In India, the count of heavily spec’d smartphones is rising at a great pace. First, the Chinese players and now our favourite home-brands, they all are inching towards bringing the best at the cheapest price tag. The formula is simple for all: the lesser the price, the better the deal. No matter how good a phone looks or performs, until its price is tempting, no one likes it!
Following the same rule of thumb, India’s most successful start-up Swipe technologies has introduced an entry-level phablet for big-screen lovers, Swipe Elite Note. The third member of company’s “Elite” family, Swipe Elite Note brings a perfect mix of top-notch internals and good looks. The device is available exclusively via Flipkart, and is posing some serious competition against one of the best Coolpad Note 3, Redmi Note 3, and Le 1s Eco. Though it’s a new kid, the performance and power of this device is a real element of interest. It ships at INR 7,999 and brings all of this in the package:
Slim metal body
Swipe Elite Note is a device with a dash of class. It features a sleek profile tipping at 8.4mm, and incorporates a magnesium alloy body that not only looks sturdy but also makes a great impression from all angles. The metallic finish and Sandstone back of this handset is something that you’ll hardly see on any entry-level smartphone. You’ll fall for it on first look, and will love it while holding and carrying it around. In other words, this premium metal crafted beauty is a perfect mix of looks and comfort, where you can live the premium feel while attending a call or watching a full-HD video.
Display and Visual experience
Just like Coolpad Note 3 and Redmi Note, Swipe Elite Note packs a super-impressive 5.5-inch HD IPS display. The device looks fairly strong, but unlike these phablets, it boasts vibrant colours and gets better with advanced Vi-Di technology that augments visual experience with enhanced brightness and sharpness. It looks very premium with Arc touch-screen and endows a true-to-life cinematic experience with perfect viewing angles. Plus, it’s also worthy to note that it’s one of the best displays in the highly-competitive sub-10k price bracket, and is protected with Dragontrail glass that keeps scratches and bumps at bay.
Hardware and Performance
With focus on performance and power-efficiency, Swipe Elite Note boasts a 64-bit Quad-core processor with 3GB RAM and 16GB inbuilt storage. The metal-clad handset manages hefty usage quite easily and does not lag or heat up at any point. In fact, whether you’re listening music, drafting an email or playing a game like Asphalt 8 or GTA, there will be no tedious load times or lags while running the concerned application. It makes a great overall package and also allows you to expand storage up to 32GB via microSD card.
Software and UI
Based on Android 5.1 Lollipop, Swipe Elite Note brings its own Freedom OS with a bunch of tweaks and features. The customized UI featured on this handset takes the entire user-experience to a whole new level, and adds more fun with unwavering app execution and effective power-backup. It ships with nearly no bloatware and keeps things up and running without any snags. In our opinion, it’s different from stock Android, but there’s a lot more to like it.
For picture-perfect photography, Swipe Elite Note bears a 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. The device delivers sharp and crisp images, and outperforms most phones with same pixel count on both ends. Its main camera carries a Sony sensor with a LED flash and an aperture as wide as f1/3.2, while front-facing snapper is bundled with an 88-degree wide-angle lens, paired with an f/2.8 aperture allowing more light into the camera sensor. So, they both go together and take top-notch images just like a mid-range device with improved camera sensor.
Advanced Connectivity Options
At home or on-the-go, Swipe Elite Note keeps you connected with Wi-Fi, A-GPS, Bluetooth, 3G HSPA+, and 4G LTE. It features LTE connectivity on both SIM card slots and delivers blazing download and upload speeds without any snafus. Video calls, web-surfing, or downloading, it all becomes easy with advanced LTE and 64-bit processor of this handset.
Another element of interest on Swipe Elite Note is the IR Blaster that enables the user to control major electrical appliances such as, AC, projectors, TVs, set-top boxes and DVD players. It kills the need to run towards a remote every single time.
Swipe Elite Note features a 3000 mAh battery and gives slick performance with enough juice for non-stop work and play. It lasts all day on heavy usage, and makes a perfect package for users who’re always up and running without a Power Bank or a regular wall charger. As for Standby time, this mind-boggling beauty boasts 18 days of standby power to pit against most budget phones with big batteries. It looks like a big house of power creating an ideal ecosystem for moderate as well as heavy usage.
Availability and Pricing
As mentioned earlier, Swipe Elite Note has been priced at INR 7,999, and is available exclusively via Flipkart.com. The device makes a tempting deal for buyers on a tight budget, and can be purchased with several discounts and cashbacks schemes as well. Unlike other budget phones, it does not follow flash sale model on Flipkart!
Summing things up, we can declare Swipe Elite Note as one of the finest entry-level phablets in the Indian market. The device includes a perfect mix of good looks, high-end internals, and well-optimized software, and delivers an incredible user-experience at a price like no other. Swipe Technologies has created an ideal masterpiece that sticks with the condition of pricing and offers balanced performance just as we see on renowned high-end phones such as Redmi Note 3, Le 1s Eco, and Lenovo Vibe K4 Note.