Sunday, February 9, 2014

SKK Mobile GLIMPSE 3G Specs, Unboxing and Hands ON Review

A premium looking, sleek, compact and lightweight SKK Mobile GLIMPSE 3G - powered by MT6572 power efficient Cortex-A7 dual core CPU, 512 MB RAM, running on Android 4.2.2 JB OS on 4.0" display for P2,999 only.

Both GLIMPSE 3G and WIND are latest affordable dual core powered Android phone from SKK Mobile for budget conscious Pinoy consumers who wants to enhance communication either by texting, calling and connecting to social network via 3G/HSPA+ internet connectivity.

Furthermore, with dual core power efficient processor, MALI 400 GPU and Android Jelly Bean OS, it will enable you to do multi-tasking and play games smoothly at affordable price of P2,999.

Let's us see what SKK Mobile GLIMPSE 3G has to offer, below are my unboxing and full review.


What's in the Box?

1. SKK Mobile GLIMPSE 3G Handset
2. USB Charger and micro-USB cable
3. Headset, Manual and Warranty Certificate


SKK Mobile GLIMPSE 3G Price, Features and Specs

Price: P2,999
Features: Dual SIM (regular + regular, both are 3G), Dual Standby, and FM Radio
Physical Design: Bar type, power and volume keys and ~9 mm slim
CPU: 1.0 GHz MT6572 dual core processor (based on AnTuTu Benchmark result)
GPU: MALI 400MP
OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean - JB
Screen: 4.0" WVGA 2 point Multi-Touchscreen
Resolution: 800 x 480 pixels
Pixel per Inch: 233 ppi
RAM: 512 MB
Internal Memory: 4 GB (2.1 GB user available) expandable up to 32 GB via microSD
Camera: 2 MP rear and VGA front camera
Sensors: Accelerometer
Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm Audio Jack port, GPS, WiFi Hotspot and 3G/HSPA+ capable
AnTuTu/Quadrant Benchmark Score: 9,578 ver 4.1.7
Battery: Li-Ion 1400 mAh
Colors: Black, White, Royal Blue and Pink
Availability/Released Date: Already in the market



SKK Mobile GLIMPSE 3G Unboxing and Hands ON Review

SKK Mobile GLIMPSE 3G Unboxing includes GLIMPSE 3G handset, headset, microUSB cable, USB charger, manual and warranty certificate and handset box.

I'll be reviewing SKK Mobile's latest GLIMPSE 3G Android phone based on the following categories below.

What's my first impression? It's premium looking, smooth user interface (UI), compact, lightweight, approximately 9 mm slim and Huawei Ascend P6 "look-a-like".


1. Price: 4.8/5

SKK Mobile GLIMPSE 3G is one of the cheapest Android phone currently in the market today powered by dual core CPU, 512 MB RAM, Android 4.2 JB OS, 4 GB internal memory and 4.0" display specs combo.

If you are looking for Android phones more affordable than P2,999, you can go with SKK Mobile NEO 3G, DREAM, CHARM and GLIMPSE.


2. Physical Design: 4.8/5

SKK Mobile GLIMPSE 3G premium looking, compact, solid build and 9 mm slim will definitely make an impressive impression to Pinoy techie consumers. With curved edge at the bottom along Menu, Home and Back soft capacitive buttons, Volume keys at the upper right side, call receiver at the upper part and front camera, a must have for those who are looking for stylish Android phone at affordable price.


GLIMPSE 3G back part houses for 2 regular SIM slot, microSD card slot, speaker, 3.5 mm audio jack port just above the speaker and beside micro-USB port, 2 MP rear camera and for 1400 Li-Ion battery. The back cover design and cosmetic is finely crafted making it an expensive looking Android gadget.

3. Display: 4.2/5

GLIMPSE 3G boost a 4-inches 800 x 480 pixels resolution display with 2 point multi-touchscreen. It is not IPS (In Plane Switching) by looking it at different angles and comparing it to an IPS Android phone. The display size is enough to enjoy games and multimedia and also take note, display is one of the most expensive part of smartphone so, don't expect too much.

Resolution: 800 x 480 pixels
Pixel per Inch: 233 ppi
Dead Pixels: NONE
Multi-Touchscreen: 2-point
Screen Responsiveness: average fast


4. Performance and Benchmark Scores: 4.5/5

SKK Mobile GLIMPSE 3G register a score of 9,578 on AnTuTu and 2,573 on Quadrant benchmark tools.  Both measures CPU, GPU and I/O performance, the higher the score, the better.


When it comes to browsing and CPU subsystem performance, GLIMPSE 3G register a score of 1,530 on HTML 5 and 453 on METAL Vellamo Benchmark. The higher the score, the better.


To measure GPU performance or graphics performance, GLIMPSE 3G hit a score of 37.9 fps (frame per second) on Nenamark2 Benchmark. The higher the score, the better.

Power On: ~ 25 seconds
Shutdown: ~ 5 seconds
CPU: Up to 1.0 GHz MT6572 dual core processor (based on AnTuTu, Quadrant, CPU-Z and Vellamo benchmark tools)
OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system
Graphics Processing Unit: MALI 400MP GPU
AnTuTu Benchmark Score: 9,578 version 4.1.7
Quadrant Benchmark Score: 2,573 version 2.1.1
Vellamo Mobile Benchmark Score: HTML 5 - 1,530, Metal - 453, version 2.0.3
NenaMark2: 37.9 fps version 2.4
User Interface (UI): Upon first boot up of the unit, I notice the new bluish wallpaper logo of SKK and UI is smooth and buttery without lags. On the MENU, there are four options (manage screen, manage apps, wallpaper - you can try video wallpaper and system settings). In addition, by pressing the HOME button for 2 seconds to see your Recent Apps, there is an option for (one key clean - to free some memory and task manager).


5. Camera: 4.0/5

GLIMPSE 3G 2 MP camera features face detection, 40 and 99 continuous shot and EIS for video recording. On the settings, you have the option to chance the scene mode, color effect and exposure.

Rear Camera: 2 MP
Flash: None
Autofocus: None
Zoom: up to 4x
Performance/ Sample Pictures: GLIMPSE 3G 2MP camera lens is enough to capture your memorable moment with average quality. Taking picture is speedy and easy as two clicks. Below are sample photos.

MACRO SHOT (Outdoor)



MID SHOT



LONG SHOT

A hectare of ricefield ready for planting rice along Mt. Makiling.

Front Camera: VGA
Autofocus: None
Zoom: up to 4x
Performance: Pictures are of average quality on a good lighting.


6. Multimedia and Games: 4.5/5

GLIMPSE 3G can play a lot of casual Android games, Shadowgun: Deadzone and Dead Trigger 2 are also playable.

Music: .mp3 and .mp4 are playable
Video/Movies: supports .mp4, .avi and 1080p movies
Audio: average loudness and quality
Games: Compatible with Zombie Tsunami, Temple Run 2, Candy Crush, Inotia 4, Castle Clash, Brave Frontier, Hello Hero and Plants vs Zombies 2 without lags. Shadowgun: Deadzone and Dead Trigger 2 are all playable.
Pre-Installed Apps: Facebook, Opera Mini and Google Playstore.
Compatible Apps: Avast Antivirus and Kingsoft Office


7. Connectivity and Functionality: 4.8/5

Dual SIM: Yes, working on Globe and TNT. Both SIM 1 and SIM 2 can be set to 3G
Texting: working fine
Call: working very clear
LED Notification: NONE for SMS and charging status
Bluetooth: it's working, I successfully transferred pictures to other Android phones
WiFi: blazing fast
WiFi HotSpot: working very fast
3G/HSPA+: both SIM 1 and SIM 2 are capable and working fast
GPS: it's working, your companion if your travelling
FM Radio: working with nice reception, need a headset to work
Micro-USB: working good either on charging or PC
MicroSD card slot: working fine with 2 GB and 8 GB
USB OTG (On the Go): not supported
Sensors: Accelerometer is working just fine
How to Screenshot/Printscreen: Simultaneously press Power and Volume(-) button for 2 seconds until you hear the shutter sound.


8. Accessories: 4.0/5

Manual: It's very detailed, a must read before using you Android phone
Headset: Working good
USB Charger: Working fine
MicroUSB cable: Long enough, more than 4.5 feet
MicroSD card: Not included
Screen Protector: Not included


9. Battery: 4.0/5

GLIMPSE 3G is fueled by 1400 mAh battery and powered by dual core Cortex-A7 power efficient CPU. How long do you think will it last when using it on WiFi and 3G? Below are my battery test, display brightness is set to 1/3 with 1 SIM card onboard.

Note: Results are all approximation and will vary at different settings and screen brightness.

Call (using headset): 25 hrs.
Texting (moderate): 17.5 hrs.
Internet on WiFi: 5.56 hrs.
Internet on 3G: 4.76 hrs
Watching Movie (1080p): 4.55 hrs
Games (Zombie Tsunami): 5 hrs.
FM Radio: 10 hrs.
Playing Music (.mp3): 10 hrs.

Charging Time: ~ 2 hrs.
Charger Specs:
Input: AC 100-240V, 50-60 Hz, 150 mA
Output: DC 5V, 650 mA


10. Durability: 4.6/5

GLIMPSE 3G body has a compact and solid build quality. There is a minimum gaps on the phone design either side by side and even on corners. Dust and dirt will be having a hard time getting inside your phone except on microphone, micro-USB and 3.5 mm audio jack port (which are open).

Since I removed the thin screen film that protects the display and for 2 weeks of usual usage, I don't see any light scratches as of now. To protect the display in the long run from daily bumps and accidental deep scratches of everyday life - you should buy it with screen protector.

Moreover, take extra measure when handling the unit to prevent it from dropping due to smooth surfaces. It comes with 1 year limited warranty.

Updated: (as of November 1, 2014)

After more than 8 months or 264 days, the OS and device are very stable as of now, some hang up and lags are encountered so far but already returned to normal. I'll keep you updated from time to time so, stay tuned.


11. Defects/Bugs and Improvement: 3.7/5

As I already said, OS (operating system) is very stable and these are the things that I noticed and need some improvements.

The micro-USB port is not properly fitted to the body or housing (I hope this is an isolated case) and sometimes the gallery cannot access the pictures/files on microSD card for a while (you have to wait for a minute or more, maybe due to large files).

Other improvements are upgrade of rear camera to 5 MP, CPU clocked up to 1.2 GHz, enable lights on capacitive buttons (Menu, Home, Back), a higher battery capacity of 1500 mAh and above and better charger.


12. Final Rating/Score: 4.35/5

I gave high scores to GLIMPSE 3G price, design and connectivity. Screen, camera and battery can be improved but I think it will come at a price. 

Overall, SKK Mobile GLIMPSE 3G strong points are affordability, design and connectivity (WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G/HSPA+, GPS, WiFi Hotspot and FM Radio).

A must have gadget for consumers who are looking for entry level Android smartphone on the tight budget but still wants to enjoy texting, calling, fast internet, games and multimedia.

"Absolutely a value for money and stylish gadget that will enhanced your communication on your everyday task"


Sources:
SKK Mobile Facebook
SKK Mobile Official Site



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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

available po ba yan sa Apalit, Pampanga?

Anonymous said...

meron bang ganyan dito sa GENSAN maam/sir ?

eunice pantaleon said...

my glimpse dont have a 3g system in the mobile networks...can you help me how to activate it..


thank you..

GbSb said...

GLIMPSE 3G po ba ang gadget mo or GLIMPSE/GLIMPSE 2 lang po?

eunice pantaleon said...

dalawa po ba yung glimpse?

eunice pantaleon said...

glimpse 2 lang po ata yun!!!

eunice pantaleon said...

may paraan po ba para maactivate ko yung 3g po? o restricted po talaga sya sa glimpse 2.. salamat po..

GbSb said...

3 po ang GLIMPSE, namely GLIMPSE/GLIMPSE 2 and GLIMPSE 3G. If you want 3G capable, pick GLIMPSE 3G.

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