Last week, I received several brand new handsets from our friends at the American handset company O+. As I was checking the boxes, I noticed that a couple of them were for O+ 8.12, which I've - as many of you know - already reviewed on TechPinas.
"I've featured O+ 8.12 on TP. Is this a revamped variant? What's new about it?" I texted one of our supporters from O+.
"Mark, O+ 8.12 remains to be one of our best-sellers. A lot of Pinoys still look for that specific model in our concept stores so we decided to release an upgraded version having the same powerhouse specs but with a few additional features. I hope you like the new O+ 8.12!" she replied.
Opening the boxes, I immediately noticed that O+ is now doing Black-on-Black and White-on-White tones for the front frame and the back case of the updated handset as opposed to the Black-on-White combination on the older version.
Personally, I think this is a great design decision as the 'new' handset ended up looking a lot better than the early 2013 release; The pure white version is particularly cute, in my opinion.
Checking the 'About Phone' section in the settings, I saw the biggest and most relevant upgrade that the phone got; It's now running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean operating system (vs. version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the initial release. If you own an O+ 8.12 running ICS, you can have it upgraded to JB for free at an O+ service center near you. For more information, feel free to give the company a ring at +632 570 4075). This firmware update brings buttery smooth touch response and enhanced overall software performance to the handset, which you'll notice as soon as you swipe your finger on the scratch-resistant Dragontrail Glass touchscreen.
Under Battery settings, users can now turn on the new CPU power saving mode (that first appeared on the O+ 8.6). This lowers the performance of the processor to extend the uptime - to around 3 to 5 hours, I find, with regular use - and decrease the phone's temperature.
From having an SRP of Php 11,995 last February, you can now get O+ 8.12 for only Php 9,990! An Early 2013 TechPinas Favorite, this smartphone comes replete with 1 GHz Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 based MediaTek MT6577 processor, 1 GB of RAM for efficient multitasking, an 8 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash and BSI sensor, an HD video recorder, a massive 4.5-inch qHD IPS display protected by scratch-resistant Asahi Dragontrail Glass, 4GB of internal storage (plus free 8GB microSD card) and a rather hefty 1800 mAh Li-Ion battery pack.
Now, I know you may argue that for that amount, you can already get a quad core smartphone from a local handset company. But really, the updated O+ 8.12 is for those who want an attractive device that fits great in the pocket, has an extremely solid build, comes with reliable after-sales support, features Air Shuffle touch-less interaction, and flaunts a great camera that takes bright, brilliant, and crisp shots even in low light conditions. Yes, it's hardly the cheapest dual core Android smartphone out in the market today but when you think about everything that it offers, I think it's well worth every penny.
TP Friends, you know I will never giveaway stuff that I don't like or want to get and keep for myself. I think that the new O+ 8.12 Jelly Bean doesn't only look great also performs extremely well as daily phone so I've decided to giveaway a unit via Rafflecopter. Join now!