The MyPhone Rio Junior has a lot of haters for its very low specs. However, it only costs ₱1,750 and is meant for those who just want to experience Android Kitkat without spending too much.

That’s what I kept in mind when I had the chance to have a quick hands on time with the MyPhone Rio Junior. It should be judged for what it is and not based on what smartphones in the 4-5k price range can do.

As usual with the Rio series, MyPhone Rio Junior is available in several colors of glossy back covers. There’s also a pattern on the chin of the smartphone that somehow looks like floor tiles to me.

The Rio Junior is understandably very light given its small size and plastic casing. It is also very handy and using it with just one hand is a breeze.

MyPhone Rio Junior chin pattern

Turning on the MyPhone Rio Junior makes it very obvious that I’m holding a cheap smartphone. The display is a bit washed out and tilting the smartphone further reduces its readability.

It’s worth noting that the MyPhone Rio Junior also uses the same set of icons and overall theme as its big brothers (Rio, Rio Lite and Rio Craze… yeah, the Rio LTE too).

Surprisingly, swiping on the homescreens and the array of apps in the app drawer is smooth. This might be the effect of the Android 4.4 Kitkat OS but it’s definitely something that won’t give you a headache by being very laggy.

MyPhone Rio Junior Android 4.4 Kitkat
MyPhone Rio Junior runs on Android Kitkat!

Of course, this is the out of the box performance and installing additional apps might take its toll on the performance of the MyPhone Rio Junior.

Speaking of apps, the available space for installing apps is 17.84MB only! I’m pretty sure this smartphone can move apps to the SD card though. Still, this is a BIG PROBLEM.

MyPhone Rio Junior space for apps
You can’t install a lot of apps on the MyPhone Rio Junior…

You also get 131MB of storage space for your files – pictures, music, videos, etc.. There’s a slot for up to a 32GB microSD for additional storage.

MyPhone Rio Junior internal storage
That’s all you get.

Surprisingly, RAM might not be a huge problem unlike that of the MyPhone Rio Craze. The MyPhone Rio Junior comes with 105MB of free RAM with just the stock apps running.

MyPhone Rio Junior free RAM
Not bad for a smartphone with only 256MB of RAM.

In terms of photography, the MyPhone Rio Junior has a 1.3MP camera on the front which is fixed focus but has an LED flash. There’s no front facing camera though. Here’s a sample picture:

MyPhone Rio Junior sample photo
Yeah, that’s the Xiaomi Redmi 1S photographed using the MyPhone Rio Junior!

I also examined the battery of the MyPhone Rio Junior and its kinda small. It’s rated at 1,300mAh and looks different compared to the usual batteries that MyPhone uses with its feature phones.

MyPhone Rio Junior battery

Just like my usual hands on articles, I wasn’t able to test the MyPhone Rio Junior with any benchmark app. I wasn’t able to test its gaming performance and battery life too.

Based on what I’ve observed during my hands on with the MyPhone Rio Junior and other smartphones in the same category, here’s my verdict:

MyPhone Rio Junior back

If you are looking for a cheap Android Kitkat smartphone, pick the MyPhone Rio Junior. So far, MyPhone produces the most decent smartphones in this category among the local brands.

However, do not (never ever!) expect the MyPhone Rio Junior to perform like the original MyPhone Rio or even the MyPhone Rio Lite. That’s a stupid thing to do.


  • 1.3GHz Dual Core MediaTek MT6571 Processor
  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat OS
  • 3.5-Inch Capacitive Display (480 x 320 Pixels, 165 PPI)
  • ARM Mali-400 MP GPU
  • 1.3 Megapixel Rear Camera
  • 256MB of RAM
  • 512MB Internal Storage
  • Expandable up to 32GB via MicroSD
  • Dual SIM/Dual Standby
  • 2G EDGE and GPRS Networks
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • FM Radio
  • MicroUSB
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Accelerometer
  • 1,300mAh Li-ion Battery
MyPhone Rio Junior