Video: JiaYu S2 Review


jiayu s2 review

We know you are all as excited about the octacore JiaYu S2 as we are so I have recorded a JiaYu S2 review video to keep fans going before we post the full, in-depth written review.

JiaYu S2 Full Specifications

The JiaYu S2 is an octacore 1.7Ghz smartphone. There will be 2 versions on sale at launch, a 1GB RAM model with 16GB of internal memory and a 2GB RAM option with 32GB of internal memory. If you like to take plenty of photos, load up on movies and games and listening to music while on the move you are going to want to buy the 32GB model as there is no space in the phone for a SD memory card.

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Each version of the S2 has a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 OGS display, 13 mega-pixel Panasonic main camera and 8 mega-pixel Sony front camera. The non removable battery is a 2000mAh and (like most Mediatek phones) the S2 runs Android 4.2.2.

Video: JiaYu S2 Unboxing.

Video: JiaYu S2 Benchmarks.

Video: JiaYu S2 Gaming.

JiaYu S2 Photo Samples.

Good lighting

Low light

Video Octacore JiaYu S2 review.

JiaYu S2 Conclusion.

After my time with the JiaYu S2 I am again impressed by JiaYu’s build quality. I love the narrow, thin design, the strong stainless body, and the bright 5-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution display. As mentioned in the video our model is a pre-production sample and we have found a few issues which we have passed on to JiaYu, who assure me they will be fixed before launch.

jiayu s2 review

Battery life is surprisingly good for an average/moderate user. I found it to be fine for myself and managed to last a full day with  3G, WIFI and GPS on all the time and the display on half brightness. If you are a heavy gamer or use the display at its brightest (it is very bright) the battery life will suffer. If you’re sensible though you can get through a day without too much effort.

jiayu s2 review

The 13 mega-pixel rear camera is my main area for concern. Low light images are very noisy, and the overall speed of focusing and capturing an image is too slow for my liking. Another, issues is heat. The 6mm body doesn’t leave much room for cooling and the stainless steel rear panel heats up quickly (but at least the heat is being drawn away quickly).

jiayu s2 review

I don’t know how much the JiaYu S2 will sell for or the exact launch date, but my opinion is the S2 is going to be another sell out success! If you want one you will have to keep an eye on the news and be fast. A full in depth written review will be posted next week, so keep posted.

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17 Comments

  1. Brian Jackson
    March 18, 2014

    Thanks Andi great review..
    GPS performance?????
    Dissapointed that there is no TF card slot where would i keep my music???

  2. Chavdar Ivanov Chavdarov
    March 18, 2014

    Yea, what about GPS?
    Is it dual sim?

  3. highwind
    March 18, 2014

    thanks for the review

    do you know if there will be a black version aswell?

  4. pueblo
    March 18, 2014

    Hi Andy, thanks for great review..very interesting device, but i also miss memory card slot (how can we load other ROMs without it?:-)). I have a question about the battery. Can you ask Jiayu whether this exactly same 2000mAh battery from S2 will be used in G5S octa model? Because not only capacity or well tuned OS is the key for reasonable runtime. Its also battery itself in terms of internal chips/controllers, connections and other components inside the battery. If S2 has some improved 2000mAh battery inside with good quality materials inside maybe G5S will get same and with its 4,5inch screen it can provide even longer runtime…while memory card is missin in S2, G5S is my next phone favourite 🙂 thanks again for great job

  5. slim shady
    March 18, 2014

    WARNING TO ALL POTENTIAL BUYERS !!! THIS PHONE SUPPORT ONLY WCDMA 2100 Mhz

    • slim shady
      March 18, 2014

      For Christ sake … JIAYU !!! We are not living in the Stone Age !!! If you were creating this phone at 2007 then only WCDMA 2100 Mhz was going to be acceptable like I have on my Nokia N82 only WCDMA 2100 Mhz, but this is Octa Core phone with 1080p 5″ display and it don’t support WCDMA 900 Mhz ??? WTF … JIAYU are you out of you mind ?!

      • pueblo
        March 19, 2014

        i am curious where is the problem? is it antenna type choice? because it has same CPU like other phones which supports 900/2100Mhz

    • March 18, 2014

      Yup..I was abou to note the same thing 😉 +1000

    • March 20, 2014

      Yea I dont mind the WCDMA 2100MHz. Thats what we use in my country. My only problem is the battery and no SD Card

  6. CocaColaManager
    March 18, 2014

    Had JiaYu put a little more thought into S2 it’d be a real standout. Still it’s pretty good one.

  7. Pedalo
    March 19, 2014

    I read that this phone won’t be available since May, Jiayu-store states that they will have it in stock next week. Is it possible?

  8. PerisH
    April 11, 2014

    Hello Andi, could you update the review with gps test? I would like to suggest to add this test to all your reviews…. Its very helpful to choose a phone and not be disapointed with it after purchase.

    Thanks anyway, but keep this in mind for your next reviews.

  9. robert roszak
    May 9, 2014

    Hi. This review is by far the most comprehensive one I’ve found on the net. I’m considering buying this device, but I’m concerned of the camera quality issues/slowness mentioned in this review. Have those issues been resolved in the final version of this phone? Or maybe a software update fixed those? Does anyone have any update on camera performance of the final version? Thanks, Robert.

  10. Tony
    June 7, 2014

    Have been using this phone for 2 months now and most of the time i’m happy with it and it’s performance but have noticed a couple of either design faults or oversights on behalf of Jiayu for operations of this phone in the real word.
    One issue i have found is the 3 soft buttons down the bottom do not light up, at night iot would be useful for these to light up.
    The other issue is the loud speaker or the ringer, when the phone is sitting on a flat surface, the speaker is blocked and unless you are sitting right next to the phone or have the ringer volume on full, you can sometimes not here it ringing when in a noiser location.
    Other than these 2 issues i really love the phone, the screen is nice and sensitive to the touch and really love the thinness of it.
    So to finish off…… i give this phone a 8 out of ten, well done Jiayu

  11. WILLIAM NOVAES
    July 27, 2014

    OLA ANDY. LEIO TODOS OS DIAS SEU SITE. VENHO ATE VC PARA FALAR QUE COMPREI UM JIAYU S2 COM 1G RAM E 16G ROM. INFELIZMENTE O SOFTWARE VEI COM VARIOS BUGS ESTA QUASE IMPOSSIVEL USALO, TENDO QUE DESLIGAR VARIAS VEZES POR DIA.POR FAVOR VEJA COM O FABRICANTE O QUE PODE SER FEITO. NAO ESTOU AGUENTANDO E JA COMPREI UM HUAWEI HONOR 6.