|O+ M Review; Munching Marshmallow|
O+ USA has been busy expanding its portfolio of mobile devices, and we’ve seen the company dish out products from smartphones to dual-boot tablets to mobile accessories as of late. It’s still a fierce competition out there, and O+ USA isn’t planning on backing down anytime soon. With that said, we’re looking at the company’s M – it’s a bit of an unimaginative name, but it wants to get to the point with Android Marshmallow in tow as well as several capable hardware to begin with.
|O+ M Inclusions|
O+ USA wants to set its offerings apart from the competition by offering the M in somewhat of a unique packaging. It arrives in a polycarbonate box that gives it a fresh of breath air as compared to other offerings that come in standard packaging. Once you take off the lid, you’ll be met with the M itself, as well as several inclusions such as the micro USB cable, headset, a wall adapter, some paperwork, a screen protector and a bonus 16GB micro SD card.
O+ M Unboxing and Hands-on
In terms of design and build quality, the O+ M follows the standard approach for smartphones in its range. It feels durable and handy to the touch all thanks to the light aluminum sides as well as the matte back panel that gives it a nice feel to it. However, do take note that this design cue is somewhat prone to smudges. With that said, a jelly case of some sort could have been a welcomed addition.
On the other hand, the front panel is as minimalist as it can be. There are no brandings as well as capacitive keys, and all that’s in there are the screen itself as well as the earpiece that sits beside the sensors and the front-facing selfie camera.
Both the volume rocker and the power button are situated at the right side of the device, while there’s nothing on the left side. Meanwhile, the headphone jack is up on top and opposite of it is the micro USB port and the microphone.
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|O+ M Display|
The M features a 5-inch display with 720 x 1280 (HD) resolution. It looks bigger at first glance due to the black frame around the display itself. In terms of performance, its display resolution is well enough to give crisp and clear images and text on a 5-inch display. And there’s nothing to complain about its brightness, but sunlight legibility could be better.
The O+ M features Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. However, the company has something different when it comes to the user-interface. It’s still the same stock Android experience, but O+ gave it its own launcher to add some flavor into it. You’ll see some changes on the homescreen and the app drawer as well as the icons for several apps, but it’s nothing a launcher of your choice can’t fix. Bloats are also kept at a minimum, with only the O+ USA, Clean Master and My Notes present.
A MediaTek MT6580 chipset is running things in the M. It’s somewhat dated for what it’s worth, but it’s pretty adequate for what you’re going to want to do with it. The benchmark results are also at par with other devices having the same SoC.
|Mortal Kombat X|
While we doubt you’re really going to want to play games on a Mali-400 GPU, it’s good enough to run Overkill 3 and Mortal Kombat X, but you’re probably going to want a better gaming experience nonetheless. Pokemon Go is also playable, but with the absence of gyroscope you’ll be settling with the standard virtual environment.
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Fortunately, photography is the strongest suit of the M. Its 8MP primary shooter can produce photos with nice and clear details, especially in good lighting conditions, and it can even perform well during scenic night shots. The 2MP front-facing selfie camera is also pretty decent as compared to other smartphones in its range. See the samples below:
|Night Shot with HDR|
In terms of connectivity, the M features all the standards when it comes to devices in its range. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS w/AGPS, 2G and 3G HSPA+ are all on board. The signal is also pretty standard for what it’s worth, so you that will really depend on your proximity with cell towers and routers.
|PC Mark Battery Test|
Equipped with a non-removable 2,500mAh battery, the M can manage to cough up a day of usage. That’s on light to heavy usage of browsing and taking calls, but of course your mileage will definitely vary. PC Mark rates it at 4:44, but again, battery life will totally depend on your usage.
The competition in the Php4K market is stiff, with offerings from local tech giants dishing it out with decent specs and new features. With that said, the O+ M has a tough battle ahead of it. Needless to say, the company still packs it with a few tricks of its own to one up the competition. While it lacks the firepower to run graphic intensive apps, it’s tacking things in a different light. Form factor is definitely one of its strong points, and we’re digging its photography performance. For Php4,395, the O+ M serves as another option if you’re looking for a handset in this price spectrum.
Nice form factor and design
Free 16GB micro SD card
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Performance could be better
Prone to smudges and dirt
O+ M Specifications:
- 3G: 850/900/1900/2100MHz
- Dual micro SIM, dual standby
- 5-inch IPS capacitive HD (1280x720) touchscreen display
- Dimensions: 143.5mm x 71.2mm x 8.5mm
- Weight: TBA
- Android Marshmallow
- 1.3GHz quad core Cortex-A7 CPU, Mali-400MP GPU, MediaTek MT6580 chipset
- 1GB of RAM
- 16GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB
- 8MP main camera with LED flash
- 2MP secondary camera
- Multimedia player
- FM Radio
- 3.5mm audio jack
- GPS with A-GPS
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Micro USB 2.0
- Bluetooth v4.0
- Sensors: accelerometer, light, proximity
- Battery: TBA
- Price: Php4,395
- Colors: pure white, macchiatto gold
- Freebies: 16GB Sandisk micro SD card