Highscreen Alpha R smartphone review

It has arrived in the shelf of inexpensive FullHD smartphones: Vobis Computer has started selling its flagship device called Alpha R. It is interesting, first of all, because at a cost of 13,000 rubles it has a very high-quality IPS-screen 1080x1920 pixels. In this price category, only purebred "Chinese" are "ruling" so far, which are sold unofficially in Russia. Another feature was the ability to replace the standard battery with a more capacious one. In order for the huge battery to neatly fit into the smartphone case, the manufacturer included an additional socket with increased dimensions in the kit. It seems to me that the company's marketers took into account that, in general, Alpha R has the usual technical characteristics and will be lost among other similar devices, so they solved this problem very simply: they gave the user the opportunity to choose the battery capacity. For example, in most situations, powerful batteries are not always needed, in addition, they increase the weight and size of gadgets. But there are situations where long-term operation of the phone is necessary (a trip out of town, a long flight, and so on). Of course, on the one hand, it is easier to take a portable charger with you, and on the other hand, it is not as convenient as if you had only one device with a capacious battery.

Since the device practically does not differ from its "brothers", the review will be relatively short, only the main points.

Design, dimensions, controls

The device is quite large (143.5x72x9.3 mm with a standard battery), and it weighs a lot - 156 grams (standard battery). If an additional battery is used, the thickness of the Alpha R increases by about 5 millimeters, i.e. becomes 14 mm. In the recent past, almost all communicators had similar dimensions, so you should not be afraid. By the way, the weight is also not much higher than a reasonable limit - 204 grams. However, if you remember the Lenovo P780, then it has dimensions of 143x73x10 mm and a weight of 176 grams. As you can see, it is more compact and lighter, and the parameters are about the same.

On sale will be two options for colors and body materials. In one case, glossy white plastic is used, in the other, black plastic with a soft-touch coating is used. The shape of the body is rectangular with strongly beveled corners. The side edges smoothly pass to the front panel and form a small ledge, which, in theory, will protect the screen from external influences if you put the phone front side down. The display is covered with protective glass. This is not Gorilla Glass, but it is also very durable and has not been scratched in a week of active use of the smartphone. The surface of the glass is easily soiled, traces are visible and can be erased relatively easily. Since the glossy plastic is white, fingerprints are invisible.

The device is assembled well, regardless of what socket is put on the device. There are no squeaks and backlashes, the case does not crackle when compressed or twisted, the cover does not squeeze through to the battery.

At the top is a speaker, covered with a plastic mesh. The volume of the speaker is slightly above average, the tone is pleasant, the intelligibility is average - as if the interlocutor is mumbling. It's hard to explain otherwise. To the right of the speaker is the front camera, and to the left are two sensors: lighting and proximity. The latter reacts somewhat slowly when the phone is moved away from the ear. There is also an indicator of missed events (missing an SMS or a call - flashing green, the battery is charging - lit red, lit green when fully charged).

Under the screen are three touch buttons for Back, Home and Menu. Marked with light translucent paint, white backlight, relatively bright.

On the left side, almost under the "ceiling", there is a volume rocker. It is plastic, almost recessed into the case. In my opinion, it is located very high, it is inconvenient to reach with fingers. There are no elements on the right, although there could be a power button, but it is on the top end. There is also a microUSB and a 3.5 mm audio output.

On the back are the camera, flash and speaker. If an additional cover is used, then the camera is recessed into the body, if it is standard, then it rises a little.

To open the lid, you need to pry it from the notch on the lower right side. The lid is lightweight and seems to be quite durable. Above the battery there are two slots for standard large SIM cards, and to the right and above there is a slot for installing a microSD memory card.

Смартфон с тонкой крышкой

Сравнительные размеры:

Highscreen и iPhone 5

Highscreen и HTC One

Highscreen и Samsung Galaxy S4

Highscreen и Samsung Galaxy Note II

Дисплей

В Highscreen Alpha R установлен дисплей, диагональ которого составляет 5 дюймов (физический размер — 62х110 мм). Разрешение высокое – 1920х1080 точек (FullHD) и является стандартом для большинства флагманских аппаратов. Плотность – 440 пикселей на дюйм, естественно, пикселизация не видна.The matrix is ​​made using IPS technology using OGS “(English One Glass Solution) - a technology for the production of touch displays without an air gap between the touchscreen and the display panel, the principle of which is to combine protective glass and display elements into a single whole. In addition to making the display thinner, this technology increases the viewing angle and improves readability in bright sunlight.

The screen quality is really excellent and practically does not differ from the quality of matrices in more expensive smartphones. I compared the display of Highscreen Alpha R with HTC One. The advantage of the One screen is high brightness and perhaps better behavior at viewing angles. When Alpha R is tilted, the picture takes on a warm hue, or rather, a reddish one. Below is a comparison (left - Highscreen, right - HTC):

Highscreen Alpha R display matrix with slight magnification

Highscreen Alpha R display matrix under a microscope

The brightness of the highscreen matrix is ​​relatively high, but it still fades in the sun.

Screen outside in the shade

Screen in direct sunlight

Battery

As I said at the beginning of the review, now there are a lot of devices similar to each other, so manufacturers need to somehow distinguish their models. In my opinion, the Vobis Computer company, which owns the Highscreen brand, has taken an original path: an additional 4000 mAh battery (3.7 V, 14.8 Wh) was included in the kit! It is installed in the same compartment as the standard battery (2000 mAh, 3.7 V, 7.4 Wh), only the body is closed with a different, larger cover.

Unfortunately, I had little time for detailed testing of batteries (firstly, the exclusive model is not given for a long time, and secondly, the capacities are too large - a lot of time is spent first on the discharge, and then on a full charge), nevertheless, I can give approximate figures.

If you use a 2000 mAh battery, we get about 10 hours of Alpha R "life": 3G functions all this time, about 20 minutes of calls, an hour of taking photos and shooting videos, the same amount of listening to music and watching videos.

With a 4000 mAh battery, the operating time is exactly doubled, so do not flatter yourself that you can use your phone in active mode for weeks. On the strength, with the disconnection of the Internet, it takes about 5-6 days. If you use 3G, then count steadily for two days. For example, my Galaxy S4 functions for about 3 days (there is 2600 mAh, I do not turn off the mobile network at night) with 20-30 minutes of calls all the time, several dozens of SMS, taking pictures for about 2 hours.

Included is a 1A AC adapter. The battery charge time for 2000 mAh is 2.5 hours, for 4000 mAh - just over 4 hours.

Antutu for 2000mAh battery:

Antutu for 4000mAh battery:

Communications

Volvo

The phone works in 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (900/2100 MHz) cellular networks. In this case, one "SIM card" functions only in 2G, the other - in 2G or 3G. In the "SIM card management" section of the settings, the name of the "sim cards", their color, and data transfer are set.

Camera

Almost all MTK6589 smartphones use the same 8 MP (F2.4, 33mm) camera module. There is a 2 MP front camera. The maximum resolution of photos can be 3264x2448 pixels, videos - 1920x1080 at 30 frames per second.

I will not describe in detail, so as not to repeat myself. Alpha GTX, Fly IQ4410 and the like are shot in the same way.

EXIF information from the photo file

Video file characteristic:

  • File format: 3GP
  • Video codec: MPEG-4, 24 Mbps
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080, 30 fps
  • Audio codec: AAC 128Kbps
  • Channels: 2 channels, 48 ​​kHz

Examples of photos on the main camera:

Panorama:

An example of a photo taken with the front camera:

Performance and software platform

The smartphone is equipped with a modern Taiwanese MediaTek MT6589T chipset. ARM Cortex-A7 processor (frequency 1.5 GHz) with ARM TrustZone advanced security technology (a set of instructions that help protect mobile devices, mobile payments and content streaming), made on a 28-nm process technology. The graphics accelerator is PowerVR SGX 544MP (single core, 357 MHz), developed by Imagination Technologies.

If we compare the versions of the MT6589 and MT6589T chips, the difference lies in the increase in the frequencies of the processor and graphics system.

The new chip allows you to run almost all games from Google Play currently available. I installed Modern Combat 4, GTA VC, Dead Space and others. There were no problems, despite the FullHD screen resolution. Of course, some high-quality textures may be missing or some effects are missing, but everything works as it should.

Краткая техническая информация:

Тесты производительности:

Что касается ПО, то здесь используется Android версии 4.2.

Мультимедиа

Музыкальный проигрыватель и радио. Используется привычное радио и стандартный музыкальный плеер. Громкость музыки в плеере очень высокая (после уровня 70% громкость не меняется), качество приличное. Громкость вызывного динамика — чуть выше среднего.

Video Player. There is a separate program for playing video. The device supports almost all file formats and all resolutions, however, there are problems with audio codecs: the image “appears”, but there is no sound. Therefore, the easiest way is to install another video player.

Conclusion

The quality of the connection is at a high level, no sharp signal drops were noticed during the use. The vibrating alert is average, due to the dimensions of the device.

From my point of view, the Highscreen Alpha R smartphone is quite interesting. For 13,000 rubles you get a productive device with a cool IPS FullHD matrix, a good camera and, of course, a capacious battery that comes with the standard one.

Competitors:

ZOPO ZP980. It costs about 10,000 rubles. Pros: thinner, lighter, 13MP camera, microSIM slot. Cons: sold unofficially in Russia, the chipset is not "turbocharged" - MTK6589.

ThL W11. It costs about 10,000 rubles. An analogue of ZOPO ZP980, but here it is already MTK6589T. In Russia, it is sold unofficially.

Alcatel OneTouch IDOL X. It costs about 14,000 rubles. Pros: thin, light, 2 GB RAM, 13 MP camera from Sony. Cons: 2000 mAh battery, and Highscreen has another 4000 mAh.

Highscreen Alpha R smartphone review

It has arrived in the shelf of inexpensive FullHD smartphones: Vobis Computer has started selling its flagship device called Alpha R. It is interesting, first of all, because at a cost of 13,000 rubles it has a very high-quality IPS-screen 1080x1920 pixels. In this price category, only purebred "Chinese" are "ruling" so far, which are sold unofficially in Russia. Another feature was the ability to replace the standard battery with a more capacious one. In order for the huge battery to neatly fit into the smartphone case, the manufacturer included an additional socket with increased dimensions in the kit.It seems to me that the company's marketers took into account that, in general, Alpha R has the usual technical characteristics and will be lost among other similar devices, so they solved this problem very simply: they gave the user the opportunity to choose the battery capacity. For example, in most situations, powerful batteries are not always needed, in addition, they increase the weight and size of gadgets. But there are situations where long-term operation of the phone is necessary (a trip out of town, a long flight, and so on). Of course, on the one hand, it is easier to take a portable charger with you, and on the other hand, it is not as convenient as if you had only one device with a capacious battery.

Since the device practically does not differ from its "brothers", the review will be relatively short, only the main points.

Design, dimensions, controls

The device is quite large (143.5x72x9.3 mm with a standard battery), and it weighs a lot - 156 grams (standard battery). If an additional battery is used, the thickness of the Alpha R increases by about 5 millimeters, i.e. becomes 14 mm. In the recent past, almost all communicators had similar dimensions, so you should not be afraid. By the way, the weight is also not much higher than a reasonable limit - 204 grams. However, if you remember the Lenovo P780, then it has dimensions of 143x73x10 mm and a weight of 176 grams. As you can see, it is more compact and lighter, and the parameters are about the same.

On sale will be two options for colors and body materials. In one case, glossy white plastic is used, in the other, black plastic with a soft-touch coating is used. The shape of the body is rectangular with strongly beveled corners. The side edges smoothly pass to the front panel and form a small ledge, which, in theory, will protect the screen from external influences if you put the phone front side down. The display is covered with protective glass. This is not Gorilla Glass, but it is also very durable and has not been scratched in a week of active use of the smartphone. The surface of the glass is easily soiled, traces are visible and can be erased relatively easily. Since the glossy plastic is white, fingerprints are invisible.

The device is assembled well, regardless of what socket is put on the device. There are no squeaks and backlashes, the case does not crackle when compressed or twisted, the cover does not squeeze through to the battery.

At the top is a speaker, covered with a plastic mesh. The volume of the speaker is slightly above average, the tone is pleasant, the intelligibility is average - as if the interlocutor is mumbling. It's hard to explain otherwise. To the right of the speaker is the front camera, and to the left are two sensors: lighting and proximity. The latter reacts somewhat slowly when the phone is moved away from the ear. There is also an indicator of missed events (missing an SMS or a call - flashing green, the battery is charging - lit red, lit green when fully charged).

Under the screen are three touch buttons for Back, Home and Menu. Marked with light translucent paint, white backlight, relatively bright.

On the left side, almost under the "ceiling", there is a volume rocker. It is plastic, almost recessed into the case. In my opinion, it is located very high, it is inconvenient to reach with fingers. There are no elements on the right, although there could be a power button, but it is on the top end. There is also a microUSB and a 3.5 mm audio output.

On the back are the camera, flash and speaker. If an additional cover is used, then the camera is recessed into the body, if it is standard, then it rises a little.

To open the lid, you need to pry it from the notch on the lower right side. The lid is lightweight and seems to be quite durable. Above the battery there are two slots for standard large SIM cards, and to the right and above there is a slot for installing a microSD memory card.

Смартфон с тонкой крышкой

Сравнительные размеры:

Highscreen и iPhone 5

Highscreen и HTC One

Highscreen и Samsung Galaxy S4

Highscreen и Samsung Galaxy Note II

Дисплей

В Highscreen Alpha R установлен дисплей, диагональ которого составляет 5 дюймов (физический размер — 62х110 мм). Разрешение высокое – 1920х1080 точек (FullHD) и является стандартом для большинства флагманских аппаратов. Плотность – 440 пикселей на дюйм, естественно, пикселизация не видна.The matrix is ​​made using IPS technology using OGS “(English One Glass Solution) - a technology for the production of touch displays without an air gap between the touchscreen and the display panel, the principle of which is to combine protective glass and display elements into a single whole. In addition to making the display thinner, this technology increases the viewing angle and improves readability in bright sunlight.

The screen quality is really excellent and practically does not differ from the quality of matrices in more expensive smartphones. I compared the display of Highscreen Alpha R with HTC One. The advantage of the One screen is high brightness and perhaps better behavior at viewing angles. When Alpha R is tilted, the picture takes on a warm hue, or rather, a reddish one. Below is a comparison (left - Highscreen, right - HTC):

Highscreen Alpha R display matrix with slight magnification

Highscreen Alpha R display matrix under a microscope

The brightness of the highscreen matrix is ​​relatively high, but it still fades in the sun.

Screen outside in the shade

Screen in direct sunlight

Battery

As I said at the beginning of the review, now there are a lot of devices similar to each other, so manufacturers need to somehow distinguish their models. In my opinion, the Vobis Computer company, which owns the Highscreen brand, has taken an original path: an additional 4000 mAh battery (3.7 V, 14.8 Wh) was included in the kit! It is installed in the same compartment as the standard battery (2000 mAh, 3.7 V, 7.4 Wh), only the body is closed with a different, larger cover.

Unfortunately, I had little time for detailed testing of batteries (firstly, the exclusive model is not given for a long time, and secondly, the capacities are too large - a lot of time is spent first on the discharge, and then on a full charge), nevertheless, I can give approximate figures.

If you use a 2000 mAh battery, we get about 10 hours of Alpha R "life": 3G functions all this time, about 20 minutes of calls, an hour of taking photos and shooting videos, the same amount of listening to music and watching videos.

With a 4000 mAh battery, the operating time is exactly doubled, so do not flatter yourself that you can use your phone in active mode for weeks. On the strength, with the shutdown of the Internet, it takes about 5-6 days. If you use 3G, then count steadily for two days. For example, my Galaxy S4 functions for about 3 days (there is 2600 mAh, I do not turn off the mobile network at night) with 20-30 minutes of calls all the time, several dozens of SMS, taking pictures for about 2 hours.

Included is a 1A AC adapter. The battery charge time for 2000 mAh is 2.5 hours, for 4000 mAh - just over 4 hours.

Antutu for 2000mAh battery:

Antutu for 4000mAh battery:

Communications

Volvo

The phone works in 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (900/2100 MHz) cellular networks. In this case, one "SIM card" functions only in 2G, the other - in 2G or 3G. In the "SIM card management" section of the settings, the name of the "sim cards", their color, and data transfer are set.

Bluetooth version 4.0 (EDR) available for file and voice transfer. There is wireless Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. The device, of course, can be used as an access point (Wi-Fi Hotspot) or modem. In the settings, this item is listed as "Modem Mode". There is Wi-Fi Direct.

There were no connection problems, Wi-Fi sensitivity is high: for example, at a distance of 5 meters (behind the wall) from the router, Highscreen confidently showed 3-4 divisions.

USB 2.0 (High-Speed) is used for file transfer and data synchronization. When connecting Alpha R to a PC, it is detected as a USB flash device.

Memory and memory card

This model comes with 1 GB of RAM. Today it is the standard for most of these devices. Of course, I already want 2 GB or more, but I don’t feel a particular need yet.

From the "giga" RAM, on average, about 400 - 450 MB are free.

Internal memory 4 GB, available for storing data and applications about 2.2 GB. There is a slot for a microSDHC memory card up to 32 GB (I did not try to install 64). In the settings there is an item "Installation location", in it you should select the place where programs will be installed or data will be saved. In the same menu, there is an “Installer of APK files”: select the APK file and the program or game will be installed.

Camera

Almost all MTK6589 smartphones use the same 8 MP (F2.4, 33mm) camera module. There is a 2 MP front camera. The maximum resolution of photos can be 3264x2448 pixels, videos - 1920x1080 at 30 frames per second.

I will not describe in detail, so as not to repeat myself. Alpha GTX, Fly IQ4410 and the like are shot in the same way.

EXIF information from the photo file

Video file characteristic:

  • File format: 3GP
  • Video codec: MPEG-4, 24 Mbps
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080, 30 fps
  • Audio codec: AAC 128Kbps
  • Channels: 2 channels, 48 ​​kHz

Examples of photos on the main camera:

Panorama:

An example of a photo taken with the front camera:

Performance and software platform

The smartphone is equipped with a modern Taiwanese MediaTek MT6589T chipset. ARM Cortex-A7 processor (frequency 1.5 GHz) with ARM TrustZone advanced security technology (a set of instructions that help protect mobile devices, mobile payments and content streaming), made on a 28-nm process technology. The graphics accelerator is PowerVR SGX 544MP (single core, 357 MHz), developed by Imagination Technologies.

If we compare the versions of the MT6589 and MT6589T chips, the difference lies in the increase in the frequencies of the processor and graphics system.

The new chip allows you to run almost all games from Google Play currently available. I installed Modern Combat 4, GTA VC, Dead Space and others. There were no problems, despite the FullHD screen resolution. Of course, some high-quality textures may be missing or some effects are missing, but everything works as it should.

Краткая техническая информация:

Тесты производительности:

Что касается ПО, то здесь используется Android версии 4.2.

Мультимедиа

Музыкальный проигрыватель и радио. Используется привычное радио и стандартный музыкальный плеер. Громкость музыки в плеере очень высокая (после уровня 70% громкость не меняется), качество приличное. Громкость вызывного динамика — чуть выше среднего.

Video Player. There is a separate program for playing video. The device supports almost all file formats and all resolutions, however, there are problems with audio codecs: the image “appears”, but there is no sound. Therefore, the easiest way is to install another video player.

Conclusion

The quality of the connection is at a high level, no sharp signal drops were noticed during the use. The vibrating alert is average, due to the dimensions of the device.

From my point of view, the Highscreen Alpha R smartphone is quite interesting. For 13,000 rubles you get a productive device with a cool IPS FullHD matrix, a good camera and, of course, a capacious battery that comes with the standard one.

Competitors:

ZOPO ZP980. It costs about 10,000 rubles. Pros: thinner, lighter, 13MP camera, microSIM slot. Cons: sold unofficially in Russia, the chipset is not "turbocharged" - MTK6589.

ThL W11. It costs about 10,000 rubles. An analogue of ZOPO ZP980, but here it is already MTK6589T. In Russia, it is sold unofficially.

Alcatel OneTouch IDOL X. It costs about 14,000 rubles. Pros: thin, light, 2 GB RAM, 13 MP camera from Sony. Cons: 2000 mAh battery, and Highscreen has another 4000 mAh.

Highscreen Alpha R smartphone review

It has arrived in the shelf of inexpensive FullHD smartphones: Vobis Computer has started selling its flagship device called Alpha R. It is interesting, first of all, because at a cost of 13,000 rubles it has a very high-quality IPS-screen 1080x1920 pixels. In this price category, only purebred "Chinese" are "ruling" so far, which are sold unofficially in Russia. Another feature was the ability to replace the standard battery with a more capacious one. In order for the huge battery to neatly fit into the smartphone case, the manufacturer included an additional socket with increased dimensions in the kit.It seems to me that the company's marketers took into account that, in general, Alpha R has the usual technical characteristics and will be lost among other similar devices, so they solved this problem very simply: they gave the user the opportunity to choose the battery capacity. For example, in most situations, powerful batteries are not always needed, in addition, they increase the weight and size of gadgets. But there are situations where long-term operation of the phone is necessary (a trip out of town, a long flight, and so on). Of course, on the one hand, it is easier to take a portable charger with you, and on the other hand, it is not as convenient as if you had only one device with a capacious battery.

Since the device practically does not differ from its "brothers", the review will be relatively short, only the main points.

Design, dimensions, controls

The device is quite large (143.5x72x9.3 mm with a standard battery), and it weighs a lot - 156 grams (standard battery). If an additional battery is used, the thickness of the Alpha R increases by about 5 millimeters, i.e. becomes 14 mm. In the recent past, almost all communicators had similar dimensions, so you should not be afraid. By the way, the weight is also not much higher than a reasonable limit - 204 grams. However, if you remember the Lenovo P780, then it has dimensions of 143x73x10 mm and a weight of 176 grams. As you can see, it is more compact and lighter, and the parameters are about the same.

On sale will be two options for colors and body materials. In one case, glossy white plastic is used, in the other, black plastic with a soft-touch coating is used. The shape of the body is rectangular with strongly beveled corners. The side edges smoothly pass to the front panel and form a small ledge, which, in theory, will protect the screen from external influences if you put the phone front side down. The display is covered with protective glass. This is not Gorilla Glass, but it is also very durable and has not been scratched in a week of active use of the smartphone. The surface of the glass is easily soiled, traces are visible and can be erased relatively easily. Since the glossy plastic is white, fingerprints are invisible.

The device is assembled well, regardless of what socket is put on the device. There are no squeaks and backlashes, the case does not crackle when compressed or twisted, the cover does not squeeze through to the battery.

At the top is a speaker, covered with a plastic mesh. The volume of the speaker is slightly above average, the tone is pleasant, the intelligibility is average - as if the interlocutor is mumbling. It's hard to explain otherwise. To the right of the speaker is the front camera, and to the left are two sensors: lighting and proximity. The latter reacts somewhat slowly when the phone is moved away from the ear. There is also an indicator of missed events (missing an SMS or a call - flashing green, the battery is charging - lit red, lit green when fully charged).

Under the screen are three touch buttons for Back, Home and Menu. Marked with light translucent paint, white backlight, relatively bright.

Смартфон с тонкой крышкой

Сравнительные размеры:

Highscreen и iPhone 5

Highscreen и HTC One

Highscreen и Samsung Galaxy S4

Highscreen и Samsung Galaxy Note II

Дисплей

В Highscreen Alpha R установлен дисплей, диагональ которого составляет 5 дюймов (физический размер — 62х110 мм). Разрешение высокое – 1920х1080 точек (FullHD) и является стандартом для большинства флагманских аппаратов. Плотность – 440 пикселей на дюйм, естественно, пикселизация не видна.The matrix is ​​made using IPS technology using OGS “(English One Glass Solution) - a technology for the production of touch displays without an air gap between the touchscreen and the display panel, the principle of which is to combine protective glass and display elements into a single whole. In addition to making the display thinner, this technology increases the viewing angle and improves readability in bright sunlight.

The screen quality is really excellent and practically does not differ from the quality of matrices in more expensive smartphones. I compared the display of Highscreen Alpha R with HTC One. The advantage of the One screen is high brightness and perhaps better behavior at viewing angles. When Alpha R is tilted, the picture takes on a warm hue, or rather, a reddish one. Below is a comparison (left - Highscreen, right - HTC):

Highscreen Alpha R display matrix with slight magnification

Highscreen Alpha R display matrix under a microscope

The brightness of the highscreen matrix is ​​relatively high, but it still fades in the sun.

Screen outside in the shade

Screen in direct sunlight

Battery

As I said at the beginning of the review, now there are a lot of devices similar to each other, so manufacturers need to somehow distinguish their models. In my opinion, the Vobis Computer company, which owns the Highscreen brand, has taken an original path: an additional 4000 mAh battery (3.7 V, 14.8 Wh) was included in the kit! It is installed in the same compartment as the standard battery (2000 mAh, 3.7 V, 7.4 Wh), only the body is closed with a different, larger cover.

Unfortunately, I had little time for detailed testing of batteries (firstly, the exclusive model is not given for a long time, and secondly, the capacities are too large - a lot of time is spent first on the discharge, and then on a full charge), nevertheless, I can give approximate figures.

If you use a 2000 mAh battery, we get about 10 hours of Alpha R "life": 3G functions all this time, about 20 minutes of calls, an hour of taking photos and shooting videos, the same amount of listening to music and watching videos.

With a 4000 mAh battery, the operating time is exactly doubled, so do not flatter yourself that you can use your phone in active mode for weeks. On the strength, with the disconnection of the Internet, it takes about 5-6 days. If you use 3G, then count steadily for two days. For example, my Galaxy S4 functions for about 3 days (there is 2600 mAh, I do not turn off the mobile network at night) with 20-30 minutes of calls all the time, several dozens of SMS, taking pictures for about 2 hours.

Included is a 1A AC adapter. The battery charge time for 2000 mAh is 2.5 hours, for 4000 mAh - just over 4 hours.

Antutu for 2000mAh battery:

Antutu for 4000mAh battery:

Communications

Volvo

The phone works in 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (900/2100 MHz) cellular networks. In this case, one "SIM card" functions only in 2G, the other - in 2G or 3G. In the "SIM card management" section of the settings, the name of the "sim cards", their color, and data transfer are set.

Bluetooth version 4.0 (EDR) available for file and voice transfer. There is wireless Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. The device, of course, can be used as an access point (Wi-Fi Hotspot) or modem. In the settings, this item is listed as "Modem Mode". There is Wi-Fi Direct.

There were no connection problems, Wi-Fi sensitivity is high: for example, at a distance of 5 meters (behind the wall) from the router, Highscreen confidently showed 3-4 divisions.

USB 2.0 (High-Speed) is used for file transfer and data synchronization. When connecting Alpha R to a PC, it is detected as a USB flash device.

Memory and memory card

This model comes with 1 GB of RAM. Today it is the standard for most of these devices. Of course, I already want 2 GB or more, but I don’t feel a particular need yet.

From the "giga" RAM, on average, about 400 - 450 MB are free.

Internal memory 4 GB, available for storing data and applications about 2.2 GB. There is a slot for a microSDHC memory card up to 32 GB (I did not try to install 64). In the settings there is an item "Installation location", in it you should select the place where programs will be installed or data will be saved. In the same menu, there is an “Installer of APK files”: select the APK file and the program or game will be installed.

Camera

Almost all MTK6589 smartphones use the same 8 MP (F2.4, 33mm) camera module. There is a 2 MP front camera. The maximum resolution of photos can be 3264x2448 pixels, videos - 1920x1080 at 30 frames per second.

I will not describe in detail, so as not to repeat myself. Alpha GTX, Fly IQ4410 and the like are shot in the same way.

EXIF information from the photo file

Video file characteristic:

  • File format: 3GP
  • Video codec: MPEG-4, 24 Mbps
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080, 30 fps
  • Audio codec: AAC 128Kbps
  • Channels: 2 channels, 48 ​​kHz

Examples of photos on the main camera:

Panorama:

An example of a photo taken with the front camera:

Performance and software platform

The smartphone is equipped with a modern Taiwanese MediaTek MT6589T chipset. ARM Cortex-A7 processor (frequency 1.5 GHz) with ARM TrustZone advanced security technology (a set of instructions that help protect mobile devices, mobile payments and content streaming), made on a 28-nm process technology. The graphics accelerator is PowerVR SGX 544MP (single core, 357 MHz), developed by Imagination Technologies.

If we compare the versions of the MT6589 and MT6589T chips, the difference lies in the increase in the frequencies of the processor and graphics system.

The new chip allows you to run almost all games from Google Play currently available. I installed Modern Combat 4, GTA VC, Dead Space and others. There were no problems, despite the FullHD screen resolution. Of course, some high-quality textures may be missing or some effects are missing, but everything works as it should.

Краткая техническая информация:

Тесты производительности:

Что касается ПО, то здесь используется Android версии 4.2.

Мультимедиа

Музыкальный проигрыватель и радио. Используется привычное радио и стандартный музыкальный плеер. Громкость музыки в плеере очень высокая (после уровня 70% громкость не меняется), качество приличное. Громкость вызывного динамика — чуть выше среднего.

Video Player. There is a separate program for playing video. The device supports almost all file formats and all resolutions, however, there are problems with audio codecs: the image “appears”, but there is no sound. Therefore, the easiest way is to install another video player.

Conclusion

The quality of the connection is at a high level, no sharp signal drops were noticed during the use. The vibrating alert is average, due to the dimensions of the device.

From my point of view, the Highscreen Alpha R smartphone is quite interesting. For 13,000 rubles you get a productive device with a cool IPS FullHD matrix, a good camera and, of course, a capacious battery that comes with the standard one.

Competitors:

ZOPO ZP980. It costs about 10,000 rubles. Pros: thinner, lighter, 13MP camera, microSIM slot. Cons: sold unofficially in Russia, the chipset is not "turbocharged" - MTK6589.

ThL W11. It costs about 10,000 rubles. An analogue of ZOPO ZP980, but here it is already MTK6589T. It is sold unofficially in Russia.

Alcatel OneTouch IDOL X. It costs about 14,000 rubles. Pros: thin, light, 2 GB RAM, 13 MP camera from Sony. Cons: 2000 mAh battery, and Highscreen has another 4000 mAh.

Highscreen Alpha R smartphone review

It has arrived in the shelf of inexpensive FullHD smartphones: Vobis Computer has started selling its flagship device called Alpha R. It is interesting, first of all, because at a cost of 13,000 rubles it has a very high-quality IPS-screen 1080x1920 pixels. In this price category, only purebred “Chinese” are “ruling” so far, which are sold unofficially in Russia. Another feature was the ability to replace the standard battery with a more capacious one. In order for the huge battery to neatly fit into the smartphone case, the manufacturer included an additional socket with increased dimensions in the kit.It seems to me that the company's marketers took into account that, in general, Alpha R has the usual technical characteristics and will be lost among other similar devices, so they solved this problem very simply: they gave the user the opportunity to choose the battery capacity. For example, in most situations, powerful batteries are not always needed, in addition, they increase the weight and size of gadgets. But there are situations where long-term operation of the phone is necessary (a trip out of town, a long flight, and so on). Of course, on the one hand, it is easier to take a portable charger with you, and on the other hand, it is not as convenient as if you had only one device with a capacious battery.

Since the device practically does not differ from its "brothers", the review will be relatively short, only the main points.

Design, dimensions, controls

The device is quite large (143.5x72x9.3 mm with a standard battery), and it weighs a lot - 156 grams (standard battery). If an additional battery is used, the thickness of the Alpha R increases by about 5 millimeters, i.e. becomes 14 mm. In the recent past, almost all communicators had similar dimensions, so you should not be afraid. By the way, the weight is also not much higher than a reasonable limit - 204 grams. However, if you remember the Lenovo P780, then it has dimensions of 143x73x10 mm and a weight of 176 grams. As you can see, it is more compact and lighter, and the parameters are about the same.

On sale will be two options for colors and body materials. In one case, glossy white plastic is used, in the other, black plastic with a soft-touch coating is used. The shape of the body is rectangular with strongly beveled corners. The side edges smoothly pass to the front panel and form a small ledge, which, in theory, will protect the screen from external influences if you put the phone front side down. The display is covered with protective glass. This is not Gorilla Glass, but it is also very durable and has not been scratched in a week of active use of the smartphone. The surface of the glass is easily soiled, traces are visible and can be erased relatively easily. Since the glossy plastic is white, fingerprints are invisible.

The device is assembled well, regardless of what socket is put on the device. There are no squeaks and backlashes, the case does not crackle when compressed or twisted, the cover does not squeeze through to the battery.

At the top is a speaker, covered with a plastic mesh. The volume of the speaker is slightly above average, the tone is pleasant, the intelligibility is average - as if the interlocutor is mumbling. It's hard to explain otherwise. To the right of the speaker is the front camera, and to the left are two sensors: lighting and proximity. The latter reacts somewhat slowly when the phone is moved away from the ear. There is also an indicator of missed events (missing an SMS or a call - flashing green, the battery is charging - lit red, lit green when fully charged).

Under the screen are three touch buttons for Back, Home and Menu. Marked with light translucent paint, white backlight, relatively bright.

On the left side, almost under the "ceiling", there is a volume rocker. It is plastic, almost recessed into the case. In my opinion, it is located very high, it is inconvenient to reach with fingers. There are no elements on the right, although there could be a power button, but it is on the top end. There is also a microUSB and a 3.5 mm audio output.

The screen quality is really excellent and practically does not differ from the quality of matrices in more expensive smartphones. I compared the display of Highscreen Alpha R with HTC One. The advantage of the One screen is high brightness and perhaps better behavior at viewing angles. When Alpha R is tilted, the picture takes on a warm hue, or rather, a reddish one. Below is a comparison (left - Highscreen, right - HTC):

Highscreen Alpha R display matrix with slight magnification

Highscreen Alpha R display matrix under a microscope

The brightness of the highscreen matrix is ​​relatively high, but it still fades in the sun.

Screen outside in the shade

Screen in direct sunlight

Battery

As I said at the beginning of the review, now there are a lot of devices similar to each other, so manufacturers need to somehow distinguish their models. In my opinion, the Vobis Computer company, which owns the Highscreen brand, has taken an original path: an additional 4000 mAh battery (3.7 V, 14.8 Wh) was included in the kit! It is installed in the same compartment as the standard battery (2000 mAh, 3.7 V, 7.4 Wh), only the body is closed with a different, larger cover.

Unfortunately, I had little time for detailed testing of batteries (firstly, the exclusive model is not given for a long time, and secondly, the capacities are too large - a lot of time is spent first on the discharge, and then on a full charge), nevertheless, I can give approximate figures.

If you use a 2000 mAh battery, we get about 10 hours of Alpha R "life": 3G functions all this time, about 20 minutes of calls, an hour of taking photos and shooting videos, the same amount of listening to music and watching videos.

With a 4000 mAh battery, the operating time is exactly doubled, so do not flatter yourself that you can use your phone in active mode for weeks. On the strength, with the shutdown of the Internet, it takes about 5-6 days. If you use 3G, then count steadily for two days. For example, my Galaxy S4 functions for about 3 days (there is 2600 mAh, I do not turn off the mobile network at night) with 20-30 minutes of calls all the time, several dozens of SMS, taking pictures for about 2 hours.

Included is a 1A AC adapter. The battery charge time for 2000 mAh is 2.5 hours, for 4000 mAh - just over 4 hours.

Antutu for 2000mAh battery:

Antutu for 4000mAh battery:

Communications

Volvo Volvo

The phone works in 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (900/2100 MHz) cellular networks. In this case, one "SIM card" functions only in 2G, the other - in 2G or 3G. In the "SIM card management" section of the settings, the name of the "sim cards", their color, and data transfer are set.

Bluetooth version 4.0 (EDR) available for file and voice transfer. There is wireless Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. The device, of course, can be used as an access point (Wi-Fi Hotspot) or modem. In the settings, this item is listed as "Modem Mode". There is Wi-Fi Direct.

There were no connection problems, Wi-Fi sensitivity is high: for example, at a distance of 5 meters (behind the wall) from the router, Highscreen confidently showed 3-4 divisions.

USB 2.0 (High-Speed) is used for file transfer and data synchronization. When connecting Alpha R to a PC, it is detected as a USB flash device.

Memory and memory card

This model comes with 1 GB of RAM. Today it is the standard for most of these devices. Of course, I already want 2 GB or more, but I don’t feel a particular need yet.

Giga RAM has about 400 - 450 MB free on average.

Internal memory 4 GB, available for storing data and applications about 2.2 GB. There is a slot for a microSDHC memory card up to 32 GB (I did not try to install 64). In the settings there is an item "Installation location", in it you should select the place where programs will be installed or data will be saved. In the same menu, there is an “Installer of APK files”: select the APK file and the program or game will be installed.

Camera

Almost all MTK6589 smartphones use the same 8 MP (F2.4, 33mm) camera module. There is a 2 MP front camera. The maximum resolution of photos can be 3264x2448 pixels, videos - 1920x1080 at 30 frames per second.

I will not describe in detail, so as not to repeat myself. Alpha GTX, Fly IQ4410 and the like are shot in the same way.

EXIF information from the photo file

Video file specification:

  • File format: 3GP
  • Video codec: MPEG-4, 24 Mbps
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080, 30 fps
  • Audio codec: AAC 128Kbps
  • Channels: 2 channels, 48 ​​kHz

Examples of photos on the main camera:

Panorama:

An example of a photo taken with the front camera:

Performance and software platform

The smartphone is equipped with a modern Taiwanese MediaTek MT6589T chipset. ARM Cortex-A7 processor (frequency 1.5 GHz) with ARM TrustZone advanced security technology (a set of instructions that help protect mobile devices, mobile payments and content streaming), made on a 28-nm process technology. The graphics accelerator is PowerVR SGX 544MP (single core, 357 MHz), developed by Imagination Technologies.

If we compare the versions of the MT6589 and MT6589T chips, the difference lies in the increase in the frequencies of the processor and graphics system.

The new chip allows you to run almost all games from Google Play currently available. I installed Modern Combat 4, GTA VC, Dead Space and others. There were no problems, despite the FullHD screen resolution. Of course, some high-quality textures may be missing or some effects are missing, but everything works as it should.

Brief technical information:

Performance tests:

As for the software, Android version 4.2 is used here.

Multimedia

Music player and radio. The usual radio and a standard music player are used. The volume of the music in the player is very high (after the level of 70% the volume does not change), the quality is decent. The loudspeaker volume is slightly above average.

Video player. There is a separate program for playing video. The device supports almost all file formats and all resolutions, however, there are problems with audio codecs: the image “appears”, but there is no sound. Therefore, the easiest way is to install another video player.

Conclusion

The quality of the connection is at a high level, no sharp signal drops were noticed during the use. The vibrating alert is average, due to the dimensions of the device.

From my point of view, the Highscreen Alpha R smartphone is quite interesting. For 13,000 rubles you get a productive device with a cool IPS FullHD matrix, a good camera and, of course, a capacious battery that comes with the standard one.

Competitors:

ZOPO ZP980. It costs about 10,000 rubles. Pros: thinner, lighter, 13MP camera, microSIM slot. Cons: sold unofficially in Russia, the chipset is not "turbocharged" - MTK6589.

ThL W11. It costs about 10,000 rubles. An analogue of ZOPO ZP980, but here it is already MTK6589T. In Russia, it is sold unofficially.

Alcatel OneTouch IDOL X. It costs about 14,000 rubles. Pros: thin, light, 2 GB RAM, 13 MP camera from Sony. Cons: 2000 mAh battery, and Highscreen has another 4000 mAh.