Design of Centric L3
Clearly, the Centric L3 is a budget smartphone. It has a plastic body. The build quality is not very good and the phone does not look premium at all for the price. We also did not like the glossy finish of its back. The spots start appearing on the back side while holding the phone. Talking further, the phone has a 5-inch display, which is 18: 9 aspect ratio. Earphones, selfie camera and notification light are given above the display. The fingerprint sensor is given below the display. The fingerprint scanner isn’t that smooth and doesn’t deliver the best results in one go.
On a cursory glance, the phone seems to be unibody but its back cover can be attached/removed. The SIM and microSD slots of the phone are not in the tray but are given in the back, so that the user will be able to use them easily. Talking about the battery, the Centric L3 has a 3050 mAh non-removable battery, which comes with a charge of 7.5 W. With this smartphone of Centric, the user is also being given an in-ear headphone.
Centric L3 Specs & Software
The Centric L3 has a 5-inch IPS display. There is also 2.5D curved glass at the top of the display. This panel cannot be called better at this price. We could easily see the lines of pixels. Viewing angles are not good. The display is also not that bright, which is easily visible to the user in direct sunlight. While reviewing, our team also encountered a problem with the backlight on the bottom left of the display. Centric later sent another phone call, which did not show any such problem.
Centric has used MediaTek 6737 quad-core processor in the handset, which has the highest clock speed of 1.3 GHz. All the phones in this range (Oppo A83, iVooMi i1, Techno Camon EyeThis processor works in ) . The Centric L3 has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The storage can be expanded up to 256 GB with the help of micro SD card. The L3 is a dual sim phone with slots for 2 micro sims. It supports 4G and VoLTE. In terms of connectivity, the handset is equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n/, GPS and FM radio.
Talking about the software, the phone works on Android Nougat with some changes. With the help of proximity sensor, users will also be able to use motion gestures in it. Apart from this, users will be able to take calls, change music and click photos by waving their hands in the air. Along with this, the feature of changing the wallpaper through gestures is also present in it. To launch the app, the user has also been given the option to create letters by double tapping the screen. However, the phone takes time to recognize the gesture. This feature is not that useful for everyone. Looking at the interface, it seems that it has been brought to English from some other language. Making mistakes related to language and not understanding instructions properly indicates its lack.
Centric has pre-installed some apps in the phone. These include Centric Care, Centric Store and SwiftKey Keyboard. There is also a Doctors Online app, through which users will be able to chat with the doctor if needed. This is a paid service and charges the user Rs.29 for each query with the doctor. Also, 49 rupees are charged from the user for live chat. Through the app, users will be able to make direct appointments with doctors and pathologists.
Centric L3 performance, camera and battery
After using all the smartphones in this range, we had an idea about the performance of the Central L3. Actually, MediaTek MT6737 is a beginner level processor, which is better for basic tasks. Due to 2 GB RAM or ‘weak’ processor, the phone slows down occasionally. Multitasking is still fine but it does include the compulsion to close the first app to use the second app.
We also used games like Missiles and Shadow Fight 3 in the phone. Since Missiles is a basic game, we didn’t face any problem while playing it. Shadowfight took a long time to load and the phone started getting stuck intermittently while playing.
The Centric L3 packs a 3050mAh battery, which cannot be taken out. In normal use, this battery lasts for a full day. In our HD video loop test, the phone was ‘alive’ for 9 hours and 29 minutes. Intelligent power saving mode has also been given in the handset, which is helpful in keeping the mobile running when the battery runs out.
Talking about the camera, the 13-megapixel camera has been given in the rear of the Centric L3, which supports the autofocus feature. The camera felt quite sluggish when using it. The camera is taking time to focus and we had to tap again and again to get the right picture. The camera is also taking a long time to go into auto scene mode. We found that the color coordination in the photos was average during the day.
Landscape shots are better and clearer but on zooming the picture is getting worse. The phone’s camera is capable of giving macro shots but is taking time to focus. In low light, the phone increases the IOS value by reducing the shutter speed. During this, moving the user’s hand can spoil the picture. At night the pictures become blurry. Taking macro shots in low light, the camera loses control of the focus and shutter speed.
Photos taken with the selfie camera are average. Here too, there is every possibility of spoiling the work due to the movement of the hands of the user. Video quality is average and goes up to a maximum of 720 pixels for both the cameras.
The Centric L3 has competed in a race that already has a significant number of competitors. There is nothing in it that can make it stand apart from others. At the same time, there is nothing wrong with this phone, on the basis of which it is not advisable to buy it. If you don’t care about the brand, need a basic phone then buying the Centric L3 might be a better option. At the same time, in the 18: 9 aspect category, you can also go for the InFocus Vision 3, which has a bigger battery for the same price.