How MyPhone Android Phones Slowly Creeps Marketshare Against Samsung

As the Philippines was once known as the texting capital of the world, it is not that surprising that Filipinos are able to develop their very own smartphone that can compete with well-known brands. MyPhone was launched on Spetember 2007, and since its introduction, it has brought the joys of owning an mobile phone to every Filipino. August 2012 marked the release of a 1GHz Android Dual-SIM smartphone, the A858 Duo, to the public, which gave people a chance to own a quality smartphone at a very reasonable price.

Before we go on any further, let’s conduct a quick background check. Solid Group, Inc, the name behind the MyPhone brand, pocketed PHP 2 billion in unit sales for the year 2010, reflecting a 9-fold sales increase from 2009. As of 2011, MyPhone holds as much as 40% of the Philippines’ mobile phone market, and with the introduction of newer Android models that are more affordable than established brands, such as Samsung, we can expect their sale to increase even further this 2013. And as Android gradually climbs to the top of the mobile operating system leaderboards, the future numbers for MyPhone are looking high and bright.

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S4 to kick-start the second quarter of 2013, and although the specifications of this device is truly amazing, one has to consider whether it will have any impact on the Philippine smartphone market. One has to admit that the price range between MyPhone and Samsung are worlds apart. For the price of one Samsung Galaxy S3, one can buy 2 MyPhone smartphones with almost the same specifications and features. So, not everyone will be able to afford Samsung’s latest products, which cannot be said for the products of MyPhone. Consider, for example, the A919 Duo that was released in November of last year.

MyPhone A919 Duo

MyPhone A919 Duo Detailed Specifications:

  • 1GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6577 processor
  • PowerVR SGX531 GPU
  • 512MB RAM / 4GB ROM / microSD up to 32GB
  • 8MP autofocus camera with dual LED flash & 720p HD video recording
  • VGA (0.3MP) front camera
  • 5.0-inch FWVGA (854 x 480) IPS Capacitive Display, 16M colors (196ppi) with 5-point multi-touch feature
  • Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • HSDPA: 7.2Mbps, HSUPA: 5.76Mbps
  • WiFI 802.11b/g/n, WiFi Direct, WiFi HotSpot
  • Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • MicroUSB v2.0 (USB-OTG support) / 3.5mm audio jack / TV-Out / FM Radio
  • Accelerometer / Proximity / Gravity / Environment Light Sensor
  • 2,000mAh Li-Ion battery

Overall, the specs for the A919 duo are pretty decent for that time. Additionally, MyPhone has officially delved into the tablet industry in its release of Android run tablets that can probably compete with Apple’s iPad in terms of sales in the Philippines. But then again, it is still too early to make such statements.

It really is amazing as to how MyPhone is able to compete with powerhouses such as Samsung. But what is even more astonishing is that, for such a low price tag, MyPhone has never sacrificed quality.

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How MyPhone Android Phones Slowly Creeps Marketshare Against Samsung