SKK Chronos Ace+ Unboxing And First Impressions - A Potential Wonder On A Budget!

Among the new Chronos line of SKK, the Ace is the most impressive, value packed as a matter of fact. It's a reason why we find it logical for the company to build up on that momentum and release an updated variant.
SKK Chronos Ace+ Unboxing And First Impressions - A Potential Wonder On A Budget!
SKK Chronos Ace+ in its faux leather case

Fortunately, they did it as they announced the Chronos Ace+, a handset with identical specs against the regular Ace, but has doulbe the RAM at 2 GB. The best part about it is the price increase is minimal. It's priced at just 2,699 Pesos!

That move is HUGE as it solidified the reputation of the Chronos Ace series of having the best good specs on paper found on a sub-3K smartphone.

Anyway, we have the handset with us right now and lets check if the hype is real.

Disclaimer: This unit was provided by SKK Mobile for an honest review

SKK Chronos Ace+ 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: 2 GB
ROM: 8 GB expandable via micro SD card slot
Back Camera: 13 MP f/2.0 w/ AF and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 5 MP f/2.4
Battery: 2,200 mAh
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, HSPA+, Bluetooth, FM Radio, GPS, A GPS, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, proximity, sound
Others: Glass like back cover
Price: 2,699 Pesos

Unboxing / Accessories

The better looking box of SKK
The better looking box of SKK

The improvement in terms of packaging improved a lot coming from the last good SKK we unbox, the legendary Lynx. This time the box of the Chronos Ace+ is simpler and elegant looking.


Upon opening the package, the Chronos Ace+ will immediately show its full design. Then after digging further, we were greeted with a set of impressive freebies for an level phone.
Inside the package
Inside the package

It consist of a 1A USB wall charger, flat micro USB data / charging cables, earphones with mic, and stylish leatherette flip cover case. Apart from that, the brand embedded a layer of screen protector to prevent scratches.

Build Quality / Design

Look at the back showing metallic gold colors and glass like material
Look at the back showing metallic gold colors and glass like material

For a sub-3K phone, we love the way SKK Constructed the Ace+. It boast a solid polymer build protected with a back cover case with edgy chamfered edges and Acer Liquid X2 like glass behind. In front the screen is made out of glass.
Opened! Showing the battery and SIM slots with dedicated micro SD card slot
Opened! Showing the battery and SIM slots with dedicated micro SD card slot

Checking its toughness, the phone feels like it won't break anytime soon as long as there's proper care. It's also notable that SKK added a flip cover case for added protection and ensure that your phone will last.
3.5 mm female port, micro USB charging / data port, and camera w/ selfie flash on top
3.5 mm female port, micro USB charging / data port, and camera w/ selfie flash on top
Speaker grill below
Speaker grill below
Power button and volume rocker at right
Power button and volume rocker at right
The way SKK constructed this is notable!
Checking the design, it slightly reminds me of the Acer Liquid X2. That is just fine as the handset looks handsome for most. I also like that its main camera doesn't protrude that much and it has a stylish glass at the back.

However, it maybe a little too edgy for some due to its unorthodox look. It's also little thicker than my liking and has large screen border bezels. The gap between the glass and the actual screen is visible as well.

Anyway, considering that this is an entry level phone with great specs, its aesthetics is still better than most handsets in the same price range.

For its ergonomics, we find quite surprising that the phone is quite nice to hold considering that its shape doesn't have much soft curves. At 5 inch, it is decent for one handed use and packed with okay ports and button placements.

Camera Teaser

Daylight shot at BGC
Daylight shot at BGC
Nice sharpness and details visible here
Nice sharpness and details visible here
Random sunset shot around 6 pm
Random sunset shot around 6 pm

Out of the box, we think that it takes impressive photos for an entry-level device. There's plenty of details and it didn't look as grainy as expected. We were also able to get Instagram ready stills with good amount of saturation and color pop.

As of the moment

The Chronos Ace+ comes with the same level of excitement we had when we first saw the Lynx. Initially, we think that SKK did a great job with this handset as we're pleased with the way they presented the package, its build, and hardware.

For our review: SKK Chronos Ace+ Review - The Sub 3K Phone To Beat?
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