Comio is the latest entrant into the smartphone market and has already launched three phones in the country. Here we will look at C2 – the successor to C1 launched a few months ago. Overall, C2 is a souped-up version of C2 with changes in design and hardware along with a small hike in price.
Plastic body design
Featuring plastic body with removable back panel, the Comio C2 looks neat as compared to its rivals. And while most manufacturers have now started pushing metal bodies, the plastic body of C2 does not feel outdated even though Comio has tried to keep a minimalistic design. The Comio C2 review unit we received came in blue colour with ports and buttons coloured in gold, complementing the device.
Rounded corners and textured back panel offer a firm grip while holding the device. The buttons for volume and power are housed onto the right side, the bottom is home to micro-USB port and the 3.5mm audio jack is positioned at top. At the back, there is 8MP camera with LED flash. There is 8MP selfie camera with flash and 5-inch HD display at the front. There is also a huge 4,000 mAh battery which adds some weight to the device.
The HD display produced decent colours and contrast rations – given the price. And while the viewing angles are good with slight distortion in colours, the sunlight visibility is poor. Comio has also added a Mira vision feature wherein users can manually adjust the display according to their needs.
Performance and camera
The Comio C2 is fuelled by a quad-core MediaTek processor clubbed with 2GB RAM, During the review period, the smartphone performed satisfactorily under normal usage. Light gameplay and surfing the internet was a breeze. However, serious gamers beware!
The audio quality delivered form the front facing speaker is average on loudspeaker – even with the headphones the audio sounded flat. Running on Android 7.0 Nougat operating system based Comio’s own UI, the apps and icons were colourful, but there is no app drawer. The device comes with the August security patch, which for me is a bit old, and is pre-loaded with anti-theft, Comio connect aps, SIM toolkit and others. Of the built-in 16GB storage, users are left with 11GB of internal storage.
The 8MP rear camera captured decent images but misses out details. If you have photography genes, this is not a device for you. Overall, the camera app is standard and easy to use and offers panorama, time lapse and watermark shooting modes. The images clicked in low light were grainy and the colour reproduction was also not that great. The 8MP front camera just gets the job done for selfies, even the LED flash does not help much.
At Rs. 7,199, the Comio C2 is just another phone packing standard specification. However, the device faces tough competition from Xiaomi’s established and stable models such as Redmi 4 that offers similar specifications in metal body topped up with a fingerprint scanner.