I test TP-Link Neffos X1 Max – metal phablet with 5.5 inch screen. You can buy a phone for 900 zlotys. Is it worth it? TP-Link Neffos X1 Max Review
Neffos X1 Max is the first smartphone from TP-Link, which I have the opportunity to test. In stores you can buy it for 899 gold, and a quick glance at the technical specifications of the phone suggests that this is not an exorbitant amount. However, it is worth remembering that not all the gold that shines. Does phablet have any drawbacks that divert the meaning of its purchase? This question will be answered by our TP-Link Neffos X1 Max . I invite you to read.
Housing and appearance
It has been a long time since only high-end smartphones were made of noble materials. Today, metal and glass can also be found on phones up to 1000 zlotys. For the TP-Link Neffos X1 Max we have a metal body and a Gorilla Glass on the front . These elements are resistant to adversity, because they did not show any scratches throughout the test period. It is a pity that it is so easy to get dirty, especially glass protecting the display. The TP-Link Smartphone is well folded and feels solid, but it is relatively light and slim. This makes it comfortable in the palm of your hand , even though it is not a small phone because it has a 5.5 inch screen surrounded by large frames. LG Q6 is much, much smaller, despite the diagonal display. Partial rehabilitation is the presence of Android function keys under the screen, which we can control. The downside is that they are not backlit. As for the placement of individual components, the TP-Link Neffos X1 Max is quite typical, with one exception being the dedicated phone muting slider that we find at the top of the left. edge. The switch and regulators are located on the right side. If you were looking for a 3.5mm jack connector, you would look at the top edge, and the microUSB connector and multimedia speaker would be located at the bottom of the smartphone. Neffos X1 Max is a well-made smartphone with a nice appearance that should appeal to most potential customers.
The tested smartphone is the largest representative of the Neffos X1 series. The IPS screen is 5.5 inches wide and displays content in Full HD . The sharpness of the image is therefore excellent. For less than 1000 zlotys we will get nothing more, but in my opinion "more" in this case does not mean "better". [Test slug = "battery-screen" virtual = "TEST_JASNOSC_AKU" order = "desc" selected = "22372" type = "single" product_id = "22128,22214, 22192,22162,22138,22140,22008,22000,21800,21470,22228,22260,22288,22352,22372 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Minimum brightness "] [test slug =" Battery-screen "virtual =" TEST_JASNOSC_AKU_MIN "order =" asc "selected =" 22372 "type =" single "product_id =" 22128,22214,22192,22162,22138,22140,22008,22000,21800,21470,22228,22260 , 22288,22352,22372 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] The manufacturer put on a good quality panel. Maximum brightness exceeds 400 cd / m2, so the screen is readable in situations where there is a lot of light on it . It is only a pity that the anti-glare coatings are not the best, so light reflections can be embarrassing in extreme situations. Minimum brightness is 6 cd / m2, so the screen does not blur in darker rooms. Comfort reading under such conditions can be improved by activating the eye protection mode, which eliminates blue light emission. The previously mentioned mode can be useful not only in the dark, but also on a daily basis, as the color temperature is a bit too cold (less than 7800 K), resulting in noticeable white blur. If someone interferes with it, it is enough to move the slider in eye protection mode by two points on a scale so that the whale becomes very close to natural (6500 K). The remaining colors are mapped correctly and they do not lack adequate saturation. The touch panel itself works well and offers support for handling gloves.
The TP-Link Neffos X1 Max offers performance from the MediaTek helio P10 , which I have not contacted for a long time – this unit already has a two-year internship. This does not change the fact that it still looks better on paper than the newer Snapdragon 4xx chips. This is due to the high clocking of the Cortex-A53 cores which reaches 2 GHz. The graphics are Mali-T860MP2, and the whole is complemented by 3GB of RAM. How does this set work in benchmarks? [Antlat-total-6 "type =" single "product_id =" "22214,21718,22154,22002,21966,21968,21772,21752,21844,21422,22228,22062,22260,22288,22352,22372"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "GeekBench Multi "] [Test slug =" geekbench-4 "order =" desc "selected =" 22372 "virtual =" geekbench-4-Multi-Core "type =" single "product_id =" 22214,22154,22002,21966,21968, 21630,21772,21752,21844,22228,22260,22062,22288,22352,22372 "] [/ wptab] [test slug =" pcmark-android "order = "Desc" selected = "22372" virtual = "pcmark-android-work" type = "single" product_id = "22128,22214,22192,22162,22138,22140,22008,22000,21800,22228,22062,22260,22288 "/> [Wptab style =" 4 "title =" 3DMark "] [test slug =" 3dmark "order =" desc "selected =" 22372 "virtual =" 3dmark-ice-storm-unlimited -total "type =" single "product_id =" 22214,21718,22154,22002,21966,21968,21630,21772,21752,21844,21422,22062,22260,22288,22352,22372 "] [ T-Rex "] [test slug =" gfxbench-fps "order =" desc "selected =" 22372 "type =" single "virtual =" t-rex-3 -onscreen "product_id =" 22214,22154,22002,21966,21968,21630,21772,21752,21844,22228,22260,22062,22288,22352,22372 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title = "Manhattan"] [test slug = "gfxbench-fps" order = "desc" selected = "22372" type = "single" virtual = "manhattan-3-onscreen" product_id = "22214,22154,22002,21966,21968, In general, the P10 helio is a sensible layout, and the processor is able to gently outride the 43x Snapdragon (Lenovo K6 Note or Wiko). WIM Lite) and compete as well as with the mid-sized Kirin (Huawei P9 Lite / P9 Lite 2017). Smartphones with the Snapdragon 625, such as the Motorola Moto Z Play, are unfortunately out of reach. Testing with tests, and how does it look in practice? TP-Link Neffos X1 Max is a fast and efficient smartphone that does not irritate, slow down, or cut animation. Programs run at a good pace and run smoothly unless they themselves are too heavy or poorly optimized. During the testing period, I only happened to happen once that YouTube turned off for no apparent reason, but I am able to forgive this one-time freak. In general, the working culture of the smartphone TP-Link does not raise any objections, which helps a large amount of memory. The layout is problematic . Dual-core Mali-T860 can not handle Full HD as well as you might expect, losing even with the Adreno 505. Fortunately, the TP-Link Neffos X1 Max system is able to recognize the requirements of the game and adjust the level of detail to match the gameplay. Most comfortable. But remember that the most demanding games can be embarrassing, and the drops of liquidity irritating. Simple titles are not a big problem, so Sunday players should be happy. At the end of this section, I add that in most situations, the TP-Link Neffos X1 Max does not overheat . In very hot days, when installing programs or playing games like Modern Combat 5, the temperature of the enclosure may get a bit bumpy, but it is the specific conditions in which each smartphone may have similar problems.
The 3000 mAh on a 5.5-inch smartphone is a common, decent value for battery capacity, which usually provides good working time on a single charge. Does the Neffos X1 Max stand out in any way? [Test wrench = "4" title = "normal use"] [test slug = "battery" order = "desc" selected = "22372" virtual = "product_id =" 22128,22214, 22192,22162,22138,22140,22008,22000,21800,22228,22260,22288,22352,22372 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Games "] [test slug =" battery "order "Battery-manhattan-3" type = "single" product_id = "22214,22154,22002,21966,21968,21772,21752,21912,21910,22228,22260,22288, 22352,22372 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Load time "] [test slug =" battery "virtual =" charging-ac "order =" desc "selected =" 22372 "type = Single "product_id =" 22214,22154,22002,21966,21968,21630,21772,21752,2191221910,22228,22260,22288,22352,22372 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] In everyday use, the tested copy was able to withstand Full day of work on a single charge , with 4 to 5 hours on the screen turned on. This is the average score – I was hoping for more. Most of the energy is consumed by games, especially more advanced graphics (eg Real Racing 3), as well as LTE data transmission. I did not notice that the battery charge was dropping as it was at rest. It seems to me that improving energy efficiency could help here. Generally not bad, but Neffos X1 Max is not a long distance trader, and I count on it. Consoling is that on board there was no shortage of loading . Approx. 1.5 hours is enough to charge a fully discharged cell. In this price class it is hard to count on more.
Neffos X1 Max's photographic facilities are nothing short of distinctive. The main camera has 13 megapixels and is based on the Sony CMOS IMX258 sensor, with f / 2.0 light and 1.13 microns pixels. Focus detection takes care of phase detection (PDAF), and the whole supports a double, bicolour LED. The self-patterning camera is a 5-megapixel unit.
We can handle the applications prepared by the manufacturer. In the basic view, we get a series of lights on the left, where we can control the aspect of the picture or HDR mode (without the auto option), and the right side of the shutter button and the option of beautification. Additional modes can be found by dragging your finger up, but we will not find anything unusual here because the manufacturer has not given us manual mode. Other options are available by pressing the rack. There are not many. [Gallery ids = "734524,734520,734518,734516,734514,734508,734510,734512,734500,734498,734492,734486,734484,734488,734522"] Pictures taken during the day look good , especially on the smartphone screen. The detail is good, the tonal range is also good and it improves the well-functioning HDR mode. I recommend using it, because it also eliminates too high exposure in a brighter scenery. In most cases, autofocus is not wrong, but the sharpness of the image itself is average, because the manufacturer has put on a soft finish, which is seen when zooming in on the individual elements. I also have to stick to noticeable quality loss in the corners of the frame, even with a 4: 3 format. Still, the camera is fine. Night photos are another story, but this one should be expected on the mid-range smartphone – the best camera on the market is another league. The noise becomes ubiquitous, the focus is noticeably slow and the colors become pale. Still, there is something in the pictures, so there is no tragedy – it is just typical. Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZGT5C5oyhI Videos can be shot in full-resolution Full HD at 30 fps. It is difficult to have much room for them except for lack of meaningful image stabilization and sporadic white balance problems that do not change smoothly. Besides, it is painfully correct. [Gallery columns = "2" ids = "734558,734560"] The selfie camera works fine, although the best results are achieved when the subjects are close enough, because the plans are less sharp. The coloring deserves praise, and for a slight reprimand noticeable problems with mastery of too much light in the frame. Above you can see how the mode of beautification works.
TP-Link has put in a peer-to-peer reader on a back panel , located centrally below the camera. In my opinion, this convenient place and the phone can be effectively unlocked when pulling it out of pocket. The whole works fast enough and right to use this solution without much frustration.Neffos X1 Max is a Dual SIM phone that is in standby mode, but only one card can work on LTE (second to 3G). To use this functionality, you have to give up memory expansion, because we have a hybrid slot here. Well, though, for the manufacturer's files the manufacturer has allocated 32GB of memory (available for 24.5GB startup), so you can go for such a compromise. I will add that the smartphone no problem supports microSD card with the declared capacity of 128GB. Another option for expanding our storage space is the OTG accessory, which the smartphone handles without any problem (except for the drive without its own power supply). The quality of the calls is good – I did not notice any unwanted phenomena, and the speaker has the right power. The loudspeaker for the multimedia is loud enough so you can hear the signal and other messages in any situation, but the quality of the sound itself is already quite average. The great plus is the presence of dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 and 5 GHz) , which works exemplarily, like Wi-Fi Direct. Negative is the lack of NFC, so this smartphone will not make the payment of proximity. Another absent is the USB Type C, but it is not yet standard in cheap phones. This is probably all the shortcomings, because we find equipment, FM Radio, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS with aGPS and GLONASS. Navigation works well, although connecting to the satellite sometimes takes a little too long.
Neffos X1 Max works under Android 7.0 Nougat. If you come across a message saying that Marshmallow is still on board, you should wait for the update to the newer version of the green robot when you start your phone. [Gallery ids = "734480,734476,734474,734472,734470,734466,734464,734462,734458,734456,734444,734458,734456,734444,734452,734448,734446,734444"] The manufacturer has modified the system with its own system overlay, which is called NFUI , and My copy is version 2.0.0. The vast majority of changes are visual. Added support for themes and several different personalization options (change screen transition), rebuilt bar with switches, removed the application drawer, and enriched the system with several new features. It is worthwhile to pay attention first to the settings of the facilities, where you will find the possibility to change the layout of the soft keys under the screen, floating button, double double click or glove mode. At the end of the section, I would like to applaud the manufacturer for the reasonable selection of applications – bloatware is a concept unknown for the NFUI overlay.
Summary and evaluation
As I mentioned at the outset, the Neffos X1 Max is the first smartphone from TP-Link I had the opportunity to test. I have to admit that it was a very successful meeting and the phone itself was really solid hardware .
Advantages of the TP-Link Neffos X1 Max
TP-Link Neffos X1 Max is a visually appealing phone that is made from good, noble materials. Despite the large screen and small frames around it, it is comfortable to handle thanks to its small thickness and reasonable weight. I praise the culture of the work of the reviewing model, because most tasks work satisfactorily and quickly. This is not only a reasonable processor, but also a good amount of RAM. Plus there are 32GB of memory and the presence of Wi-Fi ac (2.4 and 5 GHz). Positively evaluate the camera. Although the photos are not perfect, and shooting at dusk better donate, but remember that it is less than 1000 zł. In its price category Neffos X1 Max is a good photomann. The selfie camera is fine and the beautification mode works fine.
Disadvantages TP-Link Neffos X1 Max
The biggest negative potential of this device is the lack of NFC. In Poland, proximity payments are very popular and lack of service is often considered a fault. A bit different from the USB type C, which in a cheap phone is not necessary, but welcome. It is a shame that the Android function keys are not backlit, so in the dark you have to click on the memory in the dark. It also irritates me the screen susceptibility to catching dirt and the weak anti-glare layer, so the contents are not always readable. I've lost some time working on battery. True, the TP-Link smartphone can withstand the day, but my appetite was much bigger. It is comforting to have a quick charge.
Is it worth to buy the TP-Link Neffos X1 Max?
The TP-Link Neffos X1 Max is a phablet priced at 899 zlotys. In my opinion this is a very reasonable price . I thought so before the possibility of checking his capabilities and I support the sentence after testing the smartphone. Of course, this is not a defect-free device, but in this price class you can not have everything and the manufacturer has made a reasonable compromise. Therefore the Neffos X1 Max can I recommend. However, if it does not meet your expectations, look at our set of best phones for 1000 zlotys or TOP-10 smartphones recommended.[temperature2 product_id = "22372"]