Monday, August 11, 2014

SKK Mobile Marian V1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression

SKK Mobile Marian V1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
SKK Mobile Marian V1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression

INTRODUCTION:

If I am not mistaken, Marian Rivera is the first ever female celebrity endorser of SKK Mobile and being the face of the company, they launched a line-up named after her, one of the devices under this series is the Marian V1.

It packs a 5-inch IPS capacitive display with FWVGA resolution, 1.3GHz quad core MediaTek MT6582 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of ROM and runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

SKK Mobile Marian V1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
CPU-Z Info

The Marian V1 has a retail price tag of Php4,599, but if you are lucky, you can get it as low as Php2,299 during their sale promo such as Marian Grand Launching last July 26. Last week, it was also part of their Blowout Sale wherein it only cost Php3,699.


UNBOXING:

Unboxing video
SKK Mobile Marian V1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Retail package

The SKK Mobile has been generous on most of their devices in terms of retail content, the V1 get the same treatment which includes a free flip case on top of the usual unit, battery, charger, USB cable, wired headset, warranty card and user manual.


HARDWARE:

SKK Mobile Marian V1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Front

The front sports the 5-inch display with just the right size of bezels on both sides. Below the display you have the usual capacitive keys while above the screen you will find the hidden sensors, earpiece grill and the secondary camera.

SKK Mobile Marian V1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Back

The back has a perforated pattern which gives you god grip and handling. The main camera and its accompanying LED flash are located on the upper left corner while the loudspeaker grill is on the lower right portion.

SKK Mobile Marian V1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Back without cover

Once you remove the back cover, it will reveal the 1750mAh battery, the micro SD card slot, the micro SIM and the regular SIM slots.

SKK Mobile Marian V1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Top
SKK Mobile Marian V1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Bottom

The top has the 3.5mm audio jack while the bottom has the micro USB port as well as the microphone pin hole.

SKK Mobile Marian V1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Left
SKK Mobile Marian V1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Right

The left and right sides have one hardware control each, the former has the volume rocker while the latter has the power button.

The Marian V1 design is simple, but it does not look cheap nor feel boring. The silver accent on all the sides adds a little style while the dotted back cover gives additional grip for better handling. In terms of build quality, the buttons/controls are tactile and no weird creaking sound when you are using the phone.


DISPLAY:

SKK Mobile Marian V1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
2-point touch

The V1 has a 5-inch display, however, it only supports 2-point touch and has FWVGA resolution. To compensate for these two things, the screen features an IPS technology, giving you a wide viewing angles on all sides. Overall, it is not as bad as you think (especially if you are not accustom to a high definition display), it still gives you nice and crisp colors.


SENSORS:

SKK Mobile Marian V1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Sensors

The Android Sensor Box and other apps show that it has five sensors namely accelerometer, proximity, light, orientation and magnetometer. However, only the first three are working during test and in actual use.


BENCHMARKS:

SKK Mobile Marian V1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Antutu - 17172
SKK Mobile Marian V1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Quadrant - 6120
SKK Mobile Marian V1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Nenamark2 - 75.2fps
SKK Mobile Marian V1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Vellamo, HTML - 2002 & Metal 517

The benchmark results are typical for a device with MediaTek MT6582 processor, one thing notable to mention though is the NenaMark2 wherein it scored 75.2fps, which is the highest so far among all the Android phones that we reviewed.


INITIAL VERDICT:

The SKK Mobile Marian V1 is the first device in the Marian series, it has a good build quality, decent looks and ample specifications at a reasonable price. Speaking of price, SKK Mobile has several series of sale/promo and most of the time the Marian V1 is part of them. During the Marian Grand launching, it only cost Php2,299 which is really a steal considering what it can offer.


Specifications:

  • Dual SIM (regular+micro) dual standby
  • 5-inch capacitive IPS FWVGA (854x480) touchscreen display
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • 1.3GHz Quad Core Cortex-A7 CPU, Mali-400MP GPU, MediaTek MT6582 chipset
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via micro SD
  • 8MP auto focus main camera with LED Flash,
  • 2MP secondary camera
  • Multimedia Player
  • FM Radio
  • 3.5 Audio Jack
  • GPS with A-GPS and EPO assistance
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Micro USB 2.0 with OTG support
  • Bluetooth
  • 1750mAh removable battery
  • Price: Php4,599

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