JiaYu’s 2nd phone for the year has already made its way to international phone resellers. The JiaYu F2 is not on sale for $124.99, but is it a phone you would consider buying?
JiaYu hit the nail on the head with the JiaYu S3. It features a nice design, great screen, fast performance and feature packed ROM. For their new entry-level phone though, JiaYu have made the controversial choice of using an older MT6582 chipset, but I’m not sure you should let that put you off.
At $124.99 the JiaYu F2 has a lot going for it. The design is smart and uncomplicated, and the overall specification is very high considering the low price tag. Up front JiaYu have gone for a 5-inch 720p IPS display, above that lives a 5 mega-pixel front camera, and on the rear an 8 mega-pixel Sony IMX179 sensor.
Internal hardware is where JiaYu have been a little cunning. Rather than opt for the more popular MT6732 processor with integrated LTE, JiaYu have chosen the MT6582 chipset (popular on low-cost phones last year) with an additional LTE modem to bring 4G support for the phone. This has obviously saved a little money and allowed for a larger 3000mAh battery, 2GB RAM, OTG, dual SIM and micro SD card memory expansion, all uncommon features on a phone costing less than $125.
The MT6582 chip might put a few people off, but in the past I have been impressed with JiaYu’s build quality, and the hardware of this phone for the price really do look impressive. It’s certainly one of the low-cost phones I would consider.