Backstreet Boys' iconic song spoke about mistakes and heartaches, but somehow, it resonates with millennials today who wish for one of many things from their smart phones. Each of us wants it our own way. While some of us are suckers for good design, a few are driven by value and the rest of us pay attention to the math behind camera sensors and batteries. This festive season, there's something for each of us. Here's a quick roundup:
Oppo Reno 2: A piece of art
The difference between a Rs 6,000 Titan watch and a Rs 30,000 from Michael Kors is usually not about what it does. It lies in the experience, right from the leather box packaging, the subtle use of tasteful colours, and a sense of pride in owning and unboxing it every time you wish to wear it. The Oppo Reno 2 gives you a similar experience with a smart phone. What immediately catches your attention is the larger than usual box it comes in -- almost double the size of a regular phone box. The combination of grey and silver in the packaging is accentuated by a cryptic image of the back panel, with the camera module. Inside the phone is placed in the top compartment while the charger is tucked nicely at the bottom. This is just the start. What sets this device apart, is its glass back, where the camera bump is non-existent, thanks to some clever engineering. Nothing juts out of the panel and the camera module is placed right in the centre of the device, each lens making a tasteful pothole. The front 16MP camera shark fin pop up adds more swag to the design.
The Reno 2 is the first device from Oppo with a quad camera setup (48MP primary + 8MP wide angle + 13MP telephoto + 2MP portrait lens) and comes with 5X hybrid zoom, an ultra-dark mode and bokeh effects for videos. It is powered by the Snapdragon 730G processor and a 4000mAh battery. Available in blue and black, Oppo has also launched alongside, the Reno 2Z, with a regular pop-up camera with similar specs. While the Reno 2 is available at Rs 36,990, the 2Z sells at Rs 29,990, both with 8GB + 256 GB. It is a steal if you value good design!
Lenovo K10 Note: All-in-one wonder
Recently, Lenovo launched in India, three devices, one each in the Z, K, and A series respectively. The one that caught our fancy was the middle one -- the K 10 note. With its clever mix of specs and performance, the K 10 Note is the all-in-one phone that does everything you want, with optimal efficiency. Powered by the Snapdragon 710 processor, this device comes with a 4050mAh battery and camera specs of 16MP + 8MP + 5MP (back) and 16MP (front), the K 10 Note has minimalist design, with easy hand feel and a tiny little notch which adds to the sleekness of the device.
The OS experience is very close to stock Android, with just enough bells and whistles, along with smooth game-play options. Priced at Rs 13,999 (4 GB + 64 GB), and Rs 15,999 (6 GB + 128 GB), the K 10 Note is your perfect middle order batsman for stability and performance. If you fancy a quad camera setup, you can pick up the Z6 Pro, with liquid cooling for better gaming, at Rs 33,999.
Tecno Spark Go : Value be mine?
An 8MP primary camera with dual flash, a 5MP selfie camera, a 6.1 inches dot notch screen, with an exclusive video chat beauty mode -- the Tecno Spark is indeed a phone that has caught the pulse of the 'other' India, that is Bharat. Branded as made-in-India, made-for-India, the Spark Go joins an elite club of phones , value-conscious and oozing with aspiration. Techno Spark Go is priced at Rs 5499, making it the most affordable device to feature face unlock, a proximity sensor, and Android 9 out of the box. Powered by the MediaTek Helio A22 processor, the Techno Spark Go comes with a separate memory slot in addition to a dual SIM module. Small but sensible features that a price sensitive customer will fall in love with!