Flipkart's sub-brand Billion has debut its first smartphone Capture+ in highly competitive budget smartphone market to compete with the likes of Xiaomi, Lenovo and Motorola such as the Redmi Note 4 and Moto G5S Plus. Billion brand used to sell the household accessories earlier and has now diversified into smartphone manufacturing. The phone's unique selling point is its sturdy body and dual camera setup located at the rear panel. It has been designed, engineered, manufactured and tested in India but also comes with premium features usually found only in flagship devices. With this phone, the company has primarily focussed on three major segments- battery, camera and storage. The device has been launched in two variants - 3GB RAM+ 32GB priced at Rs. 10,999 and 4GB RAM+ 64GB priced at Rs. 12,999 and will be available for purchase on Flipkart on November 15.
Design and Display
The device sports a metal body design with with rounded edges for comfortble and easy-to-hold grip. Its rear panel is made up of milled aluminum with a chrome finish providing it a shiny and premium look. The fingerprint scanner embedded at the back offers extra security and you can unlock the phone with a single touch. It features a 5.5-inch Full HD display having resolution of 2160x1080 pixels and 401ppi pixel density resulting in bright and vivid colours and decent viewing angles. The display is protected with 2.5D curved glass. The brand is manufacturing the device in India under the "Made In India" initiative.
Configration and Storage :
It is powered by efficient and powerful Snapdragon 625 chipset similar to its peer brand devices- Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi Mi A1 and Moto G5 Plus. The Snapdragon 625 processor is coupled with ample amount of RAM - 3GB or 4GB depending on the variant and Adreno 506 GPU which enables speedy performance and lag-free multitasking. It also comes with free unlimited cloud storage which enables you to store all your memories without worrying about the storage space. Moreover, the phone also comes with 32GB/64 GB of internal storage options, expandable up to 128GB using an SD card. It boots on stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat without any bloatware and improvised features like switching between apps in a flash by double-tapping, instant reply to messages without opening apps and multitasking with Split screen feature hence ensuring speedy performance and enhanced battery life. Besides all this, the device also comes with a guaranteed Android Oreo upgrade which is quite advanced and will be released in the coming months.
Camera and Battery :
The smartphone delivers great camera performance in all types of light conditions (be it day or night) with a 13 MP + 13 MP dual rear camera with f2.0 aperture and is equipped with features like DSLR-like Bokeh effect for stunning portrait pictures, PDAF (Phase Detection Auto focus) for blur-free images and Super Night mode for improved colour reproduction even at night. Its 8MP front facing camera captures great selfies for selfie enthusiasts. In terms of battery, it is fuelled by a sizeable 3,500mAh battery with QuickCharge support which can provide around 7 hours of usage with just a 15 minute of charging. The various connectivity options supported by the device are 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1 and a USB Type- C port for data transfer and charging.
Key Specifications :
|Model||Xiaomi Mi A1|
|Display||5.5-inch, Full HD, IPS LCD, Corning Gorilla Glass, 2160x1080 pixels, 401ppi|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-core chipset clocked at 2.0GHz, Adreno 506 GPU|
|Rear Camera||Dual 13MP + 13MP sensors with PDAF, dual-tone & dual-LED flash, Super Night mode and 1080p video recording|
|Secondary Camera||8MP, fixed-focus, 1080p video recording|
|Software||Android 7.1.2 Nougat with stock Android UI|
|Internal Storage||32GB/64GB expandable upto 128GB via microSD card|
|Connectivity Options||Dual-SIM, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi ac/a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, USB Type-C port, and 3.5mm headphone|
|Additional features||Fingerprint scanner, IR sensor|
|Battery||Non-removable 3,500mAH battery with Quick Charge 2.0 support|
|Price||Rs 10,999(3GB RAM)/ 12,999(4GB RAM). Buy Now !|
Robust configuration leading to smooth multitasking and speedy performance
Stock Android Software
Powerful battery backup
Unlimited cloud storage
Great dual rear camera
Hybrid SIM slot
Verdict : At its asking price of around 12K, it is great value buy as very few similar priced smartphones are currently offering the dual-camera setup. It is an overall performer, has a good quality display, a long-lasting battery and light software with guaranteed Android Oreo update Though we feel that its design could have been better. Moreover, the actual real performance of the phone will decide its fate.