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MyPhone Rio Lite Review

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MyPhone’s Rio series of smartphones are one of the hottest gadgets in the local smartphone market. Until now, although the demand subsided for a bit, there still stores without stock of the popular MyPhone Rio or even its cheaper siblings, the Rio Lite and Rio Fun. What we have here now is the Rio Lite, a smaller version of the popular Rio. Here’s our take.

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MyPhone Rio Lite specs:

  • 1.3GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6582M processor
  • Mali 400MP4 graphics
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 4.7-inch WVGA IPS LCD display (480 x 800 pixels)
  • 5 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM (Regular + Micro SIM), Dual 3G, Dual Standby
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • SRP: P3,999
  • Status: Available on MyPhone stores, kiosks and retailers

Related article – MyPhone Rio Lite Unboxing and First Impressions

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HARDWARE AND DESIGN:

There’s nothing much to say about its design because it really looks like the slightly bigger Rio in every way. Personally, we found the phone quite hefty but we are sure you’ll love the added weight because it gives the phone a sturdier feel  of being solid.

DISPLAY:

The Rio Lite has a 4.7-inch display with a low WVGA resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The size is still acceptable for us since it is just 0,3-inch smaller than the Rio. What disappoints us is the low res display. We wish MyPhone opted for a better FWVGA or qHD resolution. Lastly, the display is quite reflective and hard to use under direct sunlight even if the screen is on maximum brightness.

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PERFORMANCE:

Thanks to its quad  core chipset, the phone can handle basic tasks without lag. But be careful on what games you download because the phone only has a limited 512MB RAM  We download a graphic intense and memory hog game Dead Trigger 2. On the video, it ran but lags and sluggishness are noticeable. Our first two tries didn’t do well because the game crashed and forced us to restart the phone. The good news, however, it can ran mid size games like Zombie Tsunami and light games like Swing Copter. Your favorite Candy Crush Saga will run here. 🙂

On our Antutu Benchmark test – the Rio Lite scored 14,791.

CAMERA:

Both the 5 megapixel rear camera and the 2 megapixel front camera are decent performers too. Shutter speed is quick as well as the autofocus. Picture quality is decent but don’t expect Sony Xperia and Nokia Lumia quality photos here. Photos are perfect for posting on your favorite social networking sites. Here are some of the photos taken in different lighting conditions.

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CONNECTIVITY:

All necessary connections work well here. HSPA+ connection from Smart are good too. Remember, HSPA+ speeds depends on the network and your location.

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BATTERY:

Battery life is much better compared to the Rio. Longer battery life is mainly due to its low resolution display which consumers less power. We managed to get around 9 hours of moderate to heavy usage.

VERDICT:

The MyPhone Rio Lite is a perfect everyday smartphone for everyday tasks. The quad core processor can handle normal tasks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email to playing mid size games. You’ll also love its longer battery life too. If you can forgive its shortcomings like the display and the limited 512MB RAM, then this is the best phone for you. 🙂

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