Which one is a better buy?
We’ve been getting a lot of questions about three of the devices that we handled during Mobile World Congress. Specifically, we’ve been getting questions about three mid-range devices featured during the tech show – the ASUS Zenfone 2, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua and the Lenovo Vibe Shot. Those three devices are similar in terms of market positioning so it’s interesting to see how they stack up to one another. Let’s take a look at their comparative specs:
The Zenfone 2 is probably the most powerful of the three, but as we’ve noted in earlier posts it’s not going to be as affordable as some people expect. It’s more than likely that the fully decked out, 4GB RAM version of the device will retail near the $400 range when it’s released, while the 2GB, 1.8GHz version will be around 11-13K in terms of pricing.
The Xperia M4 Aqua has the smallest and lowest resolution panel of the three devices, though it makes up for it by having not only a water-resistant body, but the highest water resistance that you can have in a gadget (IP68). The 2-day battery life plus the tried-and-tested Sony camera sensors are also killer features that make it a good choice. The Xperia M4 Aqua is priced at EUR 299, which comes out to roughly Php 15,000, putting it squarely in the mid-range territory.
The Lenovo Vibe Shot is the most unique of the three devices on display during MWC because it’s designed like a point-and-shoot camera. It has the highest megapixel count for the three devices featured in this article at 16-megapixels, and the specs-to-price ratio looks really good. It’s expected to retail at around $349 or around Php 15.5K. which makes it a compelling device for the price point.
Before MWC rolled in we were expecting the Zenfone 2 to basically roll over the competition when it comes to pricing and specs, however with the 5.5-inch, full HD model of the new device expected to retail over 10K it seems that the title of best international bang-for-the-buck device is still up for grabs. What about you? Which one of the three devices would you pick?
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