Ninetology U9 X1
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