JiaYu G4 hands on: pre-production units shipped out to beta testers

JiaYu’s community is full of die-hard smartphone fans eager to get their hands on the latest JiaYu model. JiaYu know this and make the effort to pay back fans by shipping out pre-production G4 samples to beta testers.

Unfortunately the images here don’t confirm or deny is this a 2GB version of the JiaYu G4 or if this is still the youth model which we have previously seen, but as JiaYu are shipping out these test samples they must be gearing up to launch one version of this exciting Chinese phone.

jiayu g4 box review

What these JiaYu G4 review photos do show us is that the packaging has changed and features a new textured finish and metallic green JiaYu logo.

jiayu g4 beta review

The inside slides out, much like VHS, to reveal the a black JiaYu G4 with a protective film covering the screen to help prevent damage during shipping.

jiayu g4 in the box

Lifting the phone out reveals the single 1850mAh battery, while the compartment on the right opens to reveal the USB cable and mains charger.

black jiayu g4 review

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This pre-production version of the G4 is an all black model and features a silver steel band around the phone. Previous prototypes showed only the white version of the phone with a silver band, with the black getting an anodised black band. We hope that production models will get the black band as it looks much more sleek and stealthy.

jiayu g4 dual sim

The plastic rear easily un-clips to reveal the dual-sim compartments, micro SD card slot and 1850mAh battery, and 13 mega-pixel rear camera.

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jiayu g4 hands on review

The front of the G4 we can see the 4.7-inch 720HD display complete with super narrow bezels which measure just under 3mm (2.85mm to be exact).

jiayu g4 review dimensions

The overall width of the phone is narrow too at just 64mm and a thickness of only 8.2mm.

Overall the JiaYu G4 is looking every bit as good as we hoped it would and we can’t wait to see what beta testers make of the quad-core JiaYu G4 once they have finished reviewing the phone.

The JiaYu G4 is expected to launch next money with prices starting at just 999 Yuan ($160). It features a quad-core MT6589 processor, 1-2GB RAM, 1850-3000mAh battery, 13 megapixel rear camera and Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean OS.

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  1. March 23, 2013

    look very nice, i hope to upgrade soon my G3 🙂
    can you tell me if new version have OTG?
    it’a a “must have”, for me at least !
    i hope Jiayu put this options inside …

  2. Norman Zakaria
    March 23, 2013

    Launch next money? Sorry, when is it launching?

    • March 23, 2013

      Norman Zakaria, you can launch your money to them right now and wait for monthes. It will be awailible in May or June of even later, no chances to see it in April

      • Norman Zakaria
        March 23, 2013

        Yeah, I suspected as much, Im sure i’ll see it in May rather than June but u didn’t have to be an ass about it. I was just trying 2 know what Andi was saying..

  3. Jack
    March 23, 2013

    Thats great …. I hope this phone will be launched as soon as possible.

    Cant wait to see a post from you Andi, saying that the Jiayu G4 is finally launched !!

  4. Anuj
    March 23, 2013

    Hi Andi…Is there any expected launch date yet…?

  5. Indraneel
    March 23, 2013

    Andi if u plz say something abt the India plans of Jiayu.

  6. Lokeshkumar
    March 23, 2013

    Hi, when it will be launched in India, can I pre-book it.

  7. March 23, 2013

    I think at this point its safe to presume that it will take atleast 2 months for Jiayu to get the final product out and by that i mean the premium one. I dont think they will be able to launch their “youth” model by April 10th or 15th either, as they had once claimed.

    F@@K its gonna be one long wait … T___T

  8. Jerry
    March 23, 2013

    Thanks a lot for all people in Gizhina, great work!
    Any informations of 3G frequencies?
    Many people want to know phone frequencies.
    I hope that You are working more for finding information of all Chinese phones 3G frequences.
    Example in Finland we have 3G 2100Mhz only in cities and all other areas 900Mhz. It is difficult to find phone with right frequencies.

    B.R. Jerry

  9. Cpaun
    March 23, 2013

    Looks exactly like Jiayu G2S 🙂

    • Daniel
      March 24, 2013

      It is jiayu g2s. look at the size in the hand. Even a 4.3 inch phone looks bigger.

  10. fmavrin
    March 23, 2013

    Which sim slot is 3G, micro sim or regular sim?

    • June 14, 2013

      Hi Fmavrin did you find the answer to your question as I too would like to know which sim is 3G regards

  11. shahboy
    March 23, 2013

    Andi, do you think the G4 will support 3G/HSPA 900/1900Mhz ?

  12. March 23, 2013

    hi andi just wondered if you no if the 3g will work in uk. on android-sale its says
    Network Band: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz & WCDMA 850/2100MHz
    Data Technology: GPRS, EDGE, HSPA
    love the look of this phone and would love to get one but need comfirmation that the 3g works in uk thanks.

  13. Rob
    March 23, 2013

    Am waiting for this one Hope the 2 GB version will not be too far away.

  14. Sere83
    March 23, 2013

    I Have to say…this phone is a beauty. What you also don’t really get from the photos is just how slim this is. At 8.2mm it is slimmer than both the GS2 and the Nexus 4

  15. Umby
    March 24, 2013

    to me I would love to know the battery life small and the battery life great. If that small lasts for at least 2 days as that of my G3 (which lasts for 2 and a half days) choose the small also for weight and thickness of the phone!

  16. AddiB
    March 24, 2013

    I hope it will come with the silver band, as it just looks more classy.

  17. Jimi
    March 25, 2013

    And what about notification LED diode? Has it this phone? It does not look like yes unfortunatelly.

  18. March 27, 2013

    Oh sh… no. Wait.
    Will they keep sturdy plastic packaging or will switch to a fancy carton?

    Previously there was a so nice photo with a guy standing on the phone packaging, saying it’s for G4. But now it’s just a cardboard 🙁

  19. June 14, 2013

    Anyone know what the sim arrangement is on this phone.can you get 3G on either sim or just sim 1 the micro sim ?