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Cloudfone Excite Prime 2 Unboxing And First Impressions

In case you missed it, Cloudfone just made the much anticipated update to the award-winning Excite Prime official few weeks back, the new Excite Prime 2.
Cloudfone Excite Prime 2 Unboxing And First Impressions
Cloudfone Excite Prime 2 unboxing and impressions

Like its predecessor, the Cloudfone Excite Prime 2 is promising budget Android smartphone with focus on providing premium aesthetics, capable and refined overall performance, and awesome back and front cameras for the price.

Cloudfone has also ensured that this handset has better specs on paper against the mainstream competition.

As a result, this handset made us really excited to review this smartphone.

It's time to check if this is the new beast in its class.

Cloudfone Excite Prime 2 Specs

Display: 5.5 Inch HD IPS OGS 1280 x 720 resolution w/ 2.5D curved glass and Glass protection at 267 ppi
CPU: 1.3 GHz 64 Bit MT6737 quad core processor
GPU: Mali T720
ROM: 32 GB expandable via micro SD card slot up to 128 GB (dedicated)
Rear Camera: 13 MP f/2.0 Sony IMX135 w/ AF, auto portrait mode and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 8 MP f/2.0 w/ portrait mode and softlight LED flash
Battery: 3,000 mAh
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, 700 MHz LTE Bluetooth, OTG, GPS, A GPS, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, orientation, gyroscope, proximity and gravity sensors
Others: Colors: black, gold, silver
Price: PHP 5,999

Disclaimer: This is a borrowed unit from Cloudfone for our honest review.

Unboxing / Accessories

The box!
The box!

Cloudfone has a new red and black packaging for the Excite Prime 2. Inside, Cloudfone ensured that everything you need on your smartphone purchase is there.
Inclusions inside
Inclusions inside

It includes a 1.5A USB wall charger, USB to micro USB data / charging cable, Spotify earphones, 3 sizes of eartips, high quality TPU jelly case, and screen protector.

Build Quality / Design

Metal case, premium feel for the price
Metal case, premium feel for the price

Like most of the new Cloudfone devices, the Excite Prime 2 arrived with plastic frame protected by a sturdy removable metal case. The metal case that Cloudfone used here now feels better than their older models.

Dual micro SIM and micro SD card slots
Dual micro SIM and micro SD card slots

In front, the 5.5 inch HD 2.5D display has a certain type of glass protection. However, Cloudfone failed to specify the brand and type of the glass protected they used for this smartphone.

Very good overall feel and construction for the price!

Overall, its build is one of the best in its class. Moreover, you may use the FREE clear TPU case and a screen protector for added protection.
Top view with 3.5 mm headphone jack, front camera, and selfie flash
Top view with 3.5 mm headphone jack, front camera, and selfie flash
Microphone hole, micro USB port below
Microphone hole, micro USB port below
Power button and volume rocker at right
Power button and volume rocker at right

Design-wise, it reminds of a refined first generation of GR5 in front with much slimmer screen bezels and curvier back. There's just a slight camera protrusion behind. But, it's totally forgiveable.

It arguably the best aesthetics among all the budget mainstream budget phones!

All the buttons and ports are on standard places as well. What could Cloudfone improve is the speaker placement behind. It could have been better if it is located below or on top to avoid covering its sound.

It also feels very good to hold with the right amount of heft. It could be slippery at times, but you can always use the case to add better grip.

Initial Findings

It's also marketed as an #AwesomeSelfie camera phone
It's also marketed as an #AwesomeSelfie camera phone

1. For the price of just PHP 5,999, the overall construction and design of the Excite Prime 2 is better than expected. It could pass as a close to premium looking device for some. It also has proper curves and great overall ergonomics. The 5.5 inch HD screen also has great colors!
2. The overall specs of the device is promising for the price. It has a 64 bit MT6737 quad core chip to handle most of the basic tasks and light 3D gaming with ease. It also has the largest amount of RAM and ROM at 3 GB and 32 GB respectively in the sub PHP 6K range. The 3,000 mAh battery isn't the biggest around, but it should be good enough for most.
3. We liked that this phone comes with Android 7.0 Nougat OS with very clean user interface.
4. This device is an affordable camera centric offering. It's 13 MP f/2.0 Sony IMX135 sensor and 8 MP f/2.0 front camera has tons of features you can try. It has an advanced type of camera software for a local brand. It has portrait mode, beautify, pro mode, auto HDR, time-lapse, and panorama. This phone even has flash in front! Interesting!
5. It has on-screen Android keys, USB OTG, gyroscope, and light keys

Related: Cloudfone Excite Prime 2: First Camera Samples

As of the moment

Among all the officially available phone in the country, this Cloudfone Excite Prime 2 is the most promising. It has clean construction, beautiful screen, great overall specs, and capable cameras.

For our review: Cloudfone Excite Prime 2 Review - The New Budget Phone To Beat?
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