The mi-Tribe A500 is the product of a collaboration between mi-Fone and Konga, and it is exclusive to the Nigerian smartphone market. Basically, it is a budget smartphone running Android 5.1 Lollipop. It has a 5-inch display, is powered by a quad-core 1.3 GHz processor and 2GB of RAM, and has a 2,300 mAh battery. You can check the full specifications, as well as our first impressions of the device.
mi-Tribe A500 Design
Like most modern smartphones, the A500 is a slab. It is handy and feels light in the hand, despite its boxy looks. There isn’t much to expect in this price range, but mi-Fone has given it a unique touch. The removable rear shell has a sandpaper texture. Everyone who has handled it have said that they like the texture, so mi-Fone seems to be on to something here.
mi-Tribe A500 runs Stock Android + Konga Branding
mi-Fone hasn’t tampered with stock Android Lollipop. This is as vanilla as it gets. However, there is a touch of customisation implemented. It is nothing beyond changing the default wallpaper and ringtone to reflect Konga’s brand though.
Multimedia on the mi-Tribe A500
The usual multimedia suspects are in here: music player, video player, and camera. They are all stock Android fare. None of them disappoint and none are spectacular. They all get the job done, which is standard for this class of devices. The 8 megapixel camera has an LED flash and takes fair photographs. Video recording is there too. Again, nothing outstanding.
mi-Tribe A500 Performance
The combination of quad-core 1.3 GHz and 2GB of RAM works very well. Performance is quite good and leaves no serious hiccups in use. If you are into benchmark tests, we ran the usual:
- Quadrant: 8,694
- AnTuTu: 24,922
- GeekBench: 362 (Single-core); and 1,178 (Multi-Core)
Just for comparison sake, the mi-Tribe A500’s scores are better than what the similarly-specified Infinix Hot 2 returned – 20,662 for AnTuTu, and 9,301 for Quadrant.
mi-Tribe A500 Battery Performance
There are no shocking revelations in battery performance either. The 2300 mAh battery will see the average user through a full working day. If you use it more intensely, you will need to charge it up at least once during the day.
There is nothing outstanding about the mi-Tribe A500 and there is nothing disappointing either. mi-Fone played the middle of the road here and the result is a good, usable, budget smartphone. We think that the N23,500 retail price is fair for the dependability and performance that it offers.
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