Back in April, a new smartphone brand called Obi Mobiles popped from nowhere claiming that it will be devices at affordable price brackets. Following the same, the vendor has announced the launch of its first smartphone dubbed Octopus S520 with an octa-core processor bearing a price tag of Rs 11,990. The handset will be available exclusively available via online retailer Snapdeal and will come with a free flip cover, screen guard and in-ear headset. If you are hunting for a reasonably priced octa-core device, here is a quick review for the Octopus S520.

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Camera and Internal Storage

The Octopus S520 arrives with a good camera set for its pricing as it includes an 8 MP main camera sensor that is teamed up with LED flash for better low-light photography and FHD 1080p video shooting capabilities. This camera is paired with a standard 2 MP front-facing shooter that can make good quality video calls and click gorgeous looking self portrait shots. Compared to the other smartphones in this price bracket, this camera definitely sounds good.

The smartphone bundles 8 GB of default storage space that can in turn be expanded by another 32 GB with the help of a micro SD card. The inclusion of 8 GB of storage is definitely a good job by the maker and not many smartphones in this price range arrive with such storage options.

Processor and Battery

The Obi offering makes use of a 1.7 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor that is used by most devices launched in the budget price bracket. It is also claimed to be the world’s first octa-core processor that utilizes all the eight cores for superior performance. A 1 GB of RAM joins the processor in delivering superior multi-tasking capabilities.

The battery on the smartphone is a 1,800 mAh unit that should be capable of pumping in only a moderate backup to the device. This meager battery will make the Octopus S520 a weak contender compared to its rivals.

Display and Features

The Octopus S520 comes with the standard 5 inch display packing a HD screen resolution of 1280×720 pixels. This roughly translates to a pixel density of 293 ppi that is average. But, the other offerings in this price range arrive with lower resolution making the phone a better offering.

The Obi phone is fueled by Android 4.4 KitKat operating system and it packs connectivity aspects such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS and dual SIM functionality.

Comparison

The Octopus S520 will enter a direct rivalry with other octa-core phones such as Wickedleak Wammy Neo Youth, Xiaomi Redmi Note and iBerry Auxus Nuclea X.

Key Specs

Model Octopus S520
Display 5 inch, HD
Processor 1.7 GHz Octa Core MediaTek MT6592
RAM 1 GB
Internal Storage 8 GB, Expandable up to 32 GB
OS Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera 8 MP/ 2 MP
Battery 1,800 mAh
Price Rs 11,990

What we Like

  • Competitive pricing of handset
  • Capable octa-core processor

What we Dislike

  • Battery Capacity Doesn’t appear very promising

Price and Conclusion

The Octopus S520 from Obi is a good offering in the sub Rs 12,000 price range with impressive specifications. It would definitely be a good value for money device, as it comes with freebies including flip cover, screen guard and headset. Though the handset has amazing aspects for its pricing, there are a slew of rivals that already exist in the market and hence, the acceptance of the device by the consumers is questionable.

With company’s like Xiaomi, ASUS and Motorola taking budget market by storm and already established players like Micromax, Xolo and Karbonn fighting hard to save their turf, Lesser known brands like Obi will face several challenges in order to establish themselves.

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