|O+ USA AIR Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression|
Octa core phones are becoming the mainstream in the local mobile industry, almost every brand has at least one on their lineup. Recently, it was O+ USA that joins the crowd with their first ever MediaTek MT6592 device - the O+ AIR.
What separates it from the competition? It is only 6.8mm thin, which puts in on top of the list of the slimmest octa core smartphone available in the country. It is also the first locally available MT6592 device that runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat right out of the box.
The O+ AIR has a rich retail package consist of the unit, charger, USB cable, ejector pin and manual. The box also comes with several freebies like Sennheiser headset, screen protector and 8GB SanDisk micro SD card.
Below the display we have the usual back-lit capacitive menu, home and back keys. The home key can also be used to lock your phone, just quickly double tap it and the phone will go to sleep.
Above the screen you can find the 5MP secondary camera, earpiece grill, the hidden proximity and light sensors. There is also a notification light (red and green) embedded to the earpiece grill.
The back is almost made of metallic material, except for the upper and lower part. The upper portion holds the 13MP main camera, LED flash and the secondary microphone for noise cancellation while the lower portion has the loudspeaker grill.
The left portion has the volume rocker and the SIM one slot. To insert SIM card, push the lower part of the cover (the one with circle icon and near the volume key). Inserting the SIM is a bit tricky since the door only opens at about 45 degrees, so better be careful when opening it and do not over extend to avoid breakage.
On the right side we have the power/lock key as well as the micro SIM and the micro SD compartment. Inserting the SIM and memory cards are easier here, just poke the hole with ejector pin and pull out the tray.
The micro USB port and the 3.5mm audio are both located at the top while in the bottom you will only see the primary microphone pin hole.
The O+ AIR is a rectangular handset with round edges, what makes it appealing is uni-body designs, a very slim profile and it is very lightweight. Handling wise, it sits well in my hand and comfortable to use.
O+ introduced their latest innovation called Lumi Display with the O+ AIR, the company claims that the Dual Crystal Luminescent Film provides vivid colors without draining too much power. In real life, the HD display is clear and vibrant with wide viewing angles on all sides.
This O+ phablet has several sensors namely accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, sound and magnetic. The gyroscope sensor also appear, but it does not work when pun under test.
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The O+ Air is powered by 1.7GHz octa core MediaTek processor coupled with 1GB of RAM, it scored pretty high in our favorite benchmarks.
When I compared the scores to Cherry Mobile Z2 which is the first MT6592 device I reviewed, the O+ Air is the clear winner. I believed the difference is mainly because of the screen resolution and software optimization.
I have been using the O+ USA AIR for about two days and all I can say is that I am satisfied with it. I like its snappy performance and so far I never experienced hang-up or hiccup. Its "sexy" look is also very appealing, some people who saw it cannot resist to ask its name and all they can say is "ang nipis".
- Dual SIM (Regular+Micro), Dual Standby
- Quad Band 2G/3G
- 5-inch HD (1280x720) Dual Crystal Luminescent Film touchscreen display, 10-point touch
- Android 4.4.2 KitKat
- 1.7GHz Octa Core CPU, 700MHz Mali-450MP GPU, MediaTek MT6592 chipset
- 1GB of RAM
- 8GB internal storage, expandable up to32GB via micro SD
- 13MP auto focus main camera with LED Flash, 1080p Video Recording @ 25fps
- 5MP secondary camera
- GPS with A-GPS
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, WiFi Hotspot, Wireless Display
- 3.5 Audio Jack
- Stereo FM Radio
- Multimedia Player
- Micro USB 2.0 with OTG support
- Bluetooth v4.0
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Light, Proximity, Sound, Magnetic, Orientation
- Special Functions: Flip to silent, Call and Type, Shake to Answer, Air Shuffle
- 2000mAh Battery
- Promo Price: Php13,990
- Regular Price: Php15,995