Dou­ble the fun

This dual-SIM nine­tol­ogy an­droid smart­phone is af­ford­able and cool.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY - By DONO­VAN QUEK

With the wide range of smart­phone man­u­fac­tur­ers out there, it is not easy to keep track of An­droid de­vices avail­able in the mar­ket, es­pe­cially those from lesser known man­u­fac­tur­ers.

As such, it isn’t sur­pris­ing that most peo­ple were un­sure of the brand when we showed them our lat­est re­view unit, the U9 R1.

If you are just as puz­zled, the U9 R1 is an An­droid smart­phone from Nine­tol­ogy.

Not many peo­ple we asked have heard much about this com­pany, which is a pity as they de­serve more recog­ni­tion as an up and com­ing lo­cal mo­bile de­vice tech­nol­ogy com­pany.

Nine­tol­ogy’s U9 lineup is tar­geted at ur­ban youth. As ex­plained on their of­fi­cial web­site, the de­vices in this range are meant for those who have an up­beat life­style — this fit­tingly de­scribes

the R1, as it is a trendy look­ing de­vice.

Youth­ful out­look

If what you’re look­ing for is a sleek and light smart­phone, the R1 isn’t go­ing to dis­ap­point. At 7.8mm thick and weigh­ing only 107.5g, this Nine­tol­ogy de­vice will eas­ily fit in the small palm of any teen or adult. The R1 re­view unit we re­ceived is suited up with a vi­brant red back cas­ing, which is con­sis­tent with Nine­tol­ogy’s strat­egy of tar­get­ing the ur­ban youth. It looks cool and will def­i­nitely de­mand at­ten­tion.

On the front of the de­vice is its 4.3in QHD (960 x 540-pix­els) dis­play.

The In-Plane Switch­ing (IPS) screen didn’t quite im­press us as the colours ap­peared to be a lit­tle washed out.

Be­low the screen, users will find the usual vir­tual nav­i­ga­tion but­tons for An­droid phones, namely the home, back and menu but­tons.

One of the sell­ing fac­tors of the de­vice is that it is dual SIM-ca­pa­ble.

This is use­ful for those with mul­ti­ple phone num­bers if they want to re­duce the amount of de­vices that they carry around.

Horse­power

On the in­side, the R1 runs on An­droid 4.1 Jelly Bean. De­spite the lat­est ver­sion of An­droid be­ing 4.4 KitKat, most An­droid de­vices in the mar­ket are still run­ning on Jelly Bean, so it does not feel too out­dated.

Un­der the R1’s hood is a quad­core 1.2 GHz Adreno 203 CPU, to­gether with Qual­comm’s Snap­dragon 200 pro­ces­sor.

While the hard­ware isn’t over the top, it does seem like a good bar­gain for a de­vice in the R1’s af­ford­able price range.

Nav­i­gat­ing through the user in­ter­face is mostly a lag-free ex­pe­ri­ence.

There is only 4GB of in­ter­nal mem­ory

bytz@thes­tar.com.my

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