iNO 5 is the latest non-camera smartphone from iNO Mobile, and is the successor to the iNo 3.
What was once a specialised niche changed last year after MINDEF rules relaxation. If I am not mistaken, MINDEF now the disabling of cameras on smartphones through sandblasting (sandpapering) the lens, or removal of the camera module and filling the gap with epoxy.
The iNO 5 thus serves a very specific niche group of people. Those who require an official, OEM-manufactured non-camera smartphone that has not been tampered.
MT 6735, Quad Core 1.3 GHz 64 Bit processor
3 GB RAM
32 GB ROM
Android 6.0 OS
Dual SIM (Micro) 4G & 2G
Expandable microSD slot (hybrid dual SIM)
GPS Support without compass
Dual SIM 4G & 2G is a huge red flag. If you want to use dual SIM, then this phone would lose the functionality in Singapore from 1 April 2017. It’s disappointing to see a newly released phone from a Singapore brand (no less), not taking this into consideration.
The phone definitely looks nicer than the previous iNO 3. The phone sports a rose gold finish, with a white bezel. Controls are now via on-screen software control, and ports and button placement are the usual standard affair.
The increased screen size and what seems to be a metal body finish are strong points. It is however, still expensive, and the price you pay can get you a much better camera phone. Unless your department is extremely strict, you are better off getting a REDMI Note 4, and disabling the camera, which can be had for almost half the price.
But if you really need a non-camera phone, you don’t have much choice and the iNO 5 is the best there is now.
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