After reading a lot about this phone, I decided to do a specs review of this phone. (I don’t have it yet)
|Clock frequency||1.2 GHz|
|Processor architecture||ARM Cortex A7|
|No. of cores||4|
|Memory (RAM)||1GB/2GB (Youth/Advanced)|
|Storage (ROM)||4GB/32GB (Youth/Advanced)|
|Screen protection||Gorilla Glass II|
The phone will be unlocked for worldwide use, with dual SIM support and support for HSPA+ in either of the SIM. Expect the price to be in the $210-230 for the Youth and in the $240-300 range for the Advanced version. As I type this Pandawill are pre-selling it for $218.99 and $248.99 which seem good prices at the moment. But if you like a little more security like me, you might want to wait till sellers start getting stock and then buy from AliExpress or eBay.
I will be upgrading from my UMI X1 to the G4 (hopefully the Advanced version) in the coming month (or whenever there is stock). Why I will go for the Jiayu G4 over any competitors despite Jiayu’s poor marketing skills (Read: innumerable delays):
- Solid build – The basis is Jiayu G3 here. It was reportedly the best built in its generation of phones.
- Gorilla Glass protection
- Huge user base – This means there will be custom ROMs and fixes
- 1280×720 as opposed to 1920×1080 – FHD is overkill for a sub 7″ device if I’m concerned. I honestly don’t think I have eyes powerful enough to differentiate between 720p and 1080p on a sub 5″ screen. A 1080p screen looks pretty on paper for sure, but in real life situations a 720p is more than enough and it also means better battery life.
- Large capacity battery – The UMi with its 1750mAh battery has managed to impress me. A 3000mAh will come in really handy.
Having said this, I would also like the readers to know that I plan to live with this phone for quite some time now. If you do not have similar plans, there are quite a few options. Here are a few competitors (all based on the same platform – MT6589):
- UMi X2 – Just like what the UMi X1 did to the Jiayu G3, the X2 will hope to do to the G4 – launch before the G4 and take advantage of Jiayu’s poor marketing skills. The X2 comes with 2GB RAM and a 5″ 1080p screen. No word on the type of protection offered yet. Expect it to sell for around $250.
USP – Price and 1080p screen for some.
- iOcean X7 – This is a very pretty phone which borrows its styling from Sony Xperia devices. Comes in Youth (1GB RAM) and Premium (2GB RAM) versions just like the Jiayu G4. iOcean is reportedly a big OEM manufacturer so quality shouldn’t be an issue. Expected price should be under the $250 mark.
USP – Styling, price, screen.
- Neo N003 – A decent looking phone for a decent price tag. Again, comes with an option of 1GB/2GB RAM (Youth/Advanced). I don’t expect the build to be better than Jiayu. Touted to be the world’s cheapest phone with a 1080p screen.
USP – Pricing.
- Various Zopo devices. This brand has never impressed me much so I haven’t dug up a lot.
USP – English website and English speaking staff.
A video showing the gaming capabilities on the Jiayu G4
Testing the strength of Gorilla Glass
Also, a franchise is claiming to bring 42 Chinese brands to India. This means that Indians will be able to buy these phones for as much as it is sold in China. I personally hope this does come out good. More on this after I can confirm the news.
I hope this post helps many electronics enthusiasts like me make a decision as to what to buy. Any questions, feel free to comment.