Videocon has recently launched a new budget smartphone named Krypton 3 at an attractive price of Rs 10,000. It features handy specifications, support for 4G and VoLTE connectivity and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Let’s check out if it’s a good competitor in sub-Rs 10k range and worth buying or not.
Build and Design
The Videocon Krypton 3 comes with a glossy plastic rear body in royal blue colour which feels a bit slippery to hold. The edges are made of hard plastic in gold colour, and gives the feeling of metallic edges. The upper and lower edges of the body are slightly curved and lend an impressive design to the smartphone. The size and weight is good and it feels comfortable to hold in one hand.
The front panel has Videocon logo at the top and 4G at the top right corner along the display. Here you’ll also find the primary camera and a couple of sensors. The three capacitive buttons are at the bottom of the display, but are not backlit. The 3.5m audio jack is at the top and the microUSB port is at the bottom. The volume rocker keys and the power button is the right edge of the smartphone.
The rear panel of the Krypton 3 has company’s branding, the primary camera at the top-left corner along with the flash and a speaker grille towards the bottom. It pops out and consist of removable battery and a pair of SIM card slots and a microSD card slot.
The Videocon Krypton 3 comes with a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. The display has a 2.5D curved screen along with Dragontrail X Glass protection. The IPS display offers a good colour reproduction, is sharp and vibrant, but not really impressive when compared to other smartphones in its segment. Bezels has decent width and adds to the looks of the phone. The screen can be seen under direct sunlight thanks to good brightness and has good viewing angles.
Hardware and Software
The Videocon Krypton 3 is equipped with 64-bit quad-core Mediatek MT6735V processor clocked at 1.3Ghz coupled with 2GB of RAM and Mali-T720 GPU. It has 16GB of internal memory in which we get 11.33GB of free space to use. The storage can be expandable up to 64GB via microSD card slot. Overall, the mobile has decent specifications for its price.
The smartphone performs very well in terms of multitasking, running apps and touch responsiveness. Even after running several apps along with multiple tabs in the browser, it seemed responsive without showing any lag. Talking about the gaming performance, it runs simple games with ease as well as the high-end games like Asphalt 8 and Dead Trigger 2. Although, there are slight stutters when you’re playing the games for a long duration. Unlike many other phones, there is minimal heating issue even after using the Kryption 3 for extended periods.
The benchmark score of the smartphone in AnTuTu and Quadrant Standard are 32,930 and 13,446 respectively, which is a good score for the phone. The music and video playback of the smartphone is also decent, and it’s able to offer good sound output. Although, it could have been better.
The Videocon Krypton 3 is among the very few options in its segment which ships with the latest Android, i.e. 6.0 Marshmallow. The company has added some customisations on top of it and they look good and don’t seem to lag as well. Users would be able to tweak a lot of things, right from changing wallpapers to themes, icons and more. It comes with lots of apps preinstalled like Eros Now, Asphalt Nitro, Office Suite, Opera Mini, State Bank Buddy, V-Safe, V-secure and so on. Perhaps, that’s why you only get 11GB free out of 16GB flash storage. Thankfully, you can uninstall these apps.
At the rear of the Videocon Krypton 3, there’s a 13-megapixel camera with Samsung’s ISOCELL sensor. For quickly focussing on the subjects, the camera has Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) feature. To assist shooting in low-light conditions, you get a dual-colour LED flash. Talking about the image quality, it captures decent images in daylight. The captured images have a good amount of details and vibrant colours. Although, the low-light performance is average and there’s a lot of noise in the pictures.
The front-facing camera is of 5-megapixel and it takes good selfies. It might not be the best in this budget but it’s right up there. The camera app is also quite loaded as it has good customization modes in it. Users can directly customize and capture images and use options like panorama and HDR.
Battery and Connectivity
The Videocon Krypton 3 is packed with a 3,000mAh battery, which is able to give a good usage time of approximate 13 hours for moderate users. With minimal usage, it can be up to 17 hours. The battery backup is pretty good and the phone won’t disappoint you.
It is a Dual-SIM smartphone with 4G and VoLTE connectivity. Both the slots support micro SIM’s and are 4G enabled. The cellular connectivity and calling facility of the smartphone is good and we didn’t find any type of call drop even on the 4G network.
At a price tag of Rs 10,000, the Videocon Krypton 3 faces tough competition from the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (16GB) and MEIZU m3 note. But what’s sets its apart is the support for the latest version of Android and decent specifications. Additionally, it’s available in the offline stores, unlike others, which are available exclusively via ecommerce portals.