While the octacore revolution is well on the way here in China, we have still yet to see an octacore phone which really pushes the boundaries of what local Chinese phone makers can do, this is what makes the all Gorilla Glass iOcean X8 so tantalising.
iOcean currently have 3 octacore phones in their line-up. The iOcean X7S which is basically the 2014 version of the popular X7, and the iOcean G7, a 6.45 inch phablet, the third phone is more mysterious though and will be the first flagship octacore phone from iOcean for 2014.
iOcean X8 Design
When I visited iOcean last year I was amazed to learn that the small company had an office in the same building as one of the Oppo teams. This is probably why the original iOcean X7 looked so much like the Oppo Find 5, and possibly explains how the iOcean X8 shares it’s all Gorilla Glass and alloy body with the Oppo R1!
iOcean haven’t released many images of the phone, but from the press images we have managed to get our hands on, the iOcean X8 looks very much like the Oppo R1 which intern shares a few design idea from the iPhone.
Glass to the front and back of the sandwiches in an alloy body which also appears to house a similar external antenna design as the iPhone. The body is rather thin to measuring at just 7.7mm and featuring a flat design on the front and rear.
The display on the X8 is a FHD 1920 x 1080 unit, but is larger than the original iOcean X7 at 5.7-inch. 5.7-inch might sound like quite a large phone, but if iOcean have been able to keep the bezels to a minimum the phone still could be quite narrow and easy to handle.
The X8 features a unibody design to help it keep so thin, but means that the 2700mAh battery won’t be easily replacable by customers..
iOcean X8 Specifications
With the iOcean X8 being an early 2014 flagship phone the X8 still uses a 1080 display, more than enough for us, it also packs the late test 2.0Ghz version of the octacore Mediatek MT6592 processor, 2GB RAM, 13 mega-pixel rear camera, 32GB memory, 5Ghz Wifi, dual SIM (WCMDA) and improved noise reduction features.
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iOcean X8 price and availability
A set launch date hasn’t been announced but we believe the iOcean X8 will go on sale after the Chinese New Year, possibly mid to late February. Chinese retail price should be around 1800 Yuan while international customers should be expecting prices of $300.