Flipkart’s in-house smartphone brand, Billion, announced its first smartphone, the Billion Capture+ last week. The new handset which is claimed to be ‘Made in India primarily for Indian users’ was launched for a price of Rs 10,999 for the 3GB RAM/32GB storage version and Rs 12,999 for the 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant. Prospective buyers who are planning to grab the Billion Capture+ smartphone can purchase it via the e-retail platform starting today.
The highlight of Flipkart’s new phone is its dual rear camera module that houses a 13-megapixel RGB sensor and a 13-megapixel monochrome sensor. Both the lenses come with f/2.0 aperture, 1.12micron pixel size and there’s a dual-tone LED flash too. Besides the camera, the phone also offers unlimited free cloud storage and Smartron’s tronX AI-based Internet of Things ecosystem. While the specification sheet of the new Billion Capture+ looks good on paper, we couldn’t help noticing some glaring similarities between that and Xiaomi’s first Android One smartphone in India, the Mi A1.
Here are five key similarities between Flipkart Billion Capture+ and Xiaomi Mi A1 that are hard to miss:
The highlight of the Mi A1 and Billion Capture+ is their dual imaging sensors at the back. The rear camera modules on both the devices come with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and dual-tone LED flash. The Mi A1 cameras have a slightly smaller pixel count though at 12MP as compared to Billion Capture+’s 13MP sensors.
Both, the Billion Capture+ and Mi A1 feature a 5.5-inch full HD display with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution. The similarities between the 2 IPS panels don’t end there. Both boast of 2.5D arc glass displays to add a touch of solidity and elegance to the respective devices.
The Billion Capture+ and Xiaomi’s Android One smartphone are powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 chipset clocked at 2GHz. Needless to say that graphics in both the devices are handled by Adreno 506 GPU as they use the same SoC.
Stock Android OS
Though Flipkart’s phone is not an Android One device, the good part about the Billion Capture+ is that it ships with stock Android just like the Mi A1. It means that you get a clean and simple UI overlay. Both the handsets run Android 7.1.2 Nougat out-of-the-box and can be upgraded to Google’s latest mobile OS Android 8.0 Oreo.
The Mi A1 and Capture+ bundle 4GB of RAM paired with 64GB onboard storage. The devices come with expandable storage support of up to 128GB via microSD card. Both the handsets have hybrid dual-SIM (nano+nano/microSD) support as well.
The similarities between the two don’t stop there but we will, for the time being. Once we have our Capture+ review unit, we will do a thorough comparison of the 2 phones to see if the similarities in specifications stay on paper itself or translate into real world performance too.