Budget phone review: Soda S1 specs, performance, good bargain for the price

Daily News Egypt
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Soda S1 is a budget-friendly smartphone, that the company made as an upgrade to their previous the Soda Fire. Daily News Egypt tested the product, and below is our review:

Design and Display of Soda S1

The Soda S1 are dimensions are, 148.3 x 71.76 x 8.1 mm. Moreover, the mobile-phone weighs around 142 grams. Which is very common for a handset. However, the phone’s screen doesn’t support secondary display, and the Soda S1 is not water resistant.

The display 5.5 inches screen size, supporting HD+ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. The resolution is 1440 x 720 with 16 million colours. While the screen’s pixel density is 295 pixels per inch, and the screen to body ratio is 82%. Aspect ratio stands at 18:9. The screen is made with scratch-resisting Corning Gorilla Glass.

Camera Features

The phone comes with 13 MP rear shooter which produces good quality – not so astounding – images with flash. The video capacity is FHD recording of 1080p@30fps. Although the phone falls within the budget-phones category, the camera, include various features such as autofocus, continuous shooting, digital zoom, exposure compensation, face detection, geo-tagging, HDR, ISO settings, panorama and more.

In regards to the front camera, the phone comes with a meagre 8 MP, that supports flash but in general, has fewer features than the back camera.

Hardware and software of Soda S1

There is Android 8.0 Oreo software which makes for a smooth running of Soda S1. It has a modified user interface. Additionally, the Soda S1 comes with MediaTek MT6737 SoC chipset with 28nm process technology. The CPU is Quad-core 1.3 GHz 4-Cores 64-bit architecture. The GPU is ARM Mali-T720. All of which are okay, however, what is really different about this phone that the Soda S1 comes with 3GB of RAM

During our test, the phone performance was above average, not so impressive yet there were no glitches, or freezes even with heavy multitasking.

The internal storage of 32GB, it can be extended using  microSD card up to 256GB.

In regards to the network and connection capabilities, Soda S1 offers provision for 2G, 3G, and 4G. In view of this, two SIM card slots can be found on the smartphone for making use of internet connections.

When it comes to battery, things get better, as it comes with a 3000 mAh non-removable battery. However, the battery doesn’t support either fast, or wireless charging.

Price and Availability

The real edge of this phone is the price, Soda S1 is placed at about EGP2799, and in this holiday – already started –  season, it is expected to be offered at about EGP1799 for a limited time.

In conclusion, Soda S1 is a phone that checks all the budget smartphone boxes, taking into consideration it’s low price, the phone’s performance, appearance, durability, and technology are all very satisfactory.

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