Midrange yard­stick

Nef­fos X1

HWM (Malaysia) - - UNLOCKED - by Ian Chee

In the cur­rent ‘big­ger is bet­ter’ smart­phone cli­mate, it can be pretty re­fresh­ing to see smart­phones that are made to fit into your pocket. This is es­pe­cially true to­day when big screens and metal bod­ies, qual­i­ties that were once ex­clu­sive to the high-end ex­treme of the smart­phone spec­trum, be­gin trick­ling down the range. This is why we were quite de­lighted to see the Nef­fos X1 as our re­view sub­ject this time around. While many midrange and even en­try-level smart­phones have started to get a mas­sive up­size, the X1 is kept at a very com­fort­able 5-inch form fac­tor. Granted, dis­play res­o­lu­tion is kept at HD in­stead of go­ing the stan­dard Full HD, but that’s a re­ally mi­nor com­plaint on a phone of this size any­way. Be­sides, with a Me­di­aTek He­lio P10 SoC, you wouldn’t want the ex­tra pix­els to bog down per­for­mance un­nec­es­sar­ily.

Un­for­tu­nately, there are other things that we’d like to have re­mained, but that have also got­ten an un­for­tu­nate down­siz­ing. Chief among them is the bat­tery ca­pac­ity, which sits at 2,250 mAh. We have 2GB of RAM, which is pretty stan­dard, but it wouldn’t hurt to have an ex­tra gi­ga­byte or two. A larger in­ter­nal stor­age would also have been nice, but we have 16GB to play with – less af­ter tak­ing the OS into ac­count. In­ci­den­tally, the Nef­fos X1 runs An­droid 6.0 Marsh­mal­low, which has had the app tray re­moved. This is fine if you’re as min­i­mal­ist an app user as the phone is, other­wise it would be a mess try­ing to or­ga­nize them all on the home­screen.

That said, you do get some pre­vi­ously high-end ex­clu­sives, such as a metal body and the very re­spon­sive rear fin­ger­print sen­sor. Other things, at least on the out­side, are pretty ba­sic – a 13MP rear cam­era and a 5MP front cam­era, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Blue­tooth 4.1, and 4G LTE. In our hands, it sat very com­fort­ably not only be­cause of its min­i­mal­is­tic size, but weight was down to a feather as well. This means you won’t be strain­ing your wrist dur­ing day-to-day op­er­a­tion, and it won’t be drag­ging your pants off you when you have it put away ei­ther.

For­tu­nately, per­for­mance was within pre­dicted pa­ram­e­ters. We saw scores of 3,184 for PCMark’s Work 2.0, 325 for 3DMark’s Sling Shot Ex­treme, 9,331 for Ice Storm Un­lim­ited, 45,912 for AnTuTu, 21,409 for Quad­rant, and 51.5 fps for Epic Ci­tadel run­ning in Full HD on Ul­tra High Qual­ity. Bat­tery life, de­spite the smaller ca­pac­ity, was rated at a sur­pris­ingly stan­dard seven hours and 25 min­utes.

The Nef­fos X1 is small and pleas­ant to use, but an app tray would’ve made it nearly per­fect.

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