You may not of heard of Obi Worldphone but the founder of the company is the Former Apple CEO John Sculley. Obi Worldphone MV1 is a smartphone with stylish design, but priced at a bargain at only £99 on Amazon (White/Black).


Uniquely, this smartphone will run Cyanogen OS 12.1.1 operating system which is the customization of the OS Android 5.1 Lollipop (will be getting Cyanogen OS 13.1 in the future which will be based on Marshmallow).


Here is the screenshot of the front screen of the MV1



In addition, the smartphone will have a 5-inch wide screen with a 720p HD resolution which has also been coated with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 tough withstand scratches and impact.


With about 10GB available when you first turn on the MV1 for the first time.


Obi Worldphone MV1 Specifications:
•  Screen: 5-inch, 720p HD, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
•  Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 212
•  CPU: Quad core 1.3GHz
•  RAM 2GB
•  ROM 16GB, Micro SD up to 64GB
•  OS: Cyanogen OS 12.1.1
•  Camera: OmniVision 8MP LED flash, 2MP
•  Battery: 2.500mAh
•  Connectivity: 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS / AGPS

Here are a few pictures taken on auto mode at 8.0 megapixels (4:3), with ISO set to auto.

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It does have a problem with micro shots when using the MV1

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The Obi MV1 smartphone 8MP main camera with OmniVision technology, aperture f / 2.2, LED flash, and video recording capabilities up to 720p resolution.

Whereas to take selfie photos or video call, you must be satisfied with a 2MP camera.


This smartphone features a dual SIM-sized nano and micro who have supported 4G LTE network, and micro SD support.  There are also features DTS sound and dual mics for noise cancellation or noise.  Obi Worldphone MV1 is powered by a 2,500 mAh battery and comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS with AGPS.

Removable 2,500mAh battery


Played about a hour or so on the MV1 playing a few games, like Asphalt 8 played it will no problems at all.


The Obi MV1 looks completely different to every other smartphone you see right now, but it’s for all the wrong reasons with a mashup on the Nokia/Microsoft Lumia design, but other parts of the design feel slightly iPhoneish. The bottom edges of the MV1 feel nice in the hand as they’re rounded off.


Up Points

  • Ok battery life with 4+ hours of on screen time
  • good quality from the headphone jack
  • Floating screen design

Down Points

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 is very slow at times
  • Speaker is not good enough
  • not the best camera

There’s no denying the design of the MV1 is unique it takes a lot of elements from other phones and combines them into one strange hybrid.