O+ Air in the flesh, first impressions
With the introduction of the O+ Air, O+ USA has officially entered the competitive market of octacore smartphones powered by Mediatek. Both global and local handsets have been releasing a lot of the MT6592 chip since the start of the year so it’s interesting to see how they packaged their device.
The name O+ Air suggest that the company is focusing on the very slim profile of the handset on top of its other core features. With a dimension of just 6.8mm, we believe it’s the thinnest octacore smartphone ever released both locally and abroad.
Right out of the box, the slim and very light profile of the device is evident. In fact, it’s got some very cunning similarity with the iPod Touch with its all-glass front panel and metal back plate and a smooth, rounded edge.
The O+ Air comes in a soft matte finish in a deep dark color. The HD display uses a dual crystal luminous display developed and coined specifically for O+. We believe it’s almost the same zero-gap, luminous display technology that Acer has implemented in some of its mobile devices.
Despite the 720p resolution, the display quality is very good and the viewing angles are very comparable to your typical IPS panel. The advantage of using 720p resolution versus a 1080p display is that the Mali 450-MP GPU is more than capable of handling the pixel density of the former making the display graphics more responsive, smoother and more fluid.
Performance-wise, the benchmark showed slightly higher scores compared to other handsets running MT6592 chip before, most surprising of them is the NenaMark2 score of 68.5fps followed by Vellamo scores.
Quadrant Standard: 16,550
Antutu Benchmark: 26,880
Vellamo: 2260 (HTML5), 670 (Metal)
3Dmark: 6626 (Ice Storm Unlimited)
The rest of the scores are typical of an MT6592 chip.
We’ve yet to test how long that 2,000mAh battery would last in our standard battery bench. Perhaps one of the more competitive advantage of the O+ Air is having Android 4.4 Kitkat available right out of the box.
O+ Air specs:
5-inch LUMI Display @ 720×1280 pixels, 294ppi
Mediatek MT6592 1.7GHz octa-core CPU
Mali 450-MP quad-core Graphics
8GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD card (8GB Sandisk included)
3G, Quadband GSM
Dual-SIM (regular SIM + micro-SIM slot)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
FM radio tuner
GPS with aGPS support
13MP rear camera with LED flash
5MP front-facing camera
Li-Ion 2,000mAh battery
Android 4.4 Kitkat
So far, here’s what we think of the O+ Air so far after a couple of days using it:
* Great performance
* Super thin and light profile
* Nice simple yet polished design
* Good display quality
* Kitkat right out of the box
* Low internal storage
* Low battery capacity
* No LTE
Check out our full review in a week or two.