By: Anil Satapathy, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi
Last updated : Saturday, July 09, 2016 - 11:07
Videocon Krypton 3 V50JG impresses in many segments but its appearance doesn't inspire much.
Latest Android Marshmallow OS
Can play high-end games
Superb rear camera
Looks very cheap
No special feature to stand out in the crowd
Videocon, a major name in the field of electronics in India, is still one of the minor players in the Indian handset market. It mostly offers budget handsets but it has off late launched some feature rich smartphones.
The Videocon Krypton 3 V50JG is one of its latest launches. It was launched in May this year and offers the latest Android Marshmallow operating system. This 4G VoLTE supporting smartphone has 2 GB RAM, 16GB of internal memory which is expandable by upto 64GB. The smartphone is packed with an impressive Mediatek 64-Bit 1.3 GHz quad core processor. It has standard connectivity features like Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, Dual SIM, and FM radio.
Besides, the Krypton3 V50JG comes with a 13-megapixel snapper featuring dual LED flash, Smart Wide Dynamic Range (SWDR), and Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) feature. Corning Gorilla Lens protects the camera. It has a 5-megapixel front camera with LED flash. The phone has a 5-Inch HD IPS screen with scratch resistant DragontrailX Glass.
So is this phone value for money? Is it as good as it sounds on paper?
Well, I have tried to answer these questions in this review. Read on.
With 5.5-inch smartphones becoming common these days, I felt the Krypton 3 quite compact and am pretty sure most you find it quite easy to use. The phone is also quite light (just 142.5 grams).
The back panel has a glossy finishing but is not slippery. The plastic back panel is removable and looks decent but isn't classy. For a phone priced Rs 10,000, people would certainly hope for a bit more rich look considering phones with metal bodies are available for much less.
Below its back cover, there is a removable battery, two SIM card slots and a dedicated micro SD card slot.
The 5-inch display of Videocon Krypton 3 offers high definition resolution which means it has decent 293 PPI pixel density. However, again here it is not the only phone to offer such resolution.
Overall, Videocon Krypton 3 doesn't look like a Rs 10,000 phone. Videocon also needs to understand that appearance matters and while its competitors launching metal body smartphones at the same price, it cannot launch a phone with cheap plastic and hope people to accept it.
To be frank, the Videocon Krypton 3 V50JG surprised me with its camera output. The pictures captured through rear camera had great quality, sharpness and colour output. It managed to capture pictures from very close quarters. The front camera though could have been better and since the 5-megapixel selfie unit is not an autofocus camera, you should be very careful while clicking selfies else you might regret after some time.
Here are some camera samples of Krypton 3.
With Mediatek 64-Bit 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB RAM, I expected the phone to offer a smooth performance and it did. The phone managed to play Asphalt Nitro and Lara Croft Relic Run like heavy games. Thankfully, it has the Android Marshmallow operating system â€“ which I think is the best thing about this handset.
Memory wise it is as good as any in this price segment as it has 16 GB of inbuilt storage while its expandable storage slot can hold a 64 GB micro SD card.
The Videocon Krypton 3 also offers all the normal connectivity features including dual SIM, 4G, WiFi (b/g/n), micro USB port, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS with AGPS.
The phone has a 3000 mAh battery and it can stay alive for about 10 hours with low to medium usage but don't expect more and you have to carry a charger/power bank as it won't stay alive more than that. This was quite surprising to me as a 5 inch HD device with quad core processor and 3000 mAh battery must have offered over 10 hours of back up even with heavy usage.
The Videocon Krypton 3 V50JG is a good handset in terms of processor, camera, connectivity and memory. However, its design, display and battery backup are not that impressive. Also, it has no single feature that would make it stand out in the crowd. There are many phones in this same price range that offer equally good or better performance than Krypton 3. I hope Videocon to make a price correction to increase the Krypton 3's appeal.