Quick CloudFone Excite Prime Review - The Beast Under 4K?

Remember the time time when the Flare S3 Octa and SKK Lynx shook our brains when they released those devices with best in class specs a year ago? This 2016, CloudFone is definitely eyeing on that type of success when they silently released the CloudFone Excite Prime, a phone that gave me the exact same excitement last 2015.
Quick CloudFone Excite Prime review
Meet CloudFone Excite Prime

Why? Have a look on the internals and build of this phone as we go thru this first look and quick review of the CloudFone Excite Prime.

CloudFone Excite Prime Specs

Display: 5.5 Inch HD IPS OGS Sharp 1280 x 720 resolution at 267 ppi
CPU: 1.4 GHz MT6592m octa core processor
GPU: Mali 450
RAM: 2 GB
ROM: 16 GB expandable via micro SD card slot up to 32 GB
Rear Camera: 13 MP Omnivision OV13850 sensor w/ LED flash
Selfie Camera: 5 MP OV5648 sensor
Battery: 2,820 mAh Li Pol
OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, dual SIM
Others: Free Spotify Edition earphones, back cover case
Price: 3,999 Pesos


Build Quality / Design

CloudFone Excite Prime parts
Dissected! To show that the parts they're using are LEGIT
CloudFone Excite Prime faux leather back
The plastic faux leather back cover of the phone
Also visible here is the camera, single LED flash and speakers below

Moving to the build quality of the phone. The CloudFone Excite Prime is built like an 8,000 Pesos phone just a year back. It's made out of an all metal frame with faux leather back cover that reminds me of a bigger MyPhone My36 as a whole. The Sharp made screen on the other hand might need some sort of tempered glass or screen protection as it doesn't have any protective coating.
3.5 mm jack placement
3.5 mm jack on top
Mic and micro USB port placement
There's a single microphone below together with the micro USB port
Power button and volume rocker location
The chrome like power button and volume rocker on the right side

Design-wise we love the way that they presented this device. The leather like back cover doesn't only provide good grip, but also some added fierceness to the looks of the phone. Also, the glossy metal sides were a bit too flashy in my opinion and the screen have that a tad thick bezels, but that's just nitpicking on my part.  To sum it up the phone just a bit thicker that my liking, but in totality, I'm definitely impressed with the way CloudFone made this budget handset.

Note: There's also an LED notification found with this phone

Display Quality

Viewing angle of CloudFone Excite Prime
Beautiful screen of the Excite Prime

For a budget phablet, this is the best screen I've seen yet. It utilizes a 5.5 Inch HD IPS OGS 1280 x 720 resolution at 267 ppi screen with 5 points of multi touch made by Sharp that gives you pretty decent balanced tone. The OGS screen also made the device have decent viewing angles and a little bit brighter than we're used to at this budget. We're just not that sure though on how well it will perform under direct sunlight.
5 points of multi touch
5 points of multi touch!

Sample Shots

CloudFone Excite Prime sample photo
Check out the sharpness of this camera considering that's its a 4,000 Pesos phone
Shows colors
This is an under dim light shot
CloudFone Excite Prime close up shot
Macro shot showing decent background blur
Front camera test
Impressive wide angled selfie camera sample

The Excite Prime utilizes a 13 MP / 5 MP back and front camera combination that's not commonly on a sub 4K smartphone.

The rear camera, the 13 MP rear camera used by CloudFone here is the Ominivision OV13850, the same sensor used by Lenovo A7000 Plus. It was able to provide good shutter speed with familiar MyPhone Infinity 2 Lite controls.

In front the 5 MP OV5648 selfie sensor is also impressive as it can deliver clear wide angled shots with pretty acceptable details.

Overall, the cameras has nice tonal balance but might be a bit under-saturated for some. But, for a super budget phone that goes with good specs, this is one of the best under 5K that I ever tried.

Specs and Features Analysis

Antutu benchmark
The Antutu score of the phone

As we go forward with the internals of the device, what CloudFone did here is massive, as this is the first time that we saw this type of configuration on an under 4K phone. It boast the bit dated but still efficient 1.4 GHz MT6592m octa core chip by MediaTek, Mali 450 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. The device also has a pretty large storage at 16 GB for this price point that's expandable to 32 GB.
Was able to run 2K14
Unfortunately due to the constraints, weren't able to test many games here, except for the older NBA 2K14 that runs decently

Rated at 2,820 mAh of real battery capacity and just HD resolution, I'm expecting the Excite Prime to be a decent one that can give most moderate and casual users enough juice to last you a day of battery life. What I liked there is they used the Li Pol tech that makes it denser, instead of the usual Li-Ion batteries.

Overall those specs is good enough to give you pleasing performance that rarely lags as long as you're not opening tons of apps especially the heavy ones that can even run some heavy games. Impressive!

CloudFone also resorted to the UI preference of some people that doesn't have an app drawer ala iOS style. They were able to make it clean and look modern as well which can definitely entice most users. 

Note: The CloudFone Excite Prime also goes with smart (drawing letters as a shortcut to camera, music player, message and lock) and smart gestures (clever motion, double tap to wake, upset silent and flip to snooze) features.

As of the moment

The CloudFone Excite Prime is the best device we were able to hold under 4K Pesos so far. It was able to combine great build quality and  best in class specs never before seen at this price point. For the first quarter of 2016, this phone is a must have on a tight budget.

We'll try to complete the rest of the missing details soon. Watch out!

Update: The said device is now available on sale: Click Here!

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