Been hearing a lot of cool things about this mysterious, new Cloudfone release.

A few days ago, one of our readers left this comment in one of our recent posts about affordable Android handsets: "Cloudfone Thrill 430x might (I stress 'might') be a better buy than this. Little is known [about] this unit. [But the] main selling point is the battery at 4160mah, more than twice of [this phone's battery] capacity."

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Photo Credit: skg25

Yesterday, Leroy Robles - one of our friends on Twitter, told me, "I struck gold with 4.3-inch oleophobic qHD IPS 8MP 1.2 GHz Dual Core S4 4160mAh battery Dual SIM ICS 4.0.4. Just Php 7,777! It's a Cloudfone Thrill 430x. Got it while lookin' for a Flare or Titan which are both still out of stock."

cloudfone thrill 430x

He then told me that his wife got the unit at a 'temporary' Cloudfone stall in a building in front of McDonald's SM Megamall Building A in front of McDonald's. I know it's quite hard to imagine where exactly that is but if you want to get hold of this handset, then you might as well start looking.

cloudphone thrill 430x
Aside from the unit itself, the package also includes the charger, earphones, microUSB cable, manuals, and a free prepaid SIM card.

cloudfone thrill 430x

Anyway, I did my research earlier and found out that Cloudfone Thrill 430x is actually just a rebranded Innos D9 handset from China. Nothing wrong with that, really. In fact, we should thank Cloudfone for bringing this stellar smartphone here.

cloudfone thrill 430x
With thickness of 14.2 millimeters, Cloudfone Thrill 430x is definitely not the slimmest phone around -- but for good reason.

Aside from having a Dual Core Snapdragon S4 processor and Dual SIM Dual Standby capability, there are three things that make Innos D9 a true stand-out in its price category: First, it flaunts a 4.3-inch high-resolution qHD display with high pixel-density ensuring crisp and clear details. Second, it features an 8 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash vs. the 5 MP shooters in other Android ICS handsets in this price range. Finally (and perhaps, most importantly), it ships with a ginormous 4160 mAh Li-Ion battery (the reason main reason for its bulk) that's said to be capable of delivering up to 1000 hours of standby time, 40 hours of 3G talk time, and up to 100 hours of music playback!

Is this handset cool or what?! Let me know your thoughts on the device, TP Friends.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Cloudfone Thrill 430x
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Dual SIM Dual Standby Android Smartphone
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions124.4 x 65.5 x 14.2 mm
Weight 180 grams
Available Colors Black
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Display 4.3 inch 960x540 256ppi Sharp ASG, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor 1.2 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8225 chipset
RAM/ROM 768 MB RAM (confirmed)
Internal Storage 4 GB, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB
Camera 8 MegaPixels, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus and LED flash, 0.3 MP front camera
Video Capture 720p, VGA front camera
Audio and Video Playback MP3/AAC/WMA/WAV/MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, 3G HSDPA
Network 2G Network GSM 900 / 1800 - SIM 1 & SIM 2, 3G Network HSDPA 2100
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity
Battery Li-Ion 4160 mAh
Uptime 1000 hours of standby time, 40 hours of 3G talk time, 100 hours of music playback time
Announcement November 2012
Availability November 2012
Price Php 7,777