“Mini” versions of popular phones aren’t anything new, but when you think of a mini variant, you usually think of a phone with a screen that measures less than 5 inches. You also think of a phone with specs that have been watered down from the original variant. Not so with the recently revealed MyPhone Iceberg Mini, a 5 inch phablet running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with even better specs than the original MyPhone Iceberg.
The MyPhone Iceberg Mini rocks a 5 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. That equates to a pixel density of 441ppi, which makes it one of the best displays you can get on any smartphone, not just locally branded phones. It’s not the first locally branded smartphone to hit the market with a Full HD screen, but there aren’t many yet. Also, being an IPS display, not only will you enjoy the sharpest images, but great color reproduction and wide viewing angles as well. Did I mention it’s also protected by Gorilla Glass 2?
In addition to the better resolution screen, the MyPhone Iceberg Mini features a better SoC in the form of the Turbo version of the popular MediaTek MT6589. The MT6589T SoC sports a quad core CPU that has been overclocked to 1.5GHz compared to the 1.2GHz clock speed of the regular variant. The PowerVR SGX 544 GPU has been overclocked as well with a clock speed of 357MHz up from 286MHz. It also comes with 2GB RAM for enhanced multitasking.
The imaging capabilities are respectable for a flagship class phone from a local brand. You get a 13mp autofocus rear-facing camera with BSI sensor and flash coupled with a 5mp front-facing fixed focus shooter that is likewise equipped with a BSI sensor. That puts it in par with even flagship devices from established brands like Samsung and LG.
Connectivity won’t be a problem on the MyPhone Iceberg Mini. The phone supports up to 3.5G/HSPA+ data speeds as well as WiFi b/g/n if there’s an available hotspot in your area. There’s also Bluetooth for file sharing and pairing with Bluetooth accessories, not to mention GPS with A-GPS for mapping and navigation apps.
For now, there isn’t any news as to how much storage the device will rock or how big the battery will be. There’s also nothing in the way of a solid release date yet, but I expect that it will sell for the slightly more than the MyPhone Vortex, which is currently priced at Php12,388. Hopefully, the Vortex will get a price drop so that the Iceberg Mini can take over the Php12k spot as asking for more than that will make it a tougher sell despite the awesome specs.
MyPhone Iceberg Mini Specs
- 5″ Full HD IPS display (1080 x 1920 resolution, 441ppi)
- 1.5GHz quad core MediaTek MT6589T
- 357MHz PowerVR SGX 544 GPU
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- 2GB RAM
- Storage: TBA
- 13mp rear-facing autofocus BSI camera
- 5mp front fixed focus BSI camera
- WiFi b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- GPS with A-GPS
- Battery: TBA
- Price: TBA