Swipe has been releasing some really good phones for quite some time now. Back in December 2016, they launched the Swipe Elite Star for just Rs. 3333 which is a 4G phone at such a low price. Their new offering, i.e. Swipe Elite Max is one of the best phones they have launched in a while.
As per Swipe, the phone is being targeted towards the youth and young professionals. The phone will compete with the existing phones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, and it is being sold on Flipkart and comes at a price of Rs. 10,999 which is a fair price at least according to specs.
But how exactly does the phone perform when it comes to performance in real life? Let’s find out in this review.
Swipe Elite Max Key Specifications
- 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
- 4GB of RAM
- 32GB internal storage expandable up to 64GB via microSD
- 5.5-inch (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display
- 13-megapixel primary camera; 8-megapixel front camera
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- 3000mAh battery
- 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, USB OTG, and Micro-USB.
Inside the box
The first thing you will be greeted with when you open the box is the Swipe Elite Max itself. Then you get a bunch of documentation along with important accessories like the SIM ejector tool, the ZIP charger, and the USB cable. You won’t find any case or a pair of headphones, and the company has decided not to provide headphones to save up on the cost.
Design & Build
Swipe Elite Max is a really good looking smartphone, but it is covered with glass on the front and the back which makes it fragile. But keep in mind that the glass being used here is toughened glass which is an advantage. The edges are metal which makes the chassis of the phone solid.
The front of the phone has a 5.5-inch full HD display which already has a screen protector applied on it, which is amazing. Above the display, you will notice the 8MP front facing camera along with the earpiece. The sensors like proximity sensor and the ambient light sensor are hidden below the front display panel. There are no physical or touch sensitive navigation buttons because you use the on-screen buttons on the device.
The back looks beautiful with the black glass back panel. You will notice the fingerprint sensor which is inside a chrome outer ring. There’s a 13MP shooter with a LED flash, and there is an ELITE branding as well. The speaker is on the lower side on the back. One thing we noticed is that the back is a fingerprint magnet. Make sure you clean it up every once in a while or if you want to apply a case on it, it will be a good idea to do so.
The right edge of the phone has the volume rocker along with the power button. The left side houses the hybrid SIM slot which you can use to have dual SIMs at the same time or a single SIM with an SD card. The top of the phone has a 3.5mm audio jack and the bottom houses a micro USB port.
The Swipe Elite Max comes with a really sharp and good looking 5.5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. This display produces some really good colors. Being full HD, the display is quite sharp and shows details really well. The viewing angles are good and wide. The great thing about the display on this phone is that Swipe sends the phone with a factory installed screen protector which is really amazing.
Camera & Imaging
The phone has two cameras, obviously. The primary camera is a 13MP shooter with LED flash and comes with features like PDAF and more. The camera software on this phone is really good. You get features like UbiFocus, Optizoom and more here. There are also modes that you can choose to make your shot better. Or you can go with the auto mode in order to get ready to shoot pictures in an instant.
Even the front facing 8MP camera produces some really good looking selfies. The color reproduction is good, and these cameras perform well in good lighting conditions. In low light and artificial light you might see some grainy elements in the image which is normal with a camera in a phone at this price.
Software, Hardware & Performance
The phone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and has no skin on the software which is good. The OS on the phone is very near to Stock Android with just a tiny bit of modifications from Swipe. It is an advantage as the phone will have free resources to handle apps and games.
The phone has a Snapdragon 430 Processor which is quite powerful, and it has been coupled with 4GB RAM which is really good and gives apps and games the breathing space that they need. You will find the free RAM to be 2+ GB on boot which is nice.
Performance wise, the phone glides while handling day to day apps. There is enough RAM available, and you won’t see any lag on the device. When it comes to gaming, the games are handled fine but you might see a few frame drops now and then.
This is not the most powerful smartphone in this price segment but can handle most of you daily tasks and apps.
Battery Life & Verdict
The phone has a 3000mAh battery which is quite good but keep in mind that the phone has a full HD display which will use more power as compared to a 720p screen. But Swipe claims that the phone has Zip Charging which will charge the phone faster as compared to a normal charging method. In real life, the charging does feel faster than normal smartphones, but it is not as fast as other standards like Quick Charge 3.0.
All in all, the phone is good and brings some really good things to the table. It has the same processor that Redmi 3S offers at a price of Rs. 6999 but keep in mind that Swipe Elite Max brings a better display, a better camera, and more RAM. All that while looking spectacular.