Local mobile phone company my|phone silently released their my|phone A858 Duo in the market a couple of days ago. With this release, the local industry broke new grounds again. You'll know why after the my|phone A858 Duo specifications and price.
my|phone A858 Duo Technical Specifications
- Display: 3.95-inch HVGA (320x480), Capacitive full touch
- CPU: 1GHz Mediatek MT6515 processor
- Memory: 400MB RAM, 128MB internal storage, microSD expandable up to 32GB
- OS: Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread
- Camera: 3.2MP Fixed-focus Rear Camera
- Dimension: 123x67.2x11.6mm
- Battery: 1600mAh Li-ion Battery
- Connectivity: Bluetooth / USB / WiFi/ GPS
my|phone A858 Duo Availability and Price
The my|phone A858 Duo is available at my|phone kiosks and online stores and is currently selling for P4,999. There's also a trade-in promo that takes P500 off to the SRP making it P4,499.
Editor's comment on the my|phone A858 Duo
The good thing here is at P4,999, you'll get a 1GHz Mediatek MT6515 smartphone with 400MB RAM. That's not bad at all. First, you'll enjoy a smoother experience, and the increased computing power allows for more games to be played. Everyone who owns a low-end Android 2.3.x Gingerbread knows first hand that it lags and it can't run Temple Run. But with this, your games won't lag and you'll be able to play process-intensive games.
Second, a 3.95in capacitive display. I don't know about you but I've yet to find an almost 4-incher that seells for P4,999. The closest I can think is Alcatel's One Touch Inspire: It's a 4" Android but has only 800MHz and sells for P8,000+. A bigger display means more wiggle room for fingers and a bigger viewing area. Too bad the resolution is 320x480. That's like resizing a 25x25 .jpeg to 150x150. I do hope the A858 Duo's display area isn't as grainy as I think it would be. We're still wondering why my|phone didn't make it a flat 4" though.
Lastly, the my|phone A858 Duo is dual-SIM. Two networks at once. Imagine the Cherry Mobile W900, but on two networks at once. Wow. That and a 1600mAh battery (the longest battery life from a local brand I've held still belongs to the DTC GT3 Astroid at only 1450mAh).
The downsides though are also considerable. Read the list below:
- Low quality 3.2MP camera
- No flash
- Small 128MB internal memory, (127MB usable)
- Still on Gingerbread
I'm expecting other local players to follow suit. After all, maintaining high pricing on less powerful phones are a no brainer. What do you guys think? Hit the comments below.
'Till my next installment.
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