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.
The co-founder and CEO Sharad Mehrotra is an ex-Apple employee who has a vision to change the landscape of the Indian smartphone industry, with HYVE , his new smartphone startup brand.
Company have 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.
The design looks primitive and the top and the bottom part of 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.
It flaunts a 5-inch HD LCD display with MiraVision. The phone comes with 16 GB of inbuilt storage expandable upto 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 are 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 colours, Snow White and Mystic Grey colour variants.
Hyve Buzz comes with a larger display and beefed up specs. The phone has a complete 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.
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 atleast 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 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 expand-ability 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 sale 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, 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 Storm||Hyve Buzz|
|5inch HD display||5.5inch FHD display with 2.5D glass on top|
|MediaTek MT6735 SoC clocked at 1.3 Ghz processor||MediaTek MT6753 SoC clocked at 1.5Ghz processor|
|2 GB RAM||3GB RAM|
|16 GB inbuilt, expandable upto 64 GB||16GB inbuilt, bundled with 32GB card and also expandable upto 128GB|
|13Mp rear camera with 5Mp front camera||13Mp rear camera with 5Mp front camera|
|2000mAh battery||2500mAh battery|
|No IPX4 rating||IPX4 rating|
|No fingerprint scanner||Fingerprint scanner at the back|
|Priced at ₹8,499||Priced at ₹13,999|