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Ding Ding Mobile Android Smartphones, Available in the Philippines via SKK Outlets

"Is it a Chinese smartphone brand?" I asked the saleslady manning the SKK Mobile kiosk at SM San Lazaro CyberZone when I saw their big Ding Ding Mobile tarp yesterday afternoon.

Ding Ding Mobile

"Korean, sir," she replied.

"Ah, ok po," I retorted, wondering if she'd actually seen Ding Ding Mobile's global website.

Ding Ding Mobile
Anyway, they're definitely marketing it as a Korean brand. Check out the collaterals.

Local brand SKK Mobile - the official distributor of Ding Ding devices in the Philippines - is currently offering a handful of smartphones from the international company, all priced rather aggressively.

Ding Ding Mobile, Ding Ding SK1

The most affordable of which is the Ding Ding SK1, which sells for only Php 2,999. They're calling this the smallest 4.5-inch smartphone in the world because of its slim display bezels.

Ding Ding Mobile, Ding Ding SK1

The smartphone is equipped with a 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS display panel, an 8 MegaPixel autofocus camera at the back with LED flash, 2 MegaPixel front cam with soft LED flash, Dual SIM Dual Standby capability, and 3G HSPA+ support. At its heart, it runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS with its 1 GHz Dual Core MediaTek MT6572 chipset, has 512MB of RAM, comes with 4GB expandable storage, and is powered by a 1,650 mAh battery pack.

Ding Ding Mobile, Ding Ding SK3 Pro

Ding Ding SK3 Pro is more or less the flagship model in the line-up.

Ding Ding Mobile, Ding Ding SK3 Pro

Currently selling for Php 6,499, the SK3 Pro looks largely identical to the LG G3 2014 top-of-the-line model by the Korean company -- even having the same Rear Key design at the back. But the similarity between the two releases just about ends there.

Ding Ding Mobile, Ding Ding SK3 Pro

A mid-tier model in terms of specs, Ding Ding SK3 Pro runs on a 1.3 Quad Core MediaTek MT6582 chipset, has 1GB of RAM, and comes with 8 GB of expandable storage. And with a 5.5-inch HD IPS display, users will enjoy viewing photos taken using this Dual SIM phablet's 13 MegaPixel main camera with LED flash and 5 MegaPixel front cam.

Ding Ding Mobile, Ding Ding Iron 1

But if there's a Ding Ding mobile handset that the sales staff is particularly proud about when we had our conversation, it's definitely this model, the Iron 1.

Ding Ding Mobile, Ding Ding Iron 1

Dubbed as 'The Walnut Cracker', the frame of Ding Ding Iron 1 crafted from a special metal alloy that's tough enough to crack a walnut open or even to hammer nails (though, I certainly won't recommend that you do that using any of your gadgets)! This rugged edge is complemented by a Gorilla Glass 3 face that's not only scratch-resistant but is also very tough.

The phone is also no push-over when it comes to technical specifications. Like the SK3 Pro, it is powered by a Quad Core 1.3 GHz ARM Cortes A7 and Mali 400-MP2 based MediaTek MT6582 chipset, handles multitasking with 1GB of RAM, and has 8GB of ROM. On the outside, the Dual SIM, 3G-enabled device sports a 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS display, 8 MegaPixel main camera with LED flash and Sony sensor, and a 5 MegaPixel front cam with Soft LED flash and Sony sensor.

Of the three, I like Ding Ding Iron 1 the most. Sure, it's hardly a beast in terms of technical specifications -- and frankly, you can buy a smartphone from SKK or other local brands with far better internal hardware for the same amount. But I think its ulta-durable construction should you give you your money's worth.

What do you think about Ding Ding Mobile smartphones, TP Friends? Are they good enough or could they be better? Do you think Ding Ding Mobile can make it big in our country? Share your thoughts with the community via the comments section below.

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