After Arya Z2, Salora international today introduced its Arya A1 Plus smartphone in India, which is one of the low priced budget contenders that offers more value than its asking price, at least on paper. We got to spend some time with Arya A1 Plus at the launch event in New Delhi, India and here are our initial impressions.
Salora Arya Z1 Plus Quick Specs
- Display Size: 4.5 Inch HD IPS LCD, 960 x 540, 245 PPI
- Processor: 1.3 GHz Quad Core MT6582A processor with Mali 400 MP2 GPU
- RAM: 1 GB
- Software Version: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
- Camera: 5 MP camera, Capable of 720p video recording
- Secondary Camera: 2 MP
- Internal Storage: 8 GB
- External Storage: MicroSD support up to 32 GB
- Battery: 2000 mAh
- Connectivity: HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth , aGPS, Micro USB 2.0
Salora Arya A1+ Unboxing, Hands on Review, Price, Camera, Gaming, Features and Overview [Video]
Design, Build and Display
The 4.5 inch display and associated footprint makes this phone easier to handle, even though it is not the lightest or slimmest device in its class. Arya A1 Plus is plastic build phone with chrome finished edges and a circular perforated speaker grill at the back. The hardware buttons provide good feedback, and the software keys below the display are not backlit. It doesn’t feel like a premium smartphone, but it is well built device. We have no complains with the build quality at this price point.
The IPS LCD OGS display has good viewing angles and colors. Since a plastic scratch guard was pre-installed on the device, the touch didn’t feel butter smooth. qHD resolution didn’t seem scarce on the 4.5 Inch display.
Processor and RAM
Chipset is the standard MT6582A with 1 GB RAM, which is same as what we saw on Arya Z2. Out of 1 GB RAM around 600 MB was free on first boot.The chipset performed very well on Arya Z2 and the performance is expected to be same on Arya A1 Plus as well. The chipset has been used in most budget quad cores this year and is a decent overall performer.
Camera and Internal Storage
The rear 5 MP camera on Arya A1 Plus is one of the good 5 MP units that we have come across. In our initial testing, the camera seemed at par with that used in Android One Phones. It is not perfect and we didn’t expect it to be either at this price range.
Internal storage is 8 GB and out of which around 5.9 GB is available on first boot. You can also use up to 32 GB secondary SD card storage space. There is option to check SD card as default storage disk as well.
User Interface and Battery
For now, Arya A1 Plus is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat with light customizations, but Arya assures Android Lollipop OTA upgrade sometime later. The interface is smooth and light and we didn’t notice any interface lag in our initial time with the device.
Battery capacity is 2000 mAh which sound good enough in this price segment. Since Salora hasn’t shared any usage stats it’s hard to predict or estimate practical backup you can extract from it. We will reserve our verdict till we have spent some more time with the device.
Salora Arya A1 Plus Photo Gallery
Salora Arya A1 Plus looks like a decent entry level smartphone. One year back this would have qualified as a 10,000 INR smartphone, but with increasing competition, this seems as good as it gets on paper. In practice as well, Salora Arya A1 Plus turned out to be a well build quad core smartphone which will be a tough competition to beat in its class. The phone is available for pre-order on Amazon.in and will start shipping in the next couple of days for 5,499 INR.