Last week at Mobile World Congress 2019, Condor Electronics introduced its new premium smartphone. The Allure X sports a large AMOLED display with a 92% screen-to-body ratio, a higher-end MediaTek SoC, and advanced imaging capabilities. Meanwhile as a premium-tier product as opposed to an outright high-end flagship phone, Condor is building and pricing the Allure X relatively conservatively, intending to sell the phone for around €300.

The Condor Allure X is equipped with a 6.39-inch AMOLED display featuring a 2340x1080 resolution, laid out in a 19.5:9 (2.17:1) aspect ratio. The display is an important selling point of the smartphone as it spans across the entire front surface of the handset. To make it possible, Condor had to use a pop-up 8 MP front camera as well as an in-screen fingerprint scanner. As for the main camera, it's comprised of two modules: a 16 MP RGB camera and a 5 MP depth sensor, which are paired with a LED flash.

The Allure X is powered by MediaTek’s P70 SoC (4x Arm Cortex-73, 4x Arm Cortex-A53, Arm Mali G72-MP3 graphics, Cat-7 DL/Cat-13 UL 4G/LTE) and paired with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of NAND flash storage. The smartphone also features all the usual sensors: accelerometer, gravity, gyro, light, proximity, and magnetic.

Condor is equipping the Allure X handset with a 3,500-mAh battery, which is in-line with other large smartphones available on the market today.

The Allure X will be available in the near future with Google’s Android 9.0 operating system. As noted above, the  handset is aimed at the premium, sub-flagship market, with Condor aiming to get the phone out for around €300. And while the phone isn't intended to go toe-to-toe with the flagship phones from the bigger vendors, this is still a very aggressive price for a phone with such a large and advanced AMOLED display. One of the reasons why Condor prices its Allure X phone this way is because of its domestic market of Algeria. Another reason is, perhaps, because the company wants to expand beyond its home turf, and needs to compete against better-known players.

In that respect, the launch of the Allure X is part of a larger effort by Condor to break into the wider global marketplace. Right now the company is better known as a consumer electronics brand from Algeria, where it supplies everything from smart watches to washing machines to tablets to refrigerators. So getting traction in the larger and very high profile smartphone market would help expand the company's brand significantly.

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  • close - Thursday, March 7, 2019 - link

    Then you surely prefer another phone. The "my collection of 4K lossless videos doesn't fit on this cheap midrange phone with a non 4K screen" is the sort of argument I hear often. Usually from people who are mostly interested in the price tag and then they expect everything for that money.

    These guys have a market sector to satisfy: people who want decent performance with a low price. Niche requirements like lossless music don't fit in there (not even counting the uselessness of lossless audio on a midrange phone / headphones).
  • RSAUser - Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - link

    Slightly worried about the intention to detail/general effort of they can't even write photo in plural.

    @Anton Shilov
    Paired with not paid with
  • MrSpadge - Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - link

    @RSAUser: pay attention to details!
  • peevee - Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - link

    "a higher-end MediaTek SoC"
    "MediaTek’s P70 SoC (4x Arm Cortex-73, 4x Arm Cortex-A53, Arm Mali G72-MP3 graphics, Cat-7 DL/Cat-13 UL 4G/LTE)"

    For 2017, not 2019.
    For most people, it is better to have 1 fast A76+8 a55s than 4 A73s+4A53s. Synthetic multi-threaded tests in controlled environments. Because of thermal and energy throttling of 4OoO CPUs inevitable in phones.
  • jabber - Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - link

    Ask 99.999% of smartphone users what type of CPU they have in their phone...they wont have a clue.
  • close - Thursday, March 7, 2019 - link

    "Ask 99.999% of smartphone users what type of CPU they have in their phone...they wont have a clue."

    8 cores, surely. Must be good.
  • Midwayman - Thursday, March 7, 2019 - link

    Because they have SoCs instead?
  • close - Thursday, March 7, 2019 - link

    I hope you know SoCs also have CPUs. For example if I ask you what type of CPU your phone has, I mean what type of CPU, not what SoC. It means I don't care about the GPU, the ISP, the modem, etc.

    Relevant quote from the discussion just above, talking about CPU cores, not the SoC: "For most people, it is better to have 1 fast A76+8 a55s than 4 A73s+4A53s".
  • Lord of the Bored - Thursday, March 21, 2019 - link

    My CPU's a Samsung Google, and it runs at 1080p. That's good, right?
  • eastcoast_pete - Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - link

    @Anton: Are these phones actually made in Algeria, or, like most phones, made in China for the Algerian market?
    About the set itself: Not a bad phone, but that SoC is middling at best. For just a few Euros more, you can get a Pocophone F1 with similar specs but with a Snapdragon 845 SoC. One of the best price/performance ones currently available, IMO. And, if Xiaomi refreshes that phone for 2019 with an 855, this Condor phone really becomes a stretch unless they update the SoC.

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