Swipe has added a new handset to its Elite series line-up. Dubbed as the Elite Plus, this smartphone comes with an aggressive price tag of Rs 7000.
The phone sports a sharp 5-inch Full HD screen. Since it is an IPS panel, you get wide viewing angles. The screen is protected by the scratch-resistant DragonTrail glass. Despite its affordable price tag, the Elite Plus is powered by the tried-and-tested Snapdragon 615 chipset clocked at 1.5 GHz. In comparison, most devices in this price-range settle for the cheaper MediaTek SoC (System on Chip), which are quite flaky in terms of the performance. The phone has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB internal storage. You can add another 64 GB storage via a microSD card slot.
The 13 megapixel camera uses Samsung’s module. The snapper offers plenty of features such as manual focus and depth-of-field, which are generally not seen in the entry-level smartphones. For selfies, there is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera too.
Other features include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS (Assisted GPS), USB OTG, 3050 mAh battery. The handset is 8 mm thick and tips the scales at merely 131 grams. The Elite has a metal-frame, but the rest of the plastic body feels quite cheap. On the software front, you get Swipe’s Freedom UI on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop. It comes with some useful features, but has a lot of obtrusive design elements.
The Swipe Elite Plus will be available in white and blue. It will be up for grabs on Flipkart, from 6th of June. At the event, company’s Founder and CEO, Shripal Gandhi, provided details on product development. He also revealed Swipe’s plans to setting up manufacturing plants in India. Unlike most CEOs, Shripal comes from the technical background, and has complete understanding of his company’s products. However, that did not stop him from posing for an “obligatory” shot with an embarrassing paper replica of the phone.