O+ 360 Alpha Price Php 4,995, Specs, Features : Has a Touch-Sensitive Back Panel

In an industry where it's becoming more and more a mere specs game - with every player trying to do outdo one another in terms of their phones' technical specifications almost every month, it's definitely refreshing to see a company like O+ USA, which tries to offer fresh innovations on their devices in an effort to deliver something new and useful to consumers.

O+ 360 Alpha

The recently announced O+ 360 Alpha is a product of years of research by the company in developing a touch-sensitive back panel that can make using a touchscreen Android smartphone a lot easier and more convenient.

Since phones are becoming bigger and bigger, two-handed operation is becoming a norm in using handsets. However, there are many users who still prefer just using one hand when navigating their smartphones' interface. Yes, there are times when you really need to use two hands like when you click on buttons or when you swipe down from the top panel of the screen but O+ believes that that doesn't always have to be the case.

O+ 360 Alpha

At the back of O+ 360 Alpha - near the top, where you usually rest your index finger, you will find this '360 degrees geometric figure' drawing. In and around that area, you can swipe your index or pointer finger to browse through your phone's home screens as well as launch and navigate applications, and even take photos using any of the two cameras. It's a really nifty new feature that we haven't seen before on any smartphone that's been officially released in the Philippines. (Note that Motorola X has a similar feature but it wasn't officially launched here.)

O+ 360 Alpha

Looks wise, O+ 360 Alpha flaunts a very elegant and sophisticated design language highlighted by its high gloss finish as well as the metallic accents on either sides of the handset. These press photos the device pretty much speak for themselves.

O+ 360 Alpha

Although O+ 360 Alpha comes with more than a handful of innovations and features that are unique to O+ phones including Air Shuffle, Air Share, Selfie Fix (that automatically enhances your look on selfie shots by improving your skin tone and facial features), and 360 Touch, the American company also made sure that the phone's technical specifications are good enough for a release in this price echelon.

O+ 360 Alpha sports a 4.5 inch FWVGA IPS display panel, 5 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash, 5 MP front cam for selfies and video calls, HD video recorder, and a 1,700 mAh Li-Ion battery pack delivering up to 340 hours of standby, 16 hours of talk time, 15 hours of music play, and 5 hours of web browsing. Under the hood, the handset runs a slightly customized version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat with its 1.3 GHz Quad Core ARM Cortex A7 and Mali 400 based MediaTek MT6582 VX SoC that's complemented by 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of ROM that you can easily beef up using the phone's microSD card slot.

O+ 360

O+ 360 Alpha is the more affordable of the two freshly announced 360 Touch Series phones by O+. You can this very cute, definitely innovative, and moderately powerful handset for only Php 4,995 starting this week at any O+ Concept Store, kiosk, or partner retailer near you.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name O+ 360 Alpha
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Entry Level
Dimensions135.4 x 66.8 x 9.1 mm
Weight 138.3 grams
Available Colors Black, (TBD)
Operating System Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Display 4.5 inches, 454 x 840 pixels, FWVGA, IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Quad Core 1.3 GHz ARM Cortex A7, Mali-400MP GPU, MediaTek MT6582 VX chipset
Internal Storage 8 GB ROM, expandable via microSD card slot supporting up to 32 GB
Camera Main: 5 MegaPixels, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Front: 5 MegaPixels, 2592 х 1944 pixels with Selfie Fix
Video Capture HD for both front and back cameras (TBC)
Audio and Video Playback MP4, DivX, Xvid, FLV, MKV, H.264, H.263, MP3, WAV, eAAC+, Flac (TBC)
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 v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 2100
SIM Card Type Dual SIM = Regular Mini + microSIM
Battery Li-Ion 1,700 mAh battery
Uptime 340 Hours of Standby
16 Hours of Talk
15 Hours of Music Play
5 Hours of Web Browsing
4 Hours of Video Playback
Value-Added Features O+ Air Shuffle, O+ Air Share, O+ 360 Touch
Announcement November 10, 2014
Availability November 2014
Price Official SRP: Php 4,999