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iFive Mini 3: Quad-core 7.9-inch Android Tablet for Php8,399

Looks a whole lot an iPad Mini!
Looks a whole lot an iPad Mini!

iFive Mini 3

If Apple ever decided to make an Android tablet it would probably look a little bit like this, hehe. We stumbled upon the iFive Mini 3 in a mall yesterday and we were really amazed at the likeness with the iPad Mini. It sports even the same metallic thin body and the thin bezels up front. Heck the only thing missing is the Apple logo at the back and it would pass off as an iPad Mini! Don’t get fooled though since this is Android through and through.

Here’s a quick rundown of the specifications:

iFive Mini 3 Spec Sheet

  • 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 Quad Core CPU, Rockchip RK3188 Chipset
  • Mali-400MP GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD
  • 7.9-inches capacitive IPS display (1024×768)
  • 5.0-megapixels primary camera
  • 2.0-megapixels secondary camera
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, OTG, Supports 3G Dongle
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 4100mAh Li-Ion battery

As you can see the specs, for an Android tablet, is quite respectable. We’re not too sure about the quality of the Rockchip chipset but we’ll try to get our hands on a review unit so we can run benchmarks and do a full review later on. For now we’d like to share with you guys our initial impressions.

Very Nice Hardware

The iFive Mini 3 is literally like the carbon copy of the iPad Mini. It’s thin, light, and metallic. The 7.9-inch form factor is perfect because it’s not too small but it ain’t too big either. iFive probably adopted the old mentality: “if it ain’t broke, why fix it”. Apple got it right with the Mini so no need to experiment, hehe. Just get the hardware right and stuff in Android Jelly Bean 4.2 with their custom ROM. Guess what? That’s exactly what they did! Lol.

To prove our point — we talked to the saleslady and she even told us that the iFive Mini 3 is compatible with all the cases for the iPad Mini. Wasak!

What the back looks like
What the back looks like

In terms of software the iFive Mini 3 runs on their custom ROM called iFive Skin Version 2.5. The design is quite colorful and vibrant. Functionality is also similar to iOS wherein you don’t have the app tray and they’re all laid out in the home screens (similar to Huawei’s latest Emotion skin).

We did notice though while playing with it that the upper back portion got hot rather quickly especially when we tried out some games on the device.

Full Review Soon? Hopefully!

We’ll try to get our hands on a review unit since the guys distributing this are actually the same people who brought us the THL line-up of smartphones (Novo 7 Tech).

iFive mini 3!
iFive mini 3!

The iFive Mini 3 sells for Php8,999 but the cash price is Php8,399.

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25 Comments

  1. The RK3188 is comparable to the Exynos 4412 in the Note II, having the same clock speed and the same quad-core Mali-400 GPU.

    1. RK 3188 may share the same GPU as the EXynos 4412 but Exynos chips, even the Exynos5 are still known to have major design flaws which Samsung is still trying to rectify until now to resolve the overheating issue. Aside from that a major stability flaw that causes the device to crash to a black screen state heating up and draining the battery and unable to open for hours when used for prolonged durations over 8hours. That was my personal experience with a Exynos 4412 powered device.

      On a different note, the RK3188 in the Mini3 was set to a lower clock speed at 1.6Ghz to keep the tab cool and prolong battery life. Although it was designed to run at 1.8Ghz upto 2.0Mhz.

      Any electronic device that I know of and came across with will indeed generate a higher heat signature (from the back especially where the ‘Power IC’ is located) when being used while it is charging. Although this is not really ideal since it shortens a battery’s life cycle it is also one thing that all of users cant avoid doing.

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  2. Hi I have this device just this morning, bought it in one of the trusted online stores in Philippines, it’s nice, very thin and absolutely presentable but I am kinda disappointed because I found out that it’s not compatible with instragram and I like instagram a lot but it’s not really a problem cause I also have an android phone. And also the screen is so responsive.

    1. Thanks for the info about instagram nicestufftodo. Same lang pala ng Kata Fisthtab 3. The only difference is, may sariling app store yung fishtab aside from Google Playstore kung san pwede idownload yung instagram. Baka fishtab na lang kunin ko.

      1. Okay na pala ang instagram sa ifive mini 3 pero kaylangan mo pa magdownload ng apk, search ka lang sa google ng apk format, the latest version of instagram.

  3. Bought one for my wife yesterday and indeed it was a very nice tablet. It topped all the tablets that my neighbors have … nyahahaha. One thing I liked about the tab is when you can browse the net and watch a movie (in a popup-resizable window) at the same time. 🙂 Leather cases and pouches intended for ipad mini fits in perfectly. Bought at SM SouthMall Alabang

  4. One of the best replica of ipad mini. If you have this gadget, you can also get a wireless charger and a dual usb car charger in Amazon store. Just look for CHOETECH..

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