Salora Arya A1: Good but not the best

By: | Published: February 26, 2015 12:05 AM

Salora’s Arya A1 Plus is a decent entry-level phone that offers good specs.

Without doubt, almost all consumer electronics players are trying to capture a piece of the growing smartphones market and Salora International is no exception. With its recent offerings, the company is trying to be a part of the more competitive entrant smartphones market in India. Today we dissect the new Arya A1 Plus.

Design, size and build quality: The design, look and feel of the phone is its strongest suite. The phone is a little heavy and feels good in the hand. It measures 133 x 65.8 x 9.7 mm and weighs in a few grams but Salora has not compromised anything considering its price tag. The phone has a thick metal side panel that gives it durability while the back panel has a matte finish and looks classy. The power button on the right hand side and the volume rocker on the left are made of metal. The volume rocker has got a different design—unlike in other phones, here the up and down buttons of the volume rocker are two separate entities. The 3.5 mm jack and the micro USB port are at the top.

Display, camera and sound:

Being a 4.5 inch display bearing smartphone, the Salora Arya A1 Plus is quite light and small. It has a qHD or 540 x 960 pixels resolution, which is same as a 5 inch display having HD resolution. Though the brightness levels are not enough for bright outdoors but the screen has a good touch response. The Salora Arya A1 Plus has a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera. The primary camera performance is better than most budget devices but cannot be termed extraordinary. Also it is accompanied by a Flash so it scores a whole lot more than a brownie point here as most budget devices don’t come with one. Sound output was fairly good in the device. With proper headphones, the phone’s music can be a clincher in this category.

Hardware and performance: The Arya ships with a 1.3 GHz

Mediatek 6582 quad core processor, Mali 400 GPU and 1 GB RAM. Out of 1 GB RAM around 600 MB was free on first boot. This chipset has been used in most budget quad cores this year and is a decent overall performer. Coming to gaming, the

device managed to run Beach Buggy Racing, Temple Run 2, and even Real Steel, all of which have decent graphics. In a nutshell, it is good for mid and low end graphics but not for high end games which is quite expected considering its price tag.

Operating system and storage: The Arya A1 Plus runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat with light customisations, but the company has assured a Android Lollipop OTA upgrade sometime soon. The interface is smooth and light and faced no lags. Internal storage on the device 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. It has even the ability to handle external storage devices like pen drives via a USB OTG cable.

Battery: The only thing Salora should have done better is with respect to the battery. It sports a 2000 Li-Ion battery. For a 4.5 inch display bearing smartphone, a 2000 mAh battery is simply not enough. The phone barely managed to run for the whole day if used throughout—mostly heavy activities like gaming and using maximum brightness. But for a normal usage, the device can last more than a day’s charge.

Verdict: Definitely needs more battery but other than that, a decent entry-level phone that offers good specs, especially storage and a Flash for the camera which is not seen in most rivals. If anyone wants a new phone that is sturdy, modest looks and is a complete package, then

Salora would be the one.

Estimated street price: R5,499

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