Flipkart under its sub-brand Billion launched the Capture+ which will be competing in the mid-budget segment. The Capture+ has very similar internals as Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 and it makes sense to put both the phones to test and make some initial comparisons. Let’s have a look at how these phones perform.
The Billion Capture+
Right out of the box, the Capture+ feels like a well-built device, rounded on the edges and a metal build. On the front, the phone sports a 5.5-inch display with a prominent chin and forehead. The phone also sports software on-screen keys as it lacks physical ones. On the bottom, the phone rocks a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer purposes.
On the rear side, the phone bears some branding by Billion and makes it even more obvious by the text that the phone is built “in India and for India.” The major highlight of the phone is also located on the back – the dual camera setup, more on that in a bit.
Among other minor aspects that grabbed my attention include the earpiece grill which is flush and flat, and would avoid accumulation of dust in the long run. Kudos, Billion! The phone, however, is quite a fingerprint magnet and made me pretty uncomfortable initially.
The Redmi Note 4
There is very little to complain about the Redmi Note 4 in terms of design. The phone rocks a unibody metal design with a large 5.5-inch display on the front. Unlike the Capture+, the Note 4 features 3 capacitive keys on the front meaning more usable display on Xiaomi’s offering.
On the back, there is a very minimalist branding from Xiaomi and an overall clean look. Being an all-metal body device, the Note 4 bears two antenna lines which blend in well with the design. The Redmi Note 4, similar to the Capture+ has the fingerprint sensor located on the back.
In addition to the ports the Capture+ has, the Note 4 also features an IR blaster which came in handy during the time I used the phone. Unlike Billion’s offering, the Note 4 has a microUSB port for charging and data transfer purposes.
Performance and Storage
The Capture + by Billion features the same processor as the Redmi Note 4 – Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 coupled with the Adreno 506 GPU. On paper, it should perform at par with the Redmi Note 4, or even better since it will run a stock Android UI. The RAM and storage variants offered on the Capture+ are also similar to what Xiaomi has to offer. The device ships in either a 3GB/32GB version or 4GB/64GB variant.
We currently are testing the Capture+ and its review will be up soon so keep an eye on this space to know how the phone performs. In my initial impressions, the phone felt snappy to use and comes with its pros and cons since it runs stock user interface based on Android Nougat.
Redmi Note 4
The Redmi Note 4 carries the title of ‘India’s No.1 Smartphone’ and for a good reason – what lies underneath its hood. The phone was the first device in its price range to feature the Snapdragon 625 chipset. Prior to Note 4’s arrival, this chipset was seen on more high-end devices like the Motorola Moto Z Play which cost almost twice the price of the Note 4. Together with the power efficient processor, Xiaomi didn’t compromise on RAM either. The Note 4 was launched in three RAM variants: 2GB, 3GB and 4GB. With these specifications, the Note 4 was ahead of its league from the very beginning.
I had a chance to try the Redmi Note 4 with 4GB of RAM and never did I face any lags or stutter whatsoever. On a fresh boot, the phone offers up to 2GB of free RAM, which is decent considering the heavy MIUI skin it runs. In terms of storage space, the phone ships with either 16,32 or 64GB of internal memory. This can be expanded externally through its hybrid slot, however you will have to compromise on the second SIM to do so.
As the name suggests, the phone was built with an intention to cater to people looking to capture good images. To do so, the phone is equipped with a dual-rear camera setup. Something that is new to the budget segment it is contesting in. The dual-rear camera setup comprises of two 13-megapixel sensors coupled with dual-tone flash. The cameras are also capable of autofocus with phase detection(PDAF). Up front, the device is fitted with an 8-megapixel selfie camera for capturing clear images. The cameras are backed up with software enhancements to add to the images captured. Portrait mode is seen on this phone with an option to adjust the amount of depth in the photo which is nice.
Redmi Note 4
The Note 4 features an old-school single camera setup on the rear comprising of a 13-megapixel sensor having an aperture of f/2.0 paired with PDAF and dual-tone flash. On the front, it is fitted with a 5-megapixel sensor that captures decent selfies. Xiaomi has also applied some heavy skin to the camera app that comes with MIUI and has features some neat tricks under its sleeves. The camera app offers the option to beautify images and even detect your age from the selfie camera. Yes, you read that right! (Although not completely accurate, pretty fun a feature).
The Billion Capture+ is priced quite aggressively given the specifications and features it comes with. The price is almost at par with the Redmi Note 4. There are two variants of the phone, 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage and 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage. The lower-end variant is priced at a meager Rs. 10,999 and the top-end one costs Rs. 12,999.
Redmi Note 4
The Redmi Note 4 is another value for money smartphone packed with appreciable specifications for the price it costs. The phone, as mentioned above was available in three different variants but now retails in only two different versions. Redmi Note 4 received a price cut recently, mostly because the upcoming Redmi Note 5 is on the verge of launching.
The Capture+ seems like a decent phone based on our initial hands-on experience. On the other hand, Redmi Note 4 is undoubtedly one of the best phones in this price range. To know whether Billion’s smartphone manages to stand out from the competition or just piles up as an additional option, wait for our full review of the phone.