Flash Plus 2 Review - The Best In Its Class Yet!
|Flash Plus 2 review|
Related: Flash Plus 2 With 3 GB RAM / 32 GB ROM Review - The Best In Its Class Made Better!
Disclaimer: This review unit was borrowed from Lazada Philippines for an honest review
Flash Plus 2 Specs
Note 2: The 2 GB RAM / 16 GB ROM variant is now on sale for 5,990 Pesos only!
Unboxing / Accessories
|The new good looking box|
Build Quality / Design
|Metal clad removable back cover (battery is non removable)|
|Top view (mic and audio jack)|
|Bottom look (micro USB port and another mic)|
|Volume rocker and power button at right|
The device is also pretty slim, nicely sized for your pockets and has that good slanting curve at the back with exquisite looking wire drawings.
The Flash Plus 2 is one of the best looking and better built affordable phone that feels great to hold.
Update: There's also an white colored LED notification on top
|Great type of screen here (slightly slimmer bezels than the ZenFone 2 series)|
The experience was mostly good, the colors were correct and nicely toned considering the price.
Update: This phone also has BluLight Defender feature for eyecare, has dynamic contrast for video enhancements and adjustable color tones.
|It pairs well with most type of earphones and headphones|
One of the things that this phone highlights is its "HiFi" audio capability with it use of a real dedicated DAC, AMP and "good type" of dual speakers at the back. Were it able to deliver the tunes we wanted? Here's our take.
The bass response was fairly detailed and accurate, has good speedy slams and tightness. It's bassy, but not to the level of other smartphones that has too much and distorted bass response.It even had good bass control that doesn't have bleeding in the mids. To end the bass department, this goes with sweet sub-bass decay when needed.
It's one of more musically refined and properly tuned affordable smartphone in the market today.
For example, my power hungry Havi B3 Pro 1 needs at 90-100% volume to shine. With normal sets with low impedance like our RHA S500i, I'll also require at least 60-70% volume to get that nice tunes.
When used for recording videos and or voices plainly, we were quite pleased with the experience as it was able to capture your surrounding well. Not on the level of Lumia 930 and Nexus 6P, but it's decent enough.
|Battery life test in w/ max brightness and volume|
Donning that averagely sized 3,000 mAh of battery capacity, we expected this phone to last for a good while. Gladly, we were correct, the Flash Plus 2 lasted good enough in our test. It was able to clock a score of 6 hours and 51 mins using PC Mark benchmark. On regular usage, I was able to use it for more than 9 hours as my daily driver. That's great enough for most.
One of the fastest charging time recorded on an affordable phone in the world.
Update: It tends to get warm when charging, nothing alarming though.
|Camera at the back|
The camera is great for its price.
Update: Flash team fixed the 8 MP interpolation in the camera software and adjusted it to its actual 5 MP pixel size to avoid confusion. It also takes better selfies now.
Looking into its video quality, it can record 1080p at the back and 720p in front. At the back, there's an EIS feature that reduces shakiness, but not that much. It's decent when you use a tripod, but its still shaky on on-hand use. Anyway, this should be good for your casual video taking needs.
Rear Camera Samples
|Gloomy day shot|
|Normal vs HDR|
|Great in macros (or close-up shots)|
|Another good focus|
|Lowlight shot (night mode)|
|Another night mode shot|
|Auto in a place with almost no light|
Selfie Camera Samples
|Selfie in gloomy weather|
|Indoor selfie w/ Angel in good light|
|Lowlight without and with flash|
|Antutu and geekbench scores|
Going to the most important part of this review. This phone performed in a slightly above level compared to what most entry-midrange phone can do. It's powered by the new 64 Bit Helio P10 octa core processor paired with Mali T860 GPU. That setup is touted to give you powerful performance and good gaming experience.
The phone hardly stutters that's speedy enough for most.
Out unit only had 2 GB of RAM which would have been better obviously if its using the bigger 3 GB RAM setup. We expect that the experience and overall operations would be smoother if you're using the 3 GB edition. Storage-wise it has either 16 GB or 32 GB of ROM that fortunately has an expandable storage via micro SD card.
|Fingerprint scanner options|
When it comes to its speedy fingerprint scanner, it did more than just the regular unlocking mode and security of files / apps. It can also be used as a shortcut for up to 5 apps and easy clean-up by just double tapping the fingerprint scanner.
Update: USB OTG works perfectly fine
The bad memories of Alcatel Flash Plus is gone, the new Flash group listened to our complaints in the past and as a result they were able to create this affordable masterpiece. All in all, the experience was mostly amazing, that's legend of the Flash Plus 2.
It's available at Lazada Philippines now. For more info visit the website of Flash now.
GIZ Rating: 4.75/5 Stars