The IPRO Sight Silver Smartphone
On the 7th of July, we were invited to check out the newly-launched IPRO Sight Silver smartphone. This is a no-frills Android 5.1 Lollipop smartphone with a 5.5″ IPS display and dual-SIM, dual-active 4G LTE connectivity. It is powered by a quad-core 64-bit MediaTek SoC, backed by 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. All of this is priced at just RM 799 (~USD 209)! Let’s take a closer look…
The front camera has a 5 MP sensor, while the main camera has a 13 MP sensor with an LED flash. The main camera is capable of recording video at resolutions of up to 1080p.
There are only 2 physical buttons on the IPRO Sight Silver smartphone – a Volume control button and a Power button.
The underside of the IPRO Sight Silver smartphone is bare, except for the micro USB port and the microphone port.
At 8.2 mm, the IPRO Sight Silver is not as thin as the latest top-of-the-line smartphones. But it’s thin enough to slip comfortably into your pocket, and more importantly, thick enough to support an earphone jack at the top.
Like the recently launched OPPO R7 Plus and OPPO R7 Lite, IPRO Sight Silver smartphone has a fingerprint sensor at the back, below the main camera.
Here are the official specifications of the IPRO Sight Silver smartphone :
|IPRO Sight Silver Specifications|
|Processor||1.5 GHz MediaTek MT6735
- 64-bit ARM® Cortex®-A53 quad-core processor
|GPU||ARM Mali-T720 (650 MHz)|
|Display||5.5" IPS display|
|Display Resolution||720 x 1280 pixels|
|Memory||2 GB RAM|
|Storage||16 GB flash storage
microSD slot (up to 128 GB)
|Operating System||Android 5.1 (Lollipop)|
|Connectivity||4G LTE / 3G / Bluetooth 4.0 / WiFi
HotKnot / GPS + AGPS
|SIM Capability||Dual SIM, Dual Active (DSDA) capability
- primary SIM (data enabled) will be on 4G
- secondary SIM will be on 3.5G
|Cameras||Rear 12 MP camera
- 4864 x 2736 pixels
- 1080p (30 fps) video recording
- LED flash
Front 5 MP camera
- 3072 x 1728 pixels
360 degree recognition
|Battery Capacity||2800 mAh|
|Other Features||Smart Wake
We also checked out its specifications during our hands-on session :
Even though the IPRO Sight Silver smartphone has dual SIM dual active (DSDA) capability, whichever SIM is the primary SIM (data enabled) will be on 4G. The secondary SIM will revert to 3.5G. Please note that the IPRO Sight Silver also does not come with an NFC chip.
We only had a short time with it, but we managed to run two runs of the Antutu Benchmark, in 32-bit and 64-bit modes. Take a look at the results and performance comparison.
Antutu Benchmark Results (32-bit)
Antutu Benchmark Results (64-bit)
Please ignore the Non-verified Score warning. It appeared because we logged out of our Google account before running the 64-bit test on this sample Sight Silver smartphone.
Comments On Its Performance
As you can see, the IPRO Sight Silver smartphone may have a quad-core processor but it’s nowhere close to the performance of top-of-the-line smartphones. However, it has a decent “engine” for this price point, matching the performance of the 2-year old HTC One (M7) in the 64-bit test, and coming in a bit slower in the 32-bit test.
We took the opportunity to remove the backplate to look inside the IPRO Sight Silver smartphone. Under the back cover, you will find the 2800 mAh lithium-ion battery taking up most of the space.
The Sight Silver engineering sample used a smaller capacity 2500 mAh battery, but they managed to squeeze in a 2800 mAh lithium-ion battery for the production model. Curiously, the model number EB-L1G6LLU refers to the Samsung 2100 mAh lithium-ion battery used in the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. We have no idea if they used the same battery design with an improved capacity, or this is really a repackaged Samsung 2100 mAh battery…
The battery blocks access to the two SIM card slots, so you will need to remove it to insert or remove your SIM cards. You will find the micro SD card slot. It’s marked T, which is short for TF (TransFlash), the old name for micro SD.
If the low price of RM 799 (~USD 209) is not enticing enough, each IPRO Sight Silver smartphone will come with a soft back cover and a tempered glass screen protector. The soft cover is translucent so it will allow you to show off the case colour. It is natural for IPRO to include the case cover because it would be impossible to find a third-party case cover to fit the Sight Silver.
The IPRO Sight Silver smartphone actually comes with a plastic screen protector installed by default. However, we highly recommend you install the free tempered glass screen protector because the display lacks any tough Gorilla Glass kind of protection. Just remember to remove that plastic screen protector before installing the tempered glass screen protector.