• Operating System: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Processor: 1.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • Frequency: HSDPA 2100/900, EDGE, GPRS, GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Screen: 5.0-inch HD (1,280 x 720) LCD
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB2.0, 3.5mm Stereo
  • Others: 13-Megapixel Rear Camera, 5-Megapixel Front Camera, Dual-SIM
  • Dimensions: 144.5 x 73 x 9.0mm
  • Weight: 158g
  • Pros:
  • Great price for performance ratio
  • Comes with a whole host of goodies
  • Cons:
  • None
  • Benchmark Results
  • Antutu: 13,565 points
  • 3DMark (Ice Storm): 3,174 points

It Comes In A Box Of Joy

We’ve reviewed quite a number of Ninetology smartphones in our previous issues, and the general consensus is that they’re all a pretty good bargain considering their performance. The company hasn’t just stopped there of course, and have sent us yet another phone to play around with in the form of the Ninetology U9Z1+.

The U9Z1+ features a five-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels and is reinforced by a Gorilla Glass 2 screen. Powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, the Z1+ runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and comes with 16GB of storage space built in, which can be expanded up to 32GB with a microSD card. As with all Ninetology phones, the Z1+ also comes with a dual-sim feature, which allows you to use two numbers with one phone.

The build quality of the Z1+ is a bit of a mixed bag, as while the components are housed in an aluminium chassis, the rest of the build, save for the bezel is made of plastic. Thanks to the aluminium chassis, the phone does have a slightly weighty feel to it, which we do prefer in our phones, as light isn’t always best.

Thanks to the 1.2GHz quad-core processor, the Z1+ performs exceptionally well in most of the tasks that we throw at it, with little to no lag except when it came to CPU and GPU intensive apps such as GPS apps like Google Maps. Although, the phone has a tendency to heat up fairly quickly when we have these kinds of apps open, so you may want to keep that in mind.

Battery life is also not one of the Z1+’s strong suits as at only 2,000mAH, it runs out of battery around the 8-10 hour mark from a full charge even with moderate usage with only Wi-Fi turned on. That being said, Ninetology seemed to have known about this issue and has bundled in a 4,200mAh power bank and a USB travel charger inside the box the Z1+ comes in to help users get more out of their phone.

CHIP CONCLUDE: For the price that the Ninetology U9Z1+ is being offered for, its performance, features and the extras that come with the phone, makes it a very attractive deal especially for those looking to get a smartphone without burning a hole in their wallet.

(previously published in issue December 2013)

Ninetology U9Z1+