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iPro Sense Avancer Quick Review: Sense the Pro

iPro, a local brand phone maker has launched the latest flagship device - Sense Avancer. The Sense Avancer is yet another device with octa-core processor, similar to the Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ and GPhone Evo.

- Dimensions: 161.5 x 84 x 9.1 mm
- Weight: 200 g
- Display: 5.5" Full HD (1,080 x 1920 pixels)
- Processor: 1.7 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592
- RAM: 2 GB
- Memory: 16 GB, microSD card slot
- Camera: 14 MP Camera, 1080p video recording, 8 MP front
- Battery: 2,500 mAh
- OS: Android 4.3.9 Jelly Bean

The retail packaging of the iPro Sense Avancer is in black and rectangle size.

iPro Sense Avancer retail package

Inside the box, it has the device, AC adapter, USB cable, earphones, phone casing, USB OTG cable and manual guide.

The device has a boxy design and its back is built by aluminium metal, which gives us a premium feel.

iPro Sense Avancer front (left) and back (right)

Personally we feel that its design looks like the Huawei Ascend P6 and Ascend P7 as it has double-C design.

More photos of iPro Sense Avancer

The iPro Sense Avancer is a big and heavy device, measuring at 161.5 x 84 x 9.1 mm and weighing at 200 g. One-handed operation is probably an issue for it but it gives us a solid feel while handling it.

It has a 5.5" display with Full HD resolution (1,080 x 1,920 pixels) with the pixel density of 401 ppi.

The iPro Sense Avancer has a 5.5" display

The display is crystal sharp however it has a below average contrast, which didn't produce nice viewing experience. Viewing angle is wide however it is not the best at its class.

The iPro Sense Avancer is powered by 1.7 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor backed by 2 GB of RAM. The device is a little bit lagging and buggy, and it struggles while playing high graphics games. Overheat problem is also present when you are loading heavy apps or playing high graphics games like Real Racing 3.

iPro Sense Avancer benchmark results

It scored 12,260 on Quadrant Standard and 27,233 on AnTuTu benchmark, which is relatively high at its class. However the actual performance may be different from the benchmark results as there are some companies will boost its benchmark result while running the test.

The device is running on Android 4.3.9 Jelly Bean, which is a modified Android version. However, we have updated it to the latest software build and it has downgraded to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

The iPro Sense Avancer is running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (previously Android 4.3.9 Jelly Bean)

Basically it has the same user interface as stock Android UI, but with some modifications and features.

Lockscreen - Homescreen - Apps drawer

There's not much different between the stock Android UI and its user interface except for the lockscreen.

Air gesture and Smart Pause

Surprisingly, it comes with air gesture and Smart Pause features, which first found in Samsung flagship smartphone.

Notification area and quick settings

The notification area and quick settings are completely same as stock Android UI despite it has additional toggles.

The iPro Sense Avancer has a 14 MP camera at the back with LED flash. It has an 8 MP front-facing camera too.

The camera interface

The camera interface looks similar as Ninetology camera interface, it has two interface for photos capturing and video recording at one screen, which causes the framing quite tricky.

Here are the camera samples:

The images quality are not as good as we expected, as all images are very noisy and lack of details. We can say the HTC One (M8) with 4 MP UltraPixel camera is even better than it.

The iPro Sense Avancer has a 2,500 mAh removable battery. The battery stand-by time is pretty decent and it can last for around 6 hours for heavy usage. As for the moderate usage, it should be last for around 16 hours.

Final thought
The iPro Sense Avancer is priced at RM 1,099. For this pricing you can get a HTC Desire 816 and Sony Xperia T2 Ultra with more advance camera and Qualcomm Snapdragon processing power.

HTC Desire 816 (left) / Sony Xperia T2 Ultra (right)

Both HTC Desire 816 and Sony Xperia T2 Ultra come with better user experience and features, and both are running on the latest Android version. However, the iPro Sense Avancer is a huge improvement for a local brand device.

- Premium build quality
- Crystal sharp display

- Unimpressive camera
- Price tag is not competitive
- Unimpressive performance

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