When I met our friends from O+ a few weeks ago, I asked them that one question that I'm use a lot of you have been wanting to ask the group ever since their Android handsets became available in the Philippines around middle of last year.
"Are your smartphones truly made in the USA as in The United States of America?" I asked while I was playing with their sleek and affordable O+ 8.9 5-inch phablet.
They answered, "Just like Apple's iPhone, O+ Android smartphones are designed in the USA and assembled in China."
TP Friends, there are two steps in "making" a smartphone or any gadget for that matter: First is the design process. And second, is the actual construction or assembly of the device.
So I guess it's but fair to say that O+ handsets are indeed "made in the USA". Or at least, half of the process in crafting them was accomplished in the United States. Do you agree with me? Kindly share your thoughts below.
Alright! What I have here is the O+ 8.9 Android phablet. With its 5-inch capacitive touchscreen, this is currently the biggest or largest member of O+'s family of Android smartphones with Air Shuffle technology.
Air Shuffle, which is unique to O+ devices, is a fun feature allowing you to take photos or play music without touching the screen. It utilizes the phone's proximity sensor to let you send commands to the handset using only hand gestures. It's really cool and I'll show you more of it via videos soon.
Despite having a really large display and powerful features including a 5 MegaPixel camera, HD video recorder, Dual Core processor, Dual SIM capability, among many others (detailed below), O+ 8.9 - flaunting an updated, rounded sleek design - only measures 10.3 millimeters at its thickest point making it a joy to hold and to have in the pocket. It maybe wide and long, but it's definitely not bulky.
On top of all that, you get all these in the box. (Oh, and I just wanna say that packaging really looks nice. It actually reminds me of my Samsung Galaxy Note's box from last year.)
You're getting this cool, white earphones with noise-cancelling silicon earbuds.
The small microUSB charger.
The ginormous 2300 mAh Li-Ion battery delivering outstanding uptime. So far, I've gotten around 2 days of regular use with this phablet, which is already good for an Android device.
Good after-sales support is one of the things that the O+ team is particularly proud of. Should you experience problems with your O+ device, you can always ring these hotlines numbers for help.
Of course, you have the manual, which contains everything you need to know about the O+ 8.9 Android phablet.
O+ doesn't want to worry about storage space so they added this cool bonus in the package: A SanDisk 8 GB microSDHC card! So generous of them, really!
But the best part: You get all these for just Php 8,995! Believe it!
NEXT: We turn this beast of handset on! Stay tuned for our exclusive hands-on and quick demo videos! But in the meantime, you might want to be familiar with O+ 8.9 phablet complete technical specifications:
|Type||Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Phablet|
|Dimensions||148 x 79 x 10.3mm|
|Operating System||Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich|
|Display||5-inches, 480 x 800 pixels, TFT, 16M colors|
|Processor||1 GHz Dual Core Cortex-A9 PowerVR SGX 531 GPU MediaTek MT6577 chipset (to be confirmed)|
|Internal Storage||4 GB, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB, ships with 8GB SanDisk microSD card|
|Camera||5 MegaPixels with autofocus and LED Flash. VGA Front camera with 1.5x Zoom|
|Video Capture||720p HD|
|Audio and Video Playback||DivX/MP4/H.264/H.263/MP3/WAV/eAAC+ 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, EDR, 3G 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, 5.76 Mbps HSUPA|
|Network||2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity|
|Battery||Li-Ion 2300 mAh|
|Value-Added Features||Air Shuffle Technology, FM Radio Recorder, Long Battery Life|
|Announcement||In the Philippines: December 2012|
|Price||Official SRP: Php 8,995|