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We've already shared our first impressions of the 10.or E. In this post, we are sharing the benchmark scores.

10.or E

Concerning specifications, the 10.or E features a 5.5-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor. There are two variants of the device based on the RAM and storage, one with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory, and the other with 3 and 32 gigs combination. The storage is expandable up to 128 GB. It runs on Android Nougat 7.1.2 and packs 4,000 mAh battery. The smartphone features a 13 MP primary camera, and a 5 MP selfie camera.

10.or E benchmarks


AnTuTu Benchmark v6.2.7: 45,013
Quadrant Standard v2.1.1: 15,003
Geekbench v4.1.3 Single-Core: 650
Geekbench v4.1.3 Multi-Core: 2,497
NenaMark2 v2.4: 59.9 fps
Basemark X v1.1 (medium quality): 15,249
Basemark X v1.1 (high quality): 7,477
Basemark OS II: 312
GFXBench OpenGL v4.0.13 Car Chase: 2.7 fps
GFXBench OpenGL v4.0.13 1080p Car Chase Offscreen: 2.5 fps
GFXBench OpenGL v4.0.13 Manhattan 3.1: 4.9 fps
GFXBench OpenGL v4.0.13 1080p Manhattan 3.1 Offscreen: 4.6 fps
GFXBench OpenGL v4.0.13 T-Rex: 16.0 fps
GFXBench OpenGL v4.0.13 1080p T-Rex Offscreen: 16.0 fps
Vellamo v3.2.6 Metal: 1,128
Vellamo v3.2.6 Multicore: 1,563
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited: 9,469
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme: 5,656
PCMark Work Performance 2.0: 3,567

10.or E specifications


Operating System: Android 7.1 (Nougat)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
Memory: 2/3 GB RAM
Storage: 16/32 GB internal (expandable up to 128 GB)
Display: 5.5-inch full HD
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 13 megapixel
Secondary camera: 5 megapixel
Battery: 4,000 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 78.0x154.0x8.5 mm
Weight: 150 g
Price: ₹7,999 ($120 approx.) for 2/16 GB variant; ₹8,999 ($140 approx.) for 3/32 GB model
10.or E was launched last month in India. It is a new online-only smartphone brand entering the market exclusively via Amazon. Pronounced as Tenor, which refers to the highest pitched sound of an ordinary adult male, it appears that the manufacturer aims to make a high-pitch sound among its competition, thus announcing its entry.

10.or E front

The smartphone comes in black and gold color variants (we have the latter one). Concerning specifications, the device features a full HD display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor. It comes with a 5.5-inch screen. There are two variants of the device based on the RAM and storage, one with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory, and the other with 3 and 32 gigs combination. We have the higher variant with us. The storage is expandable up to 128 GB, thanks to the dedicated microSD card slot. The device runs on Android Nougat 7.1.2 and packs a 4,000 mAh battery.


10.or E secondary camera

The smartphone features a display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The three standard buttons for Menu, Home, and Back are placed on the screen resulting in the wastage of a lot of space at the bottom bezel. Additionally, there is a 5 MP front-facing camera lens located above the display, to the right of the earpiece grille, which is itself in the center. The LED flash is located to the left of the earpiece. The notification indicator LED is to the right of the sensor.

10.or E rear

10.or E primary camera

The smartphone's hardware includes Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core (4x1.09 GHz and 4x1.40 GHz) processor, and a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash located beside the camera lens. Above the camera lens lies the secondary noise-cancellation microphone. Below the camera is the circular fingerprint sensor, which delivers more misses than hits. Below the fingerprint module is the 10.or branding.

10.or E left and right

The right side of the device features the power key (located on the top) and the volume rocker key (located below it). The SIM tray and microSD slots are found on the left side of the device. There are two nano SIM slots; only one slot supports 4G LTE at any instance in time.

10.or E bottom and top

The 3.5 mm headset jack is on the top left. The micro USB port is at the bottom center. The speaker grille and the primary microphone are placed on either side.

10.or E features a metal unibody design, i.e., the rear panel is non-removable. The device has rounded corners.

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10.or E specifications


Operating System: Android 7.1 (Nougat)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
Memory: 2/3 GB RAM
Storage: 16/32 GB internal (expandable up to 128 GB)
Display: 5.5-inch full HD
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 13 megapixel
Secondary camera: 5 megapixel
Battery: 4,000 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 78.0x154.0x8.5 mm
Weight: 150 g
Price: ₹7,999 ($120 approx.) for 2/16 GB variant; ₹8,999 ($140 approx.) for 3/32 GB model
Now that the OnePlus 5 has been launched let us have a look at how it stands out compared to its predecessor, the OnePlus 3T. To upgrade, or not to upgrade? That is the question we will try to answer.

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T

Camera


Let us start by talking about the all-new dual lens camera of the OnePlus 5, which is the main feature that OnePlus wants all of us to 'focus' on in the device.

The OnePlus 5 features two sensors at the back, namely a 16-megapixel primary lens with a f/1.7 aperture (believed to capture 34% more light than the OnePlus 3T) and a 20-megapixel lens with a f/2.6 aperture which is a telephoto lens used for the higher optical zoom. It also has a dual LED flash whereas the OnePlus 3T comes with only a single LED Flash. In comparison, the OnePlus 3T features a single 16-megapixel camera lens at the rear.

The front camera is a 16-megapixel lens with f/2.0 aperture in both the smartphones.

Battery


The new OnePlus 5 has a 3,300 mAh battery while its forerunner has a 3,400 mAh battery.

Although the OnePlus 5 seems to have a smaller battery capacity than the OnePlus 3T on paper, the company claims it to have a longer battery life thanks to various on-board hardware and software optimizations.

Design


While there are many changes concerning design in the OnePlus 5, it can be said that the rear design was inspired by the Apple iPhone 7 and looks very similar to the Oppo R11, which was announced earlier this month. It is worth mentioning here that Oppo is a sister-concern of OnePlus and Vivo, with the parent company being BBK Electronics.

The OnePlus 5 is the slimmest phone made by OnePlus so far at 7.25 mm thickness and weighs 153 grams compared to the OnePlus 3T which is 7.35 mm thick and weighs 158 grams.

Processor


The OnePlus 5 boasts the all new octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset with four cores clocked at 2.45 GHz and the remaining four clocked at 1.9 GHz, whereas the OnePlus 3T has a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset with two cores clocked at 2.35 GHz while the other two clocked at 1.6 GHz.

The OnePlus 5 also comes with the Adreno 540 GPU while its elder sibling comes with the Adreno 530 GPU.

Memory


The OnePlus 5 comes in two variants, namely a 6 GB RAM-64 GB internal storage (Slate Gray in color) and a 8 GB RAM-128 GB internal memory (Midnight Black in color), whereas the OnePlus 3T comes with 6 GB of RAM and an optional 64 or 128 GB of internal storage.

Also, the OnePlus 5 comes with UFS 2.1 storage, which helps in increasing the bandwidth by 50% compared to the OnePlus 3T which has the UFS 2.0 storage.

Bluetooth


The OnePlus 5 comes with the all-new and improved v5.0 whereas the OnePlus 3T has the v4.2. Read the difference between the two versions here.

Operating System


The OnePlus 5 comes with Android Nougat (7.1.1) while the OnePlus 3T comes with Android Marshmallow (6.0.1) out of the box, but is upgradable to the latest Android 7.1.1.

Price


The OnePlus 3T was released in November 2016 priced at $439 for the 64 GB variant and $479 for the 128 GB model. The Indian pricing is ₹29,999 and ₹34,999 respectively.

The OnePlus 5 is priced at $479 for the 6 GB RAM-64 GB variant and $539 for the 8 GB RAM-128 GB model. The Indian pricing is ₹32,999 and ₹37,999 respectively.

Other common features


  • Dual SIM
  • Non-expandable memory
  • 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED Display (~401 ppi pixel density)
  • USB Type-C
  • Fast charging, i.e., Dash Charge
  • NFC
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Front-mounted fingerprint sensor

To upgrade, or not to upgrade?


Coming back to the question we were set out to answer, the latest chap from the OnePlus family sure looks stronger than its elder sibling on paper. The dual camera setup is a significant boost for the photography enthusiast in you. The design may not be novel but makes the phone grab some eyeballs for sure. If you are a specifications guy/girl and love clicking other people or objects from your smartphone, upgrading to the OnePlus 5 is the way to go. However, if you are a selfie-enthusiast, there is no point wasting your hard-earned money to upgrade since the secondary camera lens setup is same on both the smartphones.
LG's latest flagship of the famous G series, the LG G6, was recently launched at the Mobile World Congress. LG V20, another flagship phablet from the brand, was also announced recently. How do the two devices from the same manufacturer stand against each other? We try to find out.

LG G6 vs. LG V20

Battery capacity


LG G6 boasts of a 3,300 mAh battery, while the LG V20 has a 3,200 mAh battery. Thus, the G6 has around 3% larger battery capacity.

Battery type


G6 comes with a non-removable battery, while the LG V20's battery can be removed.

Color options


G6 offers black, platinum, and white variants, while the V20 comes in gray, pink and silver.

Design


G6 boasts of an aluminum frame along with glass panels at the front and rear, while the V20 comes with an aluminum unibody design.

Dimensions


LG G6 is 148.9 mm in height, 71.9 mm in width and 7.9 mm in depth. LG V20 is 159.5 mm in height, 78 mm in width and 7.6 mm in depth. Thus, V20 is around 7% taller and 9% wider, while the G6 is 4% thicker in comparison.

Display aspect ratio


LG G6 comes with an unusual aspect ratio of 18:9, while the LG V20 features the usual 16:9 aspect ratio.

Display pixel density


G6 boasts of a pixel density of 565 ppi, while V20 has only 513 ppi. Thus, G6 has 10% higher pixel density.

Display resolution


G6's screen has a resolution of 2880x1440 pixels. V20 features a QHD display, with a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels.

Dual screen


G6 has only one screen, while the V20 features a second smaller screen above the main display to house shortcuts and notifications without interrupting the primary display.

Internal storage


G6 offers 32 GB memory, while V20 has doubled the built-in storage.

Price


LG G6's pricing is yet to be revealed. LG V20 is available at an average price of approximately $682.

Primary camera


LG G6 comes with a 13 MP standard lens, along with 13 MP wide-angle lens. The LG V20 boasts of a 16 MP standard lens along with a 8 MP wide-angle lens.

Processor


G6 runs on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset clocked at 2.35 GHz. V20 runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor clocked at 2.15 GHz.

Water resistance


G6 comes with IP68 certification, while the V20 does not have any such feature.

Weight


LG G6 weighs 163 g, while the V20 weighs 174 g. Thus, LG V20 is almost 7% heavier.

Wireless charging


LG G6 models available in the US support wireless charging, but the V20 has no such feature.

Other common features


  • 5.7-inch IPS display
  • 5 MP secondary camera
  • f/1.8 primary camera aperture size
  • Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) supported
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 supported
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Memory can be expanded up to 2 TB via microSD
  • Headphone jack available
  • Fingerprint sensor at the rear
  • NFC supported
  • Android 7.0 Nougat with LG's skin on top

Verdict


Since the LG G6 is not yet available, it is tough to declare a winner by just the specifications. However, if you are an audiophile who prefers phablets, there is no point waiting for the G6, and LG V20 is the choice you must make. Otherwise, it is worth waiting for the price at which the LG G6 will be offered. One downgrade in the G series from the Korean giant is their moving away from the modular approach applied in LG G5.
We already compared HTC's latest flagship with the Google Pixel XL. In this post, we see how it stands against the flagship from the Cupertino giant.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs. HTC U Ultra

Battery capacity


Apple iPhone 7 Plus has a 2,900 mAh battery, while the HTC U Ultra boasts of a 3,000 mAh battery. Thus, the U Ultra has around 4% larger battery capacity.

Color options


Black is the standard color option across both the devices. Apart from that, iPhone 7 Plus offers jet black, silver, gold, and rose gold variants, while the U Ultra also comes in blue and white.

Design


iPhone 7 Plus features an aluminum unibody, while the U Ultra boasts of a glass aluminum design.

Dimensions


Apple iPhone 7 Plus is 158.2 mm in height, 77.9 mm in width and 7.3 mm in depth. HTC U Ultra is 162.4 mm in height, 79.8 mm in width and 8 mm in depth. Thus, U Ultra is around 3% taller, 2% wider, and 10% thicker in comparison.

Display pixel density


iPhone 7 Plus has a pixel density of 401 ppi, while U Ultra boasts 513 ppi. Thus, U Ultra has 28% higher pixel density.

Display resolution


iPhone 7 Plus has an FHD display, with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. U Ultra features a QHD screen, with a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels.

Display size


iPhone 7 Plus features a 5.5-inch display, while U Ultra sports a 5.7-inch display. Hence, U Ultra has a 4% bigger screen than that of iPhone 7 Plus.

Display type


Apple iPhone 7 Plus uses IPS technology, while the HTC U Ultra employs Super LCD 5.

Dual screen


iPhone 7 Plus has only one screen, while the U Ultra features a second smaller screen above the main display, just like the one seen in LG V20.

Dual camera


Apple iPhone 7 Plus comes with a second telephoto zoom lens, while the HTC U Ultra does not feature a second camera.

External storage


iPhone 7 Plus does not have the option to expand its storage capacity by any means. U Ultra, on the other hand, can widen the memory up to 2 TB via a micro SD card.

Internal storage options


iPhone 7 Plus offers a base variant with 32 GB memory, while U Ultra starts with 64 gigs of storage. There are additional 128 and 256 GB models for the Apple iPhone 7 Plus.

Operating System


iPhone 7 Plus runs on iOS 10. U Ultra runs on Android 7 Nougat (with a custom skin on top).

Pressure-sensitive display


Apple iPhone 7 Plus features the 3D touch, while the HTC U Ultra employs no such technology.

Price


iPhone 7 Plus is available at $769 (for 32 GB variant), $869 (for 128 GB variant), and $969 (for 256 GB model). U Ultra is available at $749 (for 64 GB).

Processor


iPhone 7 Plus runs on A 10 quad-core chipset clocked at 2.3 GHz. U Ultra runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor clocked at 2.15 GHz.

RAM


iPhone 7 Plus comes with 3 GB RAM, while the U Ultra runs on an extra gigabyte.

Secondary camera


Apple iPhone 7 Plus comes with a 7 MP front camera. HTC U Ultra has a 16 MP front shooter. Thus, U Ultra has more than double the megapixels in its secondary camera.

Water resistance


iPhone 7 Plus comes with IP67 certification, while the U Ultra does not have any such feature.

Weight


iPhone 7 Plus weighs 188 g, while the U Ultra weighs just 170 g. Thus, iPhone 7 Plus is almost 11% heavier.

Other common features

  • 12 MP primary camera with optical image stabilization
  • f/1.8 primary camera aperture size
  • No 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Fingerprint sensor embedded in the Home key

Verdict


Although for $20 less the HTC U Ultra is providing double the internal storage, it still doesn't seem to win over the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Lack of a zoom lens, no water resistance, and improper software updates are enough to go with Cupertino over the Taiwanese brand.
It is a well-known fact that HTC developed Google's Pixel smartphones. How does their latest flagship, the HTC U Ultra, stand against the Pixel XL? We try to find out.

Google Pixel XL vs. HTC U Ultra

Battery capacity


Google Pixel XL boasts a 3,450 mAh battery, while the HTC U Ultra has a 3,000 mAh battery. Thus, the Pixel XL has 15% larger battery capacity.

Color options


Black and blue are the standard color options across both the devices. Apart from that, Pixel XL offers a silver variant, while the U Ultra also comes in white.

Design


Pixel XL features an aluminum unibody, while the U Ultra boasts of a glass aluminum design. HTC seems to have taken a cue from Samsung since the U Ultra looks almost the same as Galaxy S7 Edge. (Read the comparison between Google Pixel XL and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge).

Dimensions


Google Pixel XL is 154.7 mm in height, 75.7 mm in width and 7.3 mm in depth. HTC U Ultra is 162.4 mm in height, 79.8 mm in width and 8 mm in depth. Thus, U Ultra is around 5% taller and wider, and around 10% thicker in comparison.

Display pixel density


Pixel XL boasts of a pixel density of 534 ppi, while U Ultra has only 513 ppi. This is evident since Pixel has a smaller display.

Display size


Pixel XL features a 5.5-inch display, while U Ultra sports a 5.7-inch display. Hence, U Ultra has a 4% bigger screen than that of Pixel XL.

Display type


Google Pixel XL uses AMOLED technology, while the HTC U Ultra employs Super LCD 5.

Dual screen


Pixel XL has only one screen, while the U Ultra features a second smaller screen above the main display, just like the one seen in LG V20. Not so Samsung-like, eh HTC?

External storage


Pixel XL does not have the option to expand its storage capacity by any means. U Ultra, on the other hand, can widen the memory up to 2 TB via a micro SD card.

Fingerprint sensor placement


Pixel XL has the fingerprint module at the rear, while the U Ultra has the sensor embedded in the physical Home button in the front.

Headphone jack


While the Google Pixel XL comes with the standard 3.5 mm jack, HTC U Ultra has taken a leap and removed it.

Home button


Pixel XL comes with an on-screen Home button, while the U Ultra has a physical off-screen button located below the display.

Internal storage options


Pixel XL offers a base variant with 32 GB memory, while U Ultra starts with 64 gigs of storage. There is an additional 128 GB model for the Google Pixel XL.

Optical image stabilization


Google Pixel XL does not come with OIS, while the HTC U Ultra has this feature.

Price


Pixel XL is available at $769 (for 32 GB variant), $869 (for 128 GB variant). U Ultra is available at $749 (for 64 GB).

Primary camera aperture


Pixel XL has a rear camera with an aperture of f/2.0 while the U Ultra's primary camera has f/1.8 aperture size. Hence, more light is allowed to pass through in case of the HTC U Ultra.

Secondary camera


Google Pixel XL comes with a 8 MP front camera. HTC U Ultra has a 16 MP front shooter. Thus, U Ultra has double the megapixels in its secondary camera.

Other common features


  • Weight (170 g approx.)
  • 2560x1440 pixels (QHD) screen resolution
  • 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset clocked at 2.15 GHz
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Single lens 12 MP primary camera
  • Android 7 Nougat

Verdict


HTC U Ultra does not sound like a big deal. It seems to be inspired from features already available in other brands. Moreover, although it does come with Android Nougat, it is likely to receive no or very slow updates when compared to the in-house Pixel XL. With almost similar features and a proven camera record, Google Pixel XL definitely wins over the HTC U Ultra.
We already compared Google Pixel XL with Huawei Nexus 6P. In this post, Korean giant's flagship Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is pitted against Google's latest offering.

Google Pixel XL vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Battery capacity


Google Pixel XL has a 3,450 mAh battery, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge boasts a 3,600 mAh battery. Thus, the S7 Edge has around 4% larger battery capacity.

Charging interface


Pixel XL comes with the reversible USB Type-C port, while the S7 Edge sticks to the good old micro USB port.

Color options


Black and silver are the standard color options across both the devices. Apart from that, Pixel XL offers a new blue variant, while the S7 Edge also comes in gold.

Curved display


Pixel XL does not come with a curved display, but the S7 Edge boasts a curved screen at the front edges of the device, thus giving it a unique look.

Dimensions


Google Pixel XL is 154.7 mm in height, 75.7 mm in width and 7.3 mm in depth. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is 150.9 mm in height, 72.6 mm in width and 7.7 mm in depth. Thus, Pixel XL is around 3% taller and 4% wider in comparison.

External storage


Pixel XL does not have the option to expand its storage capacity by any means. S7 Edge, on the other hand, can widen the memory up to 256 gigs via a micro SD card.

Home button


Pixel XL comes with an on-screen Home button, while the S7 Edge has a physical off-screen button located below the display.

Internal storage options


Pixel XL has only 32 and 128 GB models. S7 Edge offers an additional 64 GB variant.

Mobile payments support


Pixel XL is Android Pay ready via NFC (Near Field Communication), while the S7 Edge is Samsung Pay compatible via both NFC and MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission).

Operating System


Pixel XL comes with Android 7 Nougat out-of-the-box. S7 Edge currently runs on TouchWiz UI based on Android 6 Marshmallow. The Korean giant already promises an update to Nougat, but the exact dates are not known.

Optical image stabilization


Google Pixel XL does not come with OIS, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has this feature.

Primary camera aperture


Pixel XL has a rear camera with an aperture of f/2.0 while the S7 Edge's primary camera has f/1.7 aperture size. Hence, more light is allowed to pass through in case of the Galaxy S7 Edge.

Processor


Pixel XL boasts of 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset clocked at 2.15 GHz. S7 Edge runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor clocked at 2.15 GHz. In markets other than China, Japan, and the US, Galaxy S7 Edge has an octa-core Exynos 8890 chipset.

Secondary camera


Google Pixel XL comes with a 8 MP front camera. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has a 5 MP front shooter. Thus, Pixel XL has 60% more megapixels in its secondary camera.

Virtual Assistant


Pixel XL comes with the new Google Assistant. S7 Edge features the junior Google Now assistant as well as the proprietary S-Voice.

Virtual Reality support


Pixel XL is Google Daydream ready out-of-the-box, while the S7 Edge is Samsung Gear VR compatible.

Water resistance


Pixel XL is not water resistant, while the S7 Edge comes with an IP68 rating. This means that the Galaxy S7 Edge can stay in up to 1.5 meters of water for a maximum of 30 minutes.

Weight


Pixel XL weighs 168 grams, while S7 Edge weighs 157 grams. Thus, Pixel XL is almost 7% heavier.

Wireless charging


Google Pixel XL does not support wireless charging, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge does.

Other common features

  • 5.5-inch display size
  • 2560x1440 pixels (QHD) screen resolution
  • Pixel density of 534 pixels-per-inch
  • Pressure insensitive AMOLED display
  • Single lens 12 MP primary camera
  • Fast charging supported
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Fingerprint sensors available

Verdict


Both the devices give neck-to-neck competition to each other in most of the cases. Google Pixel XL seems to be leading regarding operating system, camera, and virtual assistant. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has an edge in external storage, water resistance, and a whole lot of content for the Gear VR. However, now that even the Galaxy S7 Edge seems to be following the blasting spree of its Note sibling, we expect our readers to make a wise decision.
Google has launched the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones to take the Apple devices head-on. This also means that the Nexus brand of devices is now officially discontinued. Now that the bandwagon of Android flagships is passed onto the new devices, it is high time we see how the new products fare against their predecessors. In this post, Google Pixel XL is compared with last year's Huawei Nexus 6P, which was launched in India in October last year. It was also one of the most googled devices of the year.

Google Pixel XL versus Huawei Nexus 6P

Color options


Black and silver are the standard color options across both the devices. Apart from that, Pixel XL offers a new blue variant, while the Nexus 6P comes in gold and white as well.

Dimensions


Google Pixel XL is 154.7 mm in height, 75.7 mm in width and 7.3 mm in depth. Huawei Nexus 6P is 159.3 mm in height, 77.8 mm in width and 7.3 mm in depth. Thus, Nexus 6P is around 3% taller and wider in comparison.


Display pixel density


Pixel XL boasts of a pixel density of 534 ppi, while Nexus 6P has only 518 ppi. This is evident since Pixel has a smaller display.

Display size


Pixel XL features a 5.5-inch display, while Nexus 6P sports a 5.7-inch display. Hence, Nexus 6P has a 3.5% bigger screen than that of Pixel XL.

Internal storage options


Google Pixel XL has only 32 and 128 GB models. Huawei Nexus 6P offers an additional 64 GB variant.

Price


Pixel XL is available at $769 (for 32 GB variant), $869 (for 128 GB variant). Nexus 6P is available at $499 (for 32 GB variant), $549 (for 64 GB variant), $649 (for 128 GB variant).

Processor


Google Pixel XL boasts of 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset clocked at 2.15 GHz. Nexus 6P runs on 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor clocked at 2 GHz.

RAM


Pixel XL offers 4 GB RAM, while Nexus 6P only has 3 GB. So you get an extra gigabyte of RAM in the former.

Virtual Assistant


Pixel XL comes with the new Google Assistant. Nexus 6P features the junior Google Now assistant.

Virtual Reality support


Google Pixel XL is Google Daydream ready out-of-the-box, while the Huawei Nexus 6P is not.

Weight


Pixel XL weighs 168 grams, while Nexus 6P weighs 178 grams. Thus, Nexus 6P is almost 6% heavier.

Other common features


  • Aluminum unibody design
  • Not water resistant
  • 2560x1440 pixels (QHD) screen resolution
  • Pressure insensitive AMOLED display
  • Single lens 12 MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, and 8 MP secondary camera
  • Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) missing
  • 3,450 mAh battery capacity; fast charging supported
  • USB Type-C interface
  • No wireless charging
  • Non-expandable storage
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Rear fingerprint sensors
  • Onscreen buttons instead of capacitive touch ones
  • NFC enabled. Hence Android Pay supported
  • Android 7 Nougat

Verdict


Huawei Nexus 6P is, without a doubt, an excellent phone. On paper, the Google Pixel XL sounds very promising. Also, since it is the first phone to bear the Google banner, I expect it to bridge the gap between software and hardware that is visible in other Android flagships. Google Assistant and Google Daydream also sound promising. A detailed review should clear out the picture soon.
A few days ago, we shared the first impressions we had of the LeEco Le 2. Note that this smartphone was launched in India last month. In this post, we are going to share the detailed review of this device.

LeEco Le 2 front

LeEco Le 2 box contents


The box contains the handset, a travel adapter, a USB cable for charging and data syncing, a quick start guide, a SIM ejector tool, a USB Type-C to 3.5 mm jack converter, and a transparent rear smartphone cover. There are no earphones in the box. However, the USB Type-C based CDLA earphones are separately available (they are being offered without any extra charge as of today).

LeEco Le 2 build and design


LeEco Le 2 rear

The rear body of this smartphone is made up of metal. It is slightly textured with a dark color band on the top and the bottom. These bands continue on either side of the device as well. The device has rounded corners and chamfered edges, which makes it easier to hold.

The Menu, Home, and Back capacitive touch buttons are backlit. However, under direct sunlight, the lights are unable to make their presence felt.

The back panel of the device is non-removable. This device has two nano SIM card slots on the left, which can be accessed by using the SIM ejector tool. Only one slot supports 4G LTE at any instance in time. There is no micro SD slot.

The device has a solid metal unibody design, giving it a premium look. It is similar to that of its predecessor LeEco Le 1s and its sibling LeEco Le Max 2. It is considerably light in weight (only 153 grams) when compared to other phones of the same size.

LeEco Le 2 features


Concerning specifications, the device features a 5.5-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It is powered by 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, which is non-expandable. It runs on Android 6.0 with LeEco's custom layer, the EUI OS, and packs 3,000 mAh battery. It also features a 16 MP primary camera, along with a 8 MP front-camera.

The smartphone possesses acceleration, gravity, gyro, light, linear acceleration, proximity, rotation vector, significant motion, step counter and step detector sensors. It does not have pressure, ambient temperature, heart rate, and relative humidity sensors.

LeEco Le 2 software


The device runs on Android Marshmallow, with its custom skin as a topping. It is called the EUI OS. The app drawer is missing. The apps are placed on the home screen instead. The home screen has pages to house as many apps as needed.

The place where the usual app drawer icon sits is the new Live icon. It is the entry point to their live TV streaming content offering. There is a broad range of channels to choose from, including various news, music and movie channels. Other than Hindi and English, there are a few channels in other Indian languages as well. This package is available for free for the first year.

Swiping in from the left of the device opens the LeView. It is the commercial name for their in-house video curation service. This proves the weight the manufacturer is putting on content.

There are many bloatware apps installed, which according to me is a negative point given the limited storage.

LeEco Le 2 performance and benchmarks


Gaming on this device is a good experience. The device has a 1.8 GHz octa-core processor backed by 3 GB RAM. No lags were observed while playing massive games, or while launching and switching between apps. There is no heating issue as well. The call quality is decent. Running 1080p videos is an enjoyable experience; no hiccups observed. Overall, the device offers a smooth performance and is suitable as far as multi-tasking and browsing are concerned.

As far as the fingerprint sensor is concerned, a hit-to-miss ratio of 2:5 is observed.

The device scored 81,631 on AnTuTu, and 35,421 on Quadrant Standard benchmarks. You can find the rest of the scores here.

The device supports ten-finger multi-touch, i.e., the touchscreen can detect (and act on) ten touches at any instance in time.

LeEco Le 2 display


The device features an FHD display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It comes with a 5.5-inch screen. When the display is switched off, the thin bezels on the left and right disappear into the dark, making it look bezel-less from the sides.

When indoors, the screen is sharp and bright, and color reproduction is rich and vibrant. However, take it outdoors under sunlight and it comes barely visible due to its reflective nature. The viewing angles and contrast levels are good. However, it is very prone to fingerprint smudges.

You would have read about the creaking sound that the display produces when pressed hard. Believe us; it is not an issue. The manufacturer claims that it is by design, and a gasket has been intentionally placed beneath the screen. Moreover, why would anyone long press on the screen. This ain't no 3D touch!

LeEco Le 2 camera


The device features a 16 MP rear camera, along with a 8 MP front-camera.

The camera offers various shooting modes, viz. Auto, Manual, Panorama, HDR, Night, Beauty and Scenic modes. There is also an option to capture slow-motion videos.

The primary camera is good. Phase Detection Auto Focus works smoothly. We have never experienced delays in locking the focus on a subject. However, the inconsistency comes while maintaining the white balance. The color reproduction is also unnatural. In low-light, too much noise creeps in, making the colors go haphazard.

The front camera is fantastic. We fell in love with the selfies we clicked.

Find below a few sample images clicked using this device's camera:

LeEco Le 2 camera sample 1

LeEco Le 2 camera sample 2

LeEco Le 2 camera sample 3

LeEco Le 2 camera sample 4

LeEco Le 2 camera sample 5

LeEco Le 2 battery life


The device packs 3,000 mAh battery. Given the screen size and all the multimedia content the device offers, we wonder why didn't they opt for more battery juice. On 4G, we got only around 7 hours of backup before we had to search for the USB Type-C charger to refill the stock. The fast charging support is a bit relief.

Why should you buy it?


1. Premium design
2. Impressive performance
3. Multimedia content package

Why shouldn't you buy it?


1. Inconsistent camera
2. No 3.5 mm audio jack
3. Not-so-great battery backup

LeEco Le 2 verdict


If you are someone who consumes a huge amount of video content on their smartphone, the LeEco Le 2 is a perfect companion. There is also the added advantage of live TV streaming.

However, if you are more of a music buff, then you might not opt for this device given the replacement of the standard 3.5 mm audio jack with a relatively new USB Type-C powered audio output. After all, you cannot enjoy your latest musical while the device is busy restoring its battery juice.

Considering all aspects, it is a decent offering for ₹11,999 ($180 approx.).

LeEco Le 2 specifications


Operating System: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Processor: 1.8 GHz octa-core
Memory: 3 GB RAM
Storage: 32 GB internal (non-expandable)
Display: 5.5-inch full HD
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 16 megapixel
Secondary camera: 8 megapixel
Battery: 3,000 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 74.2x151.1x7.5 mm
Weight: 153 g
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars
Price: Get a price on the LeEco Le 2

LeEco Le 2 recommended accessories


Golden Sand premium series tempered glass for LeEco Le 2
Kartuce back cover for LeEco Le 2
LeEco Le 2
Reviewed by Garg Ankit Rating: 4.2
A few days ago, we shared the first impressions we had of the Swipe Elite Plus. Note that this smartphone was launched in India earlier this month. In this post, we are going to share the detailed review of this device.

Swipe Elite Plus front

Swipe Elite Plus box contents


The box contains the handset, a travel adapter, a USB cable for charging and data syncing, a quick start guide. There are no earphones in the box.

Swipe Elite Plus build and design


Swipe Elite Plus rear

The rear body of this smartphone is made up of plastic with curved textures. The curved surface offers two advantages. First, it improves the grip over the device, thus making it comfortable to hold. Second, it is resistant to fingerprint smudges.

The Back and Menu capacitive touch buttons are backlit, while the Home button is not. Instead, it has a silver-painted ring which marks its presence.

The back panel of the device is removable. Under the hood, this device has two micro SIM card slots. Only one of the slot supports 4G LTE. There is also a micro SD slot, which can be used to expand the storage up to 64 GB. The battery is non-removable though.

The device has a sleek ergonomic arc design. It is very light in weight (only 131 grams) and is perfect for elder people.

Swipe Elite Plus features


Concerning specifications, the device features a 5.0-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It is powered by 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, which is expandable up to 64 GB. It runs on Android 5.0 with Swipe’s custom layer, the Freedom OS, and packs 3,050 mAh lithium-ion battery. It also features a 13 MP primary camera, along with a 8 MP front-camera.

The smartphone possesses acceleration, gravity, gyro, light, linear acceleration, proximity and rotation vector sensors. It does not have pressure, ambient temperature, heart rate, relative humidity, significant motion, step counter and step detector sensors.

Swipe Elite Plus software


The device runs on Android Lollipop, with its custom skin as a topping. It is called the Freedom OS. It offers a lot of customization options, which is good to see. To name a few, one can change the background color, the font color of the icon captions, show/hide those captions, the color and shape of the app drawer icon, the size of the icons, and the transition effect. What's more, an image can be used as the app drawer icon. This might sound odd but is different for sure. To add to all this, there is gesture support for performing some basic actions.

There are many bloatware apps installed, which according to me is a negative point given the limited storage. This also results in the device getting hanged at times. One built-in app deserves special mention here. It is named the Swipe Finder. Staying true to its name, it not only acts as a one-stop search for the complete device but also searches the internet for relevant results. One annoying thing is that it keeps showing irrelevant ads when connected to the web.

One thing we like about the interface is the stock Android experience as far as the app drawer is concerned. The apps in the drawer are arranged in alphabetical order.

Swipe Elite Plus performance and benchmarks


Gaming on this device is a good experience. The device has a 1.5 GHz octa-core processor backed by 2 GB RAM. There were minor lags while launching and switching between apps, or while playing massive games. The device heated up when we played graphic intensive games for about 20 minutes continuously. The call quality is decent. Running 1080p videos is a joyous experience; no hiccups observed. Overall, the device is suitable as far as multi-tasking and browsing are concerned. A few software updates are required to bring the smartphone to its real potential.

The device scored 32,667 on AnTuTu, and 19,359 on Quadrant Standard benchmarks. You can find the rest of the scores here.

The device supports five finger multi-touch, i.e., the touchscreen can detect (and act on) five touches at any instance in time.

Swipe Elite Plus display


The device features a full HD IPS display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It comes with a 5-inch screen. The display is sharp and bright enough for both indoors and outdoors. Color reproduction is rich and vibrant, even in direct sunlight. The auto brightness feature takes a considerable time to adjust, which is annoying. The viewing angles are good. However, it is very prone to fingerprint smudges. The touch sensor is impressive. We tried scratching the display with a key; the Dragontrail glass saw to it that the screen was not damaged.

Swipe Elite Plus camera


The smartphone features a 13 MP rear camera, along with a 8 MP front-camera.

The camera offers various shooting modes, viz. Auto, Manual, Panorama, Time-lapse and Face Beauty. There is also a QR Scanner mode which does what you expect it to do.

The camera on this device has noticeable improvements over the one found in previous Swipe devices. The primary camera is fantastic. The auto-focus is fast. Color reproduction is excellent in case of daylight snaps. However, in the case of low light pictures, the camera takes a backseat.

The front camera is good. We fell in love with the selfies we clicked.

Find below a few sample images clicked using this device's camera:

Swipe Elite Plus camera sample 1

Swipe Elite Plus camera sample 2

Swipe Elite Plus camera sample 3

Swipe Elite Plus camera sample 4

Swipe Elite Plus camera sample 5

Swipe Elite Plus battery life


The device packs 3,050 mAh battery. Having a massive battery at this price is great. It lasts for a complete day with average use. With 3G on for the whole time, the battery lasted well. The only downside is the lengthy charge time required for a complete charge cycle; it takes around 2 hours.

Why should you buy it?


1. Affordable
2. FM radio available
3. Good battery backup
4. Full HD display
5. Great selfie camera

Why shouldn't you buy it?


1. Absence of fast charging

Swipe Elite Plus verdict


At the time when the budget segment was being ruled by a handful of Chinese giants, Swipe has delivered a game changer. The full HD screen, and excellent rear as well as front cameras at a price of just 6,999 ($105 approx.) make this smartphone a must buy.

Swipe Elite Plus specifications


Operating System: Android Lollipop
Processor: 1.5 GHz octa-core
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Storage: 16 GB internal (expandable up to 64 GB)
Display: 5.0-inch full HD IPS
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 13 megapixel
Secondary camera: 8 megapixel
Battery: 3,050 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 69.6x139.8x8.9 mm
Weight: 131 g
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars
Price: Get a price on the Swipe Elite Plus

Swipe Elite Plus recommended accessories


GadgetGuruz Cases with Holder for Swipe Elite Plus

Swipe Elite Plus
Reviewed by Garg Ankit Rating: 4.3
LeEco Le 2 was launched in India earlier this month. We've already shared our first impressions of the device. In this post, we are sharing the benchmark scores.

LeEco Le 2

Concerning specifications, the LeEco Le 2 features a 5.5-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The device is powered by 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor. It comes with 3 GB RAM. The internal storage is 32 GB storage, which is non-expandable. It runs on EUI OS (based on Android 6.0.1) and packs 3,000 mAh battery. The smartphone features a 16 MP primary camera, and a 8 MP selfie camera.

LeEco Le 2 Benchmarks


AnTuTu Benchmark v6.1.4: 81,631
Quadrant Standard v2.1.1: 35,421
Geekbench v3.4.1 Single-Core: 1,509
Geekbench v3.4.1 Multi-Core: 4,763
NenaMark2 v2.4: 60.0 fps
Basemark X v1.1 (medium quality): 23,557
Basemark X v1.1 (high quality): 14,321
Basemark OS II: 1,310
GFXBench OpenGL v4.0.13 Car Chase: 5.1 fps
GFXBench OpenGL v4.0.13 1080p Car Chase Offscreen: 5.2 fps
GFXBench OpenGL v4.0.13 Manhattan 3.1: 8.7 fps
GFXBench OpenGL v4.0.13 1080p Manhattan 3.1 Offscreen: 8.9 fps
GFXBench OpenGL v4.0.13 T-Rex: 28.0 fps
GFXBench OpenGL v4.0.13 1080p T-Rex Offscreen: 29.0 fps
Vellamo v3.2.6 Metal: 2,664
Vellamo v3.2.6 Multicore: 3,273
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited: 16,853
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme: 9,660
PCMark Work Performance 1.0: 5,543

LeEco Le 2 specifications


Operating System: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Processor: 1.8 GHz octa-core
Memory: 3 GB RAM
Storage: 32 GB internal (non-expandable)
Display: 5.5-inch full HD
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 16 megapixel
Secondary camera: 8 megapixel
Battery: 3,000 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 74.2x151.1x7.5 mm
Weight: 153 g
Price: ₹11,999 ($180 approx.)
LeEco Le 2 was launched in India earlier this month. Another smartphone, the LeEco Le Max 2, was also launched along with. We have with us the Rose Gold color variant. Concerning specifications, this smartphone features a full HD display, powered by 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor. It comes with a 5.5-inch screen, and 3 GB RAM. The internal storage is 32 GB storage, which is non-expandable. It runs on EUI OS, which is based on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1, and packs a 3,000 mAh battery.

LeEco Le 2 front

LeEco Le 2 secondary camera

The smartphone features a display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It has three capacitive buttons for Menu, Home, and Back. All these buttons are located below the screen. All the three buttons are back-lit. Additionally, there is an 8 MP front facing camera lens located above the display, to the right of the earpiece grille, which is itself in the center. The proximity sensor is located to the left of the earpiece. The notification indicator LED is to the left of the sensor.

LeEco Le 2 rear

LeEco Le 2 primary camera and fingerprint sensor

The smartphone's hardware includes 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, and a 16 MP rear camera with dual LED flash located beside the camera lens. Above the camera lens lies the secondary noise-cancellation microphone. Below the camera is the fingerprint sensor. It is square in shape, but with rounded corners. Below the fingerprint module is the LeTV branding. This is strange because the company is renamed to LeEco.

LeEco Le 2 left and right

The right side of the device features the volume rocker key (located on the top) and the power key (located below it). The SIM tray is found on the left side of the device. There are two nano SIM slots; only one slot supports 4G LTE at any instance in time.

LeEco Le 2 bottom and top

The infrared blaster is on the top left. The USB Type-C port is at the bottom center. The speaker grille and primary microphone are placed on either side.

There is no 3.5 mm headset jack on the smartphone. The new CDLA headphones by LeEco use the USB Type-C port to connect to the device. Removal of headphone jack has resulted in a reduction in thickness of the device (it is just 7.5 mm).

LeEco Le 2 features a metal unibody design, i.e., the rear panel is non-removable. It is slightly textured with dark color band on the top and the bottom. These bands continue on either side of the device as well.

The device has rounded corners. The chamfered edges make it easier to hold. When the display is turned off, the thin bezels on the left and right disappear into the dark.

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LeEco Le 2 specifications


Operating System: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Processor: 1.8 GHz octa-core
Memory: 3 GB RAM
Storage: 32 GB internal (non-expandable)
Display: 5.5-inch full HD
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 16 megapixel
Secondary camera: 8 megapixel
Battery: 3,000 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 74.2x151.1x7.5 mm
Weight: 153 g
Price: ₹11,999 ($180 approx.)
Swipe Elite Plus was launched in India earlier this month. We've already shared our first impressions of the device. In this post, we are sharing the benchmark scores.

Swipe Elite Plus

Concerning specifications, the Swipe Elite Plus features a 5.0-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It is powered by 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor. It comes with 2 GB RAM. The internal storage is 16 GB storage, which is expandable up to 64 GB via a microSD card. It runs on Freedom OS (based on Android 5.0.2) and packs 3,050 mAh battery. The device features a 13 MP primary camera, and a 8 MP selfie camera.

Swipe Elite Plus benchmarks


AnTuTu Benchmark v6.1.4: 32,667
Quadrant Standard v2.1.1: 19,359
Geekbench v3.4.1 Single-Core: 649
Geekbench v3.4.1 Multi-Core: 2,218
NenaMark2 v2.4: 59.6 fps
Basemark X v1.1 (medium quality): 9,854
Basemark X v1.1 (high quality): 4,930
Basemark OS II: 262
GFXBench OpenGL v4.0.13 Manhattan: 5.5 fps
GFXBench OpenGL v4.0.13 1080p Manhattan Offscreen: 5.7 fps
GFXBench OpenGL v4.0.13 T-Rex: 14.0 fps
GFXBench OpenGL v4.0.13 1080p T-Rex Offscreen: 14.0 fps
Vellamo v3.2.6 Metal: 981
Vellamo v3.2.6 Multicore: 1,484
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited: 7,147
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme: 5,242
PCMark Work Performance 1.0: 3,441

Swipe Elite Plus specifications


Operating System: Android Lollipop
Processor: 1.5 GHz octa-core
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Storage: 16 GB internal (expandable up to 64 GB)
Display: 5.0-inch full HD IPS
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 13 megapixel
Secondary camera: 8 megapixel
Battery: 3,050 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 69.6x139.8x8.9 mm
Price: ₹6,999 ($105 approx.)
Swipe had launched their latest smartphone under the Elite series of devices, the Swipe Elite Plus, earlier this month. We have with us the Midnight Blue color variant. Concerning specifications, this smartphone features a full HD display, powered by 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor. It comes with a 5-inch screen, and 2 GB RAM. The internal storage is 16 GB storage, which is expandable up to 64 GB via a microSD card. It runs on Freedom OS, which is based on Android Lollipop 5.0.2, and packs a 3,050 mAh battery.

Swipe Elite Plus front

Swipe Elite Plus secondary camera

The smartphone features a display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It has three capacitive buttons for Back, Home, and Menu. All these buttons are located below the screen. The Back and Menu buttons are back-lit, while the Home button has a painted ring marking its presence. Additionally, there is an 8 MP front facing camera lens located above the display, to the right of the earpiece grille, which is itself in the center. The notification indicator LED is to the right of the camera lens. The proximity sensor is located to the left of the earpiece.

Swipe Elite Plus rear

Swipe Elite Plus primary camera

The smartphone's hardware includes 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor coupled with Adreno 405 GPU, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, and a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash located below the camera lens. In between the camera lens and the flash lies the secondary noise-cancellation microphone. Below the flash is the Elite branding. The word itself is carved in metal on a white background and is enclosed with a metal oval ring.

Swipe Elite Plus left and right

The right side of the device features the volume rocker key (located on the top) and the power key (located below it). The left side of the device is kept bare.

Swipe Elite Plus bottom and top

The 3.5 mm headset jack is on the top left. The micro USB port is at the bottom center. The speaker grille and primary microphone are placed on either side.

Removing the rear textured plastic cover reveals the SIM tray. There are two SIM slots, along with a slot for microSD card for expanding the memory storage by up to 64 GB. The battery is non-removable. The device supports 4G LTE.

The side frame is plastic made but gives a hint of metal on its edges. Its light weight and rounded corners make the smartphone easier to hold and carry.

Stay tuned for a detailed review of the device. Subscribe to our feed, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Google+ to get notified as soon as the review is published.

Swipe Elite Plus specifications


Operating System: Android Lollipop
Processor: 1.5 GHz octa-core
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Storage: 16 GB internal (expandable up to 64 GB)
Display: 5.0-inch full HD IPS
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 13 megapixel
Secondary camera: 8 megapixel
Battery: 3,050 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 69.6x139.8x8.9 mm
Price: ₹6,999 ($105 approx.)
Motorola had launched the 4th generation devices (Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus) of their famous G series of smartphones earlier this month. We managed to lay our hands on the 3 GB/32 GB variant of the Moto G4 Plus. Concerning specifications, this smartphone features a full HD display, powered by 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor. It comes with a 5.5-inch screen. It comes in two options - 16 GB storage with 2 GB RAM, and 32 GB storage with 3 GB RAM. It runs on stock Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 and packs a 3,000 mAh battery which supports fast charging as well.

Moto G4 Plus front

Moto G4 Plus secondary camera and fingerprint sensor

The smartphone features a display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It has three on-screen buttons for Menu, Home, and Back. There is a fingerprint sensor in place of the usual Home button. This has resulted in a wastage of space at the bottom. To the left of the fingerprint module lies the primary microphone. Additionally, there is a 5 MP front facing camera lens located above the display, to the right of the earpiece grille (of which speaker is a part). In between the earpiece and the camera lies the infrared blaster.

Moto G4 Plus rear

Moto G4 Plus primary camera

The smartphone has high-end hardware that includes 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor coupled with Adreno 405 GPU, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, a 16 MP rear camera with PDAF and dual LED flash located just below the camera lens. The camera and the flash are enclosed in a vertical oval shaped metal ring. Below the flash is the famous dimple with the Motorola logo on it. On the rear, the secondary noise-cancellation microphone is located to the left of the camera module.

Moto G4 Plus left and right

The right side of the device features the power key (located on the top) and the volume rocker key (located below it). The left side of the device is kept bare.

Moto G4 Plus bottom and top

The 3.5 mm headset jack is at the top in the center. The micro USB port is at the bottom center.

Removing the rear polycarbonate cover reveals the SIM tray. There are two SIM slots, along with a slot for microSD card for expanding the memory storage by up to 128 GB. The device supports 4G LTE.

This is the first device from this manufacturer to feature a fingerprint sensor. What is strange is its shape and placement. It is placed under a square area, thus leaving lesser room to swipe the finger (or the thumb). Also, it does not double up as a Home button, which takes some getting used to.

When seen from the front, the side frame gives a hint of metal. There are no sharp edges and corners, and this makes the smartphone easier to carry around.

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Motorola Moto G4 Plus specifications


Operating System: Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Processor: 1.5 GHz octa-core
Memory: 2/3 GB RAM
Storage: 16/32 GB internal (expandable up to 128 GB)
Display: 5.5-inch full HD
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 16 megapixel
Secondary camera: 5 megapixel
Battery: 3,000 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 76.6x153.6x7.9 mm
Weight: 155 g
Price: ₹13,499 ($200 approx.) for 2 GB/16 GB variant, ₹14,999 ($225 approx.) for the 3 GB/32 GB model