• My iNew V8 review - Oppo1 Clone


    Lately, Iíve been trying to check out as many phones in the under $200 segment which as many strong entries like the Alcatel OneTouch Pop Icon, Blu Studio 5.0C HD, ZTE Grand X, Nokia Lumia 635 and of course, the now venerable Moto X (8GB HSPA version). Then, thereís the under $400 segment which is basically owned by the Google Nexus 5.

    But what if youíre trying to spend between 200 and 300? What choices are there? For some reason, there arenít a lot of choices here. Off the top of my head, the only offerings I can think of are the LTE version of the Moto G for $250 unlocked, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ and the new Moto G which isnít released in Canada yet.

    Fortunately, if we expand our field of view we can consider phones not normally sold here. GearBest was kind enough to send me the iNew V8, a phone that sells for $219 USD. They also gave me a coupon to share that brings the price down to $195.99. The code is:

    GBV8LM

    With the coupon and after currency conversion, import taxes and brokerage fees, the V8 works out to around $260 CDN.

    Never heard of the iNew company? Donít worry, neither have but I will say, their phones never get old (sorry I couldnít resist).
    What about the Moto G LTE?



    The regular ďoldĒ Moto G which came out last year can now be picked up for around $110 CDN when it goes on sale. The Moto G LTE adds LTE and a MicroSD for $140 more. LTE is a great feature as is a MicroSD slot but the thing is, $140 is a bit steep.



    Letís not forget that the Moto G LTE comes with a 4.5Ē screen which these days, is a bit undersized.

    While the V8 doesnít come with LTE and chances are, it probably wonít receive updates as frequently as the Moto G. The Moto G also makes a superior phone in that it has a louder earpiece and speakerphone and superior RF performance

    In benchmarks, their browser scores are pretty close. While in gaming benchmarks, the V8 takes a small lead.

    Other then that, you get a bigger screen, a higher resolution camera, double the RAM (2GB), double the storage (8 vs 16GB).

    If you donít talk on the phone much, you should take a look at the V8, the bigger screen and extra RAM can really make a big difference.

    What about the Alcatel One Touch Idol X+?



    Both phones are pretty close. The Idol X+ has a higher resolution screen and 2 more processor cores which are clocked at 2Ghz instead of just 1.5Ghz on the V8. Both have 13 megapixel cameras, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage.



    The Idol X+ costs a couple of bucks and for what it costs, youíre better off getting a Google Nexus 5. In that sense, if youíre price sensitive, then the V8 is a better bet.

    Specs:

    Letís see what you get:
    • 5.5Ē 1280x720 IPS display
    • 2GB RAM
    • 16GB Storage
    • MediaTek MTK6591T 6-core SoC
    • Rotating, 13 megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED
    • 156x77x6.8mm
    • 166g


    Body:

    If the V8 looks familiar that's because it appears to be a knock-off of the OPPO N1.



    The back has a low gloss clear coat on it. Itís slightly smooth to the touch and feels interesting. On the sides are a nice mix of chrome and white. Overall, itís a good looking phone.



    At the top of the phone is the rotating camera.



    Thereís a bit of resistance when you move it from its default backwards facing position.



    Other then that, it's smooth and quiet when you turn it.



    On the back is a trackpad. To use it you have to first make sure the back is firmly attached. I mention this because pushing down all the attachments on the sides is not enough. Thereís one more snap right below the camera that I didnít think to push down. If you donít press it down, the pins that connect the back cover and trackpad to the back of the phone wonít touch.

    The trackpad is a very interesting feature. I remember back in the day most Android phones came with some sort device for navigation like arrow keys, or a trackball. Some even had trackpads located on the back.

    Itís used mostly for scrolling - I guess the advantage is that you can scroll webpages without having to cover the screen. In theory, thatís a nice option but in practice, I found that the trackpad just gets into the way. If you do use it, the included case comes with cutouts for it..

    Fortunately, there are quite a few different options you can enable including turning it off completely.

    The only real complaint I have about the V8 is that the buttons on the sides donít really have any feedback to them and they donít stick out enough.

    Included is a smoked plastic case.

    The trackpad is on the back (look carefully):


    MicroUSB and headphone jack, microphone on the bottom:


    Rotating camera module/earpiece on the top:


    Power and volume buttons on the right:


    Nothing to see on the left:


    Mini SIM, Micro SIM, MicroSD, 2400mAh battery.


    Display:

    1280x720 on a 5.5Ē screen yields a pixel density of 270ppi. Donít forget that the V8 has a fairly large 5.5Ē screen. We tend to hold larger phones further away so most of the time, the V8ís screen is pretty sharp.

    When I use the V8, I do see that text can be jagged sometimes but usually, itís not something that really bothers me.

    Whatís more important is how nice screen looks, how well it performs when youíre not looking at it straight on and if itís still usable when youíre outdoors.

    While the V8 has an IPS screen, its viewing angles, black levels and colours are more typical of what youíll find on a $300 phone rather than a flagship. That is to say, the screen is probably good enough to please most users - no surprises there.

    The only problem with the display is that it's not that bright, even when that setting is maxed out. Itís bright enough for indoors but outdoors, it can get overpowered by the sun.

    Out of the box, the screen comes with a screen protector already applied.

    Camera:

    The most interesting thing about the V8 is its rotating camera. This feature used to be some what common before we all started using smartphones. I used to have an old Samsung flip phone (back when all their phones were silver) that had this.

    What is the point of a rotating camera? Typically phones have 2 cameras; the rear facing camera is usually optimized for a wide variety of shooting conditions and usually has higher image quality. The front facing one is meant more for low lighting and selfies and is almost always lower resolution.

    With a rotating camera you can use the same camera on the back as your front facing camera to take higher quality selifes.

    The idea is solid and the specs are good; 13 megapixel, f/2 lens, dual LED flash, similar to an Android flagship.

    While the specs are similar, you definitely wonít confuse the cameraís performance with a flagship. Itís not to say that the camera is terrible but with a $260 phone you have to manage your expectations.

    The lens is a bit soft. The sensor isnít that sensitive so youíll have to hold the camera very still and take multiple shots in doors. It focuses fairly quickly.

    Itís not as good as a 13MP camera that youíll find on a $700 phone but itís pretty decent for a $260 phone. Itís definitely better than the cameras on the Moto G LTE and the Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+.

    Video doesnít look great and the microphone picks up a lot of handling noise.

    Software:

    You get Android 4.4.2 with a custom launcher that mostly looks like the stock Android one. The only real difference is that the lock screen is changed.

    By default, the V8 doesnít come with all the usual Google bloatware like other Android phones. I forgot to write down what it comes with by default but I had to run out and install YouTube.

    One thing you do get out of the box is the Google Play store so you can pick and choose what goes on the V8.

    Performance:

    Under the hood of the V8 is a hexa-core Mediatek MT6591T. With a name like V8, the octa-core Mediatek MT6592 would be more appropriate.

    The MT6591T does well compared to a Snapdragon 400 in browser benchmarks:


    Itís also decent when it comes to gaming:


    Hereís the Antutu score:


    The V8 is actually configured with 2 internal memory cards; Internal device storage which is just over 1GB in size and Phone storage (around 12.29GB available). Even though the V8 runs Android 4.4, you can tell it to install apps in one or the other or just let it decide.

    Even though you can tell apps to install into the phone storage by default, some apps donít like this. If you install a lot of apps onto the V8, thereís a good chance you might run out of space.

    You can also add a MicroSD.

    As a Phone:

    Sound quality is quite clean but part of that is due to the fact that the maximum earpiece volume is quite low.

    The speakerphone is also very quiet. If you make a lot of calls, you should skip the V8.

    RF performance is average.

    Behind the battery cover are two slots for SIM cards, a regular sized one for a (mini) SIM card and a Micro SIM slot.

    Included is a 2400mAh battery. While the 5.5Ē screen is pretty big, itís not that bright so the 2400mAh battery should last the day for most.

    Media Capabilities:

    The built-in speaker is not very loud and it has a fairly narrow range.

    The headphone amp sounds is powerful and sounds good.

    Thereís room for a MicroSD card.

    Connectivity:

    I was a bit surprised that the V8 comes with both support for dual-band WiFI (so you also get 5Ghz) and NFC.

    5Ghz WiFi is usually something reserved for fancier devices so itís nice to see that iNew snuck that feature in.

    NFC is another feature thatís not common in the V8ís price bracket. I wonít debate how useful NFC is (itís not terribly useful for most) but having it is better than not having it.

    Since the iNew is meant more for foreign markets and considering the price, itís not that surprising that it doesnít support LTE. It supports HSPA+ on 850/1900/2100. Itís too bad it doesnít support AWS because it would be perfect for Wind/Mobilicity users.

    Conclusion:



    If you want a phone that no one else is going to be carrying around then you should definitely check out the iNew V8. For the price, you get a lot of value.

    Just make sure you can deal with the quiet earpiece.

    Pros:
    • Thin
    • Large display
    • 2GB RAM for under $300
    • 16GB of storage for under $300
    • comes with a screen protector already applied
    • comes with a case


    Cons:
    • Quiet earpiece
    • Screen doesnít work well outdoors
    • Quiet speakerphone
    This article was originally published in forum thread: My iNew V8 review started by howard View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. acurrie's Avatar
      acurrie -
      Hope you checked that this device was certified before you entered your Google password. I don't think it is.

      Apparently the Oppo version is due in about three weeks...
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      China phones are a great alternative to mainstream, mostly overpriced phones. But there are things you need to know first:

      1. As acurrie so dutifully noted above, sometimes they cheat when saying your getting a real Google experience, be careful there.
      2. Support isn't going to be the best. I always try to find a seller from China/Hong Kong that has a storefront/shipping port in the US to help with speedier returns if something goes awry. Otherwise your looking at a few weeks at best for a turnaround.
      3. Quality is hit or miss, but it is getting much better than it used to be so at least they are improving.

      All told, China phones are a great choice, just know what your getting yourself into beforehand

      EDIT:
      I just ordered this one(thanks for the coupon code Howard ). As I'm in the US, it cost me $206.00 with expedited shipping and insurance, a real bargain for what your getting here I will of course do a video review after I use it for a bit.
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      I must say that untill OnePlus and Xiaomi i would never recommend a china mobile to anyone! I bought and actually sold china phones on eBay for 6 years. And i must say you pay for what you get. but when Xiaomi and then Oneplus came out and brought phones that were built in china but yet with hardware that is well known like Qualcomm,Sony,Etc. then i decided to try one and am the happy owner of a OnePlus One and my son just got his OnePlus the day before yesterday. But i am still not comfortable buying china mobile phones that use Chinese hardware.
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      Quote Originally Posted by ijcy View Post
      I must say that untill OnePlus and Xiaomi i would never recommend a china mobile to anyone! I bought and actually sold china phones on eBay for 6 years. And i must say you pay for what you get. but when Xiaomi and then Oneplus came out and brought phones that were built in china but yet with hardware that is well known like Qualcomm,Sony,Etc. then i decided to try one and am the happy owner of a OnePlus One and my son just got his OnePlus the day before yesterday. But i am still not comfortable buying china mobile phones that use Chinese hardware.
      I really hate to tell you this....but where do you think that Sony etc. get most if not all of their hardware from? China is the biggest hub in the world for electronics manufacturing(google: Shenzhen). Most everything used in today's electronics, from phones to tablets(Apple, HTC, Samsung---all of them really) source and even have their stuff built(Foxconn, etc.) in China. So when you say "Chinese hardware" like it's a bad thing, most everything you are using right this very minute, no matter the cost, is made with said hardware already. Even chip manufacturers like MediaTek are stepping up their game big time. Their latest chipsets are pretty darn amazing for the price they charge for it.

      The real problem with China, and it's really improving rapidly(thankfully), is that they, for their market mostly, are geared towards making stuff fast and cheap. But even with that mentality companies like OnePlus and Xiaomi(among others)have emerged that are upping the bar for what China can actually do. Very soon it will be the norm there that higher quality means higher profits, even in their home market. And all of us will benefit from this not just them
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      Quote Originally Posted by dragon2knight View Post
      I really hate to tell you this....but where do you think that Sony etc. get most if not all of their hardware from? China is the biggest hub in the world for electronics manufacturing(google: Shenzhen). Most everything used in today's electronics, from phones to tablets(Apple, HTC, Samsung---all of them really) source and even have their stuff built(Foxconn, etc.) in China. So when you say "Chinese hardware" like it's a bad thing, most everything you are using right this very minute, no matter the cost, is made with said hardware already. Even chip manufacturers like MediaTek are stepping up their game big time. Their latest chipsets are pretty darn amazing for the price they charge for it.

      The real problem with China, and it's really improving rapidly(thankfully), is that they, for their market mostly, are geared towards making stuff fast and cheap. But even with that mentality companies like OnePlus and Xiaomi(among others)have emerged that are upping the bar for what China can actually do. Very soon it will be the norm there that higher quality means higher profits, even in their home market. And all of us will benefit from this not just them
      Thank you for telling a 10+ year active member of these and other tech forums what i already knew!
      You do realize that all of these brands have something called QC right? Even mediatek does today. But if you are speaking of $100-200- dhgate.com, ebay.com, aliexpress.com no name brand Chinese phones i can tell you these do not have QC and are usually pretty unreliable. and as i said i sold Chinese phones for 6 years as a business so i know the quality they had or didn't. And this is the difference between xiaomi,Meizu,Oneplus,Gionee, and the other pretty much unknown names or clones made to look 1:1 as others.
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      Quote Originally Posted by ijcy View Post
      Thank you for telling a 10+ year active member of these and other tech forums what i already knew!
      You do realize that all of these brands have something called QC right? Even mediatek does today. But if you are speaking of $100-200- dhgate.com, ebay.com, aliexpress.com no name brand Chinese phones i can tell you these do not have QC and are usually pretty unreliable. and as i said i sold Chinese phones for 6 years as a business so i know the quality they had or didn't. And this is the difference between xiaomi,Meizu,Oneplus,Gionee, and the other pretty much unknown names or clones made to look 1:1 as others.
      Actually, you gave up on the Chinese phone market just as it's getting good. Their QC you claim they don't have is much, much better than even 6 months ago. I work with companies located in China, since 2006, so please stop acting like your the only one with experience selling/using/reviewing Chinese products....there are many of us who use their products every single day, both for hobby and for profit. Maybe you should give them a try again, you'd be really surprised, just like many skeptical folks out there, to see just how far China has come in so short a time, especially with phones. No one is telling you to buy a $200.00 phone, either, a $99.00 phone off sites like Gearbest as mentioned in this review are a great place to start. Try companies like Doogee, THL, iNew(just avoid their V3, not so good that one) and Landvo(see my review of their L200G here: http://www.howardforums.com/content....t-Video-Review ).

      Lots of good coming from China these days, don't let the past dictate what's available now, you will regret that I'm sure
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      Quote Originally Posted by dragon2knight View Post
      Actually, you gave up on the Chinese phone market just as it's getting good. Their QC you claim they don't have is much, much better than even 6 months ago. I work with companies located in China, since 2006, so please stop acting like your the only one with experience selling/using/reviewing Chinese products....there are many of us who use their products every single day, both for hobby and for profit. Maybe you should give them a try again, you'd be really surprised, just like many skeptical folks out there, to see just how far China has come in so short a time, especially with phones. No one is telling you to buy a $200.00 phone, either, a $99.00 phone off sites like Gearbest as mentioned in this review are a great place to start. Try companies like Doogee, THL, iNew(just avoid their V3, not so good that one) and Landvo(see my review of their L200G here: http://www.howardforums.com/content....t-Video-Review ).

      Lots of good coming from China these days, don't let the past dictate what's available now, you will regret that I'm sure
      You do realize i am using a OnePlus One right? I am not saying thart Chinese product isn't good, i am saying that he lower in price you go the lower the quality. Of course it is better then it was! Back home they import cars from china now that are pretty good. Chine revived the MG brand and just purchased the Fisker brand, I really think you misunderstood what i said, i love and appreciate all the new good products coming out of china, it just seems that there are still products that i wouldn't buy from there.
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      Quote Originally Posted by ijcy View Post
      You do realize i am using a OnePlus One right? I am not saying thart Chinese product isn't good, i am saying that he lower in price you go the lower the quality. Of course it is better then it was! Back home they import cars from china now that are pretty good. Chine revived the MG brand and just purchased the Fisker brand, I really think you misunderstood what i said, i love and appreciate all the new good products coming out of china, it just seems that there are still products that i wouldn't buy from there.
      Gotcha. I honestly thought you had given up on them entirely, didn't realize you didn't, sorry. Of course the lower you go the worse it gets....sometimes. There are companies in China, like the ones I mentioned above, that are bucking that trend, hard. It's blowing my mind what is coming from them for under or just over $100.00, and this all started up about 6-8 months ago. honestly, take a look at those brands and google some of the reviews on their products and see what I mean. They aren't perfect for sure, but most of their product lineup is simply incredible for the price. I'll post more reviews on here on some of them as time goes on.
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      Quote Originally Posted by dragon2knight View Post
      Gotcha. I honestly thought you had given up on them entirely, didn't realize you didn't, sorry. Of course the lower you go the worse it gets....sometimes. There are companies in China, like the ones I mentioned above, that are bucking that trend, hard. It's blowing my mind what is coming from them for under or just over $100.00, and this all started up about 6-8 months ago. honestly, take a look at those brands and google some of the reviews on their products and see what I mean. They aren't perfect for sure, but most of their product lineup is simply incredible for the price. I'll post more reviews on here on some of them as time goes on.
      Thanks for reviewing and bringing new products to our attention.
    1. momo77998's Avatar
      momo77998 -
      excellent write up. Looks exactly like Oppo N1, think of getting one
    1. krystal07's Avatar
      krystal07 -
      Well written article and a good product.