Hyve Pryme: Just short of an all-rounder smartphone (Tech Review)
New Delhi, Jan 9 (IANS) For any domestic phonemaker, it is a challenge to compete with Chinese players offering high-end specifications in the mid-range segment. Where several of these devices pack octa-core/quad-core systems, Indian smartphone maker Hyve Mobility has launched Pryme — country’s first smartphone that comes with deca-core processing power.
The MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core processor is the USP of the device which gives it an edge over competitors like Xiaomi Mi Max Prime and LeEco Le Max 2 when it comes to performance during heavy usage.
Here is what we think of Pryme.
Built in metallic unibody design, Pryme has good looks but some users may find it difficult to use the device with one hand.
Weighing 188 grams, the device feels heavy in hand and might annoy when used for longer hours. The 5.7-inch full-HD display produces very sharp colours and offers good viewing angles.
The fingerprint sensor works fine and unlocks the device instantly.
You can also adjust the video and picture quality using the device’s in-built features like “Clear Motion” and “Miravision”.
Clear Motion reduces stutters in videos while with the “Miravision” feature, you can optimise the display depending on your preferences. The touchscreen works fine and typing is easy.
Clubbed with 4GB of RAM, the phone ran smoothly without showing any signs of sluggishness.
We also played high-end games like Asphalt 8 and, along with running multiple apps in the background, switching between the apps was easy and there was no heating.
Running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operaing system, Pryme has an easy-to-use user interface. The 200GB of expandable storage gives users more than enough room to store multi-media content.
Once charged, the 3,500mAh battery lasted for a day even after continuous use and connected Wi-Fi.
What does not work?
The 13MP rear camera with dual flash is a big disappointment in low-light conditions. Also, when the photos are zoomed in, lack of detail becomes evident. Given the price, the 8MP front camera is also not very impressive.
The camera app also does not offer modes that could enhance the photo-capturing experience.
Conclusion: At a price of 17,999, Hyve Pryme offers decent performance but fails in camera department. The deca-core processor is one feature that will attract buyers.
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