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Edison Group, the company behind Symphony, was a bit quiet after launching the 4G enabled smartphone, Helio S1, until now. Through the official Facebook page, Helio has announced the all new Helio S20 which will be hitting the markets soon at BDT 25,990.
For those who are still unaware of Helio, the brand is not directly under Symphony even though it is found on the Symphony website. There’s no sign of Symphony branding on the device itself nor is it a part of the device’s name. The Helio moniker is being used exclusively for a premium set of smartphones, at least that is what is currently happening.
Before going into the specs, I am still wondering about the version name of the new device. If this is the successor of Helio S1, it should have probably be named Helio S2. Maybe, the Helio S20 is another new version of their upcoming devices in the future, who knows. Whatever may the case be, the Helio S20 will be dubbed as the latest model of the Helio S Series.
Flashback to Helio S1
Let’s have a rundown of what the Helio S1 boasted about previously. Helio S1 was massively marketed as a 4G enabled device, without 4G being available in Bangladesh though. With a sleek 6.95mm design, attractive metal finish, 5-inch AMOLED screen, 2GB of RAM and a powerful Octa-Core 1.3GHz processor fused into it, the Helio S1 was dubbed the most premium smartphone launched by Symphony. The display itself came with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 offering resistance to scratches and hard drops. As for the camera, the device housed a Sony IMX214 sensor 13MP rear facing camera with a 8MP front faing one. All of this ran on the Android 5.1 Lollipop.
So what’s new in Helio S20?
The 4G enabled Helio S20 is powerful and I mean, very powerful compared to the previous. The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a feature that’s not widely seen yet in local devices. Most importantly, this device has a fingerprint sensor this time which is a notable upgrade.
The Helio S20 comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED Display to make the display more crispier and sharper. The 2.5D display is protected with the Gorilla Glass 3 offering the same resistance it did for the Helio S1 as well. With a full metal body, the Helio S20 measures 7mm in thickness, a bit thicker than the previous Helio S1.
|HELIO S20||HELIO S1|
|Display||5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED DIsplay, 400 PPI||5″ AMOLED HD Display, HD (1280 X 720),|
|Processor||8 x 64bit Cortex-A53 1.95GHz
|1.3 GHz Octa Core/MTK6753 (64-bit Processor)
|RAM||4 GB||2 GB|
Expandable to 128GB
Expandable to 32GB
|Camera||Rear Camera: 16MP
Front Camera: 8MP
|Rear Camera: 13MP
Front Camera: 8MP
|Connectivity||4G, 3G, OTG,OTA, USB Type C||4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Software||Android 6.0 Marshmallow||Android 5.1 Lollipop|
|Battery||3,000 mAh||2400 mAh Li-Polymer Battery (Non-removable)|
|Dimensions||154.3 X 74.9 X 7.0mm
145g (with battery)
|141.5 X 70.3 X 6.95 mm
What amazed us was that this device is offering 3D Touch technology, a feature that’s rarely found in other devices. We would need to have a closer look at the device to know more about this.
Moving on, Helio S20 is armed with a Cortex A53 1.9GHz MT6755 Octa Core Processor, a massive 4GB RAM and Mali T860MP2 as its GPU. For storage, the device will be giving 64GB of space, expandable storage up to 128GB and USB Type C connectivity port.
The camera sector for the Helio S20 has been improved as well with a 16MP camera at the rear and a 8MP camera at the front. Features included: HDR, Facebeauty, Night, Panorama, Professional, Time Lapse, Slow Motion, Text Recognition, Macro, GIF, PicNote, Ultra Pixel, Smart Scan, Mood Photo, Geo Tagging, Beautified Video, Video Editor
To keep the device alive, there’s a 3000mAh power unit running behind the curtain which is quite enough for device of this sort. According to Helio’s specs page, the device will take 2 hours to charge fully!
Price & Availability of Helio S20
Helio S20 will be carrying a heavy price tag of BDT 25,990 and is currently only available for pre-booking in Pickaboo.com. Available colors in Gold and Grey.By pre-booking it today, you will be getting a 5,000mAh powerbank and a bluetooth headset completely free of cost!
Have any thoughts on the new device? Let us know in the comments below!