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REVIEW: Centric G1



The sub-Rs. 10,000 smartphone segment is bursting at its seams. We have seen tons of brands jumping in trying to shake off established players. One such entrant is Centric, a smartphone brand launched by Mumbai-based distributor Priyanka Telecom. The brand has launched multiple phones in this segment, and one such model is the Centric G1. We put this device through its paces to see if it’s worth your money.

Centric G1 design

One of the first things about the Centric G1 to grab your attention is the sandstone finish on the back panel. We last saw such a design on the OnePlus One (Review) which was quite unique at that time. The Centric G1 has a 5.5-inch display with what the company calls “Dragon Glass” for protection. There are non-backlit capacitive touch buttons below the display. Just above it is 5-megapixel front-facing camera and a recessed earpiece. We didn’t quite like the positioning of the power and volume buttons on the curved edge of the right side, because this made them hard to hit. The quality of the buttons isn’t that good either.

The phone has an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and a single-LED flash. Centric has positioned the loudspeaker grille right next to the camera. The rear cover is removable and so is the 2900mAh battery. There are two Micro-SIM slots along with a microSD card slot, but none of them are hot-swappable. The Centric G1 has a 3.5mm headphone socket along with a Micro-USB port on the top, while the primary microphone is positioned at the bottom. It misses out on a fingerprint sensor which is surprising as other devices such as the Redmi 4 (Review), Micromax Evok Power (Review) and Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Review) have one.

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