I guess my question what you can get for $60 loses relevance. If I ask it a few weeks back you can say there are not that many products available for such money, and probably the Uhans A101 was the best choice for those who are looking for a smartphone. But what if you want a bigger device, say a phablet. There were no handset matching these requirements. Fortunately, a week ago we have found a phablet available for almost this pricing. It is dubbed as the BlackView E7. Honestly, I liked it very much, and I have been thinking it’s the best budget-friendly phablet available in the market. But I was wrong, as there is another device that can be easily put into this category. Today’s hero is the AMIGOO R700, which is another phablet sporting attractive design and many amazing features. But any device is great on the paper, so let’s dig deeper to find out whether this device is as good as it seems.
We have already met some devices carrying this brand on board. One of them we have reviewed several months back. It’s called the AMIGOO V10. It was a 5-inch beautiful smartphone with a fingerprint scanner and priced at $56. The next one was dubbed as the AMIGOO R200. Thus it was the same series the phone we are going to look at today. So we are familiar with AMIGOO more or less, and it will make sense if we compare it to its closest rivals like the BlackView E7 to understand whether we can get our hands on a better device for a lower price tag.
AMIGOO R700 Design
As we could suppose the AMIGOO V10 comes with a removable back panel that is made of plastic. We have already talked about this when discussing why the Xiaomi Mi 5S lacks a ceramic body, therefore we know plastic is the cheapest option for housings. Anyway, this doesn’t mean the AMIGOO V10 doesn’t come with high build quality.
As we are dealing with a phablet, there are a few design elements you should pay attention to. For example, the edges of the back panel are a bit curved that is done to make the phone be more comfortable when holding in hand. Moreover, the unlock button is located on the right middle side, which means this will be comfortable for right-handed users.
There is also a volume rocker above the unlock button, but I guess it will be difficult to get it by one hand. Anyway, the left side is blank, because the microSD card slot and a SIM card slot are located under the back panel. A micro USB port along with two speakers are on the bottom, while the audio jack is located on the top. The back side carries a rear camera accompanied with a flash light and a fingerprint scanner that is not seen on many budget-friendly handsets often. At last, the front side comes with a 5.5-inch screen, three touch buttons under it, a front camera along with a speaker, a notification light and a regular set of sensors are placed above the screen. As there are some areas between the screen and the bezels, the usable surface is 69%.
The AMIGOO V10 comes at dimensions of 77.4 mm x 153.0 mm x 8.5 mm and weighs 133 grams. This means it’s the thinnest and lightest device if compared to its main three rivals. You also have to take into account the AMIGOO V10 is a phablet, while there are two smartphone in the list of its closest competitors.
This handset comes with a fingerprint scanner, thus only the Blackview E7 can compete with it in this sense. Well, when it comes to color options, we see the AMIGOO V10 is offered in three colors – black, gold, and white. Thus there are only standard options, which is a bit disappointing, because even the Uhans A101 has come in unusual color options such as Midnight Navy and Cloud Dancer. I am not talking about the Blackview E7’s skyblue color variant that looks just amazing.
AMIGOO R700 Display
This handset sports a 5.5-inch IPC LCD screen at a resolution of 540×960 pixels. Thus it’s a qHD resolution screen that can be found on smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, ZTE Imperial II, Oppo Neo 7 and many others. The quad HD screens are not newby in the smartphone market. The 720p screen smartphones became available in 2011. Then they were followed by the 1080p screens in 2012. The quad HD screens were released in 2014. The first handset carrying it was the LG G3, and I have to say, this was one of the selling points of this handset. Thanks to a unique technology qHD screens are sharper and clearer. Shortly, your eyes are able to make out the tiniest of detail in images and videos, as well as read the tiniest of fonts. But this doesn’t mean the AMIGOO R700 features the best screen. Absolutely, NO! The qHD screens are good but not the best. Plus, the pixel density is low – only 200 ppi.
If compared with the Blackview E7, the AMIGOO R700 yields its main rival. The former one comes with a 5.5-inch LCD IPS screen at a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and pixel density of 267 ppi. Moreover, it is a step behind to the Uhans A101 and Cubot Manito that come with a 5-inch IPS screen (1280×720 pixels and 294 ppi). Thus the screen is one of the weakest features of the AMIGOO R700.
AMIGOO R700 Performance
The performance is one of the most important parts of any review, undoubtedly. I can even say it’s the decisive factor for any customer. Well, the AMIGOO R700 features a MediaTek MT6580 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 MPcore processor running at 1.3GHz. This SoC can be found on such devices as the Doogee X5, Elephone S1,Cubot Rainbow and others. This CPU has scored 19.985 on AnTuTu that is better than 34% of other smartphones. It is also paired with an ARM Mali-400 MP2 GPU, a 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory that can be expanded via a SD card slot. Unfortunately, the AMIGOO R700 has the smallest RAM once compared to its rivals. Even the Uhans A101 sports a 1GB RAM like the Blackview E7. I am not talking about the Cubot Manito that comes with a 3GB of RAM. This simply means you won’t be able to do many things with this processor and memory.
There is also a 2800mAh removable battery that can be a savior for the situation, as all three rivals come with smaller battery capacities.
AMIGOO R700 Cameras and Connectivity
The things getting worse, but let’s pull ourselves up and continue looking inside. There are two cameras – a 2MP camera on the front that can be useful only for video calls and a 5MP camera module on the back with a single flash light. This is the worst camera set if compared with other three handsets, but I didn’t think there would be powerful lens, honestly.
As for connectivity, the AMIGOO R700 comes with dual SIM card support, but one of those slots can be used for memory expansion making this handset a single SIM smartphone. Anyway, it supports only 3G network at 2100MHz maximum band. On the other hand, the AMIGOO R700 is good in terms of WiFi connectivity and Bluetooth 4.0.
At last the phone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and I don’t promise you will get updates ever.
The Blackview E7 is known as the cheapest 4G phablet available in the market, so the AMIGOO R700 can’t compete with it in terms of connectivity. But what’s the saddest thing in this story, the rest of its rivals in face of the Uhans A101 and Cubot Manito supports 4G LTE networks as well.
Availability and Conclusion
Well, the AMIGOO R700 comes with a great design not taking into account it’s not a unibody housing. There is also a fingerprint scanner on the back that is difficult to find on other budget smartphones. But the rest of features fail, I guess. It sports a qHD screen at a low pixel density. There is a slow working CPU with limited memory options. The cameras are from last century. It doesn’t support 4G and so on. And I forget to say, it’s good when it comes to the battery. But as it usually happens, let’s look at the pricing to understand how much the manufacturer requires for its ‘little robber’. The AMIGOO R700 is sold for $65. Thus it’s priced almost identical to the Uhans A101, which is available for $66, but the AMIGOO R700 is the way cheaper than the Cubot Manito at $110 and Blackview E7 at $80. So if you prefer a well looking phablet and the rest of features play no role for you, the AMIGOO R700 can be a perfect choice.