Breaking: New JiaYu phone in the works, a balance of performance and price


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JiaYu have been a firm favourite with us here at GizChina, but this year the company have been plagued with problems and were rumoured to be going out of business. The future isn’t quite as bleak as it sounds though as a New JiaYu phone is in the works.

The last time we heard about JiaYu it was when they announced that they were being taken over by 3 of their main suppliers. At the time the official statement was that the 3 companies combined would make a ‘New JiaYu’. Its all been very quiet since then and on a recent trip to Shenzhen many people were talking about the end of the company.

This might all be a little premature though as we have received exclusive news from a reliable source that a ‘New Jiayu’ smartphone is in the works.

According to our source the new phone has already been designed and tested and most of the hardware has been confirmed with just a few items needing to be signed off on. Our source didn’t confirm much but did say the new phone would cost around $150-$160 through international resellers and that the phone would feature “a balance of hardware and performance for the best user experience” and that “software updates are a main part of New JiaYu”.

We’re still not sure when to expect the release of the New JiaYu but it sounds like the launch will be in time for Christmas if everything goes according to plan.

We’ll have more new JiaYu phone news for you as soon as we get it.

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69 Comments

  1. cpurage
    September 3, 2015

    Damn I wich JIAYU to upgrade their JAIYU S2 with the Helio X10 or X20 or even X30, this is one of their best phones ever made !!!

    • cpurage
      September 3, 2015

      I mean in terms of design and compact this is the smallest 5″ FHD phone ever made, there is another one now “Uniscope XC2S Smartphone 5.0 Inch FHD” the width is 67mm instead of JIAYU S2 at 67.5, but is longer than JIAYU, but anyway the JIAYU’s S2 build is better. with this full metal body

      • Stef
        September 3, 2015

        Sharp Aquos Crystal is smaller than both (but it is not FHD). Also Xiaomi mi4 is a tiny bit wider and the same height as S2 (also much more powerful + better battery/camera). Mi4i/c is way too wide though (~70mm) a definite step back by Xiaomi that phone…

    • RRRobert
      September 3, 2015

      I a way, you are asking for the last year’s top rumored S4, that would accompany JiaYu’s product line up next to the 5,5″ S3

      https://www.gizchina.com/?s=jiayu+s4

  2. E8hffff
    September 3, 2015

    Please not a midstream phone, there’s already too much mediocre. Needs to be top end Mediatek SoC, and great cameras.

    • September 3, 2015

      From what I heard they are concentrating now on the international market and that they want to kick things off with an affordable phone first. I guess if it’s a success we might see something with more powerful hardware.

      • quodvadis
        September 3, 2015

        It certainly won’t be a success, please tell them that the market for that “affordable phone” is saturated to death already and they’re only going to dig their grave deeper if they went to “yet another stupid average MTK6753 phone #53947293864”.

        • Vlada
          September 3, 2015

          I would be interested in a MT6753 phone. But it must fulfill these specifications:

          – well built (preferably metal and gorilla glass)
          – good SW (available sources would be a big plus)
          – not bigger then 5″, preferably 4,7″
          – LTE 800 MHz
          – dual SIM
          – SD slot
          – good camera
          – all common sensors (including well working compass, NFC would be great)

          But I’ll wait for some reviews and will probably get Zopo Speed 7 or Doogee F3 Pro. If the reviews will be bad for both of them, i’ll wait for Blackview Omega or Bluboo Xtouch.

          If Jiayu wants me to wait for their phone, I will. But they have to offer something exceptional.

          • quodvadis
            September 3, 2015

            Doogee has 2200mah battery, I hope you know that at least before commiting to them. The Zopo one is decent I suppose. I personally won’t pay that much for it though.

            • Vlada
              September 3, 2015

              For a 5″ phone 2200 mAh is not a catastrophe if it is replaceable. I’m leaning towards Zopo because of the announced sources release. If someone manages to port CM on it, it will be a clear winner for me.

              If you say the Zopo is to expensive (I don’t think 160 USD is too much), what else would you suggest?

            • quodvadis
              September 3, 2015

              I personally won’t be able to use 2200mah, especially if it has FHD screen.

              That’s my personal opinion, since I’m fine with 5.5″, I’ll take redmi note 2 in a heartbeat. I also need it for emulator so I need that GPU muscle (Mali T720 is really pushing it on FHD, even for everyday use).

      • ARUN SUBRAMANIAN
        September 3, 2015

        If you can influence them in any way,please persuade them to put X10 as processor,let the price be 200$,am sure market is ready to pay that much for a good product rather than investing in 110-140$ temporary phones.

  3. showme79
    September 3, 2015

    I’ve been using JiaYu since 4 years (G3, S3S) and I’ve been completely satisfied with their products. I hope they won’t give up and their newbie will also be a great success!

    • Птица
      September 3, 2015

      their products are fully filled with crap. I had 2 Jiayu phones g3 and g4. Meizu my Lord!

      • quodvadis
        September 3, 2015

        That’s why custom ROM exist. I wouldn’t buy a Chinese phone with no local support/warranty if I was afraid of changing ROM on my phone.

      • E8hffff
        September 4, 2015

        And you can easily uninstall apps using rooted phone and Link2SD.

  4. Simon
    September 3, 2015

    So it won’t be the S4 then ?

    • Stef
      September 3, 2015

      S4 was a fake picture made by a member here. Such a phone never existed. Compact phones are not manufactured anymore… sadly.

      • Aa
        September 3, 2015

        Then why is it on the official Jiayu Store?
        http://www.jiayu-store.com/jiayu-s4-3gb-16gb-black.html

        • Bb
          September 3, 2015

          That is not official store.

          • Aa
            September 3, 2015

            I didn’t know. Thanks for the info.

      • Simon
        September 3, 2015

        Oh right so it likely to be 5.2″ – 5.5″ screen then.

        Actually there is one exception I think the new Sony Xperia Z5 Compact with a 4.6″ screen. So there is hope 🙂

        • Stef
          September 3, 2015

          Yeah, but unfortunately it’s less good than Z3 compact due to snapdragon 810. Imagine the amount of heat and throttling it would produce in such a small chasis.

          The best compact phones to this day are Z3 compact and Galaxy Alpha and unfortunately it (the Alpha) is out of circulation. So yeah -indeed- only the Sonys remain … barely :/

          • Vlada
            September 4, 2015

            And I have two reasons not to buy it. I hate the company and it is too expensive. Please give me another option!

            • Stef
              September 4, 2015

              Sadly I don’t know of any (that’s my whole point actually). Jiayu seemingly gave up on compact phones and the rest are of such low quality that are not even worthy of being mentioned (seriously you’d be better off by just buying older compact phones than buying them).

              The only compact phones reasonably priced is the Jiayu G4S/G5S but both are kind of old by now…

  5. Vlada
    September 3, 2015

    I hope it won’t be another 5,5″ phone with exactly the same specifications as another 20 Chinese phones.

    Make a very compact and well built phone with Helio X10, good camera, don’t forget about SD slot, LTE 800 MHz and NFC. If the phone will have this, it will cause a huge success in Europe.

    • Sirrr
      September 3, 2015

      Finally, some news from Jiayu.
      But if the “new phone would cost around $150-$160 through international resellers”, it means around $130 in China and i don’t think X10 would be possible at this price for Jiayu.
      But we can only hope…

      • Dante
        September 3, 2015

        Redmi note is 135 in china fdd lte version and it is 160 worldwide – it has helio x10 lol amd it is getting cheaper

        • quodvadis
          September 3, 2015

          Yeah, by the time this phone comes out, Redmi Note 2 might’ve become so cheap, that unless this phone has some killer feature that Note 2 doesn’t have, it’ll only be another forgettable generic phone.

        • Sirrr
          September 3, 2015

          I was pretty sure that someone would gave me the Note 2 example.

          But you cannot compare the financial power, the volume sales of Xiaomi with Jiayu.
          Imagine what volume of chips bought Xiaomi and at what price… For the sake of argument, lets say that they bought 3 millions chips compare with Jiayu;s 300k. It would be quite a significant acquisition price. It’s hard to compete with Xiaomi in this metter.
          That’s why Note 2 is the cheapest phone so far with X10.

          But how knows. Maybe we’ll have a good surprise from Jiayu. I really hope so…

          • quodvadis
            September 3, 2015

            That means absolutely nothing to end-users. There may be people who are so ‘understanding’ of Jiayu and wait, and buy their phones regardless, but those kind of people will be extremely few. End-users don’t owe them anything, and most people are going to buy things that benefit them, not the company that make things they’re buying, in their mind.

    • mikey
      September 3, 2015

      You are saying my words

  6. Robert
    September 3, 2015

    would be fine phone with support across all fdd LTE bands 1/3/4/7/8/17/20 , big removable battery >3Ah, NFC and dualsim solution, this would be big advantage

  7. Allanitomwesh
    September 3, 2015

    Nice to see software updates being made a priority. Honestly,most of the brands with good hardware should just outsource software to Cyanogen Inc or sign up for Android One and be done with it.

  8. Lars
    September 3, 2015

    This is a case of wait and see I guess. Users of the S3 are still waiting for Lollipop to be released and the official Kitkat ROM came with adware installed (full screen ads, apps being installed in background, install from unofficial sources being re-checked automatically after unchecking it, …). Stuff like that made me not buy the S3 which otherwise looked like a nice device (also because it’s too big for me). So here’s to hoping their next device will be a small 5 incher with good software (and no adware).

  9. Diogo
    September 3, 2015

    I’ve been waiting for the S4 for too long and still don’t know if this is going to be it, but launch for christmas..? Forget it. I urgently (this month) need the best 5” phone 150€ can buy, I’ve come down to Mlais Mx or Doogee F3, which one would you suggest? or another one?
    Hope you can help me! Thanks!

  10. Diogo
    September 3, 2015

    I’ve been waiting for the S4 for too long and still don’t know if this
    is going to be it, but launch for christmas..? Forget it. I urgently
    (this month) need the best 5” phone 150€ can buy, I’ve come down to
    Mlais Mx or Doogee F3, which one would you suggest? or another one?

    I’m not a gamer and would like something to last some time.

    Hope you can help me! Thanks!

    • Vlada
      September 3, 2015

      I’m looking at Zopo Speed 7. The big advantage in my eyes is that Zopo promissed to release kernel source code. That would allow unofficial ROM development and a long time SW support.

      Mlais MX has only 8MPx camera and a slower MT6735 chipset. But it has a huge battery.

      • Diogo
        September 3, 2015

        I like the overall design of this Zopo Speed 7 and the specs seem good (except maybe the battery) but it’s above 150€, its 176€ to be more specific (on efox), but I’m afraid about the construction materials, are they any good? Does someone use this phone? In paper it looks better than the Mlais Mx and the Doogee F3 (not Pro version), is the brand Zopo better than the other two? Do they lie on the specs also?

        • Vlada
          September 4, 2015

          The Speed 7 is selling for $200 but you can find some discount coupons for $40. Then you can get it for $160, which is below €150.

          Zopo is a better brand then Doogee. I never heard that they would lie with specifications. I had a Zopo and now I have a Doogee. So I know both brands. Doogee lied about my phone, they said it was waterproof but it is not.

          You can find some Zopo Speed 7 related information here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/speed-7-plus/general

          I’m waiting for a reliable review of these 2 phones and if no other interesting model appears, I’ll get one of them probably. I’m not in a time press, I have a working Doogee phone which is OK, just not as powerful as I would like to.

          • Diogo
            September 4, 2015

            My only concern about Doogee F3 is its 2200mAh battery.
            If someone could confirm that this is really a 2200mAh, which is already very small, I would get it.

            Without reviews or confirmations I just don’t feel safe with this brand (for what I’ve been reading about them).

            Speed 7 would be ok if I can find it cheaper than $200 with free shipping to Portugal.

            The Mlais Mx its the only choice I consider safe for now, but not as good as the others specs wise

    • Burs
      September 3, 2015

      My thoughts exactly. My next phone won’t be Jiayu. Don’t have time waiting for it. I would suggest you take a look at Bluboo Xtouch, or even better, a Pro version with Helio X10.

      • Diogo
        September 3, 2015

        Bluboo Xtouch its really a nice phone but not for my budget!! Its way above my thin target of 150€…

        I feel stuck with these 3 phones Mlais Mx or Doogee F3 or Zopo speed 7 (thanks Vlada!), each with its own goods and bads.

        The one I like the most is Doogee F3, but I’m really not comfortable with buying it without proper reviews, and I mean confirming under the “hood” its real specs…

        Someone has one of these phones?

        • Burs
          September 3, 2015

          You can preorder Xtouch from Geekbuying for $200 which is not so far away from the price you’re willing to pay. Either wait a little bit more for price to drop, or find some coupon, or simply invest few bucks more for this better alternative than the three you already mentioned, imho.

    • RRRobert
      September 3, 2015

      I would wait for the Bluboo XTouch. 5″, Helio X10, 4 Gb RAM and 4G-LTE including all major FDD bands. I can’t wait to see the first review showing here.

      • Diogo
        September 3, 2015

        No doubt its going to be a great phone, but unfortunately I just cant keep playing the waiting game anymore, I’ve been doing that for over two years!! And this one is priced above what I’m looking for (+ – 150€)

        • RRRobert
          September 4, 2015

          FYI, Gearbest is currently offering the BluBoo XTouch for pre-order at € 154,- The have a arrival notice option available too.

      • Vlada
        September 4, 2015

        Bluboo is absolutely quiet about this phone. It might very well end just like the Jiayu S4 – never get released.

        Also it is very unclear what should be released in the end. There are rumors about multiple versions. I’m afraid they might release 5,5″ version with X10 and a 5″ version with slower chipset.

        I won’t believe it is real before i see it.

        • RRRobert
          September 4, 2015

          There are now a number of web shops offering it for pre-ordering, and some of them are proclaiming its fitted with the MTK6753 SoC, in stead of the Helio X10. Maybe Bluboo is following the way Doogee did with the new F3, which came as a regular and a ‘pro’ version.

          I can’t find the source anymore, but I read somewhere that its release was scheduled for the end of September…

          • Vlada
            September 4, 2015

            If they want to release it this month, the specifications must be absolutely clear and I think that Bluboo would have shared them.

            But they are absolutely quiet for the last weeks. I wonder why. I still hope they will release the phone with good specifications, Helio X10 and reasonable price soon.

    • mersault
      September 4, 2015

      I was also waiting for S4, but decided to buy Elephone P6000 instead…I have never regretted that…great phone, works fast, good gps (have used navigation without problems), respectable battery,… The only thing that is so-so is camera, but I don’t use smartphone for photography…

      • Diogo
        September 4, 2015

        Me too, I’m not very concerned with the camera, but Elephone with its millions of new models coming out every week leaves me uncomfortable with the up dates and support (lack of it).

        I was actually looking forward for the release of the Elephone S2, but then.. a “whopping” 2100mah battery shows up.. huummm what a waste..

        The P6000, has an “old and boring” design for me, I’m looking for something more up to date, both doogee F3 and Elephone S2 have it right (design), Zopo speed 7 has it too, but lacks the construction materials (all plastic), and the Mlais Mx has a 4000mAh “design”.

        I think I will probably stay with the Mlais Mx just because there are no good reviews on the others yet. My first choice would be the F3, then Speed 7, and then just in case Mlais Mx.

        • mersault
          September 5, 2015

          Doogee F3 has only 2200 mAh battery – for FHD screen I doubt that will last for a whole day…Mlais MX looks great, if it was released in february when I was buying Elephone P6000, I would probably get Mlais (I don’t like weght and size, but otherwise it’s ok)

          • Diogo
            September 5, 2015

            Agree, too little juice for FHD, that’s why I would rather go with the HD version and sacrifice 1Gb ram..

            The Mlais was never my first choice, it was a just in case choice, the specs are almost identical to the Meizu M2 (battery aside) but I like the Meizu design more.

            So I’m going with Meizu M2, I know that if I don´t buy it right now and wait for another week or two I will be stuck again in the waiting game for the perfect phone that will never exist because there will always be another model coming out with better this and that..

    • Diogo
      September 4, 2015

      Just made my mind, its not going to be any of the above or bellow, I’m going with Meizu M2, it has everything I’m looking for, except for a removable battery, and I trust this brand more than the others.

      The specs and construction materials are good for the price (135€ on efox). They send to Portugal in two days with free shipping.

      And thats it, thanks for your help!!

    • E8hffff
      September 4, 2015

      Same. I’m willing to spend about $299 USD. I will probably end up with the Elephone Vowney, but I would love Jiayu to quick manufacture a S4.

  11. quodvadis
    September 3, 2015

    lol Christmas, if it’s MT6753= Absolute DOA.

    Even Helio X10 is pushing it at that date, since most people who are interested would have bought Redmi Note 2 already by that point. Guess they haven’t learned anything at all.

    I really don’t know what these people are thinking…

    • E8hffff
      September 4, 2015

      So true. I think Jiayu are targeting 3rd World and Brics Nations, but even Africa and India probably have better phones than many Westerners due to China vs Western overpriced brands.

  12. Steven Fox
    September 3, 2015

    Their branch in Germany confirmed that the new phone will feature Helio X10, and the original Jiayu S4 design idea has been totally scrapped in favour of something more modern.
    All remains to be seen, but a X10 phone with 3GB of RAM and a good camera + build quality for about 150$ sounds excellent to me.
    Wish they’d go for the P10, but I think that chip will be too expensive for them as it will be brand new when the phone is out.

    • Stef
      September 3, 2015

      Where in “more modern” fill in the blanks. In this case probably a 5.5 incher :/

      BTW Helio X10 is only 20-30% faster than MT6752 in every-day usage (quite better for games though)…

      • crappkid
        September 4, 2015

        I always have liked Jiayu. This might very well be my next phone, but 5.5 is way too big imo.

        • Vlada
          September 4, 2015

          I’m not interested if it is above 5″. But I would be extremely interested if it is below 5″.

          What wasn’t modern on the S4 concept? There is a huge demand for such phone and it would have no competitor.

        • Stef
          September 4, 2015

          It’s the “in” thing in China phones these days unfortunately…
          What I liked about Jiayu was that it was the only Chinese company creating quality compact phones (G4S, G5S, even S2).

          But lately even them had changed. Between the big bezeled F2, the 5.5 S3 and lately the scraping of (the compact) S4 it seems that they will probably become like any other OEM… which IMO is also why they’d lose their remaining customers (no need not to buy from someone else anymore)

    • Airyl
      September 4, 2015

      I really hope “more modern” doesn’t mean they’ll be taking after Samsung and removing the microSD card slot and removable battery.

    • Mankiw
      September 4, 2015

      Can you post the link of the German branch? Thanks.

    • E8hffff
      September 4, 2015

      This have been debunked by Jiayu in new article.

  13. iKosh
    September 3, 2015

    I hope they don’t change their name to New Jiayu.

    • sda
      September 3, 2015

      I think so,too

  14. roni24
    September 4, 2015

    no helio x10, no deal.