Can not be denied, dual camera smartphone is now a trend. If previously, the phone with the dual camera is only available in the premium class, now began targeting the middle segment. Dual camera phone at the price of three millions of the most crowded. One of them with the Advan A8 presence.
Advan is the third local vendor that carries dual camera features. Having previously existed Axioo Venge e which was introduced last June and Genpro Z are also launched this month. If both phones are still playing at the level that has been controlled that is sub USD 200 million aka cheap mobile phone, then Advan began to dare to level up to the top level.
Advan, who now earns the third position of smartphone vendor in the country version of IDC could be adding confidence. Moreover, they become the only local brand that entered in the top 5.
Advan A8 is the latest smartphone in the middle class, although the Advan already consider this as a flagship, which is equipped with qualified specifications and rich features. But is it sufficient to compete in the market? Given the brand that plays in this segment has been many and mainly dominated by global players. To that end, Advan “outsmart” by providing distinguishing features. They choose to position as smartphones with powerful security features. Rather than curious, please read our review below.
As a flagship smartphone, Advan A8 is designed with the premium unibody design that makes it look quite elegant. The combination of white on the front and the color of gold behind the uniqueness of its own. Although in design, there is really nothing really new or ouf of the box.
Metallic materials and a strong frame make this phone appear more robust. Ports and buttons are neatly designed around the body of the phone, making it easy to access various functions. Its very thin body makes it very comfortable to hold or put in a pants pocket.
So far, there is no record that needs to be criticized related to this design. Everything just alright. Oh yes, there is a soft case made of transparent plastic to protect the body so as not to scratch or dent when falling.
5.5” Full HD Screen + MiraVision
On the front of the body, Advan A8 has a 5.5-inch landscape display that is presented with full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). Make sure your multimedia content is sharp and bright. The screen is able to respond to up to ten touch points.
This phone adopts MiraVision technology that can improve the image quality. This technology provides real-time results and makes it easy to set up.Users to select image modes from standard, sharp to user mode. User mode will give the user the flexibility to adjust their own contrast, saturation, image brightness, sharpness and color temperature.
Unfortunately, it does not say whether this phone has a protective panel like Gorilla Glass or not. But the possibility of not wearing. Instead, the sales package includes a self-mounted scratch-resistant coating.
Rear Camera 13 + 5MP
Advan A8 comes with carrying the dual rear camera. Configure both rear cameras is on the first camera using Sony IMX258 sensor with 13 MP resolution. This is not Sony’s flagship sensor (currently IMX36x). The quality is quite good, but still less powerful especially when conditions in low lighting.
While on the second camera using OmniVision 5 MP sensor that takes the depth of field information or depth of field. This second camera serves to provide depth perception, triangle focus principle, producing images with full depth supported by Advanced Algorithm.
When used for shooting, Advan A8 activates the feature of Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) which is able to lock the focus more quickly and precisely in just 0.3 seconds. Both when the object is being photographed is moving, in the distance and near distance.
A number of features such as phase detection, autofocus, and geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, and panorama are included to produce quality photos. For those who like to photograph objects with the effects of bokeh, rear camera A8 ready to meet those needs.
There are eight color filters that also participate pinned to obtain the quality of the photo in accordance with the tastes of users. The camera in Advan A8 is equipped with a re-focus feature where users can change the focal point of the photo after taking bokeh photos.
When I try to shoot in the day with enough lighting, the results are good. Included in playing with bokeh, the result is quite satisfactory for mobile classmates. Although the process to make this photo a little longer. Because after photographing, there is a process of uploading photos. Furthermore, we can make the maximum settings in the photo editor.
But for photos at night, looks its performance is still not satisfactory. Noisey looks very clear and the details are weak.
With Dual Camera phones, I hope to do more things. But in fact, this phone still does not meet my expectations. Besides bokeh (blur) and Vancam (with real-time sticker), the features are quite standard like Beauty, watermark, timelapse. While features for slow motion, GIF, light painting/light trail and PRO (manual) does not exist.
Selfie Camera 8MP
Advan A8 is equipped with an 8 megapixel secondary camera which is also embedded with various features similar to that can be found on the rear camera. Just like the main camera, you also get the same eight color filters for the front camera.
Although the object area is not as wide as the camera selfie camera, but the results are quite satisfactory. There is also a face detection feature that can guess what age range. Although not accurate, because this is more like to be funny.
Embedded beauty features you can set the level to get the perfect picture of the face either from the side of brightness, smoothness to disguise the stain on the surface of the object’s face. You can also add funnily animated effects to your face portraits like the one you can meet on Snapchat.
Advan A8 Photo Results
OS & User Interfaces
To further improve the user experience and adapt to the needs of Indonesians, Advan developed the IDOS (Indonesia Operating System) platform. In Advan A8, this platform has been using the latest version of IDOS 7.22 which uses the base of the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system.
The IDOS platform has a dedicated user interface designed based on the needs and habits of Indonesians. It is so fresh and user-friendly. IDOS improves perfection while running various activities with mobile phones. Even with the increasing trend of online shopping, IDOS is able to protect public payment data so that it can transact more safely.
At least, there are four sectors of the main concern on the development of IDOS data security, power management (smart saving) power saving (power saving) and unique functions. There are several important applications integrated with IDOS such as the Health Guard that monitors users of devices as well as reminders to keep users healthy.
Then the Muslim Guides are very useful for diverse users of Islam. This application is very useful to facilitate worship starting from the time of prayer, the nearest mosque, the direction of Qiblah, recitation of Quran, praying, tasbih, and so forth. In addition, there are many other important applications useful for Advan A8 users.
I appreciate this step by Advan. Out of the comfort zone where usually local vendors prefer not to bother with just using the operating system from Android. While Advan willing to bother developing IDOS platform. The feature is quite interesting and useful, although if it is said to meet the needs of Indonesia, there are still many that are not here. After all, development takes time.
Security & Privacy
As a smartphone that received the title as “Privacy Protector Phone”, Advan A8 has provided several security features to ensure the security of its users. At the basic level, there is a fingerprint sensor to enhance the security of the smartphone because only the owner can access through the touch of a finger. Also, has been equipped with an encryption system that will encrypt all the stored data.
Furthermore, Advan A8 equipped with Advan Security features in cooperation with p 360 Security. This feature is useful to improve performance by detecting applications that consume battery and memory, clean up unused junk files, and antivirus to protect from malware, viruses and so on. Even Advan Security also protects users when making e-commerce transactions when payment by mobile banking or internet banking.
There is also an Xlocker feature for scanning content or malicious apps, checking for key permissions, password security levels, application and phone security. In this feature, there is also App Lock to lock certain applications that can only be accessed with face scans. With face unlock feature, the application becomes more private because it can be directly open only with the user’s face.
Users also do not have to worry anymore when the phone is lost either stolen or dropped. Because with Anti Theft feature, users can hide messages, send messages, take photos, lock, or wipe data from anywhere. So make sure the data stored in the phone remains secure.
The next feature is the Privacy System that is used to better maintain the user’s personal data, with additional features hide applications, photos, videos, documents from the call menu. In this feature, there is a private room that can only be accessed via the Desktop Button and Desktop Icons.
In this private space, users can save document files, recorded phone conversations, pictures, video, certain applications, contacts, and personal SMS. So no one knows about it except you. In fact, just in case, the user can create a fake privacy space. Absolutely Privacy Protector Phone.
Advan A8 equipped with the complete connectivity. This phone uses SIM Card Dual SIM type Nano where both can be active simultaneously. For wireless data transfer, there is a Bluetooth 4.1 and WiFi 802.11 b / g / n connection for fast internet access in hotspots.
As for those who have high mobility, 4G LTE connection will spoil the user with high speed. Advan A8 supports LTE-FDD frequencies: B3, B5, B8 and LTE-TDD B40 which means most LTE 4G cards from mobile operators can be used here.
And no less important, Advan A8 has also adopted the latest technology USB Type C is more sophisticated. Making the process of transferring data between devices using cables becomes much faster. Likewise with the process of charging the battery to be up to 20 times faster than the previous model of micro USB 2.0.
To ensure reliable performance when users use daily activities, the latest Smartphone from Advan is armed with cutting-edge hardware. The machine using MT750T processor octa-core speeding up speed up to 1.5GHz. Advan A8 is also accompanied by Mali-T860 MP2 graphics engine.
The combination of 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space ensures smooth performance for running applications and games and saves thousands of entertainment content. In addition, it is still accompanied by support for 64 GB micro SD slot.
The battery that is served is also quite large 3000 mAh which is able to be used for a full day. Especially with the pinned Power Saving feature or battery saver, making power consumption more efficient.