Obi Octopus, Wolverine: Will John Sculley’s reign at Apple help boost the brand?

Obi Mobiles sailed into India with John Sculley at the wheel and it has released several phones including the Obi Octopus and the Obi Wolverine since then. Considering that Sculley once served time as CEO of Apple, everyone was expecting the brand to take off with a bang in the country.

If it did, we didn’t hear it because the Obi Octopus, Wolverine, Python S452, S450 and S500 don’t seem to have made much of an impression in India. But the company is still young and may do better in time. It wasn’t going to make big waves to start with seeing as low-end to mid-range is the segment in which Obi Mobiles is primarily interested.

Obi Octopus

What we’re not impressed with are some of the designs, like the Python S452’s for one. It looks heavily inspired by Samsung, complete with a faux leather back and all. The Wolverine borrows the button placement from LG’s new rearrangement of its power key and volume rockers on the back panel. The Octopus has this weird bulky nameplate sort of thing for the logo on the back.

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As for the features, it comes with KitKat onboard, just 1GB of RAM and an octa core chip from MediaTek. The Obi Wolverine quite disappointingly arrives with only Jelly Bean inside and a lackluster dual core processor. Its 5-inch screen is of lower resolution than the former handset’s, with it spitting out visuals in merely 480 x 854p resolution.

Obi Wolverine

Obi Octopus S520 handset specs list:

– 5-inch 720 x 1280p IPS display
– Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS
– 1.7GHz octa core MediaTek MT6592 processor
– Dual SIM card slots
– 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM, 32GB expandable support
– 8MP main camera, 2MP webcam
– 1800mAh Li-ion battery, 4 hours talk time

Obi Wolverine S501 features at a glance:

– 5-inch 480 x 854p IPS touchscreen
– Android Jelly Bean 4.2 platform
– 1.2GHz dual core MediaTek MT6592 chip
– Dual SIM card support
– 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory, 32GB expandability
– 5MP and 0.3MP cameras
– 1500mAh power house, 6 hours talk time

The Obi Wolverine can be purchased for as low as Rs 8000 online, while the Obi Octopus is priced at around Rs 11500.