MyPhone launched the myX8 last July 2018, an entry-level smartphone that comes with a very competitive price. Spec sheet wise, can it live up to its hype?
MyPhone has been out of the market for quite a few months, and now, they are here again in these very competitive months for smartphones, trying to redeem themselves by releasing an entry level smartphone versus local brands and some international brands with higher specs.
We’re here to tell you if the MyPhone myX8 is worthy of being your next entry-level smartphone.
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Build and Design
The myX8 is generally made from plastic which makes the device cheaper for its cost of production and for the first time you get to hold the device, you will notice the heft and the thickness of the phone mainly because of the large 4,000 mAh battery. If it is made from mostly plastic, the minimal scratches are awkwardly visible and that’s fine with us because we understand the capability of the phone and its competitive price range.
The review unit we got has a shade of blue with pure black on its face. At the top, you’ll find the earpiece and the front-facing camera and sensors. At the back, the layout of the Philippine islands is very visible which is in fact one of the trademarks of MyPhone.
Like any other budget phones, the myX8 has a removable back panel which gives you access to the dual-sim tray and the microSD slot for extra storage.
For the button layout, it’s the same with other budget phones you’ll find in the market today. The volume rocker and the sleep/wake button can be found on the left side., while the microUSB port and 3.5mm headphone jack are located at the top.
The MyPhone myX8 has a 5.45-inch display with 18:9 display ratio. It has HD+ resolution which has undeniably good viewing angles even in direct sunlight. We recommend that use a screen protector, as the screen is quite prone to scratches.
The MyPhone myX8 has only 2GB RAM with 16GB internal storage but it has a unique MediaTek MT6739 processor with a faster clock speed at 1.5Ghz compared to the MT6737 with only 1.3Ghz. With this faster clock speed, you get smoother web browsing and app switching. In this case, the MT6739 will generate more performance than the MT6737 but it is still quite an underwhelming choice for a processor.
The myX8’s benchmark scores are quite common for entry level smartphones. The main notable difference here is that MyPhone upgraded its processor from their previous entry-level offerings.
The gaming performance of the myX8 is probably its weakest point. We played graphic-intensive games like PUBG Mobile, Asphalt 9 and Mobile Legends and unfortunately, we experienced screen tearing and notable delays and lag. Apart from that, less demanding games like Candy Crush Saga, Homescapes and Wordscapes are still playable in all its glory.
The user interface of the myX8 is generally customized from the stock Android 8.1 Oreo. It also has the feature to turn on the picture-in-picture mode,Being a budget phone, the myX8 has no fingerprint scanner included so you’ll have to use more traditional methods in unlocking the device via pattern or PIN code request. The speakers at the back fire with tinny sound and suffers from distortion if the volume is set to high.
At the back of the myX8 is an 8MP camera that uses Sony a IMX134 sensor. Judging from the photos we’ve taken with this camera, the quality is definitely not that good. The color production from the subject with a bright illumination has a flat dynamic range and suffers from a graininess when the subject is in low-light condition. These are our sample photos for your perusal.
The myX8’s battery is one of the best features the device has. It has a large non-removable 4,000 mAh at the back and for our daily usage, it lasts for a day before we needed to fully charge it again. While the myX8 has a large battery, it does not support fast-charging and you can fully charge it for two and a half hours via the microUSB port.
By playing the games I’ve mentioned earlier for an hour or two, the battery performance of the myX8 was almost cut in half.
Gianfranco is the co-founder of gadgetpilipinas.net. He graduated from Far Eastern University. A Psychology student turned tech-savvy. He's currently the HR Supervisor of Blip Media and one of the content producers of Gadget Pilipinas. He enjoys playing competitive video games and binge-watch American TV series.