In a fresh attempt to tackle budget smartphone market, Obi Worldphone has today launched MV1, a handset which runs on both Android 5.1 lollipop and Cyanogen OS 12.1.1, and will have a starting price of $139.
The MV1 includes a 5.1 inch HD display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection layer and smudge resistant oleophobic coating on top.The handset includes entry level qualcomm Snapdragon 212 quad core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. You can choose between 1GB RAM and 2GB RAM variants, though the 2GB RAM option for extra $10 should be a better bet. Internal storage is 16GB and you can also plug in up to 64GB microSD card.
For photography, this dual SIM handset includes 8MP rear camera with OmniVision OV8865 sensor, f/2.2 aperture lens, LED flash and 1080p video recording capability. A basic 2MP front selfies shooter is also present.
Other notable features include DTS Sound, dual microphone for noise-cancellation, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1 and 2500 mAh battery.
So what sets this apart from a million other budget smartphones? Obi Worldphone Co-founder John Sculley answers that question as follows.
This is an industry with 200 different brands vying for consumers’ attention. There will be 1.4 billion Android phones produced in 2016 alone, so there needs to be a way to stand apart from the pack. The components for all these different phones are mass produced, in the same countries, and often in the same exact factories.
What we’ve done with the Obi Worldphone from the very beginning is show that it’s possible to have a beautifully designed phone that fits into your lifestyle at an accessible price without sacrificing form and technology. You don’t have to give up style in exchange for substance. With the MV1, you can have both.
Key Specifications of Obi Worldphone MV1
|Display||5 inch HD IPS LCD display|
|Processor||1.3 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 212, Adreno 306|
|Camera||8MP rear and 2MP front camera|
|Internal Memory||16GB, Expandable by 64GB|
|Dimensions and Weight||45.6×72.6×8.95mm and 149g|
|Price||$139/ $149 (~9500 INR/ 10,215 INR)|