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December 25, 2012

O+ 8.12 first impression

We got another dual-SIM contender in the form of a 4.5-inch handset that goes by the name of 8.12. Check out our first impression of O+’s recently unveiled smartphone after the break.

Although majority of the 8.12’s body is made of plastic, the phone doesn’t look or feel cheap. It bears a striking resemblance to some Sony Xperia handsets with its plastic make and simple design layout.

Front

It’s 4 and half inch display features a qHD (960 x 540) resolution which looks decent enough for the most part. Sitting above its screen is a VGA front facing camera and a few sensors. One of these sensors is responsible for the phone’s unique feature called the Air Shuffle, which allows users to flick through songs or images without actually touching the screen.

A quick tour of the phone will reveal the two ports at the top namely the Micro-USB and 3.5mm audio port, volume rocker on the left and power/sleep button on the top right. Head on over to the back side and you’ll be greeted with a slightly protruding 8MP camera with its flash. There’s also a small opening way below the camera for the phone’s loudspeaker.

Back

Underneath the overlapping back cover is the handset’s 1850mAh battery with two SIM card slots which sits right above it. The 8.12’s inside is a familiar sight to entry level fans which includes a dual-core 1GHz MT6577 processor, 1GB of RAM and a standard 4GB storage. It currently runs on Android Ice Cream Sandwich, but is said to be upgradeable to Jellybean in the future.

O+ 8.12 specs:
4.5-inch qHD capacitive display, @245ppi
MediaTek MT6577 1GHz dual-core processor
PowerVR SGX531 GPU
1GB RAM
4GB internal storage
Expandable up to 32GB
Dual-SIM
3G/HSPA
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1
8MP rear autofocus camera, VGA secondary camera
720p video @ 30fps
1850mAh Li-Po battery
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

We must say that the O+ 8.12 is one of the more decently built smartphone from their lineup and the addition of the fancy Air Shuffle feature differentiates it from its competition. It has the looks, we’ll give it that, but we don’t expect consumers to get this at Php11,995 especially when there’s a lot of other cheaper handsets that features the same specs.

O+8.12

Maybe it’s still too early to call at this point especially because we haven’t spent enough time with the handset. Catch our full review after a couple of weeks and see if there are enough reasons to get this smartphone over its competition.

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44 Responses to “O+ 8.12 first impression”

  1. jim says:

    “…but we don’t expect consumers to get this at Php11,995 especially when there’s a lot of other cheaper handsets that features the same specs.”

    really? what other phones have dual core and 1 GB ram for less than P12k? most of the cheaper phones have just 512 mb ram kasi…

    • chacha says:

      the extra money goes to the 1 gig memory:)

      meanwhile if you dont mind the 512 memory you can have QHD Smartphone alternatives such as:

      Myphone A888
      Starmobile Crystal
      CM Blaze (s3 Design Clone)

    • chacha says:

      the extra money goes to the 1 gig memory:)

      meanwhile if you dont mind the 512 memory you can have QHD Smartphone alternatives such as:

      Myphone A888
      Starmobile Crystal
      CM Blaze (S3 Design Clone daw)

    • NeutralGuy says:

      11+K to a dual core, not to mention a mediatek dual core, and a subpar screen even if it is 4.5″. I rather get Meizu MX 2 for 13+K. Or, Xperia S for 14+K. Also, for 15+K, Galaxy Nexus. There are tons of better devices to choose from on that price category which has better quality and specifications than this phone.

    • lanceraven
      Twitter: noyraqs
      says:

      Kata i1 (from Owtel Shop) has a similar specs, if not a more decent one. and the build quality is much better. looks better as well than this phone.

    • iantibay says:

      @NeutralGuy – hoy! bago magkomento magbasa ka muna, ampota! dual sim ito! wala sa mga sinasabi mong phone ang dula sim.

    • NeutralGuy says:

      @iantibay – kung dual sim lang ang point mo para bilhin ang product na ito. edi mag CloudFone Thrill 430x ka na lang. Di hamak na mas mura at mas maganda ang specifications. May 4160mAh battery ka pa for 8K. Makapagsalita akala mo ang talino. Makapagmura wagas, dual sim lang pala hinahanap mo eh. Maraming alternative na phones dyan na hindi aabot ng 11+K. That’s too much for this phone. I just pointed out what are the better phones than this one on that price point. Besides,yung reply ko ay duon sa comment regarding the processor and price point. hindi namin pinaguusapan yung DUAL SIM!

    • Nhel says:

      @NeutralGuy sir kung sa specs lang din naman po eh di hamak na naman na mas mataas specs ng O+ 8.12 sa processor pa lang at sa gpu. tas 768mb lang ram ng CloudFone Thrill 430x. eto po 1GB po. battery lang ata lamang ng CloudFone.

    • NeutralGuy says:

      maybe, but with that price point, I rather get Cloudfone. Or better, mag CM flare nalang ako. Ang mahal kaya ng 11k para lang sa ganitong device.

    • kol says:

      cherry mobile omega
      1 gb memory
      qhd dn

  2. Kervin says:

    CM Blaze (s3 Design Clone)
    hindi namn siya mukang S3

  3. Prince says:

    check-out Kata1.

    P8,500, 1ghz-dual core, 1gb RAM, qHD.

  4. Jay says:

    You can already buy xperia p for just P11.7k with 1GB RAM than this. Check here:
    http://www.widgetcity.com.ph/product/mobile-phone/sony/sony-xperia-p

  5. Nhel says:

    Yeah but xperia p is not dual sim.

  6. dj says:

    Lenovo p770

    • lenovoadek says:

      magkaiba iba price range. p770 will be priced no less than 14.5k when it becomes locally available unless the p700/700i gets a price cut. sa mainland china kase nag drop ang presyo ng p770 to $219 usd.

  7. pines says:

    sobrang mahal ng 11,995 for a rebranded phone.. napansin ko lng na mataas mgpresyo ang O+, lalo na at bago pa sila sa philippine market.. buti sana kung kaya nila tapatan ang aftersales/service na pwede iprovide ng myphone or even cherry mobile

    • ferdinand marte says:

      Korek!!!! sobra sa presyo, but what can you expect from a brand who can’t play the pricing-features game with CM. 2013 is almost here and it’s almost guaranteed that Cherry will once again surprise us. Mind you, CM products will get better specs with prices that will once again astound us. A CM rebranded Oppo Find 5 might become a reality. Go Cherry, GO!!!

  8. chriztoph3r
    Twitter: chriztoph3rgmail.com
    says:

    Just want to clarify on something. Particularly on the internal 4GB. On Jelly bean, is it possible to install apps on the external gigs? based on my experience on my note 2, apps are installed inside the internal memory. Thanks.

  9. wrxtbnd26 says:

    Guys,kung cool specs at low cost ang hnap nio,,try nyo 2ng Cherry Monile Flare with 1.2 ghz dual-core snapdragon processor with 4gb internal memory @ 4+k only,,u dn’t need nmn that silly air shuffle kc pra san png pggng capcitive touchscreen ng phone mo kng di mo lng nmn ggmtin so it’s useless and i-compare nio ung price,,hlos 3 flares n ang mbbili mo.. 8.12 has 1gb ram compared to 512 ng flare but it doesn’t matter when u look at it’s processor with 1.2 ghz dual core compared to 1 ghz dual core….

  10. Rpaxis says:

    Hi, my wife won two units sa company xmas party. Gusto nya ibenta. I hesitated kasi di naman kilala ung brand. Try ko gamitin yung 8.12 and the 8.9 then benchmark performance ng dalawa. A farcry siguro to compare it with the iphone products like the 3gs and 4s that we are currently using magasawa. Otherwise will give you all an update.

  11. alcbu says:

    Agree with the author, 12k for that phone brand is expensive. Nothing premium about it, spec and brand wise. If it’s waterproof ok that’ll do but just 512mb more RAM and that shuffle, what is that anyway?, shuffling w/out touching the screen? There’s screen protector so dubious benefit. I think it’ll gather dust in the display booth. Better rethink your pricing O+

  12. xperia user says:

    hello, that SHUFFLE feature is similar to my xperia sola floating touch feature.but floating touch is very beneficial even with screen protector.i would never but a phone without a major brand…and look at those android phones made by us filipinos, there are no software support

    • Boomerwhang says:

      “Made by us Filipinos?” LOL! The local manufacturers like MyPhone and Cherry Mobile just buy them from different companies in China and India. The only thing Filipino about them, is the local apps they pre-install and the branding of the Philippine map or flag on the handsets (which was probably not even done here, but in their respective manufacturing plants in the real country of origin). The CM Flare is a rebranded Karbonn from India, while the Cloudfone Thrill 430X is the Innos D9 from China.

  13. sonic says:

    para walang away mag iphone5!

  14. mae agnes says:

    Hi YugaTech!!
    i always read your points of views when it come to gadgets. especially when you feature gadgets of affordable prices and are not of the “branded” ones.
    Can i ask you to make a “review” for this gadget i saw at Toy Kingdom, an android tablet, it’s called the PAVIZIO X3. I want to know your points of view on this product. it costs a little below 5K. and i want to purchase this for my daughter. we are not of a rich family, and i want to give her something similar to any android tablets.
    THANKS VERY MUCH!!!

  15. Zayne says:

    Buying this phone is not worth it there are other phones that have the same feature as this one the only difference is the air shuffle that is kinda proves it self to be worthless u “Might only use the “airshuffle” on the table” but a phone is focused on mobility especially when one is called a “Mobile Device”
    who would use airshuffle while on a car drivin’ or walking down the street
    -Just Sayin’

  16. bob says:

    don’t forget the 1080p video aside from 1G ram…that’s absolutely an advantage..and by the way the sales lady i talked to at the O+ kiosk said it also has gorilla glass.i hope.

  17. Princejhay says:

    i dont go with this fone mas maganda parin ang cloudfone 430x panalo ang lcd display…snapdragon pa…compare dito sa 8.12 o+ generic ang gamit nila…cute lang ang design…saka mahal para sa local brandfone…

  18. Sherly says:

    Sir, pwede po bang malaman ung model number ng OPlus 8.12? Nasa may Settings > About Phone > Model Number siya. :D Salamat! Di ko kasi siya makita sa net eh.

  19. Fleettkr says:

    For downloading apps is it directly save to external card?

  20. Grace says:

    Does it have a GPS?

  21. weh says:

    8.12 for 12k?.. araw2 nagpapamigay sila ng 8.12 sa eat bulaga. 6 days a week, 24 days a month. 24 units times 12k = 288,000 a month?. san nila kukunin yun, eh di sa mga bumibile din ng o+, its means malaki talaga yung kinikita nila, overprice?

    • jag says:

      i think ibang model binibigay nila, hindi 8.12…
      it just happens na they advertise 8.12 right after nila magbigay ng O+ android kaya akala natin 8.12 ang ibinigay…

      kaya nga “ang O+ ay meron DING 8.12…” ang laging linya ni Paolo…

      :)

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  23. boink says:

    ampangit naman ata ng quality ng cloudfone, cm, at myphone eh,,, maaus p ata un lenovo at o plus

  24. chu_tehy says:

    I really want to try this phone 8.12 but as of now i am still thinking if it is worthy to have this phone. how about the service center?I dont want to experienced again what i have in Cloudfone. They have very poor technical support. I think mostly who buy this phone experienced technical problems.and i experienced that already because my sister bought one a week ago. and it has defects. Not to criticize but just a sort of warning if you might want to buy phones from cloudfone.

    • 8.12 consumer says:

      I already purchased the O+ 8.12 and so far okay naman ang performance in regards of gaming, multitasking…o ung simpleng pagnavigate ng mga screen…sobrang bilis….I decided to buy this one kasi balita ko nga na sirain ang CM at Cloudfone…

  25. mrsmoke says:

    mga ungas mag CM flame 2.0 nalang kyo quad core 7k lang hahaha

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This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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