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May 08, 2013

O+ 8.15: Affordable 5-inch, Quad-Core, Jellybean handset

O+ is bringing their own version of a 5-incher smartphone into the Philippines with this quad-core powered O+ 8.15 Jellybean smartphone. We’ve been testing this unit, fresh from their US headquarters, for several days now so we can share with you our initial impressions.

The O+ 8.15 is set to be released in Metro Manila this May 11 with an introductory price of Php9,990 during opening day sale (although regular price will be set at Php12,990 after that).

The handset has a 5-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels, giving it a pixel density of 294ppi. The glass display feels tough and solid although we cannot verify if it’s the same scratch-resistant glass O+ USA used in the 8.12 handset.

The unit is actually pretty thin at 8.4mm — thinner than Galaxy S3 (8.6mm), Note 2 (9.4mm), HTC Butterfly (9.1mm) and Neuxs 4 (9.1mm). The back has a slightly curved shape and even the white back cover and silver trimming has that same cut that reminds us of the Xperia Arc. Of course, that does not discount the fact that the camera at the back protrudes a bit.

The device feels very solid, firm and has a good grip to it despite being in the 5-inch category where most other handsets are a bit unweildy.

The front-panel is plain and pure black, with only the front-facing camera and phone speakers that are visible. The soft button at the bottom corner lights up when touched. The facade actually reminds us of the LG Optimus G.

The back side has a white polycarbonate battery cover with a slightly polished finish. The 8MP camera is positioned on the top corner along with the LED flash and a microphone (probably for noise-canceling).

The speaker grills are found on the lower corner with the print of O+ USA. The micro-USB port and 3.5mm audio jack is on the top side, power button on the right side and volume controls on the left.

The hardware configuration of the O+ 8.15 looks pretty good and is at par with most 1st or 2nd generation quad-core smartphones that are already out in the market. It’s worth noting that O+ managed to get this device running on Android 4.2.1 right out of the box, instead of the older 4.1.2 Jellybean version.

O+ 8.15 specs:
5-inch IPS LCD HD display @ 1280×720 pixels, 320ppi 294ppi
Mediatek MT6589 1.2GHz quad-core processor
PowerVR SGX 544MP
1GB RAM
8GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
3G/HSPA+
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1
8MP rear camera with LED flash
1.9MP front-facing camera
Android 4.2.1 Jellybean
Li-Po 2,000mAh battery

We ran our standard suite of benchmarks to see how this device fares with the others in its price category. Nenamark 2 showed a maximum frame rate of 45.7fps which is already pretty good.

Results for the Quadrant Benchmark and Antutu Benchmark are equally good — clocking in at 3,995 with Quadrant and 13,189 with Antutu, repectively.

Hardware configuration aside, the O+ 8.15 is actually the nicest looking phone that ever came out of O+ — nice, simple design, solid build quality, pretty good specs and an affordable price. We’re actually wondering what the black color would look like once it comes out in stores but we think that will look much better than the white model we have here.

If there’s anything I think they need to work on, it would be the UI and the widgets. But then, that can easily be fixed by downloading and changing home launchers from Google Play Store.

O+ will be selling the 8.15 this Saturday, May 11 at their first O+ Concept Store in SM North EDSA Annex (4th Floor). The first 100 customers will get it at Php3,000 off or Php9,990 (DTI permit also required them to do it between 10am to 11am only).


37 Responses to “O+ 8.15: Affordable 5-inch, Quad-Core, Jellybean handset”

  1. Playa says:

    Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4.8″ 720p screen and is 306ppi

    O+ 8.15 has a 5″ 720p screen but a higher 320ppi?

  2. templar_kaozzzz
    Twitter: Venom_Dark
    says:

    why is the RAM in your BM markes at 2GB??

  3. templar_kaozzzz
    Twitter: Venom_Dark
    says:

    why is the RAM in your BM marked at 2GB??

  4. Anthony says:

    100 Customers
    20 units per customer (Pwede kaya?)
    hehehe

    Probably not as they dont want to make a sale

    Black Unit be better because that could be sexier!

    This is the Samsung Killer

    Android should be compared to Android devices because there are ao many different Android devices. Which of them are the best for Android Users?
    High End Users
    Mid Range Users
    Low End Users

    What is the best Android Phone for each level?

    • plrt says:

      Samsung killer???? LOL!!!!!!

    • asasa says:

      samsung killer? in your dreams! puro cheap phones lang ata nahawakan mo eh and you have never tried using a Samsung phone

    • Kris says:

      Hi asasa. Overpriced na kasi ang pinakasasamba mong samsung. Hindi naman kasi lahat, katulad mong winawaldas lahat ng savings sa quadcore ng samsung. Maka-“in your dreams” ka wagas. Lakas mong maka-social climber! Buti napadaan ka dito sa review ng isang cheap phone? Mapagpanggap! LOL XD

    • HD7990 says:

      mas ok sakin cheaper phones.. it’s better for the consumer. kung lagi nalang mahal bibilhin mo, tuwang tuwa ang samsung/apple jan. sabagay na uuto ka @asasa at nakikisabay lang sa uso. LOL

    • Quack says:

      Phones aren’t judged just by specs alone, you know? Even the S3 and especially Lg’s Optimus G is better than this because of the right combination of proper hardware and software. The only reason they’re overpriced is because of our government’s money mongering. Go to US and buy one, and watch the magic happen. An S3 costs around 19k nowadays, yes? If you minus the tax, it’s gonna go down to around 15k.

    • jake santiago says:

      Ang galing ng reply mo kris kay asasa. Nawala na, hindi na umepal. Lakas ng tama, in your dreams pa ha. It’s as if lahat kaya bumili ng high cost phones but not necessarily high end. At least with O+ you don’t have to invest much for a good phone. Or baka naman si asasa is filthy rich… mamigay ka na lang phone! Nyahahaha.

  5. Darksen says:

    OT lang. anyone tried installing foursquare on o+ 8.12 ? not supported ang message eh.

  6. IX says:

    Nice.. but Sky Vega S5 is way better for the same price range. But it’s very rare. :)

  7. andrewph says:

    its really 320 ppi? not 294 ppi like the MP a919i? thanks

    • andrewph says:

      thanks admin for the correction, another typo.. “giving it a pixel density of 320ppi”

      thanks

  8. Jason Magnanao says:

    WTF!! I just bought an 8.12 4 days ago and this is the news that greets me, a newer powerful version to be released very soon an on top of that 8.15 is just 1k more than 8.12.. can i just trade my 8.12 ( jet black ) to 8.15 during the premiere of 8.15 and that I be a part of the first 100 customer??

  9. Jb Estrigan says:

    hi sir yuga,
    kung ikaw, ano bibilhin mu?
    itong O+ 8.15 or Samsung Galaxy S3?

    ty po sa reply

    • abuzalzal says:

      It’s really hard to give justice to the O+ ‘s price considering na Php3k lang ang difference sa S3

      The O+ gpu is a lot more sophisticated though…pero pag raw speed at fluidity ang labanan…panalo pa rin ang S3

      So yeah. Forner S3 user here….for an additional Php3k you’ll get

      +8 gigs storage
      Faster cpu
      Better audio chip (wolfson)
      64 gigs microsd support
      100 percent Key Lime Pie upgrade support
      It Looks like a Galaxy S4!

  10. abuzalzal says:

    I smell overpricing here

    The myPhone a919i which packs similar specs nagawa nilang ibaba ang presyo sa Php 8k intro price

    Hindi kaya parehong kumpanya lang ang O+ at STARMOBILE? lol

  11. pedroluis888 says:

    Sa usa ba talaga ang oplus o rebranded rin lang? Kase di naman daw kilala ito sa states at sa pilipinas lang ata binebenta? Correct me if im wrong….

    • kashews says:

      Yeah, I’m from the US and I’ve never heard of O+ brand. Natawa na lang ako sa article.

    • john
      Twitter: johnericdineros
      says:

      Based on their marketing strategy (este yung salesperson nila sa concept store), their phones are designed in the US, but are assembled in China. Just like Sony, etc. But I don’t really care where it’s made the phone works great. :)

  12. jag says:

    1 month palang 8.12 ko… sana naghintay nalang ako…

  13. Roy says:

    dami nmn reklamo ng iba qng ayaw nyo sa phone n2 wak kyo d2 sa forum n2 lols…pinoy k nga mahileg k manira ng iba hays nko kya d umasenso pinoy dahil sa mga 2lad nyo mga papansin at papampam…

  14. fdllfdl says:

    @Roy, hindi naman siguro sila naninira, they are just weighting their options. As a potential buyer, they are just looking for the best bang for their buck and based on their comments, o+ is not bang for the buck. I agree with them.

  15. Vaans says:

    Okay ang 8.15. Bilis din ng performance. Mas gugustuhin ko ito bilin keysa sa S4.

  16. benjthethird says:

    sana naman we compare phones accordingly sa price range… it’s unfair to compare local brands against giants like galaxy s3 or xperia z. remember, u get what you pay for. simple, if you want it better, buy the damn high end ones. one more thing, hindi ibig sabihing may DSLR ka, eh photographer ka na… get my point? it’s all about maximizing with what you have.

  17. john
    Twitter: johnericdineros
    says:

    Sulit tong device na to kung binili mo siya noong 9995 lang siya.

  18. Jericho says:

    tanong ko lng po, bakit po ung benchmark ko s antutu, 12776 lng po pls help, tips and advice naman po :)

  19. mike says:

    3g not working only 2g pls help

  20. tagakompare says:

    mga lol puro kayong dada gawa pa rin sa china ang samsung ninyo bakit di kayo bumili ng sariling gawa pinas lahat ng gamit na my ppi pareho lang ang laman baka gusto p ninyo my ginto pa sa loob

  21. marlon madamba says:

    i’ve been using an o+ plus phone for quite a while now (o+8.12)…and i can say that o+ is a good mobile manufacturer..i got my o+8.12 working on jelly bean out-of-the-box..NO what ifs,.i can say…i would have gotten this o+8.15 a few months back but i thought it was a bit ‘mahal’ considering that o+ is a new player in the market..BUT o+ proved its mettle with respect to build and construction and the overall usability of their phones..now that the o+8.15 sells only around 10400,.this is a good BUY already…but if you can wait for those 2gb-quadcore phones,.it’s your call..it all depends on your budget and your needs..

  22. Brian says:

    Oplus 8.15 or starmobile knight? almost same na lang price nya..

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