This is the smartphone to beat at the entry level arena. The MyPhone Rio has mid range specs but with a price of an entry level smartphone. It shocked everyone with its price so the result, its nowhere to found. It is currently out of stock on every MyPhone store, kiosk or retailer we visited. We even reached as far as SM Fairview to the north and Festival Mall Alabang down south and still no stock.
Luckily, we got our unit from online store Lazada which has all the colors available. We ordered it Monday last week and was delivered the following day. Today, MyPhone is facing competition from its folks at the local market. Cherry Mobile (Omega Spectrum) , Starmobile (Up) and Cloudfone (Excite 502q)came up with a smartphone with the same specs at the same price. Can the Rio still stand out with the competition? Let’s find out with our review.
MyPhone Rio specs:
- 1.3GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6582 processor
- Mali 400 MP2 graphics
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
- 5-inch IPS HD display (720 x 1280 pixels) 295ppi
- 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 2 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby, Dual 3G
- HSPA+, Bluetooth, WiFi, USB OTG (on the go)
- GPS, A-GPS
- 2,000 mAh battery
- Android 4,2 Jellybean
- SRP: P4,999
- Status: Currently out of stock in stores, available via Lazada
HARDWARE AND DESIGN:
There’s nothing new with the Rio’s design. But what made us got excited is the phone’s colorful back casing. It’s interchangeable and sold separately on MyPhone stores for only P99. What we have here is the blue variant. Good thing the back casing does not attract fingerprints and smudges. The phone has some weight into it though not by much. When holding it you’ll know what we mean. Overall build quality is impressive as the phone feels very solid in the hand.
One of the Rio’s strengths is the display. While other local brands opted to put a lower resolution 5-inch FWVGA display on their smartphones, the Rio has a 5-inch HD IPS LCD display. The display is impressively sharp and vivid. Watching HD movies and You Tube is a nice experience.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:
On our Antutu Benchmark tests got 16,865 points on our first test during our first day with the Rio. After a week we did another Antutu Benchmark and we got a score of 16,750.
Day to day use is very fluid and fast. App transitions, navigations and mulitasking is smooth. We’ve heard and read some comments about the Rio’s UI being laggy. So when we got our unit here, we immediately test its fluidity and downloaded our favorite apps and games. The UI remained smooth and fluid after downloading games like Dead Trigger 2 and Asphalt 8.
When it comes to gaming, we are happy to report that playing Dead Trigger 2 and Asphalt 8 is one heck of a gaming experience. We played for hours! We enjoyed so much that we missed our meeting. Hehehe… 🙂 Playing Dead Trigger 2 got even better when we received the game’s major update.
The Rio’s 8 megapixel rear facing camera takes fantastic pictures! MyPhone, just like Starmobile, has also focused their energy to improve their phone’s camera. You’ll be judge and take a look at the sample photos below.
WiFi, Bluetooth and OTG worked fine. Transferring file using the USB OTG is smooth. We inserted our Smart and Globe SIMs on the Rio. HSPA+ of both networks are generally fast using the phone but that still depends on the network’s signal.
Battery life was average on the Rio’s 2,000 mAh battery. We got 6 to 7 hours of heavy usage while 8 to 9 hours of moderate usage. If you like to use your phone a lot, you might be disappointed with the phone’s battery. This is because of the HD display that drains the battery faster. We were hoping the next generation Rio will get a bigger battery.
For us, the MyPhone Rio remains the King of Budget Smartphones. If you can are a light to moderate smartphone user, the phone’s 2,000 mAh battery can last you a day. The Rio is ideal for multimedia use because of its awesome HD display quality. It is also one of the best camera on a sub 5k smartphone around. Make the MyPhone Rio on top of your shopping list when looking for a budget smartphone.
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