White JiaYu G4 available from May 6th in limited numbers

JiaYu have announced that the white, large battery version of the JiaYu G4 Youth will be available from 6th May.

JiaYu began selling the black version of the JiaYu G4 on April 28th and customers lucky enough to have secured one are expected to receive the phone in just a few days. The white version will be up for pre-order at 12:30 on May 6th (tomorrow) with the phones arriving around 7 days later.

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As with the black phones, there will only be 2000 phones available all of which will have the larger 3000mAh battery and 1GB RAM. The white model is actually slightly more expensive too at 1029 Yuan, however the first 2000 phones will come with a free leather case and wood-look headphones.

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  1. Lola
    May 4, 2013

    So Jiayu G4 can basically kiss my @ss
    it could be my first chinese mid range phone but they’re just let’s say.. amateurs i’ll take another one then ( ^-^)

    • May 5, 2013

      UMi X2 or the NEO N003……?

      • Lola
        May 5, 2013

        probably Umi X2

  2. wacky
    May 4, 2013

    I ordered a black advanced version i hope this wont take an other month because i am really getting inpatient!

  3. abdelrahman
    May 5, 2013

    tow version they have room of 4G only, is that sure?????

    • Whateverman
      May 6, 2013


  4. River
    May 5, 2013

    ADVANCE 4gb ROM or 32gb?

  5. Peter
    May 5, 2013

    Hi Andy,

    please can you explain?

    There is in the left and the right generals the G4 youth (?) modell.
    Only difference is in the right section RAM with 2 GB.
    But ROM is 4GB too?

    Could it be that there should be in the right section the advanced modell with 32GB ROM?

  6. Simon
    May 5, 2013

    Andy there is a typo in the specs table. The one on the right should read G4 advanced instead of youth.

    There is so much hype regarding this phone which are the other contenders apart from to my knowledge::

    Umi X2
    Neo N003
    Newman K1
    Iocean X7
    Zopo ZP980

  7. Geodex
    May 5, 2013

    If Umi x2 comes true to the release date of May 15th I bet only die hard fans will still wait for Jiayu advance to release. I know I wont.

  8. Simon
    May 5, 2013

    Is Jiayu G4 advanced being released later than May 15th ?

    • Geodex
      May 5, 2013

      I don’t think so. They have still not set any given date for the release. Look at it this way even they don’t have a release date for the “lite” version. WTF is 2000 units limited edition being sold.

      Have you seen their statement where they said the “lite” versions being sold are not finished products and can have defects? Check their ejiayu website and use google translate. Jiayu are horrible, from how I see it they are being rushed to sell these 2000 units because their competitors scare them. Rubbish business tactics.

      I’m currently leaning on the Umi X2 (hate 1080p screen and 5 inch) but all the other competitors seem to not stick to plan. They have set May 15th for worldwide sale and not some limited sales so here is to hoping they don’t mess up like I know they will anyway. Huhhhh!!!!

  9. eng.sameer
    May 5, 2013

    Thank you andi , but i thinke i mise somthing here g4 advansed 2gb ram / 4GB ROM only or thier is mistak here ,!!

  10. grafnet
    May 5, 2013

    160$? Is this right price for advanced version? Both versions have a same price, but one of them with 1 GB RAM, another – 2 RAM?

  11. Simon
    May 5, 2013

    Why is there so much hype about Jiayu, was the Jiayu G3 that good. I have seen pics of a Jiayu G6 prototype. How can they have that if they havent even launched the G4. I don’t know much about Umi, but the Newman N2 was supposedly good quality, so Newman K1 should also be of similar if not better quality.

    • Jan M
      May 5, 2013

      Having had a no-fuzz G3 for 5 months now, I must admit; Yes. It’s THAT good.

      • Simon
        May 5, 2013

        Its gives us hope hope for the G4 & whichever other phones they bring out then 🙂

  12. Simon
    May 5, 2013

    Also Geodex checkout this youtube video review of a HTC Butterfly (Droid DNA) Clone. It looks highly impressive (especially the Antutu score)


  13. Simon
    May 5, 2013

    Sorry wrong one I meant to post this one:


    • Geodex
      May 5, 2013

      It’s a nice phone but not to my taste because of the “clone”. Hehe I don’t know about you but the Jiayu, Umi, Neo etc brands at least change something tiny with their designs.

      We had a debate on here last year about why we hate clones even though almost all the Chinese phones are clones and there were varying opinions. Each to their own but you can agree with me that you don’t want “HDC” or “SUNY” etc written boldly on your beautiful phone. 😀

      Consider these if you want to invest in a Chinese phone though

      a. Battery capacity
      b. Price (would you invest more than $300 into a phone which will might not even be able to ship back for replacement)
      c. RAM/ROM sizes
      d. Support
      e. Screen size

    • rene
      May 5, 2013

      amazing , when I see this super quad phones with there super antutu number, but when I look at my old samsung s2 with a simple dual core it still reacts a lot faster on everthing I do on it, then this chinese superphones and I get a real warranty and service and a occasional update on it an it does not cost much more this days, so why buy one of this trow away phones

    • May 5, 2013

      Don’t believe the benchmark score for this clone, as the resolution is listed as 1080p, but the seller claims it is only 720p, which would make me believe the score is fake. Non-removable battery is a deal breaker for me with anyphone, The G4 ticks all boxes, under 5″, 720p (Those 1080p phones, seem to have lower benchmark scores) 3000mAh battery. I’ll wait as long as it takes for this to hit the stores.

  14. Simon
    May 5, 2013

    Yes I agree, you raise good points. I would prefer a branded phone, to a clone. I actually bought a clone of a Samsung GS3 about 6 weeks ago, it stopped making phone calls after 3 weeks usage (the company has since gone out of business). Apparently Goophone is the most notorious clone maker.

    I think in your comments earlier though the specs of the Umi X2 are better than Jiayu G4. The waiting game continues.

    • Geodex
      May 5, 2013

      My comment is awaiting moderation I think due to a link I added so I am pasting here without link

      The G3 was good. Arguably the best dual core MTK 6577 phone by a Chinese company if you factor in battery, screen, and price. Those 3 things are my most concern when buying a Chinese phone. Yes I also do consider the support base for roms and fixes but the Meizu and Xiaomi are a bit pricier for me to consider them as Chinese phones because this is a gamble really (these are not returnable goods to spend much on)… lol
      Jiayu does have the habit of disappointing customers precisely with release dates. It happened from April 2012 till the G3 released in late November 2012. Even then there were shortages and price hikes. Now the G3 is $180 on aliexpress. Imagine a company that took 1 month to get a license to start selling their phones and ask yourself how that is even possible. Like their marketing division forgot “oh we can’t sell this phone even if it is ready”. Haha but Jiayu does really deliver when their phones are actually out though. The quality and price is second to none.
      Now you mentioned the Newman N2, that is a wonderful phone and no doubt you will love it. The K1 I have only seen some videos on youtube but for that price and 1GB/4GB specs I wont even bother when other brands are there with a bit higher specs.
      Umi X1 was/is a wonderful phone. I believe there was a promotion by Andi on here sometime last year which “I SHOULD HAVE WON”…haha. Makes you have the slightest faith that the x2 will be excellent. They are also not straight forward about their release dates and just last week or so announced May 15th as the worldwide release date. Check their facebook page here it’s got much more wonderful pics and announcements

  15. Simon
    May 5, 2013

    I emailed the company whose video review is above showing the HTC Butterfly clone sometime last week about release date for Jiayu G4, and he told me sometime middle of May. He also said he thought the Umi X2 is a better buy in his opinion. Thankyou for your responses above, you obviously have a wealth of knowledge :). Yes Xiaomi, Meizu & i’m sure Oppo must be trully bespoke brands, which hopefully one day I shall try.

  16. Mauro
    May 5, 2013

    Sorry i don’t read nothing about OTG
    Someone give me a real new about….

  17. May 5, 2013

    Hello Andi, really loving your website.
    I came across this website about a month ago, and has been visiting daily since.
    I never knew that Quality Chinese Phones exist at such low prices.
    Keep up the Good Informative work up!!
    I am looking forward to getting one myself, but i am really concerned about their screen Quality.
    It would be really Nice if you can compare the Screens of this Phones with High End Android Phones, Like One X or Galaxy S3 – S4, One. The Viewing Angles, Brightness, Contrast, Colour Accuracy, Gamut Etc??
    Keep Ur Good Work Up Again!

    • May 5, 2013

      Thanks, I will try my best

  18. May 5, 2013

    Hey Andi, can you confirm if these will be the ones without OTG? The engineering sample ones or the retail version? It will be great if you could reply to this.

    • May 5, 2013

      I’ll try to find out

  19. Jan M
    May 5, 2013

    Based on my experience with the Jiayu G3, and seeing as it is still quite up to any task (I) throw at it – I will probably be waiting for the 3Ah/2GB edition of the G4. Even if that means waiting a while. What I love about the G3 (and the G4 looks to be very similar in that aspect), is that it is the first phone I’ve handled in years, that actually feels strong and solid in your hands. A genuine Samsung GS3 is so thin and frail it feels like I could snap it accidentally.

    I still have little eye on the Xiaomi Mi2 as a backup plan though – the build seem very sturdy.


    I’ve seen a site (achinaseller . com), having continously been claiming to have the 2gb ram/32gb int/3000mah in stock since LATE JANUARY. They ONLY take western union / wire transfer as payment (atleast for this phone – obviously, as they couldn’t have been selling what doesn’t exsist – and PayPal would have a fieldday on their asses, maybe already did). STAY CLEAR OF THIS SELLER – They have obviously been scamming people for over 3 months already, so spend your money somwhere safer.

    • May 5, 2013

      Thanks for the info!

  20. Jan M
    May 5, 2013

    Besides, Jiayu might still be ironing out some kinks in getting the MT6589 to cope with 2GB ram. They had it up & running mid/late april, but at that point there were still some bugs and optimizations to work out – performance was pretty much the same as the 1Gb version. Also, because pretty much every phone and tablet manufacturer is sucking up the 2GB ram modules, they’re having a hard time getting large bulk deliveries – they’re getting down-prioritized for the big players.

    (At least this is what I could get from the Jiayu official forum. Not speaking/reading the language, its alot of brainbenching and equal amount of guesswork, to figure out the google translation. Anyone know a translator that works better with chinese letters/words?)

    I’d guess by now they’ve ironed out the kinks – but its still difficult to manufacture something when you just can’t get hold of parts. Something tells me Jiayu is not the only one affected by this,

  21. anthony
    May 14, 2013

    Any more news on the G4?
    Would LOVE to get the 3000mah version in black.

    This will be my first imported phone – where would you recommend being able to safely buy from?
    Many of the Chinese sales websites seem to have a (how can I put this politely….) “mixed” reputation.
    From digging around, Merimobiles seems to be one of the better (i.e. least bad) options… who would you all recommend?