The ivargo phone's packaging is set to impress

We're hanging out at CE China this week, a new event hosted by IFA, and since it's Asia focused we're seeing a bunch of stuff that we might not normally come across in Europe or North America. One of those things is the ivargo and its pretty epic box.

This likely isn't the retail packaging, just as with the fancy Nextbit Robin box we received our review unit in, but it's a Pelican-style case, so it's pretty fantastic either way.


Inside you get the foam padding you'd normally find in such a case, with cuttouts for the phone, a battery pack, and a bunch of boxes for the cables, adapter and such.

The phone itself is mostly standard fare for a decent mid-ranger. The body is all metal, it's got a fingerprint scanner on the back (and also a home button on the front) and a 5-inch 1080p IPS display. Inside you find a Snapdragon 615 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 2500mAh battery. There's also what appears to be a 13MP rear and 5MP front facing camera, though the translations are a little shaky on some of the specs.

The software is based on Android Lollipop and is heavily customized, as is usually the way in China. They call it Vargo OS and it's got at least one neat trick. When you pull down the notification tray and hit the settings button it overlays down the left hand side of the screen. Then whichever menu you select opens up on the right hand half of the screen.

I can't really say a lot else about the software except it's the usual Chinese style blast of colors and that there's a lack of anything Google related as is the norm. It's not a phone we'll see over in the west but it's a decent little phone, if only for the crazy box.

Richard Devine