On show for us today are Flipkart Billion Capture+ and Panasonic Eluga C that aims to provide good options for those who are looking for a smartphone under $200 USD.
To begin our show, let’s first take a look at Billion Capture+. For those who have not heard of the name Billion before this, here’s a quick fact about it.
Billion is Flipkart’s first private label brand made exclusively in India for Indians. This new private label from Flipkart offers a range of products including mixers, grinders, cookware and backpacks.
Soon, the Billion product catalog will encompass smartphones, t-shirts, electric irons, and more. Besides a high emphasis on quality and durability, the Billion product catalog is sensitively designed for Indian conditions — extreme climatic variations, rough use, and wear and tear.
This is where Billion Capture+ is a true testament to the everyday Indian — it is smart, fast, and absolutely reliable. The smartphone is designed and engineered in India, to address the many unique needs that and combining them in one awesome package; at an unbelievable price.
That’s enough introduction for now, let’s dive in straight to Billion Capture+:
- 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio or ~401 ppi density
- Metal body
- 2.5D curved glass
- Fingerprint sensor
- Asahi Dragontrail Glass protection
- Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 chipset, Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 506 graphics and 3GB RAM
- Dual 13MP+13MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
- 8MP secondary camera
- 32GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 128GB maximum
- Android Nougat 7.1.2, upgradeable to Android Oreo 8.0
- Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
- November 2017 release date
- 10,999 Indian Rupee or ~$169 USD
Billion Capture+ is sporting the standard 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD that is commonly found these days. But throw in a metal body with 2.5D curved glass, fingerprint sensor and Dragontrail Glass for protection; it suddenly becomes much more valuable.
In terms of performance, you can expect it to perform well in the mid-range segment with the Snapdragon 625, fast octa-core processor, good graphics and 3GB RAM. Smooth enough for daily use.
Camera-wise, there’s the dual 13MP+13MP primary camera with great features that lets you have a good time enjoying the camera aspect of it.
One clear advantage that Billion Capture+ has is the fact that it will be getting the update to the latest Android Oreo 8.0 in the near future.
Finally, the 3500 mAh battery is more than capable to supply enough juice to the smartphone for a full day of usage. And with just 15 minutes of charge, seven days of battery life is available.
Moving on to the Eluga C, we don’t normally combine smartphone with the brand Panasonic. This is because they are more well-known for coming out with household products like air conditioner, washing machine, vacuum cleaner and the such.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the Eluga C:
- 5.5-inch HD S-IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels, 16:9 ratio or ~267 ppi density
- Bezel-less design
- Metal body and glass back
- Fingerprint sensor
- Mediatek MT6750T chipset, Octa-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Mali-T860MP2 graphics and 4GB RAM
- 13MP with f/2.2 aperture + 5MP with autofocus, LED flash primary camera
- 5MP secondary camera
- 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
- Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
- Dual-sim and 4G LTE
- December 2017 release date
- 12,900 Indian Rupee or ~$199 USD
Even though Eluga C has a similar 5.5-inch screen size to it, it is only equipped with just a High Definition resolution. It does, however, make it up in the form of bezel-less design, a great-looking metal body and glass back. The display panel does have 450 nits of brightness, which would make the screen have better visibility when you are looking at it under bright sunlight.
In terms of performance, there seems to be a mismatch with the MT6750T chipset, decently fast octa-core processor, good graphics but with 4GB RAM. Still you will be able to enjoy a good mid-range performance out of it.
Eluga C does come with a dual primary camera setup as well, to be exact 13MP-5MP. You can go ahead to play around with the bokeh effect and take good-looking photos with it.
Storage-wise, there’s twice the amount of storage with 64GB of internal storage that can also be easily expanded up to a maximum of 256GB.
There’s no denying that Flipkart Billion Capture+ really is a great mid-range smartphone for those on a budget. Equipped with a good 5.5-inch Full HD IPS screen, great metal body and 2.5D curved glass, great protection, good mid-range performance, great dual 13MP+13MP primary camera, good 3500 mAh battery and the promise of an update to the latest Android Oreo 8.0; is all that you can look for in this smartphone. Plus, it is also cheaper by $30 USD in this case.
Flipkart Billion Capture+ had just been released for 10,999 Indian Rupees or ~$169. You can choose either Mystic Black or Desert Gold color.
Elsewhere with the Panasonic Eluga C, its primary attraction is its good looks, dual 13MP-5MP primary camera setup, decent mid-range performance and a large 64GB internal storage. It sure can’t beat the price of its competitor though.
Panasonic Eluga C had just been released for $12,900 Indian Rupee or ~$199 USD and is available in Blue and Soft Pink colors.
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