Having a phone with a pure Android experience seems to be increasing in popularity with Google’s range of stock Android Nexus devices continuing to sell well, plus the release of Google Play Editions of several flagship phones. However there are many ways to get hold of a smartphone with stock Android. One way is to buy a device from a lesser known brand. While the big names like Samsung and HTC love to tweak and change the Android user interface, the smaller handset makers tend to stick to the open source version of Android. The Pomp W89 is such a phone and I was recently given the chance to review one. After a few days of playing with the device, this is what I found out.
The phone comes with two batteries along with the normal assortments of USB cable, charger and headphones. It is also rooted by default!
A lot of attention is given to the flag ship products made by the top companies like Samsung and it is easy to forget that all the top companies make mid-range and low-end phones as well as their star record breaking devices. The W89 is not a flag ship device and this makes it hard to be impressed, not because the phone isn’t good, but because our expectations are so high. Once you realize that this is a $150 device with stock Android, but that it still manages to feature a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM, then it is easier to see why it could be an attractive option for those on a budget. The phone is quite large, due mainly to the screen size, but it is also quite thick (11 mm). Although this isn’t really an issue, you can’t call the design sleek!
At the heart of the W89 is the quad core MediaTek MT6589. This is the same processor that powers the 5.8 inch white label ‘Mithril’ phone and the ThL W100 and the performance is very similar. The MediaTek isn’t a record breaking processor but it does the job it is designed to perform. Based on the low-energy consumption Cortex-A7 architecture the processors is easily able to handle web browsing, video playback and 3D games without any problems. The Android interface is always quick and responsive and there was no sign of any lags.
As for the benchmarks, the Pomp W89 managed to score 14185 on AnTuTu making the device slightly slower than the Samsung Galaxy S3. As for Epic Citadel, the W89 managed 54.5 frames per second (FPS) in high quality mode and 40.0 FPS in the new ultra high quality mode. All very reasonable scores. For comparison the Tegra 3 based Asus Transformer TF300 and the Nexus 7 manage 46.5 FPS and 53.7 FPS respectably with the high quality settings. However it is worth noting that the display on the W89 only offers a screen resolution of 854 x 480, something that has a direct impact on the Epic Citadel scores (less pixels means less work for the GPU).