Launched at a glowing event few weeks ago, the Innjoo Fire has been hyped as the Fire that burns brightest among the low end budget devices. Undoubtedly, this device is arguably the cheapest 2GB RAM device in the market. The mere mention of the price of this device could make you wonder. Is there a catch? Why so cheap? Must I buy this device?
First, let’s look at its key features:
- 5.0-inch screen, with 960×540 pixels (220 PPI).
- Android 4.4 Kitkat with InnOS 1.0.
- MediaTek MT6592 chipset with Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM.
- 5MP back camera with LED flash, pixel count 2560 x 1920 pixels and Video recording of 1080p.
- 5MP front-facing camera, with pixel count 2560 x 1920 pixels and 480p video recording.
- Fully partitioned 16GB internal storage (13 GB useable).
- Glowing notification light.
- Dual SIM support, Both Micro-SIM, 3G switchable.
- 2500mAh battery.
- Low volume output.
- Get’s warmed up on heavy usage with charging.
The Innjoo Fire has a fine metal lining around it’s sides with a roughly textured back plastic cover that offers a really good grip. The power buttons are on the right side while the volume buttons are on the left. The edges are rounded. The phone looks beautiful, and doesn’t look it’s price at all. With added notification light, the body and design just fit.
Software and Display
Here we have a 960×540 pixels resolution with 220 ppi, which is not particularly bad considering the price. Sunlight legibility is poor here, as with the case on similar priced devices. The Innjoo Fire runs Inn UI which consists of the Inn launcher and a couple of Inn apps. Running Android version 4.4 Kit Kat, the software was tweaked with some subtle useful features like adjustments for various volume streams, Double Tap to Wake and a couple of other cool gesture control features. The internal storage of 16 GB was fully partitioned with 13 GB useable, we also checked to be sure the RAM was actually 2 GB (see screenshot).
The Innjoo Fire comes with a 5MP back camera with flash and also 5MP in front. The back camera takes decent pictures both in we’ll lit and dark places. The flash is fairly good for what it’s worth, while the selfie camera is crystal clear, though it doesn’t cover a wide angle.
The Innjoo Fire’s loudspeaker produces sounds at low volumes. This was also the case with the Innjoo One. Please if this matters to you, look for a powerful music player with equalizers or install Viper4Android, or better still, root and flash in Dolby Digital. Video playback here is okay, handling almost every file format. It also had good viewing angles.
The Innjoo Fire comes with a 1.3GHz quad core processor. Apps run fairly smooth like on Android phones with similar specs. Now here’s the good part, this guy handles multitasking like a boss – apps will never close down on you. Open 5, 6, 7 apps minimize all, come back and they are all still there the way you left it them. It reminds me of the Symbian days of multitasking. Below are the AnTuTu and Quadrant test scores.
The 2500 mAh battery here lasts you throughout a day of mild usage. On steady 3G, and heavy pressing we were able to churn out 10 hours (See screenshot).The extra 3 hours were standby time.
The Innjoo Fire has notification lights that glow whenever you’re buzzed, Double Tap to Wake and other cool gestures. The user interface, especially on the notification bar is quite bland, more like that found in Android Jelly Bean OS. The in-call volume here is loud and clearly audible. This device gets really warm when you use it heavily while charging it.
The bottom of the phone segment is where the numbers are and Innjoo has taken huge steps towards capturing these numbers. The competition at the low end gets stiffer by the day, but the Innjoo Fire poses as the one shining brightest. With 2GB RAM (a multitasking nirvana), 16 GB inbuilt storage and a 5MP camera for selfies, the Innjoo Fire clearly dusts the Infinix Hot as the best budget (value for money) smartphone in the market. If you’re looking for the best specs at the cheapest possible price, then look to this chap.