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Torque DROIDZ Octave hands-on, first impressions




Torque launched another smartphone in the DROIDZ series late last year. Called the DROIDZ Octave, the handset features an octa-core processor that’s accompanied by modest specs and a price tag under Php7K. Here are our first impressions on the device while we prepare its review.

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The Torque DROIDZ Octave sports a 5-inch HD display with 1280 x 720 resolution. This totals to 294ppi which has a pixel density that’s packed tight as we’ve noticed during our short time browsing the phone. It utilizes capacitive buttons that thankfully light up when the device is being used. As for its bezels, they’re not that thick, but not too thin either.

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Looking at it on its side shows that being slim isn’t the selling point of the Octave since it has a bit of chunk in it. Holding it, we wouldn’t say it is heavy, but one could feel the phone’s heft as it sits on the hand. In this angle we could also see a metal strip that runs around the device — an attempt by the company to make the smartphone have a hint of a premium look and feel.

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As with almost all smartphones, the front-facing camera sits right beside the speaker for calls, along with the sensors.

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Turning it around and you’ll be greeted with its 8-megapixel rear shooter that’s accompanied by dual LED flashes. This tandem of lights should be capable of illuminating subjects even in low-light conditions so watch out for our sample images on the upcoming review.

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The only physical buttons seen on the device are its volume rocker and power/lock screen buttons. Yet, they reside in different sides with the power button on the right, and the volume rocker on the left strip. The metal frame has curves for corners which is more of like an elegant approach (at least that’s how we see it).

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The headphone jack is situated up top, while down under is the microUSB port together with the pinhole for microphone.

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Finally, popping open its plastic back cover reveals its 1900mAh battery which is removable. In here we also find the slots for two SIM cards and one microSD card for storage expansion.

The device runs on Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box and so far we didn’t encounter any major hiccups while we use the phone. The capacitive buttons are also responsive to any touch input so that’s a good thing. Stay tuned as we spend a little bit more time with the handset to test it out.

If you want to know anything about the device, just shoot a comment down below and we’ll include that on the review.

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/ dual LED flash
5 megapixel front camera
Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby
3G HSPA+
WiFi
Bluetooth
Android 4.4 KitKat
Price: Php6,399



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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  1. Nice says:

    Kunti nalang kulang AFP na..

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