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O+ 8.17 Android Review




The American brand O+ once again lent us a new gadget for to experience and review. The O+ 8.17 is the successor to the O+ 8.16 which we had the chance to play around with, as well. What makes this unique, though, is its heart — it’s got a hexa-core processor which should make ordinary tasks a breeze. Join us as we get our geeks on and take a look at this 6-cored handset from O+.

Design and Construction
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The O+ 8.17 has a metal/plastic affair going on. The entirety of the device is framed with a metal strip that adds a premium feel to the handset, but turn it around and we have a solid plastic cover. Unlike back covers seen in other budget-friendly phone, the one used here doesn’t feel cheap at all. On the other hand, we’re not totally sure if its overall weight is just right for users to place in their hand since it feels a bit light for us — light enough that we first thought the battery wasn’t loaded into the device.

We also let others hold it and try it out and they said it weighs and sits on their palms just fine. So we guess that it just depends on the user if you prefer a device with a good heft to it or simply a lightweight one.

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At the lower portion of the screen, just like many other Android devices, we have three capacitive buttons — Options, Home, and Back. The Home button also doubles as a notification light that blinks and changes colors depending on the kind of notification you have (email, Facebook post, calls, etc.)

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In the upper right area we have the front-facing 2MP camera accompanied by BSI sensor for low-light shots. Also seen here is the speaker for calls.

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The right side is where the lonely power/lock button is located. It’s easily reached with the right thumb if you’re a righty, and by your left index finger if you’re a lefty.

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All located at the back are the 8MP camera with BSI sensor and juts below it is the LED flash. There’s also a dotted hole for the microphone that aids noise cancellation during calls.

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Up top we have the 3.5mm audio jack. I personally prefer it to be situated here rather down under since you can easily slide it inside your pocket while listening to your tunes on a pair of headphones.

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On the opposite side is the microUSB port for charging and connecting to computers.

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Last but not the least, the left side is where the volume rocker is housed. It’s placed in the same area as the power/lock button on the other side. If you’ve noticed, all four sides of the device have their own thing going on — up top is the audio jack, down under is the microUSB port, on the right is the power/lock button, and on the left side is the volume rocker.

Display

O+ 8.17’s display spans 5 inches across and the company claims it being scratch-resistant. Its IPS screen gives off good viewing angles and picture quality is pretty impressive — colors are saturated well, edges are sharp, and photos have a good intensity of brightness in them. So far, the O+ 8.17 is shaping up to be a good media player. Its free Sennheiser in-ears that come with the package should serve as a hint.

OS, UI, and Apps

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The handset runs on Android KitKat out of the box so users greatly benefit from all the updates, new features, and availability of new apps on their disposal. This made the experience fluid as well. We didn’t came across any lags while navigating and transitioning from app to app. One thing we encountered, though, was some apps (like Facebook and Messenger) both crashed once or twice during our time with it. It wasn’t that much of a hassle but it’s something to note.

Camera and Multimedia

The Sennheiser in-ears bundled with the handset. Taken at night using the 8.17.

The Sennheiser in-ears bundled with the handset. Taken at night using the 8.17.

An 8MP rear camera joined by its 2MP front counterpart runs the imaging department. Both of them have BSI sensors that help in low-light situations so we also included that in our test images below. The rear camera gives off decent images with good contrast. Colors are a bit bland and could use a little bit more saturation, but sharpness is also something we liked about the photos. It’s also important to mention that the photos taken during sundown, when applied flash, is effectively illuminated to bring out the subject. Of course you will have digital noise, but for us it’s a reasonable trade-off.

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The company also included a list of proprietary features that are present in the 8.17. These features include:

  • Air Share – Instantly upload, store, and share files with your friends with O+
  • Air Shuffle – For music, camera, photos, and FM Radio
  • Peace to Selfie – Peace-activated selfie trigger (just do a peace sign and it will automatically capture)
  • Encrypted Messages – Lets you save private messages in a password-protected folder
  • Visitor Mode – Allows other people to browse your phone except your contacts and messages

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We’ve mentioned how its display makes a good multimedia player as playing movies looked great, but there’s one thing that ruins this – the speakers located at the back cover are practically useless when playing video files. It’s too low and soft that we couldn’t make of what the characters in the movie are saying. This is probably why a pair of Sennheisers are included in the bundle.

In addition to watching movies, its ClearMotion technology makes movement on videos look like it’s recorded on 60fps — they are smooth and more life-like which makes movie-watching an enjoyable experience despite just watching on a smartphone’s screen.

Performance and Benchmarks

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One of the selling points of the 8.17 is its hexa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. Partner that with the latest Android OS and you get a device that can handle small tasks like everyday browsing to bigger ones like playing heavy games. Apart from the aformentioned crashing of certain apps, we’d say the 6-cored CPU and 1GB RAM are doing their job very well. Check out the benchmark scores below.

Quadrant Standard: 8,252
Antutu Benchmark: 25,906
NenaMark2: 54.5fps
Vellamo: 1,962 (HTML5), 798 (Metal), 1,318 (Multicore)
3Dmark: 6,212 (Ice Storm Unlimited)

Call Quality, Connectivity, and Battery Life

We placed a SIM card on one of its slots and made some calls. Voices were clear and audible thanks to its noise-cancelling feature that greatly helps when you’re in a crowded or noisy environment. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth also had no hiccups or unwanted disconnection during our entire time. As for the battery, we looped an HD video on 100% brightness and full volume but  only managed to squeeze out 3 hours and 5 minutes worth of playback before it emptied its 2000mAh Li-Po battery.

Conclusion

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Having a form factor that deviates from the usual cheap-looking plastic, the O+ 8.17 isn’t something that will shy away when placed side-by-side other phones with bigger names. We’ve really enjoyed using it to watch movies, but don’t count on its measly and under-powered speakers. As for the software, we found ourselves contented apart from a few minor niggles when some apps crash. Imaging is also something to write home about thanks to its dual BSI sensors.

For the price of Php10,995, you get a pretty good deal that comes with Sennheiser in-ear plugs and 8GB Sandisk microSD card for additional storage.

O+ 8.17 Android specs:
5-inch HD IPS display @ 1280 x 720 resolution
Scratch-resistant screen
1.5GHz hexa-core processor
Mali-450 MP GPU
1GB RAM
8GB storage (also comes with free Sandisk 8GB microSD card)
Up to 64GB via microSD
8MP rear camera with BSI sensor and LED flash
2MP front camera with BSI sensor
Dual-SIM
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi
2000mAh Li-Po battery
Android 4.4 KitKat (out of the box)

What we liked about it:

  • Impressive display
  • Clear images
  • Attractive form factor
  • Classy metal frame

What we didn’t like:

  • Speakers are extremely weak when playing videos
  • Battery easily drains
  • 1GB RAM



Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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16 Responses

  1. yash says:

    American brand talaga? Lol.

  2. lex says:

    Why is an American brand only sold in the Philippines?

  3. Easy E says:

    American Brand kaagad? Paid article kasi. LOL

    • Daves says:

      http://www.yugatech.com/advertise/

      Note: We don’t do paid reviews or advertorials. All reviews only require a minimum 2 weeks loan. We disclose any and all conflicts of interests and affiliations to all news and reviews we publish in this blog.

      Esep esep dyan para ‘di magmukhang tanga.

    • lex says:

      @daves

      That’s what’s written but Yugatech’s actions says otherwise. Yuga invited suspicion when they wrote the “American brand” BS which is a pure marketing gimmick by O+. This claim has long been doubted and when a leading blog site writes it it makes them look like a paid ad site.

    • Daves says:

      @lex

      Then why bother reading a site you don’t believe in, more so commenting in it? No one’s making anybody believe anything, di ba?

    • lex says:

      What nonsense. When a leading tech blog writes “American brand” the readers will tend to believe it. Good thing there’s a comment section to contradict this lie.

  4. Easy E says:

    This is one of the most over-priced locally-branded (but claims to be an american brand ojk) smartphone in the Philippines. Wala ka man lang ma-recall sa mga models ng phone nila. At least yung cherry pag sinabing flare s3, kilala kaagad. E ito may mga point something pa, nakakalito. Good luck O+

    • oona says:

      i also don’t get their stupid naming convention which doesn’t have anything to do with the number of cores, or size of screen. It’s just a confusing naming style. At least with Myphone they’ve got the Rio series and the Infinity series I can relate to;Cherry has the Omega and Flare series. O+ has the… err… 8.xx series…

  5. Drae says:

    You guys are making it way too obvious that you’re getting paid. “American brand” my a**

    • Daves says:

      From Yugatech’s Advertise page:

      Note: We don’t do paid reviews or advertorials. All reviews only require a minimum 2 weeks loan. We disclose any and all conflicts of interests and affiliations to all news and reviews we publish in this blog.

  6. Nik says:

    calling the attention of Yugatech,
    I’m googling the price of O+ 360 Extreme and it led me in this
    Article with the heading of 0+ 360 Extreme pricing..
    so where exactly is it here?.. PLEASE DONT OVER DO YOUR TAGS nakaka misled. kayo mag google ibigay sa inyo tong link na walang saysay na hinahanap nyo? Happy?

  7. Sam Tañara says:

    …. how did you arrive at the conclusion this cell phone company is “American” company ? I been wracking my brains for the past 12 mos. to get the company O+ address either in Asia or the USA.. no such luck !!

  8. Mike de Vera says:

    Would anyone know how to take screen shots on this particular handset?

  9. Bitoy says:

    How to factory data reset o+8.17

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