Prestigio MultiPhone 7600 Duo Review – Prestigio is not one of those top-end names you would normally think of when listing phone makers. But the company has quite a lot of handsets for sale in the UK, and the new MultiPhone 7600 is a dual-SIM six incher that fits into the phablet category.
Prestigio MultiPhone 7600 Duo, dual-SIM support in a phablet-sized smartphone
Six-inch screens are now far from rare, but few of them have dual-SIM support. Prestigio offers that, and has an interesting take on the idea. One of the SIM slots is a standard size, the other takes a micro SIM. This means you can switch to this handset with the minimum of fuss using whatever SIM size you happen to have. When you are travelling and want a local SIM or if your company wants to give you a SIM, get the appropriate size for the other slot.
You won’t find a lot about this handset apart from its size to draw attention as the design is nondescript. The micro USB connector is a bit awkwardly located on the top edge, but it’s nothing we can’t live with. The phone is quite thin at just 8.4mm and this helps it sit neatly in the hand. We like that Prestigio provides a flip case with the MultiPhone 7600 Duo and it is a bonus that this doubles up as a wide screen orientation stand for the phone. Its size means the screen is handy for watching video, and the case/stand certainly helps with that. Sound comes from a speaker grille on the back of the chassis and it is loud.
Quality isn’t top-notch, but it is passable. The screen’s 1,280 x 720 pixels aren’t exactly leading edge, but this handset is a relatively low-cost phablet at just $345, and the pixel count is one of the compromises made to get to that low price. The pixel density is a middling 244ppi, and quite a bit lower than you’d find on one of Samsung’s phablets, for example. There is another important compromise that’s been made on the storage front. There is 4GB installed but out of the box we only had 1.3GB free. That this is such a low amount is in no small part because of the multitude of apps that are pre-installed here.
Some install when you first turn the handset on, some are there already. In addition, more memory can be consumed if you select to install any of a range of additional apps offered at startup including a couple of games. We’re not huge fans of this kind of bloat, especially when it takes up a good proportion of limited onboard memory. There is some good news in that you can manually remove some of the apps that come pre-installed. And the freebies include useful things like OfficeSuite 7, which lets you create Microsoft Office compatible documents. The large screen allows for a keyboard that can just about be used for serious writing.
The 2600mAh battery is another slight disappointment. You may struggle to get through a day if you use the large screen to its full advantage for multimedia consumption. Elsewhere Prestigio has made some smart decisions. Near Field Communications is built in and there’s a massive eight-megapixel front camera and 13-megapixel main camera.
We like the setting that lets you slide the dialpad and calculator to the left or right sides of the screen, making one-handed use that little bit easier. And the quad-core processor with its 1GB of RAM in support did not seem too troubled by hard work.
Overall, Prestigio has undone its own good work with its attitude to add-on software. Fewer apps and more user accessible memory would have lifted this handset considerably, as the other cost-cutting measures that have been employed here are able to be lived with and the two-size SIM support is a real plus point.
Prestigio MultiPhone 7600 Duo Specifications
- Operating system Android 4.2
- Processor 1.5GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6589T
- Memory 1GB RAM
- 4GB storage
- Dimensions 166.5 x 84.4 x 8.4mm
- Weight 191g
- Display size Six-inch
- Display resolution 1,280 x 720 pixels
- Expansion slot micro SD
- Price $345