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iOcean X8 Review – Elegant OctaCore

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Hi, I have for review really nice smartphone called iOcean X8. This is high end smartphone with octacore cpu. I must say that this phone is really cool and elegant. I have to admit that iOcean has done an excellent job. So take a look and see what I think about this device in the full iOcean X8 review.

The iOcean X8 was presented in the beginning of this year, potential customers were impatient to get this smartphone. And there was a enough time to think about this phone and believe me it worth it waiting. This device will be interesting to many people because it looks very similar to Sony Xperia Z. Also please don’t forget to take a look photos.

iOcean X8 Specifications

CPU: MT6592 1.7GHz Octa-core
GPU: Mali 450
OS: Android 4.2
RAM: 2GB
ROM: 32GB
Screen Size: 5.7 inch, 1920X1080 pixels FHD
Screen Type: LTPS screen, Gorilla glass III, OGS
Band: 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: 850MHz/2100MHz
Sim card: Dual SIM Dual Standby
Wifi: 802.11 b/g/n
GPS: Yes
Gyro: Yes
Light Sensor: Yes
G-Sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes
Compass: Yes
Status Indication LED: Yes
Gesture control: Yes
Gesture sensing: Yes
Rear camera: 14.0 MP with auto focus
Front facing camera: 5.0 MP
Battery: Li-Polymer 2650 mAh

Package contents

If you decide to buy the iOcean X8 you will get the following items : charger, usb cable and hard case. All items are in white color except the hard case which is in black. All items are wrapped in white box.

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Design

As I said before iOcean X8 is beautiful phone. This company has done an excellent job, without exaggeration. Front and rear side of the device has a Corning Gorilla glass III protection. So, on the front side is really big FHD screen with size of 5.7-inch. Above the screen, there is front 5 megapixel camera and there are also sensors like light and proximity sensors. When you turn around the device you will see some similarity to Sony Xperia Z and Xperia Z1. On the left top corner there is main 14.2 mega-pixel camera with led flashlight. In the centre of the device there is a logo of iOcean. Edges are made of stainless steel and when you touch it you have the feeling of high quality. The level of quality, design and finish are in the same level as in other famous companies like Apple or Samsung.

In one word this is good-looking device. I have to say that I’m really pleasantly surprised with the X8. They have taked care of every single detail.

iOcean X8 back side

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Screen

As you could already see this smartphone has a 5.7 inch full HD screen. I must say that lately other companies are also releasing devices with larger and larger screens. With some innovation and ideas devices are not too much larger than before. So you can still use it normal like before, and you don’t need to worry. It still fits in your pocket of your pants. The quality of the screen is really good and I have not found any problems while I was using it. Brightness is also good including viewing angle. The display has all features as other flagship devices like OGS – One Glass Solution and LTPS. LTPS allows you to use phone in winter wheat your wear gloves.

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iOcean X8 screen

Hardware

iOcean X8 has the same hardware like X7s elite. It has already known to us a very popular MediaTek MT6592 a ‘true octa-core’ processor with speed of 1.7Ghz. There is also Mali 450 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The only difference between these devices are internal memory. It is enough for everyday use, web surfing and of course for gaming. In this review I played Gta San Andreas which worked perfectly normal :D. I have also made some tests in Antutu Benchmark and in Vellamo Benchmark application. Test results are good, they are at the top. The results are slightly worse than on Iocean X7s elite because of larger screen. But please don’t worry it is completely normal, phone works without lags and other problems.

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iocean X8 gta san andreas gameplay

antutu benchmark x8

vellamo benchmark results for iocean x8

Connectivity

There are two versions of the of X8. I’m told from company that they will see will they produce WCDMA 3G 900mhz/2100mhz version. Because It depends on how much interests will be for this device. But for now there is only 850mhz/2100mhz which I also have. Except for the network connection there is also wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and GPS. This device is dual sim phone. It uses one micro sim card and one nano sim card. All functions works perfectly normal including GPS. I tested the GPS without network connection and wifi. I tested the GPS with GPS testing application which I have downloaded from Google play. Later in new article I will test the GPS with iGO application.

Camera

iOcean X8 has front and back camera. The main camera has a 14.2 megapixel sensor while the front camera has 5 megapixel sensor. As we know from before it is not always everything in megapixels. It is also important how good is the sensor, what quality is the lens and for example what is a aperture size from this device. I have in detail tested the both cameras, and unfortunatel I had to say that x8 produce solid quality photos when you shoot in low light places. While the photos are excellent when you are photographing with enough light. Problem is with low light because of weak led flashlight which it is not enough strong. But overall quality is good and I think it will satisfy you. Please take a moment and see below the photos which I have personally photographed and as you can see there are really good.

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Battery

This phone has a non-removable battery with capacity of 2650 mAh. Some people don’t like non-removable batteries. Because there is possibility to have problems with the phone and then you cant remove the battery in easy way. But there is always a solution so in my personal opinion I don’t have any problems with non removable batteries. This battery has proved to be good but I think they could put stronger battery. Because this device is really strong and powerful and has huge screen with full HD resolution. But for the average and medium using the battery will be enough.

Conclusion

The iOcean X8 is a flagship device. Design and build quality are are simply great they have done a really nice job. It looks elegant and you have a feeling that you have a premium device. I really love it. It is just a beautiful phone. Also the build quality is stunning, they have invested a lot of time and knowledge to build phone like this one. Except for design technically speaking this device is a beast, for everyday use and for demanding users will suffice in any way. Also it has a large screen with FHD resolution, size of the screen is 5.7 inch. There are also here high end specs, so these are positive things about this device. In my opinion the only negative thing about this device is the led flashlight, which is not enough strong so in lowlight photos are just good. And one other thing which is in my opinion not important, buttons below the screen don’t have a backlight. But this is not a big problem because when you start to use this device after few times you will know where the buttons are. I hope you’ll like a review and if you have any questions please ask or comment.

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  2. Mccarthy

    Jan 19, 2015 at 19:35

    Love this game!

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Review: ZMI Reason ONE

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ZMI Reason ONE — a new smart alarm clock by Xiaomi Ecosystem partner — ZMI. This is the first smart alarm clock by the Chinese brand. The company’s assortment includes power banks, chargers and other gadgets for smartphones.

The design and functionality of the alarm clock are similar to the Xiaomi AI smart alarm clock. One of the main differences is the voice assistant. The alarm clock by Xiaomi supports Xiao AI suitable for Chinese customers. ZMi Reason ONE supports Alexa, which greatly simplifies the use of the device in Europe, USA, and other English-speaking countries.

DESIGN

The model has a compact rectangular shape (12×6×2 cm). It is made of matte black ABS-plastic.

The front panel is occupied by black monochrome screen. Despite the compact dimensions of the alarm clock, the screen is large enough. Therefore, the numbers and letters on the display are clearly visible even from a distance.

On the top, there is a touch button, which is responsible for voice control activation and microphone status.

On the rear panel, there is a speaker, a Micro-USB port (for charging) as well as a button for resetting to factory settings.

FUNCTIONS

The display shows the time, date, alarm status, timer, and WiFi connection. When the voice assistant is activated, the display shows two circles, which look like “eyes”.

ZMi Reason Clock supports the Alexa voice assistant. You can ask the weather, find out the news, time, ask to turn on the music or set an alarm/timer, add smth to a shopping list and even find out the currency exchange rate.

The ringtone of the alarm clock is also easy to change. There are about 30 melodies to choose from the menu.

The alarm clock can also be a portable speaker. The model supports popular music streaming services like Amazon Music, Audible, iHeartRadio, and others.

If you have devices that support Alexa, then you can control them using ZMI Reason One. In order to do this, you need to install a special application and synchronize the devices with each other.

The price for such a smart alarm clock is ridiculously low — only $ 20. Sounds cool, doesn’t it?

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Sharp Aquos C10 [REVIEW]

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The Sharp C10 review has finally arrived! Sharp is a Japanese brand that mostly covers its market in Japan, but has recently started to turn its marketing to other areas of the world. So yes, Japan is not only popular for Hentai and awesome cars industry but they also get involved in the smartphone industry. Sharp is probably best known for their TVs or kitchen appliances to some, but they are fairly old players in the smartphone game, making phones like the Aquos Crystal back in 2014. Let’s jump back to the C10 and look at all the interesting bits this smartphone hides.

Build quality

Because of it’s non standard aspect ratio, this phone brings some quite interesting looks with it. It’s a bit shorter and wider than what we’re used to, with a droplet styled notch on the top and glossy plastic back. The USB-C jack lies on the bottom between the speaker and microphone grilles, but unfortunately there is no 3.5mm audio jack on the top which is a huge disappointment. Finally, the very clicky three buttons are positioned on the right side and are pretty easy to reach due to the phone’s size.

The phone itself is fairly light in hand, but it still feels relatively sturdy and rigid. It is claimed to have gorilla Glass protection for the screen, but it’s unknown which version of it exactly. Also, Sharp have decided to put the fingerprint reader on the front, so you get a small recession under the screen where the fingerprint sensor resides. The phone itself is not too thick either, so it’s a real pleasure to handle all in all.

Android OS

The OS on this thing is actually pretty light with little to no bloat! It’s Android 8.0 Oreo with a few tweaks to the settings application, task switcher, and the system UI to handle the notch and to distinguish it from other Android phones. Notch handling is done on a per-app basis which means that most applications probably won’t support it. I’ve found that only the stock gallery seems to make use of it, while Youtube cuts off the whole top. You can also disable most of the Google applications if you don’t use them, that’ll get you some extra RAM space if you need it. The situation here is fine although they should work on the visual integrity a bit in the future updates.

Performance

This phone gets 89296 points on Antutu which is not that great for a mid range device. Compared to the Mi A2 which gets 134348 points, performance of the C10 seems pretty bad, but it’s not all that bleak. In Geekbench it gets 883 for the single core test, 4239 for the multi core test and 3702 for the renderscript test. Synthetic benchmarks obviously don’t tell the full story as this device multitasks fairly fast and handles Chrome just fine for day to day web browsing. PUBG Mobile locks the graphics settings to low and even then it stutters here and there, so obviously don’t pick this phone if you’re looking for raw gaming performance. Even then, playing on it’s relatively small screen won’t be too comfortable of an experience. Regarding screens…

Screen

In a mid range phone like this, a screen usually won’t be too interesting of a subject. C10’s screen has some very rounded corners on the top including the notch, while the bottom just has regular, hard corners. You do get a relatively nice FHD+ IPS panel with a resolution of 1080×2040. Colors pop pretty nicely at higher brightness settings, and speaking of brightness this phone handles it pretty well. Lowest brightness doesn’t go too low, but highest brightness is thankfully high enough for outside use.

Cameras

I have to say, this phone has quite an interesting thing going on with the camera. Unfortunately, the second camera is only used for depth detection in portrait mode so I think it’s a bit of an useless addition, but the camera application itself is pretty feature packed. I’m happy to say that it also has a full featured manual mode with only the RAW option missing. The photos it takes on auto mode are lifelike, vibrant and just very pleasant in general. Given it’s wide aperture, it’s also pretty competitive at night, but only with still shots. Portrait mode gets you some pretty strong depth blur, but it’s inaccurate as well so use it in moderation.

Switching over to video, the mild disappointment starts. No stabilization options at all, nor any slow motion modes available. Thankfully it does have 4K, but I don’t think most people will find it very useful. Some EIS would go a long way here. All in all, it’s a pretty competent camera in the price range with some nice software features like the picture-in-picture mode, but the second camera is a bit of a waste, and the addition of EIS would be extremely beneficial.

Audio Capabilities

Testing the audio output on this phone yielded some fairly average results. Doing the tests with the headphones connected, we can see that the frequency response loses it’s linearity and some distortion shows up on the low end. The stereo crosstalk also jumps up by almost 40dB with the headphones connected. These tests are done with a 55ohm set of on-ear headphones so results may vary with different loads. The audio output thankfully does get comfortably loud so it does seem to have enough power.

Similar situation for the speaker which gets relatively loud, but it carries some distortion along with it. Nothing tragic but you’ll hear when you’re pushing it. The plastic case doesn’t resonate with the speaker that much so it doesn’t help the tinny feel of the sound. For such a budget phone, I really didn’t expect anything extraordinary from the loudspeaker so I wouldn’t call it a disappointment by any means.

Battery

Running the Lab501 gaming test on maximum brightness for 15 minutes drained the battery by 5%. Playing PUBG mobile under the same testing conditions for the same amount of time drained the battery by 10%. So with a full battery, you could game on this phone for about 10 hours.

That’s surprisingly good given the relatively small 2700mAh battery inside C10. It’s standby times are even better since the phone shows little drain during the night and could probably last over a week if used sporadically. Suffice to say, I’m pleasantly surprised!

Additional features

When it comes to additional features, this phone doesn’t pack any surprises. Unfortunately, Sharp has even omitted an FM radio receiver software even though the hardware supports it. There’s no FM radio application to be found anywhere! The fingerprint reader usually unlocks on the second try, but the results can vary and it’s pretty fast when it works.

GPS also hasn’t been proven too spectacular as it took a while to get my location acquired, but it works all right once it locks on the satellites. Finally, there’s full OTG functionality here so you can plug in flash drives and all kinds of other peripherals into your phone. No problem!

Closure

The Sharp C10 is an interesting budget phone with a pretty stern and business-like design. Even though the performance might not be the selling point here, you trade it in for a very respectable camera which I’d say is the highlight of this phone. Unfortunately some bad decisions were made, for example the removal of the 3.5mm jack and the lackluster notch handling, but all in all it could be way worse. In the end, all that matters is preference – what do you want out of your phone and what are you willing to sacrifice.

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Xiaomi Mi 9 Review

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Xiaomi’s flagship smartphone, Mi 9, has some awesome characteristics like design, powerful processor, and a great camera. Wanna know more about it? Stick around. I’ll tell you all about it.

First Impressions

If we ignore aluminum frame for a moment, It can be said it is made entirely out of glass: the front panel is made of Gorilla Glass 6, and the back panel is Gorilla Glass 5. This model has a shiny blue gradient color, and there are two more color options: black and violet. There’s also a Transparent Edition that pushes price tag way beyond $500.

The glass gives the phone absolutely stunning look, but it also makes it prone to scratches and fingerprints. I recommend using silicon case that comes in the box, or some other type of protection you can buy online.

Mi 9 is Xiaomi’s first phone with a dedicated AI button. Just press it and Google Assistant will instantly pop-up, giving you the most relevant information based on your online behavior. You can reassign it as I did. I’m using it to open the rear camera.

Screen

Mi 9 has a real jewel on the front: a 6,39 inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen. The best screen on any Xiaomi device so far has great readability under the sun and it’s significantly better than LCD panels used on previous Xiaomi flagships. Above the screen is a 20-megapixel camera in a tiny waterdrop notch, and above that is a speaker. There’s even more on top of that: sensors and a LED notification light, hidden from your eyes.

Great things are coming in waves with Mi 9 because under the screen is a fingerprint sensor, lightly illuminated so you can always know where to press to unlock the phone. Let’s not forget Always-on colour display or Ambient Light, Xiaomi’s name for this very usable feature.

Hardware, benchmark

Xiaomi Mi 9 is the first smartphone with Snapdragon 855, the most powerful chipset in the world. It runs like a grinder trough games and apps so if you’re looking for a gaming phone, Mi 9 is something to seriously consider.

The phone in my hands has 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. Other flagships have at least double storage capacity, but this was a way to keep the device affordable to a much wider market segment. Xiaomi rightly estimated that 64 GB is enough for most users. After all, there is also a 128 GB version available.

At the bottom is a single loudspeaker with enough firepower to flawlessly reproduce music or gaming sounds. It is not a stereo speaker, though.

Camera

Camera quality has become an essential feature for many customers, and Xiaomi Mi 9 has really a great one to offer. Wait, not one but three! The main camera has 48 megapixels, second is 12-megapixel telephoto snapper and the last one is a 16-megapixel ultrawide sensor. Image quality is great with plenty of details.

If you’re looking for a smartphone that will give you a perfect photo in a way to simply get it out of your pocket and make a snap, Mi 9 is an obvious choice.

Software

Xiaomi Mi 9 runs the latest MIUI 10 on top of Android 9. It follows the same logic just like any other MIUI system before, with some nice new features like moving trough system with gestures. I’m using Xiaomi phones for years and this is the most polished and user-friendly MIUI by now. The system-wide dark mode is a nice feature, and there’s also a Second Space. That’s a part of a memory protected by password, where you can put all the apps and other content you don’t want others to see.

Battery

The Battery on Mi 9 has 3.300 mAh, which is slightly smaller than last year’s Mi 8. Although it is not as big as batteries on other flagship devices or even Xiaomi’s own Redmi Note series, it is capable of reaching the end of a day on a single charge. Things get interesting when it comes to the way the Mi 9 charges.

It supports wireless charging, something Mi 8 didn’t have. Xiaomi just recently hopped in a wireless charging train, but it did it with style: Xiaomi Mi 9 has the fastest wireless charging among all the smartphones, capable of reaching full capacity in just an hour.

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Verdict

Xiaomi knows how to hit a bullseye: it offered a handset with an insanely powerful processor coupled with enough of RAM to easily broke every app in pieces. Camera quality is astonishing, just as the design of the device. There’s also a big shiny screen for awesome gaming and multimedia experience. With price as low as $322,99, Xiaomi Mi 9 is not only an impressive flagship smartphone but also the best-buy option for anyone who’s looking for performance and top image quality. Stay tuned for more videos and don’t forget to subscribe!

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