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I’ve been spending quite some time with the MyPhone Brown 2 and found a lot of discoveries about the origin of the phone. MyPhone has been missing in action for a while in the smartphone industry and this is their perfect time in redeeming themselves in the said industry. Brown 2 is a simple mid-range smartphone that is part of the Brown and Proud Movement. For more information about this campaign, you can check their official website here.

Build

The MyPhone Brown 2 has a sleek unibody structure and a surprisingly slim mid-range smartphone. Because of its faux metallic build, handling can get quite tricky, but it adds that premium feel. On the sides, you’ll notice the beautiful semi-chamfered edges that envelope the device.

MyPhone Brown 2 ReviewAs you can see, the Brown 2 has a large forehead and chin. Normally, you’ll see the capacitive buttons at the chin. But MyPhone has decided to go with on-screen buttons on its 5.2″ AMOLED HD display. The buttons are perfectly clickable but not palpable, volume rocker on the left, and power/sleep button on the right .

MyPhone Brown 2 ReviewMyPhone Brown 2 ReviewThe fingerprint sensor at the back is slightly caved in for easy security access. Antenna lines are also very evident and slightly extends to the front of the device.

MyPhone Brown 2 ReviewOverall, the Brown 2 feels like you’re holding a solid and slim brick. It feels a bit fragile, so you might want to use the included  jelly case for protection.

Display

The Brown 2 has a beautiful 5.2″ AMOLED HD Display with 720 x 1280 resolution, which means you get  deeper blacks and more saturated colors. It doesn’t have a notch unlike most of the newest smartphones now. The screen is visible in  direct sunlight with maximum brightness.

MyPhone Brown 2 Review

Operating System

The MyPhone Brown 2 uses Android 7.0 Nougat as its operating system. Its user interface is personalized specifically for the icons, wallpapers and the like. Apps like AGILA Brown and Brown Portal are pre-installed as part of the Brown and Proud Movement. When you turn on the device for the very first time, the wallpaper displayed is a weaved cloth pertaining to one of the best products from the Filipino culture.

As expected from a MyPhone device, you’ll get the Pinoy app and my|digital TV which is an app for a TV dongle that is being sold separately.

The UI Experience is like any other Android smartphones released in the last year. It is intuitive and responsive. However, the fingerprint sensor’s response has a slight delay because of a fading effect.

Performance and Gaming

The Brown 2 has 1.5GHz MediaTek 6750 octa-core processor  with 4GB RAM that scored 52,290 points under the AnTuTu Benchmark. It is perfect for us to compare the Mediatek 6750 and Snapdragon 625 since they both use eight ARM Cortex-A53 CPU. The SD 625 is slightly better in terms of battery performance but the MT6750 is a lot cheaper than the SD 625.

Because of its specs, the MyPhone Brown 2 is really not for heavy gaming, but you still play demanding titles with no major issues. For some time, I’ve played PUBG Mobile and got decent performance with low graphics. The battery performance of the Brown 2 lasted for only a day with a full use of Facebook, Messenger and a little bit of gaming. The Brown 2 also has expandable storage (Up to 128GB via microSD card).

Camera

MyPhone Brown 2 ReviewThe Brown 2 has 16-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. The shots taken from the rear camera has a weird glare resulting to oversaturated images. As for low light situations, the sensor becomes slow and the picture becomes grainy. For lit subjects, the camera shines as the subject looks sharp and color reproduction is almost perfect. These are our sample shots for your perusal.

Videos can be taken up to 1080p of resolution. The same thing with the photo quality, the video becomes grainy when the subject is in low light.

MyPhone Brown 2 Review
MyPhone Brown 2 Review
Our Verdict
The MyPhone Brown 2 is one of the products that's unpredictable until you try it. I'm amazed at how slim and how solid it is. Aside from having a brick-lick structure, the OS is aesthetically arranged for a good cause, the Brown and Proud Movement. Priced at Php9,999, the Brown 2 is a decent phone for its price.
Build
Software
Hardware
Battery Life
Camera Quality (Photography)
Camera Quality (Video)
What's Good
Solid and firm build
AMOLED display
Android 7.0 Nougat
Fast Fingerprint Sensor
For a Good Cause
Octa-core Processor for a Cheap Price
What's Not
Hard to palpate buttons
Has only 2,400mAh battery
3.4

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Gianfranco is the co-founder of GadgetPilipinas.net. He graduated from Far Eastern University. A Psychology student turned tech-savvy. He's currently the HR Supervisor of Blip Media and one of the content producers of Gadget Pilipinas. He enjoys playing competitive video games and binge-watch American TV series.

2 Comments

  1. Highly appreciate this technical review on the Brown 2. Haven’t seen a good review of this from the time it’s been released into the market since this one, so thanks. Also not promoted enough by MyPhone vs their other line. I’m still on the fringe in deciding whether to get this or not but this review helps me consider a few essentials. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a local brand flagship with a great set of specs worthy of competing with foreign brands.

    • 10k.. although its for a cause, but you obviously want to make the most out of your money and do charity elsewhere.

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