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O+ 8.6 Unboxing and First Impressions: 4.5-inch qHD, Dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM for Php7,995

O+ 8.6 Unboxing and First Impressions: 4.5-inch qHD, Dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM for Php7,995

| On 06, Apr 2013

We have another O Plus android phone here in our HQ and among all the recent O+ android they’ve sent us, this is the most promising. O+ 8.6 is a mid-range handset with an affordable price tag. It packs higher than usual specs and a gorgeous screen to complement its elegant design. Check it out after the jump.

512MB RAM phones are getting old, that’s why affordable android phones with 1GB of RAM are slowly popping out. Being one of the market leaders of high quality android gadgets in the Philippines, O Plus USA strives harder as they release the O+ 8.6 – giving Filipinos the chance to own a high-end like smartphone for a fraction of its competitors’ price.

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The package is still the same as other O+ products. Having unboxed two more O Plus android phones lately, I have familiarized myself on how their products look. The included accessories are the same, but with several color differences. I think it’s actually the newer set the we’ll be seeing on future O+ products.

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The box is simple yet stylish and it knocks out other devices being sold in its price range. Under the device, we’ll see the free 4GB Sandisk microSD and warranty card. The charger, microUSB cable, and earphones are located down below. The microUSB cable and earphones received a major redesign as they now include some shades of red. There are also two more pairs of plastic earbuds so you can switch to whichever size fits you.

What I like about O Plus is they always make their package complete so that you can enjoy it from the get go. Other manufacturers don’t bother satisfying that, so I would like to commend them for doing it.

First Impressions

O Plus 8.6 Specs and Price Php7,995

The O+ 8.6 is thin and light, despite its fairly huge size. The form factor somehow reminds me of the Galaxy S3, but it’ll be immediately distinguished when you see it clearer as it only has capacitive buttons. It has rounded edges that make it comfortable to hold though sometimes it feels slippery as the back cover is so smooth. But fortunately, I have become accustomed to it and I haven’t dropped it yet.

I really find the design to be sexy and elegant at the same time. The capacitive buttons were responsive, though I wish it could have been on-screen buttons instead. The display size is just right for me and I don’t find any inconvenience when I switched from a 5-incher. In contrast, the O+8.52 gave me headaches when texting as I’m not used to small screens now. 4-inches is actually not that small but in my case, at least 4.5-inch is the sweet spot.

Back-of-O+-8.6

The screen is quite sharp as the qHD resolution (960×540) equates to a 245 pixel density. The colors are fine though at times I feel like it’s not that vivid when compared to the O Plus 8.12 and the contrast is on the low side. But still, that’s just simply a minor difference from a flagship and a mid-range phone. Viewing angles are on par with the 8.12 and its performance outdoors is admirable as I can see the content even with low to medium brightness.

The performance of the device is fast and considering its huge amount of RAM and Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, it handles multitasking easily. Switching between heavy apps such as Chrome, Games, and social networking apps like Facebook and Twitter is a no-brainer. When it comes to gaming, the O + 8.6 is a great performer as well. It seamlessly run all of our favorite games such as NBA 2k13, Temple Run Oz, etc.

It has a 5-megapixel camera at the back and it gives good enough images as the details of the photos are crisp. The shots were well detailed especially on good lighting conditions. As expected, night shots aren’t that impressive despite having an LED flash. However, if you’ll take photos near the subject, it might as well give a decent shot.

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The thing that’ll probably concern you if you’ll buy the O+ 8.6 android phone is its mediocre battery. However, with the help of O+’s built-in battery saving feature, it surprisingly worked well. I was able to get one full day on moderate usage with frequent calls, texts, some games, and around 2 hours of Wi-Fi. With constant usage of camera, calls, texts, and no data connectivity turned on, I managed to squeeze in almost two full days on light usage. I was actually worried that it won’t last me a day, but good thing it proved itself as a capable everyday smartphone. Also, if you’re a power user (I am, too), you might want to carry a power bank with you so you can play and surf all you want. I’ll get back on this on our review.

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O+ 8.6 Specs

  • Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
  • 4.5-inch qHD (960×540) IPS Display
  • MT6577 1GHz dual-core processor
  • PowerVR SGX 531
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory
  • 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash
  • 720p HD video recording
  • VGA front camera
  • 3G, HSDPA, HSUPA
  • Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth
  • microUSB v2.0
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Air Shuffle
  • 1500mAh Li-Ion battery

I’ve been using the O+ 8.6 for several days now and so far I’m really loving it. It’s one of those few who impressed me performance and design-wise. We’ll use this as our primary phone for a few more weeks to give our verdict on our full review. If you’re interested in this android phone, you can get yours for as low as Php7,995 on authorized O+ stores and dealers nationwide.

  • del0809

    sana po mag review kayo about 0+8.1…please..

    • bernie

      Panget yun dude

  • krizia

    cherry mobile burst-like?

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ NoypiGeeks

      Nah, it’s waaaay better. Check the specs listed above.

      • krizia

        i mean the way it looks :)

  • sayonachinelasko

    the CM flame2 and omega HD is way better compared to the 8.6, almost same price range

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ NoypiGeeks

      Not in all aspects. :)

      • dsg

        in what way is 8.6 better?
        and also, what is its antutu score?

  • del0809

    cp ko na block dhil marami nag attemp sa aking screen code,…..hay di ko na alam kong ano gagawin ko.

  • thenzio

    wow maganda to sa maraming apps kasi my GPU sya “graphic accelerator”

  • http://www.facebook.com/JohnCarloO5 Carlo Barlongo

    Mas better ba to kesa sa Flame 2

    • keith

      Of course not, flame 2.0 is better because it is a quad-core. But still o+ 8.6 is still a good phone

  • http://www.facebook.com/shiesfabulous Shiela Camille

    Is there a “shortcut key/keypress” for Screenshot for this 8.6 model? Just like 8.9, you just have to press and hold the volume (down) and the lock buttons simultaneously to have a “screenshot”.

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      You can press power button + volume down simultaneously.

  • Raphael

    I’m between myphone a888 and this phone…almost the same price…I think I’m leaning more to this which has better specs than the a888 but I’m also excited to hear about myphone 919i – maybe I’ll just have to wait a while before deciding…

  • rolz

    ok.. ba ang cam nito.. malinaw ba.. like samsung…?

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      Hi, I don’t know which Samsung model you’re referring to but this handset has a pretty solid camera that could possibly be on par with Samsung’s mid-rangers such as the S3 Mini and the Galaxy Grand.

  • shayr

    Ok, ‘to… kaso la pa budget.. 5k to 6k lng ung budget ko.. hehehe…

  • iza

    why i cant surf if im not using wifi? how to make it work for mobile internet

    • shayr

      Turn on mo po ung “Data Conn.”.

  • qincenthv

    kya rn b nito unq mqa high graphic games?

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      Yes!

  • qincenthv

    anu po bnq mas mqanda e2nq O+ 8.6 o O+8.52 or CM TITAN W500

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      If the price will not be considered, it’s definitely the O+ 8.6.

  • http://www.facebook.com/livestrong.jjpama Jerome Pama

    Sir almost same specs siya ng O+ 8.12 since mas mura itong O+ 8.6 ano mas marerecommend niyo?

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      If you have more budget, go for the 8.12. Otherwise, 8.6 isn’t a bad choice.

      You can also look at the 8.15 but it’s more expensive.

  • edd07

    sir kung ipag cocompare yung O+8.5 dito sa 8.6 ano po ang mas maganda at mas marerecomend niyu?.ska kaya niya po b magload ng youtube video kung nag su surf?. tnx

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      O+ 8.6.

  • Ian Chris

    kaya ba to mag play ng alteast hd(720p) Videos at ang kanyang audio wla bang distortion at ang stock music player is Best than other local branded handsets??

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      Probably yes.

  • nel

    what is much better ? this or myphone a888?

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      This phone. It has 1GB of RAM and free 4GB microSD card.

      • Shayr

        Advantage ng MYPHONE A888 ay Magandang camera at Battery.
        Advantage ng O+ 8.6 ay 1GB of Ram at Software/O.S Update.

  • jp malay

    vga front camera for 7999 phone ? Omega HD is the better buy here.

  • liz

    Full review please of O plus 8.6. Kasi binabalak ko but ito e,

    • Shayr

      Kung may pera ka nman try mo ung O+ 8.12 o 8.15.

      8.6 has a 5 megapixel camera while 8.12 & 8.15 are both 8 megapixel.

      pero depende pa rin yan sa needs mo?

      Ang concern ko lng sa 8.6 ay camera(Average rating) at battery.

      • kevin

        Sir ilan ung mega pixel ng harap nang camerang ito?

  • http://www.facebook.com/aleli.rei Aleli Rei

    Hi nice review! which is better, 8.9 or 8.6?

  • sol

    me sd card na ba eto?

  • kotaro

    is O+8.6 not upgradable to 4.1.2 or 4.2.2?

  • RM

    wala ba talagang microphone ang headset?

  • mark

    Hi sir. Im having a hard time deciding between this one and Alcatel OT Sapphire 2. The only difference is their RAM, end user memory, and battery. Between those two smartphones, which do you think is way better considering the price and the brand’s reputation?

  • Chichi

    I’m having trouble of finding jelly cases for this. Do you have any idea which other model units that fits 8.6? And I don’t get any green notification light for message alerts or such. :’( I guess I got a defective one. :/

    • keith

      No you didn’t, ganoon din sa akin

  • cess

    I’m having a problem looking 4 a case 4 dis sh*****t!!!

    • Hannah

      Yan din problem ko. Huhu. Wala ako mahanap na case. :| were you able to find one na?

  • doo

    is it compatible with viber?

  • rey

    gorilla glass and ips na po ba yung o+ 8.6?

  • jess

    may nakapag root na kya? :(

    • kiko

      gusto ko din maroot 8.6 ko :(

  • dandan

    ilan po ang usable memory nito? malaki na yung 4gb kaso syempre mababawasan pa sya ng os ng unit so ilan yung matitira?

  • Kenneth

    sa ngayon po magkano po ba yan?ngayong 2013 August]

    • reinberns

      6500

  • MJ

    my screenshot service stops running. dati nagagawa ko pang mag screenshot ngayon ayaw na. HELP!

  • Chris

    smooth po ba real racing 3 tsaka most wanted?

  • Anjon Ojena Laurente

    san meron ng jelly case ng O+ 8.6?? anyone knows??

    • xiandara :)

      Sakin kasi sa malls Lang. Yung mga nagtitinda ng chinaphones :D dun madaming jelly cases

  • don2

    ma upgrade ba ung memory nya 32gb.

  • sugz

    can i install apps and games sa sd card?

  • kim

    good day sir … 8.6 po yung model ko … panu b gmitin yung 3G connectivity nito … yung sa samsing kasi madali lng ehh

  • marc

    so very ganda talaga 8.6 po smooth gamitin

  • Angeli Dela Cruz

    bakit madali malowbat ang 8.6?ano ggawin ko?

    • tooreet

      1500 mah lang kasi xa ehh

    • xiandara :)

      Haha. Maniwala k man o Hindi, effective n gamitin ang Samsung charger :) mas mabilis mag charge at mas matagal mag low bat ^__^

  • kaye

    Paano mag screenshot? :)

    • tooreet

      uhm need to be rooted !!!???

    • Aaron Josh

      Power button + volume down simultaneously

  • momo

    pano mag screenshot?

  • Jayveeboy Fabillar

    kaya ba laruin dito ung nba2k14 ?

    • Aaron Josh

      Ung NBA 2k14 nasubukan q na po yan sa oplus 8.6 ko app not installed tops ung as nba2k13 nman crashed

  • Aaron Josh

    Grabe pano mo nalaro ung nba 2k14 sa 8.6 mo pareho naman tau ng phone saken nagcracrash san mo nadownload yan tnx

  • ffda

    matibay batong phone nato?

  • jamestuvs

    How to root this phone. Please helppp

  • jake

    ano

  • jake

    i mean ano mas maganda na camera ? 8.37 kasi dual led ?

  • Rommel Gamboa

    how to root this phone

  • ogag

    ayaw din po sa akin ng nba 2k13