Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Arc Mobile Memo - 5.3-inch phablet at a great price

Arc Mobile's latest release should serve as warning that it is  a serious contender in the local smartphone race. The Arc Mobile Memo is a 5.3-inch phablet which is priced at Php6,299. The specifications are pretty impressive for the money.

Quick specifications:
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 5.3-inch qHD (540 x 960) display
  • 4 GB internal storage expandable via a MicroSD card slot
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 1.2 GHz quad core MediaTek MT6589 processor
  • PowerVR SGX544 graphics
  • 8 MP autofocus primary camera with LED Flash
  • 2 MP front camera
  • HSPA+
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • A-GPS
  • 2000 mAh battery (user replaceable)

The Arc Mobile Memo clearly has the Starmobile Diamond V3 in its sights. It has the same screen size as the Diamond V3, at 5.3-inches, but the Memo has a higher resolution qHD (540 x 960) display, versus the  V3's FWVGA (480 x 854) display. The Memo also has a more powerful processor being equipped with a MediaTek MT6589 processor, which should be 20-30% more powerful than the Qualcomm MSM8225Q processor on the Diamond V3. The Mediatek chipset on the Memo also has a HSPA+ (21.1 Mbps) radio, as compared to the HSPA (7.2 Mbps) radio on the Diamond V3.

The Arc Mobile Memo also looks like a better deal the the Cherry Mobile Skyfire 2.0 and Thunder 2.0

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