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Homtom S16 short review, a cheap phone with dual camera

Homtom S16

The Homtom S16 is one of the new smartphones of this Chinese manufacturer whose objective is the not very demanding people who want an economic mobile, but that meets the basic requirements to provide a satisfactory performance in all the sections. This economic mobile has a large screen to spend hours on entertainment, and a battery that can power for hours the device’s operation also features the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. Today I want to tell you the details of the S16 to let you know firsthand why this manufacturer is still a viable option when it comes to cheap mobiles.

Another smart phone from this Chinese manufacturer is the Homtom HT50, which has a huge battery of 6500 mAh, plus a number of interesting features that we have already had the opportunity to tell you in a previous opportunity.

Homtom S16 specifications

Dimensions  71.0 mm x 151.5 mm x 8.9 mm
Weight 165 grams
Colors Black, silver and blue
Technologies / Bands 2G: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz – 3G: W-CDMA: 850/1900/2100 MHz
Type of SIM Dual SIM
Display Technology IPS Capacitive
Dimension 5.5 inches
Resolution 1280 x 640 pixels (aspect ratio 18: 9) 260 PPI
Multitouch Yes
Processor MediaTek MT6580 1.3 GHz, Quad Core ARM Cortex-A7
Capacity 16 GB
SD slot Yes, microSD up to 32GB
Android 7.0 Nougat
Resolution 13 + 2 MP With LED flash and autofocus
Secondary camera 8 MP With LED flash
Maker Unknown, CMOS
Capacity 3.000 mAh
Fast charge Yes
loading port Micro USB
Headphones Yes (3.5mm mini jack)
Wifi Yes, 802.11 b / g / n
Bluetooth Yes, 4.0
NFC Do not
Radio Yes.
Spanish Language Yes
Box contents Mobile phone, Power adapter, USB cable, Screen protector, User manual

Design, Display and quality of construction

The appearance of the Homtom S16 looks very similar to the view in other models of the brand, its design closely resembles the Homtom HT16, but with the difference that the S16 is made of plastic and not metal. However, the material used looks quite solid, which means that the economic price of the device is never noticed. Its dimensions are 71.0 mm x 151.5 mm x 8.9 mm and it has a light weight of 165 grams which makes it easy to handle. In addition, the back cover is textured, which will support it more firmly reducing greatly the risks of fall.

Also, this economical phablet features a 5.5 inch screen with 18: 9 aspect ratio, some time ago this was considered bizarre, however, to this day is commonplace mainly in affordable smartphones such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and other more expensive like LG G6. Therefore, the resolution of the screen is  1280 x 640 pixels, which differs from the 720p to which we are accustomed. It also has a pixel density of 260 ppi, just what you need to enjoy decent content on this 5.5 inch screen .

In terms of ports and connections, the S16 features a dual SIM tray separated from the micro SD slot, so it is possible to use both SIM cards simultaneously without sacrificing the use of a micro SD card. Further it includes a port micro USB and headphone jack 3.5 mm.

Dual sensor rear camera

On the other hand, the S16 has a camera configuration that is difficult to see on cheap mobiles, has a main sensor 13 megapixel + 2MP dual camera  that can get good quality photos up to 3264 x 2448 pixels, as well as record videos in HD resolution from 720p to 30 frames per second . For its part, the front or selfie camera has a resolution of 8 MP. This unusual configuration is undoubtedly a very positive point of the S16 that photography lovers will appreciate.

Homtom S16

Homoth S16 phablet hardware and battery

On the other hand, being a mobile of reduced price is understandable that its internal section also has economic components. The processor is a MediaTek MT6580, four-core cortex-A7 with clock speed of 1.3Ghz accompanied by a graphics chip Mali-400 MP2. It has 2GB of RAM LPDDR3 and 16GB of internal storage that can be increased up to 32GB by micro SD card. This hardware configuration will suffice for the Homtom S16 to run smoothly with the vast majority of everyday apps, such as browsers and social networks, in addition to being able to run light games. However, this same configuration will have problems with applications that require a great deal of processor and RAM, as well as games with heavy graphics or virtual reality apps.

Homtom S16

Another important area in which the S16 is the battery capacity, it is a removable unit of 3000mAh, which according to the manufacturer can achieve a autonomy of 12 hours in calls connected to networks 2G and 3G, while in mode of waiting would reach 200 hours of autonomy.

Operating system and connectivity

Finally, the Homtom S16 comes with the factory operating system Android 7.0 Nougat, so the user will have access from the beginning to all the advantages of this software compared to its predecessors, such as energy saving, which will extend the duration of the battery much more. Also, the mobile includes basic connectivity options such as 802.11 b / g / n Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and support only for 2G and 3G mobile networks.

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