The new Philips S397 model has a standard set of equipment and is aimed at people who need reliable communication without extra options and bells and whistles. At the same time, there is everything necessary for data protection (fingerprint scanner and face unlock) and communication via the Internet. The device has a low price - about 6500 rubles, which makes it accessible to schoolchildren and people of an older age category.
- Display: 5.72 inches, IPS, 1440 x 720, 18: 9;
- Processor: Unisoc SC9863A;
- Number of cores: 8 cores, 1600 MHz;
- Graphics chip: PowerVR GE8322;
- Built-in memory: 16 GB (8 GB available)
- RAM: 2 GB
- Slot for memory card: yes, up to 64 GB (instead of SIM);
- Support for two SIM cards: yes, nanoSIM format, hybrid slot;
- Main camera: 13 megapixels and 0.3 megapixels;
- Front camera: 8 megapixels;
- Battery: 3000 mAh;
- Navigation: GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS;
- Communication: 2G, 3G, 4G (1800 (B3), 2100 (B1), 2600 (B7), 800 (B20), 900 (B8), TDD 38, 39, 40, 41);
- Wireless: Bluetooth version 4.2; Wi-Fi: 802.11 b / g / n;
- Sensors and connectors: fingerprint scanner, face recognition, microUSB 2.0 connector, 3.5 mm mini-jack;
- OTG: not supported
- Operating System: Android 9 Pie;
- Dimensions: 147.8 x 70.7 x 10.05 mm;
- Weight: 173.9 g;
- Recommended retail price: 6 990 rub.
As you can see, at some important positions in the equipment, such as the amount of internal memory (only 8 GB available), the NFC module and OTG support, the manufacturer saved. But here there is a very high-quality radio module with 4G support and a decent (for a budget device) main camera, which we will discuss below. In general, the device turned out to be quite balanced and reliable in operation.
What's in the box?
The kit consists of the essentials: a 5V 1A power supply, a cable with USB to micro USB plugs, a clip for removing the SIM tray and memory card, and of course a paper instruction. Conveniently, the kit is indicated by the manufacturer on the box. Unpacking is completed, it's time to talk about the appearance of new items. We take the smartphone out of the box and remove the shipping film from the surface of the display.
How does he look
The design of the device is made according to the classical scheme. Looking at the back of the smartphone, you catch yourself thinking that its design is very similar to the well-known flagship models of other manufacturers. The plastic case and glossy lid, fitted with no gaps in the base, create the feeling of a robust metal construction. The gray lacquered coating is thick enough, which gives hope for its durability and good protection against scratches and abrasion.
On the back cover in the upper left corner there is a dual camera with a flash (flashlight), nearby in the center is a fingerprint scanner. The matte white company logo looks quite harmonious.
All the necessary connectors are conveniently located on the upper edge: for 3.5 mm headphones and for connecting a micro USB power cable. The manufacturer has not provided any holes for an additional noise reduction microphone. The slotted grill for the ring speaker, which is located in the center, looks unusual in the center, and the microphone hole is to the right of it.
According to established tradition, a hybrid slot for installing a SIM and a memory card is integrated on the left side, and the volume rocker on the right side and a power button under it. They do not need a strong frame, they are pressed moderately hard, they work clearly. The gripe is only the mechanism for removing the SIM tray: after pressing the needle, the cover does not extend far enough.
The front side is not particularly remarkable: in the upper part there is a classic narrow slot for the earpiece, to the right of it is a light sensor, and to the left is the peephole of the front camera.
Impressions of the smartphoneWe turn on the device and do the standard procedures for setting the language and activating the account. The smooth edges of the 2.5D display and excellent finger sliding on the glass immediately attract attention, which creates a pleasant tactile sensation. At first, the relatively large frames at the top and bottom of the display are somewhat embarrassing, which do not look very good against the background of frameless models with “bangs” or drop-shaped cutouts. But, in our opinion, a thickness of about 1 cm is quite tolerable in order to somehow complex about this.
The device responds well to changes in lighting and increases or decreases the brightness of the display to comfortable for the eyes. The maximum value of the matrix backlight is enough for working with information in the open air. A matrix with HD resolution is installed here, which is quite enough for a 4.71-inch diagonal. At least, we could not consider the pixels with the naked eye.
The sound and communication quality of the Philips S397 were also on top. The ringing speaker pleased with a bright and loud sound, while the speaker provided natural tones of the interlocutor's voice. The device keeps communication perfectly even in conditions of poor reception, while it does not fail and 4G, available simultaneously on both SIMs. Where the flagship Xiaomi does not see the network, Philips even provides data transfer, although at low speeds - up to 3 Mb / s. Under good conditions, data transfer can reach excellent 50 Mb / s. There is absolutely nothing to complain about.
It is convenient to hold the smartphone in your hand thanks to its compact size and even launch applications and perform various settings in the menu with one thumb. The camera on the back has a plastic rim that barely protrudes above the surface of the lid and serves as a protection against scratches from the optics.
The screen sensor responds to touch and gestures smoothly and without jerking. In this case, in our opinion, this model requires a slightly denser pressure on the surface of the display than usual. However, there is a plus in this - it will allow you to avoid application launches.
Performance in benchmarks and gamesOf course, you should not expect high performance from a budget model. But Philips S397 showed fast work in the interface, menus and resource-intensive applications.
We tested the device for performance in AnTuTu Benchmark and got a result of about 72,000 points, which is more than enough to work in popular applications and everyday tasks.
Only frequently used everyday applications are preinstalled in the smartphone, such as a browser, weather, dialer, maps, audio and video players. The user can reinstall the program he needs on the built-in memory (about 8 GB of internal memory is available) or on the installed flash card (purchased separately).
Surprisingly, the game World of Tanks Blitz started at medium settings, and FPS did not fall below 50 frames, providing a comfortable game even in active scenes. Moreover, the reaction to touch and slides in the game was very adequate.
Camera operationWe liked the quality of the images taken from both the main and the front camera. Good optics and a high-quality matrix create highly detailed photos with the right color shades. I was also impressed with the work of the digital 4x zoom, with which you can receive photos of distant objects with acceptable quality.
The camera can be safely used for both landscapes and portrait shots. To shoot reports, you need to adapt, because The camera shutter does not work instantly, but with a slight delay.
Battery lifeAccording to the manufacturer, the Philips S397 is able to last 520 hours in standby time on a single charge of the battery, i.e. more than 21 days. For lovers of long telephone conversations, there is another figure - 22.5 hours of talk time. These are excellent characteristics that are achieved, including due to the economical processor and HD screen. The claimed battery capacity in this model is 3000 mAh.
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These tests were also confirmed by our tests in the branded online benchmark for the trashbox.ru/bt2
In it, the phone, with a constantly turned on display with 50% brightness, continuously played a flash movie and lasted 8 hours 13 minutes in this lesson.
The smartphone is charged with the supplied adapter on 5V 1A for about 3 hours 35 minutes. It is a pity that the LED charge indicator on the front side is not provided in this model, because of which it will be necessary to control the end of charging by turning on the screen.
The new smartphone Philips S397 externally creates a pleasant impression of a balanced and reliable device. Its performance is enough for everyday tasks, and for undemanding games, including World of Tanks Blitz. I liked the detail of the pictures taken from the main and selfie cameras. Support for two SIM-cards and 4G in both slots will always be in touch and online. But there is only 8 GB of internal memory available, which means that the second slot will probably be used for a memory card. For everyday work, this budget smartphone is quite prepared. Particularly useful may be long-term operation on a single battery charge. Interestingly, when you buy a Philips S397 as a gift, you get Philips TAUN102BK Bluetooth wireless headphones. You can find out about the terms of the promotion directly in the Philips online store.pros
- Small body size
- High-quality HD screen with 2.5D glass;
- Acceptable performance;
- Support 4G on two SIM slots;
- The camera takes detailed pictures.
May not like
- There is no indicator of notifications and charge.
- The small size of the built-in flash drive.
Final rating: 7 out of 10.