Philips I966 Aurora presented in China
A great smartphone you cannot buy
Philips doesn’t have big traditions in developing phones and mobile devices but this is about to change… at least in some degree. A new model called I966 Aurora has just popped up online, making us a bit jealous because it won’t be released outside China.
Philips I966 Aurora is a 5.5 inch device with a quad HD resolution. Powering the handset is the quad – core Snapdragon 801 processor running at 2.5 GHz with 3 GB of RAM. The phone looks pretty nice, especially for those of you who prefer sharp corners and squared devices in Sony-stile. A 20.7 MP camera module by Sony is found on the back, along with a fingerprint scanner. The Aurora features also an 8MP selfie & video calling camera, 3000mAH battery, 32 GB built-in storage, dual LED flash, and LTE support.
Unfortunately, this phone won’t be seen outside China as it has been built especially for the Asian market. The OS is not Android, but YunOS instead, which a Chinese platform developed by Alibaba. This OS has been described as a bad copy of Android, which however hasn’t stopped many OEMs from putting it on top of their smartphones.
Philips I966 Aurora is definitely a nice flagship device priced according to Asian market’s traditions. So, for around $600 this device could be an alternative to high-class models by local Chinese companies like Xiaomi and OnePlus. We can only hope that Philips will expand its market covering and bring this or new devices to the Western consumers.