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Allview Impera i – dual SIM Windows Phone 8.1

Those who are familiar with the Windows Phone universe should forget about the high-end Lumia devices for a few moments – the hardware platform inside Allview Impera i was not meant for high-end devices but for affordable devices that offer the most convenient price/performance ratio. Therefore, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8212) chipset is a new entry-level chipset from Qualcomm, that is comprised of 4 Cortex-A7 cores that run at 1.2GHz and an Adreno 302 GPU. We also find 1GB of LPDDR2 RAM and 8 GB storage space that can be extended with the help of a micro SD card.

On the outside, Allview Impera i is pretty amazing – very thin (just 7.2mm) and very light (under 100g)! The combination of these factors manage to trick the consumer into not realizing the planar size of the phone (which is pretty big, due to the 4.7″ display and generous bezels). The 4.7″ screen has 720p capabilities (1280×720) and even if it does not fit with the full HD trend of 2014, it is more than enough for this price range. You cannot tell it is a 720p display unless you really look from a very close distance to spot the pixels.

On paper, Allview Impera i has 2 pretty strong cameras – the front one has a 2MP sensor while the main camera uses an OmniVision sensor (OV8858) and can take 8MP pictures. The big question mark from my point of view is the video capabilities – the sensor is more than capable of HD footage, but I supposed that the ISP in the chipset is the limiting factor which makes Impera i only record 864×480 movies.

On the connectivity side, Allview Impera i has almost everything that you could desire from a smartphone – dual SIM stand-by (the phone can accomodate 2 micro SIMs), WiFi 802 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and EDR. However, the only area where we are worried after reading the specs is the battery – because the phone is very slim, they could only fit a 1750mAh battery inside. The secret here resides in the nominal voltage, which unlike regular Li Ion batteries (3.7v) is 4.35 (Allview Impera i has a LiPolimer battery). Doing the simple math, we realize that Allview Impera i has a current capacity of 2057mAh – not too much but also not too little for a mainstream phone.

 AllView Impera i
SoCQualcomm MSM8212 Snapdragon 200
CPUQuad-Core 1.2 GHz Cortex A-7
GPUAdreno 302
Display4,7 inch @ 1280x720 (312PPI) IPS OGS
RAM1GB
Storage8GB, microSD up to 32GB
ConectivityDual-SIM, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 cu A2DP si EDR, microUSB 2.0
Camera8 MP, OV8858, 864x480

Front: 2MP
OSWindows Phone 8.1
BatteryLiPolimer 1750 mAh
Size135.8 x 67.2 x 7.2 mm
Weight98.9g

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