If there's anything that the existence of MyPhone A919i Duo proves, it's that MyPhone is far from being a push over and is very serious about leading the local Android smartphone race.


Photos courtesy of Eric Manalac

Considering that the handset comes with rather stellar technical specifications for a midrange release, which include a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 MT6589 chipset, 1 GB of RAM, 5-inch HD IPS display, 8 MegaPixel main camera with LED flash, 720p HD video recorder, 2 MegaPixel front-facing camera, and a large 2,000 mAh battery pack, it's truly a wonder how MyPhone managed to price MyPhone A919i at only Php 9,590 and even offer it for more than Php 2,000 less during its launch a few days ago.


With the aggressive pricing strategy that MyPhone is currently employing in its line of Android devices, I guess it's safe to say that the company is definitely in it to win it. A couple of months back, both Cherry Mobile and Starmobile - MyPhone's biggest rivals in the local handset scene - released their flagship handsets in the form of the Dual Core Cherry Mobile Omega HD and Starmobile Diamond. During that point, I was wondering why we weren't seeing a competing smartphone from MyPhone, which can go head to head with those two. Apparently, the company was already planning to surprise consumers with a similarly priced Dual SIM Quad Core phablet.

I have a friend who purchased the discounted MyPhone A919i Duo at SM MegaMall during its official release date, April 30, 2013. I asked him, "What can you say about the phone?" He told me, "The screen is good. The phone feels great in the hand. The camera isn't as good as the 8 MegaPixel shooter on my Samsung Galaxy S2; I'm not getting the same image clarity especially in low light conditions. But the good thing about it is that I'm experiencing minimal lags. I guess that's because the chipset performs well. Overall, the handset is not perfect but it has enough good points to make me feel that I made the right decision in purchasing it."


MyPhone A919i Duo's Antutu and Quadrant Standard Benchmark Test Results courtesy of MyPhone. Not bad right? I'm actually surprised at how well the severely underrated MediaTek MT6589 chipset performs.

Competition is always good consumers. It's what gives us the lowest prices and best products. Hence, I can only hope that Cherry Mobile, Starmobile, and MyPhone would continue to go for each other's throats with reckless abandon and give us nothing but the best devices that they can possibly offer with the most pocket-friendly price tags.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name MyPhone A919i Duo
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions144 x 74 x 10.7 mm
Weight 156 grams
Available Colors White, Black
Operating System Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Display 5.0 inches (~294 ppi pixel density), 720 x 1280 pixels, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 PowerVR SGX544 GPU MediaTek MT6589 chipset
RAM 1 GB RAM
Internal Storage 4 GB options, expandable via microSD card slot
Camera Main: 8 MegaPixels, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Front: 2 MegaPixels
Video Capture 720p HD
Audio and Video Playback MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, MP4, WMV, H.264, H.263 player
Ports microUSB v2.0, USB on the go, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 11 Mbps, HSPA+;
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity
Network 2G Network GSM 900 / 1800 3G Network HSDPA 2100
SIM Card Type Regular SIM (Mini SIM)
Battery Li-Ion 2000 mAh
Uptime 174 hours of Standby, 5 hours of Talk time
Value-Added Features Dual SIM, Dual Standby
Announcement April 2013
Availability April 30, 2013
Price SRP: Php 9,590
Launch Sale: Php 7,900