This is exactly how I feel right now:
After spending over 96 hours editing a video and almost doing this to my laptop:
Because bad hard drive.
Anyway, I’ve got the Nuu Mobile X5 with me:
But hey! What is a Nuu Mobile?
NUU MOBILE X5 REVIEW
…Is a Hong Kong Phone company that is also based in the US, and, yeah, they sent a couple of devices to me to review, one of which is the X5, their 2017 midrange flagship. As for the pricing this is relatively affordable:
…And the specs to an extent is impressive:
With that said, the build on the X5 is a full metal design with subtle curves and the usual button placements:
Looking at this phone, you don’t see anything design wise that hasn’t shown up on another smartphone. As a matter of fact, it looks a lot like an Infinix Phone:
It’s also kinda slippery, but you can always apply the leather case that comes in the box.
As for the sides, the X5 uses a hybrid SIM slot with 4G LTE support:
Beneath that, you have the micro USB port:
Yeah, I know, so 2016ish:
Beside that you have the mono speaker which doesn’t sound as loud as you’d expect:
Up front, you notice the 5.5 FHD and the bezels
You’d also see that the capacitive buttons have been realigned differently and I would have loved if I could change the positioning.
There is also the fact that the buttons don’t come with backlight, but this isn’t really a big deal.
Still speaking of the front, the 5.5 FHD display is not as vibrant, especially when compared with other devices.
It does get bright to an extent, though, but overall, nothing exciting here:
What is slightly exciting, though, is the user experience, you know me and my love for stock android? Well, this has a ‘stockish’ android feel that is accompanied with a bunch of extra usability features like the smart wake, a feature that isn’t so new. You also have the assistive touch mode with different modes like game mode to disable the buttons when gaming and read mode, to name a few:
The OS does come with a couple of bloatware, though, but all of which can be uninstalled to save storage.
Speaking of storage, you are getting 32GB of storage on paper and 25GB of available storage.
And as far as performance is concerned, the X5 uses a MediaTek 6750T, a mid-range performance focused processor that is paired with 3GB of RAM. In real world usage, this translates to superb multitasking, although, the speed at which the applications open can be a couple of seconds slower, especially when compared with other devices.
One issue I have, though, is the fact that this overheats when it’s used heavily.
Another issue is with the battery, this comes with 2950mAh battery, quite small, but could get you through the day of light use. However, I noticed a lot of battery drain while gaming on the X5. So, for heavy users, this could last up to 7 hours, but the good thing is, charging the X5 doesn’t take so long:
Moving to the camera, the pictures from the 13MP shooter shows a midrange camera.
You can get pretty decent exposure and the HDR does a good job of leveling that out and also bringing up the shadows, but like with most cameras in this price bracket, the X5 struggles with color reproduction and low light, and I sometimes noticed a warm to magenta cast in the photos.
Still on the camera, the 5MP front camera has no dynamic range, and like the back camera, this isn’t great in low light, but it helps that this comes with front flash.
Surprisingly, the X5 uses EIS, so videos looked so stable as opposed to other devices I paired it with.
Guys, that is pretty much it.
With a tired face, I’d like to ask if this is something you’d consider buying if/when launched in Nigeria?