SKK Hyper X Blade Unboxing And First Impressions - Familiar Looks, Premium Feel!

Alongside the Chronos Ace+, SKK has launched another interesting handset that targets anyone who wants a stylish machine with decent specs on a tight budget, the Hyper X Blade.
SKK Hyper X Blade unboxing and first impressions

It features a iPhonesque style with sexy slim profile matched with a high quality type of 5 inch HD 2.5D curved screen with In Cell technology and 10 points of multitouch that's rare to find on entry-level phones. Then the handset is also equipped with modest specs and camera configurations.

Fast forward this early September of 2016, we have the unit itself so let's start with this review and check what this device is all about.

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

SKK Hyper X Blade Specs

Display: 5 Inch HD In Cell 1280 x 720 resolution w/ 2.5 curved glass at 294 ppi
CPU: 1.3 GHz SC7731 quad core processor
GPU: Mali 400
RAM: 1 GB
ROM: 16 GB expandable via micro SD card up to 128 GB
Back Camera: 13 MP w/ AF and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 5 MP
Battery: 2,700 mAh
OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, A GPS, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, proximity, magnetic
Others: Colors: black, gold, silver, pink
Price: 3,599 Pesos

Unboxing / Accessories

The improved box of SKK
The improved box of SKK

Just like the Chronos Ace+, SKK presented the Hyper X Blade in a close to premium manner, the best found in an affordable handset as a matter of fact. It comes in a blue colored simple hard box with great in the eyes silver print of the logo and phone name.
Complete package!
Complete package!

After opening the package, the iphone-like Hyper X Blade smartphone will immediately greet you followed with the rest of the generous inclusions found inside.
The phone package comes with generous inclusions!
It includes: 1A wall charger / adapter, flat USB to micro USB data / charging cables, in ear monitor w/ mic, great looking faux leather flip cover case, and a pre-installed tempered glass, and another set of screen protector for FREE.

Build Quality / Design

iPhone inspired design at the back
iPhone inspired design at the back
This photo shows the antenna lines, the small camera protrusion, single LED flash and SKK logo

With no doubt, the SKK's Hyper X Blade is inspired by Apple's iPhone 6 and up. It boast a mostly aluminum metal unibody with rounded corner curves and chamfered edges. It doesn't use the same level premium metal that most higher-end phones, but this is still a decent one. On top, the body is paired with a layer of sleek looking 2.5D curved glass w/ tempered glass protection.
The phone feels solid and well crafted too!
Overall, the construction of the phone feels more premium than your average budget phone. There are very few device with this level of craftsmanship for the price. Then its included polymer case with leather cover and tempered glass will ensure its safety against drops and scratches.
3.5 mm audio port and micro USB port on top
3.5 mm audio port and micro USB port on top
Speaker holes below
Speaker holes below
Power button and volume rocker located at the right side of the phone
Power button and volume rocker located at the right side of the phone

Looking at the design, iPhone fans who want an Android phone on a very tight budget will appreciate this. On the other hand, it may also look like a knock-off which isn't that good for some.
It'll just remind you of several iPhone models!
Looking at the way it is built, we like its generous curves all over, it looks very slim, and that 2.5D curved screen adds more beauty to this machine. To compliment that, SKK also ensured that the FREE faux leather case is equally beautiful.
At the back of its beautiful case
At the back of its beautiful case

Ergonomically, it is close to a masterpiece. One handed use is possible, it is great in the hands, and doesn't have any sharp edges. It feels refined and far from hefty / tiring to use as well. Ports and button placements are also easy to reach and use.

Camera Teaser

This photo looks sharp, just a little exposed
This photo looks sharp, just a little exposed
Another photo in not that good lighting
Another photo in not that good lighting

As of the moment

In terms of build and ergonomics, the SKK Hyper X Blade is excellent for the price. As a result, we are initially pleased with the way it is presented. We also like that the package is generous.

In terms of initial feel on performance, as expected, the phone is snappy enough for casual usage and random snapping of photos. We'll further test it out in the coming weeks and see its strengths and weaknesses in actual daily usage.

For our full review: SKK Hyper X Review - An Android iPhone On A Limited Budget!
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