After debuting in the mobile segment in May 2020, Philco now bets on consumers looking for an affordable and complete device with Philco Hit P10. As a highlight, the smartphone has a 6.2-inch screen, triple camera, 4 GB of RAM and many, many accessories in the box. But is it worth paying R $ 1,499?
Will the device serve the slightly more demanding audience well? I tested the Philco Hit P10 in the past few days and I share all the details in this review.
Video analysis of Philco Hit P10
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Even with some upgrades, the Hit P10 is still a simple smartphone and, recognizing the category in which it is inserted, Philco delivers everything the basic user needs. In addition to the cable and the plug adapter, the consumer takes home a headset, protective cap and a film.
In design, the model has not totally distanced itself from the other devices in the family, the plastic look still resembles Hit Plus and reveals that Philco chose to work on the details. In addition to the triple photographic set, the rear has a somewhat rough finish and, at the same time, generates a reflective effect when the light falls on it.
Behind the digital reader remains with a good response, but the company could put it integrated with the on / off switch or lower the sensor a little further to facilitate the unlocking at the rear. On the left side is the drawer, which is hybrid, that is, you can insert two SIM cards or a SIM card accompanied by microSD.
The upper part houses a standard headphone jack and, below, the brand again brought the micro USB, which is very disappointing.
Screen and sound
At the front, the company not only increased the screen but also improved the colors and brightness. As soon as I turned on the device for the first time, I was able to notice a good difference in relation to Hit Plus. Here we have a 6.2 inch IPS LCD panel with HD + resolution (1520 x 720 pixels). It is a good canvas within limits: the colors are even strong and the black can be quite dark.
The only thing that spoils are the edges, more specifically the chin that is very prominent and impairs the consumption of games and videos. Philco even made a slight change to the notch, which now has the same shape as Motorola devices; before, it was very similar to Samsung’s Infinity-U.
As for the audio, don’t be fooled by the two “holes” at the bottom of the Hit P10, as the sound is only mono (on the other side is the microphone). You can’t expect incredible sound quality from a basic cell phone like this, but the Philco model is very disappointing with the lifeless and high-pitched sound. Enjoy the headset shipped in the box.
The software on this phone is very clean without those useless apps preinstalled. You will have access to Google services, as standard, YouTube, Play Movies, Maps, Drive, Google Assistant, among others. Sound recorder and FM radio are also available.
It leaves the factory with Android 10 and brings the main features of the system such as gesture navigation and the dark mode that works correctly with compatible applications. However, the app drawer should be darkened and I missed a menu to edit the interface, considering that this square shape of the icons does not please everyone.
Regarding the updates, during the launch event, Philco said it should make available the most updated version of Google’s system, Android 11, still in 2021, but the company has not released a date.
The Hit P10 has three lenses, the main one being 13 megapixels, an ultrawide 5 megapixels, followed by a depth sensor of 2 megapixels. The brand did well to replace the macro with the ultrawide that should be used most by you. But how do they behave in practice?
The main one can work correctly in environments with good lighting conditions. However, post-processing abuses saturation, which bothered me, so much so that some dark spots are slightly strong. The sharpness is also not the best, but the result should please most users. The depth sensor fails at times and the blur is accompanied by noise on the sides of the image.
The situation is no different with ultrawide, delivering overexposed images, low definition and excessive grain, especially at the edges.
There is no miracle available to make the night shots look good and, unfortunately, the Hit P10 does not provide a way to work in these circumstances. In addition to the noise, the lights are blown out and the sharpness is completely impaired.
The 8-megapixel front camera, also used for facial recognition, can disappoint. I did a lot of tests and it was really difficult to have a legal result. The images are flooded by noise, even in places with great lighting, and she tries to soften her face aggressively, this with the beautification mode off.
Hardware and battery
Philco does not rule out working with chips from Qualcomm and MediaTek in its next products, but for Hit P10, its most complete device at the moment, the brand chose the Unisoc SC9863A with eight cores up to 1.6 GHz. It is not a processor famous here and, in addition to Philco, we found this Unisoc in Multilaser devices.
It is combined with 4 GB of RAM, which is pretty cool, and 128 GB of internal storage, another hit by the company. These are interesting settings that smartphones like the LG K41S and Galaxy A01 do not deliver. You can even insert a microSD card up to 128 GB.
But speaking of performance, the SC9863A performs comfortably well in basic tasks, there is, yes, a good fluidity and, during the tests, the device did not present crashes. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and WhatsApp open without difficulty, so basic users will have a good experience with these apps.
For those who play, I tested Asphalt 9 on Hit P10 and the performance was even interesting with the graphics at a minimum and gagging appeared only in beat scenes and many effects. The simplest games, like Crossy Road, run without suffocation. Really, the Unisoc SC9863A surprised me and the 4 GB RAM is another important ally here.
The phone received a 4,000 mAh battery. With brightness at maximum and connected to Wi-Fi, I did a test with two hours of Netflix, one hour of YouTube, 15 minutes of social media and 15 more of Asphalt 9. The percentage came out of 100% and was 50% after these activities, a good result. The 10-watt charger shipped in the box makes the Hit P10 go from zero to 100% in 2h06min.
Philco Hit P10: is it worth it?
The Philco Hit P10 is a Hit Plus and a Hit Max with some upgrades. It stands out for its internal memory, RAM and satisfactory performance for the category. However, the brand is wrong to insist on the micro USB, already criticized in previous models. And the photographic set is also bad and deserved some improvements.
Regarding the Plus and Max, the big difference, really, is in the rear with the three cameras, because, in the rest, it follows the recipe of the first devices. If you don’t care about lenses, it’s better to bet on the Plus version, which has the same hardware and is much cheaper.
If you take into account the R $ 1,499, it is impossible to recommend the Hit P10, since it is possible to find the Moto G9 Play intermediaries, the Galaxy A21s and the Xiaomi Redmi 9 for less. In online retail the prices of Hit P10 still do not please, so, if you are interested in the Philco device, I recommend doing research in physical stores.
If the budget is tight, it is worth analyzing the Moto E7 which, although it has only two cameras, delivers a main lens of 48 megapixels, in addition to a larger screen and MediaTek Helio G25 processor. Anyway, this device from Philco should suit a lot of people, but keep an eye on the price and don’t forget the competitors.
Philco Hit P10 – technical form
- Screen: 6.2 inches, HD +, IPS LCD panel and drop-shaped notch;
- Processor: Unisoc SC9863A octa-core up to 1.6 GHz (GPU: PowerVR GE8322);
- RAM: 4 GB;
- Storage: 128 GB + microSD up to 128 GB;
- Rear cameras:
- Main: 13 megapixels;
- Ultrawide: 5 megapixels;
- Depth sensor: 2 megapixels;
- Frontal camera: 8 megapixels;
- Drums: 4,000 mAh + 10 watt charger in the box;
- Operational system: Android 10;
- Connectivity: 2G, 3G, 4G, 802.11 a / b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, Micro USB
- Weight: 200 grams;
- Dimensions: 15.91 x 7.52 x 0.86 cm;
- Colors: Space gray and Gold;
- More: fingerprint reader and facial recognition.
Philco Hit P10
- Good screen within limits
- Powerful battery for an entire day
- Clean software is a differentiator
- Philco exaggerates by charging R $ 1,499
- All cameras are weak
- Micro USB in 2021?