Benco is a subsidiary of the Chinese electronic giant INONE Group. The brand has been operational since 2009 and specializes in entry-level to mid-range smartphones. Benco is getting popular day by day for their value-for-money devices. Recently, Benco launched V91 under their V series lineup. The phone is now available in Bangladesh. Let's check out the smartphone in detail. Key Specifications of Benco V91 Design and Build Quality Benco V91 is positioned as an ultra-budget smartphone. As a result, there are certain cut corners to accommodate an overall passable Android experience. Starting from the design, the V91 is a major overhaul from last year’s V90. The rectangular camera housing with a fingerprint on the back has been replaced with a circular camera grid and a dual-tone finish. The fingerprint scanner has now been moved to the power button. The matte frosted back is made of plastic with the frame also following suit. Read more: Honor 90 Lite Review: Performance within Budget Dimension-wise, the smartphone comes in at 162.94 mm by 74.69 mm by 8.99 mm with 195 g weight. There isn’t any specific information on the screen-to-body ratio but it isn’t exactly pleasing. The front panel has a water drop notch display with a thick bottom bezel. It looks quite out of place by 2023 standards but that’s just one of the gripes of entry-level smartphones. The smartphone has the usual ports and buttons with a dedicated microSD slot and a headphone jack. However, the secondary mic for noise cancellation is missing on the V91. The Display The display on the V91 is a 6.56-inch HD+ IPS LCD panel with 720 by 1640 pixels with 269 ppi density. The panel has 90.14% color accuracy which is on the higher spectrum among HD+ LCD panels. Read more: Honor X8a Review: Is it a value for money smartphone? The inclusion of a 90 Hz refresh rate is praiseworthy. The higher refresh rate alleviates the display experience and somewhat compensates for other lacking. As for the visibility, Benco didn’t provide any rating on the nits of the panel. But visibility felt alright indoors as well as outdoors. However, users would have to squint a bit under direct sunlight. Overall, the panel won’t be a disappointing experience considering its price. The only drawback however would be its design. The Camera There is a triple-camera setup on the Benco V91. However, only the main 13 MP AI camera with f/2.0 aperture gets the specifications. There are two more 2MP sensors in the camera housing. Read more: Infinix Note 30 5G Review: Know the Pros and Cons As for the main sensor, it gets the job done for casual photography. Images had good details with an average dynamic range. There were a few exposure issues as the shadows became completely dark at times. The image quality also deteriorated in indoor and artificial lighting conditions. Pictures taken without the flashlight had noticeable grains in them. There is also an 8 MP front camera which can take some decent selfies. The videography on the Benco V91 is rated at 1080P at 30 fps. However, the lack of proper stabilization both internal and software doesn’t produce good quality videos on the V91. Processor and Performance The processor on the V91 is Unisoc T606. The octa-core processor is coupled with ARM Mali-G57 MP1 GPU. Both the processor and the GPU are entry-level ones with modest performance. Read more: Symphony Helio 80 Review: Is the hype justified? In day-to-day tests like browsing the web, watching videos, and browsing social media, the processor performed fairly well. There weren’t any noticeable lag or glitch and the 90 Hz made it a smooth scrolling experience. As for gaming, the V91 isn’t made for graphics-intensive 3D games. Yet it was able to run games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 with basic settings. However, the device became hot after about 20 minutes of gaming. One of the best features of V91 is its Operating System. Typically, budget-friendly smartphones tend to use the lightweight Android GO as their OS. Unlike them, the V91 comes with a full-fledged Android 13. Even though the OS uses a custom skin, there wasn’t any bloatware to bog down the experience. Overall, the V91 was able to provide a decent user experience considering its price. Read more: vivo Y17s Review with Price in Bangladesh Battery and Charge Time The battery on the Benco V91 is a 5000 mAh Li-poly one. It also comes with an 18W fast charging feature. Pros and Cons of Benco V91 Pros: - High refresh rate - Standard user experience - Headphone jack - Reliable battery life Cons: - Mediocre camera. Read more: Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Review: What are the key upgrades? Official Price of the Benco V91 in Bangladesh The Benco V91 is available in 4/128 GB and 8/128 GB variants. The official prices of these variants are 9,999 BDT and 10,999 BDT respectively. Verdict Benco V91 is an incremental update over last year’s V90. It brings quite a few noticeable changes in terms of design and performance. The fast refresh rate and the easy-to-navigate UI make the V91 a perfect daily driver budget-friendly Android. However, the camera could’ve been a bit better. Overall, this entry-level smartphone offers a standard package for regular tasks. It can be said that the highly affordable price of the Benco V91 can make it an easy choice in the ultra-budget market. Read more: Tecno Spark 20C Review: Standard phone under 15000 TK
The Benco 'S' series has long been synonymous with budget friendly stylish phones. Welcoming the latest addition to this illustrious lineup, the Benco S1 Pro, we witness this tradition upheld once again. It was released in July, 2023, in Bangladesh. In the following review, we delve into its real-world performance, key specs, pros, cons and price of Benco S1 Pro in Bangladesh. Key Features of Benco S1 Pro Design The Benco S1 Pro, measuring 166.91 x 74.91 x 8.47mm, is a sleek device with a glass back. It supports dual Nano-SIMs. At first glance, it closely resembles its predecessor, the Benco S1. However, a closer look reveals a slightly modified camera module. The S1 Pro now boasts a third camera ring below the flash, unlike the S1's two sensors in one ring. Its AG Matte Glass finish exudes a premium feel. This design could easily challenge many mid-range phones. The phone maintains a flat design, complemented by flat plastic frames. Notably, it's a tad slimmer than the S1, with a thickness of just 8.47mm and it weighs 204.5g. The phone comes in three different colors: Pearl White, Iceberg Blue, and Gemstone Black. The right side of the device houses the volume rockers and a power button. The power button doubles as a fingerprint sensor. While functional, its response time isn't the quickest in its price range. Read more: Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra Review: Is it really the ‘iPad killer’? On the opposite side, there's a unique triple slot. This slot can hold two nano-SIMs and a separate micro-SD card. The phone's base features a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microphone, a USB Type C port, and a speaker. However, potential users might find its size a bit challenging for one-handed use. Display The Benco S1 Pro features a 6.8-inch IPS display with 1080 x 2460 pixel resolution. This upgrade from the S1 brings a sharper Full HD+ panel compared to the previous HD+ version. Despite sharing a similar color profile with the Benco S1, the S1 Pro default display leans towards a cooler tone. Nevertheless, the display quality is impressive, providing an enjoyable experience for watching YouTube videos. Adequate brightness ensures usability even under sunlight. Distinguishing itself from competitors, the Benco S1 Pro boasts slim bezels that contribute to a modern look. Read more: Vivo V27 5G Review: Is it worth buying? However, the display's 60Hz refresh rate falls short in terms of response speed and smoothness. Notably, other options in this price range, like the Poco M5, offer a faster 90Hz display for improved performance. Performance Benco introduces a new chipset, the Unisoc Tiger T616, crafted on a 12 nm processor in the S1 Pro. This chipset offers an Octa-Core CPU: 2 Cortex-A75 cores at 2000 MHz and 6 Cortex-A55 cores at 1800 MHz. It incorporates a Mali-G57 MP1 GPU and is paired with 8GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB UFS 2.2 storage. For daily tasks, the Benco S1 Pro performs well, yet it struggles in gaming scenarios. When launching or switching apps, it exhibits decent speed but a noticeable animation lag might give the impression of slowness. The phone can feel faster if animations are disabled. In the realm of gaming, it falls short. Comparable phones with better gaming capabilities are easily found in this price bracket. Testing PUBG Mobile on Smooth graphics and Ultra frame rate settings yielded an average frame rate of 25 fps, which is notably below the expected 40fps and even below 30fps. Evidently, the Benco S1 Pro isn't optimized for gaming. Read more: Oppo Reno10 5G Review: Is it a balanced phone? Cameras At the rear, the Benco S1 Pro offers a trio of lenses: a 64MP wide at f/1.89, a 2MP macro at f/2.4, and an unspecified AI camera. Video options include 1080p@30fps. Flipping to the front, a 16MP f/2.0 lens handles selfies and videos at 1080p@30fps.
With a focus on reliable performance, features, and user experience, the Indian smartphone brand Benco continues to captivate tech enthusiasts looking for affordable yet efficient devices. Benco unveiled its latest smartphone, S1 on April 10 in Nepal. This new device has quickly gained attention in the budget-friendly phone market. Let's take a look at the key specs, pros and cons of the Benco S1. Key Features of Benco S1 Design The Benco S1 features a front glass panel, a plastic frame, and a back panel made of plastic, resulting in a lightweight device. The dimensions of the Benco S1 measure 168.47 x 75.34 x 8.5 millimeters, contributing to its sleek and compact form factor. It weighs about 203.4g. The phone has a V-notch display. The placement of buttons and ports is average. The volume rocker and power button are located on the side of the device, while the USB-C charging port and audio jack are positioned at the bottom. The phone's overall design doesn’t fall far from the other phones in the same price range. It has no design fault, and the design won’t cause any inconvenience while using. Read more: vivo Y36 Review: Does Price Meet Performance? Display The Benco S1 phone features a 6.8-inch display with an HD+ resolution of 1640 x 720 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 269 PPI. The display utilizes IPS LCD technology, offering balanced color reproduction and wide viewing angles. With an aspect ratio of 20:9, the Benco S1's display provides a more elongated and narrower form factor, ideal for multitasking and split-screen usage. However, it is worth noting that the device lacks display protection, leaving it susceptible to scratches and smudges. Additionally, the absence of a notification LED eliminates the convenience of quickly checking for missed calls or notifications at a glance. Front Camera Equipped with a 16-megapixel front camera, the Benco S1 captures somewhat average selfies. The camera's AI enhancements optimize lighting conditions but don’t make a notable difference. The AI beautification features are supposed to enhance facial features. However, it ends up smoothing out a few imperfections. Read more: 15-inch MacBook Air M2 Review: What’s new? Rear Cameras The Benco S1's rear camera setup consists of a 48-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The primary sensor can capture landscapes, portraits, or close-up shots. The ultra-wide-angle lens expands the field of view, which is ideal for capturing panoramic shots with greater depth and scale. The depth sensor creates a natural bokeh effect in portraits, blurring the background and highlighting the subject. Performance and Software The Benco S1 phone runs on the Android operating system, specifically version 13. It is equipped with an octa-core Unisoc T606 CPU, and an ARM Mali-G57 MP1 GPU clocked at 650 MHz. The device offers a generous 128 GB of internal storage in terms of memory, providing ample space for apps, media files, and other data. Additionally, it supports microSDXC cards, allowing for expandable storage options. The Benco S1 comes with 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM, which ensures smooth multitasking and efficient performance for various applications and tasks. Battery and Charger The Benco S1 comes with a 5,000mAh battery that offers long-lasting usage on a single charge. Additionally, the device supports fast charging technology, allowing for quick recharging and reduced downtime. Read more: Samsung Galaxy A34 5G Review with Price in Bangladesh Pros of Benco S1 -Standard design -Full HD+ display -High-resolution front camera -Versatile rear camera setup -Smooth performance -Long-lasting battery with fast charging support. Read more: Xiaomi 13 Ultra Review: Does this flagship phone offer any ultra feature? Cons of Benco S1 -Limited availability in certain regions -Lack of wireless charging functionality -No water or dust resistance rating. Read more: Hollyland Mars 400S Pro Review: A must-have gadget to make flawless videos Price of Benco S1 in Bangladesh The Benco S1 is available in Bangladesh. Its price starts from BDT 10,000. Conclusion The Benco S1 offers commendable features, performance, and affordability, positioning it as a contender in the budget-friendly smartphone segment. The phone is perfect for someone looking for an affordable phone with minimal capabilities. However, potential buyers should be aware of its limited availability, lack of wireless charging functionality, and absence of water or dust resistance rating. Despite these drawbacks, the Benco S1 can be a good choice for those seeking a feature-packed smartphone at a reasonable price. Read more: Google Pixel 7a Review: Mid-range Smartphone with Enhanced Camera Features