iVoomi forayed into the Indian market earlier this year, and the Chinese company also made the sub-Rs. 5,000 price point its own with an affordable range of Me smartphones. So far, all the iVoomi smartphones are catered to the sub-Rs. 5,000 price bracket, but the brand upped the ante and launched two smartphones above Rs. 5,000- the iVoomi Me 3 at Rs. 5,499 and the iVoomi Me 3S at Rs. 6,499.
iVoomi highlights the unbreakable displays in both these smartphones, which is a pretty good thing to see because none of the smartphones in this price range doesn’t offer a shatterproof display. The Me 3 and Me 3S are identical in looks and hardware specs, but the extra amount of RAM & storage, and a better rear camera adds an extra Rs. 1,000 for the iVoomi Me 3S.
We got to test the smaller iVoomi Me 3, and here’s what we think of the same.
Design and Display
The iVoomi Me 3 is entirely made of plastic, but it feels nice in hands. The back panel of the smartphone is removable, and it features iPhone-esque antenna band design on top and bottom. The smartphone is not slippery as well.
The volume rockers and the power button is located on the right side of the smartphones, while the micro USB port and 3.5mm headphone jack are placed on the top. The device comes with a 5.2-inch HD display, and below the display are hardware capacitive navigation keys.
Overall, the smartphone is very well built and offers decent in-hand feel. Coming to the display, the iVoomi Me 3 has a 5.2-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and 2.5D curved glass on top. The display gets decently bright in outdoor conditions, but still, the sunlight legibility is not that great.
The highlight is the unbreakable display, which iVoomi calls Shatterproof display. Right after opening the smartphone from the box, I threw it down from 6-feet, and the smartphone didn’t take even a single damage. However, the battery popped out of the smartphone. I did that for more than five times, and the display is still working fine. Also, the product shots are captured after all the display testing.
This is good stuff from iVoomi, but we have to check whether the display is as good as the Motorola’ Shatterproof display.
The iVoomi Me 3 is powered by the MediaTek MT6737 chipset with all the cores clocked at 1.3GHz. The chipset is accompanied with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage with support for storage expansion up to 128G with a microSD card. In our brief time with the smartphone, the smartphone ran through all the tasks. However, they are basic ones such as opening dialer app, messaging app, etc. The real performance of the smartphone will be tested in the coming days with intensive games.
Camera wise, the Me 3 has an 8MP primary shooter and the camera app even offers an HDR mode for detailed shots. There’s an 8MP front-facing camera, and the best part is it comes with an LED flash as well. That said, don’t expect any groundbreaking performance from these cameras.
Software and Connectivity
iVoomi is loading all its smartphones with Android 7.0 Nougat on board, and the same continues with the Me 3 as well. It comes laden with Android 7.0 Nougat with August 2017 security patches installed. There’s no update about these smartphones receiving the Android 8.0 Oreo update.
Connectivity options in the device include 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. Also, both the smartphones feature all the basic sensors and even has support for dual SIMs.
The iVoomi Me 3 is priced at Rs. 5,499, and it seems like it justifies the company’s claims of unbreakable display in a smartphone. However, the smartphone faces a stiff competition from the likes of Xiaomi Redmi 4A and Motorola Moto C. Especially, the Redmi 4A seems to be a great contender for the iVoomi Me 3 on paper. We will bring out the full review of the smartphone in coming days. Stay tuned for that.