Spice Stellar Mi 526 review: Performance well but battery poor

Aug 12 2014, 12:01 IST
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Spice Stellar Mi 526  Android 4.4.2 KitKat smartphone is priced at Rs 11,499. Spice Stellar Mi 526 Android 4.4.2 KitKat smartphone is priced at Rs 11,499.
SummarySpice Stellar Mi 526 priced at Rs 11,499; firm tries to deliver...

Spice Retail Limited launched its first hexa-core powered smartphone, called Stellar Mi-526, this July. The company aims to provide a premium experience at an affordable price with its Stellar Mi-526. Here’s an in-depth review of it.

Key Specs: 5-inch on cell IPS HD display (1280 x 720), 1.5 GHz hexa-core processor, Mali 450 MP4 600 Mhz GPU, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory expandable up to 32 GB, 8 MP rear camera, 3.2 MP front camera, dual SIM (regular + mini), 2500 mAh battery, Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Price: Rs. 11,499

Design: Spice is successful in adding a premium feel to its Stellar Mi 526. Despite the body being mostly made of plastic, the Stellar Mi 526 doesn’t give the feel of cheap plastic at all. The brushed aluminium paint job at the back along with the metallic rim surrounding the glass, which covers the entire front-side, gives it a premium look.

Featuring an irremovable battery design, the device has a good build quality. At the front, it sports a 3.2 MP camera along with the three regular Android navigation capacitive touch buttons at the bottom. On the back side, the smartphone mounts an 8 MP snapper with flash at the top and speaker vents at the bottom. The camera compartment (which can be opened) hides two SIM card slots (SIM 1: regular, SIM2: mini) and a micro-SD memory card slot.

Spice Stellar Mi-526-design

The top surface has a 3.5 mm earphone port while the bottom surface has the micro USB charging port. The right hand side has the volume rocker keys and power/sleep button.

The Stellar Mi 526 measures 143.6 x 71.7 x 8.8 mm and weighs 162 grams. The device can be considered thin and light weight. Despite being a 5-incher, you will have no problems carrying it in your pocket.

Display: Sharp and vibrant. The 5-inch HD one cell IPS display does a great job. The viewing angles are good. Indoors, you will have no complains with the display at all. However, once you step outside, the screen literally turns into a mirror! To make calls or read messages, you will have to find some sort of shadow. Even then, the visibility is poor. The screen will disappoint you under direct sunlight. The display of the Stellar Mi 526 is better indoors or best when it’s a dark room. Overall, for average users, you might get

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