Storm and Buzz Are Pure Android Phones from Indian Startup

Hyve is the aspiring Indian startup to come up with 2 new budget phones named as Storm and Buzz. While the budget smartphone market in India is dominated by the Chinese smartphone manufacturers it is a positive sign to see new Indian startups gearing up to match the Chinese counterparts.

Recently we saw Indian startups like CREO launch the CREO Mark 1 and the Smartron launch an upper mid-range Smartron tphone.

Storm and Buzz Are Pure Android Phones from Indian Startup

The co-founder and CEO Sharad Mehrotra is an ex-Apple employee who has the vision to change the landscape of the Indian smartphone industry, with HYVE, his new smartphone startup brand.

The company has recently launched 2 Android smartphones, Storm and Buzz. While the former is the low tier smartphone and the latter is a mid-range phone. Both the smartphones will be available for purchase from Flipkart.

Hyve Storm

The design looks primitive and the top and the bottom part of the screen looks quite wide, indicating a high screen to body ratio. The phone has power button placed on the right and volume button to the left.

The Storm features MediaTek MT6735 chipset clocked at 1.3 GHz coupled with 2 GB of RAM.

Storm and Buzz Are Pure Android Phones from Indian Startup

It flaunts a 5-inch HD LCD display with MiraVision. The phone comes with 16 GB of inbuilt storage expandable up to 64 GB. Camera section also features a decent 13 MP rear camera with Samsung 3L8 ISOCELL lens and PDAF.

The front camera for taking selfies is a 5 MP shooter. Powering the phone is an average 2000 mAh battery which may not last all day long.

The phone has 4G LTE support for data connectivity. It also features a hybrid sim slot for dual sim or a sim and micro sd card usage.

The only thing it misses is IPX4 rating and fingerprint sensor when compared to its bigger sibling Hyve Buzz. The smartphone measures 71.6 x 142 x 9.2 mm, the thickness of the device is too high despite of having a low battery capacity. The Hyve Storm weighs 160 grams which is again on the bulkier side.

Hyve Storm is reasonably priced at ₹ 8,499 and is available in 2 colors, Snow White and Mystic Grey color variants.

Hyve Buzz

Hyve Buzz comes with a larger display and beefed up specs. The phone has a completely different design when compared to Storm.

The phone has a unique design at the back side with big notification light under the camera module and a fingerprint scanner below it.

Storm and Buzz Are Pure Android Phones from Indian Startup

The button placements are also unique with volume and power button slightly on the edge of the curve. The back side gives you a hexagonal fell, not the prettiest of designs to look at at least from the back side.

The front looks similar to OnePlus One with chrome bezel missing. The phone has a rubber coating and flaps on the all ports to make it splash proof with the IPX4 rating.

The Hyve Buzz has a 5.5 inch Full HD display with 2.5 D glass. Buzz is powered by the Octa-Core MediaTek MT 6753 SoC clocked at 1.5 GHz and is paired with 3 GB of RAM.

The phone features 16 GB storage with expandability up to 128 GB and the company also bundles a 32 GB SD card with it.

The 13-megapixel rear camera comes with a Sony Exmor RS sensor and dual-LED flash and 5 MP front shooter for clicking selfies. Powering this phone is a sub-par 2500 mAh battery.

The phone has all the connectivity options including 4G LTE and the modern USB type-C port.

The buzz is available in Twilight Black, Midnight Blue, and Sunset Wine color options. It is aggressively priced ₹ 13,999. At this price the phone might see a tough sell as it faces competition with Leeco 2, Redmi Note 3, Lenovo Zuk Z1 and Moto G4 Plus.

Features and Pricing

The fingerprint sensor placed at the back on Buzz and also features, the Touch2Call feature allows the user to directly call his/her pre-defined numbers by simply scanning the particular finger registered to the number. It will eventually receive SOS feature which will help in case of emergencies.

Both the phones run stock android on lollipop version and Hyve promises marshmallow update soon.

Hyve focuses more on after sales support and guarantees free pickup and drop service across the entire country (42,000 PIN codes in the country are covered). They also plan to release more devices in future. The phones will be available online on Amazon, Flipkart and Gadget360 from June 22, 2016.

Key specifications Comparison Hyve Storm Vs Hyve Buzz:

Hyve StormHyve Buzz
5inch HD display5.5inch FHD display with 2.5D glass on top
MediaTek MT6735 SoC clocked at 1.3 GHz processorMediaTek MT6753 SoC clocked at the 1.5Ghz processor
16 GB inbuilt, expandable up to 64 GB16GB inbuilt, bundled with a 32GB card and also expandable up to 128GB
13Mp rear camera with 5Mp front camera13Mp rear camera with 5Mp front camera
2000mAh battery2500mAh battery
No IPX4 ratingIPX4 rating
No fingerprint scannerFingerprint scanner at the back
Priced at ₹8,499Priced at ₹13,999


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