If you were under the impression that cell phone carriers such as Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon were producing the fastest 4G phones, a company known as Yes which is less than two years old recently launched the Eclipse 4G phone which is capable of lightning fast 4G speeds which exceed the data transfer rates of other major 4G carriers. The release of the Eclipse follows talk about the device capabilities which began as early as last year.
Yes is a fairly new 4G Internet provider based in Malaysia, is less than two years old and initially launched with more than one thousand base stations. Within less than two years Yes rolled out more than 2100 stations for 4G access and currently has plans in the works to implement over 4500 stations by the end of 2013. The company has been growing very quickly and the release of the Eclipse 4G phone places Yes 4G right alongside some of the other well established 4G carriers.
Eclipse 4G Data Speeds
One of the primary features in the release of the Eclipse 4G smartphone is the data speeds which have been achieved in network performance tests by each city where Yes 4G access is available. The Eclipse 4G phone is capable of download speeds that top out at just less than 20 Mbps and upload speeds which are capable of more than 4.5 Mbps. The data speeds achieved by the Eclipse 4G phone surpass those of other major cellular carriers in other parts of the globe and in less than two years.
Eclipse 4G Features
Yes has nicknamed the Eclipse 4G phone “the world’s smartest phone” due to some of the innovative features which are included that allow you to accomplish more with your phone. Some of the new features include the ability to stream videos and music without buffering problems or broken signals. You can also engage in conference calling for up to six people if it is an audio call and four people if it is a video call without any connectivity problems.
The user interface for conference calling indicates who is talking on the conference call so there is no confusion over who said what. You also have access to an app bundle which includes a variety of social networking tools and barcode scanner.
The Eclipse 4G phone is also compatible with thousands of apps from Google Play and provides you with a way to share your Internet connection with up to four different devices using the built-in 4G hotspot. You also get the combined inbox for both Yes and GSM messages since the connectivity features both 4G and GSM access which is a cell phone protocol that is popular in various parts of the world and stands for Global System for Mobile Communications.
When you power up the Eclipse 4G phone you are presented with a welcome screen and a user interface that provides you with immediate access to customized apps.
Under the Hood of the Eclipse 4G Phone
When you look at the Eclipse 4G phone in terms of build, Yes 4G partnered with major companies such as Foxconn and Qualcomm to produce a high end design and state of the art chipset. The Eclipse also runs on the Android 2.2 operating system with a 4.2 WVGA multi-touch high definition screen, high end resin exterior, and is Google certified.
The Eclipse offers snappy performance with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor with 512MB of Random Access Memory (RAM) and 3GB of ROM. The memory is also upgradeable to 32GB using a Micro SD card and bandwidth capability of GSM, GPRS, EGPRS/EDGE, and WiMAX IEEE 802.16.
The Eclipse weighs in at around 136 grams with dimensions of 122 x 65 x 12.9mm. Connectivity options include Micro-USB and 3.5mm stereo jack outputs, Bluetooth capability, WiFi 802.11/b/g, GPS/AGPS. There is also a 0.3 megapixel camera in the front of the device and 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash in the rear of the device.
In terms of battery life you can get up to 12 hours of life out of the 1500mAh battery with hard-pack Li-Polymer. There is also power management features included in the Eclipse which allow for a standby time of about 19 hours with a talk time of just less than 8 hours.
Yes Eclipse 4G Plans
Yes offers three different models of Eclipse 4G phones which correspond with three different plans that are based on a contract. Plans start at RM 88 per month (approximately $28 USD) and range to RM 238 (approximately $75 USD) per month. You can also get access to the Yes Life program which allows you to make and receive calls without any roaming charges.
The lower end plans provide you with 888 minutes of talk time per month and 888 SMS for free per month where the upper end plan offers unlimited talk time and SMS. You can also choose from a twelve, eighteen, or twenty-four month contract in which case the price of the Eclipse 4G phones will vary according to the length of the contract. Yes is also working on prepaid plans to be released at a time that is to be determined in the future and offers plans for businesses and students.