With numerous vendors launching entry-level phones with solid specifications, India based Spice Mobiles has also announced a similar device. The newly launched Spice Stellar 509 carries a tempting price tag of Rs 7,999, which is slightly expensive then the Moto E. Let us take a comprehensive look at the specifications and capabilities of the Spice Stellar 509.

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Camera and Internal Storage

The rear snapper in the Spice Stellar 509 is an 8 MP unit with LED flash for mediocre low light performance. The handset also includes a 2 MP front-facing camera that can pave way for better quality video calls and selfies. The camera set on the handset is pretty standard for a handset in the entry-level segment. Though the lack of auto focus is a downside it should be noted that most of the phone in this price bracket do not include such aspects.

The internal storage is pretty much standard standing at 4 GB, but it can be expanded externally up to 32 GB with the help of a micro SD card. This storage is average for the price range of the phone though it limits the number of applications that gets stored on it. Moreover, it has not been revealed if the handset supports migrating the apps to the micro SD card, which is a useful feature.

Processor and Battery

The handset is utilizes a quad-core processor ticking at 1.3 GHz, but the chipset used remain unspecified. This processor is supplemented with 1 GB of RAM that can deliver decent levels of multi-tasking and moderate performance without any clutter.

Battery capacity of the Spice Stellar 509 is 2,000 mAh, but the vendor has not disclosed the exact backup delivered by this battery. Again, in this price range we usually do not find smartphones with excellent power management capabilities and this battery should be sufficient to deliver acceptable backup under moderate usage.

Display and Other Features

The display measures 5 inches and boasts of a low FWVGA resolution of 854×480 pixels that translates to a low 196 ppi pixel density. To deliver a better display, Spice should have either diminished the screen size a bit or increased the resolution slightly. This low pixel density is sure to deliver a stretched out look, but it should be useable to some extent.

The software is the main annoying factor of the Spice Stellar 509. While its main competitors are fueled by the latest iteration of Android OS – Android v4.4 KitKat, the handset runs on the dated Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS without any word regarding an update.

Apart from this, the handset comes with a free flip cover and it is exclusively available from HomeShop18. It has standard connectivity features such as 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS along with dual SIM functionality.

Comparison

The Spice Stellar 509 will compete with the other entry-level smartphones such as Moto E, Micromax Unite 2, Lava Iris X1, Micromax Canvas Engage and others that come with similar specifications.

Key Specs

Model Spice Stellar 509
Display 5 inch, 854×480
Processor 1.3 GHz Quad Core
RAM 1 GB
Internal Storage 4 GB, Expandable up to 32 GB
OS Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Camera 8 MP/ 2 MP
Battery 2,000 mAh
Price Rs 7,999

What we Like

  • Quad Core chipset
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • Large Display Size

What we Dislike

  • Low screen resolution

Price and Conclusion

Spice Stellar 509 carries a price tag of Rs 7,999 that is relatively expensive than its rivals such as Moto E and Unite 2. Moreover, the handset boasts almost similar specifications with not much difference expect for the camera capabilities. It would have been better package if the vendor incorporated a better display.

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