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Happy Mobile Neo Lite Review: A handy 4.5-inch Smartphone we all miss!
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Happy Mobile Neo Lite Review: A handy 4.5-inch Smartphone we all miss!

by Bon Francisco Talampas, Jr.January 4, 2016

Happy Mobile Neo Lite Review

Happy Mobile has been in the Philippine mobile business for over a year now, and is pretty doing well along with its sponsorships aired on PBA and at Willy’s Wowowin in GMA 7.

And to kick off the year 2016, the company has released new batch of its android smartphones namely, Aspire 2 (Php4,999), D-Lite plus 2 (Php2,999) now with Aluminum Frame that comes in a more affordable price than its predecessors, Champ (Php2,699) that boast five colors, and the slick Neo Lite (Php3,499) with its Geometric Design back cover!

And we have now this Happy Mobile Neo Lite unit to unbox and find out what this new mobile phone offers.

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Happy Mobile Neo Lite Unboxing Video

Let’s check first the specifications:

  • Display: 4.5 inch IPS FWVGA
  • CPU: 1.4 GHz Quad-core
  • Storage: 4GB ROM
  • RAM: 1GB
  • GPU: Mali 400 GPU
  • CAMERA: 8MP Rear / 2MP Front
  • Network: 2G, 3G, Quadband, Dual Standby
  • Battery: 2000mAh
    Back cover: Geometric Design Back Cover
  • Colors: Ocean Blue, Rose Fuchsia, White & Black

Design and Built

Basically, Happy Mobile Neo Lite is a 4.5-inch Android phone running on Android Lollipop OS. When I first hold the review unit, I felt its simplicity; the square edges reminds of the Nokia Lumia phones. The phone’s body is covered with highly durable polycarbonate plastic. It’s commendable that the phone doesn’t creak and groan when pressure is applied, though it weighs heavier than the usual android phone, the feel leaves an impression of a cool, trendy device.

Happy Mobile Neo Lite Back Cover

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Looking closely, on the right side, you’ll find the volume rocker accented with aluminum-plate serving as divider for high and low.

Neo-Lite-VolumeRocker

On the left side, the pill-shaped power button is placed and on top is the 3.5mm standard audio port.

Neo-Lite-Power

Neo-Lite-Audio

The bottom part houses the microUSB port as well as the microphone hole.

Neo-Lite-MicroUSB

In the back, you’ll see the geometric design. There’s also an 8MP camera, underneath is the LED flash, as well as the grill speaker on the lower portion.

Neo-Lite-camera

Neo-Lite-speaker

The 4.5-inch size still remains the most niftiest smartphone size; it fits in most people’s hands comfortably for one-handed use.

Neo-Lite-Whole

Speed and Performance

The leap of improvement in mobile phones has been incredible in the last few years. Neo Lite, in spite of having a lower price point, is a truly impressive device. It is packed with 1.4 Gigahertz quad core processor coupled with 1GB RAM and Mali-400 MP GPU. Basically, the advantage of going quad-core is that it offers more capability for multitasking and video. Quad-Core CPUs promise blistering speed specially when coupled with high RAM capacity. For a basic smartphone,1GB RAM is sufficient, anything over and above this will be an added advantage only.

Happy Mobile Neo Lite Antutu

Testing the phone extensively, I didn’t experience lags or hung up, everything is a must try for this phone. Though the screen is a bit smaller, playing movies is also exquisite on this device in terms of playability, color vibrancy and clarity. I also tried browsing heavy content websites and all other things on the Internet; the browsing experience went well and everything is doable.

neolite-apps

Display and Resolution

The device has 4.5 inch capacitive display, it features FWVGA 480 x 854 IPS resolution which is fair enough for a mid-range phone and to see everything in the screen even if you’re using it outdoor or in with direct sunlight. Screen imaging is sharp and produces natural colors.

Neo-Lite-Display

Camera

It features an 8 MP camera which can auto focus and can take full HD videos. And just like any other android phone, the camera does a good job in favorable lighting, nevertheless, it didn’t meet my expectations.

The shots I took outdoors could speak for itself:

Connectivity

Neo Lite also features basic connectivity options including 3G, WiFi, WiFi Hotspot, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS Support and sensors. The device has two SIM slots, one is capable of handling 3G connectivity. It comes with 4GB internal storage and is expandable up to 32GB via microSD slot.

Neo-Lite-DualSIM

The device also utilizes the new Bluetooth 4.0, also referred to as Bluetooth Low Energy. Bluetooth 4.0 achieves its reduced power consumption by enabling devices to remain paired, or connected to each other, without requiring a continual stream of data to be transferred between the devices. It also provisions screen casting. Unfortunately, USB On-the-Go (OTG) isn’t supported.

Battery Performance

Battery life is frequently cited as one of the most important factors that consumers consider when buying a smartphone. The 2000mAh battery puts on a fair show as the device ran for just nearly a day and a half with WiFi permanently on and automatic display brightness. But for just a regular phone use, the battery life lasts for about 2 days.

Neo-Lite-Battery

In case you missed the information, improvements in smartphone battery life are mainly the result of power-saving techniques in the processors and operating systems that power our devices. The MediaTek MT6582 for instance, it brings quad-core performance to mainstream 3G smartphones, without taking a toll on battery life.

My final view

Overall, with a price tag of only Php 3,499, the design is clean and the hardware is pretty straight forward satisfying the basic smartphone needs such as call and text features, Internet, Social Media and others.

One of the best features of Neo Lite is the 2000 mAh battery, it’s seldom that you’ll find this amount of power in a sub 5-inch phone, and aside from it, you’ll get a handy smartphone that has a fast quad-core processor and a gigabyte RAM, the combination is solid and is nearly a perfect mobile companion that I could say, for keeps.

Happy Mobile Neo Lite price is Php 3,499 and is available nationwide at all Happy Mobile Kiosks and partner stores. You can also visit Happy Mobile Official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HappyMobilePhilippines or follow them on Twitter @happymobileph

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About The Author
Bon Francisco Talampas, Jr.
Bon Talampas, Jr. is a computer engineer, a former member of a technical team that supports a leading health care company. Prior to his stint abroad, he worked as an IT specialist and a university lecturer. Bon also holds an MBA. And aside from being a computer geek and DOTA fanatic, he spends most of his idle hours in blogging and photography. You can also read more about him at www.bonistation.com.