iOcean X8 Review: Octacore, Gorilla Glass and style


iocean x8 review

We review the latest octacore phone from Chinese device maker iOcean. Take a look what we thought of this elegant octacore phone in the full iOcean X8 review.

The iOcean X8 was originally shown off in renders earlier this year and only recently went on sale. This has given customers enough time to get excited about the latest flagship offering from iOcean, so has the wait been worth it? Find out in this indepth iOcean X8 review.

iOcean X8 Specifications

Being a Mediatek based, octacore flagship for 2014 the iOcean manages to keep up with the rest of the pack. There is 2GB RAM, 32GB memory, dual SIM support, 1080 FHD display, Gorilla Glass and 14.2 mega-pixel rear camera, 5 mega-pixel front and large 2650mAh battery. It all looks great, but some fans have been a little upset with the lack of SD memory expansion, none removable battery, small F2.4 aperture and lack of 4G LTE (which is currently impossible with a Mediatek phone).

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iOcean X8 unboxing video

As usually we filmed an unboxing of the iOCean X8 ahead of the review. The video below shows the iOcean X8 unboxing video, breif hands on and a very early first impression of the phablet.

iOcean X8 review: Design

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The iOcean X8 is a huge departure from the previous iOcean X7 flagship but like the X7 borrows much of its design influence from Oppo (who iOcean happen to share an office building with). While the iOcean X7 looked like the Oppo Find 5, the X8 looks more like the Oppo R1 only much larger.

This is one very elegant looking phone, and certainly looks a whole lot better than the majority of Mediatek phones currently on the market today. Not only is it good-looking but it is well made from carefull selected, high quality materials.

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Both the front and rear panels are made of Corning Gorilla glass for piece of mind, and the designers have incorporated a very slight recess bezel design (similar but smaller than the one found on the OnePlus One). Due to the size of the recess I’m not sure it adds much protection to the 5.7-inch panels, but it does add a touch of details we are not use to seeing on a phone of this price.

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From the front we get a 5.7-inch FHD display with narrow bezels helping to keep the overall width of the phone to just 79mm. I also like the fact that iOcean havent overdone things with the upper and lower bezles, while they are still not small they certainly are less than other phones which again helps to keep the overall size of the phone to a minimum. Capacitive back-lit buttons live on the chine, while a 5 megapixel ‘selfie’ camera, receiver, and light/proximity sensors are clustered across the very top.

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Spin the iOcean X8 over and we have another expanse of black glass and a similar look to last years Sony Xperia Z1. The top left hand corner houses the 14.2 mega-pixel main camera with single LED flash, an iOcean logo is in the center and more details are printed nearer the bottom. Again we have a recessed bezel design on the rear, but this time it is more profound and might actually help protect the phone if dropped on a corner.

Alloy adorns the sides of the phone, which is actually the alloy chassis of the phone itself. This allows the overall feel of the X8 to be of a high quality, yet light and well balanced. The alloy chassis also serves as a sturdy location for the SIM tray on the left (yes it is a dual sim tray), USB and speaker in the base, power and volume controls on the right and headphone jack in the top.

The level of design, quality and finish are all what we expect from a high-class/priced phone, and really is a pleasant surprise to see iOcean manages this level of detail while maintaining an affordable price.

iOcean X8 Review: Screen

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It’s great now that almost every smartphone we test has a really great display. This can be said about the 5.7-inch panel on the iOcean X7. The screen might not come from JDI (I am not entirely sure who make it), but the quality and brightness are more than good enough for the X8, or even a phone costing substantially more!

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Corning Gorilla Glass 3 mean that your screen will be more durable than a regular panel, this is especially reassuring when you have such a large area to look after.

The display also has all the right acronyms worth of any flagship phone, OGS (One Glass Solution) to keep the thickness to a minimum, and offer better viewing angles and LTPS means you can use the phone in winter with gloves or even if you have wet fingers (but don’t get the phone to soaked as it is not a waterproof device).

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iOcean X8 Review: Cameras

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On the surface things look great when it comes to the cameras, the rear is a 14.2 mega-pixel sensor and the front is 5 mega-pixels. On paper that is better than most flagship phones which usually get a 13 mega-pixel camera, however as we all know it isn’t all about mega-pixels and features like aperture size and lens quality all play an important role too.

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Unfortunately iOcean have skimmed on the apertures for both cameras. The front has a terrible f2.8 aperature while the rear is slight better at F2.4. This is a real shame and a very strange decision for iOcean to make. Such a stylish device feels great in the hand, and I was more than willing to get it out to show it off under the pretence of taking a photo, unfortunately in anything less than a well-lit environment the iOcean X8 disapoints.

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Usually on flagship phones we are seeing apertures of between f2.0 and f1.8 on rear cameras, while you can get away with f2.2 on the front. The iOcean doesn’t cut it in this department though. What makes matters worse is the camera is capable of taking nice photos during the day, and the camera app is well kitted with features, if only we had a better apertures to enjoy the camera in more instances though.

iOcean X8 Review: Performance

From looking at the initial specifications to actually getting the phone in my hands, performance wasn’t an issue. The iOcean X8 has a 1.7Ghz Mediatek Octacore processor, with Mali 450 GPU and 2GB RAM. This along is more than enough for everyday general apps, social media, web browsing and of course gaming.

Under test the X8 performed flawlessly while gaming, keeping up with frame rate and game spreed well, but as usual the Mediatek SoC does find advanced 3D animations a challenge but as these are generally only found in title screens and intros it didn’t affect game play.

In benchmarks the iOcean X8 performed well with scores over over 26,000 in Antutu, Nenamark 2 if 58.3 fps and Quadrant brought in a score of 13,447. There are phones with higher scores, but in real life usage the iOcean X8 performs just as well as any high-end octacore phone on the market today.

iOcean X8 Review: Connectivity

Like any phone of this calibre the iOcean X8 comes with numerous methods of getting to connected to the web, or other devices. For web you can choose to use the built-in WIFI which has dual band 2.4ghz/5ghz 802.11b/g/n, 2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900mhz or WCDMA 3G 2100mhz/900mhz or 2100mhz/850mhz.Although there is only a single SIM tray there is space for dual SIM cards as long as one is a micro SIM and the other a Nano sim.

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Other connectivity options included Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. As GPS is often the week link in Meidatek phones we made sure to test this and found it to be slow to connect depending on the weather conditions taking 4 minutes the first time, but once locked the GPS remained fixed and accurate enough to use as an in car navigaion device with Google Maps.

3G, GSM and WIFI and NFC all worked faultlessy thoughout our time with the phone.

iOcean X8 Review: Battery

A none removable battery might be enough to turn off potential buyers, and the fact that the battery is just 2650mAh is also pause for thought. Personally I am fine with built-in batteries, but I would prefer to see something larger, 2800/3000mAh on a phone with such a large 1080 display and powerful hardware.

Under testing purposes ie taking a lot of photos, gaming, running benchmarks and generally using the phone more often than I would normally the X8 still managed to get through most of the day, with 3G and WIFI turned on. Under ‘normal’ usage ie checking email, sending messages, a few calls, a few photos and less gaming I could easily handle a day of use with juice to spare, but if I was heading out a night with the phone I did top it up to be sure I would make it to the early morning.

iOcean X8 Review: Conclusion

The iOcean X8 has been a much talked about and highly anticipated flagship Android smartphone. iOcean have got a lot of things right with the X8, but there are some really strange choices with the phone which prevent it from being a must have buy.

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From a design, build and quality point of view the iOcean X8 is simply stunning, I cannot fault it and it really does look like a premium piece of kit. For general smartphone usage (not including photos) the iOcean X8 performs as well as any other octacore on the market, but it is in the multimedia department the problems lurk.

As mentioned above the cameras are only of any use in well-lit areas, but for a phone which such styling and design it would appeal to people you go out and want to show off their device in the day or night. The apertures on the X8 just aren’t up for low light work. Another issues is media consumption, while the X8 handles games, video and web browsing with ease, it is its lack of memory expansion which concerns us, 32GB can only last so long and with such a lovely display you are going to want to fill that memory with video and images.

iocean x8 review

If you are more of a day walker than night owl and you want a stylish, powerful and well made Android smartphone the iOCean is for you. If you want to capture the action day or night, and intend extending your passion of photography to your smartphone usage then you will want to look elsewhere.

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49 Comments

  1. adel
    May 20, 2014

    andi, what’s your opinion about KingZone K1 smartphone?

    • Ash
      May 21, 2014

      Yes Andy… Please make a review about this phone

    • GmanNL
      May 21, 2014

      The Kingzone K1 is for sure a good, cheap alternative to this IOcean X8.
      Deserves a look, Andy!

      • adel
        May 21, 2014

        yes,
        2gig, full hd, gorilla glass iii , LTPS that we can use with gloves and wet hand, metal body, NFC, air gusture, wireless charging, 14 mp exmor f2.0, 8mp front, 8core cpu…
        so andi we are waiting 🙂

    • Rob
      May 22, 2014

      I’ve had the Kingzone k1 now for about a week and it is really awesome. The screen is beautiful, the sound is good, battery life is amazing (2 days on average) and really fast with no lag, benchmarks are far higher than I’ve seen on other MTK6592 devices, my friend is so impressed by it that they’re buying one too! I think a review of this phone would be great as the build quality and software are really top notch.

      • adel
        May 22, 2014

        Rob
        thanks for your reply
        and how about Camera?

        • Rob
          May 22, 2014

          To be honest I haven’t had much time to play with the camera yet, been enjoying the phone too much! The daytime pics are good, night time have some noise, but I’m still playing with the settings (only allows me to change 2 settings then blanks them out, can’t change anything without resetting them for some strange reason). Videos on the other hand are excellent, it has electronic image stabilization which helps motion even more (although its excellent even without it), flawless focusing and bright videos even in the dark. I’m hoping to do a review of it this weekend and post it on the review section of this site with pics and videos, so stay tuned 🙂

          • adel
            May 25, 2014

            thanks so much rob
            i didn’t see anything about ‘cmos’ or BSI
            can camera take good pic if a somatic is moving?
            it has steadyshot?

            • Rob
              May 25, 2014

              Hi Adel, I’m currently testing the camera and video qualities of this phone. I can tell you something about the cameras however. The rear camera is a Sony 14mp unit with F/2.0 apeture, 28mm wide angle, 6 layer sapphire lens with a 43 layer coating, anti-glare and anti-reflection. The front is an 8mp Sony unit again with an F/2.0 apeture! I can believe that this is true as it captures good shots even when it’s quite dark. I think the camera software needs tweeking though to get the best from the cameras.

            • adel
              May 28, 2014

              hi Rob
              i ordered 2 of Kingzone k1 whit flip case wireless charging and wireless charger

              thanks for your reply and helped me
              are you still enjoy your K1?

            • Rob
              May 28, 2014

              Hi Adel, I’m sure you will enjoy your phones! I’m still enjoying mine, had 3 updates so far but the latest one seems to have freed up some RAM as it was running at 90% full! However, it also seems to have stopped the gesture control from working, albeit intermittently. The camera is very good once you get the settings right, still haven’t had time to write a review due to rubbish weather here in the UK as I wan’t to take some more pics/videos before posting. Last thing I would say is the wireless charging is really SLOW, about 7% per hour, luckily the battery life is excellent so is no too much of an issue 😉

  2. Andy Midd
    May 20, 2014

    Strange how my iOcean G7 has a f2.2 aperture Sony lens/camera, and the X8 has ended up with this. f2.4 vs f2.2 doesn’t sound like a lot, but with these tiny sensors, its like night and day – pun intended. 🙂

    Good review BTW

    • wayne
      May 22, 2014

      I ordered this phone from OrientDeal in good faith.

      The phone arrived in a grubby box, and had clearly been used. The cable was unwrapped. The protective plastic on the phone had been removed and reapplied. The phone had user data on it including a GMAIL account.

      I checked the demo YouTube videos OrientDeal shot for this device, and they are literally videos of the phone they shipped to me. The IMEI number on the phone in the Antutu demo video is the same IMEI number as the phone they sent me

      OrientDeal have refuted my claims, and continue to lye about the phone being new.

      Buyer beware

      • wayne
        May 22, 2014

        Screenshot from the demo video that proves the device OrientDeal sent me is the same one used in the demo video. Unbelievable.

        • Evgenij Nebotov
          May 23, 2014

          why would you post it here? if the phone is in new condition, why would you even bother? it’s better, when it’s tested.

          • Rob
            May 24, 2014

            I totally agree, not many people would complain about being sent a new perfectly working phone! I always ask them to test the phone before sending it out anyway, as I don’t want to receive a faulty unit and all the hassle, time and cost involved in sending it back.

  3. Guest
    May 20, 2014

    andi, what’s your opinion about KingZone K1 smartphone?

    • Guest
      May 21, 2014

      Yes Andy… Please make a review about this phone

    • GmanNL
      May 21, 2014

      The Kingzone K1 is for sure a good, cheap alternative to this IOcean X8.
      Deserves a look, Andy!

    • Guest
      May 21, 2014

      yes,
      2gig, full hd, gorilla glass iii , LTPS that we can use with gloves and wet hand, metal body, NFC, air gusture, wireless charging, 14 mp exmor f2.0, 8mp front, 8core cpu…
      so andi we are waiting 🙂

    • Rob
      May 22, 2014

      I’ve had the Kingzone k1 now for about a week and it is really awesome. The screen is beautiful, the sound is good, battery life is amazing (2 days on average) and really fast with no lag, benchmarks are far higher than I’ve seen on other MTK6592 devices, my friend is so impressed by it that they’re buying one too! I think a review of this phone would be great as the build quality and software are really top notch.

    • Guest
      May 22, 2014

      Rob
      thanks for your reply
      and how about Camera?

    • Rob
      May 22, 2014

      To be honest I haven’t had much time to play with the camera yet, been enjoying the phone too much! The daytime pics are good, night time have some noise, but I’m still playing with the settings (only allows me to change 2 settings then blanks them out, can’t change anything without resetting them for some strange reason). Videos on the other hand are excellent, it has electronic image stabilization which helps motion even more (although its excellent even without it), flawless focusing and bright videos even in the dark. I’m hoping to do a review of it this weekend and post it on the review section of this site with pics and videos, so stay tuned 🙂

    • Guest
      May 25, 2014

      thanks so much rob
      i didn’t see anything about ‘cmos’ or BSI
      can camera take good pic if a somatic is moving?
      it has steadyshot?

    • Rob
      May 25, 2014

      Hi Adel, I’m currently testing the camera and video qualities of this phone. I can tell you something about the cameras however. The rear camera is a Sony 14mp unit with F/2.0 apeture, 28mm wide angle, 6 layer sapphire lens with a 43 layer coating, anti-glare and anti-reflection. The front is an 8mp Sony unit again with an F/2.0 apeture! I can believe that this is true as it captures good shots even when it’s quite dark. I think the camera software needs tweeking though to get the best from the cameras.

    • Guest
      May 28, 2014

      hi Rob
      i ordered 2 of Kingzone k1 whit flip case wireless charging and wireless charger

      thanks for your reply and helped me
      are you still enjoy your K1?

    • Rob
      May 28, 2014

      Hi Adel, I’m sure you will enjoy your phones! I’m still enjoying mine, had 3 updates so far but the latest one seems to have freed up some RAM as it was running at 90% full! However, it also seems to have stopped the gesture control from working, albeit intermittently. The camera is very good once you get the settings right, still haven’t had time to write a review due to rubbish weather here in the UK as I wan’t to take some more pics/videos before posting. Last thing I would say is the wireless charging is really SLOW, about 7% per hour, luckily the battery life is excellent so is no too much of an issue 😉

  4. Andy Midd
    May 20, 2014

    Strange how my iOcean G7 has a f2.2 aperture Sony lens/camera, and the X8 has ended up with this. f2.4 vs f2.2 doesn’t sound like a lot, but with these tiny sensors, its like night and day – pun intended. 🙂

    Good review BTW

    • Guest
      May 22, 2014

      I ordered this phone from OrientDeal in good faith.

      The phone arrived in a grubby box, and had clearly been used. The cable was unwrapped. The protective plastic on the phone had been removed and reapplied. The phone had user data on it including a GMAIL account.

      I checked the demo YouTube videos OrientDeal shot for this device, and they are literally videos of the phone they shipped to me. The IMEI number on the phone in the Antutu demo video is the same IMEI number as the phone they sent me

      OrientDeal have refuted my claims, and continue to lye about the phone being new.

      Buyer beware

    • Guest
      May 22, 2014

      Screenshot from the demo video that proves the device OrientDeal sent me is the same one used in the demo video. Unbelievable.

    • Evgenij Nebotov
      May 23, 2014

      why would you post it here? if the phone is in new condition, why would you even bother? it’s better, when it’s tested.

    • Rob
      May 24, 2014

      I totally agree, not many people would complain about being sent a new perfectly working phone! I always ask them to test the phone before sending it out anyway, as I don’t want to receive a faulty unit and all the hassle, time and cost involved in sending it back.

  5. Frank Wu
    May 21, 2014

    I got the Hike Z1 2 weeks ago when I was in Shenzhen. At 1599 rmb, I must say that the price is reasonable for a good specced phone. It has a 3000 mAh non replaceable battery which lasted about a day and a half for my usage. Cool wireless charging and dual 3G sims (WCDMA) with ColorOS stable version loaded in. A good traveling companion with dual sims!

  6. Frank Wu
    May 21, 2014

    I got the Hike Z1 2 weeks ago when I was in Shenzhen. At 1599 rmb, I must say that the price is reasonable for a good specced phone. It has a 3000 mAh non replaceable battery which lasted about a day and a half for my usage. Cool wireless charging and dual 3G sims (WCDMA) with ColorOS stable version loaded in. A good traveling companion with dual sims!

  7. Adrian
    May 21, 2014

    A comparison with Jiayu S2? Which of them would you choose ?

  8. izanagel
    May 21, 2014

    Hi
    WCDMA 3G 2100mhz/900mhz or 2100mhz/850mhz.
    I don’t understand I saw on YouTube that the phone was both capable, and here u say that there is 2 different phone one is 900 and the other is 850 ????

    Can u check in Dev mode plz
    Tks for this amazing work

  9. Adrian
    May 21, 2014

    A comparison with Jiayu S2? Which of them would you choose ?

  10. Alfrescoid
    May 21, 2014

    Ordered my X8 from Merimobiles two weeks ago. It arrived 3 days ago, and I was very impressed at the outset. Sadly, my experience with this phone went quickly downhill. It lost the ability to connect to any mobile network after 24 hours, and a day after that it was dead. It wasn’t even on charge – it just died quietly.

    Merimobiles have been no help at all – no response from 4 attempts to contact them.

    I’m gutted 🙁

    • fadlisaad
      May 26, 2014

      I face the same issue while using x7. This is the risk of buying from China

    • trapchan
      June 17, 2014

      my condolences

  11. Guest
    May 21, 2014

    Hi
    WCDMA 3G 2100mhz/900mhz or 2100mhz/850mhz.
    I don’t understand I saw on YouTube that the phone was both capable, and here u say that there is 2 different phone one is 900 and the other is 850 ????

    Can u check in Dev mode plz
    Tks for this amazing work

  12. Guest
    May 21, 2014

    Ordered my X8 from Merimobiles two weeks ago. It arrived 3 days ago, and I was very impressed at the outset. Sadly, my experience with this phone went quickly downhill. It lost the ability to connect to any mobile network after 24 hours, and a day after that it was dead. It wasn’t even on charge – it just died quietly.

    Merimobiles have been no help at all – no response from 4 attempts to contact them.

    I’m gutted 🙁

    • Fadli Saad
      May 26, 2014

      I face the same issue while using x7. This is the risk of buying from China

    • trapchan
      June 18, 2014

      my condolences

  13. wesselzx
    July 27, 2014

    is there google play store on it?

  14. wesselzx
    July 27, 2014

    is there google play store on it?

  15. Reno
    December 15, 2014

    Super User All around awesome cell phone for the price. One month into it,… it works
    like a charm…. using straight talk T-Mobile unlimited everything…, works great.., just had to change the APN Type: selected all options…, MMS pics and video sending/receiving works!
    Thanks..,

  16. Guest
    December 15, 2014

    Super User All around awesome cell phone for the price. One month into it,… it works
    like a charm…. using straight talk T-Mobile unlimited everything…, works great.., just had to change the APN Type: selected all options…, MMS pics and video sending/receiving works!
    Thanks..,