Ever stare at your smartphone screen and feel your eyes get
strained or fatigued? Blame that on the blue light that is released by the
display. But Philips has introduced two new smartphones in China today, both
using a new technology that the manufacturer calls SoftBlue. This
"anti-blue" display reduces the amount of blue light that comes from
a smartphone screen, by up to 86%. This feature can be found on the just
unveiled Philips Sapphire S616 and the Philips Sapphire Life V787.
The Sapphire S616 features a 5.5-inch IPS screen
carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution. Driving the handset is the MediaTek MT6753
SoC, which includes an octa-core CPU, and the Mali-T720 GPU. 2GB of RAM is
inside, along with 16GB of internal storage. Those requiring additional memory
can access the 128GB microSD slot.
A 13MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture graces the
back of the device, while a 5MP front-facing camera snaps wide angle selfies
and handles video chats. The phone offers a removable 3000mAh battery, and
provides dual SIM, dual standby with support for 4G LTE connectivity. Android
5.1 is pre-installed with Philips' UI running on top. The phone is expected to
be launched in November, priced in the neighborhood of $222 USD.
The Philips Sapphire Life V787 is expected to be
launched at the end of November, although pricing information is unknown. This
device has the same specs as the Sapphire S616, except for a few important
changes. For example, powering this model is a 5000mAh battery that uses the
manufacturer's Xenium technology, to provide up to 47 hours of talk time. Also,
the Sapphire Life V787 features a smaller 5-inch screen which also has a 1080 x
1920 resolution. That works out to a higher 441ppi pixel density. Lastly, the
13MP rear-facing shooter on this unit offers Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF),
allowing it to focus in just 0.2 seconds.