Great news everyone the JiaYu G3 MTK6577 launch date has been announced!…. haha only kidding! no this news is much less awesome but does shed some light on why JiaYu have delayed their dual-core MT6577 4.5 inch phone for so long. Keep reading to find out!
News just posted today on the JiaYu website informs fans that the much-anticipated JiaYu G3 is still undergoing some changes, and not minor ones either!
According to JiaYu after testing the G3 with its original 4.5 inch 720p HD screen the company have decided it doesn’t offer the quality which they and their fans are expecting so have decided to switch screen suppliers!
It’s not been ascertained that JiaYu have actually found a new supplier or are currently looking, but either way it means the JiaYu G3 is even further from a release date than we had all hoped!
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In addition to this damning news, JiaYu continue to go on to say that they are planning 3 colour options for the JiaYu G3 MTK6577 once launched, however they have yet to decide which colours to offer and are currently performing market research to decide which colour options will be most popular.
The leaked picture above shows a range of engineering samples in various colours which JiaYu are currently choosing from, personally I’m not impressed by any of the options here except the original black model which looks alot like the iPhone 5 design.
It is also confirmed that the G3 will launch with Android ICS 4.0.4 and may eventually receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in the future!
So what are you guys planning to do? Will you continue to wait for JiaYu to release the JiaYu G3, or will you buy a different Chinese phone?
What a huge blunder this has been so far.
You are right, the colors look lame ! The original one was decent. They can push out a white variant too like most sane phone makers. But taking months and months for things that should have been part of fairly initial product design and market research raises flags about Jiayu as a company. Screen was good already, so is it worth delaying the launch to try and better it further ? Have they not been following the recent tech-news in China? The market is filled with very cheap and superbly fantastic dual/quad core phones ! By the time they launch G3, a dual-core phone will be a stale news. Even worse, they still haven’t confirmed Jelly Bean for G3 ! So you launch a stale product with a relatively not-new OS version in a market fast filling with better products and newer OS versions ? BAD IDEA !
I am going for Zopo ZP900. Period.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice… I will just be getting the Newman N1 as that is actually out, and has a lower screen resolution which might be a good thing in the case of the ancient PowerVR 531. :/
Bummer! I’m looking to by a Chinese Phone, but it has to have the new dual core cpu MTK MT6577.
Also I love the screen on this one. the 800*480 resolution is imo not relevant anymore for current smartPhones.
You guys have any suggestions what might interest me?
@L3viZ : Do you have any screen-size and dual-sim related pre-requirements?
Or are you okay with anything more than 4 inches screen and single/dual sim ?
Well Yeah, anything above 4inc and below 4.5 inch is good. Don’t want it to be too big or too small.
I only use 1 sim. I’m from Belgium so we don’t rly use multiple simcards.
I was looking at the new zp300+, but I don’t think it’s out yet. The newman n1 looks very nice, but I heared it’s GPU isn’t all that good.
Than we have the THL W3, looks also rly impressive, but also no idea if it’s out yet.
I’m looking for this phone:
has to have MTK6577 dual core. 1GB RAM, and good screen res. Don’t rly care that much about the camera.
Wanna spend 250$ max
it’s a freakin back case, you will lost your momentum because you haven’t decided the color for the back case?? C’mon Jiayu, everyone is already Hyped for the phone, don’t waste the momentum.
It is really silly isn’t it! They had 1000’s of potential customers and they’ve blown it….
I live in Belgium too 😉
For your kind of requirements, there are multiple options really. Some might be out , some will be in September/October. Meizu / Xiaomi / Oppo etc will cost more than US$ 250 but will be great value for money. Among the cheaper ones :
1. Zopo ZP300/ZP200 dual core should be out in September
2. Baidou dual/quad core babies are very cheap apparently. Getting them may be a challenge though since Im not sure if they are officially out or just for pre-orders
3. Jiayu G2/G3 depending on when they are finally out !!
5. Alcatel OT-986 (I presume its more than 250$)
5.HDC Bluebo L100 (Galaxy S3 clone)
6. Hi Waves HI2012
@L3viZ My personal faves are Xiaomi, either the M1s or M2, or the Oppo finder (poss Find 5 quad-core if it’s out soon). I want to say Meizu but they are buggy crashy little sods!
Hi there neighbour.
Where do you find the release date? Because on some site’s they alrdy sell these phones with those specs.
I luv the M1s & M2 aswell, but they aren’t out yet I guess.
Question too all of you, because i’m pretty new in this chinese stuff.
Where can you buy phones without the risc of beeing scammed.
Also Does 1GB or 512MB ram make alot of difference?
There are some cool 512MB ram phones out there, with dual core, but i’d rather wait a bit longer and get myself that top phone like the M2
@L3viZ : Hey homeboy, if you are taking a plunge, go all the way. A 512 MB RAM wont be able to do justice to a dual-core machine with a good-size screen and decent resolution. Most of the decent phone makers have their phones with 1 GB RAM (In my book of Rules of Thumb, RAM size tells a lot about the phone makers).
Though I am yet to buy my 1st Chinese phone (most likely a Zopo ZP900, 5.3 incher dual-core, dual sim) android-sale guys look more decent compared to other websites. For Zopo phones, zopomobileshop looks most proffessional and provides with everything that you’d need (accessories, ROM updates etc).
But in all fairness, Andi is the man here. And I (along with other members of the monkey clan) have been pushing him to open a Gizchina store and provide us good Chinese gadgets on Chinese prices 😉 We trust him million times more than any Chinese online seller.
@Andi : Think about it mate . Potential customers are increasing by the day 😉
I think what JiaYu is doing is totally awwsome and totally appreciate it… i dont think this is a blunder , i do understand that for many this might not look professional.
I dont think even with the old screen any body would have complained, people would have just bought it and JiaYu would have made their money but i like the fact that they bothered to give their customers a better product finally rather than a sub-standard one for profit’s sake.
They are really joking of us. it is one month now i waiting to buy this phone but still not on the market. If i will have to wait more i will go for the M2, as lot of people i think. Newman is not bad too
Well excually this would be my very first smartphone ever. I’m still rocking my nokia 3310 ^_^, but even diamonds go to waste if time goes over it.
Anyway, i’m not a big Apple fan (don’t know why any sain person would give +600$/€ for a freaking phone. And most of them only uses it for checking FB and texting.
I do like HTC and samsung, but still a bit too pricy for me and so I eventually ended up looking for different brands and came out here.
So now I’m eager to buy that good looking Chinese stuff, whitch btw looks amazing, and hopefully functions aswell as it looks.
In have thought about the zopo phones, but 5.3inch is just too freaking big :D. I think the zp300 looks sweet, but gonna wait for the dual-core upgrade.
So all and all i guess i’m gonna wait a month more, don’t rush my first buy and get my info up in here 😀
I want to thank you for this great website. Good info, good articles, appreciat you are doing this.
Now that I have you up in my sleeve 😀 a couple suggestions.
Why isn’t there any related forum? Or is there and Am I to stupid to see it :p
I think a forum would be great for conversations about this stuff.
Second… Yeah man, start your own chinese shop. I would totally buy a phone here instead of those websites I’m on now 😀
A forum is a dream of mine. But I don’t want to start it and it be all quiet, you guys will have to promise to get involved 🙂
i might just go for the samsung note 2 and some cheapo chinese one. the MI2 will be hard to get by for most of you guys outside china till december i spose. and even for us based here in china it will be a hit and run case. not sure how many they ll release but bet your kidneys…the un-transparent lot got their orders in already and most will end up with some scalpers and scumbags selling them for +xxx rmb.
Yep I don’t expect M2’s to be available in stores till December. Xiaomi might even delay them going to stores for the Spring Festival rush! I’m thinking to get an M1s to keep me going as it’s the camera I’m really after, but I don’t think I’ll be getting that until October…
I saw a side-by-side video comparison of the G3 vs G2 screen. The old G2 screen looks better even though it has lower resolution! I for one am glad that JiaYu decided to update the screen but I’m not really in a rush. It shows that they are committed to put out an amazing product which will be relevant for a long time.
Can somebody confirm the 3G bands on this phone? Different resellers put up conflicting specs.
@Fel : Right said pal !
look how fast their G2 sold out… they’re in no hurry, because as soon as it comes out, people flock to grab it up… the only mistake they could make is if they wait too long and the CPU becomes out of date…mtk seems to be releasing new CPU’s every few months… i bought my mtk6515 (416mhz!!!) only one year ago and there was nothing else out at the time…now fast forward one year and it’s dual core 1.2’s for the same price 😮
MTK’s quad-core CPU MTK6585 will be out in a couple of months. And smart Chinese phone makers will start churning out their quad-core beasts. But we’ll still be reading news about Jiayu G3, like : Jiayu G3 changing the design of its on-screen buttons, or, jiayu G3 upgrading the Sim card slots so that users get better experience when they insert their SIM cards in the slots, or , Jiayu G3 changing/upgrading its metal polish to give customers a better feel !! 😛
Its getting pretty ridiculous with Jiayu already !
If anyone from JiaYu just read your comment I bet they’ll announce today the G3 will be put on hold as they plan to have it as a quad-core phone not dual… 😀
Just give me the freaking phone alrdy!
Andi, I think you are right. Jiayu cant afford such a stylish body at $156 so they are changing body texture. The original silver-black metal body and black and white plastic body are the only options for g3 with the metal body costing a little more.
you’re juste too good to be true
i can’t take my eyes off of jiayu.
You’d be like heaven to touch.
I wanna hold a g3 so much
I thought the problem was between the hardware and software. For example bring an ICS android to the zp200 was, or is, hard because the 3d screen. Sharp with the newest models just can use ICS if i am not wrong.
So this move to find another screen suplier could mean that i was right, it could be a problem with the hardware, the jiayu engineer could be have problems with make work the software with the hardware.
The problem is they have been working with the previous screen for such a long time now they must have noticed the problem earlier. It’s not just the screen though they haven’t even decided on the colours! I agree that it is great to see a company so committed to bringing a great phone to the market, but they do seem to be dragging their heals!
Make the forum, make the forum, make the forum!
Would be a perfect way for people to discuss news and for gizchina to develop a ‘community’. Plus there are more advertising opportunities with running a forum as well :).
Hmmmmm another thing to think about 🙂
I was interested in getting one of these when I first heard about it, but due to the constant delays, and also due to wanting sometihng cheaper, I’m going to get an iStar V1277 as soon as I can find the new model with an 8MP Sony sensor for the camera. It’s only 512MB of ram, but it does have a MTK6577, and under $200.
Hi Roger take a look at these JiaYu G3 screen photos. Not all that great https://www.gizchina.com/2012/08/23/jiayu-g3-screen-vs-jiayu-g2-screen-photos/
I think I’ll give up…with Mi2 and Oppo find 5 It’s hard to maintain interest in a cell with outdated technology. The only thing that still keeps me interested in Jiayu G3 is the “gorilla glass”. But not much. Despite being cheaper seems more worthwhile to save more and buy a phone with more technology.
I think I’ll wait to buy the Oppo Find 5.
It is good to see they are going to use a better screen, and I like that they’re using Gorilla glass, which is a big plus in my opinion.
However, I’ve decided to go with a cheaper option which available now. If I spend less than $200 on a phone and it dies, or I crack the screen then for me it is no big deal for me just to buy a another sub $200 phone, which will no doubt due to rate technology is advancing be even faster and have a more recent version of Android.
ahhh, more delay pfff 🙁
was waiting for this phone, it doesnt matter me really much if it wont take to long
but the fact will be that this phone may become have outdated hardware when be launched.. so i will see maybe i will buy some other phone
still some nice service from Jiayu to replace this bad screen!
I won’t be outdated, just not cutting edge. It’s still going to be a steal at their planned prices too
I need to replace my iphone 3gs, some of these chinese smartphones are awesome. I’m looking at JiaYu G3, i know it’s not out yet but i want to pre-order. Which stores are safe to order from? Prices are quite different, android-sale.com $189.99, merimobiles.com $269.99. Thanks!
It won’t be outdated, just less hyped.
Anyway, I have a feeling the first announced camera problem wasn’t actually the camera problem, it might be the screen was the root cause all around, they just realized them while testing the camera. Later on they found the screen still suck in spite of not viewing the camera result. so.. well as you may guess
I might be wrong, but with Xiaomi M2 is coming, the M2 slowly grabs my attention now, even though the price can be the problem.
I think Jiayu have done a good job both with the specs of the phone, the hype around this phone and the price.
If they can deliver on all 3 areas and launch it soon then it’ll be a great seller. If they keep dragging the hype/length of release out and hike the price then we could see Jiayu struggling to sell this phone with it being slightly outdated and poor value.
I will keep an eye on this phone, but it’s not exactly my most wanted gadget anymore.
Like Ivan and daniel saying, i totally agree..
With other great phones coming, this slowly slips away my attetion..
i was really focused on this phone, and if i could i would order it right know..
but if it just takes to long, other great phones are coming up with better hardware for only 25-50$ more..
I am eagerly awaiting this phone however i have a couple of questions.. The phone has a IPS(1280*720 pixels) screen however the specifications of the MT6577 CPU / GPU only supports resolution of 920×540 pixels thus to support this higher resolution of the screen the phone would need the new and yet to be released MT6588 CPU chip.
I would believe if the phone was released with the quad-core Cortex A7 processor MT6588, it would position the phone as the leader in its price bracket and functionality.
I may have missed something here regarding the screen resolution/ GPU and thus welcome feedback..
And a short message to Andi… keep up the good work..
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