It is no longer necessary to pick the latest device from an Apple, Samsung or Microsoft to impress our friends and colleagues. True, they might boast of the best specifications in town along with beautiful aesthetics, but
offerings from homegrown handset makers are equally tempting. Take for instance the first 4G smartphone from Videocon Mobile Phones. The Z55 Krypton is a perfect blend of design and specs offering premium and stylish looks. The pocket friendly device is priced at R7,999 and is competing in a very crowded entry-level smartphone segment. Can it be a value for money handset in this category? Let us find out.
Videocon Mobile Phones is a consumer-centric brand and (with its newly launched mobile phone) its endeavour is to offer fast 4G LTE connectivity, good Android experience and robust connectivity. Company folks inform that their new offering is a best value smart device for emerging youth consumers who want to upgrade to a more fast and powerful smartphone with 4G connectivity, extended memory and good camera capabilities.
The Z55 Krypton is a dual-SIM smartphone that supports 4G connectivity. Its black colour body gives a glossy finish and it does not leave fingerprints on the body. The phone does not have sharp edges anywhere and has curved corners. It comes with 13 MP front camera and latest Android Lollipop 5.1 to make the smartphone experience engaging for today’s hyper-connected consumers.
Encased in chirpy youth-oriented design, the phone has a 5-inch HD IPS screen. The backside of the smartphone is crafted with Dragon Trail X anti-scratch glass to protect the device from scratches. Probing the innards, the Z55 Krypton is backed by 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal memory to enjoy fast internet connectivity without any hassle. The handset is powered by 1.3 GHz Quad Core processor that makes the Android experience very smooth. Take my word, this hardware is decent enough to run Android Lollipop 5.1 smoothly and with minimal lag.
The Android Lollipop operating system includes a host of new features, a visual overhaul and numerous under-the-hood improvements. That means it’s faster, more efficient, and easier on your battery. It also works perfectly with all your favourite Google apps. Like I mentioned earlier, the Z55 supports high-speed 4G networks for the fastest data connectivity—enabling you to enjoy websites, apps, and games at their best.
In my week-long assessment, I can confidently back the company’s point of view that their new offering can be an ideal companion for youngsters looking for their first 4G smartphone. The
device is high on looks and is equipped with a 5 MP front camera to snap good quality selfies and enjoy clear video calling. Offering a long lasting connectivity, the device comes packaged with a powerful 2200 mAh battery and various network and utilities features like Bluetooth, GPS, Skype, V-Secure, Wi-Fi, dual SIM, FM radio and others.
During the testing, I didn’t encounter any issue with its touch response. The camera quality is good enough, the call quality of the device is crisp and clear at both ends. Browsing the internet on the device, watching videos, etc runs well on the Z55. You can even run flash heavy websites once you have downloaded flash from the Android market place. As far as apps go, Android is the best place to go as there are thousands of apps to choose from and most of them are free apps.
All in all, the device feels sturdy and is a decent performer. It can be a great choice for youth consumers who want to upgrade to a more fast and powerful smartphone.
Display: 12.7 cm (5-inch) HD IPS display
Processor: 1.3 GHz Quad Core
Operating system: Android Lollipop 5.1
Memory & storage: 1 GB RAM; 8 GB ROM
Camera: 13 MP primary camera, 5 MP secondary camera
SIM type: Dual SIM
Estimated street price: Rs 7,999