Happy Mobile Aspire Hands-on

Happy Mobile Aspire Hands-on

We managed to check out the Happy Mobile Aspire yesterday, and here are our initial impressions with the device announced just last month.

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The Aspire is a 5.5-inch smartphone with aluminum trims around its sides. With such a size, the device feels quite hefty to hold with one hand. Capacitive keys are also present at the device, which makes the screen-to-body ratio a bit lower.

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The aluminum sides have black band strips all over, and this helps the phone acquire better signal reception. It’s also susceptible to smudges and scratches, as seen above. To give you an idea of where’s which, the screen, front cam, call speaker and capacitive keys are at the front, the volume rockers and power/lock button are on opposite sides at left and right, respectively.

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The 3.5mm jack is at the top, while the microphone and the microUSB port sits at the bottom. At the back, we have the 13MP rear camera with the dual-tone LED flash and the loudspeaker beneath it. The camera is protruding a bit from the black matte polycarbonate back plate, and is accented by chrome embellishments.

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The display seems okay for a 5.5-inch display. The colors and contrasts were good and the screen is really bright. It can also be viewed on any angle without any problems. The images presents themselves to be crisp despite the 720p HD resolution crammed into the device.

We also managed to run an initial benchmark on the unit, and here’s what we got. Do take note that the phone was in use for a long time before we did a benchmark, so the value may vary when we have a proper unit for review.

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Happy Mobile Aspire specs:
5.5-inch HD OGS IPS Display, 1280×720, 267ppi
1.7GHz Octa-core chipset
8GB Internal Storage
expandable up to 32GB via microSD
13MP rear AF camera with dual-tone LED Flash
8MP front camera
Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby
Android 4.4 KitKat
3200mAh battery
Available colors: Black, White

Is it a worthy contender in the mid-range, bang-for-the-buck smartphone wars? The Happy Mobile Aspire is now available for Php6,999 and features a quick view smart cover as a freebie.

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11 Responses

  1. Easy E says:

    dapat p5999 para mas happy

  2. den says:

    dapat 3,450 para sakto sa quality niya hahaha….

    • German BratWürst says:

      It must be free so that no more comments. That’s what they like. Filipinos always want free.

  3. marlon says:

    i have a myphone ocean pro. antutu score is 20435. a score close to 30000 is not surprising for an octacore smartphone. but a score of 17202 is a score one gets for quadcores. so this is a score you would rate as poor for an octacore. check the prices of cloudfone excite 501o and cloudfone 551q. see also firefly mobile intense 64 lte.

  4. NotaSheep says:

    Should be 4999! Happy Mobile doesn’t have a reputation :P the only reputation they are about to receive is the “Cherry Twin” rep for me :P

  5. snowythen says:

    for an Octa-core with 2GB RAM, something inside is definitely wacko for it to score only 17k in antutu.

  6. woah. how come 17k ung antutu? eh most octacores+ 1gb ram ung score 26k up. eh e2 2gb ram na nga. anyare?

  7. Paul M says:

    score ng antutu problem nyo?
    d kau nagbabasa
    “We also managed to run an initial benchmark on the unit, and here’s what we got. Do take note that the phone was in use for a long time before we did a benchmark, so the value may vary when we have a proper unit for review.”

    kita nyong gamit na gamit halos hapit na sa baterya…
    and yugatech sana nag test kau ei ung full charge, yan tuloy lagi tinitignan…

    • MAJ says:

      Kailan ba nasa market ung aspire? bskit long time and sinabi mo.
      Mayroon akong akong lg 4s hd…long time ko rin ginagamit. hindi nagbabago ang antutu…more or less 18000 plus.

  8. angelo dela rosa says:

    meron ako nito pero wala na battery saan buh makakita ng.ganito na battery ?

  9. yuri says:

    my happy mobile aspire 2 phone have no signal ..and i dont know to fix it.. anyone tell me how to fix signal in my phone?..

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