Meet the first Philips-branded smartphone to sport a Quad HD display: I966 Aurora
posted by Florin T. / Oct 21, 2014, 11:25 PM
Interestingly, the I966 doesn’t run Android, like most other Philips smartphones. Instead, it’s based on Alibaba’s YunOS (aka Aliyun OS), a new platform developed for China-only devices.
The high-resolution display isn’t the only notable feature of the Philips I966 Aurora. The handset is a true powerhouse, capable of standing next to most other high-end smartphone out there. The I966 is powered by a quad-core 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, has 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal memory. Other features include: fingerprint scanner, 20.7 MP Sony-made rear camera with dual LED flash, 8 MP front-facing camera, LTE, and a 3000 mAh battery.
As you’d imagine, the Philips Aurora is not cheap. It’s currently being sold for around $600 (3,699 Yuan) in China, via one of the country’s largest online retailers. It’s hard to believe that the smartphone will be available outside of China, so don’t expect to see it being released anywhere near you (unless, of course, you live in the People’s Republic).
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There is a fingerprint scanner too (2nd pic)
posted on Oct 21, 2014, 11:42 PM 0
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From front it looks almost like a NOKIA! Really cool..
posted on Oct 21, 2014, 11:58 PM 0
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A Caucasian woman front and center in an ad for a phone aimed exclusively at the Chinese market... Odd choice.
posted on Oct 22, 2014, 12:16 AM 0
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No, quite common: I asked this question of a few people in Shanghai and Beijing and got very similar answers: Western looking people generally are associated with travelling to another country, which is a very sure-fire sign of some wealth and therefore status.
posted on Oct 22, 2014, 12:50 AM 1
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Looks like a combination of the OnePlus One and Sony Xperia Z3...
posted on Oct 22, 2014, 1:34 AM 3
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Philips has already released Smartphones, and with Android on box, those devices are the W3500, W3620 and W8555, all of them branded with a DUAL-SIM, Android 4.2... W3500 is an Quad Core 1.3ghz, 5'' screen, 1GB of RAM and 4 of internal storage (SD also), 5mpx camera. W3620 is an Dual Core 1ghz with 4.2'' screen, 512mb of RAM, and the same as above. W8555 called "Xenium", Quad 1.5ghz, FULL HD 5'' screen, 13mpx, 2GB of RAm, 16 of Internal Storage Those are being only on sell in Argentina since it's where is assembled.
posted on Oct 22, 2014, 1:53 AM 0
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Is this made from the same company that made the HK owned Philips branded TVs? Or the Dutch company in-charge of making everything else with Philips the brand? They both make solid products just curious.
posted on Oct 22, 2014, 2:13 AM 0
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Is this a Gibson product? Wiki: "On April 28, 2014 Philips agreed to sell their Woox Innovations subsidiary (consumer electronics) to Gibson Brands for $US135 million. On September 23, 2014, Philips announced a plan to split the company into two, separating the lighting business and the healthcare division."
posted on Oct 22, 2014, 10:57 AM 0
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