Digicel has been staying true to its yearly smartphone releases, making available very affordable budget smartphones for their customers across various markets in the Caribbean. This time we take a look at their 2016 line, the new DL 1 range of smartphones: Digicel DL 1 LITE, Digicel DL 1 and Digicel DL 1 PLUS.
It’s nice to see the company offering their own brand of devices even though not many persons will fancy a Digicel branded smartphone, it is somewhat good to see a company that is easily identified with Jamaica making such an offering.
Digicel DL 1 LITE
For the price of JM$7450 prepaid or JM$5960 postpaid Digicel is offering the DL 1 LITE. The Digicel DL 1 LITE comes with a 4 inch display at 480 x 800 resolutions and is powered by a 1.3GHz Quad Core processor and 1500mAh battery. Internal storage is 8GB with 1GB RAM and can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD slot.
Talk time for the Digicel DL 1 LITE is estimated at 10hrs. The main camera on the DL 1 LITE is 8MP and the front facing camera is 5MP. The device comes running Android 6 (Marshmallow) and is compatible with GSM and HSPA networks.
Digicel DL 1
A step up from the Digicel DL 1 LITE at JM$13,950 prepaid or JM$11,160 postpaid will give the the Digicel DL 1. For the price you’re getting a 5 inch display at 854 x 480 resolution which is powered by a 1GHZ processor and a 2000Mah battery. Battery life is estimated at up to 12 hrs of talk time.
Internal storage is 8GB with 1GB RAM and microSD slot that goes up to 32GB. Main camera is 8MP and front facing camera is 5MP. The Digicel DL 1 comes running Android 6 (Marshmallow) and is compatible with Digicel’s GSM, HSPA and LTE networks.
Digicel DL 1 PLUS
The Digicel DL 1 PLUS is the more premium offering of the three, it costs JM$18,750 prepaid or JM$15,000 postpaid. At that price you’re getting a 5.5 inch display at 1280 x 720 resolution (HD 720p) powered by a 1.1GHZ Quad Core processor and a 2500mAh battery. Talk time is estimated at up to 18hrs.
Internal memory is 16GB with 1.5GB RAM and microSD support goes up to 32GB. The device comes with a 13MP main camera and a 8MP front facing camera. It is compatible with Digicel’s GSM, HSPA and LTE networks and comes running Android 6 (Marshmallow) out of the box.
Other Features Of The DL 1 Devices
On the DigicelGroup Jamaica domain there aren’t any details on what processor and GPU chips they are running. They do however point out that the DL 1 LITE and the DL 1 have MiraVision technology, which is a technology that was created by Mediatek.
For the past few years Mediatek’s smartphone chips have gained popularity and have been used in a good number of smartphones, mostly by upcoming smartphone companies who are looking for a good low cost smartphone CPU to add to their devices. Because of this, it’s very common to see Mediatek’s chips in budget smartphones.
MiraVision is a suite of display enhancement technologies that MediaTek exclusively incorporates into its SoC’s (CPU and GPU combination chips) for smartphones and other smart devices. It is designed to improve picture quality by intelligently altering display attributes such as hue, saturation, brightness, resolution and frame rate.
In comparison to Digicel’s previous DL smartphones, the DL 1 range has a very nice design and with Android 6.0 users have access to some of the latest Android apps and features. In terms of getting future Android updates, I would assume that Digicel will hold true to it’s past trends where very little to no updates are released.
If we have a Digicel personnel reading this or someone who knows someone at Digicel, please have them consider making available for download the original Android OS for each DL smartphone. This would go a long way to helping users troubleshoot problems with the devices if/ when system issues arise.
For the price, the Alcatel made Digicel DL 1 smartphones are quite good offerings, shopping online for a new smartphone could result in a better bargain, but if you are shopping in the local market then the Digicel branded devices are a decent option. You get what you pay for, so don’t expect the DL 1 smartphones to do everything or compete with higher priced devices on the market.