JiaYu’s 2016 plans include the 5-inch JiaYu S4 and a phablet


jiayu s4

We contacted JiaYu today to ask them their plans for 2016 and we were surprised when they sent us details of a 5-inch and 6-inch phone that might launch this year.

JiaYu have stressed that they are still only in the planning stages for their new phones so the specifications and images here could be subject to change.

So with Helio X20 and P10 chipped phones coming from Zopo, Doogee and Bluboo, JiaYu are sure to be working on something really hot right? Well no not really. According to the documents shared with us today, both the 5-inch and 6-inch JiaYu phones are basic mid-range phones with (wait for it) Mediatek MT6753 and MT6735 chipsets….

JiaYu S4

jiayu s4

The JiaYu S4 (in its current spec) would feature an octacore MT6753 chipset, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory, 2000mAh battery and 5-inch 1280 x 720 display. Camera hardware is underwhelming too with an 8 mega-pixel on the rear and 2 mega-pixel up front.

JiaYu Phablet

6-inch jiayu phone

The 6-inch JiaYu is unnamed at the moment and would feature a quad-core MT6735P processor. The large display is still HD, and there is only 2GB RAM but the camera and battery will be slightly better than the S4.

On the rear of the phone is a 13 mega-pixel camera, the battery is 2500mAh, and the thickness would be 7.4mm. Although the details tell us the hardware we don’t know what the phone will be made of, however the images look like a dual glass and metal construction.

Once again JiaYu say that they are not 100% committed to these phones at this time, which is the only good news I can personally take away from the information. Perhaps we are being too harsh on the specs, so over to you what do you think of JiaYu’s possible phones?

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116 Comments

  1. Steven Fox
    January 11, 2016

    All depends on the price point. If they make a 99$ 6753 phone that has great build quality and a good camera and display they can make a huge hit on the market.
    Elephone Ivory and Umi Rome will definitely be a competition, but we all know that Jiayu are much more reliable in the quality department.

  2. Rob
    January 11, 2016

    Rip Jiayu, what are they thinking? In today’s market I think this would be commercial suicide, they need a killer device and quickly to reestablish themselves.

    • Samora Tanaja
      January 11, 2016

      Maybe.. they’re just clearing stocks and fullfill contract(s) ?
      so.. doesnt matter if this is a flop or just a little adopter..
      as long as those hardware turned into some money.. any money.. really..

  3. Simion Florin
    January 11, 2016

    Jiayu S4-2000 mAh battery, when there is Redmi 3 outhere… 🙂

  4. xteamchinax
    January 11, 2016

    I had the Jiayu G5S. It screamed quality and stood out, albeit a virtual clone. That’s the old Jiayu I remember. Please Jiayu, become unique again. Stand out. ?

    • Stef
      January 11, 2016

      To this day the only metal phone with replaceable battery.

      Taught a lesson to Samsung and the likes who use “looks” as a justification to remove one of the most important features of smartphone (easily replaceable batteries).

      IMO g5s still stands out. Good looking and well featured, the bad camera and bad radios is what kills it. If they were to update those (even if they were to keep everything else the same) it would shame a lot of the modern phones out there.

      Jiayu is not the same after they filled for foreclosure last year. It’s very sad, I don’t expect them to last for long…

  5. Achilles
    January 11, 2016

    Oh noo, Jiayu S3 / S3 Advaned were very nice phones,
    durable, pretty good design with good materials quality.
    Nothing extraordinary but maybe the best 6752 one year ago.

    I guess it is the new Zopo/THL, rest in peace 🙁
    Still enjoying my S3 though.

  6. Muhammad Yasir
    January 11, 2016

    lame , toothless and vulnerable in today’s market !

    its competitors will just eat em up and Jiayu will never be heard from again if this is the crap they are thinking of pulling !

    WTF ?!

  7. Airyl
    January 11, 2016

    If JiaYu seriously releases these devices, they’ll be shooting themselves in the foot.

  8. Don Rogers
    January 11, 2016

    It seems like this is the same Jiayu S4 rumoured 15 months ago in October 2014 with the same hardware spec. I have a Jiayu S3 great hardware took almost a year to get a good reliable version of Lollipop (TF Android Xtreme 1.3) on it. Don’t know whether I will ever buy Jiayu again. Shame previous phone was a Jiayu G3 had it for 3 years never went wrong but just got too slow.So I am now looking at buying a new phone for my wife who keeps dropping the dammed phone and cracking the screen. Looks like it might be an elephone 9000.

    • Scott Rennie
      January 11, 2016

      Quick question. Also using this rom. Do you find that battery life is pretty bad? Slower to charge a bit than before, and maybe 20% faster to drain than stock with similar usage. (Not that I’m complaining, do like it and think they have done great work)

      • Don Rogers
        January 11, 2016

        I have not noticed that it drains faster. I have heard that if you do not install with flashtool you can get the battery problem. On light usage the battery lasts between 2 & 3 days & it also does not discharge quickly when it gets below 15%. Hope this helps

  9. Simon
    January 11, 2016

    This is terrible news !

  10. Riccardo Benzoni
    January 11, 2016

    I’m sure real jiayu (the one almost everyone loved) is dead, those may be dudes trying to cash some bucks using brand’s history offering sub-par products.

  11. E8hffff
    January 11, 2016

    Mediatek MT6753…. oh no… Go bye salvage money.

  12. Steven Fox
    January 11, 2016

    All depends on the price point. If they make a 99$ 6753 phone that has great build quality and a good camera and display they can make a huge hit on the market.
    Elephone Ivory and Umi Rome will definitely be a competition, but we all know that Jiayu are much more reliable in the quality department.

  13. Rob
    January 11, 2016

    Rip Jiayu, what are they thinking? In today’s market I think this would be commercial suicide, they need a killer device and quickly to reestablish themselves.

    • Samora Tanaja
      January 12, 2016

      Maybe.. they’re just clearing stocks and fullfill contract(s) ?
      so.. doesnt matter if this is a flop or just a little adopter..
      as long as those hardware turned into some money.. any money.. really..

  14. Simion Florin
    January 11, 2016

    Jiayu S4-2000 mAh battery, when there is Redmi 3 outhere… 🙂

  15. xteamchinax
    January 11, 2016

    I had the Jiayu G5S. It screamed quality and stood out, albeit a virtual clone. That’s the old Jiayu I remember. Please Jiayu, become unique again. Stand out. 😀

    • Stef
      January 11, 2016

      To this day the only metal phone with replaceable battery.

      Taught a lesson to Samsung and the likes who use “looks” as a justification to remove one of the most important features of smartphone (easily replaceable batteries).

      IMO g5s still stands out. Good looking and well featured, the bad camera and bad radios is what kills it. If they were to update those (even if they were to keep everything else the same) it would shame a lot of the modern phones out there.

      Jiayu is not the same after they filled for foreclosure last year. It’s very sad, I don’t expect them to last for long…

  16. Hellvetta
    January 11, 2016

    Jiayu needs to hire crisis management. Urgent.

    • balcobomber25
      January 12, 2016

      I’ll offer my services to them, I could turn them around in a year lol.

  17. Achilles
    January 11, 2016

    Oh noo, Jiayu S3 / S3 Advaned were very nice phones,
    durable, pretty good design with good materials quality.
    Nothing extraordinary but maybe the best 6752 one year ago.

    I guess it is the new Zopo/THL, rest in peace 🙁
    Still enjoying my S3 though.

  18. Guest
    January 11, 2016

    lame , toothless and vulnerable in today’s market !

    its competitors will just eat em up and Jiayu will never be heard from again if this is the crap they are thinking of pulling !

    WTF ?!

  19. Airyl
    January 11, 2016

    If JiaYu seriously releases these devices, they’ll be shooting themselves in the foot.

  20. Don Rogers
    January 11, 2016

    It seems like this is the same Jiayu S4 rumoured 15 months ago in October 2014 with the same hardware spec. I have a Jiayu S3 great hardware took almost a year to get a good reliable version of Lollipop (TF Android Xtreme 1.3) on it. Don’t know whether I will ever buy Jiayu again. Shame previous phone was a Jiayu G3 had it for 3 years never went wrong but just got too slow.So I am now looking at buying a new phone for my wife who keeps dropping the dammed phone and cracking the screen. Looks like it might be an elephone 9000.

    • Scott Rennie
      January 11, 2016

      Quick question. Also using this rom. Do you find that battery life is pretty bad? Slower to charge a bit than before, and maybe 20% faster to drain than stock with similar usage. (Not that I’m complaining, do like it and think they have done great work)

    • Don Rogers
      January 11, 2016

      I have not noticed that it drains faster. I have heard that if you do not install with flashtool you can get the battery problem. On light usage the battery lasts between 2 & 3 days & it also does not discharge quickly when it gets below 15%. Hope this helps

  21. Guest
    January 11, 2016

    This is terrible news !

  22. Riccardo Benzoni
    January 11, 2016

    I’m sure real jiayu (the one almost everyone loved) is dead, those may be dudes trying to cash some bucks using brand’s history offering sub-par products.

  23. E8hffff
    January 11, 2016

    Mediatek MT6753…. oh no… Go bye salvage money.

  24. John
    January 11, 2016

    Jiayu have really gone downhill the past years. They were king with the G3 & G4 but after that both hard and software got worse and worse. Such a shame.

    • balcobomber25
      January 12, 2016

      The S3 was an excellent phone.

    • Sbz
      January 18, 2016

      Save the non-existent OTA updates, the Jiayu S3 was a good phone. Shame mine was stolen

  25. Hellvetta
    January 11, 2016

    Jiayu needs to hire crisis management. Urgent.

    • balcobomber25
      January 12, 2016

      I’ll offer my services to them, I could turn them around in a year lol.

  26. Seven-pr
    January 11, 2016

    Jiayu Iocean THL .These had excellent brand, died.

    • Raul
      January 12, 2016

      3 great brands of the past, too bad poor management ran them downhill.

  27. Guest
    January 11, 2016

    Jiayu have really gone downhill the past years. They were king with the G3 & G4 but after that both hard and software got worse and worse. Such a shame.

    • balcobomber25
      January 12, 2016

      The S3 was an excellent phone.

    • Sbz
      January 18, 2016

      Save the non-existent OTA updates, the Jiayu S3 was a good phone. Shame mine was stolen

  28. Kieslowski
    January 12, 2016

    Jiayu Iocean THL .These had excellent brand, died.

    • Raul
      January 12, 2016

      3 great brands of the past, too bad poor management ran them downhill.

  29. Chavdar Ivanov Chavdarov
    January 12, 2016

    What happened to them?!
    I still have a 3.5 y old Jiayu G2H (1GB ram) which works flawlessly – used by my younger daughter now. Several G3/G2F also work justfine… but somehow they completely went a Dodo after releasing S3 – which was fine phone at beginning of 2015 🙁

  30. Xalis
    January 12, 2016

    Those sounds like the specs of brandless phones you can get for $70

  31. thierry
    January 12, 2016

    Lovely design as usual. noone will buy the long awaited s4 with the proposed cpu and low quality cam. Any chance for a iumi u6 review Andy? Looks very tempting to me but i didnt find any camera samples yet…

    • Sbz
      January 12, 2016

      Just curious, why the “craze” about camera quality? Is that the MOST important function you look at when you buy a phone? Really, I just want to know as I can’t stand it anymore. -:)

      • balcobomber25
        January 12, 2016

        I can’t speak for everyone but for me personally camera is the single most important aspect of the phone. My most important list would be in this order:

        1. Camera
        2. Audio
        3. Display
        4. Battery

        I use my camera more than anything else on the phone. I use it for work and personal use. I don’t want to have to carry my DSLR everywhere I go, it’s a bit bulky. So if my phone can take great pictures I don’t have to worry about missing out on a great photo.

        • Sbz
          January 13, 2016

          You can get by without DSLR, except you are telling me that you take pictures for vogue or some fancy fashion magazine. Shell out cash and get a Hasselblad then -:)
          If not then get a Canon Powershot or something similar. Its light and MOST importantly, picture quality is just great. You don’t need a phone for that. Making the camera a priority on a phones is taking away the very essence of a phone. Software, battery life, voice/audio quality etc… Of what use is a super camera on a super phone is the phone/battery is dead?

          • balcobomber25
            January 13, 2016

            Sure I could do that but then I have to carry around an extra device everywhere I go. I only have so much room in my pockets and I already need a phone on a daily basis. Making the camera a priority is the very essence of what a smart phone is, a device that can do everything in one (audio, video, camera, software, games etc). The camera is one of the least power hungry components in your phone. LTE, GPS, Wifi, Display, CPU/GPU all use far more battery than your camera does.

            • Sbz
              January 13, 2016

              “LTE, GPS, Wifi, Display, CPU/GPU all use far more battery -” – right there are the very reasons why the BATTERY should be more of a priority than the camera and not the other way round. You can surely do without a camera on your phone. Not sure you can do without a battery though. FACT!

            • balcobomber25
              January 13, 2016

              Actually I couldn’t do without a camera. It would be a useless device for me. My priority is camera first, and it always will be. There isn’t a single phone that ships without a battery so your argument isn’t valid. This industry is so big there is something for everyone, there are plenty of phones which make the battery the number 1 priority.

            • Sbz
              January 13, 2016

              The way I see it, if camera is a priority, then by all means get a camera. That makes perfect sense. Stating that the camera should be the core/main function/priority on a phone is a classic case of a misplaced priority.

            • balcobomber25
              January 13, 2016

              Just because it is not YOUR priority doesn’t mean it is misplaced. Everyone has different priorities when it comes to phones. Some want a powerful GPU to play games, some want dedicated Audio chips for great sound, some want a bigger batter, some want a better camera. There is no right or wrong answers.

            • Sbz
              January 18, 2016

              Yeah, I get all that. My point was that I find it incomprehensible when a new phone comes out, the first comments are ALWAYS (99,9% of the time) about the camera, hence the “misplaced priority” statement. Wouldn’t it be better if phone makers can invest in making slimmer and longer lasting batteries? Not only will the phones be slim but other features can be packed unto it. But yeah to each is own and the market is huge enough to accommodate all sorts of “priorities”

            • balcobomber25
              January 18, 2016

              You find it incomprehensible because you don’t care about a camera, most here do. For many of us that is one of the top priorities, and for phone makers themselves it is one of the most requested features in new phones.

              Most phone makers don’t make batteries, the ones that do (LG, Sony, Samsung) have a completely separate entity that has nothing to do with their mobile division that works on batteries.

            • Sbz
              January 19, 2016

              FYI, I care about camera but I’m of the opinion (emphasis on MY opinion) that it shouldn’t be a top priority on a phone. Besides, I’m yet to see a phone that take amazing pictures..most are cool when viewing from your phone, put it a a big screen and most are just drab. Phone “makers” (save the Samsungs and Huawes of this world) don’t make batteries, neither do they make the processors or any other part for that matter. Give me a slim phone with lasting battery and I’m good.

            • balcobomber25
              January 19, 2016

              There are several which take amazing photos (for a camera phone) including the Vivo Xshot, Gionee E7, Xperia Z series and LG G4.

              Samsung, LG and Sony all make batteries, ram, nand, displays and cameras. Samsung and Huawei make processors. So some do make their own parts but most don’t, and it’s usually run as a separate entity than the phone maker.

  32. Chavdar Ivanov Chavdarov
    January 12, 2016

    What happened to them?!
    I still have a 3.5 y old Jiayu G2H (1GB ram) which works flawlessly – used by my younger daughter now. Several G3/G2F also work justfine… but somehow they completely went a Dodo after releasing S3 – which was fine phone at beginning of 2015 🙁

  33. Sbz
    January 12, 2016

    Was impressed by the Jiayu S3 Advanced until it was stolen and just before I sold it. I might want to try another Jiayu in the future. Cant say yet.

  34. Guest
    January 12, 2016

    Those sounds like the specs of brandless phones you can get for $70

  35. Vlada
    January 12, 2016

    The S4 was supposed to be a 4,7″ high-end phone. We already heave tens of low or mid range 5″ phones. This is a full market.

    If JiaYu wants to succeed they need to release what S4 was supposed to be. A 4,5″-4.7″ phone with high-end specifications – at least Helio X10, 3GB RAM, 16 or 21 MPx high quality camera, metal chassis, removable at least 2500 mAh battery and overall good parameters. How many sub 5″ high-end phones are there in the market? There is exactly one. There is very high demand for such phones and absolutely no competition. This is their only chance to get back into the business.

    • balcobomber25
      January 12, 2016

      Can you really notice a difference between 4.7 and 5 inch phones? Look at the iPhone 6 (4.7) and Xiaomi Mi 4 (5) the dimensions are almost identical:

      Iphone 6 – 138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm
      Xiaomi Mi4 – 139.2 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm

      • Vlada
        January 13, 2016

        It is minor difference in display size, but I can not comfortably use 5″ phone in one hand. I can do it with 4.7″. Of course not an iPhone, which has huge bezels.

        This is the size of 4.6″ Xperia Z5 Compact: 127 x 65 x 8.9 mm and 4.5″ Jiayu G5s (which I had): 130*63.5*7.9mm. The 1cm really makes the difference, where I can comfortably reach up to the top of the phone.

        • balcobomber25
          January 13, 2016

          Must have really small hands.

          • Vlada
            January 13, 2016

            I would say my hands are slightly below average size in my country. I can not reach more then one octave on a piano and more then 4 frets on a guitar. But I wouldn’t say I have very small hands.

            It is interesting that in Asia where people are generally smaller and have smaller hands customers want really big phones but in Europe (I have no idea about US) people want smaller phones.

            I believe the reason is that if you have really small hands, you can not comfortably use any phone above 4″ in one hand. And 4″ is a really small screen. And once you can not use your phone one-handed, then it doesn’t matter anymore how big the phone is.

            European people can still use 4,5″-5.2″ phones in one hand, so they don’t want bigger phones then this.

            • balcobomber25
              January 13, 2016

              Asia the demand is for bigger phones. Asia is the one who started this current trend of phones being 5.5+ inches. Another interesting thing is cars, in Asia the demand for bigger cars has never been higher (Buick is one of the top selling cars in China) whereas in Europe the demand is for smaller city cars.

              My hands aren’t huge but I have no issues using a 5 inch phone comfortably. In fact I would say it is the perfect size, not too big and not too small. I prefer 5.5 though because it is much better for content (videos, games etc).

            • Vlada
              January 13, 2016

              I don’t watch videos on my phone and I only play sometimes some simple games, so 4,5″ would be enough for me. Now I purchased a 5,5″ phone and maybe I get used to it.

              It is up to the preferences of every user. Unfortunately the possibility to get a good phone below 5″ does not exist.

              I don’t understand why there are only a few phone tuples where you can choose different display sizes and the rest of specifications remain the same. I only know iPhone, Sony Z, Zopo Speed 7 and that is probably all.

              You have definitely more options when buying cars. There are hundreds of different models, sizes, engines, designs and you can combine them. People in EU get small cars mainly because of parking in big cities. But the demand for big cars is also increasing. But you won’t meet here many huge American cars like those different pick-ups, Lincolns, Buicks, Cadillacs etc.

            • balcobomber25
              January 13, 2016

              It’s basic supply and demand. The demand for phones above 4.7 inches is a lot higher than the demand for smaller phones. Some exist to fill the niche market that smaller phones is, but most consumers are watching videos and playing games on their devices and want a bigger display for that.

            • Vlada
              January 14, 2016

              I’ve recently seen a survey where people were asked what would be the ideal size of phone. Only 40% wanted phones bigger then 5″ and 30% wanted phones smaller then 5″. And 30% is a huge market.

            • balcobomber25
              January 14, 2016

              When was the survey conducted? Who were they surveying? Was it Android specific or did it include Apple consumers? Most Apple consumers have never used a phone bigger than 4.7 so they are more likely to say a smaller phone is the deal size. For instance Piper Jaffray did a survey of iPhone users, 31% felt 4.7 was the ideal size, 27% preferred 5.5 and the rest were divided up among various sizes smaller. That 27% didn’t exist before the 6 Plus, the number who wanted bigger would have been much smaller because they had no option for a bigger phone. Next year if this survey is conducted the 5.5 number will grow considerably as more people realize that 5.5 isn’t as big as they once feared and when they see how much more they can do on a larger screen.

              An analytical firm actually did a detailed report of preferred smartphone sizes for the US and UK markets and they found that 5.3 was the ideal size and that Android users preferred bigger phones compared to Apple users. Again this is based on the users actual experience.

            • Vlada
              January 15, 2016

              The survey was done a couple month ago. It was a poll on the biggest web about phones in Czech Republic. So it was among readers who care about phones, technology and probably use new phones. There are also only a few iPhone users here.

              I also read about the survey in UK. I was surprised with the 5.3″ size which doesn’t exist AFAIK. There are phones with 5.1″, 5.2″ and 5,4″. But I can not think of any 5.3″ phone.

            • balcobomber25
              January 15, 2016

              So the survey was limited to just one country? That’s all you can infer from that study is people in the Czech Republic may like smaller phones. It doesn’t really represent the larger landscape of phones.

              I think the 5.3 was more of an average.

      • Steven Fox
        January 14, 2016

        Yes, manufacturers have matured quite a bit, and now 5.5 inch devices don’t seem too big, because of 2.5D curves and much better screen/body ratio.
        There is no longer need for 4.5 devices, when they can make a 5 inch device feel like a 4.5(no side bezels and really small upper and bottom ones).
        So, in the end you are getting that 4.5-4.7 feel, but from a 5 inch device.
        For instance I have a Honor 6, which is 4.9 and it looks and handles smaller than my friend’s Iphone 5.

        • balcobomber25
          January 14, 2016

          I used to think it would be impossible going from 5 to a 5.5 inch phone, they used to look huge to me. It took about a day to get used to it and now I don’t think I could go back to 5.

          • Steven Fox
            January 15, 2016

            Most people are like that, because they imagine the 5.5 like the 60 inch TV of the smartphone, but it`s a really small step and if the manufacturer is smart the actual size difference will be 0.2 rather than 0.5(smaller top and bottom bezels).
            There are cases like the Zenfone 2 for instance where a 5.5 device feels actually like a 6.2 one(terrible screen to body ratio).

            • balcobomber25
              January 15, 2016

              Yea my sister iPhone 6 has a case that makes it bigger than my 5.5 inch phone in a normal size case. But yet she says she could never use the 6 Plus because it’s too big in her hand.

              We recently did a PR even at a mall for Windows Phone, and I would show people the 640 and 640 XL (which we were practically giving away for $20). At first most people said they could never use the XL, it was too massive. But once they held it and played around with it, and more importantly watched videos on it, they walked away with it.

            • Steven Fox
              January 16, 2016

              Yes, becasue at the same price bigger means more, and why won’t you get more for the same price? 🙂

  36. Guest
    January 12, 2016

    Lovely design as usual. noone will buy the long awaited s4 with the proposed cpu and low quality cam. Any chance for a iumi u6 review Andy? Looks very tempting to me but i didnt find any camera samples yet…

    • Sbz
      January 12, 2016

      Just curious, why the “craze” about camera quality? Is that the MOST important function you look at when you buy a phone? Really, I just want to know as I can’t stand it anymore. -:)

    • balcobomber25
      January 12, 2016

      I can’t speak for everyone but for me personally camera is the single most important aspect of the phone. My most important list would be in this order:

      1. Camera
      2. Audio
      3. Display
      4. Battery

      I use my camera more than anything else on the phone. I use it for work and personal use. I don’t want to have to carry my DSLR everywhere I go, it’s a bit bulky. So if my phone can take great pictures I don’t have to worry about missing out on a great photo.

    • Sbz
      January 13, 2016

      You can get by without DSLR, except you are telling me that you take pictures for vogue or some fancy fashion magazine. Shell out cash and get a Hasselblad then -:)
      If not then get a Canon Powershot or something similar. Its light and MOST importantly, picture quality is just great. You don’t need a phone for that. Making the camera a priority on a phones is taking away the very essence of a phone. Software, battery life, voice/audio quality etc… Of what use is a super camera on a super phone is the phone/battery is dead?

    • balcobomber25
      January 13, 2016

      Sure I could do that but then I have to carry around an extra device everywhere I go. I only have so much room in my pockets and I already need a phone on a daily basis. Making the camera a priority is the very essence of what a smart phone is, a device that can do everything in one (audio, video, camera, software, games etc). The camera is one of the least power hungry components in your phone. LTE, GPS, Wifi, Display, CPU/GPU all use far more battery than your camera does.

    • Sbz
      January 13, 2016

      “LTE, GPS, Wifi, Display, CPU/GPU all use far more battery -” – right there are the very reasons why the BATTERY should be more of a priority than the camera and not the other way round. You can surely do without a camera on your phone. Not sure you can do without a battery though. FACT!

    • balcobomber25
      January 13, 2016

      Actually I couldn’t do without a camera. It would be a useless device for me. My priority is camera first, and it always will be. There isn’t a single phone that ships without a battery so your argument isn’t valid. This industry is so big there is something for everyone, there are plenty of phones which make the battery the number 1 priority.

    • Sbz
      January 13, 2016

      The way I see it, if camera is a priority, then by all means get a camera. That makes perfect sense. Stating that the camera should be the core/main function/priority on a phone is a classic case of a misplaced priority.

    • balcobomber25
      January 13, 2016

      Just because it is not YOUR priority doesn’t mean it is misplaced. Everyone has different priorities when it comes to phones. Some want a powerful GPU to play games, some want dedicated Audio chips for great sound, some want a bigger batter, some want a better camera. There is no right or wrong answers.

    • Sbz
      January 18, 2016

      Yeah, I get all that. My point was that I find it incomprehensible when a new phone comes out, the first comments are ALWAYS (99,9% of the time) about the camera, hence the “misplaced priority” statement. Wouldn’t it be better if phone makers can invest in making slimmer and longer lasting batteries? Not only will the phones be slim but other features can be packed unto it. But yeah to each is own and the market is huge enough to accommodate all sorts of “priorities”

    • balcobomber25
      January 18, 2016

      You find it incomprehensible because you don’t care about a camera, most here do. For many of us that is one of the top priorities, and for phone makers themselves it is one of the most requested features in new phones.

      Most phone makers don’t make batteries, the ones that do (LG, Sony, Samsung) have a completely separate entity that has nothing to do with their mobile division that works on batteries.

    • Sbz
      January 19, 2016

      FYI, I care about camera but I’m of the opinion (emphasis on MY opinion) that it shouldn’t be a top priority on a phone. Besides, I’m yet to see a phone that take amazing pictures..most are cool when viewing from your phone, put it a a big screen and most are just drab. Phone “makers” (save the Samsungs and Huawes of this world) don’t make batteries, neither do they make the processors or any other part for that matter. Give me a slim phone with lasting battery and I’m good.

    • balcobomber25
      January 19, 2016

      There are several which take amazing photos (for a camera phone) including the Vivo Xshot, Gionee E7, Xperia Z series and LG G4.

      Samsung, LG and Sony all make batteries, ram, nand, displays and cameras. Samsung and Huawei make processors. So some do make their own parts but most don’t, and it’s usually run as a separate entity than the phone maker.

  37. Sbz
    January 12, 2016

    Was impressed by the Jiayu S3 Advanced until it was stolen and just before I sold it. I might want to try another Jiayu in the future. Cant say yet.

  38. Steven Fox
    January 12, 2016

    I contacted Jiayu.de again yesterday and they said that there will be three new phones.
    Jiayu 5.0, Jiayu 6.0 and Jiayu S4.
    Here’s the tricky part, they confirmed that 5.0 and 6.0 will be entry level devices(rocking the 6735 for 5.0 and 6753 for 6.0 respectively), but the S4 is most likely going to be a P10 flagship, but don’t have confirmation from China.
    So, we are looking at an entirely new lineup here.

  39. Vlada
    January 12, 2016

    The S4 was supposed to be a 4,7″ high-end phone. We already heave tens of low or mid range 5″ phones. This is a full market.

    If JiaYu wants to succeed they need to release what S4 was supposed to be. A 4,5″-4.7″ phone with high-end specifications – at least Helio X10, 3GB RAM, 16 or 21 MPx high quality camera, metal chassis, removable at least 2500 mAh battery and overall good parameters. How many sub 5″ high-end phones are there in the market? There is exactly one. There is very high demand for such phones and absolutely no competition. This is their only chance to get back into the business.

    • balcobomber25
      January 12, 2016

      Can you really notice a difference between 4.7 and 5 inch phones? Look at the iPhone 6 (4.7) and Xiaomi Mi 4 (5) the dimensions are almost identical:

      Iphone 6 – 138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm
      Xiaomi Mi4 – 139.2 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm

    • Vlada
      January 13, 2016

      It is minor difference in display size, but I can not comfortably use 5″ phone in one hand. I can do it with 4.7″. Of course not an iPhone, which has huge bezels.

      This is the size of 4.6″ Xperia Z5 Compact: 127 x 65 x 8.9 mm and 4.5″ Jiayu G5s (which I had): 130*63.5*7.9mm. The 1cm really makes the difference, where I can comfortably reach up to the top of the phone.

    • balcobomber25
      January 13, 2016

      Must have really small hands.

    • Vlada
      January 13, 2016

      I would say my hands are slightly below average size in my country. I can not reach more then one octave on a piano and more then 4 frets on a guitar. But I wouldn’t say I have very small hands.

      It is interesting that in Asia where people are generally smaller and have smaller hands customers want really big phones but in Europe (I have no idea about US) people want smaller phones.

      I believe the reason is that if you have really small hands, you can not comfortably use any phone above 4″ in one hand. And 4″ is a really small screen. And once you can not use your phone one-handed, then it doesn’t matter anymore how big the phone is.

      European people can still use 4,5″-5.2″ phones in one hand, so they don’t want bigger phones then this.

    • balcobomber25
      January 13, 2016

      Asia the demand is for bigger phones. Asia is the one who started this current trend of phones being 5.5+ inches. Another interesting thing is cars, in Asia the demand for bigger cars has never been higher (Buick is one of the top selling cars in China) whereas in Europe the demand is for smaller city cars.

      My hands aren’t huge but I have no issues using a 5 inch phone comfortably. In fact I would say it is the perfect size, not too big and not too small. I prefer 5.5 though because it is much better for content (videos, games etc).

    • Vlada
      January 13, 2016

      I don’t watch videos on my phone and I only play sometimes some simple games, so 4,5″ would be enough for me. Now I purchased a 5,5″ phone and maybe I get used to it.

      It is up to the preferences of every user. Unfortunately the possibility to get a good phone below 5″ does not exist.

      I don’t understand why there are only a few phone tuples where you can choose different display sizes and the rest of specifications remain the same. I only know iPhone, Sony Z, Zopo Speed 7 and that is probably all.

      You have definitely more options when buying cars. There are hundreds of different models, sizes, engines, designs and you can combine them. People in EU get small cars mainly because of parking in big cities. But the demand for big cars is also increasing. But you won’t meet here many huge American cars like those different pick-ups, Lincolns, Buicks, Cadillacs etc.

    • balcobomber25
      January 13, 2016

      It’s basic supply and demand. The demand for phones above 4.7 inches is a lot higher than the demand for smaller phones. Some exist to fill the niche market that smaller phones is, but most consumers are watching videos and playing games on their devices and want a bigger display for that.

    • Vlada
      January 14, 2016

      I’ve recently seen a survey where people were asked what would be the ideal size of phone. Only 40% wanted phones bigger then 5″ and 30% wanted phones smaller then 5″. And 30% is a huge market.

    • Steven Fox
      January 14, 2016

      Yes, manufacturers have matured quite a bit, and now 5.5 inch devices don’t seem too big, because of 2.5D curves and much better screen/body ratio.
      There is no longer need for 4.5 devices, when they can make a 5 inch device feel like a 4.5(no side bezels and really small upper and bottom ones).
      So, in the end you are getting that 4.5-4.7 feel, but from a 5 inch device.
      For instance I have a Honor 6, which is 4.9 and it looks and handles smaller than my friend’s Iphone 5.

    • balcobomber25
      January 14, 2016

      I used to think it would be impossible going from 5 to a 5.5 inch phone, they used to look huge to me. It took about a day to get used to it and now I don’t think I could go back to 5.

    • balcobomber25
      January 14, 2016

      When was the survey conducted? Who were they surveying? Was it Android specific or did it include Apple consumers? Most Apple consumers have never used a phone bigger than 4.7 so they are more likely to say a smaller phone is the deal size. For instance Piper Jaffray did a survey of iPhone users, 31% felt 4.7 was the ideal size, 27% preferred 5.5 and the rest were divided up among various sizes smaller. That 27% didn’t exist before the 6 Plus, the number who wanted bigger would have been much smaller because they had no option for a bigger phone. Next year if this survey is conducted the 5.5 number will grow considerably as more people realize that 5.5 isn’t as big as they once feared and when they see how much more they can do on a larger screen.

      An analytical firm actually did a detailed report of preferred smartphone sizes for the US and UK markets and they found that 5.3 was the ideal size and that Android users preferred bigger phones compared to Apple users. Again this is based on the users actual experience.

    • Vlada
      January 15, 2016

      The survey was done a couple month ago. It was a poll on the biggest web about phones in Czech Republic. So it was among readers who care about phones, technology and probably use new phones. There are also only a few iPhone users here.

      I also read about the survey in UK. I was surprised with the 5.3″ size which doesn’t exist AFAIK. There are phones with 5.1″, 5.2″ and 5,4″. But I can not think of any 5.3″ phone.

    • balcobomber25
      January 15, 2016

      So the survey was limited to just one country? That’s all you can infer from that study is people in the Czech Republic may like smaller phones. It doesn’t really represent the larger landscape of phones.

      I think the 5.3 was more of an average.

    • Steven Fox
      January 15, 2016

      Most people are like that, because they imagine the 5.5 like the 60 inch TV of the smartphone, but it`s a really small step and if the manufacturer is smart the actual size difference will be 0.2 rather than 0.5(smaller top and bottom bezels).
      There are cases like the Zenfone 2 for instance where a 5.5 device feels actually like a 6.2 one(terrible screen to body ratio).

    • balcobomber25
      January 15, 2016

      Yea my sister iPhone 6 has a case that makes it bigger than my 5.5 inch phone in a normal size case. But yet she says she could never use the 6 Plus because it’s too big in her hand.

      We recently did a PR even at a mall for Windows Phone, and I would show people the 640 and 640 XL (which we were practically giving away for $20). At first most people said they could never use the XL, it was too massive. But once they held it and played around with it, and more importantly watched videos on it, they walked away with it.

    • Steven Fox
      January 16, 2016

      Yes, becasue at the same price bigger means more, and why won’t you get more for the same price? 🙂

  40. balcobomber25
    January 12, 2016

    I had a lot of promise for this brand after the excellent S3, but since then it has been a sinking ship at Jiayu. These are 2013 phones with an updated SoC, that itself is a year old. Unless these are meant to be $75 phones, they are a disgrace to what was once a great name in this industry. Seems several brands have died this year: THL, iNew, iOcean and now Jiayu.

  41. Steven Fox
    January 12, 2016

    I contacted Jiayu.de again yesterday and they said that there will be three new phones.
    Jiayu 5.0, Jiayu 6.0 and Jiayu S4.
    Here’s the tricky part, they confirmed that 5.0 and 6.0 will be entry level devices(rocking the 6735 for 5.0 and 6753 for 6.0 respectively), but the S4 is most likely going to be a P10 flagship, but don’t have confirmation from China.
    So, we are looking at an entirely new lineup here.

  42. balcobomber25
    January 12, 2016

    I had a lot of promise for this brand after the excellent S3, but since then it has been a sinking ship at Jiayu. These are 2013 phones with an updated SoC, that itself is a year old. Unless these are meant to be $75 phones, they are a disgrace to what was once a great name in this industry. Seems several brands have died this year: THL, iNew, iOcean and now Jiayu.

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  44. Jonathan Dradford
    January 21, 2016

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