Obi WorldPhones, a smartphone company lead by industry stalwarts including Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley himself had unveiled two of its phones last year. The Company has been trying to bring in a coherency between the premium lines and the affordability of the phone. The SJ 1.5 and the top of the line SF1, both of which are affordable phones with presumably the right hardware and design. Now the U.S based company has launched Obi MV1 which will be priced below the SJ1.5 and the SF 1 at $149.


The MV1 will be available as an unlocked phone with dual SIM support and a 5-inch Display. The phone will be able to run either a stock Android Lollipop 5.1 or Cyanogen OS 12.1.1. A quick glance tells us that the design is reminiscent of the SF1 which also includes the slightly raised front facade. Obi MV1 comes with DTS sound and dual noise-cancelling microphones.

The 5-inch Display is a 720p unit but the MV1 borrows the 8-Megapixel primary sensor from the Omnivision and the secondary sensor has been further reduced from 5-Megapixel in the SJ1.5 to 2-Megapixel here. The battery also seems to have taken a hit with the MV1 opting for a 2500 mAh, instead of the 3000mAh battery pack that powers the other two Obi phones. The MV1 is powered by the low end Snapdragon 212 processor that is most likely to be paired up with 1GB of RAM or maybe an optional 2GB.

On the storage front, the phone offers 16GB of storage along with an expandable memory card slot. Obi seems to be hell bent on creating an affordable (Not Cheap!) phone which won’t be associated with compromise on the design, looks and build quality, a perennial problem with most of the entry level Android smartphones. The MV1 also seems to come with a UV coating for better readability in sunlight.

The MV1 has cut some corners but considering the point that it will be priced at $149 the compromises seem to be made up for. The MV1 is expected to come to Asia and Africa right away and will be launched in Latin America and Europe in March.

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Mahit Huilgol is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and is a Technology and Automobile aficionado. He ditched the Corporate boardroom wars in the favor for technology battle ground. Also a foodie by heart and loves both the edible chips and the non-edible silicon chips.