Two of the newest (and perhaps the only) smartphones available in India that are powered by MediaTek’s 8 core MT6592 are the Gionee Elife E7 mini and the Intex Aqua Octa that was unveiled yesterday. The devices aim to offer a great value for money, along with powerful computing and good imaging hardware.
If you have a budget of 17-20k INR and are looking to experiment with the MT6592 from MediaTek, give this comparison a read!
|Model||Gionee Elife E7 mini||Intex Aqua Octa|
|Display||4.7 inches, 1280 x 720p||6 inches, 1280 x 720p|
|Processor||1.7GHz octa-core||1.7GHz octa-core|
|OS||Android v4.2||Android v4.2|
|Price||18,999 INR||19,999 INR|
There’s a massive difference between the display size on these devices. While the Intex Aqua Octa features a large 6 inch panel, the E7 mini comes with a 4.7 inch one. However, the display resolution on both these devices is the same at 1280 x 720p. As you would’ve inferred, the E7 mini does have the better pixel density thanks to the smaller screen. Battery is something which should be considered before going for either device; there’s a big difference between the screens, however, batteries are pretty comparable with 2100mAh and 2300mAh on the E7 mini and Aqua Octa respectively.
Camera and Storage
The E7 mini comes with a single 13MP camera module. However, the unit is of swivel type, thus acting as a front as well as rear camera. On the other hand, the Aqua Octa comes with a 13MP rear along with a 5MP front. Those into self-portraits should consider the E7 mini, for it will definitely give better results when self portraits are concerned. If Gionee have implemented the same tech they used in the full sized E7, the 13MP will be better than the one used on the Aqua Octa.
Both devices feature 16GB of on-board ROM, which is good. However, while the Aqua Octa allows for storage expansion via microSD, the E7 mini does not. So, multimedia and gaming junkies should look at the Aqua Octa as the prime candidate.
Processor and Battery
Nothing to choose from on the processor segment since both feature the same variant of the same octa-core processor from the same manufacturer, which is the 1.7GHz MT6592. However, the Aqua Octa comes with 2GB of RAM which is definitely something desirable in this age. Multitasking is a whole lot smoother and efficient on 2GB RAM devices, and you are bound to notice the difference even if you aren’t a heavy multitasker.
As mentioned previously, the E7 mini comes with a 2100mAh battery which should take you through one day on a single charge. On the other hand, the Aqua Octa comes with a 2300mAh unit which will find it tough to see the dusk of the day, unless given another charge.
In a nutshell, shutterbugs and average users should look at the Gionee Elife E7 mini, whereas those who tend to use their phones for long durations and do not require the imaging of a 13MP swivel camera can focus on the Aqua Octa. One major factor which should sway you towards the Aqua Octa is the availability of 2GB of RAM, which according to us is something you should have at least on a smartphone you buy in 2014.