With Energy 653, Phicomm intends to compete in the hot and happening entry level Android market. The new Phicomm smartphones pushes the spec envelop, but compromises are very much part of the game when the price tag is this low. So is a good buy for those restricted by an under 5K budget? Let’s find out.

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Phicomm Energy 653 Specs

  • Display Size: 5 Inch IPS LCD Display with 1280 x 720 HD Resolution
  • Processor: 1.2 GH GHz Quad Core Snapdragon  210 processor with Adreno 304 GPU
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Software Version: Android 5.1 lollipop
  • Camera: 8 MP, AF camera with LED flash , F/2.4 aperture
  • Secondary Camera: 2 MP Front facing camera
  • Internal Storage:  8 GB
  • External Storage:  Yes, up to 64 GB
  • Battery: 2230 mAh
  • Connectivity:  3G/4G LTE, HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, GPS,  Dual SIM

Question – Does Phicomm Energy 653 have Corning Gorilla Glass Protection?

Answer –  No, Gorilla Glass protection is not present. A scratch guard comes bundled inside the box.

Question – How is the Display on Phicomm Energy 653?

Answer –  Display is better than what we are used to seeing on under 5K smartphones. There is 720p HD sharpness, good viewing angles and decent outdoor visibility to appreciate and benefit from.

Question – How is the Design and Build Quality?

Answer –  Energy 653 looks familiar and similar to generic low budget Chinese smartphones. The back cover is made of glossy plastic with symmetrically placed Camera module, LED flash and secondary mic on the top left, and speaker grill close to the bottom. There is nothing particularly exciting going on on the front surface either. The touch glass is prone to smudges and is lined by three capacitive keys below it. What works in its favour is that the handset is reasonably slim and light, and feels pretty comfortable when held in hand.

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Question – How is the software?

Answer – Sowtware is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop and is close to stock android ROM. Another good part is that bloatware has been kept in check. The default trebuchet app launcher isn’t something we like, and we had to replace it with a third party launcher for better efficiency on day one itself.

Question – What is the SAR Value?

Answer –  0.856 W/Kg@10g (Full details not specified)

Question – Are the capacitive navigation keys backlit?

Answer – No, the navigation buttons are not backlit, but do have haptic feedback.

Question – Is there any heating issue in Phicomm Energy P653?

Answer –  We haven’t experienced any abnormal heating so far.

Question – What comes inside the Box?

Answer – 1.0 A Charger, documentation, Plastic screen protector and USB cable are present in the box. Headphones are not present.

Question – What size SIM card is supported?

Answer –  Both SIM card slots accept Micro SIM cards. Both SIM card slots support 4G Connectivity.

Question – Does it have LED notification light?

Answer – No, LED notification light is not present.

Question – How much is Free Storage?

Answer – Out of 8GB, 5GB is available at user end. Apps can be transferred to SD card as well.

Question – Does it support USB OTG?

Answer –  No, USB OTG is not supported.

Question – How much is free RAM on first boot?

Answer – Out of 1GB, around 500MB RAM is free on first boot.

Question – How is the Camera Quality?

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Answer – Once again – keeping the price tag in mind – the rear 8MP camera can click some decent shots in outdoor lighting, though long shots often felt under exposed. The performance holds reasonably well in indoor lighting as well. The front 2MP selfie shooter is also better than what we had expected.

Question – How is the performance?

Answer – Though Phicomm has trimmed down the UI, the performance is still nothing to be excited about. At times, apps take too long to open and high end gaming wasn’t smooth either. The handset scored 17105 on Antutu and 46.2 Fps on Nenamarks.

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Question – How many sensors does Phicomm Energy 653 have?

Answer –  You can see the full list in the image below.

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Question – How loud is Loudspeaker?

Answer – Loudspeaker loudness is good but not great. Sound quality from headphones is good.

Question – How is the battery backup?

Answer – The battery can last for one day with light usage, but moderate and aggressive users should keep an eye out for charging points through their day.

Conclusion

Phicomm Energy P653 is good device for very basic first time users, who are strictly looking for Android experience under 5000 INR. For another 2K extra, you can get a better deal with phones like Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime and Yu Yuphoria

 

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