Saturday, September 29, 2012

Chinese Superphones!

Going back to the UK in 2 days time and unfortunately the tablets are still in China so won't be able to play around with them at all. Well, on the bright side I can sell my ThL phone on eBay and buy something else to review! How I wish I can review phones for free :)). One can always dream.

Seeing all the new chinese smartphones makes it difficult on deciding which phone to buy next. So this post serves as a way for me to objectively decide which phone I should buy next. Meet the contenders!

1) XiaoMi Mi2



SOC: Snapdragon APQ8064 1.5GHz
GPU: Adreno 320
Screen: 4.3" IPS 1280x720
RAM: 2GB
ROM: 16GB/32GB
OS: Android 4.1, Jelly Bean with MIUI interface
Camera: 2.0MP(Front) and 8.0MP(Rear)
Battery: 2000mAh
SD-card: No
Retail Price without shipping: USD 430 (16GB)

Reasons to buy:
  • Quad core
  • Supposedly good camera
  • MIUI so expect excellent software support
  • Biggest RAM capacity among all current superphones. Same as the new Galaxy Note.
  • Next generation GPU.

2) Lenovo lephone K860


SOC: Samsung Exynos 4412 1.4GHz
GPU: Mali-400 MP
Screen: 5.0" AH-IPS 1280x720
RAM: 1GB
ROM: 8GB
OS: Android 4.0
Camera: 2.0MP(Front) and 8.0MP(Rear)
Battery: 2250mAh
SD-card: Yes
Retail Price without shipping: USD 448

Reasons to buy:
  • Quad core, same as Galaxy S III
  • SD Card slot
  • 5.0" screen
  • Lenovo is a huge company so expect quality control to be better than competition
  • SD Card slot

3)  Beidou Little Pepper Tegra3


SOC: NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.5GHz
GPU: ULP Geforce at 520MHz
Screen: 4.65" IPS 1280x720
RAM: 1GB
ROM: 4GB
OS: Android 4.0
Camera: 0.3MP(Front) and 8.0MP(Rear)
Battery: 1630mAh
SD-card: Yes
Retail Price without shipping: USD 400

Reasons to buy:
  • Quad core
  • SD Card slot
  • Can play Tegra 3 exclusive titles without any tweaks.

4) ZTE Grand Era U985


SOC: NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.5GHz
GPU: ULP Geforce at 520MHz
Screen: 4.5" IPS 1280x720
RAM: 1GB
ROM: 4GB
OS: Android 4.0
Camera: 1.3MP(Front) and 8.0MP(Rear)
Battery: 1800mAh
SD-card: Yes
Retail Price without shipping: USD 385

Reasons to buy:
  • Quad core
  • SD Card slot
  • Can play Tegra 3 exclusive titles without any tweaks.

5)XiaoMi 1S

SOC: Snapdragon MSM8260 1.7GHz
GPU: Adreno 220
Screen: 4.0" IPS 854x480
RAM: 1GB
ROM: 4GB
OS: Android 4.0 with MIUI interface
Camera: 2.0MP(Front) and 8.0MP(Rear)
Battery: 1930mAh
SD-card: Yes
Retail Price without shipping: USD 350 (16GB)

Reasons to buy:
  • Supposedly good camera
  • MIUI so expect excellent software support
  • SD Card slot
  • The fastest dual core SOC available

6)Tianyu K-Touch Treasure V8 II


SOC: NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.5GHz
GPU: ULP Geforce at 520MHz
Screen: 4.5" ASV 1280x720
RAM: 1GB
ROM: 16GB
OS: Android 4.0
Camera: 1.0MP(Front) and 8.0MP(Rear)
Battery: 1820mAh
SD-card: Yes
Retail Price without shipping: USD 400

Reasons to buy:
  • Quad core
  • SD Card
  • Press release says it has good speakers. Sometimes referred to as a music phone.

7) Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL


SOC: HiSilicon K3V2 1.4GHz Quad Core
GPU: 16 cores unknown GPU
Screen: 4.5" IPS+ 1280x720
RAM: 1GB
ROM: 8GB
OS: Android 4.0
Camera: 1.3MP(Front) and 8.0MP(Rear)
Battery: 2600mAh
SD-card: Yes
Retail Price without shipping: USD 500

Reasons to buy:
  • Unique to Huawei quad core SOC.
  • Marketted as having extra long battery life thanks to combination of in-house developed software and hardware by Huawei. They are using Apple's approach (having total control over their device).
  • Huawei is an establised brand so should have good quality control.
  • Rear camera is backside illuminated should should take acceptable pictures indoors.
  • Confirmed to have Gorilla glass to protect the screen.

Thoughts
Personally, I am only interested in some of these devices. 
  • I WILL buy the XiaoMi M1S to check out the camera first.
    • If it is as good as they said it would be then I would sell it and buy the Mi2 :)
    • If not, I will sell it and buy a Nokia Lumia 920 on contract haha.
      • Will you guys be interested in  the Lumia 920 review? Doubt it :P
  • If somehow I become rich, I would review the K-Touch Treasure V8 II  primarily to test out the speakers and the Ascend D1 Quad XL to test just how the in-house SOC fares compared to the others. 
So, in short expect a review on the Xiaomi M1S in the coming 2 weeks :). 
Till then.

Regards,
YS.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
    as a first time visitor to your blog I am very impressed.
    thank you :)

    ReplyDelete