If you are looking to buy an inexpensive device with good performance, you are probably the ideal Indian consumer and surrounded by companies like Mi, Honor, Motorola and Lenovo. The brands mentioned have captured the market so well that it makes it really difficult for any new brand, like InFocus, to enter the mid-range segment. Well Flipkart thinks they've finally cracked the code. The e-commerce giant is ready to launch its first smart phone: Billion Capture +. The device brings many familiar experiences and tries to perfect them in the best possible way. And at its competitive price, the device actually ends up offering much more than you'd expect. So if you're someone looking for their next mid-range device, read on as we bring you our in-depth review of Billion Capture +:
Billion Capture + Specifications
Before we get to the review part, let's get the specs out there. The device comes with pretty good hardware, which you can see below:
|Monitor||5.5 inch Full HD (1920x1080p) IPS at 401 ppi|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa Core ARM Cortex 2.0 GHz A53|
|GPU||Qualcomm Adreno 506|
|RAM||3 / 4GB|
|Storage||32 / 64GB|
|Primary camera||Dual 13 + 13MP cameras with portrait mode|
|Secondary chamber||8 MP|
|Battery||3500 mAh non-removable lithium ion battery|
|OS||Android 7.1.2 (Turrn)|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor|
|Connectivity||WiFi-802.11 b / g / n; Bluetooth-v4.1|
|Price||Rs. 10, 999/12, 999|
What's in the box
The Billion Capture + features simple and decent packaging. The sliding box packaging adds a nice touch, and the box compartment spaces are more than enough. The box has almost everything you would expect from a device at this price, including:
- Trillion Capture + (mystical black color)
- USB Type-C cable
- Quick Charge 2.0 charger
- Sim Ejection Tool
- Screen protector (pre-applied to earphone)
- OLA Pass for 10 free rides
- Quick start guide
Design and build quality
Flipkart has played very safe in terms of product design. Capture + looks a lot like its competitorsnamely the Redmi Note 4 and Honor 7X. On the back, you will find the dual camera settings at the top accompanied by the dual-tone flash. Then follows the fingerprint sensor in the middle, and finally there's some mark on the bottom half of the device. There is a 3.5mm jack on the top of the device and a USB Type-C port on the bottom. Both the volume control and the power button are conveniently located on the right side of the device, while the left side houses the hybrid SIM card tray.
The phone has a milled aluminum back, with a plastic upper and lower frame . By no means does the device feel cheap. In fact, it has one of the strongest constructions, at least in its price segment. The edges of the device are curved, and accompanied by the aluminum edges provide a good grip. That said, the back, despite its premium appearance, is a fingerprint magnet. Yes, I admit that things are not as bad as a glass back, but still, the matte finish of the device attracts a lot of fingerprints. Still, has one of the best build qualities, based on a design that has proven successful in this price segment.
Capture + has a 5.5-inch (1920 * 1080) Full HD LCD screen with 401 PPI. The screen looks absolutely beautiful thanks to its rich pixel quality. For its price, the Capture + actually has a big screen, It is distributed throughout its frame fairly evenly.
The brightness levels of the device are good. While you may not be entirely satisfied with outdoor use, the brightness setting should suffice in most cases. However, during my time with the device I encountered a problem. If Adaptive Brightness is enabled, the device will wake up in an unusual way. The device wakes up to a reduced setting screen and then automatically adjusts to the normal brightness setting. I'm not sure it's a problem with the sensor or the display. Apart from that, the screen of the device works quite well. Also comes with Ambient display function, which allows the device to wake up each time a new notification is received. In my use, I found it to be quite a useful feature.
Capture + comes with the Android experience, without any modification. The device ships with some pre-installed apps, including Flipkart, Myntra, PhonePe, SonyLIV, and Microsoft Office. Although these applications do not affect the performance of the phones, the user does not have the option to uninstall any of them. However, it is not a big problem, because most of them are apps that people use a lot in India.
Apart from these few applications, everything is kept simple, and as is. The device ships with Android 7.1.2 and things are kept fairly straightforward. The fingerprint sensor on this device works relatively well and is much more agile than those found on Honor devices. That being said, considering it's located at the rear, I would have loved to have had some gestures associated with the device.
Capture + presents the original Pixel Launcher. If you are someone who has been using Android, Capture + should not feel any different. Capture + is one of those devices that offers a user interface that just works. and it should be good enough for most users.
If you're looking in the mid-range price segment, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 is by far the most popular SoC in the world. And rightly so, the same has been used in Capture + as well. The SoC works as expected, providing agile performance at all times. The Octa Core processor along with the decent Adreno 506 GPU works well, and the apps and games work decently well.
While the device can't handle heavy games like Asphalt 8 or Mortal Kombat, the device can run games like Shadow Fight 2 relatively well. The apps opened almost immediately, and there seemed to be almost zero delays. The 3 / 4GB RAM provided with the device directly competes with many of the flagship devices and proves to be more than enough to perform decent multitasking. Optimizing the app is great, and even Android's split-screen mode looks great on the device.
While I'm not a huge reference point fan, there are people who really like to trust them. Well, the + capture is done decently on most of the benchmarks out there. I ran Antutu and Geekbench on the device, and the scores were good enough . In fact, the scores were better than those of the Redmi Note 4 and Lenovo K8 Plus and comparable to those of the more expensive Mi A1.
That being said, I would continue to suggest to the general consumer not to trust the benchmarks as much, as no user will really push the device to those limits in real-life use. In terms of real-world performance, Capture + is by no means a disappointment.
The recent trend of dual cameras has also followed Capture +. It features a dual 13MP + 13MP main configuration, consisting of an RGB sensor coupled with a monochrome sensor. The cameras work well and it's great to see Flipkart follow the dual camera path, because Capture + provides a decent dual camera setup for the masses. Here are some photos we take:
Normal camera mode manages to click decent images. Low-light shooting is also good, and it's on par with its competitors. It also has a "Supernight" mode., which captures images at a slower shutter speed and higher ISO, to ensure well-lit images. It works well.
Portrait mode is here and it works well enough to give you those fantastic bokeh shots. Take a look at some portraits we took:
The front camera, on the other hand, works decently. The 8MP sensor is as good as it gets in this price range. The images are quite clear and bright. Autofocus is nice, and there's an additional Selfie Flash that basically makes the entire screen white and bright to make your face look brighter.
Also, both camera modes have a Pro mode, which allows you to manually set the ISO and exposure. In general, the device's camera works well.
When it comes to connectivity, Capture + has a Dual-SIM hybrid slot. You can use two 4G SIM cards or exchange the secondary SIM card for a micro-SD card. Capture + supports expandable storage up to 128GB, which is pretty good.
But what distinguishes this device from its competitors is the including a USB Type-C port. While Type C is inevitably becoming the standard today, it is still rare for a mid-range to present it.
The Capture + comes with a 3500mAH mammoth battery. In my device trial period, the device never disappointed me. It lasted easily more than a day and a half in the use of media, which included checking emails, communicating with my team via Quip, making occasional late calls home, lots of Twitter and Instagram, and finally, playing around with 8 Ball Pool. Optimizing the background app works fine, and I never saw myself running around a charger to replenish the juice on the device.
Oh, and on the second day, when I had to charge my device, Thanks to the included QC 2.0 charger, the device quickly charged from 0 to 100% in approximately 100 minutes.
Developed by tronX
The most unique thing about this device is that it is powered by tronX. If you are not familiar with tronX, it is a product of Smartron, which is one of the biggest names in the Internet of Things (IoT) market. It allows the user to easily manage and control all the smart devices around him with the ease of his smart phone. In addition, the tronX application included with Capture + also has its own Gallery application, which allows the user to back up their images and videos to Smartron's online storage. While it remains to be seen how well tronX will be implemented in the current crop of smart devices in the Indian market, it is definitely a step in the right direction, something that, as an IoT fan, I really admire.
Billion Capture +: Nothing new
Billion Capture + is Flipkart's first attempt at the smart phone business, and I must say that the device works very well. While it doesn't really bring anything new to the table for the current crop of midsize rangers, it does improve a few things that other companies haven't really been able to perfect. Having previously used the Mi A1, I can easily say that I would much prefer the Capture +, simply for its highly competitive pricing, which starts at Rs. 10,999, along with the familiar Android experience
- Stock Android Experience
- Robust build quality
- USB Type-C
- Excellent battery life
- Developed by tronX
- Average camera performance
Billions catch + review: appearances are deceiving
Capture + is one of those devices that you might want to skip thanks to its simple and basic appearance, but trust me, it is one of the best devices in its price range. The build quality is excellent, it feels strong to hold in your hand and the Snapdragon 625 performs as expected. Flipkart, along with Billion, has played fairly safe in producing a device that doesn't bring anything new to the table, but instead focuses on trying to perfect everything expected of an ideal mid-range. In addition to the average camera, the device has managed to check all the boxes.
Buy Billion Capture +: (Rs. 10, 999 for 3GB / 64GB, Rs. 12, 999 for 4GB / 64GB)