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MyPhone Agua Infinity Review: One of the Best Octa-Cores in the Market Today

Our full review of the MyPhone Agua Infinity!
Our full review of the MyPhone Agua Infinity!

MyPhone’s First Octa-core Offering Reviewed

MyPhone definitely took their sweet time in coming up with an octa-core powered smartphone. Other brands already had a product out a few months back. Their decision to wait though turned out to be a great decision since based on our testing this is arguably one of the best in the field to date.

Here are the specifications again for your reference.

MyPhone Infinity specs

  • 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor
  • Mali 450MP GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 5-inch IPS full HD display, Corning Gorilla Glass 2, 1080Γ—1920 resolution
  • 16GB internal storage, non-expandable
  • 16-megapixel main camera, with autofocus and LED flash
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • Dual SIM, dual standby
  • 3G, HSPA+
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, USB OTG
  • 2350mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • SRP: Php12,999

>>> See Also: MyPhone Agua Infinity Unboxing and Initial Review

Priced at Php12,999, the MyPhone Agua Infinity is one of the more affordable octa-core devices out there. Granted there are more cheaper ones below Php10,000, they sport generic plastic shells and lower-end displays. The Infinity doesn’t make any compromises with the hardware and design.

The Illegitimate Kid of the iPhone and Sony Xperia?

Like what we mentioned in our initial hands-on post, the MyPhone Agua Infinity takes a lot of inspiration from the more popular iPhone from Apple and the Xperia Z by Sony. The most striking feature with the design and the hardware is the dual-glass panel set-up (similar to the Xperia Z).

Front and back covered by glass
Front and back covered by glass

While the glass set-up looks amazing, it does have some issues. For one there’s a tendency for dirt to get stuck in between the glass and the crevices of the sides of the phone. Next the panels are just crazy fingerprint smudge magnets. If you’re the OC type make sure you have a case for the back or always pack a cleaning cloth with you.

Along the sides of the device we found two micro-SIM card trays which can be opened via a pin key included in the box. There are also three black ceramic covered buttons for the power lock and volume controls. Micro-USB port and speaker grill were at the bottom while the headphone jack was at the usual spot on top.

The dreaded iPhone 4 antenna gate line
The dreaded iPhone 4 antenna gate line

The MyPhone Infinity also uses the same metallic band antenna set-up as the iPhone 4. While doing this lets the phone be very thin, compact, and portable, it also has an issue. If you cover the line on the upper left side you’ll actually lose signal. Fortunately this will only be a problem if you don’t use a case or if you have big hands that can cover the sides if you don’t. It’s not that much of a problem though like the iPhone 4 since the MyPhone Agua Infinity sports a bigger 5.0-inch display which puts the line out of the usual palm size. In short you’ll only experience the dead signal if you intentionally cover it.

Over-all when it comes to hardware and design, it boils down to personal preference. If you like aluminum clad devices then there are other octa-core phones out there for you. However if you’d like something incredibly slim with dual-glass layers, then the MyPhone Agua Infinity is definitely your top pick from the current crop of octa-core smartphones.

Octa-core Through and Through

MyPhone Infinity c

The MyPhone Infinity’s octa-core processor and 2GB RAM can power through pretty much everything you throw at it. We tried a variety of apps including the usual ones like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Mail, Messaging, Calendar, Dropbox, and more. All of them worked without any issues. For the more hardcore apps like games, the MyPhone Infinity was also able to hold its own. We played a bunch of games from GameLoft (mostly characters from the Avengers) and the usual testing game titles like Dead Trigger 2, Wild Blood, and Bard’s Tale.

Gaming beast.
Gaming beast.
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Don’t forget to follow us @unboxph

The gorgeous full HD 5.0-inch display of the phone truly shines when you do movies, browsing, or gaming. However just like other octa-core powered smartphones with full HD displays, it still suffers from minor lags and delays. This is, in all honesty, crazy frustrating because you’d think that by having 8 cores already you could eliminate lag from full HD displays. Apparently that’s not the case yet and we’ll just have to wait for MediaTek to come up with a more powerful processor soon.

Camera: MyPhone Finally Nails It

We’ve always been very critical of the quality of the cameras used by MyPhone. We weren’t happy with the quality of the photo output with their earlier flagships like the Iceberg, Vortex, and even the Iceberg Mini. It looks like they finally nailed it though with the camera module in the Infinity!

Here are some sample shots for your reference. We took these in not-so-good lighting conditions and they still turned out pretty nice. Hopefully MyPhone uses the same (or even better) camera module with their succeeding smartphones.

Meet our ragdoll cat, Phoebe!
Meet our ragdoll cat, Phoebe!
Meet our persian cat, Tiffy!
Meet our persian cat, Tiffy!
War Machine die-cast 1/6th scale figure
War Machine die-cast 1/6th scale figure
FOODS!
FOODS!

Two thumbs up MyPhone!

All the Other Stuff

Here’s a quick rundown of the other observations we had about the phone. Note that we used this as one of our main smartphones in the last two weeks.

  • Battery life was average. We got around 8-9 hours with 3G/HSPA+ on. Much longer without it. Nothing really special.
  • External speakers were a bit weak.
  • Call quality was great. Other line was very clear almost all the time.
  • Lack of micro SD was a bummer but the USB OTG option was very helpful. Great when we wanted to watch movies from our hard drive.
  • The camera module protudes forward too much. Better to have a case for this. Fortunately you get two free ones (flip and back).

Verdict: A Very Strong Octa-core Contender

Ayus!
Ayus!

The MyPhone Infinity delivers everything you can get from an octa-core smartphone in an elegantly crafted body. It’s the type of phone that can turn heads and can have people scratching their heads when you tell them it’s a local brand. Even better is the fact that priced at Ph12,999 it’s very competitive against other octa-core smartphones.

Our only gripe with it is really something that MyPhone can’t fix yet. The MediaTek octa-core processor just can’t flawlessly and fully handle full HD displays. There’s no getting around the fact that we’ve tried and tested almost all the octa-core smartphones out there and that all of them with full HD displays suffer from the same problem.

So yes, MediaTek, we’re looking at you. Please come up with an even more powerful processor that can handle Full HD. If not then we would encourage local companies to start shopping around for alternatives for their next flagship.

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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25 Comments

  1. YONIP dev team lng katapat ng lags nito^^ isang IOS7 rom lng toh.. then POOF! πŸ™‚ nice review.

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  2. Hi sir can you pls. compare CM cosmos z2 and this phone? thank you so much. Kasi nalilito ako kung sino sa kanila ang bibilhin ko. The most important to me is the 3g pick up kasi on the go ako lage and i’m working online. More on skype ang gamit and also the camera matters to me most. So what can you suggest sir ?thank you so much.

    1. I think you should go for this one — all-in-all. CM doesn’t offer satisfactory after sales; just in case you do have some problems to your device.

  3. guys, dapat standard na mga post nyo. dimensions, dimensions, dimensions! tsk.

    manipis daw sya, around 7.3 mm

  4. Meh.

    I”m conflicted whether to be happy that local brands are trying their best to diversify the market or be disappointed that this you call as “flagship” is just another rebranded mass-produced Chinese phone with dubious quality & little to no R&D. Search for Micromax Canvas Knight and you’ll see what I mean.

    1. LOL’s,,, di yan rebranded,, myphone talaga brand yan pagkalabas pa lang,, same lang sila ng pabrika kung saan ginawa,, micromax,,myphone,, at Blue,,,

      1. They all have the same specs…its rebranded. Nothing is wrong with rebranding. You have no idea on how much it cost to boot a phone blue prints from bottom to top. They just tweak some of the specs to differ it with the other releases.

  5. Hi. I just want to ask. I’m planning to buy a smartphone but I don’t really know which one to buy. I’m using an iphone but I want to switch to android and dual sim…. I’m thinking between My phone infinity, LG g2 mini, Xperia C and Samsung win/core. Prices kasi are about just the same and I’ve heard na lahat sila dual sim. I just want something na friendly sa pagmanage ng contacts and browsing, madaling intindihin, can store past messages without needing to delete it, with a proper camera,music and video playing. Any recommendations regarding which one is better or any other smartphone recommendations within that price range. Super thank you po :).

    1. Hi.. I suggest remove Samsung WIN to your option πŸ™‚
      I own one. Mabagal siya eh. Camera is not so great too.. I suggest eto na lang piliin mo .. mas better πŸ™‚ sa bf ko kasi eto phone nya and mas gusto ko sya kesa sa Samsung Win ko.

  6. Sir Carlo, I’m hoping the next time you’ll review a smartphone you’ll include its sensors, after all a smartphone can’t be called smart if it weren’t for its sensors.
    Like in Kata i3, I’ve read that it has a lot of sensors, though you were not able to label what are those. I just want to compare how they differ in that category.
    If it weren’t for the sensors, and how many clever functions a phone can perform, a smartphone would just be a gaming-camera-phone.

  7. Hi!Ive been looking for this myphone infinity unit here in Cebu but all of our sales centre here dont have any stock.I really wanna buy this phone desperately.I dont wanna place an order online coz I really cant trust the durability of online items.Please need a help:(

    1. I suggest u to buy at Lazada. U can trust them. Nkaka order na ko sa kanila. And so far no issues naman about their product.

  8. Hi — i just got myphone infinity last June 3. And i can say that for it’s price and performance – i am satisfied and amazed. I have to admit that when it comes to purchasing gadgets i have great faith on high end brands with powerful specs no matter how much it may cost but believe me — this is really a great value for your money. BTW, I do believe that you cannot have everything in one package, so i don’t mind having several phones/gadgets in case the other one needs recharging and extra memory. Octacore, 16mb cam, dual-sim, very slim –can’t get any better than this for an everyday phone. πŸ™‚

  9. Question po para sa MyPhone Infinity User:

    Ready ba sa 3G Services ang sim1 and sim2 ng Infinity?

    Pwede ba na gamitin ung sim1 or sim2 sa mobile data connection with 3G/H+ Services?

  10. HELLO!! sobrang gusto ko to, base sa mag features and comments nyo. kaso natatakot parin ako bumili ng gantong brand baka kasi mabilis masira… can u pls help me to decide? HTC DESIRE EYE, HUAWEI P7 or this one?

    1. hi .. sobrang matibay po ang myphone .. subok ko na po siya .. i’m using myphone agua cyclone within 2years .. ilang beses na din siyang nahulog .. mostly sa double deck ko πŸ™‚ twice na din siyang nalubog sa tubig but still its running in good condition parin .. sobrang tibay ..
      ngayon i’m planning to buy this another super model ng myphone which is yung myphone agua infinty ..
      subukan niyo din po ang gawa ng pinoy πŸ™‚ promise hindi kayo magsisisi sa myphone .. just like me πŸ™‚
      masasatisfy din po kayo once na natry niyo na siya ..

  11. sayang naman walang micro sd support :3 almost perfect na sana kase nakita ko na to at na-explore in person but I didn’t notice na wala palang sd support. :3 :/ 16gb internal memory is not enough to support all the apps I need. πŸ™ :/

  12. hey, im user of infinity for two years. wala naman akong masabi but, the unexpected incident last sept 24 2015 the charging pin is not working then i immediately go to the nearest service center to fix my problem after 1 month my unit was release then suddenly it happen yesterday my charging pin was not working agian. please help me what the other remedy for this. thanks

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