A decent dual-sim Android phone that’s equally impressive inside.
Prestigio is a Cyprus based electronics firm making their entry into the UAE market just recently, so in case you haven’t heard of them, no need to worry, they’re fairly big in the rest of the EMEA region. Specializing in dual-sim smartphones, the Multiphone 4040 Duo I’ll be looking at today is one level down from the flagship 4300 Duo model.
The Prestigio Multiphone 4040 Duo is an Android ICS powered smartphone with some decent hardware packed in, especially considering the budget price. The basic body of the Multiphone 4040 Duo looks rather smart, what with the black chromed frame and the smooth matt black cover on the back. The front 4-inch capacitive touchscreen display dominates the fascia, although the glass itself isn’t smooth. Rubbing my fingers across the screen there was some friction. I guess the glass isn’t the best quality, although it did feel strong.
Open up the back cover and you’ll see the insertion points for a microSD card (up to 32GB) and the two regular SIM slots. On the left there the volume control, while the right houses the mini-USB port for charging and transferring data. Nothing at the bottom of the Multiphone 4040 Duo, but the top houses the 3.5mm headset jack and the power button.
The 5MP camera lens is accompanied by an LED flash; the speaker grill is all the way at the end. It’s a simple design, and makes the rather chunky looking body feel good.
Getting inside the Prestigio Multiphone 4040 Duo, we have a 1GHz Cortex A9 processor with 512MB of RAM and a separate 2GB of internal storage; modest specs to get you by daily activities. Add to this the 4-inch LCD with 480 x 800 pixels (giving it 233ppi) and you have entry-level all rounder smartphone with the added benefit of using two SIM cards. While the Coretx A9 processor isn’t exactly a powerhouse, daily usage for browsing the web and handling multiple apps in the background works adequately on the Multiphone 4040 Duo.
The dual-sim functionality works as expected, you can use either SIM to make a phone call. However, if you’re busy on a call on SIM 1, then anybody who calls on SIM 2 will get your number as turned off. Receiving and sending SMS works seamlessly, as do most other functions. It’s definitely a good combination for people who want to manage two SIMs from Etisalat and du; coming in very handy when travelling abroad.
Featuring a 5MP camera on the back capable of recording 720p video @ 30fps (in .3GPP format), the Multiphone 4040 Duo does an alright job, suffering severely from lack of detail in both pictures and videos in addition to noise in dark places.
The Prestigio Multiphone 4040 Duo is a decent dual-sim Android smartphone with an attractive body, but lacking in quality when it comes to the camera. The hardware inside is powerful enough for a hassle-free experience, although it’s not the smoothest of Android phones. It’s sad that the second SIM becomes inactive when you’re busy with a call on the first SIM, I was expecting it to put the second call on hold. So if you don’t care about the camera, don’t expect a lot of calls on both SIM cards, the Prestigio Multiphone 4040 Duo is decent pick for AED 500.