Announced just recently, the MyPhone Agua Hail is a dreamboat when it comes to price and screen size. That is, if you don't mind a major comprise on data connectivity; it lacks 3G, so you'll have to settle for painfully slow GPRS/EDGE connections. The other entry-level specs are a given.
It's priced at P4,598, which is compelling for a 5-inch smartphone running Android Jelly Bean 4.2. The missing 3G radio may be a deal-breaker for many, though. Consider how difficult it is to find free and reliable WiFi hotspots in the Philippines without, say, ponying up for an expensive cup of coffee or dining in a restaurant.
The 5-inch touch display features a 480 x 854 resolution. It's nowhere as sharp as the 1080p screen of the equally sized MyPhone Agua Iceberg Mini, but you get what you pay for, so you'll have to make do with the unimpressive picture quality. The rear has a 5-megapixel camera and LED flash; the front-facer has a VGA sensor.
Under the hood, you're looking at a 1.3GHz dual-core chip from MediaTek, Mali-400MP1 graphics, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of built-in storage, expandable with a microSD card. The battery is rated at 2,000mAh, which is average for a handset of this size. Still, we expect the device to deliver a decent runtime given its battery-friendly components.
The MyPhone Agua Hail is already available in select stores across Metro Manila, Olongapo, and Pampanga.
Specs of the MyPhone Agua Hail (Price: P4,598):Dual SIM (no 3G)
1.3GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6572 chipset
microSD card expansion (up to 32G)
5-inch display (480 x 854 resolution)
5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
VGA front camera
Android Jelly Bean 4.2
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