Philips really want to be noticed in the smartphone space, and hence the Philips i999


i999 Philips

An all-new Philips phone just got certified over at TENAA. This new phone is in stark contrast to what we’ve seen from the company previously, at least in the smartphone segment.

The Philips i999 as it is known, is one powerful phone. It comes with a 5.5-inch display with a massive 2K (QHD/1440p) resolution, a first for the company. When a phone ships with a display like that, it is evident the company wants you to take their phone seriously. In this case, it holds greater importance, because no one really has taken Philips phones very seriously.

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Coming back to the device, the i999, it has a 2.5GHz quad-core processor of unspecified make (presumably the Snapdragon 801?), 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage. It will also have an 8 mega-pixel snapper on the front, and a massive 20 mega-pixel sensor with dual tone, dual LED flash on the rear.

The device will be impressively thin at 8.2mm, with overall dimensions being 153 x 76 x 8.2mm. That’s not it, the phone will also have a fingerprint scanner built in, which if I’m not wrong, will be a first for Philips.

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So what do you think of this new upcoming device? I think this is the first time a Philips product is making me excited (after the light bulb of course)…

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68 Comments

  1. David Košič
    May 6, 2015

    At that clock speed it could also be the snapdragon 805.

    • balcobomber25
      May 7, 2015

      Could also be an Intel chip.

  2. Rob
    May 6, 2015

    Unfortunately being a Philips means it will also be expensive just like all their other phones.

  3. Guaire
    May 6, 2015

    Boring.

    If they can distribute it on Europe with very competitive price…

    • Raul
      May 6, 2015

      They are distributed in my part of Europe through select vendors, but the 2 or 3 devices they have are crap.

  4. Paul Sleight
    May 6, 2015

    I can’t say I’m excited about it, yes it seems to have good specs, but oh so bland design.

  5. Raul
    May 6, 2015

    Ugly as hell

  6. RobertNL
    May 6, 2015

    It’s not really Philips, just some Chinese manufacturer selling under the Philips brand. Like with TP vision (TV’s), audio and video (Funai) and the (recently sold) LED division.

    Philips is selling their brand and gets a % of the revenue in return.

  7. topgun
    May 6, 2015

    the pure ugliness of the phone puts me off, but if it was 64bit and at a cheap price i would consider, but i’m talking asus pricing stucture

    • Joe mont
      May 6, 2015

      Those edges look like they will cut open my pants from the inside.

    • balcobomber25
      May 7, 2015

      You would consider an ugly phone just because it is 64 bit? 64 bit will eventually be a major advantage but as of today its benefits are negligible. It will take at least 1-2 years for 64 bit to be fully optimized. Right now it is mostly fluff and marketing, and great marketing at that.

      • Chris Wong
        May 7, 2015

        The new 64 bit ARMv8 chips are faster than their old 32 bit ARMv7 counterparts, so the benefit is still tangible. But yes not sure why you would call an internal specification ugly

        • balcobomber25
          May 7, 2015

          Most all new chips are faster than the older counterparts regardless of whether they are 32 or 64 bit.

        • topgun
          May 7, 2015

          i didnt call an internal hardware ugly, the phone is an ugly looking thing, i was meerly poining out the the addition of a 64bit chip over a 32bit chip would be more appealing and allow me to see past the ugly ass exterior of the phone

      • topgun
        May 7, 2015

        nope i would consider an ugly phone if it was dirt cheap and had all the ticks, 64bit chip, 3gb+ram, 32gb+rom, sd expansion slot, 5.5″+ fhd, i have been looking for a phone for months and still can’t pick one as i would like it for long period of time, so if im intending on keeping it for a couple of years i would like to atleast know the hardware is still relevant.

        • balcobomber25
          May 7, 2015

          The Jiayu S3 has all of those for a dirt cheap price and it isn’t ugly.

  8. David Košič
    May 6, 2015

    At that clock speed it could also be the snapdragon 805.

    • balcobomber25
      May 7, 2015

      Could also be an Intel chip.

  9. geronimonster
    May 6, 2015

    Elephone-killer !!!! Nice one Philips, now make me a toasted-sandwich-maker please.

  10. Rob
    May 6, 2015

    Unfortunately being a Philips means it will also be expensive just like all their other phones.

  11. Guaire
    May 6, 2015

    Boring.

    If they can distribute it on Europe with very competitive price…

    • Raul
      May 6, 2015

      They are distributed in my part of Europe through select vendors, but the 2 or 3 devices they have are crap.

  12. Paul Sleight
    May 6, 2015

    I can’t say I’m excited about it, yes it seems to have good specs, but oh so bland design.

  13. Raul
    May 6, 2015

    Ugly as hell

  14. RobertNL
    May 6, 2015

    It’s not really Philips, just some Chinese manufacturer selling under the Philips brand. Like with TP vision (TV’s), audio and video (Funai) and the (recently sold) LED division.

    Philips is selling their brand and gets a % of the revenue in return.

  15. topgun
    May 6, 2015

    the pure ugliness of the phone puts me off, but if it was 64bit and at a cheap price i would consider, but i’m talking asus pricing stucture

    • Joe mont
      May 7, 2015

      Those edges look like they will cut open my pants from the inside.

    • balcobomber25
      May 7, 2015

      You would consider an ugly phone just because it is 64 bit? 64 bit will eventually be a major advantage but as of today its benefits are negligible. It will take at least 1-2 years for 64 bit to be fully optimized. Right now it is mostly fluff and marketing, and great marketing at that.

    • Chris Wong
      May 7, 2015

      The new 64 bit ARMv8 chips are faster than their old 32 bit ARMv7 counterparts, so the benefit is still tangible. But yes not sure why you would call an internal specification ugly

    • balcobomber25
      May 7, 2015

      Most all new chips are faster than the older counterparts regardless of whether they are 32 or 64 bit.

    • topgun
      May 7, 2015

      nope i would consider an ugly phone if it was dirt cheap and had all the ticks, 64bit chip, 3gb+ram, 32gb+rom, sd expansion slot, 5.5″+ fhd, i have been looking for a phone for months and still can’t pick one as i would like it for long period of time, so if im intending on keeping it for a couple of years i would like to atleast know the hardware is still relevant.

    • topgun
      May 7, 2015

      i didnt call an internal hardware ugly, the phone is an ugly looking thing, i was meerly poining out the the addition of a 64bit chip over a 32bit chip would be more appealing and allow me to see past the ugly ass exterior of the phone

    • balcobomber25
      May 8, 2015

      The Jiayu S3 has all of those for a dirt cheap price and it isn’t ugly.

  16. May 6, 2015

    They obviously didn’t use the same design department as their consumer electronics.

    • irebel
      May 7, 2015

      Since these phones are just from a Chinese OEM, they don’t share the same design ofcourse. And there’s basically nothing left of the consumer electronics division of PHILIPS. It’s all be sold off.

      • balcobomber25
        May 7, 2015

        Phillips sold off the TV’s, DVD/Blu Ray, Smartphones and Audio divisions, they are all made under license now. Phillips still makes small appliances like hair dryers and toasters, the major segment for Phillips has actually shifted to health care.

  17. geronimonster
    May 6, 2015

    Elephone-killer !!!! Nice one Philips, now make me a toasted-sandwich-maker please.

  18. balcobomber25
    May 6, 2015

    Does it come with free pack of LED light bulbs? Phillips is my favorite lightbulb company.

    The design is just so bland and knowing Phillips it will be incredibly overpriced.

    • Muhammad Yasir
      May 7, 2015

      LOL!

      altho real sad to see phillips being blind and not following the CHEAP PHONE philosophy in the CHINESE MARKET of all the places in the world…

      • balcobomber25
        May 7, 2015

        My brother law’s accounting firm has a contract with Phillips, said they are one of his cheapest clients he has.

        • Muhammad Yasir
          May 7, 2015

          but dint u say “it will be incredibly overpriced” ?

          • balcobomber25
            May 7, 2015

            Sorry I should have been more clear. What he meant was they were cheap as in they overcharge for everything but when it comes to employees they are very cheap, refuse to pay for basic amenities, fight with employees over the smallest of things such as having more than one coffee (which Phillips provides) a day.

            • Muhammad Yasir
              May 7, 2015

              oh 😀 !

            • amirexpressir
              August 1, 2015

              hi
              can you give me your email plz?
              or email me directly at:
              amirbahalegharn365@gmail.com

            • Muhammad Yasir
              August 1, 2015

              what for ?

            • amirexpressir
              August 1, 2015

              I had talked to balcomomber and he also suggested asking you..for cooperating…email me and I will explain you

            • Muhammad Yasir
              August 1, 2015

              i dont use email for communication … if u are on facebook and in the gizchina group … u can search for me in the group member section … i have the same name and profile pic there… PM me

  19. Miko
    May 7, 2015

    Maybe if it was 1 year ago… with the right price ofc

  20. 10basetom
    May 7, 2015

    They obviously didn’t use the same design department as their consumer electronics.

    • irebel
      May 7, 2015

      Since these phones are just from a Chinese OEM, they don’t share the same design ofcourse. And there’s basically nothing left of the consumer electronics division of PHILIPS. It’s all be sold off.

    • balcobomber25
      May 7, 2015

      Phillips sold off the TV’s, DVD/Blu Ray, Smartphones and Audio divisions, they are all made under license now. Phillips still makes small appliances like hair dryers and toasters, the major segment for Phillips has actually shifted to health care.

  21. SmestarZ
    May 7, 2015

    Philips phones are not manufactured by Philips
    The Mobile phone division was sold to China Electronics Corporation (CEC) way back in 2007, but as per the agreement Philips has allowed CEC to use philips brand.
    One of their best phones is the Xenium range, I have their Phone X1560 (if i am not wrong), it is so called “dumb phone”
    Dual sim dual standby with standby time about 2400 hours, with battery of 2900 mAh
    It also has a USB slot which you can use to charge your SMART PHONE.

  22. balcobomber25
    May 7, 2015

    Does it come with free pack of LED light bulbs? Phillips is my favorite lightbulb company.

    The design is just so bland and knowing Phillips it will be incredibly overpriced.

    • Guest
      May 7, 2015

      LOL!

      altho real sad to see phillips being blind and not following the CHEAP PHONE philosophy in the CHINESE MARKET of all the places in the world…

    • balcobomber25
      May 7, 2015

      My brother law’s accounting firm has a contract with Phillips, said they are one of his cheapest clients he has.

    • Guest
      May 7, 2015

      but dint u say “it will be incredibly overpriced” ?

    • balcobomber25
      May 7, 2015

      Sorry I should have been more clear. What he meant was they were cheap as in they overcharge for everything but when it comes to employees they are very cheap, refuse to pay for basic amenities, fight with employees over the smallest of things such as having more than one coffee (which Phillips provides) a day.

    • Guest
      May 7, 2015

      oh 😀 !

    • amirexpressir
      August 1, 2015

      hi
      can you give me your email plz?
      or email me directly at:
      amirbahalegharn365@gmail.com

    • Guest
      August 1, 2015

      what for ?

    • amirexpressir
      August 1, 2015

      I had talked to balcomomber and he also suggested asking you..for cooperating…email me and I will explain you

    • Guest
      August 1, 2015

      i dont use email for communication … if u are on facebook and in the gizchina group … u can search for me in the group member section … i have the same name and profile pic there… PM me

  23. Miko
    May 7, 2015

    Maybe if it was 1 year ago… with the right price ofc

  24. SmestarZ
    May 7, 2015

    Philips phones are not manufactured by Philips
    The Mobile phone division was sold to China Electronics Corporation (CEC) way back in 2007, but as per the agreement Philips has allowed CEC to use philips brand.
    One of their best phones is the Xenium range, I have their Phone X1560 (if i am not wrong), it is so called “dumb phone”
    Dual sim dual standby with standby time about 2400 hours, with battery of 2900 mAh
    It also has a USB slot which you can use to charge your SMART PHONE.

  25. Steven Fox
    May 7, 2015

    It all rests on the pricing, I actually like the more bulkier look of the phone, we all know that the display will be great and I don`t need more than S801 really. Although I guess it would be too much to as for 250-299$ pricing.

  26. Steven Fox
    May 7, 2015

    It all rests on the pricing, I actually like the more bulkier look of the phone, we all know that the display will be great and I don`t need more than S801 really. Although I guess it would be too much to as for 250-299$ pricing.

  27. May 8, 2015

    Personally I don’t like the design at all.

  28. arinium
    May 8, 2015

    Personally I don’t like the design at all.