CloudFone Thrill HD Impressions - Great Marshmallow Experience Under 3K!

Recently, CloudFone changed their company direction for the better. One of the fruition of that initiative is to provide the masses not only with phones with good specs on a super tight budget, but also with something durable and inspirational as well. The Thrill Lite and Thrill HD are those phones, devices with extra durable metal clad bodies and the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system that's also stylish at the same time.
CloudFone Thrill HD Impressions
Here's CloudFone Thrill HD in person


Related: CloudFone Thrill Plus Teased, Highlights 5.5 Inch Sharp LCD And Dual Front Speakers On A Budget!

Recently, I was able to hold the Thril HD for quite sometime and here's what we think about it on first look.

CloudFone Thrill HD Specs

Display: 5 Inch HD IPS 1280 x 720 resolution at 294 ppi
CPU: 1.3 GHz MT6580 quad core processor
GPU: Mali 400
RAM: 1 GB
ROM: 8 GB expandable via micro SD card slot up to 64 GB
Rear Camera: 8 MP
Selfie Camera: 2 MP
Battery: 2,000 mAh
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, dual SIM
Others: Free Spotify Edition earphones, back cover case
Price: 2,999 Pesos

Build Quality / Design

Metal back cover of CloudFone Thrill HD
The metal back cover of the Thrill HD

CloudFone managed to incorporate something uncommon for the low asking price, this phone is made out of durable metal metal materials. Assuring that its really made out of metal is its added weight, as this one feels heavier than most devices with the same size of different materials.
Micro USB and 3.5 mm port
On top there's the part where you can open the phone, the 3.5 mm jack, micro USB port
View below
Below, visible is the microphone part and the capacitive keys without backlit
Buttons on the side
The power button and volume rocker on the right side

Aside from that the texture feels really hard enough that can even survive several hard drop test. Even the buttons is made out of the same material of the back cover. The 5 inch glass screen on the other hand doesn't have protection so there might be a need with  but the good thing here is CloudFone added a good quality case as well.
Back cover
The stylish back cover of the phone

Going to the design, the Thrill HD looks better than most I was able to hold on a similar price bracket. It also comes with rounded corners that looks stylish and easy to hold as well. This phone also goes with gold, silver, grey and rose gold colors to choose from.

Update: This phone has LED notification

Display Quality

CloudFone Thrill HD screen
The pretty nice display of the phone

Thrill HD features a 5 inch HD screen with 1280 x 720 resolution which is sharp and good enough to view most the images and videos in a pleasing way specially at this screen size.

Then of course you should not expect CloudFone Prime level of screen as they viewing angles isn't that good as the gap between the panel and glass a bit too wide. Anyway it's still a good display specially for this price that has an adaptive tech and is also bright enough for the price.

Sample Shots

CloudFone Thrill HD sample shot
Sample shot with good lighting (sharper than what I expected)
Dim light
Another dim light shot showing decent colors
CloudFone Thrill HD selfie sample
Take a look at this selfie, I never saw anything under 3K with this level of quality

Specs and features analysis

The rest of the specs is pretty normal from what we saw from the best of MyPhone and Cherry Mobile, but CloudFone has something here that most the other brands don't have. They're using the MediaTek Chip instead of the Spreadtrum that's more stable and mature as a processor based on our experience.

The other surprise here is the CloudFone Thrill HD is one of the two first smartphones aside from the Thrill Lite to rock the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system that's more refined as a whole compared with Lollipop.

Overall, while I'm just assuming for now due to the limited time I had with the unit. The overall internals that they placed inside the device makes it a decent everyday entry level device that won't disappoint non-heavy users.


As of the moment

The CloudFone Thrill HD is something that you'll want to have on a sub 3K phone. The camera is truly surprising, the build quality is never before seen for a cheap phone like this and the overall and user experience is actually quite okay. Not to mention that this runs on the newer Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. Another winner!

We'll complete the rest of the details as soon as we get our actual review unit.

What do you think guys?
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