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03-12-2014


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Smartphone Prestigio Grace: review and testing

The market for mobile devices is very similar to a living organism. It has its ups and downs, calm and storms. It closely follows the mood of the public and most of us are exposed to the pernicious influence of fashion. Not long ago, the main trend of the industry was the increase in the diagonals of the smartphones. Every well-known manufacturer has a device with a large display. What we can else say if known company from Cupertino also succumbed to public pressure. In the end, this trend has grown into a separate device sector, namely Phablet.

However today agenda is a new trend - the universal struggle against excess millimeters. There are a lot of smartphones with seven, six, and now with a five millimeter thick body. The trend resembles the countdown at the end of which will be the grand finale. And to take a seat in the front row and serious foothold in the market the producers need to use all available resources and opportunities.

Prestigio Grace (MultiPhone 7557)

The company Prestigio is not a n ecxepion. Following the demands of the consumers and the general influence of fashion, the manufacturer introduced its own version of the thinnest smartphone. Developed in conjunction with the company Gionee the model Prestigio Grace (MultiPhone 7557) boasts of a stylish 5.5-mm housing, rather productive hardware platform and an excellent 5” Super AMOLED-screen. What other features that can attract the attention of a potential buyer you can learn from our review.

The specs: 

Producer

Prestigio

Model

Grace (MultiPhone 7557)

Type, form-factor

Smartphone, monoblock

Communication standards

2G (GSM)

850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

3G (WCDMA)

900 / 2100 MHz

4G (LTE)

Broadband data transfer

GPRS (32-48 Кb/s), EDGE (236 Кb/s), HSDPA (up to 7,3 Mb/s), HSUPA (up to 5,76 Мb/s)

SIM-card

Micro-SIM

CPU

MediaTek MT6592: 8 cores (ARM Cortex-A7), up to 1,7 GHz,

L2 cache – 1 МB, 28 nm technology process

GPU

ARM Mali-450 MP4: up to 650 MHz, support for OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenVG 1.1 

Display

5", 1920 x 1080 p (440 ppi), Super AMOLED, multi-touch up to 10 touches, protective Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with oleophobic coating 

RAM

2 GB

ROM

16 GB

Card-reader

Sockets

1 x Micro-SIM

1 x micro-USB

1 x audio mini-jack 3,5 mm

Multimedia

Speaker

Mono

Microphone

Stereo

FM-radio

+

Other

Cameras

Main

13 МP,HDR support, aperture f/2.4, autofocus, single LED-flash, video recording in format 1080p 30 fps

Front

5 МP, aperture f/2.4, fixed focus, video recording in format 1080p 30 fps

Communication

Wi-Fi

802.11 b/g/n (2,4 GHz)

(Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot)

Bluetooth

4.0

NFC

IrLED

DLNA/Miracast

+/−

Navigation

GPS, A-GPS

Sensors

Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, light sensor, digital compass

Battery

Lithium-ion cell, non-detachable: 2300 mАh

Charger

Input: 100~240 V DC at 50/60 Hz

Output: 5 V AC at 1 А

Dimensions

145 х 70,2 х 5,5 mm

Weight

133 g

Color

Black

OS

Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Warranty

24 months

Website

Prestigio

Packaging and content

Smartphone Prestigio Grace comes in a small cardboard box. Following the corporate identity, packaging differs by aggressive and very informative design. Outside, it is painted in glossy black color and has styled carbon texture. This design idea is intended to emphasize the seriousness of the intentions of the manufacturer and set up a potential buyer in the desired fashion. Internal package part has a bright scarlet matte foundation that emphasizes the benefit of smartphone design.

 

Prestigio Grace (MultiPhone 7557) Prestigio Grace (MultiPhone 7557)

The front side of the box is decorated with a large and very stylish image of the gadget. Above it is placed the company’s logo, and under it is the name of the device. The back side of the package contains one logo, the motto of the company, list of specifications and rather impressive legal information from the manufacturer. On the side faces of the box the third logo depicts a well-known image of the robot Andy, as well as icons with the data about the main advantages of the smartphone.

Prestigio Grace (MultiPhone 7557)

The package includes the following Prestigio Grace set of elements: charger, USB-cable, headset with headphones of vacuum-type and several pairs of soft silicone pads, basic documentation and warranty card. It is quite possible that the selling branded version includes also the clip of the card Micro-SIM.

Design and elements layout

General tendency to fight with extra millimeters gradually captures the minds of a growing number of manufacturers. As is the case with the previously tested Fly Tornado Slim, engineers and designers of Prestigio made every effort to give a new flagship smartphone the thinnest case in the market. Despite the traditional rectangular shape and slightly rounded edges, Prestigio Grace has a pretty memorable design. Cut faces, deep black color and stylish combination of glass and metal make smartphone exterior more strict and aggressive at the same time. A thickness of case is 5.5 mm and it enhances this effect.

Prestigio Grace (MultiPhone 7557)

Due to the modest size (145 x 70.2 x 5.5 mm) and light weight (133 g), the gadget is very comfortable in a hand. Beveled side faces allow more comfortable embrace smartphone that will be very useful in connection with the presence of a large number of glass and aluminum in chassis. An interesting fact is that the device can slowly slide when placed on a flat and smooth surface. So using the device, especially while holding it with one hand, you have to be very careful not to drop the gadget.

Prestigio Grace is available in two classic colors: white and black. This is not surprising, since the smartphone is positioned as a premium device and the other (more variegated) colors do not fit into this concept. In our opinion, the main target audience of the gadget is energetic business people for whom the smartphone is not only smart assistant, but also a means to emphasize the high status.

Prestigio Grace (MultiPhone 7557)

The frame of Prestigio Grace is made a single piece of aluminum, which, in addition to the aesthetic component provides body rigidity. Its presence can be notices on the side faces of the device where it is painted in an interesting dark purple color. This hegemony is diluted by metallic plastic inserts, which play the role of insulating partitions for radio antennas. According to the manufacturer, in order to produce such aluminum frame took about 45 minutes of high-precision milling work.

Prestigio Grace (MultiPhone 7557)

The front side of the smartphone is fully covered by tempered glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with good oleophobic coating. It has a small curly curvature at the top and bottom that looks very attractive in terms of design. Also, around the perimeter of the front side of the unit is a thin chrome bevel. As for the 5-inch device, the frames around the display are modest: 17.5 mm at the top, 17 mm at the bottom and 4 mm on the sides.

Prestigio Grace (MultiPhone 7557) Prestigio Grace (MultiPhone 7557)

On top over the screen are: proximity and lighting sensors, opening the earpiece and front camera lens. At the bottom under the display are three touch buttons: usual "Back", "Home" and "Menu". 

Prestigio Grace (MultiPhone 7557) Prestigio Grace (MultiPhone 7557)

The right side of the smartphone has tray for card Micro-SIM, while the left side has the volume rocker and power button.

Prestigio Grace (MultiPhone 7557) Prestigio Grace (MultiPhone 7557)

At the top of the device is a micro-USB connector. The bottom side contains a 3.5-mm audio jack for a headset and a small microphone hole. It should be noted that all of the available connectors and components are protected by plastic covers.

Prestigio Grace (MultiPhone 7557)

The back side of Prestigio Grace is made as a whole plate of safety glass. It has a completely flat surface without any protrusions or hooks. The only exception is a small metal strip in the upper left corner of the back side with the main camera lens, LED flash and an additional single microphone. In the center of the back side is a big logo of the manufacturer, and at the bottom, almost at the edge is a multimedia speaker grille.

As for the build quality, it is at a high level. There are no any claims to the specific details or to the body as a whole. Smartphone is perfectly built: no backlashes or gaps. Also we were pleasantly pleased by excellent level of stiffness. Despite the small thickness, in aces of medium pressure the device geometry is not changed due to the aluminum frame and the display has no stains or other visible artifacts.

Display

Prestigio Grace (MultiPhone 7557)

The smartphone Prestigio Grace is equipped with excellent 5-inch Super AMOLED-display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density at 440 ppi. Due to such indicators it became possible to achieved stunning clarity and image details. The picture looks really lively and realistic. Also, it is accompanied by a deep (close to ideal) black color, which can be found only on displays with a matrix of this type.

Prestigio Grace (MultiPhone 7557)

As for the color of the screen, it is characterized by regular, fairly bright and very saturated colors. White balance and overall temperature mode can be called the reference. The last has not the slightest hint of care in warm or cool colors. The advantages of the display include excellent contrast and wide viewing angles. Even at an acute angle the image does not fade and remains bright and complete, without any displacement or inversions.

Smartphone screen is protected by tempered glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with excellent oleophobic coating from damage, scratches and chips. It reliably copes with fingerprints and other minor impurities. The display unit is made using OGS, which is characterized by the absence of the air gap between the glass and the matrix, which further increases the clarity and detail of the picture.

Screen backlight has a good range of adjustment and a fairly high, but at the same time a uniform level of brightness. Using technology PenTile it was able to significantly improve the efficiency of the backlight without increasing power consumption. Thanks to Full HD-resolution and high-density pixels very clear information, including fonts and small items is provided. All this makes it easy to use the smartphone as in bright conditions, and in total darkness.

The the screen with built-in sensor Atmel recognizes up to 10 simultaneous key presses. It is very sensitive and responds immediately even at the slightest touch. Finger sliding on the protective glass is easy and pleasant. It causes no discomfort. In addition, the sensor supports high sensitivity, which allows you to interact with the screen smartphone with wet hands or while in thin gloves.

Sound   

Prestigio Grace (MultiPhone 7557)

Model Prestigio Grace is equipped with pretty good multimedia speakers. It is located on the rear side of the body at the lower edge. The rear surface of the device does not have any projections and on the sides of the dynamics have no special legs, the sound is noticeably muted, especially when the smartphone is on the soft surface of the display up. But otherwise there are no claims to the speaker. Despite its compact size and the width of the thinnest device, it can provide a fairly loud and at the same time a very high-quality sound. The existing audio range has the presence of high and mid-range frequencies. And when playing certain songs there is a distinct hint of bass. Even at maximum volume the sound is clear and sonorous, without noticeable distortion. Therefore, the smartphone can be safely used for games, watching videos and phone calls without any additional devices.

Prestigio Grace (MultiPhone 7557)

Since the unit is equipped with a 3.5 mm audio jack, also it can connect external audio devices. Bundled headset has a good sound and a good supply volume. It may not boast of elaborated frequency range, but its performance is more than enough for making calls or listening to simple songs. And if the smartphone has connected third-party headphones, the sound becomes more shaped. Thus, in the test Kingston HyperX Cloud the sound becomes even more intense and detailed. The audio range has high and mid frequencies and low gain a distinct depth and volume.

The quality of the earpiece is also at a high level. It is moderately loud and provides a pleasant voice. However, it should pay attention to the quality of the service provider and the state of the phone conversation.

Camera 

The arsenal of Prestigio Grace includes good digital camera.

Prestigio Grace (MultiPhone 7557)

The main camera of the smartphone is represented by 13-megapixel module with an aperture f/2.4, autofocus and single LED flash. It can record video with a resolution up to 1080p at 30 fps. In addition ts benefits include support for pretty good HDR-Photo mode, which has a properly configured operating algorithm.

Due to the module Sony Exmor RS it is possible to achieve high quality of photo. Even in case of relatively unfavorable conditions (the backlight or low light), the user can count on quite decent pictures. In properly selected perspective where the camera can to please the fine details and natural colors with very bright colors and shades. Materials have a good quality (there is support for electronic image stabilization), good sound and a sufficient level of detail.

Prestigio Grace (MultiPhone 7557)

At the heart of the front camera is 5 megapixel module with an aperture f/2.4, fixed focus and self-timer, which can record 1080p video at 30 fps. It has a wide viewing angle and can shoot clear photos and quite sturdy. Parameters of front camera are suitable for all kinds of Web conferencing and video calls, and self-portraits.

Proprietary software that is responsible for control of the cameras has is simple execution and intuitive interface. Menu has a basic set of functions and preset modes. This solution is perfect for beginners or users who don’t have the time to understand the intricacies of settings, but on the contrary, there is a great desire to proceed directly to the process of shooting.


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