The niche of budget smartphones on Android is constantly updated with new devices. Among the many “simplified” models, it is quite difficult to choose a really good device. And in this regard, the Philips S561 became a real find, in which the manufacturer embodied useful solutions, including a 4000 mAh battery, a triple slot for installing two SIM cards and a memory card, and 4G support during a call without reducing the speed of the Internet. Interesting, isn't it? We tested this smartphone and are ready to share our impressions. Let's start with the equipment.
- Display: 5.45 inches, IPS, 1440 x 720, 18: 9;
- Processor: Spreadtrum SC9863A;
- Number of cores: 8 (4x Cortex-A55 1.6 GHz + 4x Cortex-A55 1.2 GHz);
- Memory: 3 + 32 GB, there is a slot for a memory card up to 128 GB;
- Support for two SIM cards: yes, nanoSIM format;
- Main camera: 13 megapixels and 2 megapixels;
- Front camera: 5 megapixels;
- Battery: 4000 mAh;
- Navigation: GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS;
- Communication: 4G: FDD-LTE / TDD-LTE, VoLTE Cat.4; 3G: WCDMA 900 / 2100MHz; 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n;
- Sensors and connectors: fingerprint scanner, face recognition, accelerometer, gyroscope, microUSB 2.0, USB OTG, mini-jack 3.5 mm;
- Operating System: Android 9 Pie;
- Dimensions: 147.8 x 70.7 x 10.05 mm;
- Weight: 173.9 g;
- Retail price: 8990 rub.
Design and ergonomics
The appearance of the Philips S561 is simple and concise. The case is made of non-slip black plastic. After some time of use, it seems that the plastic of the back cover is not simple, but has a soft-touch coating, as does not slip at all in the hand. In addition, the phone is nice to hold, because it has a body temperature - it does not cool with metal and does not burn with a fiery processor. Everything is very comfortable.
On the back side, in addition to the company logo, there is a fingerprint sensor, and in the upper left corner, slightly protruding above the surface - a dual camera of 13 megapixels + 2 megapixels and a flash.
The small dimensions of the smartphone 147.8 x 70.7 mm are suitable for a female hand. Although a decent thickness of 10 mm and a weight of 174 g make me think that the smartphone is already in the case.
In this Philips model, the frames above and below are made according to the good old classics. And it turned out quite elegantly. Above the screen are the voice speaker, front camera, flash and warning and proximity sensors. There was a solid “chin” below, which, however, is very convenient to hold while watching videos or games.
On the upper edge, the manufacturer left the familiar mini-Jack headphone jack, and on the right - a rounded power button and volume rocker. Below are the micro-USB port, openings for a fairly loud speaker and microphone. On the left side we see a long slot for installing two SIM cards and additional memory.
DisplayThe gadget is equipped with a fairly bright 5.45-inch screen with a protected 2.5D glass. For such a diagonal, HD + (1440 x 720) resolution is quite acceptable. Pixels are not visible to the naked eye, and the text has good smoothing - to read and surf books on the Internet on such a screen is quite comfortable. And watching movies and photos will provide a pleasant feeling.
Thanks to the use of IPS technology, the display has excellent viewing angles, and all information can be easily viewed from any angle. In general, the brightness is not bad, but on the street during sunny weather, the readability of information drops sharply even at maximum illumination. In the room, 50% is more than enough.
It is worth noting that the manufacturer took care of protecting eyesight - a special mode can be activated in the display settings. Automatic brightness control works smoothly, without steps. In the same settings you can choose one of three color filters: cold, default and warm. Color reproduction and contrast are at a good level, but white gives off in warm tones.
Software and shellThe smartphone runs on pure Android 9.0 Pie without additional interface innovations. The main working screen is divided into three zones: on the initial and right screens are the icons of frequently used applications, and swiping to the left opens the Google news feed. If you swipe up, a screen with all available applications will pop up from below.
The setup of the main screen is very thin and you can find many interesting functions in it.
If you are new to Android, a special “Tips” function is offered here, which will tell you in detail, show and help you configure those functions that you may not have known about.
In addition to the fingerprint scanner, face unlock is available, but in poor lighting you should not count on it, since the gadget does not have an infrared sensor. In addition to the above data protection methods, the smartphone has other functions, which are shown in the screenshots below.
PerformanceFor everyday tasks, the Philips S561 is ideal. The processor Spreadtrum SC9863A, popular in budget smartphones, with a clock frequency of 1.6 GHz and 8 cores, was pleasantly surprised by the smoothness of animations inside the shell and surfing the Internet. But don't discard demanding applications. Even games with minimal or medium settings the device can easily pull.
The test results from the popular benchmarks for a budget smartphone look quite decent.
CameraThe camera interface looks familiar and understandable, so there should be no problems with its setup. Of the available options in the main window are available: decorations, bokeh mode and HDR function.
In the additional settings, the usual auto, manual, burst modes up to 30 frames, panorama, 9 filters and augmented reality mode.
The video setup is as follows.
We liked the quality of the photos. The camera takes pictures with a resolution of 13 megapixels only in 4: 3 format, while widescreen photos in 16: 9 are available only with a resolution of 8.3 megapixels.
The objects in the photo are clear and well drawn. HDR mode adds color and saturation when shooting outdoors, and evens out tones during low light conditions.
Sample photos without HDR
Sample HDR Photos
Dual cameras of 13 megapixels and 2 megapixels will appeal to lovers of macro photography. Photo objects are detailed, and the background is softly blurred depending on the exposed aperture. In addition, it is worth noting the high-quality operation of the bokeh algorithm in both portrait and landscape photos.
The front camera takes pictures suitable for posting on social networks.
BatteryOne of the main advantages of the Philips S561 is its very capacious 4000 mAh battery. The manufacturer announced up to 32 hours of talk time, and according to our tests, this is close to reality. Ultimately, with fairly active use at a brightness of 70%, the smartphone lasts an enviable 42 hours until charging.
In our proprietary battery test, the gadget left many behind, lasting as long as 19 hours 16 minutes.
Trashbox.ru battery test results: All battery test results and test method descriptions
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The kit comes with a 5V and 1A charger with a short micro-USB wire and paper documentation. The choice in favor of a small current is made to avoid heating the battery, and thereby adding to its life. But because of this, the charging process itself is terribly long - as much as 4.5 hours from 5% to 100%. It is worth noting that if you charge the device from a power supply with characteristics of 5V and 2A, charging will be reduced to quite acceptable 2 hours.
CommunicationThe manufacturer Philips S561 decided to save its users from the pangs of choosing between a profitable tariff plan or expanding the memory. The triple slot allows you to insert a second SIM card and install a microSD card.
Moreover, the smartphone has a built-in 4G simultaneous function for both SIM-cards. It’s quite a significant plus, since during a call, downloads on a mobile network will not be interrupted or stopped.
When testing calls, the microphone clearly and distinctly doubled the caller’s voice. There are no complaints about communication modules either, calls were even in semi-basement rooms.
This smartphone can also serve as a reliable navigator. In a short period of time, he finds more than 15 satellites and does not lose them even in cramped city buildings.
Despite the budget, the Philips S561 definitely deserves attention. It has excellent performance, including a fairly powerful processor that provides fast work in the menu, as well as when surfing the Internet and demanding games. The compact size and rigorous design should appeal to those who do not accept shovels. A triple slot for SIM and memory will allow you not to limit yourself in data storage, and to share, for example, work calls and communication with loved ones. And most importantly - a capacious battery will save you from having to charge your smartphone at the end of every day.pros
MinusesMay not like
- Laconic design;
- Acceptable performance;
- Triple SIM card slot and memory card;
- Capacious battery.
Final rating: 7 out of 10.