Obi Worldphone MV1 goes official at MWC 2016, price starts at USD 139

Obi Worldphone MV1 has been officially launched at the Mobile World Congress (MWC). It is the latest budget smartphone from the company backed by John Scully and the device has been designed by a San Francisco-based product studio called Ammunition. Lets check out the specifications of the smartphone.


Obi Worldphone MV1 Specifications

The Obi Worldphone MV1 features a 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD in-cell IPS touch display, which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and has oleophobic coating. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor along with Adreno 306 GPU. It has 1 / 2 GB of RAM and comes with 16 GB of internal memory which can also be expanded up to 64 GB via microSD card. The device runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop OS and Cyanogen OS 12.1.1 out of the box.

The MV1 comes with a 8 megapixel rear primary camera with LED flash, OmniVision OV8865 sensor, f/2.2 aperture along with Full HD 1080p video recording. On the front, it has a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calling. The smartphone supports Dual SIM (micro + nano) and comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack. It is 8.95 mm thick and weighs 149 grams. It also has DTS Sound and dual microphone for noise-cancellation.

The Obi Worldphone MV1 includes 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS as connectivity options. The smartphone packs in a 2,500 mAh built-in battery under the hood.

The Obi Worldphone MV1 is available in White, Black and Red color variants and has been priced at US $139 (INR Rs 9,532 approximately) for the 1GB RAM variant whereas the 2GB version costs $149 (INR Rs 10,218 approximately). It will be released in Africa and Asia starting this month and will also roll out in Europe and Latin America in March 2016.

The company had launched the Obi Worldphone SF1 in India back in November last year.


On this launch occasion, Obi Worldphone Co-Founder John Sculley, said:

“This is an industry with 200 different brands vying for consumers’ attention. There will be 1.4 billion Android phones produced in 2016 alone, so there needs to be a way to stand apart from the pack. The components for all these different phones are mass-produced, in the same countries, and often in the same exact factories. What we’ve done with the Obi Worldphone from the very beginning is show that it’s possible to have a beautifully designed phone that fits into your lifestyle at an accessible price without sacrificing form and technology. You don’t have to give up style in exchange for substance. With the MV1, you can have both.”

Ammunition Founder and Obi lead designer, Robert Brunner, said:

“For our markets, the design of the MV1 is a fresh, modern breath of air in a sea of sameness. Its combination of simple form, iconic outline and resolved details make it an object to be desired.”

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