O+ 8.16 Short Hands On and First Impressions

Last week I was loitering around SM North Edsa, the country’s biggest hub of gadgets. I saw a demo unit of the newly released O+ 8.16, the first 5.7-inch phablet made by O+ USA. I was able to play around it for a short while but before I give my impressions, here is a short rundown of specs.

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O+ 8.16 specs:

  • 1.2 GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT 6589 processor
  • PowerVR SGX544 graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD
  • 5.7 inch IPS Full HD display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth, USB On-The-Go
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • Air Shuffle – Music, Photos, Camera, FM Radio
  • 2,500 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • SRP: P12,995

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First Impressions

  • Nice and comfortable to hold. As always, I love the soft matte finish of the device. Sadly, there’s no white variant. Sorry guys, I really have this infatuation on white gadgets. Small hands won’t like this phone.
  • Stunning screen! Probably the best screen from a local branded smartphone.
  • Icons on the UI on top of Android looks really cartoonish, more than cartoonish than LG’s UI. Well, if you don’t like it you can download a launcher from the Play Store.
  • Great camera!
  • I wasn’t able to test the battery since I only had about 30 minutes playing with it. But based on paper, the 2,500 mAh battery should last you for more than 10 hours of moderate usage.
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