Nine­tol­ogy U9 X1

Ur­ban Al­ter­na­tive

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - TEXT // JOHN LAW

Af­ford­able but pow­er­ful smart­phones are be­com­ing more and more pop­u­lar with to­day’s youth. Nine­tol­ogy has ac­tu­ally rec­og­nized this de­mand and in turn, has de­vel­oped an en­tire range of af­ford­able, pow­er­ful and sleek look­ing smart­phones. One of th­ese smart de­vices is the U9 X1 smart­phone. Read on and find out if it re­ally has both, power and af­ford­abil­ity?

From the mo­ment we un­boxed it, we couldn’t shake that sense of fa­mil­iar­ity that some­how en­velops the X1’s de­sign. The de­sign isn’t any­thing new; plain, sim­ple, with only a power but­ton on one side and the vol­ume rocker on the other. The main home but­ton is soft­ware-based, just like many phones run­ning the An­droid OS. Build qual­ity on the X1 also feels fa­mil­iar, bor­row­ing yet again from a par­tic­u­lar smart­phone man­u­fac­turer. It’s made of solid plas­tic and it’s back is de­tach­able, mean­ing that the bat­tery is re­mov­able too.

Adding to the X1’s ap­peal is its dual SIM ca­pa­bil­ity. We’ve ex­plained this ben­e­fit in pre­vi­ous is­sues when we re­viewed smart­phones with the same fea­ture but to re­cap; we will re­peat our­selves again. So, if you’re abroad and need a lo­cal num­ber, you don’t have to swap out your own SIM card; in­stead you just in­sert the lo­cal SIM card into the ad­di­tional slot. Al­ter­na­tively, at home, you can use this fea­ture to main­tain two sep­a­rate lo­cal num­bers.

An­other great fea­ture which makes the X1 stand out is its cam­era. Not the rear cam­era, mind you. The 13MP is al­ready com­mon­place amongst other smart­phone brands. It’s the front cam­era that steals the show here. Where most smart­phones made by lead­ing brands sport a 1.3MP front cam­era at best, Nine­tol­ogy had their de­sign­ers fit a 5MP cam­era. What the X1 is, then, is a de­vice made for use by con­sumers who have an im­mense de­sire to take highly de­tailed HD pic­tures of them­selves (read: self­ies) at any given time.

Soft­ware-wise, the X1 is in­stalled with a vanilla An­droid Jelly Bean 4.2 OS, which counts tremen­dously to­wards pro­vid­ing the de­vice its snappy, blitzy re­sponse. On our syn­thetic bench­marks, the X1 demon­strated how well it can han­dle it­self by pro­vid­ing us with scores of 3,174 on 3DMark’s Ice Storm test and 13,426 on AnTuTu. While ex­plor­ing around the world of Epic Citadel at Ul­tra High Qual­ity set­tings, the X1 showed off its prow­ess with a con­stant 36 FPS. Need­less to say, this phone isn’t a slouch when it comes to per­for­mance.

Notably, bat­tery life is an­other im­pres­sive fea­ture that this phone has. Us­ing this phone for the pe­riod of our test­ing, we found that it gave us ap­prox­i­mately a lit­tle more than a day of con­stant us­age. In standby mode, we only needed to charge it af­ter 3 days.

Need­less to say, the X1 is a de­vice which is de­vel­oped for the ur­ban(ite) who en­joys hav­ing a good time with friends and tak­ing lots of self­ies. With specs like th­ese and a re­ally af­ford­able price point to match, it’s re­ally hard to say no to this phone from Nine­tol­ogy.

There’s no need to swap-out your SIM cards

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