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.
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.
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.
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?
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
- Dual SIM Standby
- 1,800mAh battery
- Price: Php7,499
- Availability: Out Now!