Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Arc Mobile Nitro 400D, 450QD and 500D

The number of local players, bringing in off-the-shelf smartphones, to the Philippine is growing. One of the newest players is Arc Mobile. Arc Mobile is offering smartphones under the label Nitro and Prime. The Prime offering consists of obsolescent Android Gingerbread phones which really is of no interest to me. They also have a tablet, which runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich, but as site policy, I really do not recommend buying devices that do not run Jelly Bean. There really is no reason why new devices should be released with two and three year old operating systems.

More interesting are the three Nitro labeled phones offered by Arc Mobile:


Nitro 400D quick specs:
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • 4-inch WVGA display (480 x 800)
  • Dual SIM
  • 4 GB internal storage, expandable via a microSD card slot
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 1 GHz dual core MediaTek 6577 processor
  • PowerVR SGX531 graphics
  • 5 MP primary camera, autofocus with flash
  • VGA front camera
  • HSPA
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • A-GPS
  • 1450 mAh battery
  • Suggested retail price of Php3,999

Nitro 450QD quick specs:
  • Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean
  • Dual SIM
  • 4.5-inch qHD display (540 x 960)
  • 4 GB internal storage, expandable via a microSD card slot
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 1.2 GHz quad core MediaTek 6598 processor
  • PowerVR SGX544 graphics
  • 5 MP primary camera, autofocus with flash
  • VGA front camera
  • HSPA+
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • A-GPS
  • 1800 mAh battery
  • Suggested retail price of Php5,499

 Nitro 500D quick specs:
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • 5-inch WVGA display (480 x 800)
  • Dual SIM
  • 4 GB internal storage, expandable via a microSD card slot
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 1 GHz dual core MediaTek 6577 processor
  • PowerVR SGX531 graphics
  • 5 MP primary camera, autofocus with flash
  • 1.3 MP front camera
  • HSPA
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • A-GPS
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • Suggested retail price of Php4,199

I have not had any face time with any of these phones. But their pricing is very competitive, and the specifications are good for the asking price. In terms of value for money, Arc Mobile looks like it wants to go head to head with Cherry Mobile on pricing. For the past few months, Cherry Mobile has very effectively undercut its competitors on pricing.

The Arc Mobile Nitro 400D is competitive with the Cherry Mobile Flare. On paper, I like the Arc Mobile Nitro 450QD more than the Cherry Mobile Thunder 2.0. The Arc Mobile Nitro 500D looks like a good lower cost alternative to the Cherry Mobile Titan.

Not a bad start for Arc Mobile.

July 3, 2012 update: Corrected suggested retail prices, which are lower than originally posted

35 comments:

  1. do you have some arc mobile that having a more features?

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  2. where is shopping of arc smartphones??? pls. let me know i will buy one.

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  3. how to buy arc mobile nitro 500D using internet?

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  4. I ordered the Nitro 400D online yesterday from Lazad.com.ph they said they will deliver it in 5 to 10 days. I can not wait to get it. It is a good price p3999 for a 4 inches screen smart phone. The only thing I am worried about is the battery power. I hope I don't have to charge is 3 or 4 times a day. If the battery is good then it will be and excellent price.

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  5. i have an arc 400d and the only thing i hate is the battery which if using 3G Or wifi, it can only go from 2 to 3 hrs from full bar to empty

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    1. Try checking your battery stats and history and see what is causing the drain. If you can post screen shots at TipidCP.com, I might be able to help you out.

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    2. Try installing Battery Doctor app, works wonders...

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  6. Why the internal memory of my arc mobile 500d is only 2GB it said that it is 4GB?

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  7. the other 2GB is used by the system by default..this is where all the default apps needed by the phone to run is installed.this is the case with all the gadgets we have with internal memory.

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    1. bakit yung flare sinabi nila na 4gb internal memory tapos kung i-check nyo, tugma nmn sa nakalagay na specs?

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  8. Saan po nakakabili ng casing ng arch mobile nitro 400d pls help me naman oh pm me 09364237400

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  9. ^kuya, nakahanap ka na ba? kelangan ko rin kasi

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  10. Pano mag screen capture or screen shot sa nitro 400d?-.-

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  11. sir ano mas ok 450d or 500 ? at san nakakabili ng arc mobile?

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  12. Love q n po ang nitro 450d:-)

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  13. Pano mag screenshot same 450qd? Thank you

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  14. MY GPS BA UNG ACR NITRO400D?

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  15. Piano tanggalin yung dictionary sa 400d?

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  16. paano eh activate ang 3g sa 400d phone matagal kunang hinanap di ko makita -.-

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  17. Is there anyway to improve the batteru life of nitro 400d..? I already installed the necessary apps pero nadedrain parin xa

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  18. Ayaw gumana ng screen shot sa 400D ko :(

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    1. Mabilis po bang mag charge oang 400D after unboxing :-)
      Ty

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  19. Napapalitan ba ang lcd ng nitro401d saansaan?

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  20. saan kame mkakabili ng battery ng nitro 500d?

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    1. reply please!

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    2. ako din. san ba makakabili ng battery?

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    3. I badly need it too.

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  21. Pano plitan ung keyboard ng 400d frm QWERTY to 3x4,pls help.

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  22. where can i buy a case for Nitro 500d?
    Thanks

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  23. saan makaka bili ng battery for nitro 400D please help

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