Exclusive: iOcean X8 hands on video!


iocean x8 review

We finally go hands on with the first production version of the iOcean X8 to be released. Hands on video, photos and first impressions of this next generation octacore phablet.

iOcean made a splash last year with the iOcean X7 and are attempting the same in 2014 with a mixture of all new design, better build and the latest, high-performance hardware.

iocean x8 review

Design and build are the largest changes for the iOcean X8, gone is the 5-inch display, the (slightly flexy) plastic body of last year’s flagship and in with an all new, classy design. The iOcean X8 is a huge departure from the X7 and looks and feels like something Oppo would have released (but with a higher price tag). In fact the iOcean X8 looks like a larger version of the Oppo R1.

iocean x8 review

An alloy chassis makes up the back bone of the iOcean X8 and is enhanced on either side with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. iOcean’s trademark bezel lip remains but has been scaled down on the x8 to keep the lines simple and stylish.

iocean x8 review

Despite all that glass and the alloy chassis the iOcean X8 is surprisingly light weighing just 171g (with the internal battery) according to our office scales. The weight is distributed very well across the phone and with a width of just 79mm I feel confident to use the phablet one-handed (even in todays wind).

iocean x8 review

Overall the design is simple, elegant and functional. The body is as wide as it needs to be and the length (159mm) is spot on for a device with a 5.7-inch screen.

iOcean have chosen to make the X8 a unibody phone meaning that you cannot get at the internal 2650mAh battery, this also means that the SIM cards (yes there is space for 2) have to be inserted via a the single tray on the left hand side of the phone. The X8 comes with either 16 or 32GB memory, I suggest you go for the larger memory option as there is no SD card memory expansion.

iOcean X8 hands on video

I’ve only had the iOcean X8 for a few hours but have managed to put together a short hands on video showing some details of the phone, features of the ROM and also a comparison with the Oppo Find 7a (which is only slightly smaller).

iOcean X8 photo gallery

 

iOcean X8 first impressions

It is really to early to give a full review of the iOCean X8 as I have only been using it for a few hours, but so far so good. I have yet to come across anything that bothers me about the phone, and as far as I can tell everything works just how it should i.e fast and stable.

iocean x8 review

The build quality of the iOcean X8 is very nice, and really is on par with the equally good Oppo R1, but the iOcean has a larger, higher resolution display, 13 mega-pixel camera and NFC at a lower price!

Currently there is nothing not to like about the iOcean X8, but keep posted for the full review and final conclusion coming soon.

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26 Comments

  1. Kevin
    May 5, 2014

    its really not good phone

    • prem
      May 5, 2014

      Reason please blason

      • Kevin
        May 5, 2014

        light leak

        • May 5, 2014

          There is no light leak

          • jason
            May 5, 2014

            maybe i am not luckly

            • desponent
              May 5, 2014

              seems to be calibration issue, ask them about it, if they don’t respond, post it all over the net.

            • Ronnie Katsie
              May 5, 2014

              I’m confused does that mean its life span depends on battery? i mean when the battery dies the phone is also dead no chance for replacement like in Iphones where there is screws for accessing inside parts!!!

    • Kevin
      May 5, 2014

      light leak by X8

    • Simon
      May 5, 2014

      Why is that ?

  2. Paulo Jorge
    May 5, 2014

    I’m a bit disappointed. Was expecting it to have the Octa-Core at 2.0 Ghz.

  3. desponent
    May 5, 2014

    I really have no idea why phone maker persist on not including mSD expansion on their product let alone for this SIZE range.

    And ironically the one who got it right for this batch of MT6592 5.7″ are even smaller phone maker like elephone while established small brand like iocean and Umi dropped the ball hard too while not-quite-big brand like Xiaomi and Meizu are safely lost cause since forever. I’m still not sure about Jiayu but if they continue from S1 and S2 G6 probably doesn’t have it.

    I guess in the end most people upgrade their phone just for the sake of it and continue just using it for light use like some stupid facebook games so it justify this stupid practice. But then again the most successful android phone out there HAVE expansion so I wonder which is the stupider one here…

    • Andy Midd
      May 5, 2014

      The G7 released a month ago has an SD card slot.

      You can understand why Iocean have done this on the X8 because of its unibody design etc.

      At least they have provided 16 and 32gb options to compensate here, so it’s not a huge deal…

      • desponent
        May 5, 2014

        We’ll see if they continue with that or not.

        HTC One M8 also use unibody and has sd slot no problem (wonder why when they were content with no sd with One, maybe it’s to do with their losing sales compared to the likes of Samsung and Sony which has expansion option? ;), it even has better overall component AND smaller than this, it’s not an excuse at all.

        I can easily fill up my 4.7″ 16GB+32GB if I want (I will sooner or later and will be forced to manage/back up content by then), I’d imagine a device midway between phone and tablet is even easier to fill up. I would use it for much more than “tiny” 4.7″ could do if I’m ever in the mood of having one.

        • Andy Midd
          May 5, 2014

          There are so many devices to choose from these days, there is no point in being disappointed by the shortcomings in one particular device.

          • desponent
            May 5, 2014

            Yes there are, my feedback may represent a lot of people’s or maybe not but any valid feedback is better than nothing, until they realized it too late and have no more customer left.

            I really don’t want to see company which produces good product to die just like that.

            Again, I may be one what they call vocal minority here but if they see their sales not as good as they hoped then it’s probably worth the time to carefully examine feedbacks.

  4. Adrian
    May 5, 2014

    Battery life?

    • May 5, 2014

      Not had it a day yet so cannot comment

      • Adrian
        May 5, 2014

        Waiting the full review then I guess.
        Thanks Andi !

      • Allanitomwesh
        May 6, 2014

        no back-light on the buttons?

  5. CryosR
    May 5, 2014

    Please check volume of speaker.
    Also please upload original photos made by main camera.
    And what about battery in real life using, 1 full day of using is enough for such phone.
    Also please make good pressure on screen, does it has color artifacts after doing that ?

    I had in hands Umi X3 and was very dissappointed by its quality. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ekuS9NZXUo

    What about quality of Iocean X8 ?

    And also check GPS startup time.

  6. kimi
    May 6, 2014

    Doesnt it has a light up capacities button? or its just disabled by the user?

  7. Liam McLeod
    May 6, 2014

    Specs are barely better than the X7s… Also, is that gorilla glass on both sides of the device? That just means both sides of the phone can be smashed :/
    But at least when the screen cracks touch screen will still function! That is not the case with OGS displays

  8. Aakish
    May 11, 2014

    Hi Andi, I’ve noticed there isn’t a headphone jack provided in the package ?

  9. Kimi
    May 13, 2014

    @Gizchina:disqus : When can we expect a full review of this phone from you? Also please answer my query, does it have a light up capacitive buttons?

  10. alvinsmith
    May 26, 2014

    Hanno usato Coolpad F1 smartphone prima, mi sentivo molto bene, ho deciso di acquistare il Coolpad F1 per sostituire il mio vecchio telefono . Raccomando(Lenteen) !!