Philips today re-entered Indian Smartphone market and with the launch of 3 Android phones and announcement of the 4th. The Philips w6610 is the flagship phone in India and is meant for those who prioritize the battery backup above all else. Let’s take a closer look at what Philips is offering.
Philips W6610 Quick Specs
- Display Size: 5 Inch qHD, IPS LCD, 960 X 540 Pixel resolution, 220 PPI
- Processor: 1.3 GHz Quad Core MT6582 processor with Mali 400 GPU
- RAM: 1 GB
- Software Version: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- Camera: 8 MP Auto Focus camera, with LED flash
- Secondary Camera: 2 MP
- Internal Storage: 4 GB
- External Storage: MicroSD support up to 32 GB
- Battery: 2000 mAh
- Connectivity: HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with A2DP, aGPS,
- Dual SIM (Both Normal SIM)
Philips W6610 Video Hands on Review
Design, Form Factor and Display
Philips W6610 looks quite chunky. The 5300 mAh battery bloats the device to 11.4 mm thickness and weight of 200 grams. The rear side has a thick plastic matte finish cover which feels good in hand.At the back you will see a thick black band below the back cover which can be stripped open to insert two Normal sized SIM cards and MicroSD card slot.
On the right edge, above the black strip, a small hardware button is present, which you slide to switch to power saving mode conveniently. Overall, the phone looks and feels good but there is nothing particularly impressive about it.
The Display is 5 inches in size and bears qHD 960 x 540 resolution. The display is not very sharp and not very bright either, but the viewing angles are good. The colors and contrast ratio are ok as well. There is no Gorilla glass protection or smudge resistant coating on the display either.
Processor and RAM
At a price where you can bargain for MediaTek Octa core chipset, Philips is offering MT6582 budget quad core backed by 1 GB RAM. The same chipset is selling in phones like Micromax Unite 2 for a much lower price. MT6582 is a good quad core chipset and works well with basic usage.
Camera and Internal Storage
The primary camera has an 8 MP sensor and is supported by LED flash. The camera was an average shooter and it wouldn’t be wise to expect much from it. In our trial shots with the device, we didn’t see much noise in the images. The front 2 MP camera is again an average shooter which can be used for basic video calling and selfies.
The internal storage is only 4 GB and that is disappointing at this price range. You can use secondary MicroSD card storage for expansion up to 32 GB and can also transfer apps to MicroSD card.
User Interface and Battery
User interface is mostly stock Android 4.2 jelly bean with some customized icons. With several manufacturers providing Android 4.4 KitKat below 10,000 INR, Philips has nothing to flaunt in this segment either.
The battery is the highlight of this device. Philips promises up to 33 hours of talk time, 1604 hours of Standby time and 16 hours of web browsing experience, which is quite high. It sounds at par with flagship phones like LG G2. If you are looking for extreme battery back up in sub 20K price range, you can also consider Lenovo P780.
Philips W6610 Photo Gallery
Philips W6610 is strictly meant for those looking for extremely high battery backup and basic general purpose usage. The hardware seems slightly dated for the asking price and perhaps it would be a better option to buy a battery bank or portable charger. Philips W6610 has been priced at Rs. 20,650 INR and we expect the best buy price to be far lesser.