Few weeks ago, we've had a chance to hold and make our initial impressions of the Ekophone Sage. Fortunately, we've had a chance to grab a demo unit to further test and analyze the phone to answer some of our questions about this gorgeous looking phone.
|Ekophone Sage Review!|
For our previous hands on and impressions: Click Here!
|The new packaging of Ekotek looks very nice!|
What's in the box?
- Warranty Card
- Ekotek Sticker
- User Manual
- Customer Support
- USB Cable
- 1 A USB Adapter
- 2X Screen Protector (The other one is attached to the phone already)
- Ekophone Sage
As usual the package of Ekotek won't disappoint! Here you'll get 2 screen protectors, a 1 A, USB adapter, USB Cable and an earphone. However, unlike the Ekophone 5.10 this don't have a free case.
|2 regular SIM slots and the microSD card slot|
|Black carbon fiber back|
|USB port, call speaker, 3.5 mm jack|
|Black and white version|
|Checkout that gorgeous huge display|
|The phone has 2 speaker grills, but only the back home has a sound output.|
Audio Output - When it comes to playing music through headphones or in ear monitors the Ekophone Sage is a bright source. (which means it has more emphasis on the treble side) It blended very well with the warm sounding RHA MA750i but didn't performed very well with the bright Westone UM Pro 10 and just added more treble harshness on it. It was also able to drive the power hungry Havi B3 Pro I nicely on 80-90% volume. Overall, the audio output in headphones of the phone performed on a good level and has good soundstage. It's far from Hi-Fi, but this one doesn't sound bad and is capable enough to drive some cans nicely.
Note: To those who may find the treble a bit too much, try to lessen that part by a 2-4 dB depending on your taste on the equalizer.
Microphone - The microphone of this phone was able to perform on an average level. The voice is very clear and doesn't have that much noise. I was also able to record the parts of the a live song on a listenable level.
Free IEM with mic - has a better sound compared to other free in ear monitors and earbuds with mic. It has a warm and bassy sound that blended nicely with the bright sound output of the phone.
|Rear cam on low light|
|Rear Camera with Flash|
|Rear Camera HDR|
|Rear Camera regular shot|
|Selfie on good lighting|
Sample video in a dark place
The rear camera of the phone performed well even at just 8 MP. It's great with good lighting, decent on shots with low light and the shutter speed was fast enough. The colors it produced has a good tone on it and not overly saturated. The flash is also quite strong to give dark room shots some life. However, it didn't performed very well on HDR mode, as it just made some of my shots brighter and added more noise in it. It's not the best 8 MP out there, but it's also better than some 8 MP cameras from local branded phones. The front camera doesn't get enough light which may result to a grainy and dark shots when used on a low light condition. With good lighting and outdoor use, it is good enough for most.
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I just have some issues on its display as it only have 2 points of multi touch that resulted for me to miss some letters on the keyboard while typing. When it comes to gaming this phone is capable enough to run most games, but the 2 point multi touch may hinder your total gaming experience as you may miss some of the controls.
Overall, this is a capable everyday entry level phone especially if you're not a heavy user as it can give you a smooth overall Android Kitkat experience.
|Benchmarks of Sage|
Pros - Huge Display, Affordable Price, Great Build Quality, Sleek Design, Thin Body, Above average battery life, performed well on benchmarks
Cons - 2 Point Multi Touch only, Front camera don't perform too well without good lighting, I expected a dual speaker output instead of just one, not CTIA ready
- Display: 5.5 Inches qHD (960 x 540)
- Processor: 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT6582
- GPU: Mali 400 GPU
- RAM: 1 GB
- ROM: 8 GB expandable via microSD card slot
- Rear Camera: 8 MP with LED Flash
- Front Camera: 2 MP fixed focus
- Battery: 1,900 mAh
- OS: Android 4.4 Kitkat
- Connectivity: WiFi / 3G / Bluetooth
- Dimensions: 154 x 79.2 x 7.6 mm
- Price: PHP 5,999 to 6,499.00 (depends if the phone is on sale)
If you are looking for a very stylish and slim looking phone with good build quality that doesn't break the bank, this device could be perfect for you. At 5.5 inches this could also be great when it comes to watching movies and viewing large images. It is also pretty fast, doesn't lag on average use and has good battery life.