Walton Primo X3: The slimmest smartphone in the market
Walton, over the past couple years has made a significant impact on the Bangladeshi smartphone market by providing Android devices at affordable prices. We here at Techetron offer reviews and hands on experiences of various popular models from the manufacturer. Today we shall be looking into the unreleased Walton Primo X3 and shall provide our first impressions on the smartphone.
Let us begin with the design. The device upon first glance truly looks beautiful. If the S5.5 and the Primo X3 were seen side by side, it would be incredibly difficult to differentiate between the two due to the sheer similarity in terms of design. You might ask why? Because it IS the Elife S5.5 but only rebranded and sold as Walton’s.
The Primo X3 is built around a magnesium alloy frame that is sandwiched between two sheets of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. We all know about the durability and scratch resistant properties of Gorilla Glass 3 but it must be mentioned that drops may do significant damage to the front and back glass panels and cause them to crack.
The Primo X3 features chambered edges that compliment the slightly rounded corners of the handset though the bezels on the top and bottom could have been slimmer to fit my preference. The Primo X3 is also just 5.5 mm thick meaning that upon launch it will share the title of the slimmest smartphone (unless of course another thinner smartphone is released by then). The device’s small profile and lightweight design should allow it to easily fit into someone’s pocket and also offer the ability to use comfortably with one hand. Overall the build of the device looks premium and credit must be given to Walton for releasing a spectacular device such as this.
On the back of the device, we have a small speaker grill that does not seem very impressive given its size and positioning. The device also has a 13-megapixel BSI Auto Focus camera on the back with a single LED flash and a 5-megapixel BSI Auto Focus wide angle camera on the front. It is common knowledge now that a high megapixel count does not necessarily produce good quality images, rather it is a matter of the combination of the lens, sensor and even software that helps produce good quality images. Both the cameras are capable of recording video at 1080p and there is also an HDR mode available.
The display of the Primo X3 should be a highpoint as it is a 5-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) Super AMOLED panel with a pixel density of 441-ppi. Super AMOLED displays are right now the best in the market and offer high contrast, vivid colours and better viewing angles.
The similarities between the Primo X3 and S5.5 carry on through to even the internals with both devices sharing near identical specifications. Inside we have a 1.7GHz Octacore processor (probably from Mediatek) with a Mali 450 GPU backed by 2GB of RAM. As of now, the smartphone will come with 16GB of built in storage with no word yet on alternative options. A 2450mAh battery powers the device which should be enough to get through a full day of moderate use. Due to the build, the battery is non removable.
Moving to the software side of things, the Primo X3 will come with Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box! KitKat is known for being light on RAM and when paired with the octacore processor and 2GB RAM, the device should run smoothly. However there is no guarantee regarding whether or not the device will be upgraded to Android L. From official images released by Walton, we can sadly see that stock Android is not in place. Although Walton has not officially stated what skin is on top of its upcoming device, it seems to be an upgrade of the Amigo OS seen previously on other Walton devices. If the new skin is anything like TouchWiz then there may be stutters here and there but we shall wait until we get our hands on the device in order to give a concrete answer.
Finally we come to the retail price. The Walton Primo X3 will sell for Tk/-28,990 (~$373). The price is slightly higher than that of the LG Nexus 5 and is on par with the Gionee Elife S5.5.
Walton’s new device is set to compete in the market by offering flagship specifications for a relatively affordable price. In the coming months we shall see the official release of Android L and the Android One program so it shall be interesting to see if Walton uses the Android one for its lower end smartphones and adopts stock Android for the higher end devices. Be sure to check back at Techetron in order to get updates on the Primo X3 and other devices.