Finding a good smart-phone could be an issue, too many variables to consider, but this sure has it pinned, with just a few trade offs. We’ll talk about those in a minute; but first, a few pictures and then the specs.
- GSM: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- 3G: HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
- 4G: FDD-LTE 1(2100) / 3(1800) / 7(2600) / 20(800)
- SIM Type: Dual SIM (Nano + Micro)
- OS: Android OS, v6 Marshmallow
- Dimensions: 142 x 70.5 x 8.3 mm
- Weight: 145 g
- Display: 5.2 inch bezel-less 1080 x 1920 pixels, 423 PPI, IPS LCD with Dragontrail Glass protection
- Sensors: Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Proximity
- Build: All aluminum alloy
- Colours: Iron Gray. Gold. Silver
- Processor Type: Octa Core 1.3 GHz
- Processor Name: MT6753 / MT6735
- Graphics Processor: ARM Mali-720
- RAM: 3 GB
- Internal Storage: 16 GB
- External Storage: MicroSD card up to 128 GB
- Rear: 13.0 megapixel, Sony IMX135, autofocus, OIS, dual LED flash
- Video recording: 1080p
- Front-facing: 5 megapixel
- Music Support: mp3, aac, aac+, eaac+, amr
- Loudspeaker: Mono
- Video Support: mpeg4, h.263, h.264
- Bluetooth: v4.0
- WiFi: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Dual Band 2.4G/5G, Wi-Fi Direct
- GPS: Yes
- USB: microUSB v2.0
- Charging: Quick Charge
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Polymer 2910 mAh
- Launch Date: March 2016
- Availability: April 2016
- Launch Price: $189.90
The only trade offs I see here, is the screen and the battery. An AMOLED screen would have sealed the package, but well, it costs less than $200(between 40 and 50 thousand naira). For the battery, it’s not terrible – at least on paper; but a 3,000mAh battery would have been nice to have.
What I do love about the phone are
- The fingerprint Sensor: It’s nice to have a phone with a fingerprint sensor that doesn’t break the bank(Apple and Samsung come to mind).
- That edge-to-edge display: Dayum! If every phone could have that – wait, no… it’s going to be pretty tricky to hold. But meh, it still looks pretty
- 4G LTE: With MTN promising 4G network in no distant time, having a phone that is 4G enabled before then sounds like a good plan to me.
- The Price: Of course this is the most important part. It’s hard to see a phone this good with this kind of price tag – except it’s a One Plus device.