Sunday, October 20, 2013

DTC Mobile GT6X Speed 2G Review: Getting There

DTC Mobile GT6X Speed 2G


DTC Mobile has been in the local mobile industry for more than 2 years, however I believed they had the least number of smartphone offerings among all players. Recently they released the GT6X Speed 2G, a 4-inch dual core smartphone .
The GT6X is powered by MediaTek MT6572 chipset with 1.3GHz dual core Cortex-A7 CPU, Mali-400 GPU coupled with 512MB of RAM.

Key Specs:

  • Dual SIM Dual Standby
  • Dual-Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, No 3G/HSPA
  • 4.0" capacitive IPS WVGA (800x480) touchscreen LCD, 2-point multi-touch
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 1.3GHz Dual Core CPU, Mali-400 GPU, MediaTek MT6572 chipset
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB internal, expandable up to 32GB via MicroSD
  • 5MP auto focus main camera without LED Flash
  • 720p Video Recording
  • 2MP secondary camera
  • WiFi, WiFi Direct
  • 3.5 Audio Jack
  • Stereo FM Radio
  • Multi-media Player
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth
  • Accelerometer and Sound sensors
  • 1500mAh removable battery

Main Disadvantages:
  • Only 2-point multi-touch
  • No GPS
  • No 3G/HSPA 
  • Miniature Power Key


The retail package consists of the unit (screen protected), battery, micro USB/charger combo, wired headset, extra screen protector, manual and warranty card. I wished there was a free case since for a less known device it is quite hard to find one.

DTC GT6X Retail Package

The front is mainly covered by its 4-inch IPS screen, the earpiece and secondary camera are located above it. Below the display there are 3 capacitive keys. The device has no proximity and light sensors even though there is still ample space to accommodate them.

Front of DTC GT6X

At the top you will find the 3.5mm audio jack together with the power key (which is a tad small, pressing it is a hit or miss).

3.5mm Audio Jack & Power Key at the top of GT6X

The bottom houses the micro USB port (that doubles as charging port) and the microphone.

Micro USB port & Mic at the bottom of GT6X

The left side has the volume rocker while there is none on the right side.

Volume rocker at the left of GT6X
Nothing at the right of GT6X

The 5MP main camera without flash is located in the upper portion at the back of the GT6X. The DTC logo and loudspeaker grills are located at the lower part.

Back of DTC GT6X

The build quality is more of a plastic, the back is made of glossy material which is prone to smudges and fingerprints. The phone itself is a bit light for its size, however I am concerned that it can easily get dings and dents not to mention being broken when fall in a hard surface.


The Speed 2G screen has a wide viewing angle, thanks to its IPS display, sadly it is only 2-point multi-touch.

2-point multi-touch


The GT6X is heavily skinned or shall I say themed and there are actually 6 themes to choose from. The icons may look different but the interface is still the same. The lockscreen is the usual Android Jelly Bean stuff, there is a padlock icon inside a circle which you can swipe anywhere to unlock the device.

If you have a missed notification, you can drag it to the padlock icon to view it without unlocking the device.


Once unlocked, you will be greeted with the homescreen which has 7 pages by default but you can increase it up to nine or decrease it if you want.

There are 5 shortcuts below the homescreen, the middle one opens the app drawer while the four others can be customized.


The app drawer has a 4x4 layout while the widget has 2x3.

Default Apps
Default Widgets

The notification area can be accessed by swiping one finger from top to bottom of your screen. The quick toggle is also there to give you more options when you have a notification. The system settings are also available by two-finger swipe or by pressing the upper right corner icon.



The Speed 2G boasts a 1.3GHz dual core CPU, Mali-400 GPU and 512MB of RAM. You can see more information about the device below.

CPU-Z Info

Antutu Info

It scored almost 11K in the Antutu benchmark which is pretty high for a dual core device and it even matches the score of Cherry Mobile Flare 2x.

Antutu, 10756

The Quadrant result is also good, however the refresh rate is capped at 34 Hz.

Quadrant, 3128

It managed to get 33.8 fps in NenaMark2.

NenaMark2, 33.8 fps
The Vellamo scores are even higher than the Flare 2x.

Vellamo, HTML 1638 & Metal 485

The benchmarks scores are plausible, it seems that the newer MediaTek chipset is better than its predecessor even though it uses Cortex-A7 architecture.


The GT6X is a dual SIM dual standby smartphone but you have the option to turn it on/off. You can also edit SIM information if you want to.

SIM Management

Under SIM management, you can choose which SIM to use, or select Always ask or Double key for voice call and messaging.

SIM Management Settings


There is no TRUE smart dialing feature, it can only detect the name/number in the beginning of your contacts. You can see the double key (handset icons, blue and orange) when you chose the double call key.

There is no proximity sensor but the screen automatically turns off once the call is connected. One thing I really appreciate about the device is, it does not become hot even in a one hour of voice call.



The contacts and groups can be synchronized with your online accounts. If you will create one, it will ask you to which one it will be saved SIM, phone or other accounts.



Under messaging, if you have unread message/s a number will appear on the upper right hand corner. The conversations are arranged like chats and they are color coded plus there will be an indicator at the end of each message telling you which SIM was used for that.


The recipient box accepts name and number inputs, you can also attach anything in the message by simply pressing the cross icon. Once there is an attachment the SMS will be converted to MMS.


The DTC smartphone has stock Android email app as well as Gmail app. The Gmail will populated once you used and logged in to any Google app like Play Store.

The stock email app can handle almost any account and setting it up is quite easy, just enter your username and password and hit next and you are done.

Email and Gmail



The gallery is the generic Android app, it houses both pictures and videos which can be arranged by albums, time or locations. The camera icon is always present on the upper right hand.


The photos or videos can be shared via Bluetooth, emails or social accounts.

Gallery Options

The photo editor is also present to give your pictures a different shade of color or background.

Photo Editor

Video Player:

The player will lists all playable videos on your device with information such as thumbnail, title, file size and length.


It is nice to know that it supports a wide variety of video codecs, it managed to play all the samples I threw at it even 1080p videos and .MKV.

Video Samples

Music Player:

All music files on your device will be listed and can be viewed by Artist, Albums or Songs. The album art will be displayed if available, there is also equalizer which you can turn on or off depending on your taste.

Music Player Interface

FM Radio:

The FM radio is stock Android too, you can search all available channels, play the broadcast in a loudspeaker or record them if you want to. You need a wired headset though for it to work.



The camera and video share the same interface, the left portion corresponds to the shooting modes (no photo-sphere). The right sides have the shutter keys and the camera settings below it.

Camera Shooting Modes

Camera Settings

The main camera can shoot 5MP still and up to 720p videos (fine quality).

Photo and Video Details

Sample Pictures

Inside a barber shop

Inside the car

Afternoon Shot

Afternoon Shot1


Sample Video

720p, Mounted inside the car

The main camera is decent for a 5MP sensor, it is quite a shame that it does not have flash so better take pictures and videos with good lighting condition.


The GT6X uses stock the Android browser, pages load fast even with images and flash content. It supports up to 16 tabs and has incognito mode.



Games like Pou, Candy Crush Saga, Subway Surfers and Temple Run 2 all worked without any issue.


Candy Crush Saga

Subway Surfers

Temple Run 2

I load Dead Trigger and it works just fine even though the Speed 2G has only 2-point multi-touch. Loading time takes longer than usual but once it is loaded you can enjoy the game.

Dead Trigger

The device has only 0.89GB of storage for apps and games but it can be expanded using the micro SD card. Once you have additional storage installed you can choose your preferred install location.



One thing you may miss with the GT6X is the high speed data connection since its mobile connectivity is up to EDGE only. Good thing there is WiFi which you can count on when you want to be online.


The Bluetooth is present for your file transfer needs or for connecting other media like BT headset. The 3.5mm audio jack and a micro USB port complete the list.


The sensor is very limited, it only has an accelerometer and sound. No light sensor so you need to adjust the brightness of your screen manually.



The smartphone is loaded with stock Android productivity stuffs such as Calendar, Clock, Calculator, Sound Recorder, File Manager and To Do.




Sound Recorder

File Manager

To Do


The battery capacity is 1500mAh, I fully charged it and make a call for one hour while downloading Asphalt 8 in the background and it only used 13% of its energy.

Battery Stats


You Tube App comes pre-installed and you cannot uninstall it unless you root your device.

You Tube

Search app can look up from your phone such as apps or people or via web (


Other Google applications are also installed, however all of them needs to be updated.

Google Apps

Back-up and restore is also present.

Back-up & Restore

Theme Manager controls how your phone looks like.

Theme Manager

The HTC clock you saw at the above Homescreen is a product of the Fancy Widgets, if you are not fun of it you can just uninstall it anytime.

Fancy Widgets


The GT6X Speed 2G is a capable dual-core smartphone, it can be your portable media player especially that it has a wide codec support and can even play 1080p videos. Casual gaming is no problem at all and high graphics intensive games are also playable. The camera is quite OK for its sensor size however the lack of LED flash is a major drawback.

One thing I hoped it has is the 3G/HSPA connection, the EDGE is too slow for you to check emails or social accounts on to go and this could be a deal breaker for some.


  1. Hi sir I need an advice here :D. See, my sister has her CM Flare. But I wanted to give her a much better phone. Can you suggest any phone/phablet that has a quad-core processor? Though I'm on tight, my maximum budget is 7k. Thanks sir :D

    P.S. I really love how detailed your reviews are! :D

    1. Thanks a lot for the compliment. What brand do you prefer? CM Apollo has HD screen and quad-core CPU for Php6,999. CM Razor is also a good choice. SKK Mobile Chrome has the same price and 5-inch screen.

      If you can spare additional 1K, I can recommend the huawei ascend D1 quad xl.

  2. Had the phones you said on my list. Thanks sir!!! :D

  3. Sir, I have a questions lang po. Wala po bang kayong problem na na-encouter dto sa phone na to? kahit anu po, like nag-ffail ung touch screen nya, na hindi accurate ung pag baba ng battery life, na hindi ngffunction ng maayos ung wi-fi, etc. I'm planning to buy this phone kasi, mabuti na ung sigurado kasi kesa yung pabalik balik pa sa store sa dami ng problema. Pero over all sa nakita ko sa review mo maganda nman sya para sakin khit walang flash,walang 3g at 2 point multi touch lang. XD tsaka isa pa po, paki linaw naman po kung anong difference ng 2G sa 3G? ang alam ko kasi mas mabilis ang internet connection ng 3g kesa 2g , tama ba? hehehe. BTW, thanks sa review sir, sana marami ka pang gadgets na ma-review, pasensya na kung marami akong tanong HAHA, sana po makapagreply kayo. THANK YOU, GODBLESS and MORE POWER. :)

    1. Tsaka pwede ka po ba mag review ka ng kahit isa lang dito sa mga to, SKK Mobile Ace/A3/A5/A7?Kung okay lang po, at kung may time ka po, tnx =)



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