Without much fanfare, the Philco (re) debuted in the smartphone segment in May 2020 with a smart proposal and competitive price. The first cell phone launched was the HIT PCS01, months later, more specifically in June of the same year, the company Philco Hit Plus, or PCS02P, a second version of the first Hit, but with upgrades.
With a suggested price of R $ 999.90, the device has a generous technical file: 6-inch screen, Android 10, 64 GB of internal memory and 4,000 mAh battery. THE Tecnoblog received the Hit Plus for testing and I will share all the details of the device in this review.
Video analysis of Philco Hit Plus
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Design and first impressions
First impressions have already been positive. The PCS02P box is packed: the company sends leaflets with information about the device, a small key to remove the chip and memory card drawer, a plastic film, transparent protective case, power supply, headset and cable. Yes, Philco humiliated the brands that “study” removing accessories from the box in the next releases.
Even with a large screen, Hit Plus can be an interesting phone for those who want to escape the invasion of large smartphones. It manages to be compact despite being heavy and, thanks to the simple finish, the device does not attract as much attention.
Of course, the plastic material, which is on the back and sides, is poor, but it is not horrible. Its unsophisticated construction and texture at the rear reminded me of the Moto G8 Power Lite, even.
At the rear, the model has two lenses with a flash and a fingerprint sensor, located in a position that favors quick release. Both the reader and the facial recognition feature (which is also present on the device) work well and there were no failures during the evaluation period.
At the front, no physical buttons, contributing to the frontal use of the screen. The right side has the volume button and the on / off button, while the memory card and chip drawer is on the left side of the smartphone. And since I touched on that subject, using two chips is not feasible, there is only room for a nano-SIM and a microSD. It cost nothing to have another slot, right?
The P2 connector for the headset has been inserted in the upper area of the device. Below, Philco opted for a Micro USB port instead of USB-C, this is where the company disappointed, after all many brands have already abolished Micro USB.
Screen and sound
Regarding the first Hit, we had a breakthrough. The PCS02P is 6 inches, against 5.45 inches in the first version. Consequently, does the front area have fewer borders? No. They are on the device and well protruding, with a prominent chin.
To keep up with the trend, Philco opted for the drop-shaped notch for the front camera; the notch resembles Samsung’s Infinity-U, but the cut of the South Korean is more discreet.
The IPS LCD screen has HD resolution + 1560 x 720 pixels. It is not so bright, even with the brightness at maximum level. If you are a bit more demanding consumer, most likely, the edges can bother you when watching Netflix, even in full screen. When I tested Asphalt 8: Airborne, I confess that my chin disturbed me, impairing immersion.
Furthermore, the experience in reading on the internet and social networks is ok, considering the screen configuration of the gadget.
Although it seems that the Philco Hit Plus has two audio outputs at the bottom, make no mistake, one is a speaker and the other is a microphone. During the evaluation, I noticed that the sound is not loud; there are also no major changes when you turn the volume to maximum. Philco even sends an airplane headset in the box, which is very fragile and the audio quality is disappointing. I also found the connector on the top strange. I didn’t like it.
While Hit PCS01 was launched with Android 9 Pie, Hit Plus is already running Android 10, but almost pure Android for the joy of some or the sadness of others. At first I was surprised at the interface with square apps and the spacing between them was quite striking. It may seem bizarre in the early days, but I got used to it later.
Simplicity is also in the notification bar, which remains with square icons and without excess information. What about pre-installed games, social networks and apps? None of this comes from the factory.
Okay, but what’s next? The very basics: Google apps, clock, FM radio and the necessary apps: call, messages, sound recorder, contact and calculator. For having Android 10, the so acclaimed dark mode is in Philco Hit Plus, too.
My negative criticism goes to the superior information (time, Wi-Fi and battery), which seem to be misaligned and are almost conflicting with the edges of the screen. Perhaps a software update can “fix” this imperfection.
In addition, I missed options for customizing the interface.
The Philco Hit Plus is equipped with two cameras at the rear, but you will only use one, which has 12 megapixels and a f / 2.0 aperture, while the secondary (12 MP) is only there for depth detection. These are other important advances compared to the first Hit, which received 13 and 2 megapixel cameras. And now? How did the Plus perform in the photography test?
The main (rear) camera is not perfect; it delivers images with high saturation, therefore, more vivid, but with balance not to leave the photo like a painting. Some “ghosts” can be seen in blue sky landscapes. Even on cloudy days, you can still have good photos. Considering the configuration of the photographic system and recognizing its limitations, it is possible to accept what it delivers.
The second depth lens does not differ much from the main camera, but the focus is, oddly enough, the problem. In well-lit environments, it didn’t fix well, I had to adjust it several times and still fail, in other words, you need patience to be able to shoot with the second lens.
Of course, all of this is an irrelevant detail for some consumers, who do not want a smartphone to produce stunning photos.
In dark environments, as expected, the photographic set will not deliver beautiful images, nor will the processor be able to perform miracles. The definition is very bad and the noise prevails.
The front camera has 8 megapixels of resolution and an aperture of f / 2.0. The result with it can be interest outdoors or near windows. There was a lack of balance in the exhibition and, unfortunately, the colors are not as valued.
In usability, in the camera app, when you slide the screen to the left, you can open the settings; swiping to the right, you’ll find camera mode, with filters, night mode and other features.
I found it very strange for Philco to hide this information, so much so that, during the first impressions, I even thought that the device didn’t even have the night photography mode. A shortcut was missing to help the user.
Hardware and battery
Philco Hit Plus has a very interesting performance, with better performance than the intermediate LG K41S, for example, which loses breath in basic tasks. For the processor, the company chose another path.
While many brands work with MediaTek chipsets for more affordable smartphones, for Hit Plus, Philco chose the SC9863A, from Chinese Unisoc. It is an octa-core processor up to 1.6 GHz. It is worth remembering that Multilaser also works with the SC9863A.
Okay, now speaking of performance itself, as I mentioned earlier, the Philco device performed well during the testing period without presenting bottlenecks and unexpected crashes. Of course, the behavior is not brilliant, but it manages to meet the needs of those looking for the simple. And of course the 4 GB of RAM also helps with this good performance.
With GPU PowerVR Rogue GE8322, I was able to play Asphalt 8: Airborne no choking with the graphics in the middle.
With regard to internal storage, this model delivers 64 GB, but you can expand to up to 128 GB with a microSD card.
Fortunately, Philco realized that the consumer is increasingly demanding when it comes to battery, so the capacity here is 4,000 mAh. To get a sense of autonomy, I used YouTube for 1 hour and the percentage went from 100% to 89%; then, that number dropped considerably to 51% after 3 hours on Netflix; 15 minutes of Asphalt 8 and 46% left. I ended with 40 minutes of Spotify and 41% remaining.
It is important to note that during the evaluation I left the brightness at maximum and the device was always connected to Wi-Fi. It is not the best result, but at least it will be possible to have a battery for the whole day.
For food, Philco Hit Plus took 2 hours and 28 minutes to score 100%, a result that I consider average. To get out of 0% and reach 50%, the device took 55 minutes, and another 36 minutes for 80%. It comes with a 10 watt power supply, but what most caught my attention was the shape of the accessory, which looks like old cell phones. I found Philco curious to work with this type of loader.
Is Philco Hit Plus worth it?
The Philco Hit Plus is a true entry phone. It is no coincidence that simplicity is the word that sums up the device well, but at the same time, it also does not mean that it is bad. After all, the model will please those consumers looking for the basics both in design and usability.
In addition, the smartphone is a good option for those who do not give up games (since it runs quite well), but does not want to pay more than R $ 1,000 or more on a cell phone.
However, there are some caveats. Micro USB input instead of UBS-C is very frustrating, taking pictures with the depth sensor can be annoying and, finally, there could be more options for customizing the interface. These are improvements that will be welcomed in upcoming brand launches.
Hit Plus was launched with a suggested price of R $ 999.90. Beside him, the brand also made Hit Hit official, which, as a differential, delivers more internal memory (128 GB) and other color options. Just those upgrades and you will have to shell out R $ 1,499.90.
Well, back to Hit Plus, I classify the R $ 999.90 as a fair value, but before purchasing it, I recommend to find out what the competition has to offer. One of the direct competitors of the PCS02P is Nokia 2.3, but it may be better to avoid this option. Other interesting devices are: Moto G8 Play, LG K50S and the Multilaser G Pro.
Philco Hit Plus – technical sheet
- Screen: 6 inches, HD + (1560 x 720 pixels), LCD panel and drop-shaped notch
- Processor: Unisoc SC9863A octa-core up to 1.6 GHz
- RAM: 4 GB
- Internal storage: 64 GB + microSD up to 128 GB
- Rear cameras:
- Main: 12 megapixel (f / 2.0)
- Depth sensor: 12 megapixels
- Frontal camera: 8 megapixel (f / 2.0)
- Drums: 4,000 mAh
- Colors: black
- Others: fingerprint reader on the back, facial recognition, headphone jack, Bluetooth 4.2.
Philco Hit Plus PCS02P
- Good price
- Compact design is cool for those who want to avoid large appliances
- Has a fingerprint reader and facial recognition unlock
- Performance is generous
- USB-C is missing
- Headphone sent is fragile and horrible
- Software could be more complete
- Depth sensor can irritate