JiaYu G4 Vs Newman K1

The Newman K1 is another potential winner of the quad-core MT6589 crown, so how well does this 5-incher stack up against the JiaYu G4?

Newman K1

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The Newman K1 first came to light a few weeks ago and development of the phone seems to be accelerating at a much faster rate when compared to phones like the UMi X2 and JiaYu G4. The relatively new (to the smartphone market) company have already offered 10 K1’s to Newman fans, and have also asked forum members to think of a new name for the phone!

Newman K1 Specification

The Newman N2, their current flagship phone, uses a Samsung Exynos quad-core CPU, but for the K1 Newman have switched to Mediatek. Many have speculated that this is because the K1 represents a new, low-cost range of high-performance Newman phones which will run along side the N series, whatever the reason it is sure to help reduce the retail price.

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Also keeping costs low is the choice of a 720p HD 5-inch display rather than a full HD panel. The rest of the hardware is similar to many premium level MTK phones and includes 2GB RAM, 32GB built-in memory, SD card support, and 13 mega-pixel Sony rear camera.

It’s still a little early for Newman to release pricing details, but we guesstimate that the K1 will cost around 1299 Yuan ($208) at launch.

JiaYu G4

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The JiaYu G4 was first seen at the end of last year, and now nearly 4 months on it still isn’t available! This delay in launching the phone has not only allowed competitors to catch up, but has also dampened potential customers spirits.

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It still represents one of the best value phones though, and once launched it is likely to be a huge success!

JiaYu G4 specification

As the G4 has been rumoured and well documented over the past few months, we know a lot more about this phone when compared to the K1.

Like the Newman K1, the JiaYu G4 has a 720HD display, put as the screen is a smaller 4.7-inch the PPI is much better and should ensure a slightly better viewing experience. JiaYu have also confirmed that the display will use Gorilla Glass 2.

jiayu g4 premium price

Running the screen is the same quad-core MT6589 processor as the K1, but with a choice of either 1GB RAM 4GB ROM or 2GB RAM and 32GB ROM. Both version of the phone come with a 13 mega-pixel rear camera, dual-sim support (active or stand-by still isn’t clear) and a micro SD card slot.

Pricing for the G4 is said to start at 999 Yuan ($160) for the Youth version with prices increasing to around 1299 Yuan ($208)for the Premium model with 2GB RAM and 3000mAh battery.

JiaYu G4 Vs Newman K1

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JiaYu G4 of Newman K1?

The two phones are quite similar with the only notable difference being the size of the displays. Both appear to be great value for money phones and both come from respected Chinese phone brands, so which do you choose?

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  1. March 18, 2013

    Which one is the good to go for ROM support?

    • March 18, 2013

      I’m pretty sure Jiayu will have far better community behind.

    • March 18, 2013

      Is there any information about Jiayu G4 camera sensor? many new phones are getting Sony ones (I suppose Exmor R), but I can’t find anything about Jiayu G4 one.

  2. Allanitomwesh
    March 18, 2013

    Voted Newman,simply because they’ll actually sell it.

  3. Tibor
    March 18, 2013

    Newman has bad software, that’s the only reason the Jiayu will get my support. Even though it will take some time to get it.

  4. March 18, 2013

    Is there any information about Jiayu G4 camera sensor? many new phones are getting Sony ones (I suppose Exmor R), but I can’t find anything about Jiayu G4 one.

  5. ╘ ®дJЭЭV ╛
    March 18, 2013

    Voted for Jiayu G4 caz of 4.7 screen…m comfy with that only

  6. Fredrik
    March 18, 2013

    Does not all the MT6589 quad-core phones use the same SGX544 GPU?

    And by the way, are the Exynos not a by far better GPU in 2d (browsing etc)?

    • March 18, 2013

      Actually al MT6589 use the same GPU, that’s true. About Exynos I don’t know.

  7. RoVlad
    March 19, 2013

    Can you tell me a china website store that it not a scam? i would like to buy G4 upon it’s release and i am afraid of scam sites … pls lead me to a trustworthy site
    Thank you very much

    • Norman Zakaria
      March 21, 2013

      Not sure. I bought from etotalk. Trusted to me but very expensive. I prefer buying from AliExpress because they have trusted ratings and also AliExpress holds your money until u confirm receive shipment then only they will pass the money to supplier.

  8. May 16, 2013

    Jiayu G4 is obviously the better phone, but i am tired of waiting for it so i ordered the newman k1 instead, sigh

  9. Kelembel Kostas
    June 1, 2013

    Newman K1 has better GPS (supports GLONASS) and it is available now.
    If it was a bit smaller and had an MT6589T CPU, it would be the dest choice.