The IUNI brand, existing since 2013, enters the international market of mobile electronics with an elegant glass smartphone N1. How successful was the debut, read the detailed review.
- Screen: 5.0``, AMOLED, 320 ppi, 1280 x 720, Gorilla Glass 4;
- Operating System: Android 5.1;
- Processor: Mediatek MT6753, Cortex-A53, 8 x 1.3 GHz;
- GPU: Mali-T720 MP3, frequency 600 MHz;
- RAM: 2 GB, LPDDR3, 800 MHz;
- Built-in memory: 16 GB, microSD slot;
- Cameras: 13 MP (flash, autofocus), 8 MP;
- Battery: 2400 mAh, non-removable;
- Dimensions (WxHxT): 70 x 145 x 6.3 mm;
- Weight: 129 g;
- SIM slots: 2, Micro-SIM, Nano-SIM (Dual SIM Dual Standby);
- Communication: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, WCDMA: 850/1900/2100 MHz, FDD-LTE: 1800/2600 MHz;
- Price: 155 dollars.
The first thing that the owner of the new IUNI N1 will see when he opens a white box - a smartphone embedded in a plastic envelope. This, combined with thick cardboard packaging minimizes the risk of damage to the device during delivery.
In the compartment under the smartphone are: a small microfiber cloth, a protective film on the screen, a transparent plastic case, a “noodle” cable, a needle for accessing SIM cards and, oddly enough, a bag of silica gel. The Russian-language manual enclosed in the box strongly recommends using the charger plug, which comes as standard, but in fact there is no adapter for charging from the mains.
The IUNI marketing department does not spare the bright epithets, describing the appearance of the smartphone and the materials used, and these are not empty words. Thanks to the aluminum frame and rounded 2.5D glass, the Gorilla Glass 4 on both sides of the N1 really looks very good. The oleophobic coating of glass surfaces leaves much to be desired, but the prints on a white background are not so noticeable.
In addition to the block of light / proximity sensors, the speaker slot and the front camera, there is a notification LED at the top of the front panel, which is used by default to display charging progress. The block of touch buttons below the screen is not equipped with its own backlight. On the right side of the smartphone are the volume and power control keys. Here the engineers used an original, but not particularly convenient solution - to divide the “rocker” of the volume in two. Distinguish by touch which key you press heavily. The buttons noticeably play and visibly knock when shaking. On the left side of the IUNI N1 is a combined slot. It contains either 2 SIM cards - Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM, or Micro-SIM and a microSD memory card. Headphone and charging jacks are located on the bottom of the device, here are the main speaker and microphone. The camera module protrudes slightly from the body, but it does not interfere and does not spoil the appearance of the device.
The matrix on organic LEDs, which will be discussed later, has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, a noticeable structure of PenTile subpixels, high contrast and near-maximum viewing angles. The touch layer supports up to five simultaneous taps and has good sensitivity.
A distinctive feature of the panel installed in IUNI N1 is the low minimum brightness. If you move the slider to the leftmost position, the backlight will appear pale even in pitch darkness, and the backlight level increases unevenly. This feature played a trick on us when evaluating battery life, but more on that below. The maximum brightness is not outstanding, but quite sufficient, although the screen still fades on a bright sunny day. Then, at some angles, you can notice multicolored glare, which seems to be a characteristic feature of the Gorilla Glass 4 protective glass.
In a recent Archos Diamond S
text, we have already explored the capabilities of the Mediatek MT6753. In the IUNI N1 review, we will not dwell on the results of benchmarks, but we will check this mid-range chipset in practice.
As it turned out, the Dead Trigger 2 zombie action is playable on medium graphics settings, however, explosions and large-scale scenes, especially during level loading are accompanied by obvious twitches. In Asphalt 8: Airborne with a high level of graphics, IUNI N1 produces about 40 FPS. The game is accompanied by microlags during the camera overflights during the demonstration of levels and in sharp turns. The popular Fallout Shelter nuclear shelter simulator works smoothly, but only as long as the population of the bunker does not grow to fifty survivors. For the purity of the experiment, we also tested the mobile version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Surprisingly, most of the time the game stayed in the region of relatively comfortable 30 frames per second, but widespread graphic artifacts ruined the impression.
In total, the MT6753 with 2 GB of RAM handles the vast majority of applications well, but the popular three-dimensional games, the integrated Mali-T720 graphics accelerator digests much worse, and there is no reason to talk about any future performance margin.
IUNI is developing the operating system of the same name, but we did not have a chance to get to know it while working on the IUNI N1 review. On the international market, this smartphone comes preloaded with Android 5.1 Lollipop, and the company plans to use UINI OS in the new models.
Unfortunately, the automatic firmware update is not carried out by Google, but using a separate application translated in the best traditions of Chinese online stores. Nowhere else in the system is the Russian language distorted, but the localization is not complete and the inscriptions in English occasionally come across.
Among the features that distinguish Android 5.1 in the IUNI N1 version from the Nexus line installed on devices, a power on / off scheduler, built-in sound quality improvement technologies and the MiraVision visual effects provider, which allows you to adjust the color rendering of the screen to your liking over a fairly wide range. Despite the minimum of changes introduced, bugs crept into the operating system. After each reboot of the smartphone, the widgets installed on the desktops break down, and they have to be re-located.
The range of supported frequencies of IUNI N1 is wide enough not to remain without communication in most countries of the world. Both SIM cards support 4G, but at the same time they only work in standby mode, and during the conversation the second line remains unavailable.
Setting up SIM-cards is organized completely standard and allows you to pre-determine which card to use for calls, which for SMS, and which for data transfer.
There are no comments on the reception quality, however, we can note a not high maximum volume of the spoken speaker. The vibration accompanying the call is also rather weak. Contrary to expectations, the IUNI N1 GPS test is excellent, the cold start is fast and the positioning accuracy is high.
As our regular readers will probably remember, to estimate the estimated battery life of smartphones, we use the special Trashbox test
, which runs in the Chrome browser at 50% brightness. Testing IUNI N1 was no exception. A battery with a capacity of 2400 mAh promised an average operating time, but what a surprise it was when, after the first run, the test showed a result of 12 hours.
Of course, such a record figure is associated with a low minimum brightness of the display. Raising the backlight level to 75% (which roughly corresponds to 50% brightness for the majority of devices that passed through this test), we got a more plausible result, which still turned out to be slightly higher than that predicted by the manufacturer.
And finally, since often you still have to use a smartphone at a brightness close to maximum, we repeated testing by setting the backlight to 100%.
IUNI N1 does not support fast charging technologies, so when using a 5V-1A adapter, the battery will fill up in four or more hours.
The photographic capabilities of the IUNI N1 are represented by a 13 MP sensor of the main camera, which shoots in maximum resolution with a 4 to 3 aspect ratio and a front camera with an 8 MP sensor.
To interact with them, the standard Google application is used with the functions of panoramic and circular shooting. There are practically no manual settings in it, but the automation usually works correctly, autofocus is induced quickly, and software stabilization does its job well. Under shooting conditions close to ideal, as well as under artificial lighting, the quality of the photos of both sensors is fully consistent with the declared resolution.
At dusk, the situation changes. Numerous noises appear, sharpness falls. The flash does not correct the situation at all, and night shots stably turn out unsuccessful.
In order to gain market share, the IUNI brand is forced to act aggressively enough and this is the case when competition is to the benefit of the consumer. Now the cost of IUNI N1 is $ 155, which is $ 50 lower than the level that was discussed at the announcement of the device. By setting a dumping price on their smartphone, the company intends to profit from quantity, and such a sales strategy may well turn out to be advantageous.
The design of the IUNI N1 did a great job and in this parameter it is quite capable of competing with representatives of higher price categories. What is missing is some little things, such as the backlighting of the navigation keys and more carefully fitted mechanical buttons.
The screen is another important parameter that determines the impression of a smartphone here is made using AMOLED technology. In itself, this fact can be considered both a plus and a minus, but the fact remains that a good quality matrix is used. We also note the excellent implementation of GPS navigation and the overall level of performance. These strengths allow you to recommend IUNI N1 for purchase, even despite the weak photographic part, the outdated graphics processor and flaws in the software. The latter, however, can be completely eliminated independently. There are already worthy alternatives to standard firmware on the network, and with the popularity of the model, their number will increase.Pros:
- Quality materials and attractive design;
- Performance in most applications;
- The smartphone works in 4G networks and perfectly catches GPS.
May not like:
- Ineffective oleophobic coating;
- There are bugs in the OS;
- Outdated graphics chip;
- Inherent AMOLED unnatural color rendering and PenTile;
- The smartphone case is very slippery.
Final rating: 6 out of 10.