Exclusive – Hands on video with the stainless steel JiaYu G5!

After playing with the JiaYu S1, JiaYu also let us get to grips with the stainless steel bodied JiaYu G5! Hands on photos and video after the jump!

JiaYu G5 Hands on

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If you can look past the iPhone 4/iPhone 5 design of the JiaYu G5, you can really appreciate the level of design and the quality of the materials and manufacture!

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JiaYu are hoping to market the G5 to customers who want a high quality device with a smaller display. The JiaYu G5 offers both!

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The display is a 4.5-inch 720p unit, and the body is manufactured from quality stainless steel, and boasts an OGS glass display.

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Removing the rear stainless steel panel, which is held in place with a neat switch, reveals even more stainless steel on the inside, plus the 2000mAh battery, dual SIM areas and space for an SD memory card.

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It’s hard not to be impressed with the attention to detail on this phone, and it is by far the highest quality Chinese phone we have every had the pleasure to hold!

Specifications are top-notch also with a 1.5Ghz MT6589T processor, 2GB RAM, 13 mega-pixel rear camera and 32GB of built-in memory.

JiaYu G5 Hands on Video

NOTE: I don’t know what happened to the sound, but am fixing this now.

JiaYu confirmed that the G5 will go on sale later this month (September). Pricing hasn’t been set but it is certain to be slightly more expensive than the top of the range JiaYu G4 Advanced.

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  1. Jonasr
    September 18, 2013

    Only in white?
    Or will there be a black version also?

    More then G4 ? +300$ ? G4 advanced still not easy to get at a decent price…

  2. September 18, 2013

    Do ppl buy 4.5 inch display phones any more ? JiaYu would have been better off with a 4.7 inch display..and of course a bigger battery and OIS camera would bring eye balls to this..

    • Airyl
      September 18, 2013

      Yes, there is a huge demand for high end phones with snake displays.

    • September 19, 2013

      I have been searching endlessly for a dual sim phone with these specs and price. Dont know about you but though 5″ screens are good to look at, they are a real stretch for most people who appreciate single handed operation. I got the Zopo C2 platinum and i’m slightly annoyed so this phone will be perfect. Plus smaller screen and resolution will be more sparing on 2000mah battery than my zopo C2 platinum.

      • Vitor
        September 23, 2013

        I too have the Zopo C2 and thinking about buying this one.
        The C2 has great screen and specs, but … just a little too big, now that I’ve used it for some time…
        I’ll stick with 4.5-4.7″ as perfect size screens.
        Single hand operation should be better.

  3. junior_poa
    September 18, 2013

    Little fat, no?

    • anony
      September 18, 2013

      Yes. Ugley…

  4. September 18, 2013

    Like it. Thanks Andi!

  5. Nice One
    September 18, 2013

    A Phone that i like because its small and fits in my poket easily BUT i think black/white and silver do look ugly! They should had taken more inspiracion from the Iphone 5!!
    Also i think it would be nice if there would be a Snapdragon 600 variant of the Phone!
    With best regards

  6. kabak
    September 18, 2013

    I want this phone now!!! It’s supppeeerrrbbb — iphone design and android functions not clone just inspiration from apple. Lots of companies using other manufactures inspiration it is not sin this is step forward helping do thing better. Cloning is thing for companies like Goophone or HDC etc. Here we have perfect job of Jiayu engineers! If phone will go on market soon without 2 versions – I mean advanced and youth will be even better (do you know something about it Andi?) Spec 32GB + 2GB RAM and quad core is like dream and not too big screen 4.5 inch — PERFECTO !!!

  7. September 18, 2013

    Well it is official now, Apple can not make 4.5 inch iPhone with curves like iPhone 5 and 5S, as they will be copying Jiayu. If the price is right under 200$ it can be a good seller.

  8. September 18, 2013

    Hi Andi,

    Did You ask any questions of 3G frequences / 4G? Any informations of 900Mhz WCDMA. I know that example in Spain they are also waiting this frequency.

  9. September 18, 2013

    Can’t give top marks for styling but use of stainless steel is welcome.
    Metal dissipate heat much better than plastic and should minimise any overheating problems that we have heard about with some phones

    • anony
      September 18, 2013

      But, will it bend?

    • September 18, 2013

      Agreed, it isn’t the best looking but it is very very well made

      • VALMIKI
        September 18, 2013

        doesn’t a stainless steel body affect WiFi function?

  10. joe
    September 18, 2013

    Wow can that phone be any thicker it looks like you’re holding a brick. Also, the bezels are insanely thick.

    • September 19, 2013

      What??? compared to which china phone and at what price? the phone dimensions seem normal. Nothing “huge” about the bezels….go look at lumia if your interested in shouting about bezels.

  11. Harald
    September 18, 2013

    Looks good

    September 18, 2013

    hey andi,
    m little out of place, but any news if xiaomi mi3 has gorilla glass, also about micro SD card slot, and when will it be for sale in china… 🙂
    thanx buddy..

    • anony
      September 18, 2013

      yes, no, yes.

      • VALMIKI
        September 19, 2013

        the. third question is not a yes or no question.. it is when will it be on sale.. 🙂 anyway thanks..

        • anony
          September 19, 2013

          Yes I know, too lazy to search for you. DIY.

    • September 19, 2013

      Yes, I think it does

  13. cmoegele
    September 18, 2013

    hopefully they get better working GPS than on G3S or G4 ,…

    • Peter
      September 19, 2013

      Because why, if it’s the same chipset…

      • September 21, 2013

        Because better antenna? I am speculating here, but maybe a better antenna can compensate for lackluster GPS chip

      • Cmoegele
        September 22, 2013

        Its not a porblem of the chipset more antenna and firmware,… I modified my G3S with selfmade copper wire “antenna” And now getting ways better satfix + accuracy. and I have a G2H with good GPS, so I think Jy has/had? the knowledge for doing better

        • alexander
          September 27, 2014

          Hello cmoegele I have jiayu g5s. And the GPS is awful. It never finds me. Can you tell me how can I make copper antenna?

          • Christian Mögele
            September 28, 2014

            My friend with this metall housing its a big problem. Once the mainboard of my G3s stuck sometimes on boot, I replaced it against the G3T which had better GPS from scratch ) not perfect, but quite better. Meanwhile I have the HTC Dualsim 802w and it also has metal housing, but the HTC guys did integrate the antennas in the removable backcover (really professional solution ) It needs a lot of effort and knowhow to improve GPS especially at your nice G5S. So I think better solution would be to use an external GPS mouse (bluetooth, Nokia,…) It even helps saving battery consumption,…

            • alexander
              September 28, 2014

              Hello Christian. Thank you for your repley .i will try to improve the GPS antenna my self, yes there is a lot of metal in this phone! I don’t know about external GPS. If I can’t make it I will buy another phone. I haven’t figure out yet where is my GPS antenna https://www.gizchina.com/2013/09/24/jiayu-g5-teardown/

  14. Pandaleone
    September 18, 2013

    Very good.
    I’m a G4 fan for the battery, but I could wait some more for this.
    Hey Andi, as you are in touch with Felix, can you remind him about my request to know SAR value of G4? Well, maybe you can ask also about G5…

    Many thanks!

    EM, Brussels

  15. Wdwq
    September 18, 2013

    JiaYu G4 Advanced – still the better

  16. chavv
    September 19, 2013

    Are buttons lighted?!
    WTF is wrong with Jiayu – saving 0.01$ for lighting buttons?!

  17. Rdmkr
    September 19, 2013

    like most jiayu phones, to be overpriced for an MTK phone and not much special. now they ruin the design by cloning that other ridiculously overpriced brand, too.

  18. jasneskis
    September 19, 2013

    I really like my first Jiayu G2, but I decided a bigger screen would be better. I wish they would make a phone a bit bigger. I like the 5.5″ screen, not to big, but so much easier to see.

  19. Gavin
    May 18, 2014

    Does it work with u.s. Carriers?