Infosonics might not necessarily be a company that many are familiar with, especially when it comes to smartphones and tablets. However the San Diego-based company has released several smartphones and tablets in the market already, and they have recently announced their latest product in the form of the verykool S505 “Spark” Android smartphone.
Yes, we know the name could be less cheesy, but what are you going to do, right? That being said, Infosonics is marketing their latest product as “unique, beautifully designed, feature packed and provide exceptional value,” and at $199 unlocked, we have to agree with at least part of their statement.
We have to say that the Spark handset’s design reminds us of the Samsung Galaxy S4, except that in this case, it is missing the home button. As far as hardware specs are concerned, the phone will feature a 5-inch 1280×720 HD display. It will be powered by a quad-core chipset by MediaTek clocked at 1.3GHz and will come with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of onboard storage, a 2,000mAh battery, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G connectivity (no LTE, sorry).
The hardware specs of the phone appear to be pretty generic, but here’s where the Spark differentiates itself from the competition. It will come with the Personal Safety Services application from MobileTREC preinstalled. This means that with the press of a help button their phone, the user will be able to notify friends that they might be in danger. It will also be able to contact 911 and provide the user’s location, which we have to say is a pretty nifty feature.
The phone will also come with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean installed, but it is expected to be upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat in the near future, and will be available in either single or dual SIM versions.