Friday, July 26, 2013

Torque DROIDZ Quad - Quad core Jelly Bean Android, at less than 6K

The local mobile wars are really heating up these days, with the low cost quad core smartphone becoming mainstream.  Torque Mobile is throwing in its own offering into the fray with the DROIDZ Quad. The DROIDZ Quad is powered by what is the cutting edge in low cost smartphone technology. The powerful MediaTek MT6589 chipset features a quad core processor, a PowerVR SGX544 graphics chip, and is built on energy-saving 28 nanometer technology (yup, just like a Qualcomm Krait).

The suggested retail price of the DROIDZ Quad is Php5,999. Given that, the rest of the specifications understandably are more moderate.

Quick specifications:
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 4.5-inch FWVGA (480 x 854) display  
  • Dual SIM/Dual Standby 
  • 4 GB internal storage, expandable via a microSD card slot
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 1.2 GHz quad core MediaTek MT6589 processor
  • PowerVR SGX544MP graphics
  • 8 MP primary camera, autofocus with flash
  • VGA  front camera
  • HSPA
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • A-GPS

The biggest question mark in most buyers' minds, is the display. There are plenty of higher resolution qHD and HD phones in the market. There is an advantage to opting for the more conservative FWVGA display. It yields a reasonable sharp 218 pixels per inch. The lower resolution also leaves the PowerVR SGX544MP more overhead for running demanding 3D games.

All-in-all, not a bad package for the asking price.

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