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Ecoo Focus E01 Smartphone Review

1080p on a budget. A 5.2-inch FullHD LG display with a higher PPI than an Apple Retina display on a Chinese smartphone for less than $150? It's a mouthful, but the bottom line is that the Focus E01 offers one of the best and brightest 1080p displays for the inexpensive asking price.

Marketed as one of the least expensive 1080p smartphones currently available, the Ecoo Focus E01 delivers an octa-core 1.7 GHz Mediatek processor with integrated quad-core Mali-450 MP4 graphics, 8 GB internal SSD with microSD support, removable battery, and dual SIM slots in addition to its large 5.2-inch IPS screen. Chinese manufacturer Ecoo is also promising an update from Jelly Bean to KitKat sometime in the future according to the official Facebook page, which is uncommon for inexpensive international smartphones.

The specs sound great on paper, but does the phone deliver on general day-to-day performance? As usual, we dig in deeper to cover the hardware and to provide the hard numbers in this review with a few comparisons to other 5-inch smartphones currently in the market.

Case

The Focus E01 takes ques brazenly from Samsung's latest flagship. A quick glance at the front or back sides of the device and viewers will almost surely make the connection between the two smartphones. Unlike the Vphone I6 and the iPhone 6, however, the Focus E01 is not quite the faithful reproduction of the Galaxy S5 as it is noticeably longer and wider in length and width with different connectivity options around the edges. In fact, the Ecoo is quite large compared to other more popular 5-inch phones including the LG G2, Nexus 5, and HTC One M8. Its 8 mm thickness may be standard, but its bigger face makes one-handed operation more exclusive to users with larger hands. This is largely attributed to the dedicated Settings and Back touch buttons near the bottom of the device instead of the usual soft onscreen buttons that are common on most newer Androids.

Construction is entirely plastic from its glossy front to its chrome edges and corners and textured back cover. The chrome perimeter feels thick on its own, so twisting, bending, and creaking are at a minimum. There is no protective glass cover as applying pressure on the display will produce a rainbow of colors across most of the screen and the device is certainly not dust or water resistant like the smartphone it is trying to emulate. Nonetheless, quality is surprisingly solid for the price.

From a visual or design standpoint, the Ecoo is by-the-numbers and nothing special. It is borderline unattractive due to its larger size and edges that make the device appear thicker than it really is. Especially when compared to the fantastic industrial design of the HTC One M8 or clean chassis of the Nexus 5, the Focus E01 is a bit more of an eyesore.

158.1 mm / 6.22 inch 77.8 mm / 3.06 inch 7.1 mm / 0.2795 inch 172 g0.3792 lbs154 mm / 6.06 inch 78.2 mm / 3.08 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 145 g0.3197 lbs146.36 mm / 5.76 inch 70.6 mm / 2.78 inch 9.35 mm / 0.3681 inch 160 g0.3527 lbs146.5 mm / 5.77 inch 72 mm / 2.83 inch 7.3 mm / 0.2874 inch 152 g0.3351 lbs145 mm / 5.71 inch 69 mm / 2.72 inch 7 mm / 0.2756 inch 140 g0.3086 lbs142 mm / 5.59 inch 72.5 mm / 2.85 inch 8.1 mm / 0.3189 inch 145 g0.3197 lbs138.5 mm / 5.45 inch 70.9 mm / 2.79 inch 9.14 mm / 0.3598 inch 200 g0.4409 lbs137.84 mm / 5.43 inch 69.17 mm / 2.72 inch 8.59 mm / 0.3382 inch 130 g0.2866 lbs

Connectivity

Physical connectivity options include the usual micro-USB 2.0 port and 3.5 mm audio jack. Like the Galaxy S5, a microSD slot is hidden behind the the back cover.

We tested USB OTG with an external flash drive and the Ecoo was able to recognize the drive almost immediately. However, users may be prompted to format the drive if it is using the NTFS file system. Otherwise, generic mice and keyboards work on-the-fly at the basic level with no issues.

Top: 3.5 mm audio
Top: 3.5 mm audio
Right: Power button
Right: Power button
Bottom: micro-USB 2.0 port
Bottom: micro-USB 2.0 port
Left: Volume rocker
Left: Volume rocker

Communication & GPS

Wireless connections include 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Miracast, and GPS. Maintaining a connection to a home wireless-n network is a non-issue with no random drops or signal loss, including connections to other Bluetooth devices. The WLAN radio is a bit weaker than that in the LG G2, however, as the Focus E01 struggles to maintain a connection beyond 30 meters from the source while the G2 is still relatively stable. The retailer also lists NFC support for the Focus E01, but we were unable to activate the feature or locate any options to do so.

Similarly, we have had no luck with the GPS radio on the Ecoo. While the device can locate satellites according to GPS Test, it is unable to initiate any connections for a TTFF even with AGPS support and after waiting for half an hour. Meanwhile, our LG G2 was able to establish a connection within seconds to almost a dozen satellites. We were either unlucky with the GPS or the module in our particular test model is defective. Nonetheless, we will certainly try again in the near future and update this section should we establish a successful connection.

1 meter from WLAN source (LG G2)
1 meter from WLAN source (LG G2)
40 meters from WLAN source (LG G2)
40 meters from WLAN source (LG G2)
1 meter from WLAN source (Focus E01)
1 meter from WLAN source (Focus E01)
40 meters from WLAN source (Focus E01)
40 meters from WLAN source (Focus E01)
Successful GPS connection (LG G2)
Successful GPS connection (LG G2)
Unable to establish connection with Focus E01 due to a very weak GPS
Unable to establish connection with Focus E01 due to a very weak GPS

Telephone & Speech Quality

Dual SIM slots adjacent to MicroSD slot
Dual SIM slots adjacent to MicroSD slot

Connection to AT&T towers is stable as far as typical AT&T phones go. Like most Chinese smartphones or clones, 4G FDD support is nonexistent on the Focus E01 and is instead limited to 2G on GSM (850/900/1800/1900) and WCDMA (850/ 2100MHz) networks. 3G may also not be available for all major U.S. carriers as the 1900 MHz band must be supported for both GSM and WCDMA networks. Thus, the Ecoo is not intended for heavy data users. Nonetheless, the device supports dual SIM cards (SIM and micro SIM), which makes this particularly appealing to frequent travelers or business users.

Call quality is good as both ends sound loud and clear during our tests. It is certainly better than the recently reviewed Vphone I6 where voices are more muffled. We experienced no unexpected dropped calls during a handful of 5-minute sessions.

Cameras

The rear 8 MP camera takes acceptable pictures, but are a bit blurrier than expected from an 8 MP camera even when under ideal outdoor lighting conditions. Indoor lighting appears insufficient as pictures will see a large increase in noise. Colors appear more washed out and overexposed, though pictures do not seem to suffer from the purple fringing effect that is common on very cheap cameras. Likewise, the front 2 MP camera takes blurry photos as well, but they appear much darker under the same conditions. This makes voice chats a bit more difficult as more ambient lighting is required for improved quality.

The camera app offers a healthy amount of options including Flash, face detection, HDR, panorama, geo-tagging, anti-flicker, and ISO settings from 100 up to 1600. As expected, the camera Flash is very weak and is generally more useful as a handy flashlight.

Captured videos are limited to 720p on the rear camera. Quality is subpar and even worse when objects are moving or when panning the camera. Blurring occurs too easily and videos are fuzzy in general.

Reference Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Reference Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Rear camera: LG G2
Rear camera: LG G2
Rear camera: Focus E01
Rear camera: Focus E01
Front camera: Focus E01
Front camera: Focus E01

Input Devices

Touchscreen

The 5-finger capacitive touchscreen registers inputs reliably and accurately. The onscreen response can be delayed at times, however, due to slow loading and skipped frames. For example, sliding left and right across the homescreen menu of apps can have small hiccups every once in a while if there are numerous running background apps. A similar delay can be felt when pressing the Home button or touch-typing on the keyboard. The latency is hard to ignore if the user is accustomed to the high performance and immediate responses of high-end smartphones and tablets.

The standard default keyboard is the basic Android fare with predictive typing, auto-correction, and speech-to-text. A Chinese keyboard is pre-loaded as well with the expected Android keyboard settings like vibrate and sound on keypress. Swype, however, must be installed by the end user.

Gesture Control

Like certain Samsung models, the Focus E01 supports touch-free gestures for very simple commands. Waving a hand over the ambient light sensor will swipe the screen from left to right, which will advance one page on the homescreen or Gallery. Users cannot swipe in the opposite direction to fall back a page, which severely limits the usefulness of this feature. Furthermore, the user must swipe very slowly and closely for the sensor to register at all and is much more difficult in practice than simply touching the display. This is nothing more than a novelty for the manufacturer to check off on their list of features.

Display

The star of the show is the 5.2-inch 1080p display. This resolution is much higher than competing devices in the same price range where sub 720p displays are much more common. Its density of 423 PPI matches that of the LG G2, which is at least twice the price of the Ecoo or even more during its launch. The iPhone 6 and its "Retina" screen comes in at around 100 PPI less than the Ecoo.

Subjectively, display quality is excellent as images and small font sizes appear very clean and easy to read. Note that nearly the entire screen is usable for apps as there are no onscreen Back, Home, and Settings buttons to take up a portion of the bottom edge. This makes browsing that much more pleasant due to the additional screen real estate.

Additionally, its maximum brightness of almost 400 nits is very high for a budget device. Even more recent and expensive competitors like the Moto G2 clock in at just around 350 nits while the Lumia 830 edges out the Ecoo by only 20 or 30 nits. Similarly, contrast is very good at around 550:1 and this is clearly an IPS panel as opposed to the AMOLED panel that Samsung trumpets for most of their Galaxy models. Ecoo claims to have made a deal with LG to provide the panels for the Focus E01 and the results are certainly impressive.

396.9
cd/m²
390.5
cd/m²
381.3
cd/m²
375.9
cd/m²
372.7
cd/m²
385.4
cd/m²
374.7
cd/m²
369.8
cd/m²
380.9
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro Basic 2
Maximum: 396.9 cd/m² Average: 380.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 372.7 cd/m²
Contrast: 670:1 (Black: 0.556 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 7.47 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 7.76 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
Gamma: 1.92

Color accuracy is above average, but not great. Colors do become more accurate as saturation increases, but colors like Yellow, Cyan, and Magenta (coincidentally all secondary colors) could use improvement overall. Gamma, color accuracy, and especially grayscale are simply not as good as the Galaxy S5 according to our measurements with an X-Rite i1Pro Basic 2 spectrophotometer. Of course, color reproduction is generally unimportant on smartphones and users can still enjoy colorful videos and photos on the Ecoo without fear of significantly crushed blacks or muddy grays.

Grayscale
Grayscale
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps
ColorChecker
ColorChecker

Outdoor usability is good despite the glossy screen. Maximum screen brightness is highly recommended for best visibility and is essentially required when working under direct sunlight. On an overcast day, we had no issues using the device with no squinting necessary as long as most of the glare can be avoided.

Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors on overcast day
Viewing Angles Ecoo E01
Viewing Angles Ecoo E01

Viewing angles are excellent due to the IPS panel. Apparent brightness will decrease if viewing from an angle at either orientation, but this is common on smartphones, tablets, and notebooks alike with IPS displays. Sharing the Focus E01 with adjacent viewers is painless and made even easier by the large display.

Performance

"Octa-core" may sound impressive, but they are often outperformed by modern quad- and dual-core SoCs in single-threaded operations. Very few applications are optimized for eight  cores as well, which further reduces the advantages of having a high raw number of cores. Nonetheless, the 1.7 GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6592 is a relatively new mid-range Cortex-A7 SoC with a 4K video decoder and an integrated 700 MHz Mali-450 MP4 GPU that is just slightly better than the Tegra 3.

RAM is standard for a budget smartphone at 1 GB. The Moto G2 and Lumia 830 also carry 1 GB RAM, but offer only 720p displays. We can't help but feel that the Focus E01 could have benefited from more RAM, especially because of its more demanding 1080p display.

System information Ecoo Focus E01

Processor

Linpack shows raw CPU performance above that of the Galaxy S5 Mini, but still far below the Snapdragon 400 in the Galaxy S4 Mini and Snapdragon 801 in the HTC One M8.

According to CPU-Z, the processor will normally idle at 728 MHz with just one active core, but more cores will quickly become active up to 1.66 GHz when there is onscreen activity. Very rarely are more than four cores active unless if there is heavy multitasking or intensive tasks.

The Mediatek MT6592 generally loses out to the high-end Snapdragon 801 according to the benchmarks below, but it trades blows quite well with older Samsung Galaxy devices like the S5 Mini, S Duos 2 and budget Core LTE.

Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
2385 Points ∼8%
No. 1 Vphone I6
1080 Points ∼3%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
1113 Points ∼4%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
658 Points ∼2%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
654 Points ∼2%
HTC One M8
2785 Points ∼9%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
445 Points ∼9%
No. 1 Vphone I6
348 Points ∼7%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
369 Points ∼8%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
353 Points ∼7%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
373 Points ∼8%
HTC One M8
957 Points ∼20%
Linpack Android / IOS
Multi Thread (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
241.989 MFLOPS ∼8%
No. 1 Vphone I6
218.48 MFLOPS ∼7%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
195 MFLOPS ∼7%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
75.703 MFLOPS ∼3%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
70.19 MFLOPS ∼2%
HTC One M8
575.654 MFLOPS ∼19%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
347.766 MFLOPS ∼12%
Single Thread (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
139.722 MFLOPS ∼14%
No. 1 Vphone I6
87.968 MFLOPS ∼9%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
87 MFLOPS ∼9%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
15.767 MFLOPS ∼2%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
11.73 MFLOPS ∼1%
HTC One M8
337.474 MFLOPS ∼33%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
193.164 MFLOPS ∼19%
Smartbench 2012
Gaming Index (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
2174 points ∼47%
No. 1 Vphone I6
2174 points ∼47%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
1956 points ∼43%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
2439 points ∼53%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
2111 points ∼46%
HTC One M8
3935 points ∼86%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
4046 points ∼88%
Productivity Index (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
3041 points ∼16%
No. 1 Vphone I6
4106 points ∼22%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
4264 points ∼23%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
2484 points ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
2507 points ∼13%
HTC One M8
5021 points ∼27%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
4878 points ∼26%
AnTuTu v5 - Total Score (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
30109 Points ∼30%
No. 1 Vphone I6
19113 Points ∼19%
AndEBench
Java (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
380 Iter./s ∼12%
No. 1 Vphone I6
371 Iter./s ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
359 Iter./s ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
180 Iter./s ∼6%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
209 Iter./s ∼6%
HTC One M8
505 Iter./s ∼16%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
346 Iter./s ∼11%
Native (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
17763 Iter./s ∼58%
No. 1 Vphone I6
6937 Iter./s ∼23%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
7542 Iter./s ∼25%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
4041 Iter./s ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
4260 Iter./s ∼14%
HTC One M8
17104 Iter./s ∼56%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
5254 Iter./s ∼17%
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0 - --- (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
14485 points ∼34%
No. 1 Vphone I6
4838 points ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
8047 points ∼19%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
3490 points ∼8%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
3959 points ∼9%
HTC One M8
24045 points ∼56%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1
3D Graphics Tests (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
1105 Points ∼20%
No. 1 Vphone I6
827 Points ∼15%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
1143 Points ∼20%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
572 Points ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
658 Points ∼12%
HTC One M8
1291 Points ∼23%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
681 Points ∼12%
2D Graphics Tests (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
2149 Points ∼12%
No. 1 Vphone I6
2046 Points ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
2103 Points ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
2436 Points ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
2244 Points ∼12%
HTC One M8
3356 Points ∼18%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
3026 Points ∼16%
Memory Tests (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
2117 Points ∼0%
No. 1 Vphone I6
1991 Points ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
1740 Points ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
1599 Points ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
1523 Points ∼0%
HTC One M8
4438 Points ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
3178 Points ∼0%
Disk Tests (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
1833 Points ∼1%
No. 1 Vphone I6
15227 Points ∼9%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
9689 Points ∼5%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
1692 Points ∼1%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
4447 Points ∼2%
HTC One M8
17200 Points ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
6252 Points ∼3%
CPU Tests (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
25593 Points ∼3%
No. 1 Vphone I6
9174 Points ∼1%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
8008 Points ∼1%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
4230 Points ∼1%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
4557 Points ∼1%
HTC One M8
17999 Points ∼2%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
7195 Points ∼1%
System (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
2675 Points ∼13%
No. 1 Vphone I6
2607 Points ∼12%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
2838 Points ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
1665 Points ∼8%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
1942 Points ∼9%
HTC One M8
4433 Points ∼21%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
2521 Points ∼12%
Vellamo 3.x
Metal (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
841 Points ∼23%
No. 1 Vphone I6
674 Points ∼18%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
700 Points ∼19%
Multicore Beta (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
1511 Points ∼34%
No. 1 Vphone I6
1273 Points ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
980 Points ∼22%
Browser (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
871 Points ∼12%
No. 1 Vphone I6
2102 Points ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
1147 Points ∼15%

Legend

 
Ecoo Focus E01 Mediatek MT6592, ARM Mali-450 MP4, 8 GB SSD
 
No. 1 Vphone I6 Mediatek MT6582, ARM Mali-400 MP2, 16 GB SSD
 
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini Samsung Exynos 3470 Quad, ARM Mali-400 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582 Broadcom BCM21664T, Broadcom VideoCore-IV, 4 GB Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F Renesas MP5232, PowerVR SGX544, 8 GB SSD
 
HTC One M8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8930AB, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB SSD

System Performance

Subjectively, system performance is slow. Launching and exiting applications have noticeable onscreen delays as does typing with the onscreen keyboard. As mentioned earlier, pressing Home can sometimes take several seconds for the application to close and for the homescreen icons to appear. Scrolling through webpages on Chrome is also simply not as smooth as competing devices with more powerful SoCs. These latency issues are compounded when multitasking or inputting commands in quick succession. It feels as if the hardware underneath is unable to keep up with the high demands of the screen.

Sunspider
1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
1186 ms * ∼13%
No. 1 Vphone I6
1368.4 ms * ∼15%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
1119 ms * ∼12%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
1316 ms * ∼14%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
1525.3 ms * ∼17%
HTC One M8
594.2 ms * ∼7%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
1145 ms * ∼13%
0.9.1 Total Score (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
1396.2 ms * ∼13%
No. 1 Vphone I6
1296.4 ms * ∼12%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
1347.9 ms * ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
1479.5 ms * ∼14%
WebXPRT 2013
Offline Notes (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
2113.8 ms * ∼44%
No. 1 Vphone I6
2864.3 ms * ∼60%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
2060 ms * ∼43%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
1878.1 ms * ∼39%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
2756 ms * ∼57%
HTC One M8
1355.3 ms * ∼28%
Stocks Dashboard (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
1714.3 ms * ∼46%
No. 1 Vphone I6
2128.6 ms * ∼57%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
2028 ms * ∼54%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
1753 ms * ∼47%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
2009.3 ms * ∼54%
HTC One M8
952 ms * ∼25%
Face Detection (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
3480.1 ms * ∼29%
No. 1 Vphone I6
4629.8 ms * ∼38%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
6166 ms * ∼51%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
2899.2 ms * ∼24%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
3145.7 ms * ∼26%
HTC One M8
4534 ms * ∼37%
Photo Effects (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
1279.3 ms * ∼14%
No. 1 Vphone I6
1635.1 ms * ∼18%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
4399 ms * ∼49%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
1601 ms * ∼18%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
2281 ms * ∼26%
HTC One M8
948.6 ms * ∼11%
Overall Score (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
207 Points ∼9%
No. 1 Vphone I6
159 Points ∼7%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
127 Points ∼6%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
210 Points ∼9%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
165 Points ∼7%
HTC One M8
271 Points ∼12%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
12590.2 ms * ∼21%
No. 1 Vphone I6
18485.7 ms * ∼31%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
15201 ms * ∼26%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
16763.4 ms * ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
21759.9 ms * ∼37%
HTC One M8
8990.4 ms * ∼15%
Google V8 Ver. 7 - Google V8 Ver. 7 Score (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
2673 Points ∼14%
No. 1 Vphone I6
1180 Points ∼6%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
1625 Points ∼8%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
1616 Points ∼8%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
2165 Points ∼11%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
766 Points ∼12%
No. 1 Vphone I6
591 Points ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
690 Points ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
627 Points ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
587 Points ∼9%
HTC One M8
1164 Points ∼19%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
530 Points ∼9%
Browsermark
2.1 (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
795 points ∼3%
No. 1 Vphone I6
677 points ∼2%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
875 points ∼3%
--- (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
2014 points ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
2008 points ∼28%
HTC One M8
2653 points ∼37%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
2188 points ∼30%

Legend

 
Ecoo Focus E01 Mediatek MT6592, ARM Mali-450 MP4, 8 GB SSD
 
No. 1 Vphone I6 Mediatek MT6582, ARM Mali-400 MP2, 16 GB SSD
 
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini Samsung Exynos 3470 Quad, ARM Mali-400 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582 Broadcom BCM21664T, Broadcom VideoCore-IV, 4 GB Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F Renesas MP5232, PowerVR SGX544, 8 GB SSD
 
HTC One M8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8930AB, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB SSD

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

The integrated 8 GB SSD is very small as only about 6.2 GB is available to the end user from the get-go. This is enough for just a few HD videos or 3D titles from the Play Market or a handful of music files. Fortunately, microSD cards can be installed on the rear of the device up to 64 GB, so the small internal storage capacity is a non-issue.

AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
1.44 MB/s ∼1%
No. 1 Vphone I6
0.9 MB/s ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
1.28 MB/s ∼1%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
1.28 MB/s ∼1%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
0.98 MB/s ∼0%
HTC One M8
0.88 MB/s ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
0.32 MB/s ∼0%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
13.82 MB/s ∼8%
No. 1 Vphone I6
14.31 MB/s ∼8%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
9.99 MB/s ∼6%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
8.52 MB/s ∼5%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
6.4 MB/s ∼4%
HTC One M8
10.53 MB/s ∼6%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
9.37 MB/s ∼5%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Ecoo Focus E01
16.09 MB/s ∼4%
No. 1 Vphone I6
8.05 MB/s ∼2%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
15.2 MB/s ∼4%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
15.42 MB/s ∼4%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
13.76 MB/s ∼4%
HTC One M8
19.51 MB/s ∼5%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
6.33 MB/s ∼2%
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Ecoo Focus E01
73.53 MB/s ∼8%
No. 1 Vphone I6
86.73 MB/s ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
79.6 MB/s ∼9%
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582
23.39 MB/s ∼3%
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F
26.94 MB/s ∼3%
HTC One M8
88.41 MB/s ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
50.88 MB/s ∼6%

Legend

 
Ecoo Focus E01 Mediatek MT6592, ARM Mali-450 MP4, 8 GB SSD
 
No. 1 Vphone I6 Mediatek MT6582, ARM Mali-400 MP2, 16 GB SSD
 
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini Samsung Exynos 3470 Quad, ARM Mali-400 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 GT-S7582 Broadcom BCM21664T, Broadcom VideoCore-IV, 4 GB Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F Renesas MP5232, PowerVR SGX544, 8 GB SSD
 
HTC One M8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8930AB, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB SSD

Gaming Performance

The integrated quad-core Mali-450 MP4 is a mid-range GPU that can also be found on a number of Huawei and Archos smartphones like the Ascend P7 and 50C Oxygen, respectively. It is starting to show its age, however, as the graphics core is incompatible with OpenGL ES 3.0 and will thus not be able to play the latest titles with all graphical features enabled.

Regardless, intensive 3D games on the Play market will play without issues. Frame rates could have been better, especially on N.O.V.A. 3, and 3DMark Ice Storm in particular ranges wildly from 20 to 40 FPS. Sprite-based and 2D sidescrollers, of course, will play silky smooth.

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Temperature

Surface temperatures during regular use remain relatively cool throughout the unit at about 30 degrees C on the front and back. Note that the side of the device closest to the earpiece and rear camera heats up much more quickly than the opposing corner. When running at maximum load for over an hour with StabilityTest 2.5, we were able to record a high surface temperature of over 44 degrees C. This is unrepresentative of real world use, however, so uncomfortable surface temperatures are not an issue. Using the phone in its default portrait orientation will put the user's hand away from the hot spot surfaces.

Max. Load
 44.2 °C
112 F
39.4 °C
103 F
37.2 °C
99 F
 
 42.8 °C
109 F
40.6 °C
105 F
37 °C
99 F
 
 41.6 °C
107 F
39.6 °C
103 F
35.2 °C
95 F
 
Maximum: 44.2 °C = 112 F
Average: 39.7 °C = 103 F
38.6 °C
101 F
37.2 °C
99 F
44.2 °C
112 F
37.8 °C
100 F
37.2 °C
99 F
40.6 °C
105 F
36.6 °C
98 F
37.4 °C
99 F
41.4 °C
107 F
Maximum: 44.2 °C = 112 F
Average: 39 °C = 102 F
Room Temperature 23 °C = 73 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 39.7 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 30.9 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44.2 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 44.2 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30.4 °C / 87 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(-) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 41.6 °C / 106.9 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (-12.5 °C / -22.5 F).

Speakers

Speakerphone on rear of unit
Speakerphone on rear of unit

The speakerphone on the back of the device produces good quality sound, or at least better than what many would expect from such an inexpensive smartphone. Volume is loud and clear with no significant static and sounds do not suffer from the shallow "tinny" quality that is common amongst many cheap laptops and budget smartphones. The positioning of the grilles does make ithem easy to cover up when holding the device in landscape mode, however. For extended use, 3.5 mm external solutions are available with FM radio options.

Battery Life

The Focus E01 utilizes a removable 2450 mAh (3.7 V) Li-ion polymer battery behind the rear cover. Battery capacity is slightly larger than a few other 5-inch smartphones like the iOcean X7 (2000 mAh) and Nokia Lumia 830 (2200 mAh), but not nearly as high as the 3000 mAh battery packs found on both the LG G2 and G3. The 5-inch iOcean X7S, which uses the same Mediatek SoC as as the Ecoo, houses a smaller 2000 mAh module.

Runtimes for the Focus E01 are average. Compared to more well-known 5-inch devices, the Ecoo falls below the LG G2, Nexus 5, HTC One M8 and other high-end Snapdragon-equipped smartphones. Runtimes are also slightly less than the similarly equipped iOcean X7S despite having a larger battery capacity. However, at slightly over 5.5 hours of constant use at 150 nits display brightness (30 percent setting), the Ecoo should be able to hold its own for a good work day before needing to recharge.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
9h 43min
WiFi Surfing
5h 35min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 57min
Ecoo Focus E01
Mali-450 MP4, MT6592, 8 GB SSD
LG G2
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB SSD
Google Nexus 5
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB iNAND Flash
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
iOcean X7S
Mali-450 MP4, MT6592, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Battery Runtime
123%
72%
106%
14%
-8%
Reader / Idle
583
1396
139%
1107
90%
1695
191%
863
48%
WiFi
335
1024
206%
734
119%
613
83%
453
35%
308
-8%
Load
177
220
24%
188
6%
253
43%
102
-42%

Verdict

Ecoo Focus E01
Ecoo Focus E01

The Ecoo Focus E01 delivers on its promise of an impressive 5.2-inch 1080p IPS LG display, especially for the low price of $150 at Coolicool.com. The screen is also very bright and even brighter than many other 5-inch smartphones that are more expensive than the Ecoo. This is certainly the highlight of the device as the display here is almost guaranteed to satisfy buyers wanting a large and bright FullHD smartphone on the cheap. Build quality is also good as far as plastic cases go.

Some corners have to be cut, of course, including the average cameras, average battery life, lack of 4G support, and low internal storage. Its slow system performance is perhaps the worst offender as it does not do the 1080p screen justice. Hopefully the promised KitKit update will address some of the latency issues during day-to-day use or even the weak GPS radio.

The positives do outweigh a handful of the negatives as we are fans of removable batteries, microSD support, and dual SIM slots. For a large cheap smartphone, the Focus E01 leaves a good impression.

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Specifications

Ecoo Focus E01
Graphics adapter
Memory
1024 MB 
Display
5.2 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, 5-point capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
8 GB SSD, 8 GB 
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm, Card Reader: microSD, Sensors: FM radio, GPS, AGPS, Accelerometer, Wireless display, Gesture sensing
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, SIM and Micro SIM, GSM 850/900/1800/1900 & WCDMA 850/ 2100MHz
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8 x 154 x 78.2 ( = 0.31 x 6.06 x 3.08 in)
Battery
2450 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 4.2
Camera
Webcam: Rear: 8 MP, Front: 2 MP
Additional features
Speakers: Monaural, Charger, USB cable, manual
Weight
145 g ( = 5.11 oz / 0.32 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
120 Euro

 

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Pros

+Large 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display from LG
+Bright backlight
+Respectable construction quality
+Dual SIM slots and microSD support
+Loud speakerphone
+No onscreen Android buttons
+Removable battery
+FM radio
+Very inexpensive
 

Cons

-Delayed input responses due to slow loading
-Large chassis
-Weak multitasking
-Only 1 GB RAM
-Average battery life
-Blurry photos
-No glass display
-No 4G radio or NFC
-Weak GPS

Shortcut

What we like

Beautiful 1080p IPS display on a smartphone for less than $150.

What we'd like to see

Better system performance is a must for future models.

What surprises us

The display is extremely bright for a budget smartphone.

The competition

Archos 50C Oxygen

Huawei Ascend G750

HTC One M8

iOcean X7S

LG G2

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

Zopo ZP1000

Rating

Ecoo Focus E01 - 11/13/2014 v4(old)
Allen Ngo

Chassis
76 / 98 → 78%
Keyboard
80%
Pointing Device
82%
Connectivity
44 / 81 → 54%
Weight
92 / 20-67 → 100%
Battery
88%
Display
80%
Games Performance
78 / 85 → 92%
Application Performance
70 / 92 → 76%
Temperature
84%
Noise
100 / 95 → 100%
Audio
80%
Camera
70 / 85 → 82%
Average
79%
78%
Multimedia - Weighted Average
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Allen Ngo, 2014-11-13 (Update: 2014-12- 1)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.