Oppo Find 7a Hands On and Initial Impressions

Last week, Oppo has officially landed in the Philippines bringing their latest smartphones. Oppo Philippines unveiled three new  phones during the said event – the Oppo Find 7, Find 7a, and Oppo N1.  We were able to get a short hands on with the Oppo Find 7a and we would like to share our experience with it.

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Oppo Find 7a specs:

  • 2.3 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • Adreno 330 graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory expandable up to 128GB
  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x1080 pixels)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Oppo MaxxAudio sound enhancement
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and dual LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • LTE, WiFi, WiFi Direct, DLNA, WiFi hotspot, NFC, USB OTG (on-the-go)
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,800 mAh battery
  • Android 4.3 Jellybean with ColorOS UI
  • SRP: P22,990

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

The one that we are holding here is the Oppo Find 7a. There is no physical difference between the Find 7a and the Find 7 but when you look further on the specs, the difference is evident. The Find 7a  has slightly toned down specs – a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (c0mpared to Find 7’s Quad HD display), a slightly slower 2.3GHz Quad Core processor, a lesser 2GB RAM, and a smaller 2,800 mAh battery. But these specs are not slouch. In fact, it is in par with current smartphone flagships from Samsung, LG and Sony.

Since we limited time with the phone, we were not able to explore it fully. But we were able to fiddle around with the phone’s UI called the ColorOS. The UI on top of Android look cleaner compared to other UI found on other phones. Icons look better and we are glad it doesn’t look cartoonish. We recommend this phone is you are looking for a fresh looking UI for your smartphone.

Bottomline, the Oppo Find 7a is a best alternative high end smartphone you can buy. It has the same flagship like features like LTE, Full HD display, generous internal memory with expandable option, and a 13 megapixel rear facing camera for less the price. If the Samsung Galaxy S5 is selling for P34,990 (Samsung store price), the Oppo Find 7a is only P22,990. If you want to experiece superb Quad HD display, the Oppo Find 7 is the best phone for you. You just have to shell out extra – P25,990.

Cherry Mobile Festival 2014 Officially Starts, New Phones Announced!

Cherry Mobile has officially started its 2-month event called the Cherry Mobile Festival today. The event will last until June 5, 2014.

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Along with this event is a number of new smartphones being announced. An official poster of new phones have been posted on their Facebook account. Let’s check out some these new phones.

CMGarnet

The Cherry Mobile Garnet is so far one of the most affordable Android smartphone running Android 4.2 Jellybean. It is powered by a 1Ghz dual core processor, 3.5-inch screen and has a 2 megapixel camera for only P1,899.

CMLife2.0

The Cherry Mobile Life 2.0 is the follow up the dual core powered Cherry Mobile Life. The CM Life 2.0 now has a quad core processor, a better 8 megapixel camera but retains the 4-inch screen. This phone is running Android 4.3 Jellybean.

CMAxis

The Cherry Mobile Axis is the most affordable smartphone with NFC. It also has a 4.5 qHD display, quad core processor,and running Android 4.2 Jellybean.

CMUrban

 

The Cherry Mobile Urban is the most affordable smartphone running the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat. It has a quad core processor, 4.5qHD displayand 8 megapixel with autofocus camera.

CMOmegaSpectrum

Just like we’ve said yesterday, the Cherry Mobile Omega Spectrum may be the company’s answer to the MyPhone Rio which was launched recently. The Omega Spectrum is the most affordable smartphone of the bunch with an HD display.

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The Cherry Mobile Omega Aeon, Razor 2.0, and Omega Icon are the most affordable smartphone with HD display that is running Android 4.3 Jellybean.

CMCosmosU

The Cherry Mobile Cosmos U is the most affordable smartphone with an 18 megapixel rear facing camera with BSI and flash. It also has a spacious 16GB internal memory, a quad core processor, a 5-inch HD display with Asahi Dragontrail scratch resistant glass, and running Android 4.2 Jellybean.

CMUltra

Another first from Cherry Mobile. The Cherry Mobile Ultra is the most affordable local smartphone with LTE connectivity. Priced at P8,999 you’ll get the following – quad core processor, 5-inch HD screen, 13 megapixel rear facing camera, and a 5 megapixel front facing camera. The phone is also upgradable to Android 4.4 Kitkat (running Android 4.3 out of the box).

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The Cherry Mobile Equinox Night runs on a faster and better 1.5GHz turbo quad core processor but lacks LTE connectivity present on the CM Ultra.

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The most expensive among the new batch is the Cherry Mobile Omega Infinity. This phone is the company’s new flagship. Specs include – 1.7Ghz Octa-core processor, 5.5-inch Full HD display, 18 megapixel rear facing camera, 8 megapixel front facing camera, a spacious 32GB internal memory, 2GB RAM, 2,700 mAh non removable battery, Miracast ready and running Android 4.2 Jellybean.

So folks, getting a headache with all these new phones? There’s more! Check out this link by clicking here.

Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a Launched Locally

Oppo Philippines has finally introduced itself to the Filipino media and retailers at the grand launch of their products earlier this evening. The company launched its latest flagship smartphones the Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a.

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Why two flagships? According to Oppo, they wanted their customers experience the Find 7 at different price points. The Find 7 has better specs being the first smartphone available with a Quad HD display, a faster quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, bigger memory and a bigger battery.

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Oppo Executives showing the Oppo Find 7a

Oppo Find 7 specs:

  • 2.5 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • Adreno 330 graphics
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory expandable up to 128GB
  • 5.5-inch QHD (Quad HD) IPS LCD display (2560 x 1440 pixels) 534 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Oppo MaxxAudio sound enhancement
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and dual LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • LTE, WiFi, WiFi Direct, DLNA, WiFi hotspot, NFC, USB OTG (on-the-go)
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.3 Jellybean with ColorOS UI
  • SRP: P25,990

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The Oppo Find 7a in the flesh

Oppo Find 7a specs:

  • 2.3 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • Adreno 330 graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory expandable up to 128GB
  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x1080 pixels)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Oppo MaxxAudio sound enhancement
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and dual LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • LTE, WiFi, WiFi Direct, DLNA, WiFi hotspot, NFC, USB OTG (on-the-go)
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,800 mAh battery
  • Android 4.3 Jellybean with ColorOS UI
  • SRP: P22,990

Oppo Find 7a will be available on Oppo retailers starting tomorrow.

Oppo has other phones to offer. Check out the prices here.

  • Oppo N1 – P26,990
  • Oppo R1 – p19,990
  • Oppo Find 5 Mini – P13,990
  • Oppo Neo – P7,990

 

Kata M1 Announced: Specs, Price, Availability

Kata Digital made a surprise announcement earlier today when they unveiled the Kata M1. It is the company’s first phablet offering with a 5.7-inch display. Let’s dig in to the specs.

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Kata M1 specs:

  • 1.5Ghz quad core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5.7-inch True HD display
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Android 4,2 Jellybean

So far this are the specs that we’ve got but we will update you once we got new information. Pre-order for the Kata M1 starts today, April 5, 2014 and get the special SRP of P9,999 (original price is P11,999). You can place your orders at any Kata store or kiosks.

THL T200 Cyborg Hands On and First Impressions

Yesterday, Novo7 Tech, local distributor of THL smartphones, met with tech bloggers to introduce the THL T200 Cyborg. It is a 6-inch phablet powered by Mediatek’s 1.7GHz Octa-core processor. This is also the company’s answer to the Starmobile Diamond X1 which has the same 6-inch screen and Octa-core processor. We were able to play around with it for about 20 minutes and before we share our hands on experience, here’s a quick refresher of the specs.

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The THL T200 Cyborg is running almost stock Android. This unit has a launcher which can be downloaded on the Play Store.

THL T200 Cyborg specs:

  • 1.7GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6592 processor
  • Mali 450MP4 graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 6-inch Full HD IPS LCD display with One Glass Solution (1920 x 1080 pixels) 367ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 13 megapixel rear facing Sony Blue lens camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 8 megapixel front facing camera
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, USB OTG (On-The-Go)
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 2,600 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • SRP: P14,999
  • Status: Available (with limited stocks) in Novo7 Tech stores, retailers and via Lazada and Kimstore

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

Design-wise, the phone is reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with its curvy edges and metal trim on the sides. It is a bit thick but it is manageable holdling it with one hand. But you’ll need the other hand when you start using it.

The display was gorgeous. This is actually the first time that we had a hands on from a THL smartphone this long and we did notice its stunning display. The screen has noticeable cooler tone which we do like.

We were not able to fully test the phone’s Octa-core prowess due to our limited hands on time with it. But while playing around with it, we felt it performs faster than the quad core smartphones.

We saw some of the photos taken from its 13 megapixel rear camera and we were quite impressed with the picture quality. This is mainly because of the phone’s camera sensor is made by Sony. And if its from Sony. it must be good. Hehehe. 🙂

Bottomline, it is a strong contender against the Starmobile Diamond X1. But we have yet to get a hands on with Starmobile’s offering first before we decide on what to recommend. We think the THL T200 Cyborg’s best in class camera can even edge out the camera of other flagship smartphones.

Gionee ELife E7 Hands On and First Impressions

Last Sunday, Gionee Smartphone Philippines has unveiled their latest flagship, the Gionee ELife E7. We had a chance to play around the said device and we would like to share our first impressions.

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Gionee ELife E7 specs:

  • 2.5GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 8974AC processor (LTE variant)
  • 2.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 8974 processor (3G variant)
  • 2GB RAM with 16GB internal storage
  • 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage
  • 5.5 inch LTPS Full HD display (1920 x 1080 pixels) 400 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 16 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 8 megapixel front facing camera with autofocus
  • LTE (on selected model), 3G, WiFi, WiFi Display, WiFi hotspot,
  • Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, WiFi Display
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,500 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean with Amigo 2.0 UI
  • SRP: P24,500 (LTE variant)

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

  • Eye-candy colors! We do love the bright orange we got here.
  • The phone has a unibody design made of high quality polycarbonate.
  • Just like its predecessor, the Gionee ELife E6, it is extremely well built and elegant looking. It is pretty obvious that Gionee has paying been so much attention to details.
  • Camera is impressive! UI is idiot-proof, pictures taken from its 16 megapixel rear facing camera is one of the best we’ve seen. Unfortunately, we were not able to send pictures via Bluetooth.
  • We were expecting that the ELife E7 will be running Android 4.4.2 Kitkat but sadly, it is running Android 4.2 Jellybean. We noticed that the Amigo 2.0 UI on top of Android runs smoothly which is better than the ELife E6 of last year.

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Now we’re exciting for the review unit! We are excited to put the phone to the test. Overall, we had good first impressions of the phone. It is indeed far better looking, gives better performance than some well know flagships.

Gionee ELife E7 Launched Locally: Specs, Price, Availability

Today at a media event in SM Mall of Asia, Gionee Smartphone Philippines has unveiled their new flagship, the Gionee ELife E7. The E7 is the successor to the former flagship Gionee ELife E6 which we reviewed a few months ago. Related article – Gionee ELife E6 Hands On Review

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Gionee Executives showing the Gionee ELife E7 to the media and tech bloggers

The ELife E7 will have two variants – the LTE variant will be running a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 8974AC processor while the 3G version will be having a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 8974 processor. It will come many colors aside from black and white.

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The Gionee ELife E7!

Gionee ELife E7 specs:

  • 2.5GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 8974AC processor (LTE variant)
  • 2.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 8974 processor (3G variant)
  • 2GB RAM with 16GB internal storage
  • 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage
  • 5.5 inch LTPS Full HD display (1920 x 1080 pixels) 400 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 16 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 8 megapixel front facing camera with autofocus
  • LTE (on selected model), 3G, WiFi, WiFi Display, WiFi hotspot,
  • Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, WiFi Display
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,500 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean with Amigo 2.0 UI

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The LTE version is priced at P24,500 and is now available starting today! Gionee will be providing us a review unit and once we have it will share our hands on experience with it. We are also excited to put this phone against the upcoming Oppo Find 7 which will be unveiled 2nd week of April.