In case you missed it, MyPhone recently launched their much-vaunted phablet, the Agua Iceberg, a quad core handset with a monstrous 5.7 inch screen. There was a lot about the MyPhone Iceberg we didn’t already know about, thanks to a number of leaks and official press releases.
While some people may find anything with a screen larger than 5 inches to be too large to comfortably use as a phone, the hype was just too much as evidenced by the large crowd that had started gathering well before the Iceberg officially went on sale.
And why not? There’s a lot to like about it. The 5.7 inch Gorilla Glass 2-protected screen is an HD IPS panel with a resolution of 720 x 1280. The resulting image is sharp and clear, despite the large size. The IPS technology also lends itself to some great color reproduction and wide viewing angles.
Of course, it’s not just about the screen as the MyPhone Agua Iceberg is powered by a 1.2GHz quad core MediaTek MT6589 processor. Coupled with a PowerVR SGX544 GPU, the Iceberg performs quite snappily when navigating through the UI or playing 3D graphics. I was able to run it on Antutu and Temple Run Oz to test its synthetic and real-world performance. Many thanks to the MyPhone Android Dev group who had the APKs handy.
One thing that I really like about the MyPhone Iceberg is that it offers some unique features that you won’t see on any other locally-branded phone. The most notable software feature is the TARA anti-theft application that monitors unsuccessful unlock attempts, sets a password expiration, encrypts your files, and even has a kill switch that renders a stolen handset useless. There’s also Clever Motion that allows the Iceberg to respond appropriately to certain gestures and motions, such as automatically answering a call when you put the phone to your ear.
The MyPhone Agua Iceberg retails for Php11,988 and was available for installment at the official launch event for Php499 a month over 24 months at 0% interest. It’s not clear though as to if the installment plan will continue to be available if you decide to buy it through official kiosks and retailers.
MyPhone Agua Iceberg Specs
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- 5.7-inch HD (1280×720) Corning Gorilla Glass 2 IPS display, ~258 ppi
- 1.2GHz quad-core MT6589 processor
- PowerVR Series 5XT GPU
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage, no microSD support
- 12-megapixel autofocus BSI main camera with LED flash
- 1080p video recording
- 5-megapixel front camera
- WiFi b/g/n, WiFi hotspot
- Bluetooth v4.0
- GPS with A-GPS
- FM Radio
- USB OTG
- Dual-SIM, Dual Standby
- Dimensions: 161 x 82.5 x 8.9 mm
- Weight: 220 g
- 2600mAh Li-Ion battery