Local phone company Cloudfone has definitely played it cool throughout the quad-core game, so cool in fact that they were among the last companies to release a powerful flagship to match other brands. But what they had in being late, they made up for in value-added features and user experience: Introducing the Cloudfone Thrill 450q.
The Cloudfone Thrill 450q is a 4.5-inch quad-core Android Jelly Bean device that screams gorgeous inside-out. It looks awesome, it behaves good, and it carries the enormous battery legacy the Cloudfone brand is known for. Here's our Cloudfone Thrill 450q review.
The Cloudfone Thrill 450q is somewhat small-ish for the company's first quad-core, then again it's arguable (Maybe it's just my preference. Some will say that it's just the right size). It features a 4.5-inch display, a thin and light profile, and a clean, slate design. In a couple of aspects it'll remind you of older Xperia designs.
The face of the device sports the very fine qHD IPS display, three soft-touch buttons, a 3-megapixel front-facing camera, a unique-looking earpiece (first one I saw in a while that's not Samsung-inspired), a couple of sensors, and - get this - a LED notification bar. Yes, it has a LED notification bar! Now that's something you don't see everyday. More on this later.
The rear meanwhile sports a glossy plastic shell (commendable for the lack of labelling. Too much labels make a phone ugly), a protruding 12-megapixel BSI shooter with AF and flash, and a well-meshed loudspeaker grill. You get the option to augment the back with a flipcover case (sold separately). If you don't mind oil and smudge all over the back of your device, then the gloss shouldn't really matter.
The top carries the 3.5mm headphone jack and the micro USB/charging port; the top right side carries the sleep/wake button; directly to the opposite side of that is the matching bezel-colored volume rocker; the bottom is totally clean except for the microphone.
Being a 4.5-inch device has its advantages: 1) It slides in the pocket with ease, and; 2) You can navigate/use the device with one hand. That said, handling the device felt good. I never found it too small nor too bulky (it has a slim profile equivalent to other local flagships). I can grip and manage it with ease.
The Cloudfone Thrill 450q sports a magnificent 4.5-inch qHD IPS OGS display, at 960x540 resolution and ~245 ppi. Having used multiple HD and FHD Android devices myself, I'm unable to notice any difference in, to put it bluntly, screen performance. It's that good.
The 4.5-inch screen has great brightness, pixel density, and color vibrancy. Colors are accurately reproduced in-screen, with whites and blacks displayed being displayed properly. Other IPS displays reproduce whites with yellow or blue tinges. Some LCD displays' blacks meanwhile look washed-out.
The smartphone runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and features stock UI with value-added applications such as the Cloud Store and a Go! Keyboard app. I personally found the former useful as it offers free apps such as a File Manager, a News app, and a couple of basic games.
Located at the lower portion of the screen is a LED notification bar, one of the first, if not the only bar-style LEDs in the local smartphone market. It features four colors: Yellow for charging, red for low battery and some app notifications, green for fully-charged and also some app notifications, and blue for SMS notifications. I found this feature useful, as you don't always hear notification sounds from your phone (especially at the office where you place your smartphones on silent). The only downside is you'll have a hard time noticing the light on very bright areas.
Auto-brightness works properly, with multi-touch points maxing out at 5. Display sensitivity is also accurate.
The Cloudfone Thrill 450q sports a 1.2GHz quad-core A5-based Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8225Q processor (Adreno 230 GPU), and 1GB RAM. While A7-based devices are better, the Thrill 450q meets expectations with regards to performance. Benchmarks below.
The Cloudfone Thrill 450q fetches a 10053 rating in the AnTuTu benchmark. It may seem low (as compared to standard 11000 ratings from other local brands' flagships) but the score is still reflective of quad-core devices. The amount of pixels being pushed to the display also decreases the rating of the benchmark.
Quadrant gives the device a 4463 rating, leaving the aged ASUS Transformer Prime TF201 behind the dust. It's just about a hundred fifty points below the HTC One X.
Other benchmark results for the Cloudfone Thrill 450q are below:
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Benchmark asides, the Cloudfone Thrill 450q behaves really fluidly in every aspect, be it in the homescreen, the drawer, the camera console, orientation shifts, and app launches. I also haven't observed any software issue.
Audio and Video
With the Cloudfone Thrill 450q's magnificent display, there should be no question regarding video reproduction. High definition videos played in the device are accurately reproduced, colors and fast transitions considered, without pixelation (and this is considering that this is only a qHD IPS display). The Dynamic Brightness feature of the smartphone also helps with improving video quality while saving power.
The loudspeaker of the device sounds good but slightly lacks power music-wise. I played a couple of EDM songs and the device found no problem reproducing them. Highs, mids, and lows all have presence but the volume itself is a little feeble even at maximum. That said, listening to the device on loudspeaker was a pleasure.
The performance of the stock headphones included with the device meanwhile is what you'd expect from most stock headphones: So-so.
The earpiece gives off a loud and clear volume.
Powered by a quad-core processor and a gig of RAM, the Cloudfone Thrill 450q is able to run graphics-intensive games with relative ease. I installed games like Shadowgun Deadzone, Dead Trigger, Minion Rush, and EA's Real Racing 3 on the device, the smartphone ran them wonderfully. Ghosting is a no issue in gaming as well as in the UI itself.
The device heats up after minutes of continuous gaming, but the heat is tolerable (reminded us of the Cloudfone Excite 400d).
The Cloudfone Thrill 450q sports a 12-megapixel BSI camera with AF & LED flash and a 3-megapixel front-facing camera. The camera console itself is feature-rich, with options such as focus mode, ZSL, ISO selection, and Auto-Exposure Mode all present.
The rear camera captured decent images, especially in the dark at its Super Fine 12-megapixel setting. But as with all images taken in the dark, too much movement will blur your images. Colors on images are all correct, noise levels are low, everything works great. Sample photos below.
Another point of interest in the Cloudfone Thrill 450q's camera department is its LED flash. This device has the strongest and brightest LED flash of all the devices I've held so far hands down. It probably is even stronger than some LED flashlights brands. This LED flash is what would properly illuminate images in the dark.
Unlike its predecessor the Cloudfone Thrill 430x, the Cloudfone Thrill 450q is only equipped with a 1800mAh Li-ion battery (removable). With moderate brightness and regular usage (i.e. SMS, data/WiFi surfing), the device lasted me approximately 10 hours. On higher brightness and usage levels, the device would probably last 3-4 hours.
The good thing about the Thrill 450q is that it comes bundled with a 4400mAh rated power bank. Yes, a free power bank comes with every box. That's the company's way of continuing the legacy of the Thrill 430x.
There's an adage that goes "great things come in small packages", and it's true with the Cloudfone Thrill 450q. It's a mighty 4.5-inch device that packs a lot of punch considering its size. It has a well-made qHD IPS display that could pass off as something with higher definition, a great 12-megapixel camera with a LED flash that could illuminate very dark areas, and a quad-core processor that will handle virtually everything you throw at it. Add in the fact that it comes with a bonus 4400 mAh power bank makes it all good.
The Cloudfone Thrill 450q is Cloudfone's first quad-core device. It may have come late in the game, nonetheless it's still something powerful to take into account. It exceeded my expectations with ease, and as such I had a wonderful time using it. It's a solid device overall and it's something you should definitely consider if you're looking for a 4.5-inch mid-range device.
Cloudfone Thrill 450q Specs
OS: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Processor: 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM 8225Q Snapdragon S4 procesor (Adreno 230 GPU)
Memory: 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage, micro SD expandable up to 32GB
Display: 4.5-inch qHD IPS OGS display, 960x540 resolution, 245 ppi
Camera: 12-megapixel BSI camera with AF and LED flash, 3-megapixel front-facing camera, 720p HD
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, HSPA+, GPS w/ A-GPS
Battery: 1800 mAh Li-ion battery
Dimensions: 131.1 x 66.5 x 9.0 mm, 140 g
Features: Dual SIM, dual standby (1 standard, 1 micro). 4400 mAh Cloudfone power bank
Colors: Black, white
Cloudfone Thrill 450q Availability and Price in the Philippines
The Cloudfone Thrill 450q is now available at all major smartphone stores for a price of P8,999.