iOcean X7 first hands on!

iOcean are set to begin the pre-sales launch of the iOcean X7 youth on the 6th March, and engineering samples have already arrived with some reviewers for a early hands on.

If iOcean keep to their timetable, the iOcean X7 youth will be one of the first MT6589 1080HD phones available from a Chinese manufacturer. Being the first isn’t always a wise move, but iOcean seem to have done a great job, and the X7 looks great value for money!

iOcean X7 design

The design is very close in style to the Oppo Find 5, which itself is similar to Sony’s range of Android phones. Like the Find 5 the X7 has a 5-inch display, and all black front on top of a bright white rear (black is also available).

iocean x7 design

The front of the phone is taken up exclusively by the 1080 HD display, with a front 3 mega-pixel camera perched at the top, and capitative Android navigation buttons not the chin. Turning the phone around we can find a micro USB port and microphone on the base of the phone, power/lockscreen button on the left, volume rocker on the right and 3.5mm headphone jack at the top.

The plastic rear shell has subtle iOcean branding, while the 8 mega-pixel camera (13 mega-pixel on the premium model) sits toward the top with LED flash to the right. The camera isn’t flush on the X7, but doesn’t protrude too much.

iOcean X7 OS

iocean x7 android 4.2

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Obviously the phone runs Android, but it’s a nice surprise to find that iOcean’s engineers have left the system alone and it appears to be running a stock install. Best of all though is the use of the latest version of Jelly Bean 4.2, which is a great plus!

iocean x7 youth benchmarks

Running the vanilla build of Jelly Bean 4.2.1 isn’t a problem for the 1.2Ghz quad-core MT6589 processor, even with 1GB RAM on the youth model and 5-inch 1080 display (2GB RAM will be available on the premium phone), and as such Antutu benchmarks are spot on reaching a respectable 12,284! In comparison the JiaYu G4 scores slightly higher, but it is only running a 720 display.

iOcean X7 camera

iocean x7 camera ui

The youth model of the iOcean X7 uses an 8 mega-pixel rear camera with 8000005 BSI lens which is capable of capturing great photos, and fast too thanks to the power of the quad-core CPU and the optimised Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean camera UI.

iocean x7 camera

Like most high quality Android phones, the X7 supports HDR, smile recognition , panorama, and fast auto-focus.

The samples below were taken with an iOcean X7, but unfortunately have been compressed, we’ll try to find some full size images to upload.

Full reviews of the iOcean X7 are currently in the works, and we hope to receive a test model soon, so keep posted for updates.

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  1. sean
    March 4, 2013

    Interesting to see how it compares to Umi X2.

  2. XrainX
    March 4, 2013

    Just great it have 4.2. So Miracast is already there.
    Which will be the next MT6589 smartphone with Android 4.2?
    Maybe in April. Or May?

  3. gengis
    March 4, 2013

    Is there any store where I can buy this phone ? like etotalk, dealsprime, etc ?? my concern is the international shipping

  4. XrainX
    March 4, 2013

    And the biggest surprise could be if it is Dual Sim Active (not stand by). That will smash the rivals.

  5. dubazar
    March 5, 2013

    It seems that the photos have been taken in order to keep the brand not visible (the brand is present in other photos on the bottom rear of the phone). It’s certainly a prototype.

  6. nonamenever
    March 5, 2013

    What kind of glass is used?

  7. Victor
    March 5, 2013

    Gorgeous ! Might be my next phone !

  8. roberto
    March 5, 2013

    ¿El telefono tiene led de notificaciones?

    • davide
      March 26, 2013

      Yes 🙂

    March 5, 2013

    This phone will have the roaming bug like all the chinese phones if you use them in EU

    • fmavrin
      March 6, 2013

      What roaming bug, never heard of it.

  10. March 5, 2013

    Hey All,

    Your reviews are great but you really should start putting up full uncompressed sample photos instead of compressed ones. I think most people want to see how the pictures look like in its full size not at lower resolutions. If you could put in videos it’ll be great!

    Keep up the good work!

    • March 5, 2013

      @CarrotDonkey They don’t have any compressed photo’s, yet.

      @Gizchina what sensors does this phone have?

  11. fmavrin
    March 5, 2013

    Hands on video from android-sale

    Looks good!

  12. M4rcel
    March 6, 2013

    Could you please do the glbenchmark and check if it has any problems (like sound and video lag) while playing games like real racing 3. and also please tell us if this cpu can handle 1080p screen with 1 GB amount of ram. Thanks in advance.

  13. max
    March 7, 2013

    where i can buy this phone in any chinese website?

  14. Nayyar Raza
    May 14, 2013

    Like all chinese phones, the camera quality is crap. Very cheap optics and a VGA camera which interpolates to 8 megapixels is ruining the images.mnot even equivalent of an entry level nokia phone camera

    • Liam
      May 26, 2013

      No, the camera on this phone is clearly 8mp, as evident from the photos. If you look at the 1080p video recorded with this phone (look youtube) I think you’ll be surprised.

  15. vozi
    May 19, 2013


    nice phone, could I ask u about the GPS? have somebody done same test yet?. There are some rumors around this chipset, so would like to check it befour i buy it:)

  16. Paulo Matos
    May 31, 2013

    Can you please tell me what file formats does camera records?
    MEPG4? MP4? Or just 3GP?
    And can you please tell me if bluetooth supports EDR and A2DP?
    I’ve already bought a few chines phones for friends, cause they don’t know how to use google =) .. but some didn’t specify in the box abut A2DP, but in reality it had support.. Thats my question, if this phone support A2DP?