Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone released 'a long, long time ago,' and yet the device remains to be one of the standout releases from the South Korean giant (and quite popular with a majority of Indian crowd) with its coming of age features and the amount of power the device harnesses inside, thanks to its Exynos 5 Octa processor.
And while the Samsung-made device still demands an asking price of above Rs. 30,000 - and rightfully so due to its features and specifications - it seems like Hong Kong based tech firm iBerry is ready to offer some much needed competition to South Korean company with its own octa core offering in the form of Auxus Nuclea N2.
As far as a basic know-how about the new phone is concerned, Auxus Nuclea N2 is currently up for pre-orders at the company's official site for a discounted price of 19,990 - which is quite a remarkable deduction from its original Rs. 23,990 price tag. The site also states that the device will begin shipping in February.
However, with the new octa core offering from the Hong Kong-based company, it is more than expected that a battle to the top will commence shortly with Samsung, as expected, in no mood to give away its dominance on the top of the pile. But will it be able to withstand the new octa core challenger in the market? A quick comparison is the best way to reach to a conclusion - although coming months will really tell us who stands where.
Display and Dimension
Kicking off with both the phones' overall display features and dimensions, as far as the Galaxy S4 is concerned, it offers a 5-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with dimensions of 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm and weighing at 130 grams.
On the other hand, while the Auxus Nuclea N2 offers a bigger 5.7-inch screen with dimensions of 145.6 x 79 x 8.5, the device is quite a heavy object with its massive battery that makes the phone weigh 189 grams.
Processor, RAM and OS
Both the devices run on the Google-based Android OS, with the Auxus Nuclea N2 offering the option to upgrade the device to a higher version of Android via OTA. The S4 also offers Android v4.2.2 that's upgradable to v4.3.3.
As far as the in-device processors and RAM are concerned, the Auxus Nuclea N2 offers a 2GB DDR3 RAM with ARM MALI-450MP4 quad core processor and a 28nm octa core CPU that's more than enough to play at least two high-def games at the same time on the device. The S4, however, offers a quad core 1.6 GHz Cortex CPU with Exynos 5 Octa 5410 chipset. Again, both the devices are about equal in this respect.
In terms of device connectivity, both the devices score the same with regular connectivity options like 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and NFC options. Although the iBerry-made device also arrives with the option of dual SIM support (microSIM + Regular SIM).
Both the devices sport a 13MP camera with the S4 featuring a 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash camera. The iBerry-made device, on the other hand, an Auto Focus and a LED flash camera with BSI sensor. Interestingly, the Auxus Nuclea N2 smartphone also features an 8MP front facing shooter as well, while the S4 offers just a 2MP front-facing camera.
Fans of downloads will be happy to know while that the Auxus Nuclea N2 offers an internal memory of 16GB, it can also support external storage up to 64GB via MicroSD. Although it's quite needless to say at this point that the S4 also offers the same storage capacities. So again, both the devices are equal to each other in that respect as well.
If you are looking for a big screen, the iBerry-made phone could be just the device for you with its excessively low price tag. However, it is to be seen as to how many people will opt for a heavier phone in an age where smartphones are turning lighter day by day. But all that can be set aside once the price factor comes into play. And if the price is indeed a big factor, it can be assumed that the Auxus Nuclea N2 will not do quite as bad in the present domestic Indian market.