Arsenal vr One
Joining the Fray
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.