Zen Mobiles is an Indian brand of smartphones who have made it their mission to “develop & deliver most innovative mobility products that contribute to every citizen’s growth and establishes a competitive advantage for the brand and enhances profitability”. Since 2009 Zen Mobile has been striving to put a smartphone in every hand. The Zen Desire Strong is a part of that effort.
The smartphone is a well-built device which aims to connect people to the rest of the world. The build quality is decent. It runs on a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. It supports speeds up to 3G. The Zen Desire Strong is available at a price of Rs. 2,499/- in online stores. Let us take a detailed review of this phone.
The Zen Desire Strong is made of plastic for two reasons; price and weight, it keeps both of them down. The edges of the phone are curved which gives is a sleek look. The back panel comes off to reveal the removable battery, the dual SIM slots, and the microSD card slot. The back panel features a glossy finish and a diamond design pattern which gives it an attractive look. It carries the Zen branding at the lower side. A black glossy pill-shaped band runs across the top of the back side.
It houses the 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera along with its LED flash. This design strongly resembles the back of the Nexus 6P. The micro-USB port and the 3.5mm headphone jack are located on the top edge of the phone. At the front is the 4.0” display. The top and bottom edges are quite thick. The earpiece sits at the top of the display flanked by the 2.0-megapixel front camera and a selfie flash. The three capacitive Android navigation buttons sit below the display. The loudspeaker is located on the bottom edge of the phone.
The Zen Desire Strong sports a 4.0” TFT display which outputs at a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels which give it a pixel density of 236 PPI. The display is plenty sharp and it is protected by Asahi Dragontrail glass which makes it scratch-resistant and will protect the display in most of the everyday wear and tear.
The display is 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 Zen Desire Strong sports a 3.2-megapixel autofocus primary camera which is supported by a single LED flash. The 3.2-megapixel resolution seems a bit outdated in 2017. But the camera is a surprisingly decent shooter which clicks good pictures when there is plenty of light. Pictures are well-lit and display good details. Low-light pictures do not come out so well. The pictures turn out dark and grainy. The front 2.0-megapixel camera has its own LED flash. So, selfies clicked in any light turn out decent, thanks to the flash.
The Zen Desire Strong is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. It is backed by 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage. The storage can be expanded up to 32GB via the microSD card slot. The phone supports up to 3G data speeds. The RAM powering this phone is borderline sufficient to keep this phone running with any semblance of smoothness. The 4GB internal memory is just not enough to power a phone in 2017.
It fills up really fast as more and more apps are installed on the phone. Internal storage can be increased up to 32GB through the microSD card slot. The 1400mAh Li-ion battery keeps the phone running for 6 hours of talk time and 3 days of standby time. The Zen Desire Strong has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. The FM radio provides entertainment. The phone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box.
INSIDE THE BOX:
· Zen Desire Strong Handset
· Data Cable
· User Manual
ü Selfie camera with flash.
ü Big 1400 mAh removable battery.
ü Dedicated memory expansion slot.
ü Built-in FM radio.
ü Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and A-GPS support.
û Camera quality not up to the mark.
û Dismal talk-time figures.
û 4GB built-in storage.
û 512MB RAM.
The Zen Desire Strong is an affordable phone with low-end specifications which may not perform up to the buyer’s expectations. The minuscule RAM and dismal storage capacity just do not make sense, especially since there are other smartphones available in this price range with better specifications. The ‘Strong’ in its name sounds rather ironic while looking at the weak specifications. Whether the phone is accepted by people at this price range remains to be seen.
· Performance: 3 Stars.
· Value for Money: 3 Stars.