iNew V3 Unboxing video and hands on


iNew decided to buck the trend for the start of 2014 by launching a slender quad-core mid-ranger rather than a fire breathing octacore device. Keep reading for a our first impressions and unboxing video of the iNew V3 smartphone.

We first posted news of the iNew V3 late last year and were both excited by the design and impressed by the attention iNew had put in to producing a well thought out mid-range Chinese Android smartphone. For iNew to actively make the decision to thoroughly plan and design a mid-range phone rather than rushing in to the cotacore minefield speaks volumes for how the company what to be perceved to international Chinese phone fans.

iNew V3 Specifications

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iNew V3 Unboxing Video

iNew V3 photo gallery

iNew V3 first impressions

We only recevied the iNew V3 on Saturday so have not fully tested the phone, but first impressionsa are very good. For a phone costing less than $180, the iNew V3 is easily one of the best designed, well built and thoughtfully put together phones of the year.

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The ultra-sensiteive 5-inch 720p display is a joy to use, the 1.3Ghz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM offer enough power for what we have tested on it so far, and the camera is much better than something found on a similar priced Zopo phone.

inew v3 review

We will continue to play around with the iNew V3 throught out the week do keep posted for updates and more details.

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iNew V3 Review coming soon

Thanks to international phone reseller Coolicool for arranging to send us our iNew V3 review phone.

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57 Comments

  1. Gururaj Hebbar
    January 20, 2014

    what about battery? it will get over with in half day may be..

    • January 20, 2014

      I’ll let you know after the full review

    • Ivo001
      January 20, 2014

      I’ve been using mine for 2 weeks now, and never ran out of juice. It’s enough to get through the day.

      • rabi
        January 20, 2014

        Is this phone inew v3 have
        memory card expansion slot ???
        Can anybody tell me the truth !!
        And usb otg or
        not??

        • January 20, 2014

          it has micro sd card expansion slot,my friend.

        • January 20, 2014

          1 sim card slot and 1 mini sim card slot. Dual sim Dual standby

      • rabi
        January 20, 2014

        Hi
        Inew v3 us very beautiful phone, i want to buy this!
        Please tell me
        1. It have memory card slot for expansion??
        2. Usb otg ??
        3. Camera quality??
        4. Gps quality??
        5. Sound quality??
        Please rply !!

        • Ivo001
          January 20, 2014

          1. It has memory card extension
          2. Should have OTG, first batch did not have OTG, but this was fixed with new software. Have not tested my OTG yet, Ordered a OTg cable last week.
          3. Camera is pretty good. On par with the Jiayu G4 I think.
          4. GPS works great. Got a first fix in 10-20 secs.
          5. Sound is average, but with headphones it is excellent.

          • January 20, 2014

            i can not agree more,sir

  2. tonio93
    January 20, 2014

    the battery isn’t very well, not enougth strong to use with internet,mail, sms,gps,etc…

    • January 20, 2014

      it has 6.5 mm thin body so that the battery life can only support one day’s working

      • tonio93
        January 20, 2014

        not really one day

        • January 20, 2014

          i have test it, i think it could use for one day,my friend.

  3. RomanosN
    January 20, 2014

    Could you ask iNew, Why while it is supposed to have f/2.0 it has f/2.2? It’s wrong specs, or they add a new camera module instead of the Sony they are advertising?

    • Xtraterrestial
      January 20, 2014

      Correct the main camera has f 2.2 instead of 2.0 (check on the detail pic) i think this is a marketing gimmick , and the over sharpening images also dissapointing. And no OTG either … Geesh this iNew

      • RomanosN
        January 20, 2014

        I think OTG works, the problem was software related for the first 1000 pcs, that’s what I know. @Gizchina:disqus , Andrew could you please check OTG also? Thanks 🙂

        • Oz
          January 22, 2014

          You are right. I have mine for a month now. Originaly it did not have OTG and with the latest firmware update (1.03), OTG and NFC work. Its a really good looking phone. I also have an OPPO 5 and I like this more.

          • January 22, 2014

            i can not agree more, inew v3 is so good.

  4. Zbyněk Polívka
    January 20, 2014

    I am thinking about get this iNew instead my One X (which HTC abandoned…)

    • January 20, 2014

      it is a good phone with 6.5 mm thin body

      • Zbyněk Polívka
        January 20, 2014

        No, thats a lie, it is 7,9mm thin, not 6,5mm…that only the metal frame, which is slimmer, than rest of the phone.

    • Porky
      January 22, 2014

      Except if you have someone to buy your HTC or if your HTC is going to be out of order, I don’t think it is a good move. I would keep the One X and waiting for the next chipsets (MT6592, MT6588, the new Qualcomm, etc.).
      Why would you like to change your phone ?

      • Zbyněk Polívka
        January 22, 2014

        Coz HTC are bunch of *******, i am stick with 4.2.2….and just the same old Galaxy SIII have now 4.3 and 4.4. is just matter of time. I mean official update, no CM, AOKP etc. roms. HW is perfectly capable to run these, but no, it´s so OLD device! Haha

  5. January 20, 2014

    Had mine for a few weeks now.
    The camera is f2.2 and produced fairly noisy photos out of the box, however a new rom has been recently released by knew that has improved this a bit and photos are now much better (still room for improvement).
    the battery does a fair job of lasting a day (my wifi is on permanently) although there is suggestion that another manufacturers 2000mah battery fits (waiting for test results to come back on it)
    Its nice that Inew are actually listening to users and working the kinks out, just hope the phone gets some xda love to really push it!

  6. January 20, 2014

    can you do me a favor to tell me if you open the giveaway thread in forums? my friend.

  7. toioioio
    January 20, 2014

    itll be umi x3 or icoan x8 for me.

    • January 21, 2014

      i think inew v3 is better,it is so slim and good looking.

      • toioioio
        January 22, 2014

        specs aside,with 1830mah battery,its dead in the water.
        My Razr with same battery,rarely survies the day.
        With CM11 installed,it needs to be chardged 2 times.

  8. Lawal Mohammed
    January 20, 2014

    I have not used it myself but we have resold at least 10 pieces and have a good number in transit for resell. Our customer’s feedback and responses encouraged us to stock more of this phone. It is a very silky phone and is selling fast. The battery life isn’t that bad as it is not far off the 2000mAh mark. I will recommend it for a good mid ranger….

  9. Qwerty
    January 20, 2014

    It looks like a budget version of the gionee elife e7.

    • January 20, 2014

      what’s this smartphone?i never heard it.

      • Guest
        January 21, 2014

        it makes phones since 2002, its from India i thing…

        • January 22, 2014

          Gionee are Chinese

          • January 22, 2014

            i think so, and almost all smartphones are made in china now. Look apple,samsung,sharp,sony and LG,i never heard that any smartphones are made in India.

            • Zbyněk Polívka
              January 22, 2014

              How about XOLO, Gionee, Micromax, BLU, Lava Iris, Karbonn…? are these Chinese too? Because i thought they are from India…

  10. antidumb
    January 20, 2014

    i think engineer of this phone is lazy, vivo x3 only 5,79mm has 2000mah battery

    • January 20, 2014

      The vivo also costs double 😉

  11. Kristian
    January 20, 2014

    Could you please compare it with ZTE Geek V975?

    Thanks!

    • January 21, 2014

      ZTE Geek V975 is single sim card single standby

      • Kristian
        January 22, 2014

        Aaaand ?!?!?!

  12. Kevin
    January 21, 2014

    169usd

    • January 21, 2014

      $178.99 with free shipping,my friend.

  13. Eddy Bruin
    January 21, 2014

    I was in doubt weather I should by the iNew or the Hongmi. They are more or less the same price. Because of native MIUI support I got the Hongmi in the end, but this still is tempting to buy and try out. Andy, I’d like to know what phone you think is better.

    • January 21, 2014

      if you want to buy a slimmer smartphone,i think i new v3 is the best with best price,my friend.

  14. January 21, 2014

    Just in case…if you need the ROM for this phone you can get in our blog under the ROMS section multicorechina(dot)com/roms

  15. Ace
    January 21, 2014

    Bretty gud, except i’m not buying the mediatek phones anymore. their processors are passable but the now ancient cortex a7 needs to go.

  16. china fan
    January 21, 2014

    2gb ram, full HD and a octacore and this phone would have been top of my list. Looks sweet just wish it had slightly better specs 🙁

    • January 21, 2014

      it is the best design at this price,only $178.99 with free shipping from coolicool,my friend.

      • china fan
        January 22, 2014

        Sorry pal but please stop spamming your site here. I won’t buy this phone because of the sspecs, its gonna be the umi x3 or iocean x8 for me.

        • January 23, 2014

          sorry,my friend. i am not spam, just want to help people here. i really appreciate your advice.

  17. January 22, 2014

    i compare iNew v3 with iPhone 4s, it is slimmer with bigger screen

    • toioioio
      January 22, 2014

      the iphone,cace on it.
      compare it to the Razr

  18. Yuki
    January 22, 2014

    Awesome design with very average battery and too big (for it’s resolution) screen.

  19. March 28, 2014

    hi everybody, good news! We will have inew v3 stock in Europe! By DHL, no tax! lol

  20. March 31, 2014

    we will have inew v3 stock in Europe! No tax! DHL! lol