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MyPhone A888 Duo Released. Limited Stocks Only!

JM Balicano December 22, 2012 Previews 25 Comments

MyPhone A888 Duo Profile

It’s really not hard to feel optimistic about the local phone market these days. Whereas you used to get what you pay for when you bought a local brand, today you can easily go out and get a decently specced Android smartphone for the price of a budget handset. MyPhone is one such local cellphone and electronics brand that has been leading the charge in bringing affordable Android smartphones to the masses, and their latest release has set the bar higher for what your money can get you. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the MyPhone A888 Duo.

While some smartphones might tout one particular feature to help it stand out, the MyPhone A888 Duo is actually quite well-rounded. It’s got everything the typical budget user would want: a 4.5 inch qHD IPS display, 1GHz dual core CPU, 8mp autofocus camera with flash, and 3G/HSDPA running Android 4.0 ICS out of the box. How much? Php7,499. How insane is that?

Breaking Down the Specs

The display is easily one of the major key selling points of the MyPhone A888 Duo. I’ve been seeing a number of Android smartphones being launched by local brands, and while they offered a lot of value, many of them didn’t go beyond the paltry 480×800 resolution barrier. The MyPhone A888 Duo breaks that trend by offering a 4.5 inch qHD IPS display. qHD is equivalent to a 540×960 resolution, which should also mean you’re getting a better pixel density of 245ppi (pixels per inch). You’re getting a display that isn’t just large, but sharp as well, allowing you to see crisp details in various things from text, images, movies and high definition games. Not only that, but it also makes use of IPS technology, resulting in wider viewing angles and better color reproduction.

MyPhone A888 Duo Front

That 8mp snapper is another thing I like. It’s an autofocus unit with a dual LED flash, so you’re pretty much guaranteed good lighting even when taking shots in limited or very poor lighting. I’ve handled a number of budget Android smartphones, and the thing that always left me wanting was the quality of the shots. At 8 megapixels, every social-happy photographer who likes to use their smartphones to take and post pictures to Facebook and Instagram should be satisfied.

MyPhone A888 Duo Side

Another thing worth mentioning is the chipset that runs the A888 Duo. The 1GHz dual core Mediatek MTK6577 CPU coupled with a Series5 SGX GPU should handle all but the most system-heavy applications. This should suffice for gamers and even most power users. It may not be that fastest, but it’s plenty snappy, especially when considering the price.

MyPhone A888 Duo Various Angles

There’s also a convenient TV out feature. Most, if not all, of the higher end phones in MyPhone’s Android lineup can output directly to a TV through a TV-out cable. This is great if you want to enjoy HD games on a larger screen, or perhaps watch the movies you’ve stored on your phone to the TV in the living room. The MyPhone A888 Duo doesn’t miss out on that feature, so you can hook it up when you want and start enjoying content on a larger screen.

One last thing that I feel is worth mentioning is the actual design of the MyPhone A888 Duo. Sure, it’s a bit generic, but at least it isn’t a nondescript rectangle sitting in the palm of your hand. It looks like it belongs next to an One X or Galaxy S3.

Potential Cons to Look Out For

While the MyPhone A888 Duo offers all the features the typical user would want on an Android smartphone, at this price point, there has to be some compromises. It only comes with 512mb RAM, which is pretty much the norm for Android smartphones from local brands. I don’t expect them to break this barrier soon, and for the most part, many of the phones I’ve tried with at least a 1GHz CPU and 512mb of RAM have performed quite well. However, limited RAM can quickly bog down performance if your phone starts running too many processes simultaneously.

The larger and sharper screen will also likely power through that 1,800mAh battery faster than you might expect. My old MyPhone A818 Duo only sported a 1,350mAh battery, but it was able to last me at least a couple of days. However, that was pretty easy since it only had a 3.5 inch HVGA screen. The MyPhone A888 Duo sports a much larger 4.5 inch screen at qHD resolution. Both of which can be expected to suck that battery dry within the day, despite the bump to a larger capacity battery.

Should You Buy It?

MyPhone A888 Duo Promo Graphic

At Php7,499, the MyPhone A888 Duo is pretty cheap, despite the more than decent specs on-board. It also covers all of the basics that a constantly connected smartphone user would want. You get a dual core handset with a great camera and large display at a price range it has no business being in. Are there cheaper alternatives? Yes, but if you want the fewest compromises in terms of performance, the the MyPhone A888 Duo is the phone for you.

MyPhone A888 Duo Specs

  • 4.5 inch qHD capacitive IPS display, 540 x 960 resolution (245ppi)
  • 1GHz dual core MediaTek MTK6577 CPU
  • Series5 SGX GPU
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 512mb RAM
  • 4Gb ROM, expandable up to 32Gb
  • 8mp autofocus rear-facing camera with dual LED flash, 1.3mp front-facing camera
  • Bluetooth, WiFi, 3G/HSDPA
  • TV-Out
  • Dual SIM Standby
  • 1,800mAh battery
  • Price: Php7,499
  • Availability: Out Now!

Source: MyPhone Facebook Page / Images: PinayAds

About The Author

The first phone I fell in love with was the humble Samsung Star. It was technically just a feature phone at the time, but it's functionality and user-friendly UI would often deceive me into believing I was in control of something much more powerful than its price tag would indicate. These days, it's the Galaxy Note that I play around with, but there's still a lot of tech that I can't afford. Boy, do I wish I had an unlimited bank account..

  • Rey

    Is it true that MyPhone (or any local brand, for that matter) does not support updates to newer Android versions? Because if that is true, then that would be the only down side for people like me who are always after the best from Google..

    • http://mobiletechpinoy.com/ JM Balicano

      For the most part, not many of these phones get updated. The good thing is that most of the phones that MyPhone and other local companies import are popular (dirt cheap) OEM devices that other importers from other countries also import. As a result, most of them have good third party/open source dev support. However using their tweaks will be at your own risk.

      • Rey

        Thanks, JM! Can you provide resources for looking for this kind of dev support? A forum or website, perhaps? It’s a lot easier to search for help and support for the big brands and I have not encountered anything for the local ones yet. I’d be very glad if you could help.

        • http://mobiletechpinoy.com/ JM Balicano

          The trick is to find an active user group for the phone you are interested in. For example, I’m a Flare user, so obviously I joined a Flare group on Facebook. There’s a ton of resources in the Files area, such as tweaks, mods, etc. The admins over there are constantly testing them so there’s feedback right away whether a particular mod works with the Flare or not so you feel safe trying them out. Just search for the phone you are interested in on Facebook and join the largest groups you can find :)

  • Jet

    Hello Sir,

    Will the qHD display cause fps caps similar to the a919? I’ve had a hands-on experience with the a878 and the a919 and the 30 fps difference is really noticeable for me. Thanks in advance.

    • http://mobiletechpinoy.com/ JM Balicano

      Can’t say fore sure coz I haven’t handled the A888 yet. But just because it has a qHD screen doesn’t automatically mean there’ll be a framerate cap. That’s something the software engineers would have to intentionally enforce through the software I think.

  • mvr

    more power to your site sir!

    • http://mobiletechpinoy.com/ JM Balicano

      Hey, thanks!

  • Ching Hay

    magagamit nman to abroad right? like in Qatar? through WiFi or local SIM ng Qatar para makapaginternet.. tama?

    • http://mobiletechpinoy.com/ JM Balicano

      Hi, it would depend on the country you’re visiting. Here’s a wikipedia link for all the mobile networks and the countries that support them.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_country_code

      Just look for the country you want to visit and check if the phone supports those same networks.

      • Ching Hay

        Thanks for you reply!
        From what I have read, in Qatar they support GSM 900 / GSM 1800 and GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / UMTS 2100 bands.

        GSM 900 / GSM 1800–This means the phone should be dual band right?
        What about this-GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / UMTS 2100??
        A888 is tri-band, which means i can use it there?!
        Thanks in advance. :)

  • BenhurTan

    Hi Sir JM, any idea, what is OEM of A888?

    • http://mobiletechpinoy.com/ JM Balicano

      Sorry, I don’t have any idea :(

  • HowardBacayana

    hi sir matanong ko lang, naka try po kac ako ng midel unit nito sa davao.napansin ko lang 200mb lang po ung usable internal storage nya po.pki check lang po kung baka mali ako.gusto ko sana bumili eh.pero katakot naman kung 200mb lang ung usable internal storage.may mga apps na di pwede malipat sa SD eh.

    • http://mobiletechpinoy.com/ JM Balicano

      Sure ba na A888 or A818?

      • HowardBacayana

        a888 po sir. kinumpare ko po sa CM w900 ko po ung internal storage. 200mb lang talaga.so sa experience ko po sa galaxy y(if im not mistaken) 150Mb lang ung internal storage nya, pg maglalagay ka ng maraming apps sa home screens gagapang na po ung CP.

        • http://mobiletechpinoy.com/ JM Balicano

          may screenshots kang pwedeng ishare? hehe..

          • HowardBacayana

            kk try ko maya baka maka extra ako sa demo unit nila.

    • Kevin Carl Jardiolin

      baka nagkamali ka lang eh yung sa akin 2.47GB… although im quite disappointed kasi nakalagay sa box 4GB… but anyway im satisfied by its performance… and I bought mine for P5400 only… and i was surprised na naging jelly bean na po xa kasi i expected na ice cream sandwich lang xa , kasi yun ang nakikita ko sa review… double check mo kung talagang 200mb lang try mo papalitan or ask kung saan mo yan binili..

      • JMBalicano

        Partitioned po ang 4Gb. 2.47GB for mass storage, 1Gb for apps, the rest ginagamit ng system. Parang Galaxy Note ko lang po dati na 16Gb. If I recall, 11Gb lang ang usable mass storage nya, pero may 2Gb for installing apps, and then the rest ginagamit po ng system.

  • HowardBacayana

    hello po ntry ko ulit ung unit. mali ako hahhahahah.ewan ko lang bakit 200mb lang ung sa unang unit na nakita ko. pero kagabi nka try ako model unit sa Gaisano Mall 1000mb pla ang internal storage!!! medyo mali din ako nabili ko na tuloy ung CM blaze. pero ok lang mas maganda pnaman tiganan ang CM Blaze. may pix ako pero panu ko ba upload un dito??

  • http://www.facebook.com/illuxianeyes ‘Xian Tan

    which is much better MyPhone A888 DUO or Cherry Mobile Blaze??

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1190651792 Jm Balicano

      I can’t really say since I haven’t handled the A888 Duo.

  • anonymous…

    been using this phone for almost a month now. i’ll have to say it was money well spent. ;)

  • chrISTIAN

    sir bkt po 100+ lng po ung ram ng akin , tpos bigla nlng npupuno hanggang sa mging 0 na po, db po dpt 450mb ang usable ng ram ng a888, my factory defect po kya un