Yesterday evening, I spent some time with Ololade Otayemi AKA Mr Orbra, the young man behind Orbra Mobile, makers of Orbra Avalanche and Inferno. While the Avalanche is a 4.7-inch quad-core smartphone, the Inferno is a 7-inch tablet. I had hands-on time with both devices. While both are really good gadgets, both in terms of looks, feel and performance, it was the Inferno that captured my heart.
The Inferno runs stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with a modified launcher for the homescreen. In look and feel, the Inferno scores high. It feels very refined, just about the same feel you will find on a high end Samsung Galaxy, which was a very big surprise to me. A marked departure from most homegrown mobile devices, the 1280 x 800 pixel resolution display of the Inferno feels really smooth in use. Performance-wise, the 1.2GHz Cortex A7 quad-core processor and 1GB RAM seem to keep things purring nicely, as I found it fluid and nice to use.
It is dual-SIM, with one slot for a regular (Mini) SIM, and the second for a micro-SIM. This is the first time I am seeing such a combination too. The device supports both HSDPA and HSPA+, and in network mode, you can peg whatever network you are using for data to 3G-only. Nice touch. There is a dialer built-in so you can place and receive phone calls on it – hopefully with a headset.
The Inferno comes with 16GB storage built-in and a 16GB microSD card included. I am looking forward to seeing how the 4850mAh battery will perform on a day-to-day basis, so hang around for my battery life review soon. And it has an 8.0MP rear camera (with auto-focus and flash) and a 5.0MP front camera. Will the 8 megapixel camera be up to scratch? I am not a fan of taking photographs with tablets, but I shall put it to the test anyway.
In the nice box, accessories include: audio headset, USB cable, and charging adapter, as well as a case, all in white (white a nice touch of black).
Expect more on the Inferno, as well as my hands-on of the Avalanche and Apple-ish Orbra 12,000mAh power bank. You know how I bring you all the juicy details.