There were quite a few rumors in the wild about the QMobile Noir A10. Much was speculated about its specifications, but now the word has come out straight from the horse’s mouth.
Yes, QMobile Noir A10 is launched officially. It also has 3G (WCDMA) support unlike Noir A8. Also, please note that Noir A10 is a clone of Micromax A110. Check out this picture if you don’t believe me. Now let’s take a look at what the phone is equipped with and then we will review whether this phone’s really worth the money or not? Is it wise to get A10 rather than Sony Xperia U/Sola or Noir A8? Our comparison should help you decide this.
Noir A10 Price:
The expected price of Noir A10 is going to be between 16,000 Rs. to 18,000 Rs. This is one of the most important factors which will determine A10’s success. Noir A8 was initially priced at 14,500 Rs. but later on bumped to 15,000 Rs. If A10 comes in the market at a price above 17,000 Rs., is it really going to be worth it to purchase rather than Noir A8 or Sony Xperia Sola? Read below after we list the specifications:
Noir A10 – Specifications and Chipset:
|Supported Bands:||3G & GSM|
|Screen:||5inches IPS, 16M colors|
|Resolution:||480×854 pixels (FWVGA) – 196 ppi|
|Android OS Version:||4.0.4 – Ice Cream Sandwich|
|CPU:||Dual core 1GHz ARM Cortex A9|
|GPU:||PowerVR SGX 531|
|Internal Memory/ROM:||4GB total. Useable: 2GB (expected)|
|SD Card slot:||Yes, upto 32GB expandable.|
|Camera:||8 MP with autofocus and LED Flash.|
|Front Camera:||1.3MP for video calling|
|Video Calling:||Yes. Skype and others.|
|GPS:||Yes with A-GPS|
|SIM slots:||2. Either 2 GSM SIMs or 1 3G and 1 GSM|
|WLAN:||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot|
Noir A10 vs. Noir A8
As you can see from the specs, Noir A10 is almost the same as Noir A8 in terms of internal hardware. The chipset, MT6577 is the same as well as the CPU. One another disappointing factor is RAM. It again has the same RAM as Noir A8 i.e 512MB.
The Need For Memory
We were expecting at least an increase in the RAM size because QMobile will sell this set at a higher price than Noir A8. But sadly ,it won’t offer any performance improvements over Noir A8 because the primary hardware responsible for running the OS is same!
Noir A10’s Advantages
The areas where it beats Noir A8 is 3G connectivity, camera and screen quality, only. 3G has not yet arrived in Pakistan and it won’t be fully active until middle to late 2013 IF and only IF the 3G license auctions go well in the start of 2013/December 2012. So, this advantage is negligible so far.
Also, as Noir A10 is the clone of Micromax A110, we expect that it will also offer the same GSM bands. That means, you will get only two working GSM bands — 900MHz and 1900Mhz. So this is actually a disadvantage if you want quad-band connectivity and are roaming around the world and can ignore 3G.
Does Screen Size Really Matter?
A10 has a claimed IPS screen of 5inches with 480×854 resolution. Micromax A110 has the same screen with pixel density of 196 ppi. Yes, it is better than Noir A8’s 4.3inch screen but the difference is not much at all! It already has a screen with crisp, bright colors so 0.7 inches difference doesn’t count for anything here.
The Mighty Xperia!
Sony also has a fine series of dual-core Androids — the 2012 Xperia lineup. Sony Xperia U and Xperia Sola are also 1GHz dual core phones with same 512MB memor and, a very active development support. Also, Sony phones are known for their very fine cameras.
Xperia U, however has fixed 8GB internal storage and you can’t place any SD card in it. You can find it for about 17,000 Rs. So, if A10 is priced at around the same price, and 8GB fixed storage does not bother you, get the Xperia U!
Xperia Sola has the same specs like Xperia U but also has SD card support. You can try to find it for around 20,000 Rs. If A10 is priced above 18,000 Rs., you should probably save a little more money and get the Xperia Sola.
Conclusion And Final Thoughts
To be honest, we were expecting a little more from the Noir A10. The disappointing features of A10 are limited 512MB RAM, again the same 4GB ROM, same 1GHz dual core CPU. Even if it had 1GB RAM instead of 512MB, it would have gone way up the Noir A8.
But in its current form, there aren’t many things which make it superior than A8, except the screen size and 3G support. Now it is upto you whether you want to spend more money on it or go for either Noir A8 or Xperia U / Xperia Sola.
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