The Rs 4,999 phone is the latest Rs 6,999 phone. In other words, the price point for the affordable smartphone has been coming down in recent months. The difference between then and now is that a lot of these phones now come with 4G. The latest in this breed is the ZTE Blade Q Lux.
ZTE Blade Q Lux
ZTE has been focussing on the Indian market of late. After the big ticket launched of the mid-range ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini, the company is now offering an entry level device in the Blade Q Lux. This is a 4G LTE phone aimed mostly at the first time smartphone buyer.
Specs: 4.5-inch (480x854p, ~218 ppi) LCD display | Quad-core 1.3 GHz Mediatek MT6732M
processor | 1GB RAM | 8G storage (expandable up to 32GB) | 8MP rear camera + 5MP front | Li-Ion 2200 mAh battery | Android Kitkat OS
What is good?
Of course, the best thing has to be the price. A lot of the features in the phone are also tied to the price. Whether you like these features or not will also depend on what you think of this price.
It is good that the phone offers 4G for Rs 4,999. This is hence once of the cheapest 4G devices in the market. However, only one of the SIMs can be 4G.
The overall design is robust and reminds you a lot of the Android One smartphones launched last year. In fact, even the UI feels like Android One with a small tweak, and I do not mean that in a good way. Though the phone is heavy, it feels like something that might actually last a while.
The phone has decent processing power. However, that does not mean you will be able to do high end gaming. This is a phone for people who don’t really push their device and would rather use it for regular stuff.
The battery is good to last you a full day with regular use on 3G. This might come down a few hours if you move to 4G.
What is not that good?
The camera clicks good pictures in good light. In low light, however, things take a turn for the worse and there were occasion when all I captured was different shades of grey. Also, the rear camera seems to have issues staying locked to a subject and there is a lack of clarity when you finally click a photo.
If you click a bad photo the saving grace is that you might not see much of it on this display. It has really awkward viewing angles that take some time to master. While it is okay with a white screen, you struggle when the screen is showing something dimmer or more vibrant.
There is just 2.43GB available out of the 8GB internal storage. So you will need to invest in an SD card right away. There is also some bloatware you can delete.
This phone is still on Android Kitkat and yes that is an issue when every other phone has moved on to Lollipop.
Should you buy?
When you look at the price point this is a good phone. It gives you basic features and 4G connectivity. But there are other phones which have better specs and overall value if you are willing to compromise on the 4G. Even with 4G, go for slightly better specs to make full use of the promised blazing internet speeds.
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