We managed to check out the Happy Mobile Aspire yesterday, and here are our initial impressions with the device announced just last month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Android 4.4 KitKat
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.