TCL 560 Smartphone @ Rs 7,999

TCL 560The smartphone market in India is getting increasingly complex, especially with new companies lining up to try their luck in what is arguably the fastest growing mobile market in the world. The latest in this list is Chinese Multinational TCL Corporation. Though more popular for its television sets, the 35-year-old company is going to sell smartphones in India.

The phone looks like a run of the mill Android, with a back panel that is a bit different. The review unit we had featured golden brush metal, and this should appeal to certain users for sure. The rest of the phone has too many similarities with too many devices, suggesting that this is a design that is in currency in China at the moment. The backlit navigation keys under the screen are a nice touch though.

Specs: 5.5-inch HD (720x1280p, ~320ppi) display | 32-bit Quad-core processor with 2GB RAM | 16GB storage | 8mp rear + 5mp front camera | 2,500mAh | Android 6.0.1 | 4G

Price: Rs 7,999

TCL 560

Positives

The most unique feature of this phone is the iris scanner, which TCL calls EyeVerify. It unlocks the phone by scanning your eyes, and works well when you are in a well-lit environment. For other occasions you will need to use the backup.

For the price this phones offers all the regular stuff. There isn’t really a bang for the buck feature, but you won’t be disappointed either.

The UI is pretty neat and very close to stock Android. There are some interesting features like the lock screen that offers multiple button options.

The rear camera is decent and gives some very subtle images if you have a steady hand. The HDR was good too. The overall performance will be okay for those who are not too demanding. Multi-tasking, multi-tab browsing and regular gaming will post no issues, but don’t push your luck.

The battery life seems to be decent and will last 12 hours with vigorous use.

Negatives

The display is not too bright and I did struggle while trying to take pictures outdoors, even with full brightness.

The graphics capabilities of the phone are limited, and you won’t enjoy playing top end games on this one.

The camera is good, but it is a bit slow. Also, in low-light, the images are grainy.

Verdict

If you are looking for a budget smartphone, then this is one of options in the market. There are some serious competitors in this space like the Redmi 2 Prime, and Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus. Still some people might be intrigued by the Iris Scanner and different looks of this phone.

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