iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 in 2018

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

In the tradition of its predecessor, the new iLA Silk in our review takes some features of current high-end smartphones in the middle class and comes up with a display in 2: 1 format and a dual-cam. We have already had a look at the Chinese variant in our review.

From the in our case matt black smartphone aside to find itself in the simple, light blue cardboard a white, approx.

One meter long micro USB cable, a tool for the SIM card slot and a transparent silicone protective cover.

iLA Silk 4G Phablet

Price: $189.99

5.70 inches with 1440 x 720 pixels, RAM: 4GB, ROM: 64GB, Battery: 3000mAh, Android 8.1, Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core 1.4 GHz

iLA Silk 4G Phablet

Price: $189.99

5.70 inches with 1440 x 720 pixels, RAM: 4GB, ROM: 64GB, Battery: 3000mAh, Android 8.1, Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core 1.4 GHz

In the European version, a corresponding power supply will be included, we found instead a CN plug and an EU adapter in the package. First, let’s look at the main specs of iLA Silk.

iLA Silk: Specifications

iLA Silk:Specs
Display: 5.70 inches with 1440 x 720 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core 1.4 GHz
GPU: Adreno 505
RAM: 4GB
Internal memory: 64GB
Memory extension: up to 256GB
Cameras: 16.0MP main and 8.0MP front camera
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS
Battery: 3000mAh (5V/2A)
OS: Android 8.1
Connections: Micro USB and TF card slot
Weight: 140 grams
Dimensions: 153.8 x 72.6 x 7.19 mm
Price: $190

iLA Silk: Design and Appearance

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

In contrast to the predecessor, the display of the iLA Silk in our analisis measures 5.7 inches in diagonal and takes thanks to extremely narrow edges almost the entire front.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

On the sides, the minimally rounded 2.5D glass is framed by a narrow strip that marks the transition to the matt black plastic back.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

Because of this, you hardly feel the rounding off of the glass surface, but with a corresponding light incidence, you can see it well.

Two horizontal antenna strips are evenly spaced from the top and bottom across the entire back and extend to the front – the top of these two strips is interrupted by an LED flash and the two cameras.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

Even if the design is otherwise very strongly oriented to the outstanding Honor 8, this time two separate glass covers protect the sensors of the dual-cam and unfortunately stand out clearly from the case.

It is also due to the new display format and the narrow margins that iLA Silk is still very good in the hand.

As the following illustration should show, the smartphone with 72.6 millimeters only minimally broader than the old other phones and can therefore just as one-handed use.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

On the other hand, it is difficult to reach the upper edge of the display, but fortunately, the status bar can also be extended via the fingerprint sensor or the on-screen buttons.

Onscreen buttons mean: Unlike this year’s flagship, there is neither a home button nor capacitive buttons and the first-class fingerprint sensor has also moved back to the back.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

Accordingly, the front of the iLA Silk is just plain, where next to a narrow lettering and the phone speaker only a notification LED, the front camera and some sensors can be found.

I would prefer the models with the black front because most of these elements are barely recognizable there and the already narrow edges seem less obvious.

At the bottom, in addition to 3.5-millimeter jack and micro USB connector, the openings for the speaker and one of the two microphones milled into the metal frame.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

Also, on the other hand, there is only another microphone, which probably serves as active noise suppression.

On the left side is the inconspicuous cover of the SIM slot, which can hold either two nanoSIM cards, or a nanoSIM card and a microSD card.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

The power button and volume rocker were positioned on the right side and can, therefore, be comfortably reached with the thumb of the right hand. The keys have a pleasant pressure point but are a bit too narrow for my feeling.

In terms of processing, the iLA Silk in the review is at a very high level and makes a high-quality impression.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

The 7.9 millimeters slim and 140 grams light smartphone could have been designed in my eyes but quiet so that the sensitive glass covers are less exposed.

Also, a shell is now actually a duty and the iLA Silk so anyway a little thicker. At least the flexible silicone case from the scope of delivery should be used anyway because the aluminum is almost more sensitive to scratches and especially fingerprints than a plastic back.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

In the long run, therefore, is likely to invest in a higher quality case.

iLA Silk: Display

So that the smartphone in the review can still be operated with average hands despite a screen diagonal of 5.7 inches, iLA has now switched to a FullView display in 2: 1 format (or 18: 9 format, if you do not want to shorten it).

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

This makes the smartphone not too wide, but still more content can be displayed: On websites, you have to scroll less, despite appearing keyboard fit more text messages in the picture and multi-window is associated with fewer restrictions.

Still, not all apps are optimized for the new format, the iLA Silk in the test is therefore only once normal and offers at startup a one-time to activate the full-screen display, which enforces a screen-filling presentation and has led to any identifiable problems.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

At a resolution of 1440 by 720 (HD Plus, 282ppi) images and fonts are displayed perfectly and individual pixels cannot be seen from normal viewing distance.

Apart from that, the TFT panel can punch with a neutral white and a natural and viewing-angle-stable color representation.

Black, on the other hand, is more of a very dark gray, but this is only noticeable in direct comparison to current AMOLED displays and in some Dark Mode apps.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

The automatic brightness control, which reacts reliably and quickly to changing ambient light, is also uncomplicated.

The brightness can be adjusted steplessly via the notification bar, although the panel may be set wonderfully dark, the maximum brightness in direct sunlight is not always sufficient to compensate for the strong reflections.

An eye-friendly blue light filter is already integrated and can be activated manually or time-controlled, but there are no different display modes.

iLA Silk: Hardware and Performance

After iLA has been relying on the in-house Snapdragon processors for quite some time, it is hardly surprising that such a one also applies here.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

The Snapdragon 430 is composed of eight ARM Cortex A53 cores (big.LITTLE) and differs from the SoC of its predecessor only by a clock speed of up to 1.4GHz. It has a built-in Adreno 505 GPU and can access 4GB LPDDR3 RAM.

At internal memory 64GB are available, which can be expanded by microSD card also up to 256GB.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

As I am far from claiming even the 64GB, I got on well with my model, but a sequential write speed of 76MB /s sometimes slowed the system unnecessarily in memory-intensive applications and operations.

Synthetic benchmarks confirmed expectations, as the Snapdragon 430 (AnTuTu score: 54572, PCMark Work 2.0 Score: 4905).

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

However, the fact that we are a long way from the theoretically retrievable performance of current high-end SoCs is barely noticeable in everyday life.

In demanding applications, while encountering somewhat longer load times, the Android-based own interface runs smoothly and the integrated Adreno 505 keeps the frame rate constant in most games – with graphics-intensive titles also at least on medium settings.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

In addition, the 64bit SoC is backed up by generous 4GB LPDDR3 RAM, which makes it easy to seamlessly use multiple apps and instantly get them up and running. For the $190 price range, there is absolutely nothing to complain about.

iLA Silk: Software

On the software side, the iLA Silk uses an Android 8.1-based interface. Anyone who has ever used a stock Android smartphone will get along immediately, everyone else said that approached the Stock Android interface.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

But apps like the integrated calendar, health and memo are appealing and easy to use. In addition, UI was kept in English and many other languages.

iLA Silk: Connectivity

While there is no physical home button or capacitive keys, the iLA Silk in the test naturally also comes with a fingerprint sensor.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

It was positioned on the back and can be reached comfortably and intuitively. Registered impressions are reliably detected from every angle and the smartphone can be unlocked in fractions of a second – you do not have to activate the display for this, a quick touchdown is enough.

In the settings, up to five different fingerprints can be configured and assigned, as well as set up a safe for sensitive files and app-specific locks.

Also, you can use the fingerprint sensor to trigger the camera, answer calls or display the notification field – the latter is quite useful because the upper edge of the screen and thus the status bar due to the new display format are difficult to achieve.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

The iLA Silk is not quite optimal in terms of connectivity – but mostly only on paper. So it goes to wireless only on the 2.4GHz frequency according to the standards b / g / n, dual-band Wi-Fi falls flat.

The connection was stable with me even on longer distances, but that may not be the same with everyone.

The same applies to Bluetooth: Headphones and wearables can be used without problems on up to eight meters and Bluetooth LE is supported, but only BT 4.2 is used.

The location services work flawlessly, the location is fast and reliable and gives no cause for criticism. NFC is not on board.

Due to the lack of type C ports, of course, the 3.5-millimeter jack connection is still available and does its job properly.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

In contrast, the mono speaker is only up to the medium volume reasonably acceptable sound and for music and videos you should switch to headphones or speakers – especially in landscape mode, the position at the bottom of loudspeakers also likes to cover.

iLA Silk: Cameras

iLA smartphones and dual-cams: Despite occasional exceptions, these two things simply go together.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

So is the single 16 megapixel with F/2.0 aperture. Here the manufacturer made a second sensor fake for design, but the specs say that there is only one back camera. What for? I do not know.

Even in the middle class, most smartphone cameras produce clean results in daylight, and the iLA Silk in our analisis is no exception.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

However, the wheat chaff still separates in semi-optimal light conditions, where the small smartphone sensors are much more difficult to do.

Even in interiors and dark environments, the Honor can score for its price range but: While some details are then quite lost and the pictures do not seem quite so sharp, the picture noise is usually still limited.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

If so, it is often due to the tendency of the software to turn up the ISO instead of the exposure time. But with the manual mode you get a good grip on this and in case of emergency there is still the LED flash.

In daylight, on the other hand, the shots are usually very successful and can score with natural colors, neat contrasts and uniform illumination, but sometimes tend to overexpose.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

The autofocus also reacts a little faster in bright environments. Different focal lengths seem to no longer show the sensor.

A Pro mode is also available for video recordings that can record up to 1080p FHD (30fps, 16: 9, stereo).

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

In addition to a manual focus, the camera application allows you to automatically track an object to focus in real time during capture – which works amazingly well.

While time-lapse recordings are recorded in 720p and look solid, the resulting 120fps slow motion is barely worth mentioning and with a VGA resolution of 640 × 480 just not sharp enough.

iLA Silk: Battery

Of the 3000mAh battery, I had expected a lot despite the HD display and was not disappointed: I do not necessarily fall into the category heavy users and managed it with normal use of my usual applications (Firefox, Inbox, Spotify, Camera, Wire) easily over two days.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

Even with intensive use and in the context of the review sometimes a bit more extensive photo and gaming sessions, I always came up late in the evening and in the Work 2.0 PCMark test, the iLA Silk reached a running time of 6:25h at 50 percent brightness.

Of course, the iLA Silk in the test is charged only by cable and via the micro USB port, wireless charging does not exist.

In about 45 minutes, the smartphone with the included power supply (5V, 2A) creates from 15 to 65 percent, it is fully charged in about two hours. I could not determine an unusual heat development.

iLA Silk: Conclusions and Reviews

With the Snapdragon 430 and HD Plus display in 2: 1 format, the iLA Silk in our review transfers two current features from the high-end range into the mid-range and successfully combines a compact smartphone design.

iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 for Low Price 2018

While the performance and battery life can be convincing, you, unfortunately, make unnecessary mistakes in other places.

Thus, the iLA Silk is also vulnerable to the strong competition: In the price range of the Chinese version (from $190) is also Xiaomis sensationally good Android One smartphone Mi A1, one focuses the gaze on the European model moves one with its EIA from $250.

But if you are looking for a large-format display in a compact smartphone and do not want to invest more than $200, you can hardly do anything wrong with the iLA Silk.

iLA Silk: Price and Where to buy cheaper?

At the moment you can already buy iLA Silk at a good and attractive price for only $189.99. So this is a good price for Snapdragon processor and 18: 9 display for 2018.

iLA Silk 4G Phablet

Price: $189.99

5.70 inches with 1440 x 720 pixels, RAM: 4GB, ROM: 64GB, Battery: 3000mAh, Android 8.1, Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core 1.4 GHz

iLA Silk 4G Phablet

Price: $189.99

5.70 inches with 1440 x 720 pixels, RAM: 4GB, ROM: 64GB, Battery: 3000mAh, Android 8.1, Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core 1.4 GHz

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iLA Silk Review: Really Snapdragon and Android 8.1 in 2018 was last modified: April 22nd, 2018 by Boby Sanburn

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