The world smallest 4G handset looks like an iPhone 4
The world smallest 4G handset looks like an iPhone 4. – Measuring at 89.5×45.5×11.5mm, Mony Mist is touted to be the world smallest 4G smartphone that you can currently buy. With its sleek and compact form-factor and an iPhone 4-inspired design, the handset pays homage to late Steve Jobs.
Mony Mist offers a 3.0-inch LCD screen, a 13MP rear camera, a 1,250mAh battery, and runs on a forked version of Android 9. Here’s our roundup.
Design and display: The handset weighs just 75g
The Mony Mist has a tiny conventional screen with prominent bezels at the top and bottom. On the rear, there is a single snapper housed within a rectangular module.
The device bears a 3.0-inch (480×854 pixels) LCD screen with an aspect ratio of 16:9. It is available in a single black shade and tips the scales at just 75g.
Fact: It has a VGA selfie camera
The Mony Mist has a single 13MP rear camera and a 0.3MP VGA snapper on the front side for taking selfies. Both of them can capture videos at 480p resolution.
The Mony Mist draws power from a quad-core MediaTek MT6735 chipset, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. However, there is no micro-SD card slot for storage expansion.
The device packs a 1,250mAh battery and runs on Android 9. It also offers support for various connectivity options such as a Type-C port, dual micro-SIM slots, 4G network, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0.
The Mony Mist is currently up for grabs via crowdfunding sites for $99 (around Rs. 7,300) and will eventually retail at $150 (roughly Rs. 11,140). Mony Mist is a fully functioning 4G smartphone that will launch with Android Pie, according to a report by GSMArena. The smartphone isn’t up for sale.
Mony Mist Specs,
- Body: 89.5 x 45.5 x 11.5 mm, 75g; Color: Black.
- Display: 3″ LCD, 480x854px resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, 270ppi.
- Chipset: Mediatek MT6735: Quad-core CPU (4×1.3 GHz Cortex-A53); Mali T720 GPU.
- Memory: 32 GB storage, 3 GB RAM, no micro SD slot.
- OS/Software: Android 9 (advertised).
- Cameras: Main: 13 MP; Front: VGA.
- Video capture: Rear camera: 480p, EIS; Front camera: 480p.
- Battery: 1250mAh.
- Misc: USB-C port, dual micro SIM slot.
It is cheaper than the Palm, a name that rings a bell and under which TCL brought its own diminutive phone two years ago.
The resolution of the display might be just 480p, but the touch screen is decently responsive and even those with larger fingers can type decently if not necessarily quickly. Now let’s get deeper into the core experience of the smartphone.
Hardware and performance
The Mediatek MT6735 chipset is seven years old at this point, and as such about as from a powerhouse as one can find these days. It does the job of letting you check an email or calendar app, play videos in 1080p, and connect to Wi-Fi and 4G networks. Wi-Fi only works on the 802.11n standard, however, while Bluetooth is limited to 4.0.
Since the unit comes without the final OS, we won’t be able to conduct our lab tests, including our bespoke Endurance rating of the battery life. On paper, the power cell is 1,250 mAh, promising 72 hours life on a single charge, which is, of course, only possible if the phone is on stand-by the entire time with the data connection switched off.
In theory, heavy games like Asphalt 8 and Real Racing 3 can run, but the device quickly overheats to the point of being uncomfortable to handle. Hence, we suggest you just don’t bother.