Miss­ing a Few Beats

The Blade A2 Plus has the best spec­i­fi­ca­tions you can get at this price but a few small is­sues hold it back

The Economic Times - - Personal Technology -

days of bat­tery life with heavy use on the ZTE A2 Plus. The phone also sup­ports fast charg­ing — it takes just un­der 3 hours to charge the 5,000mAh bat­tery from 5% to 100% us­ing a fast charger. The pri­mary cam­era is a 13MP unit with phase de­tec­tion aut­o­fo­cus and dual LED flash. Like most phones in this price seg­ment, the cam­era im­age qual­ity de­pends on the light­ing con­di­tions. In day­light, you get images with good clar­ity and min­i­mal noise but it does strug­gle in­doors and in low light. With the front cam­era, colours are muted out and there is lots of noise vis­i­ble on the phone’s dis­play it­self. The cam­era in­ter­face is ba­sic and lacks a man­ual c o nt ro l mode though strangely enough, it does have the op­tion to shoot in RAW. Video record­ing is lim­ited to 1080p res­o­lu­tion only while some com­pet­ing de­vices of­fer 4k video record­ing. An­other is­sue we had on the ZTE Blade A2 Plus was the low au­dio out­put from the loud­speaker. We of­ten missed calls when trav­el­ling be­cause we couldn’t hear the ring­tone in our pocket. For voice calls, the ear­piece works fine but if you switch to loud­speaker mode, you’ll be strug­gling to hear again.

At least on pa­per, the ZTE Blade A2 Plus of­fers spec­i­fi­ca­tions that no one else can match at this price: a 5.5-inch full HD dis­play, 4GB RAM, ex­pand­able stor­age and a large 5,000mAh bat­tery. In our opin­ion, this midrange of­fer­ing is good for some­one who wants a pow­er­ful phone with good bat­tery life and does not re­quire too much use of the cam­era. For ₹ 12,999, you can con­sider the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (4GB/64GB stor­age) that of­fers sim­i­lar per­for­mance, su­pe­rior cam­eras, bet­ter au­dio out­put and IR port.

Of­fers great per­for­mance and ex­cel­lent bat­tery, but the cam­era and loud­speaker need im­prove­ment

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