3 Mobile Phones to Keep Your Eyes on in Daraz Mobile Week

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With the commencement of Daraz Mobile Week of mobiles and the whole shebang, the average mobile enthusiasts may find themselves overwhelmed with choices. Our team at TechSathi couldn’t help but get into passionate arguments amongst ourselves, given so many phones as potential contenders, but so little money at hand (ha!). After a considerate influx of back and forth reasoning and rationalizations, which we contemplated upon, we present you, our take on the best contenders for your wallet. Since we’re obviously humans here (wink wink), we’ll try our best to pitch you some phones we think to provide pretty good value for money spent, in each respective classes.

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Also Read: What is Daraz Mobile Week?

We have decided to cater to three of our readers’ categories from Daraz Mobile week, namely, the Power User, the Economic Artisan, and the Budget Baron. So without further ado, we present you, our picks for each class of Mobile phone users:

The Power User – For those who know that might is right only when it’s priced right

Winner for Performance-First Phones from Daraz Mobile Week: Xiaomi Poco F1

We all are well aware high octane mobile computing needs a big wallet, you’re better off with a phone that’s all about raw processing, and features that pretty much speak for themselves.

Xiaomi Poco F1 is a phone where its features justify its price-point. With an Octa-core Kryo™ 385 CPU architecture, a top-of-the-shelf processor that clocks at a whopping 2.8 GHz processor, this bad boy can withstand the test of time for a while, making sure to run any applications without any hitches. Based on the Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon chipset, shipping an Adreno 630, it can boast to run graphics intensive routines, giving rise to eye-watering rendering, and smooth experience for its users. Sporting 6 gigs of RAM, this phone was made for folks who like to live life dangerously, wading from app to app, with no signs of the operating system slowing down, or experiencing any jitters. It comes with 64 gigs of internal storage, that makes sure you wouldn’t be running out of space anytime in a few years, trivializing the hassles of micromanaging your storage space – simply stow away what’s important to you, and never bother about how you go about it.

What’s special?

With a 6’ display, you’d find yourself hard pressed to squint whilst gazing at your screen, especially if you’re an attention-to-detail buff. With a capacitive Corning-Gorilla® Glass, you’d find your phone besting the elements, with its rugged screen that can outlast blows from heavy-blunt as well as sharp-pointed objects. You’d be surprised to the extents of durability tests this phone has undergone.

What’s really impressive about this phone is that it allows for arguably the crispest of photos, with its Dual 12 MP cameras, you could simply instill the moment you wish to capture directly to a digital form you could cherish forever.

Camera, Battery and Price

It also includes a formidable 20MP front camera, for all your ‘wefie’ needs – no one left behind! You could also engage yourselves in high-quality video calls; since it’ll make sure you’re presented at your best with your loved ones. Although battery could be better, it’s already sufficient for average day to day activities: Sitting at 4000mAh. Understandable, given as the phone is so feature-packed, something had to give, to make the phone nimble in your hands, and seamless for one-handed usage.

Currently being sold at Rs. 32,999, with a 13% discount from Daraz Mobile Week, this is one phone we believe you should absolutely have if you’re thinking of getting yourself an upgrade to your existing phone: we promise it’ll not fail to surprise you with its full-featured form-factor. It’s simply a phone crafted to plunder your wallet over.

Our Verdict: 4.7/5, quite easily our Editor’s choice. Battery could have been better, though.

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Detailed Specs

  • Model Number: Poco F1
  • Network Technology: GSM /WCDMA/ FDD-LTE /TDD-LTE
  • Body: 155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8 mm (6.12 x 2.96 x 0.35 in)
  • SIM Type: Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Display: 6.18 inches screen, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen,
  • Resolution: 2246 x 1080 FHD+, 1500:1 contrast ratio
  • OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10.2.3 POCO
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core Kryo 385
  • GPU: Adreno 630
  • Storage/Memory: 64 GB ROM / 6 GB RAM
  • Expandable Storage: microSD, Expandable up to 256 GB (uses shared SIM slot)
  • Rear Camera: Dual (12 MP, f/1.9, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF + 5 MP, f/2.0, 1.12µm, depth sensor12 MP, f/1.9, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF) / (Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama) / [Video:2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps]
  • Front Camera: 20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm / HDR / (Video:1080p@30fps)
  • Sound: Loudspeaker / 3.5mm Jack-(Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic)
  • Connectivity Technologies: WLAN(Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot) / Bluetooth(5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD) / GPS(with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS) / Radio(FM Radio) / USB(2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go)
  • Battery Capacity: Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
  • Sensor: Proximity Sensor / Gyroscope / Accelerometer / Electronic Compass / Vibration Motor / Hall Sensor / Ambient Light Sensor

The Artisan – For those who want to express themselves and call home, sometimes at the same time

Winner for Crispiest Photos Phones from Daraz Mobile Week: Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

Some of us are those wanderlusts, who don’t enjoy carrying a DSLR camera around just to enjoy with their friends. They value the freedom the camera strap withholds from them, but they still wish to capture moments that matter to them within a reasonable price-point. Having an apt budget, we wish for the best of both worlds: great value for money computing, paired with a price tag that isn’t epilepsy inducing.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 is a simply put, an anomaly in the market – you’re wondering what kind of mutation it underwent in the factory, where the engineers were probably going for a camera but put in a phone form factor for the giggles: Read on to find out why exactly below. Equipped with an Octa-core Kryo™ 260 clocking 2.2 GHz, you can expect this phone to keep its end of the bargain, for the price you shell out for it. Based on the Qualcomm 660 Snapdragon chipset, shipping an Adreno 512, you will be able to enjoy seamless graphics with it, with vivid graphics rendering. Featuring 3 gigs of RAM, the phone will be able to handle any resource demanding apps you’ll be throwing at it. Although a slight cut from its big brother, the Poco F1,32gigs of internal storage is still nothing to scoff at.

What’s in it?

Having a 6.3’ display, with a capacitive Corning-Gorilla® Glass touch screen, you’ll find your inner artist rejoicing on how reliable partner it makes for field expeditions, standing true to its claims of durability. Vivid colors, high res display, and excellent for one hand operation, it’s a well-rounded phone for folks constantly on the go.

Onto why you should actually buy this phone if you’re a photographic buff: It has a massive 48 MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and dual-LED flash, allowing for photographs that would put some flagship DLSRs to shame. It’s really not an understatement to say it’ll knock the argyle socks off some of your friends when they find out that the photo was taken from a phone. Although it’s not as robust for low light conditions, it’s excellent for outdoor photography and will produce photos that’ll make lasting memories happen.

Why to Buy this Phone?

Having a 13MP camera front camera, high-quality video calls and selfies will be of desirable resolution; although Poco F1 completely overshadows its sibling in this regard. The battery is pretty standard according to Redmi norms, at an apt 4000 mAh. It will last almost a full day for most folks, but if you’re into using a lot of resource intensive apps, perhaps games, you might find yourself running out of battery in a noticeable pace.

Currently being sold at Rs. 21,999, from Daraz Mobile Week, this is one phone we have a love-hate relationship with. Whilst it’s smart to get a separate DSLR, you’d still need to shell out money for a decently priced phone, and therein lies the problem, which Redmi Note 7 promises to fix for you: Without actually burning a hole through your wallet, of course. Having a decent phone to capture your fun times with friends whilst sharing them immediately without heading home to process those images first comes at a great bargain, is a sentiment that is probably shared by our readers, as well.

Our Verdict:

4.45/5, a favorite of yours truly. If you’re into recreational photography, TechSathi wholeheartedly recommends this as a nice entry-level phone. Battery, like its beefier cousin, could have been better, although we complain about anything below 5000 mAh.

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Detailed Specs

  • Brand: Xiaomi
  • Model Number: Redmi Note 7
  • Network Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • Body Dimension: 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm (6.27 x 2.96 x 0.32 in)
  • SIM Type: Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Display: 6.3 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260)
  • GPU: Adreno 512
  • Storage/Memory:3GB RAM /32GB ROM
  • Rear Camera: 48 MP, f/1.8, 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF + 5 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor/ Features: Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama/ Video:1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
  • Front Camera: 13 MP, f/2.2, 1.25µm / HDR / Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Sound: Loudspeaker / 3.5mm Jack-(Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic)
  • Connectivity Technologies: WLAN(Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot) / Bluetooth(5.0, A2DP, LE) / GPS(Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS) / Infrared Port / FM radio, recording / USB(2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector)
  • Battery Capacity: Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
  • Sensor: Fingerprint (Rear-Mounted) / Accelerometer / Gyro / Proximity / Compass
  • Features: Front/Back Glass (Gorilla Glass 5) / Plastic Frame
  • Expandable Storage: microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)

The Budget Baron – Who know a feature unwanted is money wasted

Winner for the most budget friendly phone: Samsung M20

In times where the number of things one might want is increasing by the seconds, but the bank balances are still not quite there yet, it’s impossible to ask for things one may want but may not ever need (We might be getting too philosophical here). And therein comes a great value phone that is a basic boiler-plate featured, future-proof phone. Samsung strikes again, quite to nobody’s surprise. No matter which way you look at it, Samsung’s just too damn good when it comes to making phones in a great-value spectrum.

 Samsung Galaxy M20 is a budget phone that outdoes itself when it comes to sheer quantitative metric for features vs. value. Equipped with an Octa-core Kryo™ 260 clocking at 1.8 GHz, it can run apps you might use on a daily basis gracefully, without letting you down. It runs on an Exynos 7904 Octa chipset, shipping a Mali-G71 MP2 GPU. Although you’ll have troubles to be able to play upcoming demanding games in their full potential, it’s more than capable of performing decently when it comes to contemporary titles like Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), Garena’s Free Fire, or Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

READ: HARRY POTTER: WIZARDS UNITE RELEASED IN NEPAL

What’s in it?

Samsung Galaxy M20 comes with 3 GB of RAM, which allows for seamless multitasking, as well as prim and proper facilitation of apps by your OS, without it frantically clawing for additional memory. Comparable to many of today’s phones, the RAM capacity is welcome, given its relatively weaker processor.

Having a 6.3’ display, with a PLS TFT capacitive resistant touch screen, you’ll be appalled to find no Gorilla® Glass having your back. Although, it’s pretty respectable when it comes to resisting scratches, it’s not going to be withstanding a lot of abuse before it breaks down and wails. You’ll still be able to have an enjoyable experience, with tactile feedback, as well as perfect graphics rendering.

Notwithstanding its budget premise, you’ll find yourself not help but notice Samsung M20’s cameras aren’t too shabby: Having dual 13MP/5MP rear cameras with f/1.9 and f/2.2 respective apertures, this phone can make time stand still on your whim. Although it leaves something to be desired with occasional grainy shots you can do nothing about, you can bet it won’t fail you when you need it for that quick shot. Nothing to write home about, but perhaps it’s better than nothing. Its front camera isn’t too bad after all, 8 MP camera front camera – the only thing it really lacks is front led. This might be off-putting for selfie lovers, but with great value, comes even greater sacrifices. You will still enjoy good quality video calls and selfies in well-lit conditions.

Why to buy?

What it lacks in other features, it makes up quite formidable with its battery. Sporting a monstrous 5000 mAh battery, it’s a wonder Samsung could still manage to keep the phone under 200gms. You can expect to use the phone at ease throughout the day and still manage to find a bit of battery left over when you come home tired from work – just about enough to catch up in social media before retiring it to the charger late at night. Although usage habits might vary the results, you can count on long usage, because the battery is quite lasting when it comes to Samsung M20.

Currently being sold at Rs. 17,190, from Daraz Mobile Week, this is one phone we can’t recommend you enough if you’re just looking to getting your feet wet with a budget smartphone – as the results are bound to surprise you. Whilst it leaves a lot to be desired, you really can’t be unfair to it, as it takes care of the value for your money quite loyally. Although for us at TechSathi, absence of Gorilla® Glass was a major deal breaker, as 6’ phones are usually prone to getting their display damaged in the hustle of daily life. But if you can look past that and the lack of a front LED, you can have yourself a respectable mid-tier phone at the price of a pretty low-tier phone some years back. The battery span almost makes it up for us, as it’s pretty sweet.

Our Verdict:

3.95/5, with a heavy heart. Not having Gorilla® Glass is the only qualm we have with the phone. Although still quite tough, and a dark horse for this sale, it’s a pretty well-rounded phone that’ll certainly turn heads, and not make you regret your purchase.

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Detailed Specs

  • Brand: Samsung
  • Model: Galaxy M20
  • Network Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • Body Dimension: 156.4 x 74.5 x 8.8 mm (6.16 x 2.93 x 0.35 in)
  • SIM Type: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Display: 6.3 inches, PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen, Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo); Experience 9.5
  • Chipset: Exynos 7904 Octa (14 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
  • GPU: Mali-G71 MP2
  • Storage/Memory: 3 GB RAM and 32 GB ROM
  • Expandable Storage: microSD, up to 512 GB (dedicated slot)
  • Rear Camera: Dual [ 13 MP, f/1.9, 1/2.8″, 1.12μm, PDAF + 5 MP, f/2.2, 1/6″, 1.12μm ], LED flash, panorama, HDR, Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Front Camera: 8 MP, f/2.0, HDR, Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Sound: Loudspeaker: Yes, 3.5mm jack: Yes , Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Connectivity Technologies: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth(5.0, A2DP, LE), GPS (Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS), FM Radio, RDS, recording, USB 2.0 Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • Battery Capacity: Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
  • Sensor: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Conclusion:

Whether it be a performance conscious enthusiast that simply wants the best the market has to offer or the budget wary who wants the best bang for his buck, Daraz Mobile Week has something to offer for everyone. We believe in simplifying choices, so we made an attempt at helping you get acquainted with the current front runners. Our team here at TechSathi can’t wait for your thoughts and opinions on the event of this sale. So which of the three are you, the performance conscious power user, the wanderlust artisan, or the wary budget baron? Let us know down below in the comments below!

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