Zen Mobiles is an Indian brand of smartphones who are known for their affordable smartphones. It is their mission to “develop and deliver most innovative mobility products that contribute to every citizen’s growth and establishes a competitive advantage for the brand and enhances profitability”. The Zen Admire Sense is a part of that effort.
It is a well-built device which sacrifices some features to keep down costs and make it accessible to anybody who wants to own a smartphone.It runs on a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz and is supported by 1GB RAM. It runs up to 4G speeds and supports Indian 4G bands. The Zen Admire Sense is available at a price of Rs. 4,999/- in online stores. Let us take a closer look at this phone in its review.
The Zen Admire Sense is made of plastic which keeps the weight and the price down. The edges of the phone are curved in order to afford a better grip. A metal looking frame runs around the edge of the phone. The back panel is made of plastic and is easily removable. At the very top of the back panel, there is a circular cut-out for the 5.0-megapixel camera which is flanked by the dual-LED flash. The circular fingerprint sensor lies below the camera. There is Zen branding on the bottom part of the back panel. Below that is the loudspeaker grill which is made up of a series of drilled holes arranged in a pill shape.
The power button and the volume rocker are located on the right edge of the phone. Over at the front, all the attention is dominated by the 5.0” display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels which give it a pixel density of 195 PPI. The earpiece sits above the display and is flanked by the array of sensors and the 5.0-megapixel selfie-camera. The three capacitive Android navigation buttons are located below the display. These are not backlit. The Zen Admire Sense stands up rather well to the scrutiny of the design review.
The Zen Admire Sense sports a 5.0” LCD display which outputs at a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels which give it a pixel density of 195 PPI. The display is decently sharp and quite bright and features well-saturated colours. It is also quite reflective which slightly affects the outdoor visibility. All-in-all, this is a decent display justifying its inclusion at this price point.
The primary camera on the Zen Admire Sense is a 5.0-megapixel camera which is ably supported by a dual LED flash. The camera is surprisingly good at shooting clean images in daylight or under ideal lighting conditions. The 5.0-megapixel camera captures a decent amount of details. Low-light pictures do not fare so well.
The LED flash helps in some, but not all, situations. Low-light pictures are full of noise and are smeared around the subjects. The selfie camera sports a resolution of 5.0-megapixels and is built for the selfie-crazy generation. It captures decent selfies, which can be triggered by the fingerprint scanner present at the back.
The Zen Admire Sense runs on a Spreadtrum quad-core 6832 processor running at 1.3 GHz. It is ably supported by 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The storage can be expanded up to 32GB via the dedicated microSD card slot. This is a welcome addition to the phone as 8GB tends to fill up fast, especially when both the cameras sport a 5.0-megapixel resolution. The 1GB RAM is barely enough to keep this phone functioning smoothly in daily tasks.
The Zen Admire Sense supports dual-SIM card setup. The first SIM supports speeds up to 4G, while on the second SIM they are restricted to 2G. The 2300mAh Li-ion battery powers the phone for a total talk-time of 4.5 hours and a standby time of 320 hours. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS via AGPS. The phone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.
INSIDE THE BOX:
[ Zen Admire Sense Handset
[ Data Cable
[ User Manual
þ Selfie camera fingerprint scanner trigger.
þ Big 2300 mAh battery.
þ Dedicated memory expansion slot.
þ 4G VOLTE supported on SIM 1.
þ Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and A-GPS support.
ý No FM-radio.
ý 8GB built-in storage.
ý 1GB RAM.
The Zen Admire Sense is an affordable smart phone with lower mid-range specifications which performs to the buyer’s expectations. The ‘Sense’ in its name stands for ‘Sensible’, which it is, considering the specifications as against the price. This review has shown that there are sensible phones available in the market which are also sensibly priced.
· Performance: 3 Stars.
· Value for Money: 3 Stars.