News by Luke Jones on Thursday August 27, 2015.
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Obi Worldphone is a new company based in Silicon Valley and co-founded by former Apple CEO John Sculley. Today the new brand announced its first two smartphones, a couple of affordable handsets based on Google's Android Lollipop platform.The first is the mid-range Obi Worldphone SF1. The device is robust with a plastic unibody with metal strip and it reminds us of old Nokia Lumia's like the Lumia 900. With a modest price of $199 the SF1 has some solid specs, such as a 5-inch 1080p Full HD screen and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (64-bit) with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of RAM. There is also another option that comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of native storage, with both featuring a micro SD card slot for expansion. A 13 megapixel primary camera continues the mid-range specs, with a 5 megapixel shooter sitting on the front. A 3000 mAh battery should provide plenty of usage time on one charge considering the specs, while quick charging is also available. The next device is a more affordable Obi Worldphone SJ1.5, but despite its $119 price tag it too has some respectable hardware. It comes with a 5-inch 720p screen with Gorilla Glass 3, a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6580 chip, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage expandable with a microSD card, dual SIM card capability, and that same huge 3000mAh juicer. At the moment both devices are available in emerging markets such as Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, Pakistan, Turkey, and India. As this is a U.S. based company we hope these handsets will come to the United States soon.
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