CPU: Quad Core- Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB + Micro SD | GPU: Adreno 530 | Camera: Rear 23-megapixel + 8MP Front
Leading the top smartphones of 2017, Asus has collaborated with Google for their Tango Project which resulted in a smartphone that supports Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. The Asus Zenfone AR costs Rs 49999, certainly not your budget phone. Let’s find out how this mobile device will stand out in today’s competition.
This slimmer phone has a burnished leather back which helps in a strong grip, unlike other Android phones, and gives that classy premium look. A display of 5.7 inches make the phone not too big or not too small for an AR experience with super AMOLED screen and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The Overview and Back button are present next to the physical Home button on the bottom.
On the sides, there is the power button and stretch a little to reach the volume buttons. The metal frame holds two bands of antenna on top and bottom. The bottom of the Asus Zenfone AR is a USB port, 3.5mm audio jack, a primary microphone and the speaker. Above the display we have a notification LED, an ambient light sensor, a proximity sensor, and the 8-megapixel front camera. A little flimsy hybrid dual-SIM tray is available on the left side of the metal frame.
The Asus Zenfone AR has a 23-megapixel primary camera, IR, depth sensors are mounted on a metal plate at the back which gets smudged and scratched easily with usage. All three are protected with a sapphire glass though. Further down we have the engraved Asus and Tango logos.
The screen with 1440 x 2560 pixels creates a 515ppi pixel density which hugely helps in the VR experience. The resolution is crisp and exhilarating. It comes with Android 7.0 Nougat flavor with ZenUI 3.0. Asus Zenfone AR uses 3300mAH battery which usually lasts for a day or two, depending upon the usage. Support for Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and NFC is available. The dual-SIM support for 4G and VoLTE is also available.
6GB and 8GB RAM models are available which are highly necessary for the VR experience. Internal memory up to 256GB are available along with external SD card storage up to 128GB accepted. The phone is powered up by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad core processor and a GPU of Adreno 530. Asus released Zenfone AR in Black only.
The usual Android interface with customized icons and themes by ZenUI enhances your phone experience. You can wake up the device by gestures, drawing alphabets all of which can be changed in the Settings. A powerful Snapdragon processor makes sure there is no lag in the continued usage. Two of the quad cores are clocked at 2.34GHz while rest of them are clocked at 1.6Ghz .The GPU makes playing games on the device stutter-free and no frame drops occur. Battery usually lasts a day with normal usage but with running high-end apps and games drains battery quickly.
The most promising feature of this phone – Augmented Reality comes into play without disappointing users. It has pre-installed some of the AR apps such as BMW i-Visualizer which can be used to peer into BMW i3 or i8 – get a closer look, move inside… almost as if you are in one! Measure app allows you to measure actual distance between two 3D objects. iStaging app makes you decide where to place furniture… (comes in handy when you have an extravagant wife!) The VR experience is very impressive with a realistic feel and quick response to hand movements.
The Asus Zenfone AR’s 23- megapixel camera uses laser focus and it is controlled by camera app built by Asus which apart from usual HDR, Panorama and Filter, also have additional features. Super Resolution takes multiple exposures resulting in 92- megapixel image. Low Light mode reduces grain and Depth of Field lets you to blur images that are shot. A Manual Mode may appeal to pro-photographers where images can be shot in a RAW format. The 8- megapixel selfie camera has set of features like the back camera and returns smoothened images. It can record 4K videos and optional full-HD videos at 60fps too.
CPU: 1.3GHz Octa Core MediaTek MT6753 | RAM: 3GB | GPU: Mali-T720MP3 | Storage: 32GB + Micro SD | Camera: Rear 13MP + 5MP Front
Launched in August 2016, this budget mobile device from Acer costs around Rs 18,600. The manufacturer has no intentions of producing high-end devices but they make sure their devices are good enough for middle class smartphones range.
The Acer Liquid Z6 Plus has a LCD screen of size 5.5 inches which, true to its name, gives a liquid-ish feel when looked at. A metal frame holds the phone together which on the bottom contains a physical home button. The rear side has the 13-megapixel camera and the rear part also has the Acer logo. For a 5.5 inch phone this is quite heavy, weighing at 169 grams. Still the sturdy look and touch is way better than an ultra slim phone which always has the slippery feel. The voice control buttons and the power button are placed on the right side of the metal case.
A 5.5 inch screen display has a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels which gives us a 401 pixel density. Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes pre-installed and device can be updated too. A removable Li-Po 4080mAH battery will fuel the Acer Liquid Z6+ for 1-2 days with normal usage. The device has Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11, GPS, FM Radio connections. The front Home button has a fingerprint sensor which is usually available in many phones these days.
The dual-SIM card tray shares a secondary storage or a SIM card. Internal storage upto 32GB is available and a microSD slot is provided which can be extended upto 256GB. A 3GB RAM is used to run the mobile device. An octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU clocked at 1.3GHz and GPU is MAli-T720MP3.
Acer has it’s own launcher with icons and themes but Acer is closely tied with Microsoft so it is not surprising to see Microsoft apps in here.
Reception of the Acer Liquid Z6 Plus is flawless but there is definitive time lag when loading a page. The device couldn’t establish GPS connectivity. As far as middle class smartphones are concerned, 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera are a standard. Videos can be recorded at 1080p at 30fps. Though, in low light conditions, Z6 camera is not very impressive. The touch works just fine. Sometimes the display offers quite a bit of resistance to fingers. The gestures are recognized reliably. All the buttons work good and are easy to access. As with all LCD screens, it is advisable to use the device in shady places because display can be prone to reflections.
The 1.3GHz octa-core processor shows a decent performance but it is unnecessary for eight cores as they are rarely used. The GPU isn’t a very one so maybe this is not an ideal phone to play your high-end games. Well, it wasn’t designed for gaming performance. The one feature worth noting is – it hardly gets warm. Users will hardly notice the temperature rise. The speakers aren’t that great too, not built for large rooms. But acceptable for listening to music in a much smaller space. The headphones and headsets work flawlessly.
CPU: 1.4GHz MediaTek MT6592M | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB + Micro SD | Camera: Rear 13MP + 5MP Front | GPU: Mali 450
Your iPhone, unintentionally, fell in to water. Your dare not ask more money from your dad. You need a mobile to still feel trendy within your friends’ circle, without putting in a lot of money and also availing all the benefits of a smartphone. Gigabyte GSmart Elite exists for you.
A 5.0 inch display with LCD capacitive touchscreen with multitouch support . Gigabyte Elite looks slim and classy . The metal frame holds the phone components together and makes sure it is slippery in touch. The upper part has the usual LED sensors.
The top has the usual notification LED, an ambient light sensor, a proximity sensor, and the 2-megapixel front camera with LED Flash.The bottom has physical Overview, Back, Home buttons. The sides has the power button on right side while the left side has the volume up and down buttons. The back has the 5-megapixel rear camera along with the logo.
A resolution of 720×1280 pixels gives a 294 pixel density which isn’t much for a display but is just enough. The display is protected with Dragontrail Glass. Internal storage is 16GB storage which is quite less as the Android 5.1 Lollipop may take up quarter the storage space . But the external microSD card can be places which can be expanded upto 128GB. A dual-SIM slot is provided too.
Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, FM Radio are present with a microUSB 2.0 for file transfers. It supports 2G/3G/4G networks. A 13MP rear camera with LED Flash is standard for a budget phone and a front selfie 5MP camera is installed too. This device is fueled with octa-core MediaTek MT6592M CPU with clock speed of 1.4 GHz while the GPU is a Mali-400. Gotta forget gaming, buddy. A RAM of 2GB is on par with the processor. A non-removable 4000mAH battery will last for minimum of two days easily. The manufacturer released only white color for the mobile phone.When unboxed, the phone arrives with a charger, headphones and a manual.
The camera app has lot of features worth mentioning like face detection, geo-tagging, panorama, gesture shot. Front facing camera isn’t bad too. The camera can record 1080p videos at 30fps. There is a slight lag between page loadings. This isn’t ideal phone for gaming but that doesn’t mean you can’t play. There can be stutter when playing. All the octa cores will never be useful so that is one unnecessary feature. On the bright side, the battery will last easily for couple of days.