OUR EARLY VERDICT
Looks like the best phone to buy under NRs. 20,000 right now. A 5 inch HD screen, 64 bit Octa Core SoC with decent performance and a decent camera for a low price.
|-Value for Money
|-Emotion UI not that great
|-Still Runs Kitkat 4.4.2
|-Screen isn’t the brightest
Huawei recently launched a new mid-range phone-Gplay mini for Rs.19,999 (USD $200). We had some time to play with this phone and here are our early impressions:
There is nothing much going on in terms of design. The phone is made up of plastic, but feels more premium thanks to it’s textile pattern on the back. Talking about ergonomics of this phone, the phone is on a heavier side and it’s difficult to use with one hand as the phone comes with bigger bezels.
The Huawei Gplay mini comes with a 5 inch 720P screen. The IPS display, even though it’s a 720p resolution, has decent viewing angles and decent colour reproduction. However, the screen is not bright enough and lacks gorilla glass protection.
The Huawei Gplay mini is running the Huawei Emotion 3.0 UI on top of Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The Emotion UI is not stock, but the 3.0 version is much better than any of its previous version. However, there are still improvements to be done from Huawei in its Software UI.
Processor and Memory
The Huawei Gplay mini is equipped with Huawei’s in-house Kirin 620 chipset with an Octa core 1.2Ghz Cortex A53 64 bit processor supplemented by 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB in-built storage. The phone storage can be further expanded via a microSD card slot up to 32GB.
The Kirin 620 Chipset is somewhat similar to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 chipset seen on Micromax Yureka Yu, HTC desire 820 and Vivo X5 max. We can expect similar performance in Gplay mini with the Kirin 620. The phone during my hands on time was deprived of any lags even while multi-tasking or switching between apps. We will know more about the phone’s performance once we review the phone.
The Huawei Gplay mini is capable of capturing some nice shots as it’s been equipped with a 13MP rear facing camera – and decent feature for such a low-cost device. Up front, a 5MP camera can capture excellent selfies.
The phone has 2550 mAh battery, slightly bigger than most other mid-range Huawei smartphones.Although the back is removable, but you cannot remove the battery. It has two micro SIM card slots (Both 3G) and a microSD card slot. We genuinely feel that G play mini will give tough competition to the Redmi Note and Micromax Canvas Nitro. We will be bringing you the Unboxing, Benchmarks, Camera samples and the complete review of the smartphone soon.
|5” IPS HD Display
|Hisilicon Kirin 620
|1.2 GHz Octa core Cortex A53 64Bit
|8 GB; Micro SD upto 32GB
|13 MP, 4208 x 3120 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
|Android Kitkat 4.4 with EMUI 3.0
|Dual (3G +3G)
|Li-Ion 2550 mAh battery