Newman N1 Review: 4.3-inch qHD Dual Core Android with 1GB RAM

Here’s our review of the Newman N1. It has been popular a popular Chinese Android phone and it was being a choice of selection between the famous JiaYu G3 because it is readily available, cheaper and also with decent specs. It is also called as the Newsmy Newman N1. It is a 4.3-inch dual core Android phone, that boasts a qHD display, really good 8MP camera, and whooping 1GB of RAM.

Unboxing the Newman N1

Newman N1 box

Newman N1 box

The Newman N1 comes packed in a long and sturdy white box. Nothing much fancy with the box, the presentation is clean. You can see on the main surfaces of the box are the printed views of the Newman N1 in different point-of-views.

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The package contains the Newman N1 unit, its battery, usb data/charging cable, a 1A charger, a jelly case, a screen protector and some sort of Chinese papers (user’s manual and warranty cards). I wonder why it doesnt have an earphone set on the box, well lets jump on the next part of this review.

Newman N1 unboxing

Newman N1 unboxing

The Newman N1 charger is rated at 5.0VDC/1000mAh. The 1A rating makes charging really fast. It is good that its the native charger of the N1, thus we can say that it is fully compatible on the device.

Design and Construction

Newman N1 hands-on

Newman N1 hands-on

The Newman N1 showcases a 4.3-inch display screen, housed in a body with compact rounded edges body. It has the 4 soft-toouch Android buttons on front, the VGA camera on top along with the sensors, in-ear call speaker, and the LED light.

Newman N1 side

Newman N1 side

I do not know how to explain it but the Newman N1 feels a little smaller when compared to my ZOPO ZP100, while in the first place they do have the same screen size. The Newman N1 feels thinner, and the grip is really comfortable.

Newman N1 top

Newman N1 top

On the sides you can find the volume rocker and the micro-usb slot, nothing on the other side except for the notch hole for flipping the back cover out. On bottom there is the mic hole, on top is the power button and the 3.5mm headphone jack resides.

Newman N1 back

Newman N1 back

On the back of the Newman N1, there is the really good 8.0 megapixels camera lens, along with the LED flash. The Newman logo is also printed on the back, and lastly a u-shaped speaker grill is on parallel with that. The back is made with semi-rubber material, doesnt magnets fingerprint much but if your hand perspires most of the time, you’ll get marks of it on this surface.

Hardware and Software

The Newman N1 is said to have a Gorilla Glass display, but I have no guts to test that on this unit as this one isnt mine to slice. But as per searching videos online, you can already see lots of scratch and slice test  videos to prove this.

Newman N1 - Gorilla glass?

Newman N1 – Gorilla glass?

The 4.3 inches screen of the Newman N1 has 960×540 pixels in resolution, considered qHD and has 256ppi in pixels density. The screen is really good, it outputs vivid and crisp display; the screen quality is really great. The screen is also an IPS screen, so any viewing angle is good. It supports up to 5-point multitouch as well.

Newman N1

Newman N1

The Newman N1 sports a dual-core MT6577 processor clocked at 1GHz. Its a really good performing SoC. The overall experience with the Newman N1 is great, it doesnt lags, everything is swift and smooth. The 1GB of RAM also played a useful role in terms of multi-tasking and running heavy apps or games.

Newman N1

Newman N1

The Newman N1 runs on  Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwhich. There are already some other ROMs for the Newman N1, I am just unsure if Newman will be ever releasing an official JellyBean update for this unit. It comes with some pre-installed apps but can easily be uninstalled or disabled. It has a usable 2.5GB of internal storage memory which is divided in two; one 2GB and one .5GB –that is still expandable with SD cards of up to 32GB.

Camera

Here’s some sample shots on the 8MP camera of the Newman N1 with the stock ROM running on the device.

Its quite confusing that some online sites selling this device list it with a 2MP front shooter. As per my inspection on the device, it is just a 1.3 megapixels cam. Though that wont really make a much difference. Here’s a sample panoramic photo taken from the Newman N1, its a 180 degree view.

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For originals of these sample photos, you can download it from this link.

Music/Audio/Call Quality

Honestly, I really dont know why this device I got doesnt have earphones out of the box. You might want to ask the seller wether they have earphones in package if you are planning to get this phone.

On native speaker, playing multimedia files (mp3 or videos) with right quality, really sounds good as expected. The sound is whole, crisp and loud enough. Not any sign of weak sound hardware. On calls, I have no problems hearing who’s talking on the other line, so as vice versa.

Gaming

With the dual core MT6577 chip + PowerVR SGX531 GPU + 1GB of RAM combination, no doubt this device handles your gaming needs flawlessly. Be it on HD gaming, or just some casual 3D gaming; the Newman N1 delivers on what pleases the user. The display is really good as well, which is a plus factor. Using this phone as a gaming device seems perfect to pass time as for me, while some might feel the 4.3-inch screen seems a bit small for gaming.

I think it all boils down to preference, but I can clearly say that with the hardware that the Newman N1 packs, its a very much capable gaming phone. I had included the gaming tests clip on the video on this post so you can see.

Battery

The Newman N1 has 1700mAh battery, which charges really fast on its 1A stock charger but doesnt drains fast depending on usage. On my actual daily usage of this device, it managed to last for more than a day on me. Daily activities was frequent SMS and checking online stuff via wifi or 3G, few calls, gaming and multimedia entertainments. If you’ll about to say that the 1700mAh is too small, I fear you’re not always that right.

Newman N1 Specs

Newman N1 Specs

Newman N1 Specs

Here’s a round-up of the Newman N1 specifications and features:

CPU MT6577 Dual Core 1.0GHz
GPU: PowerVR SGX531 Ultra
OS Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)
Memory RAM: 1GB / ROM: 4GB
Micro SD Memory Card (TF-Card), MAX support 32GB
Size 127.5 × 65 × 9.8 mm
Weight 130 g
Screen 4.3 inch IPS Capacitive Multi-touch Screen
qHD resolution (960 x 540 pixels)
16 million colors
Network Dual SIM, dual standby GSM/WCDMA
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
Color Black, White, Red
GPS Built In GPS & A-GPS
Connection Bluetooth 2.0,A2DP Bluetooth Stereo
Wi-Fi : IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
micro USB 2.0
Camera Dual Camera
Back 8.0 megapixel with Auto Focus and LED Flash
Front 1.3 megapixel
Supports recording of video 720p (1280 × 720 pixels, 30 frames/sec) with sound
Sensor Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor
Radio FM
Video AVI , MP4 , FLV , 3GP , MOV , ASF , MPEG , RMVB , etc.
Audio MP3 , AAC , WAV , etc. / 3.5 mm Audio Jack
Special functions Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor, FM Radio, Wifi, GPS, Multi-touch Capacitive Screen, Dual SIM, Schedule Power On/Off
Battery and Accessories – Li-ion battery 1700 mAh
– USB Cable
– Charger

Newman N1 Benchmark Scores

Newman N1

Newman N1

The Newman N1 scored impressively on all the benchmark tests I’ve done. No wonder it does due to its really good build quality and everything inside its package.

Here’s some of our bencmark test results:

Newman N1 AnTuTu

Newman N1 AnTuTu

Scoring 6.5K points on AnTuTu, the Newman N1 surpasses the LG Optimus 2X and the Amazon Kindle Fire on rankings. It just falls below the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It is common to these dual-core MediaTek devices to have a score from 5K to 6K. I am also using a low class of SD card here, I think that as well affect the scoring.

Newman N1 NenaMark 2

Newman N1 NenaMark 2

It scored 24fps on Nenamark 2 which I think is not bad at all.

Newman N1 Quadrant

Newman N1 Quadrant

On Quadrant, it scored 2660 points, squeezing itself between the Motorola Atrix 4G and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Newman N1 Vellamo

Newman N1 Vellamo

The Vellamo scores also prove that the Newman N1 isnt left behind by other well known devices.

The Newman N1 already have a community of users over at XDA forum, which is still active in terms of sharing tips and tweaks for the development of the Android device.

Newman N1 Video

Here’s my quick video demonstration of the Newman N1.

Verdict

Here’s what I liked about the Newman N1:

  • strong processor and GPU for gaming.
  • 1GB RAM.
  • display quality.
  • build quality.

While some cons might be:

  • mediocre battery, not for heavy users who plays games or surf all the time.
  • no official JellyBean ready yet.

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Do I recommend the Newman N1? Yes, I do. If only I wasnt so late to be able to get my hands-on with this device. Last year, it was one of the best selling dual-core Android phones. Newman surely made a good job with this and so it made an impression to me that their other products are commendable too.

Pricing and Availability

I think there isnt any store yet that sells the Newman N1 locally here in the Philippines. You can just buy it online, Merimobiles lists it before but now its on stock as it is now the quad-core Newman N2 who’s taking the spotlight.

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