MyPhone Rio

Yesterday, I was able to attend the MyPhone Youth Tech Congress early and got some hands on time with the Infinity and Ocean Elite. However, there was another phone on display that I wasn’t able to get my hands on, the MyPhone Rio. The MyPhone Rio is a 5 inch phablet with interchangeable back covers that come in different colors. Think of it as a budget Android version of the iPhone 5c if you will.

UPDATE: The MyPhone Rio is now available for Php4,999. Check out my hands on review here!

MyPhone Rio Display Unit and Back Covers

While I wasn’t able to play around with the Rio, I was able to get a bit of info off from the President of MyPhone himself, Mr. Jaime Alcantara. According to him, it’s a quad core phone that will sell for more than Php6k. If the Rio performs as well as it looks good, it should be a very enticing purchase, especially students and young professionals who will definitely love the colorful covers.

MyPhone Rio Back Covers

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any more information from Mr. Alcantara as he still wants to leave a few things as a surprise for attendees of the MyPhone Youth Tech. Still, with the right price and specs, the MyPhone Rio could be a sleeper hit by the time late March comes around when the phone is expected to roll out.

Based on the price, my guess is it will be powered by either the 1.2GHz MT6589 with PowerVR SGX 544 or the more powerful 1.3GHz MT6582 with Mali 400. It will probably have a qHD screen, but my fingers are crossed that it will have an HD screen. It will also likely include your typical 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage.

Keep in mind, these are just guesses. But based on the A919i Duo, which has an HD screen and 1.2GHz MT6589 processor and sells for Php6,499 at the moment, it would be reasonable to expect the same specs at the Rio’s projected price point.

What do you guys think though? What kind of specs are you expecting the MyPhone Rio to rock? Let me know in the comments 🙂

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JM Balicano

Back when I started MobileTechPinoy in 2012, phablets weren't a thing yet. I enjoyed the stares I got from iPhone owners whenever I whipped out my Samsung Galaxy Note at the time. I'm much more budget-conscious these days though and am perfectly fine with using phones from any of our locally brands.

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