Ar­se­nal vr One

Join­ing the Fray

HWM (Philippines) - - Test - by Lionell Go Mac­ahilig

We have been fa­mil­iar with the Filipino com­pany Top­strasse Global Inc. pri­mar­ily be­cause of Torque, a line of smart­phone and tablet mod­els known for its af­ford­able price points. In Fe­bru­ary of this year, the com­pany in­vited us to the soft launch of its midrange and pre­mium lineup, named as Ar­se­nal De­vices.

Ar­se­nal De­vices is be­gin­ning to pen­e­trate the mar­ket with its first smart­phone, the Ar­se­nal VR One. Us­ing a nam­ing con­ven­tion that is pretty straight­for­ward, the folks from Top­strasse clearly ex­pressed that the VR One is a Vr-cen­tric smart­phone and to sup­port its pur­pose, it ac­tu­ally comes with an easy-to-as­sem­ble VR view­ing card­board. Po­si­tion­ing the phone this way is quite strate­gic at the mo­ment as Vr as well as Ar are gain­ing trac­tion.

Step­ping notches above a typ­i­cal Torque smart­phone, the VR One comes with a su­pe­rior look, be­ing clad in chas­sis with a non-re­mov­able metal back cover in­stead of a re­mov­able plas­tic plate. The bezel sur­round­ing the touch­screen may ap­pear plain white, but a closer in­spec­tion re­veals its frosted fin­ish topped by a layer of glass. The com­bi­na­tion of a metal rear and a frosted front is apt to the des­ig­nated color vari­ant of the unit that we got: Metal­lic Sil­ver. The VR One is also avail­able in Pitch Black.

The VR One sports a 5.2inch JDI LTPS Full HD dis­play with Corn­ing Go­rilla Glass 3 pro­tec­tion in front. Apart from VR sup­port, an­other key sell­ing point of the VR One is its all-metal, uni­body build, which means its bat­tery, rated at 2800mah, is fully in­te­grated. The fin­ger­print scan­ner for se­cu­rity is also in­te­grated to the phone’s home but­ton.

On the imag­ing front, the VR One is equipped with a 13-me­gapixel aut­o­fo­cus BSI cam­era with F2.2 aper­ture and LED flash, and an 8-me­gapixel front-fac­ing cam­era with F2.4 aper­ture and 84.1-de­gree wide an­gle lens. Photos and videos pro­duced by the VR One are sat­is­fac­tory, al­though some sam­ples that we got looked quite white­washed.

Run­ning on An­droid 6.0 Marsh­mal­low OS, the hand­set is pow­ered by a 1.3GHZ Me­di­atek MT6753 chip with a Mali-t720 GPU, 3GB RAM, and 32GB on­board stor­age (ex­pand­able up to 128GB via mi­crosd). Yield­ing 37100 on An­tutu and 19784 on Quad­rant, the VR One is in the same league with other Mt6753-pow­ered de­vices like the Cherry Mo­bile S5 and the Len­ovo VIBE K4 Note. In terms of stamina, the VR One lasted up to 357 min­utes (nearly six hours), sur­pass­ing the bat­tery life of the more iden­ti­fi­able Sony Xperia XA (335 min­utes or more than five hours).

Ar­riv­ing with a price tag of PHP 11,990, the VR One is a de­cent midrange starter for a new player like Ar­se­nal De­vices. We are look­ing for­ward to its next big re­veal.

CON­CLU­SION Ar­riv­ing with a price tag of PHP 11,990, the VR One is a de­cent midrange starter for a new lo­cal player like Ar­se­nal De­vices. We are look­ing for­ward to its next big re­veal.

Im­ages cap­tured by the VR One are sat­is­fac­tory, but some show hints of white­wash­ing.

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