every shortcut as a substitute of the swipe gesture that we’re used to.
Comio X1 Note efficiency, battery life, and cameras
The Comio X1 Note has an older processor in comparison with its competitors, and this has an impact on its efficiency. We skilled occasional lag when unlocking the cellphone, scrolling via menus, and multitasking. Even when launching video games, we needed to cope with lengthy load occasions. While the cellphone has 3GB of RAM, the processor looks like a bottleneck in most duties. To hold your knowledge safe, you’ve the choice to lock it utilizing a fingerprint or your face. The fingerprint scanner on the again is pretty fast to unlock the cellphone, however face recognition is sluggish.
We ran benchmarks to gauge the efficiency of the Comio X1 Note and located that it scored 42,524 in AnTuTu, and 653 and 1842 respectively within the single-core and multi-core assessments in GeekBench four. It additionally scored 209 in 3DMark Slingshot, and managed three,999 in 3DMark IceStorm Extreme. These scores are just like these of the Infinix Hot 6 Pro (Review) which we just lately reviewed, however fall behind the likes of the Redmi Note 5, Honor 9 Lite, and Realme 1 (Review). Gaming efficiency is not all that nice both, and we confronted occasional stutters whereas enjoying Clash Royale, a tower defence recreation.
The X1 Note has a 2900mAh battery which, as we feared, doesn’t final very lengthy. In our utilization, which consisted of some navigation utilizing Google Maps with GPS, an lively WhatsApp account, and enjoying a number of video games, the cellphone lasted lower than a working day. Our one-hour navigation train resulted in a 25 p.c battery degree drop which is sort of excessive. If you employ navigation actively in your commute you’ll lose a big quantity of energy every day. The identical is true for video games as nicely, and in case you recreation very often, you’ll need to hold the charger with you always.
In our HD video loop take a look at, the X1 Note solely managed 5 hours and 45 minutes, which is sort of low in comparison with different telephones we have reviewed. Surprisingly, this cellphone retains idle drain low, and we didn’t observe important energy utilization when the cellphone was left unattended.
Comio affords a number of battery saver modes. Apart from the default Android battery saver, which kicks in at 15 p.c, there’s a Super Mode that disables all the things besides textual content messaging and calling. There’s additionally a Custom mode that permits you to customise the way you need the cellphone to avoid wasting energy. When you do run out of juice, the provided 5W charger is sort of sluggish, and takes over three hours to totally cost this cellphone.
The Camera app on the X1 Note is naked primary and doesn’t have quite a lot of choices to select from. It has toggles for HDR and Night mode, and these aren’t triggered routinely. You can select between totally different filters, set a timer, or change flash settings. You additionally get a Panorama mode and a Portrait mode that permits you to simulate totally different apertures.
Photo high quality is under common, and we’ve got seen higher output from the Comio X1 Note’s opponents. We noticed chromatic aberration in a number of pictures taken towards a shiny sky. In daylight, pictures misplaced out on quite a lot of element and objects at a distance had been exhausting to recognise. When taking pictures in HDR mode, we discovered that the X1 Note managed to protect particulars higher, however the shutter lag resulted in ghosting. We additionally noticed the same impact when taking pictures with and with out HDR. With macros, the cellphone didn’t create good separation between the topic and the background.
In low gentle too, the standard was disappointing. We discovered that the noise discount and sharpening was too aggressive, resulting in artifacting within the output. Selfies taken indoors are greatest left for sharing on messenger apps, since they’ve quite a lot of artifacting. The selfie flash on the X1 Note is useful in low-light. Video recording maxes out at 1080p and there’s digital picture stabilisation (EIS) but it surely is not excellent, and we noticed warping within the footage that we shot.
The Comio X1 Note falls shorts on a number of counts. The outdated processor is not very highly effective or environment friendly, which contributes to large battery drain when utilizing GPS or gaming. With a 5W charger within the field, there is no such thing as a aid both because it takes actually lengthy to prime this cellphone up. The digicam specs look good on paper but it surely fails to ship good outcomes. If you might be available in the market for a cellphone within the sub-Rs. 10,000 segment, you’d be higher off with the Redmi Note 5 (Review) 5 or the Realme 1 (Review) as a substitute.
Adapted From: Gadgets360