Several weeks back, in a meeting that I had with Jordan Ng - Product Manager of Arc Mobile Philippines, I asked him, "There are already a lot of local players in the Android devices game. What makes Arc different from all of them?"
He told me, "We always try to offer the best products we have at the cheapest price possible. That's what makes us different and that's always our goal. Yes, we have low profit margin but we know that if we sell enough units, we can be successful."
Playing with the company's current flagship, Arc Mobile Nitro 450QD, I believe that the company has met that goal.
With official suggested retail price of only Php 5,499, Arc Mobile Nitro 450QD is currently the most affordable quad core Android smartphone in the Philippines - if not anywhere in the world. The smartphone runs Android 4.2.1 operating system with 1.2 GHz Quad Core ARM Cortex A7-based MediaTek MT6589 chipset and comes replete with a number of decent features.
The device sports a 4.5-inch IPS LCD with qHD resolution, 4 GB of internal storage expandable via microSD card slot, a 720p HD video recorder, and a 5 MegaPixel main camera with fixed focus lens and LED flash -- it doesn't have a BSI sensor for brighter photos even in low light conditions but it gets the job done. (Sample photos and videos to follow) As for connectivity, the handset - powered by a 1,800 mAh removable Li-Ion battery pack - supports WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G HSPA+. And to those who are asking, yes, just like any post-Eclair Android phone (Froyo and up), it works as a WiFi Hotspot.
Design-wise, Nitro 450QD comes with a rounded build reminiscent of Samsung Galaxy Wonder and Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V from two years back. The top and bottom ends have faux metal caps, which somehow make the handset look more expensive than it actually is. Frankly, while I don't think it's the most handsome phone you can get these days, it's by no means devoid of looks. Heck, I think the young consumers and the sporty ones would actually find it very cute.
One criticism that Arc Mobile Nitro 450QD gets from users who are very particular about technical specifications is its rather limited RAM size of only 512 MB. During our internal testing, however, we found that the handset delivers a very smooth touch and gaming experience as reflected in its Antutu Benchmark Test scores. If anything, I think the strongest suit of 450QD is its lag-free performance, which I'm sure everyone would appreciate.
|Name||Arc Mobile Nitro 450QD|
|Type||Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)|
|Dimensions||68.2 x 134.15 x 10.5 mm|
|Available Colors||White, Black|
|Operating System||Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean|
|Display||4.5 inch, qHD, IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Processor||1.2 GHz Quad Core Cortex-A7 MediaTek MT6589 chipset|
|RAM||512 MB RAM|
|Internal Storage||4 GB options, expandable via microSD card slot|
|Camera||5 MegaPixels, 2592 х 1944 pixels, fixed focus, LED flash, non-BSI Front: 0.3 MegaPixels front camera non-BSI|
|Video Capture||HD 720p 30 frames per second for main camera, TBD for front camera|
|Audio and Video Playback||MP4, DivX, Xvid, FLV, MKV, H.264, H.263, MP3, WAV, eAAC+, Flac|
|Ports||microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSPA+|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyroscope|
|Network||2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|SIM Card Type||Mini SIM (Regular)|
|Battery||Removable Li-Ion 1,800 mAh battery|
|Value-Added Features||Dual SIM Dual Standby, Android 4.2 right out of the box, Cheapest Quad Core Android smartphone in the Philippines|
|Price||Official SRP: Php 5,499|