O+ USA has been teasing its latest flagship smartphone via Facebook with the hashtags #comingsoonoplus and #oplusair, and now the wait is over. The O+ Air is finally official, boasting an octa-core processor and a 5-inch HD display.
Similar to why the iPad went with the “air” element as part of its name, the O+ Air implies a lightweight handset and a thin profile. By weighing only 115g and measuring 6.8mm at its thickest point, this phone does deliver. It doesn’t hold a new record for being the world’s thinnest smartphone, a title still being held by the Gionee Elife S5.5, but it’s nonetheless quite thin despite sporting a metal back plate.
O+ Air Specs
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- 5-inch Lumi display (720×1280 HD), ~294ppi
- 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor
- Mali-450 MP4 GPU
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal memory
- microSD support up to 32GB
- 13-megapixel main camera, with autofocus and LED flash
- 5-megapxiel front camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Dual SIM (Micro + Regular)
- 3G: HSPA+
- Dimensions: 143 x 70 x 6.8mm
- Weight: 115g
- 2000mAh battery
The O+ Air is also notable for its new Lumi display, which is made of a dual-crystal luminescent film that’s capable of producing “real life colors” without sacrificing the battery life.
As of this writing, this is still the only one of few local handsets to come preloaded with the latest Android 4.4 KitKat. That, and O+ USA also promises wireless software updates via Wi-Fi or mobile data. Apart from the O+ Innovations already found in older devices (import/export SMS, flip to silent, call-and-type, shake to answer), the O+ Air also features “peace detection” (which is probably like smile shot mode but uses the peace sign to trigger the shutter), message encryption, and anti-theft.
Anyone living in Metro Manila will be able to buy the O+ Air from O+ USA kiosks and stores there. It will sell on the first week of June at a special introductory price of Php13,995. Its regular price will be Php15,995. It comes with a free 8GB SanDisk memory card and exclusive Sennheiser earphones.