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A trio of triple camera phones

Prayas Tiwari

Prayas Tiwari

A trio of triple camera phones

With the budget smartphone market getting more and more competitive, mobile makers have started giving attention to one area budget phones were traditionally cursed in: Cameras. The trend of triple cameras started by flagship phones in 2018 has now caught on with the midrange phones too. Because what is better than two cameras? Three Cameras!

Samsung A50

Price Rs 31,499

Samsung Stores, Daraz

Samsung A50 is the most prom­ising high-mid range smartphone, packing in a range of amazing fea­tures. But how do these features fare in terms of overall experi­ence?

Pros:

• The phone sports a FHD AMO­LED display, a big welcome for this price point. The phone as a result has great color accuracy and viewing angles.

• The ultra-wide angle. Though it does not pack a lot of details, the phone fits in more angles than its competi­tors, giving you more content to capture. And it lets you capture ultra-wide videos. Whaaat?

• Samsung has focused on cutting down bloatware on its One UI, and that gives a superior performance on the A50.

• The 25 MP front camera gives a very natural result and great result overall.

• It gives a massive battery backup. 4,000 mAH battery will last you a day, and maybe even two.

• The phone also sports the now-standard USB C port which makes for superior file transfer and charging experience. Samsung finally seems to have listened to its customers.

Cons:

• The phone has a plastic build. Samsung has tried to cover it up by giving the back refractive property to give off rainbow-ish colors but it gets boring over time. And you know, plastic is still plastic.

• While on-screen fingerprint sensor is a welcome addition, the sensor works a little too slow for my liking.

 

 

Vivo V15

Price Rs 41,990

Vivo Stores, Daraz

The Vivo V15 is for those of you who hate the notch. If you don’t mind a camera popping out of the phone every time you click a selfie, read below.

Pros:

• The edge to edge notchless dis­play (90% screen to body ratio) makes for a wonderful smart­phone viewing experience. The bottom chin could have been made a little smaller though.

• The wide-angle camera fares bet­ter than its competitors, offering better color and details.

• It sports a massive 4,000 mAH battery that offers promising bat­tery life.

• The P70 chipset has no perfor­mance issues.

Cons:

• Even though the front camera packs a 32 MP sensor, the results are disappointing for a sensor that big.

• The IPS LCD screen is a bit of a let-down at this price point.

• Pixel binning is limited to the pro variant. This addition would have made a substantial difference.

• Having a Vivo phone means you get FunTouch OS, which isn’t as fun as it’s loaded with bloatware

 

 

Huawei P30 lite

Price Rs 39,999

Huawei Stores, Daraz

The P30 lite is a beautiful budget smartphone from Huawei. If you are a Huawei loyalist and are ready to stick with the brand through thick and thin, read on.

Pros:

• I absolutely love the gradient glass back on the Honor 20 lite. From a distance one can easily confuse it for a flagship phone, like its big brother, the P30.

• Its Kirin 710 platform is gaming-friendly hard­ware. Tagged with the new optimized EMUI, it makes for a smooth experience.

• It starts with a whopping storage capacity of 128 GB. Storage is a big concern for heavy users like me.

• The camera shoots amazing pictures, and its night mode is far better than the competition.

• It also utilizes a USB-C port, which is still not the norm among budget smartphones.

Cons:

• The 3,340 mAH battery on this device is a bit disappointing when you compare it with massive 4,000 mAH batteries on the phones in the same price range.

• Huawei has cursed the Nepali market with a 24 MP camera while some markets have a 48 MP sensor on the back.