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At an event in New Delhi, we observe the launch of a new brand called Hyve Mobility. As part of its initial offering, the company decides to introduce two devices that sit within the highly lucrative sub 15,000 rupee price segment. Called the Hyve Buzz and Storm, the phones secure a lot to the price conscious buyer. We spent a bit of time with both and here’s what we consider of the phones.

First up is the ‘flagship’ of the two. Dubbed the Hyve Buzz, this is the larger of the two models and sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display. As is par for the course, the display is quite satisfactory and doesn’t really leave much to be wanted. You’ll notice that there are no capacitive buttons here and the UI navigation is via the on-screen navigation. There’s a 5MP front-facing the camera and the notification LED placed at the top and that’s about it. There’s important bezel around the display area making this a pretty large device. So far so good. Flip the phone though and things appear a little different.

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Hyve has tried to do its own take on the rear mounted volume, power control scheme to decrease the thickness of the phone. This approach usually works well and we quite appreciated how Asus had performed this on the Zenfone. Here, though, the buttons are aligned to the right. Not only is this a problem if you take the phone in your left hand wherein it is impossible to press the buttons, the negligible tactile feedback adds to our concern. More often than not, now think you’ll just turn the device over to manage the controls which basically negates the entire effort. A fingerprint scanner sits in the sensor that we didn’t really get a chance to check out. Connecting the 13MP camera and the fingerprint scanner is a hexagonal LED light that is rather unique in the device space. Hyve’s done good work on the software front by integrating an SOS feature that is activated via the fingerprint scanner. This runs on an OS level thereby ensuring that in an untoward situation, a third-party won’t be able to take control of your phone. More on that in the review, though.

The phone is powered by 1.5Ghz MediaTek Octa-Core MT6753 processor. There’s 16GB of space onboard with an additional 32GB card thrown in for good measure. The phone has 3GB of RAM that is definitely sufficient for smooth multitasking in our opinion. The battery could’ve been larger given the 2500mAh size but we like the truth that the phone is IPX4 rated making it water-resistant to throw. The phone is VoLTE capable and has NFC, USB Type C support as well. From a build perspective, we feel that the handset needs the significant glaze. The rubberized rear panel doesn’t feel premium and the entire device screams prototype what with the need or basic ergonomics or even the loose hinges. On the software front though we feel that Hyve strength be onto something with their no-nonsense stock Android approach and innovative safety-related features that are bound to fingerprint gestures.

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Without a doubt, this is a somewhat generic looking phone and up front, you get a 5 inch 720p display. Under this are the three capacitive buttons while at the top you’ll notice the 5MP front facing the camera. The back of the phone is very generic to look at and the sole defining feature is the 13MP camera.

Internally, there’s a 1.3GHz Quad-Core 64-bit MediaTek MT6735 processor with Mali-T720 GPU. This is accompanied by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The battery on the phone is 2000 mAh.

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The Hyve Buzz and Storm are priced at 13,999 and 8,499 individually. We assume that Hyve might have something interesting on their hands from a software and after sales support perspective

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