This is a detailed review on mi-Tribe A500
First, it was Huawei partnering with Jumia to launch the Huawei G-Power. Now, it is Mi-Fone; a new mobile phone company partnering with E-commerce giants; Konga to launch its first phone – the mi-Tribe A500 in the Nigerian phone market.
Partnership with E-commerce sites seem like the new trend in marketing of new phones.
Anyway, today we are not interested in knowing the effects of such partnerships on the successful launch and sales of such phones. Rather, we shall be unboxing the specs of the latest phone launched through this means in the Nigerian phone market – mi-Tribe A500.
The mi-Tribe A500 is an entry-level smartphone. And as such offers mostly entry-level specs. So, I would try as much as possible to avoid the mistake of drawing any form of comparison between it and any of the big boys in the market.
Notwithstanding being an entry-level smartphone. The mi-Tribe A500 offers decent specs. From the processor and operating system, to the camera quality, down to the display and the sandstone finish. The mi-Tribe A500 offers features good enough for every day use of a budget buyer.
So, if you want a decent smartphone that won’t cost you one month salary. That is, if you are on budget, follow me as I unbox the features of your next smartphone.
The mi-Tribe A500 is wrapped in an all plastic body with a removable sandstone rear cover.
The front of the phone is the 5 inches touchscreen. Accommodating the 5MP front facing snapper and the soft keys.
The plastic chamfered edge accommodates the power/standby button and the volume rocker key by the side. The headphone jack is rightly placed at the top side of the rim. While the microUSB port is placed at the bottom side of the rim.
The sandstone finished rear accommodates the 8MP primary camera and the dual LED flash at the top right corner of the rear.
A bit below the camera, you will find the Mi-Fone logo boldly imprinted on the rear cover. Further down the bottom corner of the rear, you will find the machine drilled speaker holes. And the device’s name – mi-Tribe neatly inscribed on the phone as well.
The device comes only in black colour for now. And obviously, no thought was put into streamlining the size of the phone as the phone look rather very bulky.
However, the ergonomic is good and the device is quite grip-friendly. All thanks to the sandstone back cover.
Display of Mi-Tribe A500
The mi-Tribe A500 sports a pixel dense screen size of 5 inches. With a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels.
At such a low resolution, you should not be expecting punchy and vibrant display.
However, it is not as bad as you are beginning to think. The mi-Tribe A500 still offers decent display. At least good enough for every day use. Including good enough display in bright sunlight when the brightness setting is tweaked to the highest.
Camera Quality of Mi-Tribe A500
the mi-Tribe A500 sports an 8MP autofocus primary camera at the rear. With LED flash. The megapixel is awesome for an entry-level device.
And the camera seems capable of delivering sharp and useful photos. At least sharp enough for an 8MP device. But lacking a host of other features and modes that combines to enhance the photo delivery capabity of a smartphone, I don’t think photo lovers would come any where near this one.
Impressively, this primary camera is equally capable of recording HD videos.
The 5MP front facing snapper equally looks ready to deliver punchy selfies and wefies.
However, you should ensure your photos are always taken in well lit environments to avoid blurry images.
Processor And Operating System of Mi-Tribe A500
Despite the mi-Tribe A500 being an entry-level device with some compromise, a lot of thought was put into making it a performance-oriented device.
Under the hood, the mi-Tribe A500 is well packed to ensure you have the best experience. This device like most mid-range and high-end devices runs Android OS v5.1(Lollipop).
Without much tweaking from the company, the user interface still looks more like Android stock with pre-installed apps including the Konga shopping app and themes for ease of customization if required. Thus, it is quite easy to find your way around if you are used to android stock.
Internally, the device is powered by a Quad-core processor. This is clocked at 1.3GHz. And paired with a huge 2GB RAM to smooth and impressive performance.
The mi-Tribe A500 also adorns 16GB onboard memory to cater for your storage needs. And incase this seems too lowly, you can expand the storage via microSD card.
Thus, with the mi-Tribe A500, you assured of efficient and optimal performance. Far beyond what you are paying for.
So, whether you are playing games, watching videos, or surfing the internet, you are assured of fluid-fast operations.
Battery of Mi-Tribe A500
The mi-Tribe A500 is powered by a decent removable battery with standard capacity of 2300mAh. And supposedly, supports quick charge.
Thus, replenishing the battery juice when you run out of power might not be a big problem.
However, I must state that the battery is rather too small for a phone targeted at the Nigerian market.
Connectivity of Mi-Tribe A500
Being a entry-level device, the mi-Tribe A500 offers you all the connectivity features you should expect from such a device. Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi, microUSB port and even an FM radio.
Summary of The Key Specs of Mi-Tribe A500
If the review above seem too lengthy for you to read, here is a recap of what the review is all about.
However, taking time to read the review would provide you with important details that may aid you in making buying decisions which the summary below does not contain.
Key Specs of Mi-Tribe A500
Screen Size: 5.0 inch
Rear Camera: 8MP
Front Camera: 5MP
OS: Android OS v5.1(Lollipop)
Processor: Quad-core processor
Battery Capacity: 2300mAh
Price of Mi-Tribe A500 in Nigeria
At the time of writing this review, the mi-Tribe A500 sells for #23,500 at konga store. This price may change over time. See current offers at konga store.
On purchase you are also entitled to #2000 off your first ride on UBER when you use the code Miafrica, 12 months on the device, and 6 months warranty onaccessories.
This might not be the best android smartphone in the market. But, if you are looking for a decent budget smartrtphone then you may consider the mi-Tribe A500.
Like you already know, the mi-Tribe A500 is an entry-level device that is made to be affordable for Nigerians. So, if you are going for it, the cheapness should be your comforter.IMPORTANT!: Follow us on Instagram @InfoGuideNigeria
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