BARCELONA, Spain -- Making its first appearance at Mobile World Congress at Showstoppers is Yezz's first eight-core Android smartphone. The Miami-based company has been traditionally strong in the Latin America market, and the Andy A5QP, alongside the LTE-capable A5VP, will soon be making its way to Europe and the Middle East.
With a 319 euros ($438) price tag, the dual-SIM A5QP isn't very cheap, especially without any subsidies, but having tried out the 6.9mm-thin handset, the build quality definitely impressed.
Yezz isn't using glossy plastic for its rear -- instead it's a soft-touch material that gives the handset a good grip. I quite liked the feel and hopefully, more smartphones will start using something similar in the future.
The Andy A5QP uses MediaTek's MT6592 octa-core processor (similar to the Huawei Honor 3x) clocked at 1.7GHz. Based on my experience with the Honor 3X, I'm pretty sure you won't experience any issues with day-to-day Web surfing, but you will have some issues trying to play performance-intensive 3D games on the handset.
I quite like the brightness and sharpness of the 5-inch HD (1,280x720-pixels) IPS display and found viewing angles to be pretty good as well.
Internally, the handset is powered by a 1,800mAh battery and has 1GB of RAM as well as 8GB of onboard storage. You can expand this with a microSD card for up to 64GB. If you're going to take a lot of pictures with the 13.1-megapixel rear camera, you'll probably want more space anyhows. On the front is a 5-megapixel shooter, for those who like taking higher-resolution selfies.
Lastly, the handset runs Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) out-of-the-box, and will get the KitKat upgrade sometime in the summer.