February 26, 2015 9:04:35 pm
Home-grown brand Salora International with its Arya A1+ smartphone is now trying to grab eyeballs. Targeting the value for money segment, the Arya A1+ offers a good deal on papers. While, you might have questions like “What/when/why Salora?” The Arya A1+ smartphone at a first glance appeared to differ and pleased me. After using this smartphone for a couple of weeks, here is my take.
Price: Rs 5,499
Specs: 4.5-inch (960 x 540 pixels) HD IPS OGS display | 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582A; Mali 400MP2 GPU | Android 4.4 KitKat OS, upgradable to Android 5.0 (Lollipop) | 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, microSD card slot | Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) | 5MP rear camera with LED Flash | 2MP front camera FM Radio | 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS | 2000 mAh battery
Design: Salora has delivered a compact smartphone which feels good to hold. The build quality is decent. The rear panel looks good and helps the smartphone to stand slightly apart from the crowd. Rest of the device looks like just another Android smartphone in the budget segment.
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Display: The Arya A1+ sports a 4.5-inch qHD IPS display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. The display quality is okay, nothing exceptional. Outdoor visibility is poor and can be used only at full brightness. The viewing angles are good. Overall, the quality is decent and the budget segment shouldn’t have much to complain.
Performance: The phone comes with a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 CPU with 1GB RAM. It runs on Android 4.4 KitKat OS and the UI is tweaked a bit. Overall, the smartphone responds well to day-to-day functions. However, I witnessed several lags and app crashes.
Camera: The smartphone mounts a 5MP rear camera along with a 2MP front camera. The image quality is pretty average. Under daylight, the image quality is doable, however, low light images were grainy. The selfie camera again is pretty ordinary.
Battery: The smartphone is powered by a 2000mAh battery which will last an entire day on average usage, includes a bit of gaming too.
Verdict: At a price of Rs 5,499 Salora Arya A1+ has managed to offer a decent deal. Overall, nothing exceptional. Its another run-of-the-mill smartphone. Salora needs to look beyond just spec sheet and low price to make a mark in the market. With smartphones from Asus, Motorola, Xiaomi, Lenovo along with Android One devices fighting in this price range, buyers would simply question “Why Salora?” and Salora needs to answer this with something other than “We are more affordable.”
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