MyPhone A919i Duo Review; Overall Performer

Anjie lou delos Reyes

I know that it is already too late to write a review about this phone, however, I think it would still help those people who want to purchase it, especially that more and more quad-core phones from local brands our coming out.

MyPhone A919i Duo Review; Overall Performer
MyPhone A919i Duo Review; Overall Performer

The MyPhone A919i Duo is the first quad-core phone that was released by MyPhone, though not for a local brand. It is a worthy upgrade from the original A919 Duo not only on its innards but as well as the looks.

MyPhone A919i Duo is the current MyPhone flagship carrying great specifications. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6589 that integrates a powerful, efficient Quad-Core Cortex A7 CPU, PowerVR SGX544 and coupled with 1GB of RAM.

MyPhone A919i Duo Key Specs:
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • Tri-Band GSM/EDGE/GPRS (both SIMs) and  Dual-Band HSPA+ (SIM 1 only, 21Mbps DL and 11 Mbps UL )
  • 5.0" capacitive IPS High Definition LCD (1280 x 720)
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 (confirmed update to 4.2.1)
  • 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 Quad-Core CPU, PowerVR SGX544MP GPU MediaTek MT6589 chipset
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB internal (2.75 GB available), expandable up to 32GB via micro SD
  • 8.0MP autofocus main camera with LED Flash, geo-tagging, HDR, Burst Shot
  • 2.0MP secondary camera
  • GPS with A-GPS and EPO assistance
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct
  • 3.5 Audio Jack
  • Stereo FM Radio
  • MP3/MP4 Player
  • Micro USB 2.0, USB OTG
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Light, Orientation, Proximity, Sound, Magnetic
  • Led Notification
  • Great Audio Output
Main Disadvantages:
  • No panorama and no photo-sphere
  • Limited internal storage, cannot move an application to external SD card
  • No TV output nor any option for wireless mirroring


MyPhone did not give any special attention to their flagship phone in terms of packaging and accessories. The retail package contains the usual MyPhone stuff, aside from the unit you will find a standard micro USB charger/cable combo, stereo headset, quick start guide, CD and warranty card. My unit is white and all the accessories are also white. Sadly, there is no freebie or whatsoever not.

MyPhone A919i Duo Retail Package
Retail Package

The overall design and build quality are quite good. The bezels are now thin as oppose to the original A919, the inclusion of the silver lining (which I believe MyPhone trends on their current phones) gives it a more sophisticated look. Many will say that the 10.7mm waistline is thick, however, the curve design makes it more comfortable to handle even for one-handed use.

MyPhone A919i Duo Front

The front is mainly covered by the 5" IPS LCD, just above the display you will find an earpiece located at the center. The LED notification is located at the very end of the earpiece grill, after that, you will find the proximity sensor, the light sensor, and the two-megapixel camera for video calling as well as self-portrait imaging. At the bottom of the display, you will find the usual menu, home and back key arranged from left to right respectively.

The micro USB and 3.5mm audio jack can be found at the top. On the left side near the top, we can find the volume keys. On the right side, there is the power key near at the top and slot for opening the back cover at the bottom. The mouthpiece is located at the bottom.

The cover is completely plastic, which feels nice to touch and not a fingerprint magnet. The back houses the main 8.0MP camera which is accompanied by an LED flash below it. Surprisingly, there is a secondary microphone on the left part of the camera for noise cancellation. You can also find the usual MyPhone logo and Philippine map at the back and below it, there is the loudspeaker.

MyPhone A919i Duo Back

Removing the back cover is quite easy, once removed, it reveals the battery rated at 2000mAh, the slots for the two SIM cards as well as the slot for the micro SD card for memory expansion.


MyPhone A919i Duo Interface

MyPhone A919i Duo utilizes a stock Android interface with a very minimal tweak. It is running on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and confirmed update for 4.2.1. The interface is pretty fast and fluid even though the refresh rate is capped at 45fps.

The locked screen can vary depending on your preference. For the purpose of this review, I will use the slide option. On a locked screen, swiping the lock key icon towards the right side unlocks the phone, swiping it left directs to the camera interface (if you have other camera software like camera 360 installed you can opt to use it as your default interface). If you have any notification, it will appear in the upper portion of the lock key icon. Dragging the notification to the lock key icon will launch the corresponding software of the said notification, e.g. email or SMS.

On a locked screen, you can also access your notification panel. The notification panel includes several shortcuts such as Wi-Fi, BT, GPS, Data Connection & Airplane mode. Swiping it left will show brightness, timeout, and autorotation. While swiping it right will bring audio profile shortcut (General, Silent, Meeting & Outdoor). It also includes the shortcut for the system setting (just beside the date).

If you have any notification you can directly access it on a notification panel which gives you several options to choose from. For example, a missed call will provide you the option to call back or to send a message.

MyPhone A919i Duo Apps and Widgets
Apps and Widgets

Once you are on the home screen, you will be greeted with MyPhone wallpaper (you can change it anytime you want since MyPhone is kind enough to include wallpapers without their logo). The home screen includes five (5) panes which you cannot reduce nor add, at the bottom-center, you will find the app drawer icon at the center accompanied by two shortcuts on each side. On the left side, the default shortcuts are phone & contact while on the right side are message & browser. All these shortcuts can be edited based on your own preference.

Once you pressed the app drawer icon, you can now access the apps and widgets which you can swipe left or right. Here you can also access the play store any time by pressing the shortcut icon at the upper right-hand portion. Adding a widget or application to the home screen is pretty easy, just hold the desire apps or widget and drag it to your desired location


MyPhone A919i Duo Antutu Score
Antutu Score

The MyPhone A919i Duo relies on a powerful 1.2GHZ quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor, PowerVR SGX544MP GPU, and 1GB RAM. MediaTek claims that this is the "coolest" quad-core SoC available in the market (which literally means extremely low power consumption).

It has an impressive score in well known static benchmarks.

  • Antutu - 12,306
  • Quadrant - 3,570
  • NenaMark2 - 37.5fps
  • Vellamo HMTL - 1,375
  • Vellamo Metal - 452


It uses a tabbed interface for groups, contacts and frequently contacted. If you are having trouble finding your contacts you can always utilize the search button at the bottom. Under the frequently contacted tab, any contact you "starred" will appear at the top.

It has the virtually unlimited capacity with all the functionality you need. You can opt to choose which address book you want to display - SIM card, Phone or Online addresses. Adding a new contact will prompt you to which account you want it to be saved. You can also import or export contacts.

Each contact can contain multiple information such as emails, numbers, address, etc. You can also join contacts from multiple accounts.


Under settings-wireless & networks, you will find the SIM management. You can switch each SIM on or off to help you save battery (especially if you are only using one SIM). Other SIM management settings are as follows:

  • Voice Call - you can choose SIM 1, SIM 2 or Always ask
  • Video Call - you can choose SIM1 or SIM 2
  • Messaging - you can choose SIM 1, SIM 2 or Always ask
  • Data Connection - you can choose SIM 1, SIM 2 or off

Remember that only SIM 1 is HSPA capable, so better use it for your data connection needs rather than SIM 2. Every time you change your SIM card it saves your preference and naming scheme (it will not allow the same SIM card name if they are different SIM cards).


MyPhone A919i Duo Telephony

The call reception is quite good, the sound at the earpiece is clear and loud. The addition of secondary microphone (located at the back near the camera) reduces noise making the call crystal clear. Smart dialing is also present which searches both names and numbers. The options during a call are loudspeaker, mute, hold, add a person on the current call and record the call. One thing I am looking for is to have an option to write a note while on a call, which comes very handy when the person on the other line asks you to write something (e.g. he/she will dictate a number). The proximity sensor turns off the screen automatically during a call which prevents any accidental touch on the screen.

Under telephony, you can find the SIM toggle by just swiping the notification panel (options are SIM 1, SIM 2 or Always Ask). It also displays your recent call activity indicating which SIM card was used for every call log.


MyPhone A919i Duo Messaging

The messaging application is quite simple, the new button is found at the bottom left while the search button is at the bottom right. The threads are listed based on the latest message created/received. The message thread is color-coded, the background of your message is blue while on the recipient is gray. Your message goes on the right side while the recipient message on the left side. Under the messaging app, SIM toggle is also available similar to the telephony.

Under a certain conversation, you can find two shortcuts at the upper right hand. The first option will prompt you to save a number if it is not in your contact list. If the person is already on your phone book, it pop-up the said contact. The second option (handset symbol) will prompt you to call the said person/number on that message.

MMS share the same editor as the SMS, under new message clicking the green + symbol will give you the option to add almost anything, once added to a message it automatically converts it to MMS.

The default keyboard is only the QWERTY type, you cannot change it to phone pad or other methods. It supports auto-capitalization, haptic feedback (vibration on key press) and sound on key press. It also offers an auto-correction.

MyPhone A919i Duo also works without any issue with popular online messaging applications like Skype, Viber, and WeChat.


For the email department, it consists of the stock email app as well as Gmail app. The stock email app handles virtually every internet email. Adding an email account is quite easy you just need your email address and password then hit next and it will automatically look for the correct email settings. You can attach any file you want and can include CC/BCC. You can also change the frequency of sync, include a signature, always BCC yourself and change the notification sound. Vibration for incoming emails can also be set.

The Gmail can automatically sync the Google account you use during the Play Store set-up. The Gmail app is basically the same as the email app, however, it limits your attachment to only picture or video. The workaround you can do is to go to the file you want to attach, press and hold the file and you will have the option to share it on Gmail. While reading a message, you have the option to report it as spam or phishing as well as mark it not important.

Both email apps can handle multiple email accounts.



MyPhone A919i Duo uses the stock Android gallery, you can arrange it based on Albums, Locations, Times, People or Tags. The camera shortcut is always present at the upper right hand. The gallery also houses both pictures and videos.

Video Player: Can play 1080p MP4 Video

Like the gallery, it uses the stock Android video player, it will list all the supported video in your device (both on the internal storage and external SD card). It can play almost any file I throw at it .3gp, .avi, .mp4 even .mkv the only file it is unable to play was .flv. Impressively, it can handle 1080p videos without any lag or stuttering. You can play the video as a normal, stretch or full screen. There is also an option to share the video thru Facebook, email, etc. The only let down of the video player is that it does NOT support subtitles.

Watching a movie on its vibrant 5" screen is comfortable. There is no TV out option nor wireless mirroring (MT6589 supports Miracast technology for multi-screen sharing, but it is not currently available on MyPhone O/S).

Music Player:

The music player has a tabbed interface, it will list the music based on four (4) categories, namely Artist, Albums, Songs & Playlist. It has the option to search, party shuffle, shuffle all or sound effects. Selecting sound effects will bring you to the equalizer settings. The equalizer has several presets like Normal, Classic, Flat, Rock, etc, you can also turn it off if you prefer.

The music interface is quite simple, it provides the option to shuffle, repeat current song, repeat all songs and even use it as a ringtone. It also displays album art if available in your files. Once the music player is running, you can easily access it through the notification panel.

FM Radio:

Basically, you need a headset for the FM to work. Many people will say that FM radio is a thing of the past, but still, its inclusion is a bonus. The FM radio interface is pretty neat and straightforward. It can search all the available channel (or you can add them manually), you can also record your favorite music and play it on speaker.


The camera and video share the same interface. The camera can shoot from VGA and maxes out at 8MP and accompanied by a single LED flash. The volume keys can be used as a hardware shutter, therefore in order to zoom in, you need to pinch out the screen. It provides plenty of options such as Exposure, White Balance, Color Effect, Scene Mode & others. It can also store location (Geo-tagged your photo) thanks to its built-in GPS. Self-timer is also available and ISO can be adjusted manually. A continuous shot is also available (4, 8 or 16 shots), however, it seems to be unusable when the subject is moving since it saves the picture first for about half a second before proceeding on the next shot. The most important parts that are missing are the Panorama and Photo-Sphere, I do not know why MyPhone left out this option since it was available on the other model (A818g).

The video option is similar to the camera. It can shoot from 176x144 (low quality) up to full HD 1920x1088 (fine quality). You can also use the front camera for video capture as well as for taking pictures.

Sample Shots:

MyPhone A919i Duo Sample Photo - Outdoor
MyPhone A919i Duo Sample Photo - Indoor
MyPhone A919i Duo Sample Photo - Closeup

The picture created was good enough for day to day activities, and can be considered as one of the best among the local brands.


MyPhone A919i Browser

The MyPhone A919i uses the stock Android browser. The browser itself is quite fast, it loads the web pages, even those with many images pretty quickly. Thanks to its high definition screen you can easily read text on a web page even without zooming. It supports up to sixteen (16) tabs. You can save a web page for offline reading or even share it with someone.

One flaw I noticed is that the "request for desktop site" option is not working, even you enable it, web pages still display mobile version. The only way it can display "desktop version" is to click it at the bottom part of the web site.


It can handle the most popular games in the Play Store like 4 pics 1 word, Temple Run 2, Cut the Rope, Candy Crush, etc. I played extensive graphics games like Dead Trigger and NBA Jam, both works like a charm, pretty smooth without any noticeable lag. The main limitation is the storage since the total capacity is only 2.75GB (0.98GB of internal storage and 1.77GB of the phone storage). Even you have the micro SD card, it will not help since you cannot save the games into it only on the phone storage (this is something I hope MyPhone will resolve soon on their phones).

I know advance users can do "memory swap" in different ways, however, this memory swap can be done easily without root access with competitor brands (e.g. CM Flare, you can easily choose which default storage you want, once external SD was chosen it becomes your default storage).

One thing I noticed is that the games usually load a  little bit longer than branded phones. Once the game was loaded it runs pretty snappily.


The MyPhone A919i supports Triple Band GSM/EDGE/GPRS which can be used for roaming. It also supports dual band 3G. However, keep in mind that only SIM 1 supports HSDPA up to 21MBps. It supports tethering and hotspot.

Wi-Fi Connection is good, it can get a good signal even I am upstairs (my router sits beside our home phone downstairs) and also supports Wi-Fi direct.

In addition, MyPhone A919i has Bluetooth 4.0 and Micro USB 2.0 that support OTG.

The 3.5mm audio jack completes the list, I used the supplied headset, pioneer headset (without a microphone) and stock SGN2 headset (with microphone) and all of them works fine.


MyPhone A919i Duo is equipped with plenty of sensors which you can verify if working by downloading Android Sensor Box via Play Store (thanks to Sir Angelo for this tip).


The MyPhone A919i Duo is well suited for work on the go. The productivity applications include Calendar, Clock, Calculator, Sound Recorder, Notes and To Do. What is missing is the King Soft Office, which you can always download at Play Store for Free.


It also boasts a capable GPS with A-GPS support as well as GPS EPO assistance. Using the inbuilt Google Map, I manage to get a satellite lock at around 1 minute, which is quite good (A-GPS and GPS EPO are on). The satellite tracking is also pretty accurate.


MyPhone A919i Duo Stats
Duo Stats

I used it for about 3 days to gauge its battery performance and honestly, I am quite satisfied with it. Note the data connection is always enabled on with 6 accounts that are always in sync on the background (3 emails, 1 Facebook, 1 tweeter & 1 yahoo mail).


I can safely say that MyPhone A919i performs pretty well in every aspect. The screen is pretty vibrant and can be used under direct sunlight. Its fluidity is comparable to high-end brands. You do not necessarily need to bring multiple devices, it can perform as your point and shoot camera, a good music, and video player and a capable browser. You can also work on the go, productivity is well covered.

MyPhone A919i Duo an overall performer for both work and play.

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  1. nice , hmm can I use free facebook in myphone A919i by just turning on the data connection ?

    1. pero bakit yung saken hindi ? ano kaya pwede ko gawin ? thank you

    2. Ca you help me resolved it sir. Plss,, Thank you

    3. Go to settings, mobile networks and network settings.. try to change the default setting (do trial and error)

    4. i tried it several times , its not working ;(

  2. Hi, doesn't the upgrade from Android 4.1.2 to 4.2 enable the phone to have photo sphere?

    1. Yes, Panorama and Photo-Sphere are working in 4.2.1 update..

      Please see..

  3. I have a problem on message app.

    I cannot sent message by using search contact from message app. But when creating messages initially created from contacts app, it works.

    Please help. You can also contact me on my FB account for this issue. Need help ASAP.
    Facebook: i3hmarjorie

    1. Hi Marj, if you are referring to the recipient input wherein it won't search the name/number it is a software bug, did you recently update from 4.1.2 to 4.2.1?

      Immediate solution I can suggest is use third party messaging app like Go SMS

  4. Hi sir. any review for Myphone Vortex?

  5. so how we save games on sd card? thats my problem on my 919i dou..

  6. nice ! nasabe na lahat lahat pero ung presyo hndi naisulat

  7. Hi just want to ask how didi you do all the screen shots?? Im having a trouble doing screen shot in this phone.. thanks appreciate your reply.. :)

  8. press power at volume down po ng sabay.

  9. may mga stocks pa of this phone sa shops dto. do you think this is still a good buy nowadays with its price at 6300?

  10. where can i update my A919i 4.1.2 to 4.2.1? can you help thx.

  11. sa mga MyPhone sevice center po

  12. at 6300 it is still a good buy.

  13. Got a question, my notification bar does not appear like what is shown on the screen shot above.. How can we have that fixed? Need help please..

  14. how do u turn off the shutter sound of the camera...
    and how do i get a software update...tnx

  15. habang nasa camera app, click the settings icon at mahahanap mo un dun. for the update, you need to go to service center.

  16. I just bought my a919i duo for only 5k..i've been using this for almost 2years..well what i can say is..its SUPERB"""

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