GizChina Video: FAEA F1 Penguin unboxing video and first impressions

This morning we received the FAEA F1 Penguin for review, we’ve already put together an unboxing video along with photos of this low-cost device here.

We have high hopes for FAEA, which is why I was pretty excited when I received the FAEA F1 Penguin this morning from the official international distributors

Although I knew the phone was on it’s way I didn’t actually no what was going to be in this morning’s package until I tore open the box and got inside. There I found the large cardboard packaging which house the FAEA F1 Penguin.

You can see a brief hands-on and hear my initial impressions of the phone in the video below, but in case you can’t watch it now I’ll tell you what I though here. Opening up the packaging and upon getting in the box you will find the phone, 2000mAh battery, charger and data transfer cable, there are no earbuds.

faea f1 penguin in the box

Removing the rear panel, which seems to have been manufactured in the same 2 step injection moulding process as the Meizu MX2, is a little trickier than usual thanks to a tighter, more snug fit (a good thing). The rear panel also holds the built-in NFC chip.

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Under the cover is space for an SD card and their is an odd shape SIM arrangement which I have yet to play around with.

faea f1 penguin side photo

The front of the phone features a 4.5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, capacitive buttons (which don’t light up) and a 2 mega-pixel front camera.

FAEA F1 Penguin specifications

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I have yet to run Antutu on the phone, but according to the official FAEA F1 Penguin specifications the phone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 8225Q quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8 mega-pixel rear camera, 4GB of memory, 2000mAh battery, Android 4.1.2 and support for GSM 900/1800/1900 mhz+ WCDMA 900/2100MHz.

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A full review FAEA F1 Penguin will review should be posted by the end of next week.

Watch the FAEA F1 Penguin unboxing video

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  1. Joosie200
    June 28, 2013
    Faea F1 scores 10100 on Antutu versus 11800 for example iOcean X7! That shows the difference between the Mediatek MTK6589 SoC and Qualcomm MSM8225Q SoC. Of course it’s Cortex A7 versus Cortex A5 as well and different gpu. And then there’s different resolution and screen sizes, but still.. it’s nice to see how the Qualcomm Snapdragon holds up to the Mediatek MTK! 🙂

    • Benny
      June 28, 2013

      It doesnt.. The Antutu score also takes into account many factors including memory, storage and Screen resolutions. The Faea F1 is only a 720p screen whilst the iOcean is a 1080p screen. There is as much as 25% differences between the 720p and 1080p since most of the MTK6589 @720p phones hit around 13-14k. The Snapdragon on the FAEA F1 is the bottom of the range Snapdragon 200 so dont think it is anything like the high end Snapdragon 600 range of the Galaxy S4.

      • Vladi78
        June 28, 2013

        Thats true. But still after reading about some Wifi/GPS issues it’s nice to have some alternative to MTK. On the other hand Snapdragon 200 may be more battery unfriendly. I prefer perfect functionality (GPS,Wifi) than some +25% (10k vs. 14k Antutu numbers) speed. (Now I am fine with some 5000 Antutu of my UMI X1)

    • thierry
      June 29, 2013

      My f1 gives 10247 as result in antutu if you want an exact idea

      • vladi78
        June 29, 2013

        How good is Wifi and GPS ?

        • thierry
          June 30, 2013

          Wifi gives me only 2 out of 4 bars but its still a solid signal and stays solid when im on the terrace whereas my newman n1 tends too loose teh signal on the terrace.
          For the GPS, first fix took a few minutes (about five). After that it took just a few seconds to get a fix the second time…. seems very good. Im very impressed by this phone after a week of use.

          • Vladi78
            June 30, 2013

            Thanks for answer. Well that’s exactly what I expected. Fair results in Wifi and GPS. I had enough of praying for GPS on my UMI X1. Wifi is also nothing special and disconnecting in weak signal. I was hoping for massive improvement with MTK 6589. But it looks like only small step ahead (I had 2 MTK 6589 phones in hand so far). I was waiting for Jiayu G4, but now I am really confused. I guess most of the people here are focused on dual SIM support (Its somehow connected with China phones) than it is price and after that maybe unique design. But what for is MTK’s thousands of Antutu rating, when some important functionality is missing ? Maybe for gamers. My wifes Sony Experia TIPO with shity parameters on the paper but on the other hand GPS and WIFI on Qualcomm chipset are from another league and Android 4.0.4 is very well balanced while only 512 MB of RAM and under 1GHz single core on board.

      • June 30, 2013

        That’s still OK at the price point, UK side you would be lucky to get a Samsung Galaxy Ace, or a Sony Experia Tipo sim free for the same coin as an F1

  2. Qrious
    June 28, 2013

    Can you please post a review of FAEA F2?

    • June 28, 2013

      Yes, once it arrives 😉

      • shivaco13
        June 28, 2013

        sir andi can you give me a trusted dealer wholesaler site ??/ where you buy your phone??

        • June 28, 2013

          Well sent us this one.

  3. kermitos
    June 28, 2013

    Looks great. Can’t wait for the review. 🙂

  4. Airyl
    June 28, 2013

    Andi, my big question is does it feel as well built as a Meizu phone? How is the build quality in general?

    • June 28, 2013

      It feels extremely good considering the price. To compare it to the Meizu might seem a little unfair as the FAEA doesn’t have buggy OS or overheat 😉

  5. J-Bird
    June 28, 2013

    How’s the GPS? Any good?

  6. June 28, 2013

    Looks good, would make a nice new phone for my missus, size is right too, I prefer a smaller screen and a smaller phone myself also. Wonder what the Antutu will really be, and what battery life will be like with that low end Snapdragon?

  7. Camaman
    June 28, 2013

    That button on the side looks like an afterthought.
    Pretty cheap. Whats your opinion in it Andy?

    • Cranky
      June 28, 2013

      I thought it was supposed to stick out a bit from the chassis so it wouldn’t be too shallow. Shay do you think Andi?

  8. pell
    June 28, 2013

    No led notification or focus led on camera right? 🙁

    Still seems pretty good

    • Cranky
      June 28, 2013

      If you’re talking about notification led, it’s that breathing light feature in the settings menu.

      • June 29, 2013


        • Hidden
          July 5, 2013

          Andi, does F1 have autofocus?
          I’ve seen lot of different answers. FAEA writes it does have AF, but users are complaining that it’s not working (with stock camera app).

          Can you test it, stock camera app and other one, like shots of text and macro shots or something?

          • July 5, 2013

            Certainly will

  9. Patrick
    June 28, 2013

    Looks like an interesting phone for the price. I was at some stage even close to hitting the ‘buy’ button. But the GSM frequencies have kept me off. Seems a bit strange that GSM at 850 MHz is lacking when other phones are usually all quadband.

    • June 29, 2013

      The specifications are:
      Network Band: GSM 900/1800/1900 mhz+ WCDMA 900/2100MHz

      Network Band: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz + WCDMA 850/1900/2100MHz

      • Patrick
        June 29, 2013

        The F2 doesn’t have WCDMA at 900 MHz. Therefore again, no good. Is there some kind of hidden rule with MTK phones which says that the manufacturers must always delete one to two international frequencies ?

  10. June 29, 2013

    Wonder what networks will support this in UK?

    • Patrick
      June 29, 2013

      I would say that in the UK and in Europe you should be fine with the F1 on all networks (if the specs really are true). However if you plan to take the phone to the US, you should expect to be without a connection anywhere without 1900 MHz GSM (T-Mobile) service (=outside of large metropolitan areas – and even inside metropolitan areas connections will be spotty).

      • June 29, 2013

        Yes thanks, it looks that way, the price is attractive, shall i or shan’t I, only thing is how that snapdragon 200 stacks up against Mediatek, 6589 for games

  11. CESAR
    June 29, 2013

    Andi and his yellow camera XD

  12. June 29, 2013

    Answered my own question, Vodafone say it would be OK on 2g and 3g

  13. June 30, 2013

    Done some more research, Have ordered an F1 it will do until that Mediatek chip supporting 4G surfaces for 2014

    • Vladi78
      June 30, 2013

      Where you did your order ?

      • July 1, 2013

        on the FAEA site:
        Ordered direct from there, applied the $20 Gizchina discount (thanks Andy) so £106 UK with skin case and screen protector (already have MicroSD to put in)
        You can’t get anywhere near that spec for a sim free unlocked phone UK side, here that coin gets you a Sony Experia E, a Nokia Asha 311, or a C3-01
        It was dispatched today, so hopefully in a couple of weeks, it will be here

  14. Cj Escuadro
    July 4, 2013

    I was really ecstatic when I had this phone because for the fact that it carries the Qualcomm’s quad-core processor (in which I’ve had some good experience also) plus the price point is just about right for my budget.Bought mine from here: In pure accident I found their site and I think they had cheaper price.So yeah, I grab the opportunity.tehee..

  15. anastasios
    July 8, 2013

    what about battery life? is qualcomm better in power consumption?

  16. Allantiomwesh
    July 15, 2013

    When is the review?

  17. Rafael
    July 24, 2013

    Records videos in high definition?