Hyve Pryme smartphone

Despite being a relatively fresh entrant in the industry, domestic brand Hyve has been aggressively at work to carve a name for itself in the fiercely competitive Indian smartphone market.
After barely five months of launching its Storm and Buzz smartphones, the company has made its third handset – Pryme, official. Bearing a price tag of Rs 17,999, Hyve claims that the Pryme is the first smartphone from an Indian manufacturer to come with MediaTek ‘s deca-core Helio X20 chipset.
It’s obviously too early to say how good the Hyve Pryme is. We went hands-on with Hyve’s newest offering, and here are our initial thoughts about it.

Hyve Pryme has a metallic unibody. The volume rocker and power button are placed on the left, while the SIM tray is on the right. The front panel is home to a 5.7-inch Full HD display with 2.5D curved glass design. Above the display lie a notification LED, an 8MP selfie camera, an earpiece and a proximity sensor.As for the rear, it’s where the 13MP primary camera with dual LED flash is. The bottom edge has a speaker and a USB Type-C port. A 3.5mm audio jack is at the top.
Overall, we feel that the look and feel of the Hyve Pryme is quite good. At 8.35mm thick and weighing 188g, it’s quite lightweight too.

Hyve Pryme has a 5.7-inch Full HD 2.5D curved glass display of 1080×1920 pixel resolution. In the limited we used it, we found the display to be fairly decent. Viewing angles are good, and so is the colour reproduction. That said, the large screen size does make the Hyve Pryme a bit difficult to use with one hand.

Hyve Pryme is powered by a deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage, expandable up to 200GB via microSD cards. The dual-SIM smartphone has a 3,500mAh battery, which the company claims lasts an entire day. However, this is something we’ll only be able to test out in our detailed review.
In our limited usage of the Hyve Pryme, we did not experience any heating issues or lag with the device. We’ll reserve our final word till we review the device in detail.

Hyve Pryme runs stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. This means that there are no bloatware apps and the overall experience is quite smooth.

What we think
At a price tag of Rs 17,999, the Hyve Pryme is likely to compete with mid-range devices such as Lenovo Z2 plus and Oppo F1S. While our initial impressions of the phone are good, you’ll have to wait for the complete review to find out whether it’s actually worth buying or not.