Phicomm Energy 653 review: Best entry-level 4G smartphone
Phicomm recently launched 4G Android Smartphone under INR 4,999 price tag, the Energy 653. The Smartphone is exclusively available on Amazon India. The new Energy 653 is a budget offering which targets the entry-level smartphone user.
Here is the technical specification of Phicomm Energy 653 before we start our review
- 5-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) IPS LCD display
- Qualcomm (MSM8909) Snapdragon 210 SoC with 1.1 GHz Quad-core CPU
- Adreno 304 GPU
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage, expandable up to 64GB via micro SD
- Android v5.1 (Lollipop)
- Dual SIM (dual stand-by)
- 4G LTE Cat4, 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, Micro USB 2.0
- 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with single LED flash, f/2.4 aperture
- 2-megapixel Selfie camera
- 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
- 2300mAh battery
- Dimensions: 144 x 70 x 8mm; Weight: 125 grams
- Colors: Black, White
In terms of build quality, the phone feels well built. It has rounded corners with a glossy removable back panel. As expected, the glossy rear panel quickly picks up smudges and fingerprint marks. The power and volume button are placed on the right side while the 3.5mm audio jack and microUSB port are on top.
The front has a 5-inch IPS HD display. Viewing angles are excellent and it shows natural colours. Below the screen are three touch sensitive android buttons for home, back and menu that respond well, but they are not backlit.
This is the first phone to be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor that has 4G support for Indian bands. The quad core processor combined with 1GB RAM works well for basic tasks such as browsing, social networking and multimedia. Usage is smooth with no noticeable lag while swiping through the interface. Minor stutters are noticeable in some animations and while dismissing multiple notifications in one go, but all is well for the most part. We liked the fact that Phicomm did not load any bloatware on the phone. The phone runs a skin called Expect UI which looks and feels like a near-stock version of Android Lollipop 5.1.1. Phicomm also includes a System Update app which lets you manually load an update file or do it over the air.
We were able to play a 720p HD video seamlessly with MX player and VLC, but with a 1080p HD video, there were random frame drops. The device comes with removable 2300 mAh battery which lasts for a day on normal usage which includes 3G enabled all the time, 1-2 hours of talk time and play few casual games.
Phicomm Energy 653 houses 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 2MP front facing camera. The pictures taken in daylight came out good, but low light pictures produce lot of noise and missed the details. The 2MP front facing camera is good enough for occasional video chatting and selfie.
The phone accepts two Micro-SIM cards which are accessible by removing the back cover. Only SIM 1 supports LTE and 3G data, means the other SIM is restricted to 2G.
Phicomm Energy 653 available for a price of INR 4,999 on Amazon. It’s a well-built 4G handset for an entry-level smartphone users. We still would have liked to see backlit capacitive buttons, a notification LED and better battery life, and the camera is one area which could use a lot of improvement. However, if you’re tight in budget but still need 4G, the Energy 653 is a good option.