Friday, May 23, 2014

Allview Is Launching X2 Soul, The Thinnest Smartphone, On The European Market

If you are completely immersed in big handset brands, then there might be a chance that some worthy but lesser known handsets may have slipped passed your radar. While BLU Products may have the U.S. market covered with beautiful and affordable handsets, Romanian brand Allview is making quite a ding in the European market. Their latest offering is this super sleek Allview X2 Soul which touted as the thinnest smartphone in the European market.

Ok, granted that it is not the cheapest handset to grace the EU market, but still at €333 (about US$455) without contract obligation does put it in the mid-range price point. However, you have to dig under the skin to find out, at least on paper, its real worth and in this case, it is really quite ‘up there’ and we’d say it is comparable if not better than current flagships that major players have to offer today.

The X2 Soul has a 5-inch Super AMOLED Full HD display (multi-touch, naturally) slapped onto an unibody design that consists of 98 percent metal and glass, with both faces protected by ultra-thin Corning Gorilla Glass 3. All told, the X2 Soul has a pretty impressive profile of just 5.55mm thin. Though not crazy thin, it is still something to behold. Power comes from MediaTek MT6592 System-on-Chip which comprises of a 1.7GHz octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor and ARM Mali 450 GPU, backed by 2GB of system RAM. Onboard storage is 16GB and it has a 13MP IMX 135 main camera, with autofocus and LED flash, naturally and a 5MP front-facing camera boasting 95-degree ultra-wide angle to please selfie and group selfie enthusiasts.

It also packs a 2,300 mAh battery pack offering up to 10 hours of talk time and has an onboard audio amplifier with DTS capability too. Interestingly, the software features a Guest Mode that, presumably, restrict access to your phone by others, say for example, when you lend it to your friend to explore. Unfortunately, details of the software is next to nothing and we don’t even know what version of Android it will be running on (but it will definitely be skinned).

Anyway, if this handset had you at hello, you can put down 333 euros to pre-order one and expect shipment to kick off in June 10 and July 15 for the Black and White model, respectively.


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