Brace yourselves, another overpriced MediaTek phone is coming

Pioneer certainly isn’t the biggest name when its smartphones you’re talking about. However, the Japan based maker seems to believe otherwise, and is about to launch a smartphone which we think is a bit overpriced for what it has on offer.

We’re talking about the Pioneer K88L that’s due a launch in the next couple of days. The device will come with a 1.7GHz octa-core processor, 1GB RAM and a 5.5-inch screen that’s sadly just 720p in resolution. Here’s where it gets worse: the K88L will cost a hefty 1799 CNY or roughly US$295. This is exactly as much as the much more awesome Meizu MX4!Pioneer-K88L_1

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The only good thing about the device in our books is dual LTE, which means it’ll work more or less on any 4G LTE network across the world. Take a look at the complete specifications below:


  • 5.5-inch 1280 x 720p display
  • 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB on-board storage
  • 13 mega-pixel rear camera
  • 5 mega-pixel front camera
  • 2500mAh battery
  • NFC
  • Android v4.4 KitKat
  • Dual SIM

It is going to be hard for Pioneer to sell this device which hardly has a feature that you could call its USP. Also, equally priced devices such as the MediaTek MT6595 powered Meizu MX4 don’t help!


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  1. Gabriele Bonomo
    September 12, 2014

    wtf? I don’t want to know the price.

  2. ufg
    September 12, 2014

    It’s like a phone from 2012 but with an octa core processor

  3. OZ
    September 12, 2014

    Its a Pioneer, a known Japanese brand and so can charge a premium.

    • balcobomber25
      September 13, 2014

      It is a known Japanese brand for electronics, for cell phones it is relatively unheard of. You can only charge a premium when you have a loyal following like Sony, Samsung, Apple. LG or HTC. This will be a $150 special within 3 moths of release.

    • desponent
      September 13, 2014

      Well anyone can charge premium even knockoff brand, but whether it’ll sell or not is another story.

  4. September 13, 2014

    Meizu MX4 is not dual sim, and, as OZ says, it has a big name.

    • desponent
      September 13, 2014

      Therefore it’s not overpriced? lol

      • September 13, 2014

        (overpriced because) it has a big name 😉

  5. balcobomber25
    September 13, 2014

    Looks decent but with those specs I can get a phone from a trusted cell phone company for a third of that price.

    • yaniv
      September 13, 2014


  6. POY
    September 13, 2014

    How can it be 4G if it’s using a 6592?

    • thor2001
      September 13, 2014

      The MT6592 can be coupled with different “modem”chips.

      At least one of them is 4G-capable.

      They weren’t available at the MT6592-launch.


      • POY
        September 13, 2014

        Oh OK thanks.

        Would murder the battery life

    • September 13, 2014

      Like @thor2001 said. The MT6290 LTE chip it should be, in this case.

  7. yudhir
    September 13, 2014

    Pioneer are known for their Audio products, I hope they have some Awesome DAC inside!

    • amirexpressir
      September 13, 2014

      then buy vivo x3, not this…buy ZTE nubia z7 mini or ……

  8. Abir
    September 13, 2014

    Pioneer are about a year or so late to the overpriced smartphone game. Almost nobody can play this game anymore unless you are Apple.

  9. Hellvetta
    September 13, 2014

    ZTE Nubia front design detected. I don’t understand how Pioneer became clonemaker. Only the high price of the big name remained.

  10. David
    September 14, 2014

    Looks like my Nubia z7 Max. It also has similar price… Who will buy this funny phone?

  11. Aeonia
    September 15, 2014

    Haha..hard to believe that for 5 dollars extra and a month of patience.., you can get the OPO…

  12. Jcrwn
    December 17, 2014

    I just got me on its not too bad of a phone just need gaaps to mk it better any help on that?