Video: JiaYu F1 Unboxing and first hands on

jiayu f1 review

The JiaYu F1 will soon be launched in WCDMA guise for international customers to enjoy. We unbox and have our first hands on with the $50 smartphone ahead of launch.

It’s easy to get excited about the latest greatest phones with high-resolution displays and powerful processors, but let’s not forget that those super phones only make up a small part of the market. Most phone users look at low to mid range devices, an area where it is being constantly proven that low-cost no longer means low-quality!

jiayu f1 review

The JiaYu F1 is a 299 Yuan Android smartphone from Chinese phone maker JiaYu. The device packs a 4-inch display, dual-core 1.3Ghz processor, 512MB RAM, 5 mega-pixel camera, dual sim support, 3G and a large 2400mAh battery! Even if the F1 goes on sale for more for international customers (which is looking likely) the JiaYu F1 is still going to be one bargain!

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JiaYu F1 Specifications

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JiaYu F1 hands on video

JiaYu F1 First Impressions

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I have yet to be let down by a JiaYu phone. I have found their devices to be well made, well priced and most of the time good looking. For cost reasons the F1 isn’t the prettiest of most luxurious phone on the market, but this doesn’t mean that they have skimped on quality!
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The phone feels solid in your hand and the thick bezel should offer plenty of protection against accidental knocks and bumps (something I could have used today!). The dual-core processor and 512mb RAM are more than up to the task of taking photos, browsing the web and navigating Google Maps, just don’t try to push the little chip when it comes to gaming!
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We’ll work on a full review and post it in the coming weeks. For more info head over to the JiaYu website.
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  1. JJ
    March 10, 2014

    Would be nice though if they included 1GB RAM, wvga on 4 inch is OK to me due to the pricetag, but 512MB RAM nowadays? Doesn’t cut it, for starters because only Android KitKat / 4.4 runs smoothly on 512MB RAM while Jelly Bean doesn’t yet. I guess they left 1GB RAM out because otherwise the G2F would be kinda obselete from the beginning 😉

    • deep zpain
      March 12, 2014

      mtk6572 doesn’t support more than 512mb

  2. sam
    March 10, 2014

    I don’t suppose you know whether Jiayu is planning on releasing an update to android 4.4 for it?

  3. Peter Pan
    March 10, 2014

    The G2F WCDMA and F1 are almost the same phone. Some people have been smoking too much opium at Jiayu offices 😛

  4. Allanitomwesh
    March 10, 2014

    I’d be very willing to spring the extra Andi,IF they sell us the same HD phone as China. Any news on that predicament? It think it was unanimous noone wants OGS if the resolution takes a hit that big.
    Nice review though,the bezels aren’t terribly thick either,i expected worse,actually I’ve seen worse in more costly phones.It is soo begging for kitkat. Perhaps inquire whether JiaYu have plans for that too Andi

    • March 10, 2014

      I did tell them and they said it was “noted” meaning nothing will come of it probably and this is what we are stuck with.

      • Allanitomwesh
        March 12, 2014

        As they note that we’ll just look elsewhere 🙂 But really their recent stuff has been underwhelming. This is the only nice one in a long while.

  5. Manos
    March 10, 2014

    I have a Cubot GT90 and is the same phone it works at internet/videos just fine! With 512ram! Antutu score is 11000…

    • Allanitomwesh
      March 10, 2014

      Yes,this has been my point exactly all along,this phone is for light user who would rather not buy some shitty Asha,but has no interest in powerful smartphone features like 3D gaming.

  6. Barry
    March 10, 2014

    WCDMA 2100MHz only makes it an expensive paperweight.

  7. Xiaolu
    March 11, 2014

    Nice hands on Andi, is pretty impressive what Jiayu managed to pack for that 299 yuan, that’s almost a family meal (just stay home a this weekend and you can save for 1 F1!).

    BTW, gotcha, on 7:19 you said “(…) this is the first hands on with the Jiayu G2F”, 😉

    They’re so similar (and you took one out during the shooting) it’s totally understandable though. Jiayu guys saved in design to get that price! 🙂

    Can’t wait for the review, battery life gets my full attention!

    • March 11, 2014

      Yep I noticed that too doh :p