O Plus USA’s newest flagship phone “O+ Air” has been the talk of the town for weeks now, noon time show “Eat Bulaga” has really helped a lot in the promotion of this new device.
But really, how’s the phone? In our recent Tokyo trip, we managed to bring the O+ Air unit to do an exclusive review, I actually don’t know what’s the relation of this trip to O+ Air, probably taking off with the plane as we flew in the air could somehow justify? err, or the O+ Air’s unique camera feature “Japan peace sign” should only be done in the land of the rising sun? haha whatever, taragis! here’s our full review ;-)
Design and Built
O+ Air as the name implies, is really a lightweight phone. At 5-inch, it has a very slim design though not the world’s slimmest but this is the first octa core device I’ve seen that is so thin and compact. The device is built in a unibody form and is crafted with metal enclosure, when I first saw the unit, I was really amazed, with the looks and feel in your hand – you won’t go wrong, it is a premium device.
O Plus USA ventured out with the new display technology, the LUMI display -which is made of a dual-crystal luminescent film that’s capable of producing “real life colors” without sacrificing the battery life. For me, this is the selling feature of O+ Air, as I’ve said in our initial impression, your eyes will actually feel its uniqueness, when you’re looking into the screen – ang lamig sa mata, there’s a flat effect which can be compared to an actual colored paper – it is closely similar to e-paper of Amazon Kindle but with warm texture of natural colors. Lumi display has this ultra-clear effect.
As for the screen performance, the touchscreen supports 10-point multi-touch, taragis, this is more than what we need, and you can literally use all your fingers working all at the same time. And because of that multi touch option, the screen responses very accurately. As for the readability of texts outdoor, I didn’t have issues seeing it in bright sunlight – the device did a fine job here. Overall, every aspect of the screen is very well detailed as colors are rich and vibrant. –thumbs up!
Octa Core Processor and Android 4.4 KitKat
O+ Air is powered by MediaTek’s MT6592 chip. It is built on the advanced 28nm HPM high-performance process; the chip has eight CPU cores, each capable of clock speeds up to 1.7GHz, every details about this processor is generic across all octa core phones, and having an octa CPU is literally faster than quad core, – of course, but I’m still not convinced that we need that ultra fast processors in smartphones. Anyway, newest in terms of performance is always better. O+ Air also comes equipped with 1GB RAM – for me, it’s very fine and enough operating a 2014 model smartphones, the only drawback is that, O Plus, last year released O+ Imagine with 2GB RAM – that’s epic, and it’s worth noting also that most of the octa core phones nowadays uses 2GB RAM.
Anyhow, speaking with the performance, Air’s memory has still in a competitive state, I didn’t experience any lag during my 2-week use of the device – thanks to Android 4.4 KitKat which has an improved memory management and has reduced memory footprint, KitKat streamlines every major component to reduce memory use, it now uses less RAM for the system apps required by Android, freeing up more RAM for other apps. Additionally, when multiple services start at once — such as when network connectivity changes, KitKat launches the services serially, in small groups, to avoid peak memory demands.
As advertised on TV with Bossing Vic, O+ Air is a hardcore gaming phone, under the hood, the octa core processor comes equipped with a quad-core Mali-450 GPU clocked at 700MHz and has support for Ultra HD video playback and can deliver premium gaming performance. So, in layman’s term, it’s really that powerful and ultra-fast. I only tried NBA 2014 here as time limits me in trying out other heavy graphics demanding game (taragis, am so busy with other stuff –sorry guys ), the game runs perfect as it should be, no lags, no hung up – the graphics are undeniably crisp and smooth, I included a short video clip in the hands-on video. I agree with the TV ad, O+ Air won’t dissapoint you in terms of its gaming performance.
Camera, O+ Air Share, Battery and other Stuff
O+ Air is equipped with 13 megapixels camera, the highest resolution so far that O Plus can incorporate on its devices. The 13MP sensor is accompanied by a LED flash and is assisted by the multitude of tweaking options we saw in the O+ Imagine, Fab Elite, as well as some Samsung phones such as Galaxy Note II and Note 3. Outdoor shots come out really well with good detail and accurate color capture. Aside from smile detection feature, an additional “peace sign” capture feature is in placed, stand in front of the rear camera and make a sign peace, the camera app will automatically take shots as it detects the all-time favorite hand sign when posing for a picture! – click! Pictures taken from the rear camera is generally good, bright and well-detailed, I observed that in the self-timer mode, unlike in Jelly Bean, numbers will flash on the screen as it counts going down to zero before taking a self-timer shot, I find this small tweak vert helpful!
In the storage division, there is an 8GB built-in storage and additional free 8GB microSD card inside the box – I think this freebie is already a trademark of O Plus hehe, anyway- free is always awesome! Google has also an improved Cloud integration on KitKat OS and O Plus managed to customized this thru Air Share app, the app is linked to Google Drive as well as in your Facebook account – for easy file sharing, you can also access cloud storage seamlessly throughout the OS.
What powers the Air is the 2,000mAh battery, hmm, I’m already hearing some of you saying it isn’t enough, well, take note that the tripple combination of Octa Core, Lumi display, KitKat OS has one common denominator: “power-efficiency”. MediaTek says that the MT6592 chipset can run both low-power consuming and more demanding tasks equally well, by attaching the full capabilities of all eight-cores in any combination. While the Lumi Display is made of a dual-crystal luminescent film which is capable of producing “real life colors” without sacrificing the battery life. Android Kitkat OS on its part, its apps have been fine-tuned to use less computing power. The Chrome browser, for example, will use 16% less power in KitKat compared to its predecessor, JellyBean.
To tell things straight, Air’s battery won’t let you down in the middle of the day. In my usage, with normal use – Wi-Fi always on, Facebook and Twitter always running with notifications that keeps on popping as well as text messages, random phone calls, etc; one full charge in the morning lasts until the afternoon of the next day. Of course using 3G connectivity, watching HD movies and playing some hardcore games will change the story – but roughly safe to say it could lasts 8 hours.
O+ Air Hands On Video and NBA 2K14 Gameplay
Here’s the O+ Air Full Specs:
- 1.7GHz Octa Core MediaTek MT6592 Processor
- Android 4.4 Kitkat OS
- 5.0 Inches HD Dual Crystal LUMI Display (720 x 1280 Pixels, 320 ppi)
- 10 Point Multi-touch Screen
- Scratch Resistant
- Mali-450 MP4 GPU
- 13.0 Megapixel Autofocus Main Camera with LED Flash
- 5.0 Front Camera
- 1GB of RAM
- 8GB Internal Storage
- Expandable up to 32GB via microSD
- Dual SIM/Dual Standby
- 3G (HSPA+), EDGE and GPRS Networks
- Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Bluetooth, GPS, FM Radio, USB OTG
- 3.5mmAudio Jack
- Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
- Air Shuffle (Gesture Controls)
- 2,000mAh Battery
- Php 15,995.00
Overall, I would say that O+Air is definitely a wow phone, from its sleek and lightweight built, display quality to its total performance, the device exceeded my expectations. Also, the hardware is really fast enough to satisfy your smartphone needs. For a price of Php 15,995, you get almost everything you look for in a smartphone – speed, solid quality of photos, gaming performance and of course the number of hours this device makes you stay up. Another worth noting factor is that, after several days of testing and constant use, the device never crashed even once. I would definitely recommend this device, given all its plus factors, and with emphasis on its being the lightest among other octa core smartphones I have tried.