Wednesday, 21 December 2016


Lenovo K6 Power

Lenovo launched it's new device in India this month that is Lenovo K6 Power. It is the successor to the Lenovo vibe K5 which was launched back this year. Lenovo launched this smartphone for budget oriented market. It is launched to compete with the Redmi 3s prime which is also in the same price segment. Company launched this smartphone only in one version that is 3GB Ram and 32GB internal. Company priced this smartphone at 10000 INR while Redmi 3s prime is priced at 9000INR. This device is exclusively available at flipkart. Now let's see whether it is a good buy at this price and how it competes with Redmi 3s prime.
Display: IPS LCD 5 inch display
Resolution: 1080*1920 full HD display
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor which is an octa core processor with 8 cortex A-53 cores each core cloaked at 1.4GHz
GPU: Adreno 505
Weight: 145gm
SIM: dual SIM hybrid slot
Operating system: Lenovo's Vibe UI based on Android 6.0(marshmallow)
Internal: 32GB with 3GB of ram
Card slot: micro SD upto 256GB
Primary: 13MP with phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Video: 1080@ 30fps
Secondary: 8 MP
Battery: non removable Li Po 4000 mah battery
USB: Micro USB v2.0
3.5 mm jack: Yes
Sensors: accelerometer, compass, gyro, proximity, fingerprint, autobrightness


Lenovo K6 Power has a full metal body. The phone looks really premium. The phone feels really solid in hand. The built quality is nice. It has the aluminum finish at the back. It has Micro USB and 3.5 mm jack at the top. On bottom it has microphone. On right side it has volume rockers and power on/off button. On left side it has SIM tray. At back it has fingerprint sensor and primary camera. The phone looks premium. But one thing to note is that for a 5 inch device the weight of the phone is slightly high as compared to other devices having same screen size. But we get used to it after 3 or 4 days usage.

Lenovo K6 Power has a 5 inch IPS LCD display. It has full HD resolution. The display is good. The colors come out be good. The brightness levels are also good. The viewing angles are also good.  The outdoor visibility is not that much great. Screen is not easily visible in direct sunlight. Lenovo K6 Power has a better screen than Redmi 3s prime because redmi 3s prime has a 720p screen while Lenovo K6 Power has a full HD screen.

Lenovo K6 Power is powered by the Qualcomm's snapdragon 430 processor. This chipset is for budget oriented smartphones to give better performance. The performance on Lenovo K6 power is really good. There is no lag in day to day usage. All things run very smooth on this smartphone. All things open up really quickly including apps. Multitasking is also really good on this smartphone. We can jump between different apps without any lag. It keeps all apps in memory in background.
It is powered by Adreno 505 GPU. This GPU  coordinates with the chipset for providing a very good performance in graphic intensive tasks such as playing heavy games. It plays all heavy games such as asphalt 8, Nova 3, Modern combat 5, implosion without any issues. There is no lag or frame drops while playing these games. All things go buttery smooth. Also it doesn't exhibit any heating issues.

Primary: Lenovo K6 power is powered by a 13MP rear facing camera. It comes with phase detection autofocus. It comes with Sony's sensor. The pictures captured in natural lightening conditions come out to be really good. The color accuracy is good. The dynamic range is also good. There is lot of detail in the pictures captured with the rear camera. The depth of feel is also there in the picture captured. There is also bouquet effects in the macro shoots captured.
In low lightening conditions there is considerable noise in pictures but still we can't expect more in this price range. The camera quality is better than Redmi 3s Prime.
Battery life
The battery life is quite impressive on this device. It is powered by a Li Po 4000 may battery. The battery can be quite good selling point for this device. The battery life of this device can easily last up for 1.5 days. We can easily get screen on time of about 7 to 8 hours with a typical day's usage.
User interface

Lenovo K6 power has Lenovo vibe UI. This is a lighter version of vibe UI. It is somewhat like stock android. There is an option in the phone to switch between the vibe launcher and the android launcher. The UI comes with some pre loaded apps that is bloatware but all of them are removable. There is no lag in UI, all things go buttery smooth.
Fingerprint sensor

Lenovo K6 Power comes with rear faced fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint sensor is quite good, it unlocks the screen as soon as we put our finger on it. It directly wake up the phone from sleep. The fingerprint sensor is also quite accurate. It also has a functionality of locking apps with fingerprint sensors.
Cellular call quality
The cellular call quality is also very good on this device. It also supports reliance voLTE. There is no problem while receiving or making calls. The voice is also clear during calling.

This device comes with rear facing speaker. The sound output from speaker is quite good as it supports Dolby atoms which increases the depth of sound. But it will be better to have front facing speakers to have better sound output. Also sound output via 3.5 mm jack is also very good. So this is a very good device if we want a very good sound output from our smartphone. The sound output from this device is clearly better than the redmi 3s prime sound output.

Final verdict

Lenovo K6 Power is priced at 10000 INR. At this price the phone is very good. It competes with redmi 3s which is  in the same price segment. The phone is better than redmi 3s prime in three parts. Firstly it has a better camera than redmi 3s prime. Secondly it has a better display than redmi 3s prime. Thirdly it has better sound output. But one thing which Redmi 3s has additional is it's IR blaster. IR blaster is simply missing on Lenovo K6 Power. But still Lenovo K6 power is a good buy at this price. It simply depends on choices of people what they want in their smartphone sand what is their budget.


Monday, 19 December 2016

Xiaomi Mi Mix

Xiaomi Mi Mix
Xiaomi is one of the most famous companies these days. It launched it's first smartphone in 2011 and just in 5 years it gained very much popularity. It is a Chinese brand. It launches smartphones at very affordable rates compared to other brands like Samsung, htc, Sony and many more. That's why it is able to gain so much fame and become the largest smartphone maker in china.
After getting successful in mobile market, xiaomi is doing something which neither company has ever done. It has build a smartphone with bezelless design. This smartphones is named xiaomi mi mix. Xiaomi launched this smartphone to reveal to the world that it can also do some innovative things in their smartphones. Xiaomi said earlier that it is launching this smartphone as a concept smartphone, but later it made available in the market to be purchased by anyone. So today I am going to discuss about this smartphone.


Screen : 6.4 inch
Screen type : IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
Resolution : 1080*2040p
Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad core processor with two cores cloaked at 2.35 GHz and other two cloaked at 2.15 GHz
Operating System : Android OS v6.0
GPU : Adreno 530
Internal memory : 128 GB with 4GB RAM and 256 GB with 6 GB RAM
Sensors : Fingerprint, gyro, proximity, accelerometer, compass, barometer
Weight : 209 gm
SIM : Dual SIM (nano SIM)
3.5 mm jack : Yes
SD card : No slot
Battery : non removable 4400 may battery
NFC : Yes
USB : Type- C 1.0 reversible connector
Primary: 16 MP with f/2.0 aperture, Electronic Image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus, dual LED(dual tone) flash
Video: 2160@ 30 fps, 1080@ 30 fps, 720@ 120 fps
Secondary : 5 MP

Xiaomi mi mix has a very cool design. It looks really premium. The body is made of ceramic. The most interesting feature of it's design is it's bezelless design. This is one of the rare phones available in the market with bezelless display. It has very thin bezels on the sides and no bezels at the top. That's why it is not having any earpiece and no proximity sensor. On top it has 3.5 mm headphone jack and two noise cancellation microphones. On right side it has power on/off button and volume rockers. On bottom it has USB type C port and speaker. On left side it has SIM tray.          On back it has fingerprint sensor and primary camera. The placement of secondary camera is also very weird, it is placed at the front on bottom instead at top.

It looks really glossy and premium. But at the same time it is also a very good fingerprint magnet. And due to this ceramic back phone is really slippery. This device is a 6.4 inch device, that's why it is a very wide device to hold in one hand. Unless the phone is really premium due to it's ceramic build it is a really slippery device. So it is adviceable to use a back cover.

Xiaomi mi mix has a 6.4 inch display size. The display is of IPS LCD type. It has full HD Resolution. The display is really good. The viewing angles are also very good. Outside visibility is also very good. We have heard the screen resolution having ratio of 16:9 in most of the smartphones but this one is having 17:9 ratio with 362 ppi. Colors also come really good on this device.
Due to it's bezelless design the video on this device is really enjoyable. With it's bezelless display it looks like the screen is actually floating which looks very good. As this device has no bezels there is a lot more chance to get cracks in the screen because bezels actually protect the screen from getting break. And also Xiaomi has not mentioned the glass used on this device. So it is adviceable to use a protective case and tempered glass.


Xiaomi mi mix is having a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821. This is one of the fastest chipset available in the market. That's why the performance of phone should be really fast. And actually the phone performs very well in general performance. There is no lag what so ever during day to day tasks. Multitasking is also very good on this device. I face no problem in jumping between apps. All things go buttery smooth.
Snapdragon 821 comes with Adreno 530 GPU. It handles all the games such as Asphault 8, Nova 3, Implosion and many more without any issues. There is no lag and framedrops during the game play. Also it doesn't exhibit any heating issues.
Primary: Xiaomi mi mix is equipped with a 16 MP rear camera. It comes with f/2.0 aperture. Xiaomi has selected an Omnivision camera sensor for this smartphone. It has phase detection autofocus. The camera is not a charming point of this device. The pictures come good in natural lightening conditions. The color accuracy is good. The dynamic range is good. The saturation levels are good. It doesn't have any Optical image stabilization but it has electronic image stabilization which is not good as the former. So we have to be careful in taking still photos. The low lightening performance of the rear camera is not good. The pictures come out be noisy. In extremely in low lightening conditions the pics come out be blurry. It can record video up to 2160p@ 30fps. The video quality is also just okay as it misses optical image stabilization. So main concept of this smartphone is not camera. Xiaomi has not worked well for xiaomi mi mix's camera department.

Secondary : The performance of secondary camera is also not good. The placement of secondary camera is very weird at the bottom. We face difficulty in capturing the selfies but we can hold the device in upside position to capture pics. In good lightening conditions the pictures are okay but as we move to artificial or low lightening conditions the pics come out to be blurry. So camera performance is not good on this smartphone.
User interface
Xiaomi mi mix has Miui 8 based on android marshmallow. The user interface is xiaomi's self customized android skin. The user interface is clean. There is no lag what so ever during day to day tasks. Apps open up quickly without any lag. This is slightly different from the stock android but it is okay, we get used to it after 3 to 4 days usage. There is no app drawer. There are a lot of themes available at the theme center.

Battery life

This is powered by a non removable 4400 may battery. The battery life of this device is really good. This battery is enough to power a phablet like this. It easily last up for a day with still some juice left. It can easily give screen on time of about 6 to 7 hours.
It also supports fast charging, and it charges the device really quickly. It comes with USB Type-C port. It comes with Qualcomm's quick charging 3.0.

Cellular call quality

Cellular call quality of this device is decent. For cellular reception it doesn't have any earpiece, instead it uses the piezoelectric technology for hearing calls. It is a new technology which vibrates the ceramic body and due to which we hear sound. The sound output through this new technology is not as good as earpiece. The sound is adequately clear to understand but it is not as clear as one with earpiece. But as this device is really wide it is somewhat difficult to use with one hand, so when we make a call the hand starts paining after about 5 minutes. So for call reception it is not a good device for long calls.

No proximity sensor

To remove the front bezel this device also doesn't have a regular proximity sensor. It uses a new technology of ultrasonic rays which acts like a proximity sensor. This new technology is really accurate, it works really fine. So there is no issue with this new technology.


This device has a single speaker at the bottom. The speaker output is adequately loud to get the job done. It's not that much loud and the sound is  not that much low. It lies in medium.

What's new

This device is built on all new concept of a bezelless display. Company actually released this device as a concept phone. This has a 6.4 inch display with screen to body ratio of 17:9. The resolution is full HD for this device. Bezelless design comes to be really attractive as the screen looks really nice without any bezels. Movies are really enjoyable and games are also really enjoyable on this. It appears as the screen is floating. Also it comes with full ceramic body which is really attractive. The phone looks really premium.

Final verdict

This smartphone is not yet launched in India, it has only launched in china at price of 3499 Yuan for 128 GB model and at 3999 Yuan for 256 GB model. Now the question arises whether having this bezelless display is practical in real life or not. We know that this type of screen looks really good but this also makes the screen easy to break. Bezels are usually provide in a smartphone to protect the screen from breaking after drops. As this device has no bezels it is very prone to breaks in the screen.
It also has that ceramic body which make this device really slippery. This phone has a very wide design as it also makes the phone difficult to hold. So this device is very prone to breaks as it doesn't have bezels and have that slippery body.
So is this device a good buy or not? If you want to buy this device as a primary smartphone for day to day usage, this device is simply not for you due to it's slippery body and easy prone to breaks instead it has bezelless design, premium design, good performance, good battery life and a very good display.
But if you just want to buy this device a secondary smartphone you can simply go for this. If you want to buy a smartphone with some different concept and want to have this bezelless design, you can buy this smartphone. You should buy this smartphone only and only for this reason otherwise there is no point of buying this smartphone. If you want a smartphone for single hand usage and want to use this smartphone simply as a primary phone this smartphone is not for you.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Google Pixel

Google Pixel
Last month Google launched it's new series of smartphone that is pixel. The OEM of this pixel series is htc but these phones are designed by Google. In these smartphones Google gave it's own branding. By launching this pixel series Google has discontinued it's previous nexus series. Google launched two smartphones in it's pixel series that are Google pixel and pixel xl. The main difference between these smartphones is their screen size and resolution of display. It's nexus series is very famous for providing flagship features at very good pricing. But this time pixel, devices are priced very high. They have all the flagship features but price is really high.

Previously I have posted a review on the bigger one that is Pixel XL. Today I will discuss about the smaller sibling that is pixel. These smartphones have all the features mostly same such as same design, same chipset, same operating system, same camera and many more but still it has some differences. It also performs more or less like Google pixel xl but there are some minor differences. So today, I will not be going in depth regarding this Google pixel, I will discuss only about some differences.

Display: 5.0 inch AMOLED display
Resolution: Full HD display that is 1080p
Size: 5.0 inch
Weight: 143gm
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad core processor with two cores cloaked at 2.15 GHz and other two cloaked at 1.6 GHz
GPU: Adreno 530
OS: Android 7.1 Nougat
Primary: 12.3 MP with f/2.0 aperture, Electronic image stabilization, Laser and phase detection autofocus
Secondary: 8MP with f/2.4 aperture
SIM: Single nano SIM
SD card: No
Battery: Non-removable Li-ion 2770mah battery
Sensors: Fingerprint, compass, proximity, gyro, accelerometer, barometer, auto brightness
USB: v3.0 Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
3.5 mm jack: Yes
Internal: 32/128 GB internal, 4GB ram
Protection: Corning gorilla glass 4
NFC: Yes


The most basic difference between these two devices is their display size. Google pixel has a smaller display size that is 5.0 inches. This screen is an AMOLED type screen and the resolution is full HD that is 1080p. The screen quality is really good on this smartphone. The viewing angles are great and the brightness levels are also very good. Sunlight visibility is also very good. But if we want to enjoy any video with a VR headset, it is more enjoyable on Google pixel xl as it has a QHD screen with 2160 pixel resolution.


The next basic difference between these two devices is their battery. Google pixel is powered by a 2770mah non removable battery while the pixel xl is powered by 3450mah battery. As Google pixel's screen has a bigger size and larger resolution to have a better battery life it has a bigger battery size. The battery life on Google pixel is also very good. It can easily last up for a full working day with some amount of battery still left. We can simply get a screen on time of about 4 to 5 hours with typical days usage. But battery life is slightly better in Google pixel xl.


Another difference between them is their weight. Google pixel is 143gm while google pixel xl is slightly heavier at 168gm. It is obvious as pixel xl is bigger device. But both these smartphones are actually said to be lighter than other smartphones having the same screen sizes. 


Google pixel is a very compact size phone. It has 5.0 inch display. It easily fits in one hand and so a very handy device. It is very easy to use with hand. While on other side Google pixel xl is somewhat a bulky device. It doesn't fit easily in one hand. So we have to use other hand to use this. Also for a 5.5 inch device it is bulkier than other devices having same screen, device like one plus 3 have also 5.5 inch screen but it is more easy to use than pixel xl.


The pixel phones are very expensive in India. Google pixel phone is priced at 57k for the basic 32GB version. It's pricing is just like iPhone pricing in India. And the funny thing is that flipkart is actually giving SBI card offer that is 10% cashback and also 7000 off on payment through HDFC bank card. But this is not a good strategy, Google should actually drop down the price for these devices to something around 50000 INR. The pricing for other model of Google pixel is 67k. While the price for pixel xl is 67k for basic version and for higher end version we have to spend actually 77k.

Except this all other features given in Google pixel are just identical to the Google pixel xl. It is also butter smooth just like Google pixel xl. It is among one of the most fast phones in the market. They have exactly same camera performance which is best among the flagships right now overall, same general performance with the same Qualcomm's  latest chipset that is snapdragon 821 chipset, same ram management, same gaming performance, same stock android experience, same Google assistant feature, same new app functionality, same new pixel launcher and many other identical features. So if you want to know in depth about these all features you can read my blog about Google pixel xl.

Final verdict

My final verdict for this smartphone is that this phone is somewhat overpriced. We can actually get some extra features in other smartphones at 50k only such as Samsung s7 and s7 edge. But still it is a good buy if price is not a barrier and you want stock android experience, fastest updates in the market, mind blowing camera experience etc. if you can live with a boring design phone and also with some less features. And if you want to choose one among Google pixel xl and Google pixel my personal choice goes to Google pixel for it's compact size and As it has very minor differences from the Google pixel xl and also keeping price in the mind.


Monday, 28 November 2016

One Plus 3T

One Plus came to India two years ago in 2014 with launch of it's One Plus 1 smartphone. This company is one of those companies which launch only one or two smartphones per year.
One Plus launched One Plus 3 in India in June. It is successor to the previous year launched one plus 2. One  3 got really hit all around the world. It packs all flagship features such as good built quality, snapdragon 821 processor, 6 GB ram, dash charger and many more at a very affordable price. It is one of the fluid android phones available in the market now.
Now the company has launched one more smartphone which is more or less like One Plus 3. The smartphone is named One Plus 3T. It has all things like One Plus 3 with few changes or we can say it is an upgraded version of One Plus 3. It has a bigger battery. It also has an improved front facing camera. Now it is powered by snapdragon 821 chipset as compared to snapdragon 820 on One Plus 3. There is an also change in color of the smartphone, now it comes with a gunmetal color. Rest other things are same as before.
Now take a look at some of the specs of one plus 3T:-
Display: 5.5 inch optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Resolution: 1080*1920 full HD display
Processor: Qualcomm snapdragon 821 chipset
                   quad core (2*2.35 GHz kayo and 2*1.6 GHz)
GPU: Adreno 530
Ram: 6 GB ram
Memory: 64/128 GB
SD card: NO
Primary: 16MP with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash
Video: 2160p @ 30fps, 720p @ 120fps
 Secondary: 16 MP with f/2.0 aperture, 
SIM: Dual SIM (Nano SIM, dual stand-by)
Battery: Non removable Li-ion 3400 mah battery
Sensors: fingerprint, proximity, compass, accelerometer, autobrightness, gyro
3.5 mm jack: Yes
Protection: Corning gorilla glass 4
OS: Oxygen OS, based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Dash charger
The most amazing feature of One Plus 3 is it's dash charger. This charger is specially designed by one plus for fast charging of One Plus 3. One plus 3 is one of the most chargeable phone in the market, it can fully the charge phone from 10% to 100% just in one hour. One Plus 3T also comes with this dash charger. So it will be really interesting to see the performance of dash charger with One Plus 3T.
One Plus 3T comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset. It has a quad core processor with 2 cores cloaked at 2.35 GHz and the other 2 cloaked at 1.6GHz. Snapdragon 821 is an upgraded version of snapdragon 820. It is proved to 10% more powerful than the snapdragon 820.
Battery life
One Plus 3 is equipped with a 3000 may battery. The battery life of One Plus 3 is just average. So company has improved it's battery life by upgrading the battery capacity of the phone in One Plus 3T to 3400 may.
Is it fair for one plus 3 customers?
Yes this is unfair with one plus 3 customers. As One Plus 3T has some better features than one plus 3. One Plus 3T will also be launching in the same price bracket so one plus 3 customers will be be disappointed from this. But still the one plus 3 is one of the most amazing android phones available in the market. It has not incurred any big changes, it has only undergone some minute changes which is not going to effect the user experience to that much great level.
Price of one plus 3T will be some thing around 30k to 32k in India. The pricing should be between this or slightly more so that one plus 3T will also get hit just like One Plus 3.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Strategies of chinese smartphone companies

Do powerful budget smartphones come to an end?

Nowadays there are many Chinese companies which are launching smartphones at very affordable price. These smartphones are really good and offer very good value for money. They have great displays, good built quality, great premium build and many more powerful features which make these smartphones a value for money. People actually like these smartphones very much because theses smartphones are offering very powerful features at very cheap rates and so these smartphones have a great demand in market. There are many smartphones launching from the last 3 years which offer many good features at very cheap rates such as one plus series, redmi note series, Lenovo K series and much more. And in 2016 redmi note 3 is the most affordable smartphone with really great features and this also breaks all records.


But have we ever thought how these companies manage to sell their smartphones at very affordable rates. How they give so much premium features which other companies like Samsung, htc failed to give in the smartphones in same price segment? How they make profits? Or they sell their smartphones by incurring losses? These questions arise in our minds about these smartphones which I will answer today. So let's get started...

These companies have a slightly different strategy. These companies actually don't have that much profit from their smartphones. As these companies are new they want to make a stand for them in this new market, so that people came to know about their smartphones and about their brands as they are new. These companies are actually thinking that the audience which are buying their smartphones will again buy their smartphones after 1 or 2 years when they want to upgrade their smartphones. There are many companies like this such as xiaomi, Lenovo, leeco, one plus and many more.

Actually these companies are claiming that they are not selling their smartphones at great profits now as to make a stand in new market. Even some companies are claiming that they are even selling their smartphones at losses which means that smartphone's building cost is more than it's selling price. So actually some of the companies are now increasing the prices of their smartphones, they are launching new smartphones at higher price. This thing is fair enough because company have to also get some profit and all work for profit only. These companies are one plus and Asus. And even after increasing their smartphone's price they are able to sell their smartphones like one plus 3 is a super hit smartphone.

But on the other hand their are still companies like xiaomi and Lenovo which are still launching their smartphones at a very affordable rate. So it would be interesting to see that whether they will do the same thing as one plus and Asus or they will continue to do what they are doing now.

The companies like Samsung have already settled in the world. They know that people are going to buy their smartphones at which price they want to launch them. Actually these companies may not be spending much to build their smartphones but there are other many costs which these companies have to face.

First of all these companies have a very great team as compared to the new partners like xiaomi and one plus, which don't have that much great team. So the company has to pay a large number of people. Also Samsung spend a lot in it's research and development department which increases the cost of phone. These companies also do a great advertisement to sell their smartphones. They give their ads in newspapers, hoardings, internet, magazines and by many more means. These companies also has a very good after sales services as these companies have many service centers all over the world, this also increases the cost of phone.


Most of the new partners only made their smartphones available online, these are not available in offline mode. They deal with the online retail venders like flipkart, amazon, snapdeal and pay them some amount of phone's cost. But the companies like Samsung made their smartphones available at online mode as well as offline mode. So as these are also available offline, this also increases the cost of the phone. To make these smartphones available in offline market there are many middlemen between the company and the retail shop. So all these middle men have to get some profit. As the mobile passes by these middlemen it's cost keeps on increasing. So as it reaches us it's cost has increased much, which is not the case with the new smartphone partners. So this is also one of the reason of high cost of these smartphones.

My opinionMy opinion is that the strategy of these Chinese companies and other new partners don't work in India. Actually people in India are very money minded. They want their smartphones really good but don't want to spend a lot on their smartphones. So they started buying these companies' smartphones. Due to which the sales of these smartphones go higher. But these companies are thinking that people will buy their smartphones even if they will increase their phone's price after 1 or 2 years. But this strategy doesn't work in India. Let's think if Asus launches a smartphone in India with mostly same specs as a Samsung's smartphone and with just a very less price difference, people of India will definitely go with Samsung's smartphone as it has very big brand name and good after sales service. Why people will spend their money on a Chinese smartphone which is offering the same specs as a Samsung's smartphone with in same price segment. So these companies have to apply some different strategies to secure their company's future.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Moto Z Play


Lenovo's sub brand Motorola launched it's two very unique phones last month that are Moto Z and Moto Z play. These phones are based on a new concept of Moto mod which can attach to these phones and increase their functionality. These devices have some magnetic type material at their backs at which these Moto mod get attached. This concept is just like the LG G5 which has the same concept of attaching different modules to the phone and increase their functionality. These Moto mod can enhance phone's battery life, camera quality, sound and much more. But today I will discuss about only one of the devices that is Moto Z play. Moto Z play is the lower end version of Moto Z. Moto Z offers all flagship features while Moto z play is on the mid range side. Motorola priced Moto Z play at 25000 INR in India. So let's check out whether it is a good buy at this price.

Display: 5.5 inch super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Resolution: 1080*1920 pixels full HD
Processor: Qualcomm snapdragon 625 octacore processor with eight cortex A-53 cores each cloaked at 2.0GHz
Operating system: Android OS v6.0.1 Marshmallow, planned upgrade to Android 7 Nougat
Primary: 16MP with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection and laser autofocus, dual LED(dual tone) flash
Secondary: 5MP with f/2.2 aperture
Battery: non-removable 3510mah battery
Weight: 165 gm
SIM: dual sim(Nano sim)
SD card: micro SD
Dimensions: 156*76*7mm
3.5 mm jack: Yes
Sensors: Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, autobrightness
Colors: Black, white
Motorola is known for it's built quality as all of us know. This time also Moto z play is a very well built phone. It really feels solid in hand. It has a metal and glass design. It has glass at back protected by gorilla glass 4 and metal at chasses. The glass at back looks really good and give it a very premium feel. The phone actually looks really premium, it looks like a flagship designed phone.
On top it has sim tray and secondary noise cancellation. On bottom it has USB type C port and 3.5 mm headphone jack. On right side it has volume rocker keys and power on/off button, very  weird placement for these buttons. On left it has nothing. On back it has rear camera and Moto branding. On front it has earpiece and fingerprint sensor. This is the physical overview of this device.

Moto Z play has a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED display having full HD resolution. The display is actually very good on this phone. There is no yellow color tint on its display. We can say the display is as good as on the Samsung devices. The viewing angles are also very good on this device. The colors are really good. The brightness levels are also very good. The screen is also easily visible in direct sunlight. So sunlight visibility is also good.


Primary: Moto Z play is equipped with 16MP rear camera with an aperture of f/2.0. It has phase detection and laser autofocus with dual LED (dual tone) flash. The quality of pictures taken with Moto z play in natural lightening is really good. There is lot of detail in the images. The color accuracy is also good. The saturation levels are also good. The dynamic range is also good. But you have to be very careful with the macro shoots, because sometimes the objects in macro shoots are locked very well but sometimes the pictures come blurry due to not proper locking. The bouquet effect is also not so good as compared to the other phones in this price range. In low lightening and artificial lightening the pictures are decent, but we have to be extra careful because it skips Optical image stabilization so sometimes the pictures come out be blurry. There is also some noise in the pictures taken in extra low lightening conditions. It's camera performance is just average not some extra ordinary. It's just like other smartphones whose natural lightening conditions is good but in low lightening they don't perform so well. Mostly every smartphone in this price range faces the same problem.
Secondary: Moto Z play is equipped with 5MP secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture. The secondary camera also performs well. The selfies come out to be really good in natural as well as artificial lightening conditions. It's has a wide angle lens which can take vision of 85 degrees, so two persons easily fits in it's front camera.

Battery life
Moto Z Play is equipped with 3510 meh non removable battery. The battery life of this device is outstanding. It can easily give screen on time of about 7-8 hours which is very good for a mid range device. It's battery can last up for 1.5 days easily with some amount of juice (about 25%) still left. So battery life of this device is nothing short of excellent. This device also supports fast charging and comes with a turbo charger in the box. I think the battery life can be one of the main aspects of buying this smartphone.
Moto Z play comes with Qualcomm snapdragon 625 processor. The performance of this smartphone is really good. There is no lag while using this device. The processor performs all day to day tasks without any issues. Multitasking is also good on this device. I don't face any problems in jumping between different apps and multitasking. All things go buttery smooth. This device is really snappy.
Snapdragon 625 comes with Adreno 506 GPU. So it also handles all graphic intensive takes without any issues. The gaming performance is also very nice on this device. It plays all the heavy games such as asphalt 8, nova 3, implosion etc. without any issues. There is no lag or frame drops while playing these games. There is no heating issues while playing all these games. Graphic rendering is also done very well on this device. So there is no problem in processing of this device.
Moto Z play has a front facing speaker which also doubles as a earpiece. The speaker is not that much loud. While playing media or doing any other stuff the speaker is just okay it is not that much good. While making calls through speaker, sometimes it is not adequately loud. So the sound output is just average on this device.
Cellular call quality
Cellular call quality is pretty good on this device. The network  reception is really good on this device. There is no problem while making or receiving calls. If we are making calls with earpiece then it is good but when we are using speaker the sound output is not that much great as I have already said. So it is advice able to use earpiece while calling.
User interface
User interface of this device is really good. It is very close to stock android. It doesn't come with any bloatware. The whole experience is really good. There is no lag in the interface. It feels that you are using a Google nexus device as it's interface is very close to stock android. Also the optimization between the software and the hardware is done very well. The device is really snappy.
Moto mods
The main feature of this device is that it is compatible the Moto mode which can be attached to the device to increase there functionality. There are various Moto mods available in the market but you have to actually buy it separately. They don't come bundled with the phone. There are many Moto mods such as camera, sound enhancer, battery pack, projector and various back covers. All these can attach to the phone's back at the specified place. Sound enhancer mod is made by JBL and is used to enhance the device sound to a great value. Camera mod is made by Hasselblad and this helps the device to give a DSLR feel where you can zoom to a very great extent. It comes Moto's self made projector mod which can be used to project the device's screen on the wall. But the projected screen is not very bright. Now the last one is battery mod which enhances the battery life of the device. It simply fits at the back and can be used as a simple battery. The battery amount which it provide is 2000mah. Moto also designed various back covers for the device which also fit like all these mods. All discussed mods above are really compact they are of the same size of phone and easily fits in pocket. One drawback here is that these mods add extra weight to the device and also increase the thickness of the device. Also we can use multiple mods at a time, we can only use one mod at a time. These mods can be purchased online. These mods are really expensive which adds extra cost to our budget. Pricing of different mods are listed below.
Camera mod: 19999 INR
JBL mod: 6999 INR
Projector mod: 19999 INR
Battery mod: 5999 INR
Final verdict
Moto Z play is very good device which is priced very well at 25000 INR. It has a very good design, great built quality, stock android like user interface, excellent battery life, a bright display but some shortcomings too such as bad speaker, average camera and expensive Moto mods. So it totally depends upon you that you want to buy this device or not. You can also consider other smartphones such as one plus 3 and xiaomi mi 5. One plus 3 is a better device than Moto z play. It got all things better than this except some such as battery life and premium build and design. But you have to spend extra 3000 INR for buying the one plus 3. And you won't get these mod functionality in it. So both the smartphones are good but it totally depend upon your choice what function you want in your device. For one plus 3 review you can check my previous reviews.



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