Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart has now decided to step into the smartphone business and launched its first ever smartphone Billion Capture+ recently. The phone is now available on sale, starting at a price of Rs. 10,999.
One of the highlights of the Billion Capture+ is its dual camera system on the back at an affordable price. The phone sports a 13MP dual rear camera at the back and features a metal body, stock Android 7.1 Nougat, octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor and up to 4GB RAM.
Understandably, you may interested to know how the Flipkart Billion Capture+ fares in real life. We were too, and here are our first impressions of the first Flipkart smartphone.
Flipkart Billion Capture+ Specifications
|Key Specifications||Flipkart Billion Capture+|
|Display||5.5-inch IPS LCD display|
|Screen Resolution||Full HD, 1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Operating System||Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|Expandable Storage||Up to 128GB via microSD card|
|Primary Camera||Dual 13MP cameras with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and dual-tone flash|
|Sim Card Type||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM)|
|Price||3GB/32GB- Rs. 10,999
4GB/64GB- Rs. 12,999
The Billion Capture+ combines metal, glass and plastic – the back is covered in metal for the most part, with plastic on the top and bottom for antenna bands. On the front, the display is protected by a 2.5D curved glass with chamfered edges on the frame. Flipkart is offering the phone in two colours – Mystic Black and Desert Gold.
On the back side, there is dual camera module, LED flash and a fingerprint scanner below the camera which is accessible easily.
On the front, you get three capacitive navigation buttons below the display. The front camera with flash and other sensors are placed above the display.
Coming to the sides, the Billion Capture+ sports the volume rockers and power button on the right side. A SIM tray which can be used 2 Nano-SIM cards and a microSD card is placed at the left side of the phone.
You get the USB Type C port and speaker grills at the bottom and a 3.5mm earphone jack on the top.
The Billion Capture+ features a 5.5 Full HD 2.5 curved glass display with 1920×1080 pixels resolution. Colour reproduction of the LCD panel is good and the display is bright enough in all lighting conditions. Although it doesn’t come with Corning Gorilla Glass, Flipkart has used Dragontrail glass for protecting the display.
One of the main USPs of the Billion Capture+ is its dual camera setup at an affordable price. The dual camera setup consists of two 13MP sensors among which one is regular RGB sensor and other is a monochrome sensor. Other features include f/2.0 aperture, dual tone LED flash and PDAF.
The dual camera of the phone offers Bokeh effect or the depth of field in pictures along with a Portrait mode. The phone also offers Super Night mode for low light conditions. On papers, the camera looks good and also click some good pictures. There is an 8MP front camera as well.
We will cover full details about the camera performance in our detailed review, but on first impressions, the Billion Capture+ cameras worked well enough.
Hardware and Storage
The Billion Capture+ is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clocked at 2.0 GHz with Adreno 506 GPU. Memory wise, the phone comes in two variants- there is 3GB RAM base variant and the higher variant has 4GB of RAM. Internal storage is 32GB for base variant, and 64GB for the top variant.
There are the decent specs again for a budget phone. With this hardware, the Billion Capture+ looks promising. Unlike other phones in this segment, Flipkart has not compromised on specifications for a camera, which is good. In our initial testing, the phone performed quite smoothly – using stock Android also helps in this regard.
Software and Performance
The Billion Capture+ comes with stock Android 7.1 which is nice. This means that the phone will perform optimally on a software level. Moreover, Flipkart has also confirmed that the phone will get the Android 8.0 Oreo update.
Performance wise, the Billion Capture+ actually performs well and shows no noticeable lag while using the device for moderate tasks.
However, after a constant usage of 15 minutes or so such as camera, video streaming or heavy gaming, the phone started heating up a little. However, overall, we were not disappointed by the performance of the Billion Capture+ during our initial testing.
Battery and Connectivity
In terms of battery, the Billion Capture+ is powered by a 3,500 mAh non-removable battery. The company claims it gets charged for 7 hours of usage in just 15 mins thanks to Quick Charge support.
Connectivity options include dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Type-C port, 3.5mm jack, and GPS.
The Billion Capture+ features a premium metal body, FHD display, decent hardware and good camera. So, the phone looks good with such features and despite being the first phone from the Flipkart, a brand many people trust in India, it may perform well in the market.
Also, with such aggressive pricing and without compromising too much in terms of hardware, Flipkart is doing what Xiaomi does with its devices. With Rs. 10,999 price tag it will compete with Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 which has same hardware but doesn’t have the dual camera.
You can buy the Flipkart Billion Capture+ now, starting at Rs. 10,999. As a part of launch day offers, Flipkart is offering an additional exchange discount of Rs. 1,000 on select phones, along with 10% discount on HDFC Bank credit and debit cards.