Launched on the 2nd of September 2015 at the UNILAG main auditorium. The Innjoo Halo is a budget smartphone. Made specifically for students and average income Nigerians who wouldn’t want to break a bank to get a phone with decent specs.
As such the Innjoo Halo offers mainly entry-level specifications.
Design of Innjoo Halo
The innjoo Halo is an all plastic smartphone with a decent design. And a neatly textured scratch-resistant kevlar rear cover that comes in a range of beautiful colours.
The device sports a curvy oblong shape. This you may say is innovative. But at a thickness of 9.6mm, It is rather a bit bulky for a 5 inch device. However, the kevlar textured rear makes for a great grip mechanism.
In the front, the phone flaunts the 5 inch FWVGA IPS display with the soft keys and the front snapper. However, for some reasons, the ambient light is missing.
The volume key and the power/standby button are separately placed on the right-hand side of the phone. While the charging port is awkwardly placed at the left corner of the phone. The headphone jack is perfectly place at the top side of the frame.
The Kevlar textured rear accommodates the 5MP primary snapper. With the accompanying LED flash placed by its right.
And the speaker grills placed by its left. Then, to wrap up the design, the Innjoo logo is boldly and vertically imprinted at the middle of the rear cover.
In all, it is not a ground breaking design. We weren’t expecting one anyways. However, offering good ergonomics, it is not too bad a design for a budget phone.
Display of Innjoo Halo
As stated earlier, the Innjoo Halo sports a 5 inch FWVGA IPS touchscreen. With a resolution of 480 by 854 pixels. This translates to a lowly 196 pixels per inch.
Anyway, it is a budget phone. Obviously the company was trying to cut cost. So as to be able to get it to the intending customers at a very affordable price. Whilst making profit.
So, you are going for this device, you should be ready to endure some compromise in colour reproduction. Like viewing white and black colours as shades of grey. While other bright colours may appear muddy. Like red looking like a faded pink and so on.
However, with a 5 inch display, the Halo offers you big enough screen for watching videos, playing games, surfing the internet and working on word documents.
Also, the colour reproduction play isn’t the worst we have seen in a budget smartphone. At least when the display brightness is cranked up to the highest, it serves well in bright sunlight.
Camera of Innjoo Halo
The Innjoo Halo sports a 5MP primary camera placed at the rear. This seems capable of taking decent photos under a well-lit condition.
The device equally features options for taking HDR and panorama photos. The setting button also allows you to tweak the settings. So as to improve photos taking by the camera.
This decent snapper is equally capable of recording videos clocked at 1080p with options for time lapse and slow motion effects.
The 2MP front facing secondary snapper may be able to take decent selfies. But do not make the mistake of taking pictures in a dark room or at night. Otherwise the pictures may end up blurry and unusable.
The Innjoo Halo does not offer the best in its camera department. But, as usual I’m going to forgive the company because it is a low budget device.
Processor And Operating System of Innjoo Halo
The Innjoo Halo runs Android OS v4.4.2 (kitkat) out of the box. With the company’s InnUI on top. This offered a bit of modifications to the stock Android.
Making it appear a bit like the vanilla Android. The device also comes with a host of Pre-installed apps and variety of themes which gives the user room for customization and personalization.
Under the hood, the device is powered by Quad-core ARM v7 processor. Clocked at 1.2GHz. And the MALI-400 MP2 GPU provides support.
To ensure seamless multitasking, and breezy Android experience, the Halo comes fitted with a 1GB RAM. And an 8GB internal storage is there to ensure that all your files are comfortably accommodated.
This seems likely not to be enough memory to accommodate large files. But, its expandability via microSD card makes this compromise pardonable.
With these specs under the hood, you might not get the best of performance when compared to devices with octa-core processors. But you are sure going to get what you paid for.
Battery Life of Innjoo Halo
The Innjoo Halo is powered by a a decent removable Li-polymer battery with standard capacity of 3200mAh. This is good enough for a device with such specs. According to Innjoo, this can offer 700 hours of talk time.
However, to be on the safer side, avoid too much multitasking. And ensure to crank down the display brightness when it is not needed.
Connectivity of Innjoo Halo
On the connectivity front, the Innjoo Halo offers you all you can get from a entry-level smartphone. Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi, 3G and microUSB port. However, features such as IR blaster and NFC and 4G LTE are missing.
Summary Of The Key Specs of Innjoo Halo
If the review above seem too lengthy for you to read, here is a recap of what the review is all about.
However, taking time to read the review would provide you with important details that may aid you in making buying decisions which the summary below does not contain.
Key Specs of Innjoo Halo
Screen Size: 5.0 inch
Rear Camera: 5MP
Front Camera: 2MP
OS: Android OS v4.4(Kitkat)
Processor: Quad-core processor
Storage: 8GB(expandable via microSD card)
Battery Capacity: 3200mAh
Price Of Innjoo Halo In Nigeria
At the time of writing this review, the Innjoo Halo sells for #13,500 on Jumia and Konga store. This price may change over time. See current offers at Jumia store.
Conclusion of Innjoo Halo
The Innjoo Halo is an entry-level smartphone with lots of compromise. In fact, the term “compromise” seems to have been overused in this review.
So, let me just say that the deficiencies in the device were deliberate. So, as to produce an affordable device for a target group.
So, if after reading this post, you still decide it’s what you want, then never complain. Because, you are sure going to get what you paid for.IMPORTANT!: Follow us on Instagram @InfoGuideNigeria
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