Earlier today, while I was strolling around the Cyberzone of SM North, I've had a brief moment with the CloudFone Excite 501o. For those who missed it, CloudFone Excite 501o is the very first local branded octa core powered smartphone to enter the under PHP 5K range.

CloudFone Excite 501o Quick Hands On Review, A Surprising Great Looking Budget Octa Core!
Meet CloudFone Excite 501o
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CloudFone Excite 501o Quick Hands On Review, A Surprising Great Looking Budget Octa Core!
The fierce looking red back of the phone
CloudFone Excite 501o Quick Hands On Review, A Surprising Great Looking Budget Octa Core!
The decent enough 8 MP camera that has pretty sharp details
CloudFone Excite 501o Quick Hands On Review, A Surprising Great Looking Budget Octa Core!
At the top, you'll find the 3.5mm jack for your musical enjoyment
CloudFone Excite 501o Quick Hands On Review, A Surprising Great Looking Budget Octa Core!
Power button and the volume rocker on the right side
The phone is not too thick nor too thin, it just have that average thickness
CloudFone Excite 501o Quick Hands On Review, A Surprising Great Looking Budget Octa Core!
Speakers and USB port found below
CloudFone Excite 501o Quick Hands On Review, A Surprising Great Looking Budget Octa Core!
Rear camera sample
CloudFone Excite 501o Quick Hands On Review, A Surprising Great Looking Budget Octa Core!
Selfie sample
Specifications

  • Display: 5 Inches IPS qHD 540 x 960 (220 ppi)
  • Processor: 1.7 GHz MediaTek MT6592 octa core
  • GPU: Mali 450
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • ROM: 8 GB expandable via microSD card up to 64 GB
  • Rear Camera: 8 MP AF with Flash
  • Front Camera: 5 MP
  • Battery: 2,250 mAh
  • OS: Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • Connectivity: WiFi / 3G / Bluetooth 4.0 / Miracast
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
  • Others: USB OTG Support
  • Price: PHP 4,999.00
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to benchmark it (I was not allowed by the sales person), but according to most reports this can reach more than 30K on Antutu benchmark that probably makes it one of the most powerful octa core phone under PHP 5K.

As of the moment...

This CloudFone is an impressive octa core phone under 5K! Both the front and rear camera quality is respectable, the red back design looks iron man inspired and its light which feels really good to hold. Then even if most of its aesthetics is made out of plastic this phone should durable enough to take on the daily challenge of life with proper care and use. From my quick assessment this phone currently has the best value among all CloudFone devices that anybody should consider.

Hopefully we'll be able to do a full review of the units soon.
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