Salora Arya Z3 unboxing and first impressions: premium Android smartphone experience for a budget

“Apart from an alluring personality, the Arya Z3 offers impressive hardware specifications as well”

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Salora may a recent entrant in the Indian smartphone market, but the brand’s offerings have been quite innovative and good-looking in the budget space.

Salora’s second coming has been marked by the launch of the Arya range and the brand has launched the third member of the family, the Arya Z3, also targeting the budget segment. The smartphone has been priced at Rs 6,999 at which it offers an interesting hardware and software proposition while giving a premium look and feel as well. Therefore, for giving you a closer look at the device, here is the unboxing and our first impressions about the new Arya Z3.

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The device comes inside a brown box that is constructed using recycled materials and lists the detailed hardware specifications at the back. Opening the box reveals the device in all its glory, sitting on top. Removing the phone reveals a cardboard partition, which houses the user manual and other documentation along with accessories in form of a USB/charging cable, a standard AC adapter, battery and a stereo headset. The Salora Z3 comes just the bare essentials, and for protective cases users will have to hunt the market to find compatible ones until official accessories hit the stores.

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The handset  offers a plush finish, with metallic finish edges on all sides along with laser-cut metallic keys. The front of the phone features a bold look, ensured with the use of three feather touch keys located towards the bottom. The device has been made available in a single black variant only. The back panel features a matte  finish, which will help the device avoid scratches and fade marks. In addition, the back panel caries embossed branding that offers a premium look as well. In terms of overall weight, the device feels fine and all thanks to its slim bezels, it should be comfortable for single handed use as well.

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While the world is moving towards 5.5-inch and even larger displays, Salora has decided to offer a 5-inch screen, which offers a good balance between size and usability. The display sports 1,280 x 720 pixel resolution on an OGS based solution promising better viewing angles and colour reproduction. The build quality seems good, although the device has been constructed entirely with the use of high-density polycarbonate plastics.

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Apart from the capacitive backlit keys on the front, the phone features the usual volume rocker key on the left and the power key on the right. On top lies the micro-USB port, which shares the spot with the 3.5mm audio connector as well while the bottom side has been left untouched.

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Under the hood, the Z3 features a MediaTek octa-core processor clocked at 1.4Ghz complemented by  1GB of RAM And a healthy 8GB of onboard storage. In addition to that, there’s a microSD card slot enabling memory expansion to an additional 32GB, while USB OTG capability has also been included ensuring maximum utility on the go.

The dual-SIM Arya Z3 features 3G connectivity on both the SIMs with the use of one regular and one micro-sized SIM. 

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For software, the company has made use of Android KitKat 4.4 as the operating system. On top, the company has layered its very own custom user interface and has offered a number of preloaded applications from Amazon. 

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For imagery, the smartphone gets dual snappers with an 8-megapixel unit sitting at the back and a 2-megapixel unit on the front. The primary camera is supplemented by an LED flash for illumination and comes with full HD resolution video recording as well, while the front cam supports HD video recording. For powering this device, the company has made use of a 2,200mAh lithium-ion battery pack which should ideally give a day’s worth of usage to users.

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This sums up our first impressions of the new Salora Arya Z3, ans since we have the device at our labs for a comprehensive review, do watch this space for a full report on the device’s performance and capabilities in the coming days.

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