Back in December 2014, Torque announced a bunch of smartphones including its first LTE capable smartphone. One of the smartphones announced was the Torque Droidz Marvel HD which was considered Torque’s 2015 flagship. Our new friends from Torque gave us a review unit and used it for a week. How does it fare with the leading local brands? Let’s read on.
Torque Droidz Marvel HD
- 1.7GHz Octa Core Mediatek MT6592 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD
- 5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels) with One Glass Solution (OGS)
- Asahi Dragontrail Glass
- 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- Quadband GSM, Dualband 3G
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS
- 2,000 mAh battery
- Android 4.4 Kitkat
- SRP: P6,899
- Status: Available at Torque stores, kiosks and retailers
Related article – Torque Droidz Marvel HD Unboxing and Hands On
HARDWARE AND DESIGN:
Just like we’ve said on our unboxing, the Droidz Marvel HD is lightweight and very slim. It also resembles the old Starmobile Knight. Because of its sexy body, you can easily slip it into your pocket and it does not bulge. All buttons are placed within reach of our thumbs. Though we just wish the volume rocker would be placed a little higher. Audio output is kinda weak but you’ll still hear incoming calls and texts even if the phone is in your pocket. Using our 3rd party headset, audio is decent with good amount of bass and clarity.
The 5-inch display has HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. It is sharp and quite bright even outdoors and under direct sunlight. Color tone is on the warm side though we prefer a cooler tone.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:
Just like any other local smartphone, it runs almost stock Android 4.4 Kitkat with few customizations. The Octa Core Mediatek processor keeps the performance to the optimum level. During our time with the device, we never encountered any lags or stutter even while playing Clash of Clans and Sky Force. Graphic intense games like Asphalt 8 will run here but expect some little stutter from time to time.
We were surprised with the 13 megapixel camera’s performance. Although it takes time to focus, the camera take great photos under the sun and bright areas. When taking pictures indoors, we noticed some reddish or yellowish hue on the photos. It is not bad but we think it can be fixed with a software update. We also also love the front facing camera because it takes beautiful selfies.
The battery also surprised us. A smartphone that is powered by an Octa Core processor requires a bigger battery to last longer. We are heavy smartphone users and we use our smartphones a lot. It surprised us that the 2,000 mAh battery lasted 8 hours before it reached 15%. On our battery test – we had an hour of You Tube, an hour of gaming, more than an hour of email, social media and web browsing aside from our long voice and Viber calls.
We hear our callers clearly but not that loud. WiFi and Bluetooth worked fine too. HSPA+ speeds are good using our Globe SIM. We get our usual 3 to 5Mbps speeds.
We think Torque’s deserves some spotlight here. The Droidz Marvel HD is one of the underrated smartphones we’ve reviewed. It is actually a very nice and capable smartphone – good display, decent camera, impressive battery life, and a solid performer. You should include this on your smartphone shopping list.