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Obi Worldphone MV1: a good-looking phone for the budget conscious

Obi Worldphone, a relatively new company co-founded by former Apple CEO John Sculley, has unveiled a good-looking smartphone with a floating display. It’s called the MV1.

Well, the display doesn’t exactly float; it’s just positioned in a way that makes it look like it hovers. The whole thing’s still firmly attached to phone’s body, which has an iconic shape that cuts sharply at the top edge but curves ever so nicely at the bottom edge.

Despite the glamour, the Obi Worldphone MV1 is an entry-level smartphone. Its best hardware feature is its 4G LTE connectivity. The dual SIM slots may also sway some users, but the rest are rather lackluster. See for yourselves in the specs list below.

Obi Worldphone MV1 Specs

  • Android 5.1 Lollipop or Cyanogen OS 12.11
  • 5-inch IPS LCD (720×1280 HD), ~294ppi
  • 1.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 (MSM8909v2) processor
  • Adreno 304 GPU
  • 1/2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • microSD support up to 64GB
  • 8-megapixel main camera, with autofocus and LED flash
  • 2-megapixel front camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Dual microSIM with dual standby
  • 3G HSPA+, 4G LTE
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Dimensions: 145.6 x 72.6 x 8.95mm
  • Weight: 149g
  • Li-Ion 2500mAh battery

Two variants of the Obi Worldphone MV1 will be released—one powered by Android 5.1 Lollipop and the other by Cyanogen OS 12.1.1. The prices for the 1GB and 2GB models are $139 and $149 (approx. Php6,600 and Php7,080), respectively. Obi Worldphone previously launched two handsets (the SF1 and SJ1.5) here in the Philippines, so it’s likely that the MV1 will arrive here as well.

[Source: Obi Worldphone]

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