JiaYu S3 hands on and first impressions


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Finally the JiaYu S3 has arrived with us and already we have a hands on video and first impressions for you all to take a look at! Enjoy!

The JiaYu S3 came a little later than promised but it is here and below are my first impressions of the phone.

JiaYu S3 hands on and first impressions

The JiaYu S3 is a phone that many of us have been excited about. The specs include a 5.5-inch 1080 display, either 2 or 3GB RAM, LTE and a 64bit Mediatek MT6752 processor. If that wasn’t enough JiaYu have also gone back to the drawing board in terms of design and manufacture giving us this all new JiaYu phone.

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First impressions are JiaYu have taken a good long look at Oppo and tried to replicate parts of what Oppo are doing themselves. It is evident in the design of the phone (not dissimilar to the Find 7) and even the ROM which looks like a port of ColourOS.

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It is interesting to get my hands on the JiaYu S3 as this is the first flagship JiaYu that I have tried that isn’t flaunting a full stainless steel body. The S3 has a plastic body which I assume is faster to make, but it is evident that JiaYu haven’t mastered the art of a good plastic phone. Even compared to the Ulefone Be Pro if feels as if something is lacking which just manages to take away the ‘Wow’ factor the phone deserves.

Still it is a sturdy phone, lightweight and comfy to hold and the specification is killer. Hopefully camera quality, performance and that feature packed ColorOS ROM will help to bring everything together.

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Video:ย JiaYu S3 hands on and first impressions

JiaYu S3 Specifications

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The JiaYu S3 arrived later than expected at the office so that’s all for now. Tomorrow I’ll post up some much better photos along with benchmarks to see what this MT6752 octacore processor is capable of!

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Next JiaYu S3 MT6752 64bit Benchmarks

117 Comments

  1. Spyros
    January 27, 2015

    Plz test the GPS. JiaYu says is the best , and compare it to other phones.

    • Simon
      January 27, 2015

      Against the Ulefone Be Pro if you please.

  2. tom
    January 27, 2015

    plz test of camera asap !

  3. Marco Lancaster
    January 27, 2015

    Finally! I can’t wait for more videos and tests Andi, keep it up!

    • Simon
      January 27, 2015

      Encore, encore ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. baigandroid
    January 27, 2015

    Hi Andi.

    kindly review

    1.Camera
    2.GPS
    3.Battery

    thanks

  5. baigandroid
    January 27, 2015

    Hi Andi.

    kindly review

    1.Camera
    2.GPS
    3.Battery
    4.speaker

    thanks

  6. Elcat
    January 27, 2015

    LTE rly bands B3 B7 B20? Check pls, thx.

    • coop
      January 27, 2015

      also please check if 3G WCDMA 850MHZ is enabled

    • bobbels
      January 28, 2015

      Is it possible to change between FDD/TDD frequency bands? Or are they different versions of the s3?

      • Demetrio
        January 28, 2015

        Usually, all available bands are active by default. You should use engineering menu to disable the ones you don’t need. Doing that you’ll obtain a bit more responsive data connection and a bit less battery drain

      • On_NeedRom
        January 29, 2015

        Appeared firmware for S3 WCDMA
        (mt6752_h560_s3w_jyt_cc_kk_lte_5m-cs_mul_tphone).
        Probably there are different versions of phones.

  7. RobertNL
    January 27, 2015

    The flimsy back cover is not a con in my opinion. I had some sturdy back cover on a phone and it was harder to take off and eventually broke this probably won’t.
    In addition i think it probably helps the phone to be thinner, when attached to the phone you won’t probably feel that its that thin.

  8. Simon
    January 27, 2015

    Do you think the instruction manual will be as good as that of the Ulefone Be Pro’s ?

  9. RoS
    January 27, 2015

    And what do you think about ECOO Aurora ? I think it might be a great competitor for 2GB version of jiayu.

  10. Lion
    January 27, 2015
  11. edroid
    January 27, 2015

    Please Andi, compare it with Meizu M1 Note!

  12. Jason45
    January 27, 2015

    I have mentioned it already in the other post, but I will post it here also (other people might be interested).

    “Also test the call quality of the phone and the speakers. Some Chinese users have complaints about these matters.

    For example, in a noisy environment, a Chinese user have said that is very difficult to hear each other voices.”

    • Simon
      January 28, 2015

      Absolutely we need to make quality calls – agreed.

  13. saor
    January 27, 2015

    Andi it is looking like meizu are the ones with the killer phone in this segment. It seems to be best quality and best value for money .

  14. Mesterio
    January 27, 2015

    AndI you stated the body was made of plastic but it says alloy on your table.
    Can’t wait for more!!
    FINALLY , IT’S ALLLLIIIVVVVEEEEEEE!!!!!!,

  15. Paap
    January 27, 2015

    Do you have any plan to review Tcl memeda 3n and compare it with Jiayu s3?

      • Paap
        January 28, 2015

        Yes

        • Simon
          January 28, 2015

          I’ve never heard of it before you mentioned it.

          • Paap
            January 30, 2015

            It has the same soc, storage, camera module but bigger battery. Also memda is thinner. Display also looks better. I hope that gizchina will review memeda 3n(tcl m2m).

            • Demetrio
              January 30, 2015

              Probably they want to sell it just in China … maybe it will have just Chinese LTE.

  16. Spyros
    January 27, 2015

    Plz test the GPS. JiaYu says is the best , and compare it to other phones.

    • Guest
      January 27, 2015

      Against the Ulefone Be Pro if you please.

  17. tom
    January 27, 2015

    plz test of camera asap !

  18. Marco Lancaster
    January 27, 2015

    Finally! I can’t wait for more videos and tests Andi, keep it up!

    • Guest
      January 27, 2015

      Encore, encore ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Guest
    January 27, 2015

    Hi Andi.

    kindly review

    1.Camera
    2.GPS
    3.Battery

    thanks

  20. Guest
    January 27, 2015

    Hi Andi.

    kindly review

    1.Camera
    2.GPS
    3.Battery
    4.speaker

    thanks

  21. Guest
    January 27, 2015

    LTE rly bands B3 B7 B20? Check pls, thx.

    • Guest
      January 28, 2015

      also please check if 3G WCDMA 850MHZ is enabled

    • bobbels
      January 28, 2015

      Is it possible to change between FDD/TDD frequency bands? Or are they different versions of the s3?

    • Demetrio
      January 28, 2015

      Usually, all available bands are active by default. You should use engineering menu to disable the ones you don’t need. Doing that you’ll obtain a bit more responsive data connection and a bit less battery drain

    • Guest
      January 29, 2015

      Appeared firmware for S3 WCDMA
      (mt6752_h560_s3w_jyt_cc_kk_lte_5m-cs_mul_tphone).
      Probably there are different versions of phones.

  22. RobertNL
    January 27, 2015

    The flimsy back cover is not a con in my opinion. I had some sturdy back cover on a phone and it was harder to take off and eventually broke this probably won’t.
    In addition i think it probably helps the phone to be thinner, when attached to the phone you won’t probably feel that its that thin.

  23. Guest
    January 27, 2015

    Do you think the instruction manual will be as good as that of the Ulefone Be Pro’s ?

  24. Guest
    January 27, 2015

    And what do you think about ECOO Aurora ? I think it might be a great competitor for 2GB version of jiayu.

  25. edroid
    January 27, 2015

    Please Andi, compare it with Meizu M1 Note!

  26. Jason45
    January 27, 2015

    I have mentioned it already in the other post, but I will post it here also (other people might be interested).

    “Also test the call quality of the phone and the speakers. Some Chinese users have complaints about these matters.

    For example, in a noisy environment, a Chinese user have said that is very difficult to hear each other voices.”

    • Guest
      January 28, 2015

      Absolutely we need to make quality calls – agreed.

  27. desponent
    January 27, 2015

    Either that screen looks bad or you have some kind of white balance problem with the camera you shot it with. Since the battery’s green look off too I think it’s the latter.

  28. saor
    January 27, 2015

    Andi it is looking like meizu are the ones with the killer phone in this segment. It seems to be best quality and best value for money .

  29. Mesterio
    January 27, 2015

    AndI you stated the body was made of plastic but it says alloy on your table.
    Can’t wait for more!!
    FINALLY , IT’S ALLLLIIIVVVVEEEEEEE!!!!!!,

  30. Guest
    January 27, 2015

    Do you have any plan to review Tcl memeda 3n and compare it with Jiayu s3?

    • Guest
      January 28, 2015

      Yes

    • Guest
      January 28, 2015

      I’ve never heard of it before you mentioned it.

    • Guest
      January 30, 2015

      It has the same soc, storage, camera module but bigger battery. Also memda is thinner. Display also looks better. I hope that gizchina will review memeda 3n(tcl m2m).

    • Demetrio
      January 30, 2015

      Probably they want to sell it just in China … maybe it will have just Chinese LTE.

  31. TheCrazyLanny
    January 28, 2015

    well, iocean M6752 is now selling at $199.9 with 3GB ram. Jiayu S3 is kinda over priced imo.

    • Stef
      January 28, 2015

      Not terribly, especially given that it has 40% more battery. This iocean would hardly make the day.

      BTW you can find S3 3gb at $210-$220 pre-sale all over the place. I would gladly give $10-$20 if it meant 40% more battery (battery is one of the primary reasons that make a phone good or bad).

      • Simon
        January 28, 2015

        Are you waiting for the 3GB Jiayu S3 Steff ?

        • Stef
          January 28, 2015

          Not for me (I already have a phone with which I’m happy), but I will buy it for a friend of mine. So yes I’m waiting for it, I think it’s the best bang for buck phone maybe in the whole wide world right now…

          • Simon
            January 28, 2015

            I’m considering it or maybe Meuizu M1 Note, not sure which ?

            • Stef
              January 28, 2015

              Only problem with the Meizu is less ram (to me given how ram heavy android is, the more ram the merrier, it allows for smoother experience) and possibly the non removable battery (if you’re into this kind of thing). Apart from those it’s an excellent choice as well, possibly with a better build quality too (but that remains to be seen). Still I’d opt for S3 because as I said I love to have as much ram as possible (it allows me to lock/keep the launcher in memory, keep frequently used apps always loaded, etc).

            • Simon
              January 28, 2015

              Thanks for that, makes sense.

            • Demetrio
              January 28, 2015

              plus for S3: better rear camera, removable battery, NFC (only advanced version), 3GB (only advanced version), gorilla glass 3 OGS display

            • Simon
              January 28, 2015

              What exactly does NFC allow for ?

            • Demetrio
              January 28, 2015

              1. contactless payments
              2. fast handshake with BT headset (Sony SBH50), camera (Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40), smart tv (LG LA7400), …
              3. quick file sharing (from google gallery, while you’re watching a picture, just take another NFC smartphone very close)
              4. Save small amount of data, like your own VCF card to quickly share with your customers/suppliers
              5. (my favourite) launch macros, using app like Trigger or Llama

            • Simon
              January 28, 2015

              Sounds good, thanks.

            • Demetrio
              January 28, 2015

              That was just a partial list. In Milan for example you can use it to store your metro ticket, you go inside the tube just moving the smartphone over the check area. In the future you could use to open doors as a key, switch lights, control medical intruments…

            • Simon
              January 28, 2015

              Ah nice, never been to Milan have been to many other parts though including Sardinia and Sicily ๐Ÿ™‚

            • Demetrio
              January 28, 2015

              They don’t need metro, over there life is slower … ๐Ÿ˜‰

            • Simon
              January 28, 2015

              Very true.

  32. desponent
    January 28, 2015

    Either that screen looks bad or you have some kind of white balance problem with the camera you shot it with. Since the battery’s green look off too I think it’s the latter.

  33. ksafan0
    January 28, 2015

    I agree with you Andi; it lacks the wow factor. The style is so old and very common.

    • Simon
      January 28, 2015

      Which phone will you buy then ?

  34. Simon
    January 28, 2015

    Andi you said in the video there was OTA Updates. So will Lollipop be delivered OTA ?

  35. TheCrazyLanny
    January 28, 2015

    well, iocean M6752 is now selling at $199.9 with 3GB ram. Jiayu S3 is kinda over priced imo.

    • Stef
      January 28, 2015

      Not terribly, especially given that it has 40% more battery. This iocean would hardly make the day.

      BTW you can find S3 3gb at $210-$220 pre-sale all over the place. I would gladly give $10-$20 if it meant 40% more battery (battery is one of the primary reasons that make a phone good or bad).

    • Guest
      January 28, 2015

      Are you waiting for the 3GB Jiayu S3 Steff ?

    • Stef
      January 28, 2015

      Not for me (I already have a phone with which I’m happy), but I will buy it for a friend of mine. So yes I’m waiting for it, I think it’s the best bang for buck phone maybe in the whole wide world right now…

    • Guest
      January 28, 2015

      I’m considering it or maybe Meuizu M1 Note, not sure which ?

    • Stef
      January 28, 2015

      Only problem with the Meizu is less ram (to me given how ram heavy android is, the more ram the merrier, it allows for smoother experience) and possibly the non removable battery (if you’re into this kind of thing). Apart from those it’s an excellent choice as well, possibly with a better build quality too (but that remains to be seen). Still I’d opt for S3 because as I said I love to have as much ram as possible (it allows me to lock/keep the launcher in memory, keep frequently used apps always loaded, etc).

    • Demetrio
      January 28, 2015

      plus for S3: better rear camera, removable battery, NFC (only advanced version), 3GB (only advanced version), gorilla glass 3 OGS display

    • Guest
      January 28, 2015

      Thanks for that, makes sense.

    • Guest
      January 28, 2015

      What exactly does NFC allow for ?

    • Demetrio
      January 28, 2015

      1. contactless payments
      2. fast handshake with BT headset (Sony SBH50), camera (Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40), smart tv (LG LA7400), …
      3. quick file sharing (from google gallery, while you’re watching a picture, just take another NFC smartphone very close)
      4. Save small amount of data, like your own VCF card to quickly share with your customers/suppliers
      5. (my favourite) launch macros, using app like Trigger or Llama

    • Guest
      January 28, 2015

      Sounds good, thanks.

    • Demetrio
      January 28, 2015

      That was just a partial list. In Milan for example you can use it to store your metro ticket, you go inside the tube just moving the smartphone over the check area. In the future you could use to open doors as a key, switch lights, control medical intruments…

    • Guest
      January 28, 2015

      Ah nice, never been to Milan have been to many other parts though including Sardinia and Sicily ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Demetrio
      January 28, 2015

      They don’t need metro, over there life is slower … ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Guest
      January 28, 2015

      Very true.

  36. ksafan0
    January 28, 2015

    I agree with you Andi; it lacks the wow factor. The style is so old and very common.

    • Guest
      January 28, 2015

      Which phone will you buy then ?

  37. Guest
    January 28, 2015

    Andi you said in the video there was OTA Updates. So will Lollipop be delivered OTA ?

  38. January 28, 2015

    JiaYu is no longer in the top tier of Chinese phone manufacturers in my book. Before even knowing the quality of the plastics, I always felt that the S3’s design (and apparently also their new skin) is…derivative. I applaud companies like UMi and IUNI for making phones that have a distinctive look.

  39. billybloggs
    January 28, 2015

    Andi says the body is plastic, and I trust what he says, however checking SPE Mall they still have the body listed as metal in the spec list. It is a shame if it is indeed plastic body.

  40. 10basetom
    January 28, 2015

    JiaYu is no longer in the top tier of Chinese phone manufacturers in my book. Before even knowing the quality of the plastics, I always felt that the S3’s design (and apparently also their new skin) is…derivative. I applaud companies like UMi and IUNI for making phones that have a distinctive look.

  41. billybloggs
    January 28, 2015

    Andi says the body is plastic, and I trust what he says, however checking SPE Mall they still have the body listed as metal in the spec list. It is a shame if it is indeed plastic body.

  42. kupoo
    January 29, 2015

    When is review ready? I hope before Chinese new year :))

  43. David Merander
    January 29, 2015

    Bought a zopo zp920 for my wife, Really impressed with it, design, camera quality etc., and it can be bought for a lot cheaper than 299$ as stated here.

  44. kupoo
    January 29, 2015

    When is review ready? I hope before Chinese new year :))

  45. UrkanGurkan
    January 29, 2015

    Bought a zopo zp920 for my wife, Really impressed with it, design, camera quality etc., and it can be bought for a lot cheaper than 299$ as stated here.