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Local Smartphone Brands and Their Flagship Devices in 2014




This year, we saw local smartphone brands step up their game by improving the specs of their flagship phones with 1080p displays and octa-core CPUs. So, which are the best smartphones from our local phone brands? Read on and see.

Starmobile Knight X

STARMOBILE KNIGHT X

Starmobile has the Knight X as their flagship phone, and it’s the most expensive in this list. Not only is it octa-core with a 1080p display, but it also has 3GB RAM! (Php15,990)

Starmobile Knight X specs:
5.5-inch Full HD IPS display @ 1920 x 1080 resolution
Scratch-resistant glass
MediaTek MT6595M octa-core CPU (2.0GHz quad-core Cortex-A17 and 1.7GHz quad-core Cortex-A7)
PowerVR IMG Rogue G6200 GPU
3GB RAM
32 GB internal storage (non-expandable)
13MP rear camera with Sony Exmor RS IMX135 sensor, dual LED flash, and F2.2 aperture
5MP front camera
Dual-SIM
3G, LTE
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC
USB OTG support
IR blaster
3,350mAh battery
152 x 77.7 x 8.9 mm

Cherry Mobile Omega Infinity

omega-infinity-specs

The CM Omega Infinity remains as the company’s flagship phone and has now dropped its price from Php14,999 to Php11,999.

Cherry Mobile Omega Infinity (X110) specs:
5.5-inch IPS LCD display @ 1920×1080 pixels, 401ppi
Mediatek MT6592 1.7GHz octa-core CPU
Mali 450-MP Graphics
2GB RAM
32GB internal storage
HSPA+
dual-SIM, micro-SIM slot
WiFi b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
18-megapixel rear camera w/ LED flash
8-megapixel front-facing camera
GPS with aGPS
Miracast
Li-Ion 2,900mAh battery
Android 4.2 Jellybean

MyPhone Infinity

myphone infinity

MyPhone gets stronger in branding their smartphones every moment, topping off their Iceberg series with the Infinity. (Php12,999)

MyPhone Infinity specs:
5-inch IPS Full HD (1080 × 1920) display, 441ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 2
1.7GHz MediaTek MT6592 octa-core CPU
Mali-450MP GPU
2GB RAM
16GB internal storage
No microSD card support
16 megapixel rear camera, w/ LED flash
5 megapixel front camera
dual-SIM (micro), dual-standby
HSPA+, 3G
WiFi b/g/n
Bluetooth
GPS
USB OTG
Android 4.2.2 Jellybean
2,350mAh non-removable battery
7.3mm thin
Black and White

Torque DROIDZ Octave

torque droidz octave

Torque may be one of the late players in the game, but it comes back strong with the DROIDZ Octave. (Php6,399)

Torque DROIDZ Octave specs:
5-inch HD IPS display, 294ppi
1.4GHz MediaTek MT6592 octa-core CPU
1GB RAM
8GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
8 megapixel AF rear camera w/ LED flash
5 megapixel front camera
Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby
3G HSPA+
WiFi
Bluetooth
Android 4.4 KitKat

DTC Fiesta Plus

dtc fiesta plus_9

DTC’s most capable smartphone with a large display. (Php7,999)

DTC Fiesta Plus specs:
6-inch HD IPS display, 245ppi
1.3GHz MediaTek MT6582 quad-core CPU
Mali-400MP GPU
1GB RAM
8GB internal storage (6.22GB usable)
up to 32GB via microSD
13 megapixel AF rear camera w/ LED flash
2 megapixel front camera
Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby
3G HSPA+
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth
GPS, A-GPS
2,700mAh battery
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

CloudFone 600FHD

Cloudfone

With a 6-inch full HD display and a 3,000mAh battery, the CloudFone Thrill 600FHD stands strong in this list. (Php13,999)

CloudFone Thrill 600FHD specs:
6-inch 1080 x 1920 IPS OGS display
1.7GHz MT6592 octa-core CPU
2GB RAM
32GB internal memory
13 megapixel camera with LED flash
8 megapixel front-facing camera
Android 4.4 KitKat
WiFi
GPS
3G
3,000 mAh battery

SKK Mobile Phoenix X1

skk-sale

The SKK Mobile Phoenix X1 made it as the cheapest octa-core phone so far at its price point. (Php5,499)

SKK Mobile Phoenix X1 specs:
5-inch HD IPS display @ 1280×720 pixels, 293ppi
Scratch-resistant Glass
MediaTek MT6592 1.7GHz octa-core processor
Mali 450MP GPU
1GB RAM
8GB internal storage
up to 64GB via microSD
3G, HSPA+
Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
13MP rear camera with LED flash
5 megapixel front-facing camera
GPS with aGPS support
Li-Ion 2,500mAh battery
Android 4.4.2, Kitkat
141.9 x 72.5 x 8.4mm (dimensions)
160 grams (weight)

Happy Mobile Oracle

Even with its only recent entrance into the market, Happy Mobile has managed to create a capable flagship phone at just 6.6mm. (Php9,999)

Happy Mobile Oracle specs:
5-inch OGS IPS HD display, 267ppi
1.5GHz Mediatek MT6592 octa-core CPU
Mali-400 MP GPU
1GB RAM
8GB internal storage
13 megapixel rear camera w/ LED flash
8 megapixel front camera
Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby (micro)
3G HSPA+
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS, A-GPS
FM Radio Tuner
USB OTG
Miracast
Android 4.4 KitKat
2,100mAh Li-Ion battery
6.6mm thin
Gold, Silver

There are a few more local brands we looked into but failed to get detailed information. The likes of CKK, ZH&K, Firefly, Arc Mobile, Me Mobile, CDR King Fastphone, Kingcom, Qube will be added once we get confirmed details.



Bob Freking occasionally contributes articles to the website. He is a UST Graduate of Commerce & Business Administration, Major in Marketing Management, and a full-time Sith Lord with three dragons.

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26 Responses

  1. Kevin says:

    These companies focus on specs rather than experience. Take a look at Apple. They do not have the best specs but they do have the best experience. Take it from an Android user.

    • Proxy says:

      Yeah, I agree. And any smartphone company that puts a MediaTek processor to a flagship smartphone is not to be taken seriously. That said, might as well consider these “flagships” glorified China phones. Don’t expect decent software updates with these ones as well.

  2. decentworthy says:

    Hi Yugatech and Bob Freking… you might also wanna researcg on firefly mobile

  3. Daphnie Missy says:

    I think manufactures will most likely focus on these possible things:

    1. Baseline RAM for MOST phones should be 2GB (habang dumarami apps mo at kahit na manage parang lumalaki ang use ng RAM ewan ko ba)
    2. Front camera should be 5MP (2MP front camera napaka pathetic naman, halos lahat ginagamit ang back cam for selfies)
    3. Thickness should not be more than 6.5mm (maraming makakapal sa 2014 lol)
    4. LTE should not be limited to flagship or to high end models
    5. Sana may non-phsyical POWER/SLEEP at VOLUME para naman hindi laspag ang switch (though may mga apps na ganyan, ang iba kasi patay ang gyro pag naka sleep ang phone kaya hindi ma shake shake lol)
    6. Sana dumami pa ang models na kahit hindi flagship kayang pumantay sa mga leading brands
    7. Sana kumunti na ang mga benchwhores dito sa Yugatech, dagdag sakit sa ulo lang kayo.

    Merry christmas Yuga Team!

  4. Easy E says:

    Natawa ako dun sa may jelly bean pa hanggang ngayun. Kung flagship ay dapat alagaan. I agree with Kevin’s post up there.

    • Name: lawrence says:

      Ako din natuwa. ay natawa pala. hehe
      2014? Flagship? Jelly Bean? Huh?
      Baka naman upgradeable to Lollipop…
      lol

  5. Josh says:

    First on the list?

    The Starmobile Knight X remains to be not available in the market as of this writing, 5 weeks after it was first announced in the 3rd week of November.

    Shouldn’t be on the list, I say.

  6. Kek says:

    Puro MTK6592 maliban sa SMKX. :/

  7. Alfred Aquino says:

    I wonder why local brand of smartphones in the Philippines are all Android. Aren’t they tired of Android? Why don’t they make Windows Phone for a change? If I’m not mistaken Windows phone OS is already free for OEMs to use.

  8. Michael says:

    Haytz, ok din ang Platinum Lite ng SKK for budget friendly device.

  9. miongb says:

    Goodluck sa mga service centers, lalo na pag cherry mobile.

  10. Max says:

    Ok na sana pang best flagship ang starmobile knight x kaso lang ang 2d niya sa antutu good lang talo pa ng 1.7 octa core at ang tagal nila i launch yung knight x

  11. lex says:

    include Mediatek powered O+ in the list. Yes, they claim to be a US company but they have similar specs as the locals and is sold only in the Philippines.

  12. ogago says:

    Paki sama ang O+ kc local naman sila nagpupumilit lang na US brand kahit alam naman natin lahat na hindi.. Thanks!

  13. NotASheep says:

    Those high end phones are all gimmick if they don’t promise at least a 2 year software android update.

    you can pretty much get the same specs within 7k! more ram does not mean sh** and the camera… they never give the details about the camera because they are cheap and software manipulated! >:(

    guys don’t buy a high-end phone when they don’t promise updates, otherwise you are just buying an overpriced phone.

  14. a says:

    SM KX lamang sa specs pero most expensive din sa list na ito.

  15. zeke says:

    Basta ako masaya na ako sa Zenfone ko for now… from jellybean to lollipop next year :))

    Sobrang affordable pa.

  16. steelicon says:

    YugaTech : How about a roundup of phones with dual SIM with at least one LTE network for local brands.

  17. Ex-Alodian Knigh says:

    Top tier
    MyPhone Infinity
    Knight X

    Mid tier
    Droidz Octave
    Happy Mobile Oracle
    Cloudfone FHD
    Fiesta Plus

    Low Tier
    Phoenix X1
    Omega Infinity

    Choose the right choice, choose the myPhone infinity. Superior against all.

  18. Josh says:

    Flagship Devices in 2014? Di na tama ang information dito. Starmobile announced the Knight X in November 2014. Two months after that, Jan 2015 na ngayon, wala pa rin sa market ang phone nila. Ano ba yan? Una muna yabang.

  19. ako ito says:

    Ako nga may upgrade sa cm flare s2. Na i-download ko but still di parin ma install, kitkat sana ang upgrade na yon. Sayang, bakit kaya?

  20. localbrand says:

    Here’s my opinion for all.

    please don’t make fun of all local brands. if not for them we will still have phones or gadgets priced 3x higher than what we have now. thanks to them they were able to scramble the marketing styles of giants brands and drop their prices kasi nababawasan ang sales nila. If i were to compare this scenario, it’ like Sony, Sharp and other japanese brands for TVs na halimaw yung price because we were blinded by quality which is somewhat true. Nung dumating si Samsung at LG, we are very reluctant to accept them and most of us said they are defective products kasi hindi japanese…Years later, they were able to get the market and rise above it. Now they price their products higher because like japanese brands, they now tried to blind us with quality, and thanks to DeVant, prices now are on scramble. baba tapos mas baba pa in few months.

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