We’ve been teased with posters, photos and rumors of it circulating around the internet. Now that it’s finally announced, we take a first look at MyPhone’s latest Octa Core smartphone under the P5,000 price point – the MyPhone MY31.
It is the only Octa Core smartphone in the new MyPhone MY Series, the others being the My21, My 22 and My23, all sporting quad core processors.
On paper, the My31 lists an impressive set of specifications one will be surprised to see given its price.
- 1.4GHz Mediatek Octa Core Processor
- Mali 450 Graphics
- 1GB of RAM
- 8GB Internal Storage, expandable up to 64GB via Micro-SD
- 5″ HD IPS display (1280 x 720 resolution, 294ppi)
- 8.0 Megapixel Main Camera with Autofocus
- 2.0 Megapixel Front Camera with Autofocus
- Dual SIM / Dual Standby
- 3G/HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS
- Android 4.4 Kitkat OS
- 2,500mAh Battery
- ₱4,999.00 Official Price (P3,999 sale price until the end of September 2015)
Open the box and you’ll be happy to know that the package comes with the following
- MyPhone My31 Unit
- USB cable
- Wall charger
- Screen Protector (already installed)
The first thing that you’ll notice when you pick up the phone is the design that resembles the Apple iPhone 4 or 4s. Like the more premium phone, however, the design allows for a better grip despite the fact that the unit is made of plastic. It is important to note as well that the phone is lighter than it looks.
Up front, the phone is about 70% screen, meaning the 5-inch HD screen takes up most of the design allowing the phone to fit a bigger screen in a manageable body size. The 30% is for the ambient light sensor, earpiece, the 2MP front camera and the three touch buttons for Menu, Home and Back.
Flip the phone and you will be greeted with the iconic MyPhone Philippine map that it used to put on its phones. The MY Series is actually the first set of MyPhone units to bring back this touch in the design since a few years ago.
At the back, you’ll also see the 8MP camera, dual LED flash and speaker grills.
The volume rocker and the power button are both conveniently located on the right side of the phone, while the 3.5 mm headphone jack and the Micro-USB port for charging and data transfer are both at the top.
The back cover is removable with the 2 Micro SIM slots and Micro SD card slots behind it, but the unit does not allow you to swap batteries. That’s kind of a bummer as we would have loved to have that option, but we’ll see how the 2,500 mAh battery performs in our full review.
Overall, the construction of the phone is solid, and the specifications are attractive enough for the price. It’s a budget phone without looking like and performing like one.
I took the MyPhone MY31 with me recently to my trip in Vietnam, and there I tested the phone’s capabilities, especially the camera and battery life. Spoiler alert: I was pleased. I’m so excited to share the full review with you so watch out for that.