• Operating System: Android 8.1
  • System on Chip: MediaTek MT6750
  • Memory: 3GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Display: 5.99-inch IPS
  • Camera: 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel (Rear) / 8-megapixel (Front)
  • Battery: 3,060 mAh
  • Dimensions: 159.4x76.3x7.8 mm
  • Weight: 168g
  • Pros:
  • Price
  • Smart WLAN App
  • Cons:
  • Bottom firing speakers

Bring On The X9

The Neffos X9 is one of the latest phones from the brand that is under the TP-Link umbrella, so it is no surprise that it comes with some advantages when it comes to connectivity. We managed to grab a device from Neffos to test, and were quite impressed with what it offers for the price.

]Along with the barrage of budget devices in the market right now, Neffos is trying to net themselves a piece of the pie by pricing the X9 in this segment. It is powered with a slightly older processor in the MT6750 with 3GB of RAM. When we tested the device with PUBG Mobile, it automatically detected the settings to Low. Even then it did slightly stutter a little, but otherwise still playable. Nevertheless, if you are not looking to game heavily, then this device should suffice and fill up most basic needs that you’ll require in a mobile phone.

A good feature present on the phone is with its Smart WLAN app. It allows the phone to act as a Wi-Fi extender for your other devices. Enabling the feature will then allow you to connect your other devices to the phone and have more Wi-Fi coverage around the house. While this is an excellent features to negate some of the Wi-Fi deadzones at home for emergencies or so on, it won’t be practical if you only have one device to use. Nevertheless, a neat feature that we would like to see in more phones.

Speaking of features, the X9 does come with a dual rear camera setup that allows you to take portrait pictures with blurred background effects. Pictures come out pretty decently for a budget device, but the front camera is slightly too bright to our liking. But it does have auto beautify on for your selfies, so you can take selfies with confidence without worrying about blemishes and so on. And speaking of front camera, you can unlock the device with facial recognition, and it is pretty zippy.

The speakers of the phone are bottom firing. This means that if you are using it in landscape mode, the sound might be blocked by your hand. Luckily, there’s a headphone jack at the top of the phone that will alleviate this issue. And speaking of issues, the phone does run on and Android 8.1-based NFUI 8.0, which come with some additional software such as Clean Master that can’t be removed.

Overall, it handles itself well enough for a device with its price. It’s capable of taking decent shots and do some light gaming, as long as you do not mind some slight stutters. Multi-tasking and daily tasks on the 3,060mAh battery is doable and will last you day.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A doable budget phone that can be used to tackle most of what you need for a mobile phone, accompanied with a big display, a decent battery life and additional connectivity features that will make your life easier.

(previously published in issue September 2018)