First look: JiaYu G4 Premium 3000mAh model

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Good news JiaYu G4 fans! JiaYu have released the first side by side comparison photos of the 1850mAh ‘thin’ G4 to the 3000mAh ‘thick’ version, could this hint at a not to distant launch date?

The 4.7-inch JiaYu G4 is scheduled for launch during next month. We don’t know when, and we don’t know how much the premium version will be, but what we do know is that 3000mAh G4 isn’t all that much thicker than the cheaper 1850mAh model.

jiayu g4 premium 1 First look: JiaYu G4 Premium 3000mAh model

Photos here were posted on the official JiaYu forum just moments ago and show a thicker black G4 in comparison to a slightly thinner white model.

jiayu g4 premium 2 First look: JiaYu G4 Premium 3000mAh model

There really isn’t that much difference between the two phones and even the officially measurements claim the difference is just 1.8mm between the 2 (JiaYu G4 3000mAh 10mm JiaYu G4 1850mAh 8.2mm).

Any other differences between the two JiaYu G4 phones?

It’s still not clear if JiaYu will be offering both the thin and thick version in both Premium and Youth configurations, if they are not though this would mean the thicker Jiayu G4 Premium model would have 2GB RAM and 32GB of ROM while the ‘Youth’ model will get just 1GB RAM and 4GB ROM.

As soon as we know the official launch dates for the JiaYu G4 then we will post the news on Gizchina.

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  • Brian from Manchester

    Thanks Andi. Looks like the premium gets a black anodised metallic band whereas looking at other photos the basic gets a shiny metallic band….will wait for the premium if thats the case!

    • Brian from Manchester

      Just noticed that the Jiayu shop in Spain: http://www.jiayu.es is quoting three models : Basic at 225euros, Basic with 3000mAh battery at 235euros, both available in Spain at the end of April and the Premium model at 270euros available at the end of May in Spain.

      • Lola

        i’m pretty sure that’s a fake

        • Brian from Manchester

          What makes you think that? Sure the site is still under construction in some areas but it looks ok where it exists. The address and phone number seem ok. I will phone on Saturday and see if I get any sense. It is important to me as I have a house near Valencia so it would be handy for an extra battery etc. Also now think my assertion above could be wrong and that all black G4 phones may have black metallic band as per Colin’s posting below.

          • Lola

            maybe they will sell jiayu devices but that store is in china not spain
            how come every costumer in the store is asian?
            the only legit online store i know from spain is http://www.technospain.es/ but i dunno if they will sell the jiayu though

        • Brian from Manchester

          Sorry Norman’s posting

  • cpurage

    So Andi you can use me like an medium, I told you that the only difference between the thin and thick will be thicker back cover and that’s all :D :D ;D

  • dag

    Dont see any difference in thickness… Really glad to see this beautiful black band again.

    • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

      Yep me too :)

    • http://gravatar.com/ryanwdavies ryanwdavies

      Yes, the black band looks lovely.. I’m fearful that the anodised black metal band will be the first thing to show chips though … :o

  • Jack

    10 mm is only 1 cm , it is still good and reasonable …. i hope the premium version price does not jump. $230 or less will be great….. don’t be late Jiayu.

  • Sere83

    The thing is these images are deceptive. 8.2mm is very slim, thinner than both the GS2/3 and the Nexus 4. 10mm on the other hand is not particularly slim by phone standards. If the only difference is the thickness and they can manage decent battery life on the lower end model (the extra 1GB ram is not a deal breaker for me) then it may be a better option.

    • daniel f

      I agree, the difference shouldnt be underrated… also, the back cover design design seems to have a different bend radius for the thick and thin version: you can’t make out a difference in that straight face which e.g. holds the volume control, but there is clearly a difference on that face where the usb-slot sits…
      I would be really interested in knowing how long the 1850mAh battery would last with a 720p display. Guess we gotta wait for reviews…

      • Sere83

        Yeah exactly, The odds are stacked though given that the nexus 4 (which basically has the same screen size + a few more horizontal pixels) packs a 2100mah and is not particularly great in terms of battery life. However the G4 will run a more power efficient cortex A7 based SOC, which may help to improve battery performance a bit. Seems an odd decision to be honest, why jiayu did not just save time and try and go for one size which was a touch thicker, at say 8.9mm and use a 2500mah cell, is baffling.

        • anon

          A big.LITTLE 8 cores phone is more power efficient than 4 cores little (A7) only phone? Are you high? Not to mention it’s 1080p 5″ vs 720p 4.7″.

          What time would they save by going 2500mAH? And are your jeans so tight that 1.8mm difference bother you so much?

          • Sere83

            Lol, who said anything about 8 cores? Nexus 4 is a quad core Qualcomm s4 pro APQ8064 with 1280×768 4.7 inch display (It’s not 5 inch 1080p). Jiayu G4 is 4.7 inch 1280×720, so they are very similar display wise. Cortex A7 power consumption is a bit better than cortex a9/a15 but not that much better. I have a Xiaomi Mi one, next to GS2/3 it looks very chunky, some people dont care about slimness but i like slim phones and 8.2mm is visbily thinner than 10mm in hand.

  • http://gravatar.com/shrynakesavan LucifeL

    Oh putain! c’est très jolie T___T I knew it!!! :D the premium would get the Black band… now my most awaited news would be that they have solved the MTK processor and 2GB ram issue.. and then i’m set waiting for the launch date.

    • Marius

      I’m a bit afraid of the 2GB version by now. I don’t need 2GB anyway so a 1GB version with a bigger battery would be good.

  • sandokan

    do you know what GNSS chipset is using? I’m asking this just because I would like to know if this phone will support other GNSS costellation together with GPS.

  • PATRiOT96

    Hi there folks , so I’m thinking in buying a G4 but I want to enjoy the phone so I have talked to a Dev on XDA and he as accepted to create a Rom , but he need the phone to do it so please just take a look at the Link ;) And Share it please
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=39630929#post39630929

  • kaskuser

    i have good deal with seller on aliexpress.
    i paid 225$ for jiayu g4, but if iocean x7 available 1st, he will send me iocean x7 :)

    • http://gravatar.com/alxgiann alxgiann

      You’ve paid in advance?! I wish you the best of luck…

      • kaskuser

        yeah, i message the seller 1st, they promise will send me phone which release date 1st.
        :)
        thanks for your wish, i hope so.
        btw i think iocean x7 will release 1st, and i think icoean is better thank g4.
        they have 1080 resolution and bsi camera (like xmor r from sony) and sample of picture taken from this phone is good.
        and there is sample video iocean x7 play street fighter IV, its smooth, so i dont worry 1080P will lag
        hehehe

        http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNTI3MTQ0NzI4.html

    • Lola

      dude did you at least google a bit about aliexpress?

  • Robbie

    Hi Andi,
    Don´t you know something about a statement, that:
    1. Jiayu G3 black color will stop production next week .
    2. Jiayu G3 will be upgraded to quad core MTK6589 at middle of April
    Please, could you contact a factory and ask them if this info is right?

    Thanks and regards.

  • Ray

    Hey Andi !
    Isn’t Jiayu G4 coming with full black front and white back ?

  • waiting area

    What’s the over under that this thing ends up coming out in May?

  • Aj karamba!

    i dont understand, black jiayu g4 on videos had silver “border” but here is black ,…?? which one will be?

    • Lola

      i’m guessing the silver band is for the youth version and the black band is for the premium

      • Norman Zakaria

        Actually if I’m not mistaken, based on the Jiayu Official Forums, they said that the black model with silver band is just an engineering sample. The production model will have black band.

        • Brian from Manchester

          Thanks for clarifying that Norman, that does make sense….In that case I think I will buy the Basic model in Black and if the battery isnt long enough then buy a bigger case and battery. I dont play many video type games and already have my 64GB class 10 TF card loaded and waiting, so the Basic seems a more sensible choice. Are there any other advantages of the 2Gb ram other than gaming? One of the resellers has stated that the USB is OTG so I can always attach another 32Gb usb card if I need to.

          • Norman Zakaria

            Thanks for clarifying that Norman, that does make sense….In that case I think I will buy the Basic model in Black and if the battery isnt long enough then buy a bigger case and battery. I dont play many video type games and already have my 64GB class 10 TF card loaded and waiting, so the Basic seems a more sensible choice. Are there any other advantages of the 2Gb ram other than gaming? One of the resellers has stated that the USB is OTG so I can always attach another 32Gb usb card if I need to.

            No problem, the black band is really important to me too :)

            I’ve used the G3 so I can tell u that 1GB RAM and 4GB ROM is good enough. It’s super smooth with applications and yes, u can always transfer apps to SD if you’re running out of space. There are no other advantages of 2GB that I can think of other than being able to multitask more but I want it because it wouldn’t be an upgrade if I settled for another phone that has 1GB RAM and 4GB ROM which is why I want the advanced version.

            About the battery, I think you can get through the day with just the basic version since u don’t play games but if u want to upgrade the battery and just switch to a bigger phone case, I’m not sure if that’s possible. I remember reading somewhere that the phone case and battery are not interchangeable, so I suggest waiting for the reviews b4 buying if this is important to u.

            About the OTG, if u asked from a reseller, u cannot confirm the validity. If u asked directly to Jiayu and they said that OTG is possible then it’s ok. Sometimes Resellers either tend to lie or just don’t know and provide u with wrong information. In my opinion Jiayu G4 does not have OTG but let’s just hope they do!! :D

            • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

              Last time I asked Jiayu told me you couldn’t swap between batteries. They might be saying this just to get people to opt for the more expensive model, or it could be true. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

          • Peter

            If you make a look at nusphone.de you can see that you can configure your G4 so how you need it.
            Youth with 1.850 or 3.000 mAh.
            And you can also have the advanced modell with 1.850 or 3.000 mAh…

            http://www.nushphone.de/jiayu-g4.html

            But the prices are tooooooooooooooo much…

  • http://twitter.com/ekibastuz Dear Moscow, (@ekibastuz)

    Received my Jiayu G3 silver a couple of weeks ago.
    So glad I’ve been able to buy it before the discontinuance — G4 is too boringly similar to other Chinese “iphone-like” smartphones. G3′s design was much more attractive.

    Hopefully they’ll reconsider this design trend and will add something different into their product line.

    But what I like for sure is that they kept their sturdy “lunchbox” plastic packaging — I like it much more than other brand’s fancy boxes and will keep G3′s box while I use the phone.

  • yash3339

    I am selling my UMi X1 for this!

    • Norman Zakaria

      I sold my Jiayu G3 way back in early January for this phone. Currently using my old phone as a temporary phone until the Jiayu G4 arrives on my doorstep.

  • Hans

    Are the quad cores inside the G4 Cortex-A15, or A9? If the latter, are they any Chinese smart phones on the market right now or shortly that are A15 powered?

    • Tim

      The MTK6589 is quad-core A7, which is similar in performance to a quad A9 but is more efficient so it uses less battery. It’d be surprising if anyone releases a pure A15-based phone as they are for performance and use more battery. Even the Samsung Octa only use A15 in a big.LITTLE so there are A7′s in the chip that give good battery life on low-power things.

  • shikhar

    hi andy,
    I have seen a couple of chinese brands. They apparently look good. Can you please name those devices/brands whose android updates will be available (either officially or unofficially).

    • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

      Most of the brands here support updates for their phones. Jiayu, UMi, Neo, Zopo, Newman, Xiaomi, Meizu and others all update on a regular basis.

      • shikhar

        if so, can you kindly give a preference order based on your personal opinion (build quality,battery perf., etc), as i have no knowledge abt any brands.

  • Kaskuser

    I think xiaomi and meizu in top level,
    Jiayu, zopo, umi, neo is in same level

    • shikhar

      thanx kaskuser. I will consider the 1st one to be the best among all.

  • Daniel

    Hi does anyone know if the Jiayu.es webpage is legit?
    Thanks a lot, I live in Spain and I was wondering where I should buy the S4 from when it gets out on sale.

    • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

      I’ll put it on my list of questions for JiaYu today. I imagine it’s just a reseller, not sure if it an authorised one or not.

      • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

        Just asked. Yes this is an official distributor for JiaYu phones in Spain.

        • Lola

          Interesting ..guess they’re just keeping the unofficial prices then lol
          but for European buyers is a good deal no customs tax i suppose

        • Lola

          Hello Andi
          the Jiayu distributor in Spain has information
          about these 3 models
          JIAYU G4 BASIC – May 2013 (1800 mAh)
          JIAYU BASIC PLUS – May 2013 (3000 mAh)
          JIAYU G4 ADVANCED – June 2013 (2GB)

          since you confirmed they’re official is this information correct?
          dates and batteries?

          thanks

        • Daniel

          Thanx Andi, I might buy the phone there then. Also, the spanish page says that the advanced model will have a 32 Gb internal memory instead of the 4 Gb for the basic models

      • Brian from Manchester

        Andi..did you get any more answers or are you keeping them to yourself?

        • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

          Nope that’s all they gave me :(

  • Lola

    Hello Andi

    the Jiayu distributor in Spain has information
    about these 3 models
    JIAYU G4 BASIC – May 2013 (1800 mAh)
    JIAYU BASIC PLUS – May 2013 (3000 mAh)
    JIAYU G4 ADVANCED – June 2013 (2GB)
    since you confirmed they’re official is this information correct?
    dates and batteries?
    thanks

    • Viktor

      Pandawill also delayed the G4 Advanced model, now it says 15th May.
      Apparently, the camera caused the delay.

      “The reasons for the delay are:
      1. Software issue: 13 mega pixels camera failed debugging. The manufacturer only debugged 8 mega pixels camera so far.
      2. Hardware issue: 13 mega pixels camera is out of stock. ”

      I don’t believe this is the real cause, why would have they announced it only today (on Pandawill’s market day), was this not an issue during last 3 months?

  • sunil

    when it will release in india???