These are the moments when finding and reviewing a phone like the Mi-Tribe A5000 makes one very excited. Not because of the super awesome specs, but because its like discovering something new. A special kind of rare stone in a field of rare stones.
Fact is, the Mi-Tribe A500 is not a common phone in Nigeria. Coming into the market gives users of Android devices more choices to chose from. And more new phones means the established players in the MTK phone brands like Tecno, Infinix and Gionee would just have to be on top of their game or new entrants would take over the show.
The most exciting thing for me though is that the budget smartphones segment is really competitive with newer phones coming out for folks who cannot afford the high-end smartphones.
The Mi-Tribe A500 is a collaboration between the mi-Fone, makers of the A500, and Konga, one of Nigeria’s biggest online stores. The company is relatively new in the market, so good luck to them as they attempt to get a foothold here.
Let’s dive into the relevant specs of the mi-Tribe A500.
Design and Display
The mi-Tribe A500 has a sandstone textured back cover that would nestle tightly in the users hand. With a 5 inch HD IPS display and a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, you have a decent-sized screen that projects pictures, videos and graphics in vivid sharpness. The narrow bezels gives a pleasant impression of a bigger display. This makes the viewing angles really excellent.
Operating System, Memory and Storage
The mi-Tribe A500 is powered by a MediaTek quad-core chipset clocked at a decent 1.3 GHz. An on-board RAM of 2GB is installed to run the apps in the Android 5.1, Lollipop smartphone.
The internal storage is quite good too. For storing your files, photos and videos, the phone provides a storage space of 16GB. And if for some reason 16GB is not enough, users can increase the storage by up to 32GB with a microSD.
In this age of big camera specs, the 2MP secondary camera may be a bit disappointing for selfie lovers. But we all know the quality of pictures is much more than how many MPs is written down as the specs. The back camera is rated 8MP and comes equipped with LED flash which of course is normal.
At 2300 mAh, the makers of the phone would need to have optimized power utilization to make consumers buy the phone in droves. Battery is one important specs in phone that a minimum of 12 hours of heavy usage on a single charge is what users expect from a budget phone.
The cheapest you can get the mi-Tribe A500 is about 23,000 naira from the Konga online store. Outside of konga, it might be a bit steeper than that, especially depending on the part of the country you reside.
- Platform: Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
- Processor: 1.3GHz quad-core Processor
- GPU: –
- Memory: 2GB RAM
- Colours: Black
- Dimension: –
- Weight: –
- SIM Type: SIM1: Mini-SIM, SIM2: Micro-SIM
- SIM Count: Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- Display: 5.0-inch Touch Display, 720 x 1280 pixels (293 ppi)
- Display Protection: –
- Rear Camera: 8 MP Camera, HD Video
- Rear Camera Features: LED Flash, Autofocus
- Front Camera: 5MP Camera
- Built-in Storage: 16GB Storage
- Memory Card Support: Yes, up to 32GB
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
- 2G GSM: 900 / 1800 MHz
- 2G CDMA 1X: No
- 3G WCDMA: 900 / 2100MHz
- 3G CDMA EVDO: No
- 4G LTE: No
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes, up to 48kbps
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
- HSPA+: Yes
- CDMA EVDO: No
- 4G LTE: No
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
- NFC: No
- Infrared Blaster: No
- USB Port: Yes, microUSB 2.0
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: Yes
- Email Protocol: IMAP4, POP3, SMTP
- Music Player: Yes, mp3, WAV, FLAC, eACC+
- Video Player: Yes, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, XviD
- FM Radio: Yes
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- Navigation: Yes, GPS with A-GPS
- Maps: Yes, Google Maps
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: –
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: No
- Light Sensor: No
- Barometer: No
- Pedometer: No
- Heart Rate Monitor: No
- Gyroscope: No
- Fingerprint Scanner: No
- Iris Scanner: No
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: No
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: No
- Voice Control: No
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: No
- Wireless Charging: No
- Water Resistant: No
- Dust Resistant: No
- Image Editor: No (download at store)
- Video Editor: No (download at store)
- Document Viewer: Yes
- Document Editor: No (download at store)
- Battery: 2300 mAh Battery
- Standby Time: –
- Talktime: –