Centric, a domestic manufacturer, recently launched its affordable smartphone, L3, in India priced at Rs. 6,749. At these prices, the Centric L3 will be directly up against the likes of 10.or D and Redmi 5A. On the face of it, the handset promises some assurance of attractive design, fingerprint sensor, ample camera megapixels, and light software. But how does all that add up in practical usage? Well, we have been putting Centric L3 through its paces for a week now. Read on our Centric L3 review to know all that matters.
Key Specifications of Centric L3:
|Display||5-inch HD (1280 X 720)|
|Processor||1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor|
|Camera||13MP rear and 5MP front cameras|
|Internal Memory||16GB, dedicated card slot|
|Software||Android 7.0 Nougat OS|
Design and Build
The Centric L3 looks quite attractive and polished. The phone is entirely made of plastic, but the rear panel has a unique, glossy finish. The back panel looks good but is prone to fingerprints and smudges. You can take it off to access dual SIM and dedicated microSD card slot.
On the front, the phone has a 2.5D curved glass and a front fingerprint sensor. The audio jack and micro USB port are both placed on the top edge and that feels slightly weird. The power button has a rugged texture to it and gives decent feedback.
Centric further bundles a clear TPU case in the box. Overall, the phone looks interesting and is compact enough for comfortable handling. For the price, the look and feel is certainly up to the mark. But when you compare it to the competition, some other smartphones do offer metal build in same price segment.
The handset has a regular 16:9 5.2-inch HD IPS LCD display. Colors and contrast are decent. Viewing angles are wide and outdoor visibility is average. Centric doesn’t mention any scratch resistance layer on top and there probably isn’t any. Considering the price tag, the display quality is above average.
Performance and Software
The Centric L3 is powered by MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. This is a very basic configuration and limits L3 as a phone for first time and basic users. The device cannot handle heavy multi-tasking or high-end gaming. Games like Asphalt 8 and modern combat 5 does lag on the phone but you can run entry-level or mid-range games without much problem.
On the software front, Centric using an Android Nougat based UI with light customizations. There are preloaded apps on the phone but the skin isn’t particularly heavy. The phone also supports motion gestures.
The overall performance is very basic. If you don’t do much on your phone and your use case doesn’t involve experimenting with and using several apps, you can make the ends meet. If you wish to engage with heavy gaming or are a heavy user, you should opt for other performance-oriented smartphones.
The phone has three sensors –Accelerometer, Proximity, and Light sensor. It supports Jio SIM and also video calling through Jio SIM cards. We didn’t face any issue with connectivity and call quality.
Centric includes a 13MP camera on the rear paired with an LED flash and a 5MP selfie camera on the front. The rear camera performance is pretty decent for the price. In good lighting and outdoors we could click usable shots without much difficulty. Indoors and in low light, the camera struggles to lock focus and you will have to hold your hand steady. The selfie camera can take workable shots outdoors in natural lighting but indoor performance isn’t much to brag about.
Since no other phone in this budget excels with camera performance, the Centric L3’s shortcomings in this segment can be overlooked in our opinion.
Battery, Price, and Verdict
The Centric L3 has a 3050mAh battery and comes with a 5V/1.5A charger that can top it up quickly. We could consistently manage 1 day of battery backup with moderate usage.
The Centric L3 has a reasonable set of cameras, dedicated card slot, and a decent design. Priced at 6,749 INR, the Centric L3 can be considered as an option by basic users who want to buy a good looking smartphone from the offline market. If you need more horsepower, you can go with phones like Redmi 5A (3GBRAM variant).