I was fortunate to have been invited to attend the Yahoo TechnoStorm media event on the first day of the expo so it was easy for me to jump to the MyPhone booth afterward and grab some hands on pics of the much-awaited Iceberg Mini. It sports some of the best internals that can be found on a locally branded phone, but what does it handle like in person? Read on for my hands on impressions.
Design and Construction
The MyPhone Iceberg Mini features an aluminum body that feels very light in the hand. The lightness is comparable to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and you just don’t expect a phone of this size to feel so light. Thankfully, there weren’t any noticeable gaps or flexing when I pressed on the unit, so I’ll say the construction is pretty good despite the lightness.
The 5 inch Full HD IPS OGS display is easily the best hardware feature of the MyPhone Iceberg Mini. And it’s not just because the image quality is so good. The OGS construction eliminates the air gap between the actual display and the protective glass, bringing the image much closer to the surface. It’s barely noticeable until you view it from a really extreme angle, but it really does add to that premium feel.
The Iceberg Mini is powered by a 1.5GHz quad core MediaTek MT6589T CPU coupled with a PowerVR SGX 544 GPU that’s been overclocked to 357MHz. The performance of the two combines to provide a buttery smooth user experience when navigating through the UI and launching different apps. I wasn’t able to test it on any games or benchmark apps though, but those of you who are familiar enough with the MT6589T platform should be confident enough in its overall performance.
The MediaTek MT6589T SoC is a proven platform that powers many of the best locally branded smartphones with Full HD displays. When you encase it with a lightweight aluminum body and slick yet understated paint job, you’ve got a pretty good phone right there. At Php12,888, the price point is a little worrisome, not because it’s expensive, but because people start looking at more established international brands like Samsung and LG once you start going above Php10k.
MyPhone Iceberg Mini Specs
- 5″ Full HD IPS display (1080 x 1920 resolution, 441ppi)
- 1.5GHz quad core MediaTek MT6589T
- 357MHz PowerVR SGX 544 GPU
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage
- 13mp rear-facing autofocus BSI camera
- 5mp front fixed focus BSI camera
- WiFi b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- GPS with A-GPS
- Battery: 2,000mAh
- Price: Php12,888