I invite you to read the review of the ARCHOS Diamond Omega smartphone. This is a well-equipped and brilliantly made phone that is available in the official Polish distribution for less than PLN 2600. Is this the right price for the flagship ARCHOS? Here is my test of the Diamond Omega.
ARCHOS Diamond Omega is not a cheap smartphone, bearing in mind the brand, because costs PLN 2599 in Poland . However, if you look at the components and design used, the price does not seem so excessive. Speech is after all one of the most powerful smartphones of last year. Is it worth buying? I invite you to read the review of the ARCHOS Diamond Omega .
Glass structure with very narrow frames
At first glance at the Diamond Omega construction, it is clear to us that the phone has left the Chinese factory in which smartphones bearing the Nubia logo are produced. And that's because it was made under the license of a Chinese manufacturer, as evidenced by even the interface. Is the brand of the Nubia Z17s . In total, it does not bother me, because if it was not, this model looks very elegant.ARCHOS Diamond Omega in terms of quality of workmanship and design does not stand out from competitive devices that debuted last year. This is of course due to the use of glass for housing, which is present both on the front and back panels. This material has been combined with an aluminum body that only gently separates from the housing. Nubia, and therefore the producer who decided to share his smartphone with ARCHOS, made the front panel very well, which was covered with bent glass on each side, and additionally rounded corners. All this makes the phone look with great pleasure . The more so because the side frames surrounding the display in this construction do not occur, and the top and bottom are respectively slender. Above the screen there are two dedicated Selfie cameras, a set of sensors and a loudspeaker for conversations that is very well let into the housing. Going to the back panel, it's impossible not to mention the bent long edges, which make the smartphone better in the hand and gives the impression still more slender. On the back there is a round fingerprint reader. I have absolutely no objections to its location. Of course, there could not be a set of two lenses , which were placed on the "islet" with the red frame characteristic of the Nubia brand. On the right side there are two two-colored LEDs that have been hidden under the glass of the housing. Glass panels are susceptible to scratches . Phablet is easily dirty, although this is just the accident of all glass structures. Regarding the arrangement of elements on the outskirts, the producer did not experiment, although he decided to resign from placing the 3.5mm mini-jack . The volume adjustment bar is located on the right side, and a dedicated switch underneath. The lower edge was occupied by a multimedia speaker, a type C USB port, and a microphone. There is a second microphone on the upper frame and a double SIM card slot on the left side (nanoSIM + nanoSIM). As you probably noticed after the description, the specification does not include a microSD card reader. I must admit that the tested model caught my eye – the design is sophisticated, although here a lot depends on the individual approach. Perhaps this equipment will not appeal to you. The eye also enjoys a color version.
Battery? It's not bad
The battery capacity of 3100 mAh is responsible for energy efficiency, and therefore is slightly larger than the one used in the Galaxy S8, and at the same time smaller than the one in the LG G6. So how does it compare with them?Notably better, and that's because it allows you to use your smartphone for up to 1.5 days . On the enabled screen, the ARCHOS Diamond Omega withstands about five hours with an active LTE connection. If, however, you decide to use data transmission only via WiFi, you can extend this time by about one hour. [wptab style = "4" title = "Normal use"] [slug test = "battery" order = "desc" selected = "22604" virtual = "pcmark-work-2" type = "single" product_id = "22604, 22590,22588,22582,22548,2254,22318,22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Games "] [test slug =" battery "order =" desc " selected = "22604" virtual = "battery-manhattan-3" type = "single" product_id = "22604,22590,22588,22582,22548,225256,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22318,22512"] [ / wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "Loading time"] [test slug = "battery" virtual = "loading-ac" order = "asc" selected = "22604" type = "single" product_id = "22604 , 22590,22588,22582,22548,2252,16,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22318,22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] You do not have to worry about energy losses, because recharging the battery during the day is incredibly fast – just 30 minutes to get the battery level from zero to about 50% . The total energy replenishment takes about 80 minutes. You must know, however, that I loaded the smartphone using a network charger and a USB cable from the Samsung Galaxy S8 +. If you want to extend your working time, it is worth using a battery manager in which you can choose one of the available energy management scenarios. By default, in the most restrictive mode the functionality has been limited to the basic functions (the ability to make voice calls or send text messages).
Screen: custom aspect ratio and active frames
Nubia remained at the optimal diagonal of the display and thus gives the user a 5.73-inch panel made in LTPS technology , characterized by Full HD + resolution (2040 x 1080 pixels). With this characteristic, the panel with 17: 9 proportions with rounded corners has a density of dots per inch at the level of approximately 403, which is a value suitable for comfortable use of the device. And that's because the content displayed on it looks very good. There is no question of ragged fonts and blurry images. The display is large enough to allow comfortable viewing of content, as well as watching movies and playing. [wptab style = "4" title = "AdobeRGB"] [test slug = "test-colors" order = "desc" selected = "22604" virtual = "color-adobergb" type = "single" product_id = "22604,22590 , 22588,22582,22548,22516,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" sRGB "] [test slug =" test-colors "order = "desc" selected = "22604" virtual = "kolor-srgb" type = "single" product_id = "22604,22590,22588,22582,22548,2252516,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22318,22512"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "Maximum brightness"] [test slug = "screen-battery" virtual = "TEST_JASE_PASS" order = "desc" selected = "22604" type = "single" product_id = " 22604,22590,22588,22582,22548,22516,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22318,22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Minimum brightness "] [slug test =" screen-battery "virtual =" TEST_JASNOSC_AKU_MIN "order =" asc "selected =" 22604 "type =" single "product_id =" 22604,22590,22588,2258,282.22548,22516,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22318 , 22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] Initially I wished that ARCHOS Diamond Omega would "only" was added to the LTPS screen, not for example into an OLED matrix. During the tests, however, it turned out that the display offers wide viewing angles as well as very vivid colors . This was confirmed by the results of the measurements carried out using the calibrator – the sRGB color coverage is 99.1%, and in the Adobe RGB palette is 76%. I can not write a bad word about luminance, because it offers comfortable use of the device in all lighting conditions. However, I have considerable reservations about the operation of the existing light sensor , which in the tested specimen almost did not react at all, and if it did, it was with a very long delay. I have no idea if this is a malady of my copy or whether Nubia actually has a problem with it. If the defect occurs only in my case, it is difficult to say, but if it is a global problem, the manufacturer should make the relevant update available as soon as possible. One of the most important functions of the screen are gestures that we make on the side frames of the screen. This is possible thanks to FiT 2.0 (Frame Interaction Technology) technology . After activating the function in Settings, we can quickly switch between applications, close applications running in the background to accelerate the main application, adjust the volume and brightness. However, the basic question arises, is it a convenient solution and most importantly needed? It happened that I used this solution, although I had to remember it. However, if I have already done so, I will admit that it undoubtedly speeds up the use of the phone and is very effective. However, I missed something like Moto Display / Active Display , known from Motorola devices. Therefore, when we pick up the phone, the clock displays the clock, as well as all kinds of notifications. This is an increasingly common solution, so it's surprising that Nubia did not decide. I have not found the reading mode, and the only sensible solution is the ability to adjust colors and colors. In this respect, ARCHOS Diamond Omega / Nubia Z17s is on par with smartphones from a low price range, in which manufacturers strongly restrict the ability to adjust settings.
Camera: it's very good
The main camera – characteristics, quality of photos and videos
A set of two lenses is mounted on the rear panel. The main sensor is a Sony IMX362 with a relative aperture of the F / 1.8 lens and a resolution of twelve million pixels . The additional one is 23MP with the F / 2.0 light, which was also supplied by Sony – Sony IMX318. Added to this is the support of a two-color LED illuminating diode, Dual Pixel technology as well as a NeoVision 7.0 image processor. Cameras working together are able to take pictures with a blurred background effect, and therefore portrait photographs. And these look great because the software cuts off the background from the person being photographed very well and brilliantly blurs the background in the background. ARCHOS Diamond Omega does it a lot better than the Samsung Galaxy S9 + and even Huawei Mate 10 Pro. I am not afraid to risk saying that it is the best set for portrait photography . However, you must know that the distance to the subject can not be more than 200 centimeters. >>> View full-size sample images From the photographic possibilities offered by the camera you can be really satisfied. I have nothing to complain about, as well as color reproduction . In general, photos taken during the day are eye-pleasing and can be further processed if you feel the need. I have, of course, photos taken in advantageous lighting conditions, and therefore when the lens gets enough light. Things are a bit worse with photographs taken in worse lighting conditions – then also there are noises, and in terms of quality, the Diamond Omega falls slightly worse than the head of photographic smartphones. Although it is still a very high level. I am positively surprised at how good the camera is doing in the rooms. Movies can be recorded in a maximum 4K resolution . Of course, it is also possible to record recordings in FHD resolution at 30 fps, as well as at 60 fps. I have no objections to the work of autofocus during video recording.
Front camera and photo application
In the case of the Selfie webcam, the manufacturer placed two 5MP cameras with F / 2.2 light and a viewing angle of 79.9 ° . Using this set it is possible to make nice self-portraits with a well-washed second plan. The application is intuitive and has a lot of shooting modes, although the manufacturer decided to display four: professional, automatic, video, and portrait. The interface itself is very readable and pleasant to the user, so no one should have problem-solving problems. It is a pity, however, that there was no possibility of slow motion recording .
Performance for years
In the case of ARCHOS Diamond Omega, the most efficient components were available that were available on the market at the time of its launch (autumn 2017). That's why one of the best Qualcomm SoCs, and therefore Snapdragon 835 (8 x Kryo 280 + Adreno 540) is responsible for performance, working with an above average amount of RAM, which is 8GB (LPDDR4 type) .As it is not difficult to guess, the components used are phenomenal in everyday use , which can also be confirmed by the results of synthetic tests. Phablet has no problem with multitasking, and working on two applications is not a challenge. This equipment works sensational. [wptab style = "4" title = "AnTuTu 7"] [test slug = "android-antutu-7" order = "desc" selected = "22604" virtual = "antutu-total-7" type = "single" product_id = "22604,22590,22588,22582,22548,22318"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "PC Mark"] [test slug = "pcmark-android" order = "desc" selected = " 22604 "virtual =" pcmark-android-work "type =" single "product_id =" 22604,22590,22588,22582,22548,22516,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22318,22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "T-Rex"] [test slug = "gfxbench-fps" order = "desc" selected = "22604" type = "single" virtual = "t-rex-3-onscreen" product_id = "22604,22590,22588,22582,22548,22516,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22318,22512"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "Manhattan"] [slug test = "gfxbench-fps" order = "desc" selected = "22604" type = "single" virtual = "manhattan-3-onscreen" product_id = "22604,22590,22588,22582,225,248,48,22516,22382,22472,22222 , 22458,22394,22318,22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] Managing a large amount of RAM is correct, so you can switch between between open processes is fast enough. It's worth knowing that ARCHOS Diamond Omega keeps even the heaviest applications in mind for a long time , so that restoring the game is not a problem. Dedicated graphics works perfectly with all games available in the Google store and at the highest settings. Tekken, Real Racing 3, Asphalt 8: Airborne or Mortal Kombat X do not make Adreno 540 the slightest problem. There is no strength in this graphic and it is rather unlikely that something will change in the next few years.
ARCHOS Diamond Omega is working (still) based on the Android version 7.1.1 Nougat . However, it is not clean, because it has been enriched with the NubiaUI 5.1 interface, which brings with it a lot of additional solutions and a strongly modified interface. As is usually the case with devices from your center, the interface has been deprived of the application drawer , and therefore all installed programs are visible directly on the desktop tabs. The Settings menu has been rebuilt. Unfortunately, this is just a change for the worse, because there is a lot of chaos . The management of RAM and internal memory for data and applications has been transferred to other system settings. There are still a few such idiosyncrasies. Software is stable and only I have occasionally seen a message about the closure of any application. In the case of original interfaces, the most interesting additions are always offered by the manufacturer. And at Diamond Omega, we'll find several of them. The screen dividing function has been an interesting feature that clonalizes the screen and divides it in half. Although there is a problem with scaling the application, a big plus should be considered an idea, because we are able to not only use the browser and social networking site at the same time, but we can even play. We also have a proprietary media player application, a video application with a floating window, a voice recorder, as well as a functional file manager (groups files by type). In addition, we also find an extensive program for screen shots that allows you to trim, make a full page dump, as well as recording the image displayed on the screen. A total misunderstanding in the software is the transfer of switches to the bottom of the screen . To pull them out, you must drag your finger from the touch buttons upwards. It is also worth mentioning that the system buttons can be hidden.
Good communication facilities
In the case of ARCHOS Diamond Omega, we can talk about full equipment, although it is worth pointing out at the very beginning that the manufacturer did not put on the latest communication solutions . Nevertheless, the consumer receives everything you can expect: a dual-band WiFi wireless module (802.11 ac / a / b / g / n, 2.4GHz & 5GHz), a GPS satellite navigation system, a USB type C connector, NFC, LTE cat.12 modem , a dual nanoSIM card slot, as well as Bluetooth 4.1 LE. I have some reservations about making voice calls and their quality . The smartphone does not lose its range, the sound is loud enough, and the microphones pick up the voice well, although the voice itself is delicate metallic. Normally I tested on Orange and Plus network cards. The internal memory is 128GB . There are just over 110 GB left for the user. Places are enough for many favorite games and applications. Remember, however, that the mentioned memory can not be extended because the microSD reader was missing . I think, however, that this is not a problem. It is also worth mentioning that the manufacturer used UFS 2.1 type memory, and therefore very fast. The USB type C port offers support for OTG, which makes it possible to connect external mass storage devices. However, the hardware can not cope with 2.5 "drives without its own power source. The sales set, however, lacked a dedicated adapter that would enable the connection of these devices.The multimedia speaker is placed on the bottom frame, on the right. The loudspeaker sounds nice and is at the right volume level – enough for playing, listening to music and watching movies. After connecting the headset via a dedicated adapter, the quality of the sound emitted is at the appropriate level. It is possible to adjust the color using a dedicated concealer. The active fingerprint reader in the phone works properly, although it is noticeably slower than the competition . We can define up to five fingerprints. Placed in a traditional place – on the back panel. Unlocking the phone with its use is convenient.
Summary and evaluation
ARCHOS Diamond Omega is one of those smartphones that need to be given a chance. This is a model equipped with very efficient components that ensure a high work culture. The strong point of the branded Nubia Z17s is also the main camera, which copes well with portrait photographs , and is able to keep photographs full of detail. Things are a bit worse with photographs taken in worse lighting conditions – then also there are noises, and in terms of quality, the Diamond Omega falls slightly worse than the head of photographic smartphones. Although it is still a very high level. Judge with the rest alone. The display also deserves attention in ARCHOS Diamond Omega , which despite the fact that it is not an OLED, but it offers great color, good viewing angles, as well as brightness at the appropriate level. Added to this are quite non-standard proportions, no side frames and active edges.The biggest disadvantage of this device seems to be the interface proposed by the Nubia brand. It is simply unfinished , and there is a lot of mess in it. Fortunately, since the introduction of ARCHOS Diamond Omega to the Polish market, the smartphone has already received two major updates that have eliminated stability problems. If I wanted to strongly cling to the disadvantages of ARCHOS Diamond Omega, I should include the lack of a waterproof case, support for wireless charging technology , as well as the possibility of expanding the internal memory due to the lack of microSD slot. For many, the price on the Polish market may also be problematic, although there is a way to save a few stakes on the purchase. Just order Diamond Omega from official store manufacturer – then you also pay 499.99 euros , which after conversion gives us about 2129 zlotys. At this price, the tested model is worth recommending . [Show_rating]