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A few days ago, we shared the first impressions we had of the Swipe Elite Plus. Note that this smartphone was launched in India earlier this month. In this post, we are going to share the detailed review of this device.

Swipe Elite Plus front

Swipe Elite Plus box contents


The box contains the handset, a travel adapter, a USB cable for charging and data syncing, a quick start guide. There are no earphones in the box.

Swipe Elite Plus build and design


Swipe Elite Plus rear

The rear body of this smartphone is made up of plastic with curved textures. The curved surface offers two advantages. First, it improves the grip over the device, thus making it comfortable to hold. Second, it is resistant to fingerprint smudges.

The Back and Menu capacitive touch buttons are backlit, while the Home button is not. Instead, it has a silver-painted ring which marks its presence.

The back panel of the device is removable. Under the hood, this device has two micro SIM card slots. Only one of the slot supports 4G LTE. There is also a micro SD slot, which can be used to expand the storage up to 64 GB. The battery is non-removable though.

The device has a sleek ergonomic arc design. It is very light in weight (only 131 grams) and is perfect for elder people.

Swipe Elite Plus features


Concerning specifications, the device features a 5.0-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It is powered by 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, which is expandable up to 64 GB. It runs on Android 5.0 with Swipe’s custom layer, the Freedom OS, and packs 3,050 mAh lithium-ion battery. It also features a 13 MP primary camera, along with a 8 MP front-camera.

The smartphone possesses acceleration, gravity, gyro, light, linear acceleration, proximity and rotation vector sensors. It does not have pressure, ambient temperature, heart rate, relative humidity, significant motion, step counter and step detector sensors.

Swipe Elite Plus software


The device runs on Android Lollipop, with its custom skin as a topping. It is called the Freedom OS. It offers a lot of customization options, which is good to see. To name a few, one can change the background color, the font color of the icon captions, show/hide those captions, the color and shape of the app drawer icon, the size of the icons, and the transition effect. What's more, an image can be used as the app drawer icon. This might sound odd but is different for sure. To add to all this, there is gesture support for performing some basic actions.

There are many bloatware apps installed, which according to me is a negative point given the limited storage. This also results in the device getting hanged at times. One built-in app deserves special mention here. It is named the Swipe Finder. Staying true to its name, it not only acts as a one-stop search for the complete device but also searches the internet for relevant results. One annoying thing is that it keeps showing irrelevant ads when connected to the web.

One thing we like about the interface is the stock Android experience as far as the app drawer is concerned. The apps in the drawer are arranged in alphabetical order.

Swipe Elite Plus performance and benchmarks


Gaming on this device is a good experience. The device has a 1.5 GHz octa-core processor backed by 2 GB RAM. There were minor lags while launching and switching between apps, or while playing massive games. The device heated up when we played graphic intensive games for about 20 minutes continuously. The call quality is decent. Running 1080p videos is a joyous experience; no hiccups observed. Overall, the device is suitable as far as multi-tasking and browsing are concerned. A few software updates are required to bring the smartphone to its real potential.

The device scored 32,667 on AnTuTu, and 19,359 on Quadrant Standard benchmarks. You can find the rest of the scores here.

The device supports five finger multi-touch, i.e., the touchscreen can detect (and act on) five touches at any instance in time.

Swipe Elite Plus display


The device features a full HD IPS display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It comes with a 5-inch screen. The display is sharp and bright enough for both indoors and outdoors. Color reproduction is rich and vibrant, even in direct sunlight. The auto brightness feature takes a considerable time to adjust, which is annoying. The viewing angles are good. However, it is very prone to fingerprint smudges. The touch sensor is impressive. We tried scratching the display with a key; the Dragontrail glass saw to it that the screen was not damaged.

Swipe Elite Plus camera


The smartphone features a 13 MP rear camera, along with a 8 MP front-camera.

The camera offers various shooting modes, viz. Auto, Manual, Panorama, Time-lapse and Face Beauty. There is also a QR Scanner mode which does what you expect it to do.

The camera on this device has noticeable improvements over the one found in previous Swipe devices. The primary camera is fantastic. The auto-focus is fast. Color reproduction is excellent in case of daylight snaps. However, in the case of low light pictures, the camera takes a backseat.

The front camera is good. We fell in love with the selfies we clicked.

Find below a few sample images clicked using this device's camera:

Swipe Elite Plus camera sample 1

Swipe Elite Plus camera sample 2

Swipe Elite Plus camera sample 3

Swipe Elite Plus camera sample 4

Swipe Elite Plus camera sample 5

Swipe Elite Plus battery life


The device packs 3,050 mAh battery. Having a massive battery at this price is great. It lasts for a complete day with average use. With 3G on for the whole time, the battery lasted well. The only downside is the lengthy charge time required for a complete charge cycle; it takes around 2 hours.

Why should you buy it?


1. Affordable
2. FM radio available
3. Good battery backup
4. Full HD display
5. Great selfie camera

Why shouldn't you buy it?


1. Absence of fast charging

Swipe Elite Plus verdict


At the time when the budget segment was being ruled by a handful of Chinese giants, Swipe has delivered a game changer. The full HD screen, and excellent rear as well as front cameras at a price of just 6,999 ($105 approx.) make this smartphone a must buy.

Swipe Elite Plus specifications


Operating System: Android Lollipop
Processor: 1.5 GHz octa-core
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Storage: 16 GB internal (expandable up to 64 GB)
Display: 5.0-inch full HD IPS
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 13 megapixel
Secondary camera: 8 megapixel
Battery: 3,050 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 69.6x139.8x8.9 mm
Weight: 131 g
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars
Price: Get a price on the Swipe Elite Plus

Swipe Elite Plus recommended accessories


GadgetGuruz Cases with Holder for Swipe Elite Plus

Swipe Elite Plus
Reviewed by Garg Ankit Rating: 4.3

June 28, 2016:


The giveaway has ended. Winners have been contacted via email.

June 25, 2016:


Chinese giant LeEco had launched the second generation of their smartphones, the Le 2 and Le Max 2, in India earlier this month. We have received a Rose Gold variant of the Le 2 for review. We have already shared our first impressions and benchmark scores of the device. Next will be the review.

LeEco Le 2 smartphone and discount coupons giveaway

Before we do that, we have good news to share (more on it later).

Concerning specifications, the LeEco Le 2 features a 5.5-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The smartphone is powered by 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor. It comes with 3 GB RAM. The internal storage is 32 GB storage, which is non-expandable. It runs on EUI OS (based on Android 6.0.1) and packs 3,000 mAh battery. The smartphone features a 16 MP primary camera, and a 8 MP selfie camera.

Coming back to the 'good' part, we are giving away a LeEco Le 2 to one of our lucky readers. Moreover, there are two discount coupons of ₹3,000 each - one for the purchase of Le 2 and the other for the Le Max 2. Since these codes can only be used for the first sale that is happening at LeMall on coming Tuesday, we expect you to register yourselves for the same in case you win one of the discount codes.

There are three prizes in total. The giveaway ends at 0000 hours on June 28th. Participate now.

Please note that we will ship the smartphone only after we can purchase it (we are not giving away the review device). It may take a while, so we expect the winner to be patient. Also, the second winner gets a choice to choose the product (Le 2 or Le Max 2) for which he/she wants the code. We will wait until 0040 hours (40 minutes after the results are declared) for the second winner to respond back with the decision, failing which we will ourselves send one code each to the second and third winners respectively.

Also, note that this giveaway is only valid for an Indian citizen.

Good luck.
LeEco Le 2 was launched in India earlier this month. We've already shared our first impressions of the device. In this post, we are sharing the benchmark scores.

LeEco Le 2

Concerning specifications, the LeEco Le 2 features a 5.5-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The device is powered by 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor. It comes with 3 GB RAM. The internal storage is 32 GB storage, which is non-expandable. It runs on EUI OS (based on Android 6.0.1) and packs 3,000 mAh battery. The smartphone features a 16 MP primary camera, and a 8 MP selfie camera.

LeEco Le 2 Benchmarks


AnTuTu Benchmark v6.1.4: 81,631
Quadrant Standard v2.1.1: 35,421
Geekbench v3.4.1 Single-Core: 1,509
Geekbench v3.4.1 Multi-Core: 4,763
NenaMark2 v2.4: 60.0 fps
Basemark X v1.1 (medium quality): 23,557
Basemark X v1.1 (high quality): 14,321
Basemark OS II: 1,310
GFXBench OpenGL v4.0.13 Car Chase: 5.1 fps
GFXBench OpenGL v4.0.13 1080p Car Chase Offscreen: 5.2 fps
GFXBench OpenGL v4.0.13 Manhattan 3.1: 8.7 fps
GFXBench OpenGL v4.0.13 1080p Manhattan 3.1 Offscreen: 8.9 fps
GFXBench OpenGL v4.0.13 T-Rex: 28.0 fps
GFXBench OpenGL v4.0.13 1080p T-Rex Offscreen: 29.0 fps
Vellamo v3.2.6 Metal: 2,664
Vellamo v3.2.6 Multicore: 3,273
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited: 16,853
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme: 9,660
PCMark Work Performance 1.0: 5,543

LeEco Le 2 specifications


Operating System: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Processor: 1.8 GHz octa-core
Memory: 3 GB RAM
Storage: 32 GB internal (non-expandable)
Display: 5.5-inch full HD
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 16 megapixel
Secondary camera: 8 megapixel
Battery: 3,000 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 74.2x151.1x7.5 mm
Weight: 153 g
Price: ₹11,999 ($180 approx.)

June 22, 2016:


The pricing for the Motorola Moto G4 has finally been revealed. It is priced at ₹12,499 ($185 approx.), which is ₹500 more than what we had expected. The sale for the same starts at midnight on Amazon.

May 17, 2016:


Motorola has finally announced the much-awaited successor to its Moto G series of smartphones today, at an event held in New Delhi. This time, there are two different models, viz. the Moto G4 and the G4 Plus with options for different RAM and internal storage.

Motorola Moto G4

The Moto G4 and G4 Plus come with a 5.5-inch full HD display, with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, and pixel density of 401 pixels-per-inch. The display is protected using the Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Both G4 and G4 Plus come with similar specifications, with the difference of fingerprint scanner and upgraded camera on the latter. The Moto G4 Plus comes with a 16 MP f/2.0 primary camera with dual LED flash and Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) while the Moto G4 features a 13 MP rear camera. The devices are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 clocked at 1.5 GHz, along with Adreno 405 GPU. The Moto G4 Plus comes in 2 GB RAM/ 16 GB storage and 3 GB RAM/32 GB storage options. The Moto G4 comes with only 2 GB RAM/16 GB internal storage configuration.

The G4 series comes with dual SIM support, along with LTE support. The dedicated slot for external storage allows extending memory up to 128 GB. A non-removable 3,000 mAH battery is powering the devices, and they support fast charging.

Motorola Moto G4 Plus

The 5 MP front camera on both the smartphones features a f/2.2 aperture and an 84-degree wide angle lens with display flash. The devices run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

The devices are launched in black and white color options, and will be available exclusively on Amazon. The Moto G4 Plus is priced at ₹13,499 ($200 approx.) for 2 GB/16 GB version while the 3 GB/32 GB model is priced at ₹14,999 ($225 approx.)  The pricing for Moto G4 is yet to be announced, but it is expected to be priced at ₹11,999 ($180 approx.). While the G4 Plus can be bought starting midnight, the G4 will go on sale sometime next month.

Motorola Moto G4 specifications


Operating System: Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Processor: 1.5 GHz octa-core
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Storage: 16 GB internal (expandable up to 128 GB)
Display: 5.5-inch full HD TFT LCD
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 13 megapixel
Secondary camera: 5 megapixel
Battery: 3,000 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 76.6x153.6x7.9 mm
Weight: 155 g
Price: ₹12,499 ($185 approx.)

Motorola Moto G4 Plus specifications


Operating System: Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Processor: 1.5 GHz octa-core
Memory: 2/3 GB RAM
Storage: 16/32 GB internal (expandable up to 128 GB)
Display: 5.5-inch full HD
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 16 megapixel
Secondary camera: 5 megapixel
Battery: 3,000 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 76.6x153.6x7.9 mm
Weight: 155 g
Price: ₹13,499 ($200 approx.) for 2 GB/16 GB variant, ₹14,999 ($225 approx.) for the 3 GB/32 GB model
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LeEco Le 2 was launched in India earlier this month. Another smartphone, the LeEco Le Max 2, was also launched along with. We have with us the Rose Gold color variant. Concerning specifications, this smartphone features a full HD display, powered by 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor. It comes with a 5.5-inch screen, and 3 GB RAM. The internal storage is 32 GB storage, which is non-expandable. It runs on EUI OS, which is based on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1, and packs a 3,000 mAh battery.

LeEco Le 2 front

LeEco Le 2 secondary camera

The smartphone features a display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It has three capacitive buttons for Menu, Home, and Back. All these buttons are located below the screen. All the three buttons are back-lit. Additionally, there is an 8 MP front facing camera lens located above the display, to the right of the earpiece grille, which is itself in the center. The proximity sensor is located to the left of the earpiece. The notification indicator LED is to the left of the sensor.

LeEco Le 2 rear

LeEco Le 2 primary camera and fingerprint sensor

The smartphone's hardware includes 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, and a 16 MP rear camera with dual LED flash located beside the camera lens. Above the camera lens lies the secondary noise-cancellation microphone. Below the camera is the fingerprint sensor. It is square in shape, but with rounded corners. Below the fingerprint module is the LeTV branding. This is strange because the company is renamed to LeEco.

LeEco Le 2 left and right

The right side of the device features the volume rocker key (located on the top) and the power key (located below it). The SIM tray is found on the left side of the device. There are two nano SIM slots; both of them support 4G LTE.

LeEco Le 2 bottom and top

The infrared blaster is on the top left. The USB Type-C port is at the bottom center. The speaker grille and primary microphone are placed on either side.

There is no 3.5 mm headset jack on the smartphone. The new CDLA headphones by LeEco use the USB Type-C port to connect to the device. Removal of headphone jack has resulted in a reduction in thickness of the device (it is just 7.5 mm).

LeEco Le 2 features a metal unibody design, i.e., the rear panel is non-removable. It is slightly textured wth dark color band on the top and the bottom. These bands continue on either side of the device as well.

The device has rounded corners. The chamfered edges make it easier to hold. When the display is turned off, the thin bezels on the left and right disappear into the dark.

Stay tuned for a detailed review of the device. Subscribe to our feed, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Google+ to get notified as soon as the review is published.

LeEco Le 2 specifications


Operating System: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Processor: 1.8 GHz octa-core
Memory: 3 GB RAM
Storage: 32 GB internal (non-expandable)
Display: 5.5-inch full HD
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 16 megapixel
Secondary camera: 8 megapixel
Battery: 3,000 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 74.2x151.1x7.5 mm
Weight: 153 g
Price: ₹11,999 ($180 approx.)
Over the past couple of years, we have seen a lot of Chinese companies entering the Indian smartphone market. This has, without a doubt, led to a healthy competition in the segment, which in turn has brought down the prices. However, the other side of this competitive coin is the degraded quality of after-sales support. Now, another manufacturer has decided to gain a share of the growing market. Although, this time, it is a London-based brand.

STK to launch more than ten smartphones in India by year end


In case you are not aware, STK is already known in the country for its smartphone accessories. They are planning to come up with devices featuring an exceptional design and build. They also plan to support their devices with a unique software, which according to us will be no more unique than a custom skin on top of Android.

Their mission is to 'redefine luxury' at an affordable price. This hints that they are targeting at the entry-level segment. By the end of the calendar year, more than ten different models are expected to be launched at a price range of ₹2,999 ($45 approx.) to ₹9,999 ($150 approx.). One of them is to be named Hero X and is expected to be a flagship device with reasonable pricing.

Apart from that, they are also planning to launch their services ecosystem which aims at providing a user-friendly interface.

Furthermore, they also plan to set up manufacturing plants and R&D centers in India, but that is the long-term goal.