Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart finally launched its very own smartphone called Billion Capture+. The Made in India phone is already up for sale and boasts pretty interesting features at an affordable price. The Flipkart Billion Capture+ is likely to face fierce competition and it is only logical for enthusiasts to pit the device against the popular Android budget phones.
When we speak about budget smartphones, one smartphone which immediately comes to our mind is Xiaomi Mi A1, which boots pure stock Android. So, how does the Flipkart Billion Capture+ fare against the Xiaomi Mi A1? Let's find out.
Display & Design
Both Billion Capture+ and Mi A1 feature a conventional design of a 16:9 display surrounded by thick bezels and elegant metallic frame. The dual camera sensors and fingerprint scanner are rear mounted on both the devices. A major difference between the two is the use of navigational buttons, while Billion Capture+ comes with on-screen buttons, the Xiaomi A1 has capacitive buttons.
In terms of display, both smartphones offer a 5.5-inch 1080 X 1920 Full HD display with similar pixel density. While the devices may seem pretty identical, Xiaomi’s Mi A1 is slimmer and lighter and flaunts a premium metallic unibody design in comparison to cheaper metal and plastic construction of Flipkart device.
As the name suggests camera is supposedly the key highlight of the Billion Capture+. The device comes with 13MP dual rear cameras, - one RGB, the other monochrome sensor accompanied by a dual tone flash. Capture+ also comes with “Bokeh mode” and a “Super Night” mode for clicking clear pictures in extreme low light conditions. The front of the device has an 8MP selfie clicker.
In comparison, Mi A1 comes with two 12 MP cameras - a 26mm, f/2.2 aperture wide-angle sensor and a 50mm, f/2.6 aperture telephoto sensor, coupled with a dual-tone LED flash. There is a 5MP front camera with face detection for selfies. The Billion Capture+ may have better specs but it is still way too early to predict which camera is better.
Under the hood, both the Billion Capture+ and Mi A1 are powered by 2.0 GHz powerful Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. There is also a cheaper version of Capture+ that ships with 3GB RAM. The performance of both devices is likely the same and they can easily perform lag-free multitasking even with heavy games.
Flipkart ships the Billion Capture+ with a stock version of Android Nougat 7.1.2 out-of-the-box and promise of no bloatware and an upgrade to Android Oreo. The Mi A1 also has stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat with Oreo update guaranteed for the device by the end of 2017.
In terms of battery, the Billion Capture+ gives you more battery backup with its 3500mAh battery in comparison to Mi A1’s 3080mAh battery. Both the devices come with USB Type-C quick charging. Flipkart, however, promises 7 hours of battery life with just 15 minutes of charging two-days of battery life, while there's no fast charging support in the Mi A1.
The all-new Billion Capture+ comes in two variants - 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage going for Rs. 10,999 and the 4GB RAM and 64GB version selling for Rs. 12,999. Both variants of the device are exclusively available on Flipkart with two colour options - Mystic Black and Desert Gold. The smartphone is coupled with several launch offers including No Cost EMI option and discounts on HDFC and Axis Bank debit and credit cards.
As for Xiaomi Mi A1, it is slightly pricier selling at Rs. 14,999 and available on Flipkart, Mi.com and other stores. So if you are constrained by the budget, Capture+ is the right option.
Flipkart’s new smartphone is clearly a winner in terms of bigger battery and slightly lower price tag. Xiaomi Mi A1 doesn’t lag behind either offering a premium design and a brand name to back it up. For a little extra amount, you get a premium design, flagship camera setup (telephoto lens), and backed by the Android One project. All in all, you can choose the Mi A1, if you can afford it, otherwise, you can settle down with the Billion Capture+.