Affordable Androids with impeccable design
Obi Worldphone, the global smartphone company which has been making waves across the world, has entered the Nepali market with the launch of two of its signature smartphones the SF1 and the SJ1.5. Following successful launches in more than ten other international markets it aims to reach out to millennials who want a beautiful, well-designed smartphone devoid of a steep price tag. To turn this into a reality, Obi Worldphone is partnering with Starck Tech, a subsidiary of Nepal’s most prominent business conglomerate “Jyoti Group”. Starck Tech will take these Worldphones to all major towns across Nepal and work extensively to ensure maximum reach and customer satisfaction. So, will the Obi Worldphones turn heads and keep wallets healthy? We find out.
OBI WORLDPHONE SJ 1.5
Sporting a 5-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) display, the SJ 1.5 is a dual SIM 3G smartphone. Aesthetically, the SJ1.5 features an asymmetrical design, squared-off top and a curved bottom. The display also comes with in-plane switching (IPS) full lamination screen for accurate colour at any angle, which means you don’t have to keep adjusting your viewing angle all the time. The 294 ppi pixel density provides a decent viewing experience. The display also comes with superior Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and anti-fingerprint oleophobic coating that makes the cover glass scratch resistant.
The SJ1.5 sports front and rear cameras and the display gets a scratch-resistant layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and runs Android Lollipop. The SJ1.5 packs an 8-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies. It is not often that devices in this price segment offer you this powerful front camera.
The SJ1.5 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop OS powered by MediaTek MT6580 1.3 GHz Quad Core processor. The device has Samsung 1GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, which is expandable to 32GB with micro SD. All these key stats indicate decent performance. Also, its UI Lifespeed does make the device stand out, but it is more of feel good factor at the moment.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM, and 3G. Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope. The SJ1.5 comes loaded with important applications like Accu Weather, Clean Master. Color Note and SwiftKey.
OBI WORLDPHONE SF1
The design is really impressive with its mix of polycarbonate and metal. Housed between two metal accents, the SF1 outer hardware hosts a secondary mic, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, two speaker grilles and the basic Android button setup.
The SF1 offers a lot to the customer, in terms of design and camera. Display duty is taken care by a 5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display sporting a pixel density of 443 ppi made by JDI using in- cell IPS technology within an enclosure of Gorilla Glass 4 with oleophobic coating over it. The viewing angles are great and the images and text look crisp. The display remains bright both indoors and outdoors. The same applies for gaming and watching movies.
On the camera front, one can expect a 13-megapixel rear snapper, Sony IMX214
Exmor sensor and hybrid auto focus that promises split-second, perfect focus in any light. Special features included in the camera include UbiFocus, OptiZoom and Chroma Flash all of which can be found by tapping on the Auto button on the camera. The camera uses ChromaFlash camera feature to quickly snap two photos. Users can select their focus after taking a picture through the UbiFocus and zoom in at a resolution beyond normal digital zoom levels, with images powered by the OptiZoom camera feature.
It is powered by the reliable, octa- core, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor coupled with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 64GB via a microSD card slot. The SF1
runs on Android 5.0.2 lollipop and Obi’s Lightspeed UI. The phone performs reasonably well when it comes to everyday; however, it does heat up when you push this phone to extensive gaming and multiple tab browsing. The 3,000 mAh battery should last you about 9 hours with regular use.
Coming down to the features list, the SF1 sports few handy features like the Lifespeed UI, Pick-up to Call, Flip to mute, Flip to speaker and bottom notifications. The SF1 also features Dolby Audio and Qualcomm Quick Charge 1.0 power management technology. The
SF1 can charge to full power in less than three hours, which is about 40% faster than older phones, claims Obi.