Obi, the San Francisco based smartphone manufacturer rebranded itself as Obi Worldphone, and started its second innings by introducing a new phone in the Indian market, the SF1. On first look, Obi SF1 makes a great impression and looks far better than ausual budget phone with powerful features. The features a remarkable body with premium finish and makes you feel like “Woah” in just a second. It brings an impactful combination of good looks and powerful features, which is rarely seen thing in Indian market!
The Obi SF1 smartphone is currently hitting the shelves in India at a price, which is almost similar to the price value of Xiaomi Mi4i, Motorola Moto G Gen 3, and Lenovo K4 Note. The smartphone is going for a buzz kill in the highly competitive budget segment, and is performing good as well. But the question is, what’s so special in this handset which makes it better than Lenovo K4 Note or other famous players? It’sa new and understated brand, which certainly needs a lot of hype to market itself against the well-established players. So here are few facts which’ll help you in deciding whether to buy Obi Worldphone SF1 or not!
Design and Build Quality
What’s good needs to be appreciated, and the design of Obi Worldphone SF1 is a real element of appreciation. The phone features an amazing design language, and gives a premium feel with its plastic casing supported with a strip of metal on the top.It looks like a mixture of iPhone and Lumia, and gives a good one handedgrip with soft-touch matte finish on the back and good tactile feedback.The display, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4, is slightly elevated from the body, which has no functional benefit but again stands out from the crowd with perfection. Overall, the design of this handset looks cool enough for a priced well below 15k!
Display and Viewing Experience
Another plus side of Obi Worldphone SF1 is its mind-blowing display. The power-packed beauty incorporates a 5-inch full-HD IPS display, and gives a brilliant viewing experience with incredible brightness, rich contrasts, and stunning colour clarity. It features 441 pixels per inch and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and oleophobic coating for protection against damages and fingerprints.On whole, the display of this handset is definitely one of the best in the category, and you can expect a picture perfect visual experience while watching movies and playing games. It will not be as good ashigh-end flagships, but will cater all your needs with perfection!
Hardware and Performance
Just like design and display, Obi Worldphone SF1 stands out in the hardware category as well. The device powers up by the ultra-fast Snapdragon 615 Octa-core chipset that comes with Moto G Turbo, and brings 64-bit capabilities for speedy internet access and nonstop work and play. It handles graphic intensive gaming and HD video playback with perfection and gives sufficient speed, reliability and power for on-the-go entertainment!On whole, with a powerful chipset and 2GB and 3GB RAM variants, there will be no signs of lagging or stuttering in Obi SF1.
Software and OS
On the software side, Obi Worldphone SF1 loses just by a bit. The phone runs a slightly dated Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with the unique, yet understated Lifespeed skin on the top. The newLifespeed UI from Obi is pretty similar to stock Android, except for the new icon pack and toggles with added features. It gives a slick user-experience and includes smart functions such as flip-to-mute and auto-answer. You can play around with the UI quite comfortably as there are no major lags and the amount of bloatware is also pretty less!
Superb Camera Performance
There’s nothing new in the camera department, as Obi Worldphone SF1 also incorporates the same camera setup that comes with most budget phones.The back camera of the device is a 13-megapixel shooter with Sony’s Exmor RS sensor and an aperture as wide as f/2.0.It gives a nice photography experience in lowlight with ChromaFlash and delivers crisp, vibrant, and colour rich images with proper focus, reduced noise and fast shutter speed. There are no lags in the Obi camera app, and the 5MP front-facing shooter also makes a good impression with advanced Optizoom technology and an additional front-facing LED flash.
Tremendous Power Backup
Last but not the least, ObiWorldphone SF1 also endows enormous power support. The dual SIM based device houses a 3000 mAh battery, which promises up to 20 days of standby time, 28 hours of talk time and 10 hoursof nonstop video playback time. It gives top-notch performance on normal and heavy usage, and holds sufficient amount of juice even after a rough day with too many calls or hours of web-surfing. No matter what are you need, there will be sufficient fuel in the handset to keep things up and running!
More to this, Obi also offers Quick Charge 1.0 tech with SF1. The device gives you 2-3 hours of usage with just a single charge of 10-15 minutes!
In India, the pricing of Obi Worldphone SF1 is pretty interesting. The 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM variant of the device is available at Rs. 11,999, and the 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM avatar is available at Rs. 13,999 exclusively via Gadget360, NDTV’s latest online shopping venture.
If you’re looking for a good looking phone with a premium, Obi SF1 is completely worthy for the price. The device offers an improved look and feel, and offers anexemplary set of specs for seamless performance. However, if premium form-factor is not your thing, there are many options in the market that offer the same experience at a much lower price bracket. The best ones for instance are Lenovo K3 Note and Xiaomi Mi4i.So, before investing your money in Obi Worldphone SF1 or any other budget phone, check with your needs to find out which one fits perfectly!