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Phone Comparison Review – Ninetology U9 X1 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

System Overview

Basically, both phones are running Android OS Jelly Bean 4.2. But the Galaxy S4 mini can be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat when Samsung release the OTA update soon. I don’t know whether the X1 will get an update to KitKat or not but it will be a big advantage if they can.

Phone Comparison Review - Pure Google with Vanilla interface

The Ninetology U9 X1 don’t have any custom UI for their launcher app. Instead, they opt to use the pure Android Vanilla UI which is very simple and clean. The operation is easy and mostly straight to the point with this one. It can be an advantage or disadvantage at the same time. Consumers would sometimes look for a device that is unique with its own trademark UI. But the Vanilla UI is very stable. All these will depends with the end users. Besides, there’s so many launchers to choose from in the Play Store.

Phone Comparison Review - Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini with TouchWiz launcher

For the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini on the other hand, it comes with Samsung’s standard TouchWiz UI. Actually, all Samsung Android smartphones comes with this UI. They managed to set this as their standard interface and it seems to be working well for them. They made this so functional that even a kid can operate this phone easily. They even have a simple desktop for much simpler form and function.


In the specification earlier, it is mentioned that the X1 is a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU with 1GB RAM under the hood while the S4 is powered by dual-core 1.7GHz CPU with 1.5GB RAM. Some may think that this is an unfair fight, right? Well, the result may surprise you.

Phone Comparison Review - Antutu Benchmark Score
Surprisingly, the dual-core scores higher than the quad-core.

I am actually assuming that the X1 is powered by a MediaTek based chipset. It is the brand that is usually associated with a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU AND PowerVR SGX544MP GPU together, which is exactly what is in the Ninetology U9 X1. MediaTek is a China made chipset manufacturer and they are actually very good in producing smartphone chipsets. Believe it or not, the big brother of the S4 Mini, the Galaxy S4, is using MediaTek’s PowerVR GPU, similar to the one inside the X1. Only difference is that the S4 is using Samsung’s own Exynos CPU. See the detailed specs for S4 here.

From the benchmark result above, I can give an excuse on behalf of the Ninetology U9 X1 that it handled more graphic resolution than the S4 mini, hence the lower score. I am using the Antutu Benchmark apps to do the simple benchmark test for both phones. I don’t want to get into full details by using other benchmarking tools. I guess this is enough to compare between the two phones.

Phone Comparison Review - Result comparison with other devices
Benchmark comparison result with other devices

Along with some other mobile devices out there, we can see that the Ninetology U9 X1 is just a level below the HTC One X, one of the popular smartphones by HTC. And the Galaxy S4 Mini is just one level below Sony Xperia Z. This is considered good because the S4 Mini only runs with dual-core CPU while the Xperia Z is running on quad-core. And we also know that the Xperia Z is one of Sony’s flagship smartphones in 2013. So what does that tell you? It’s a small wonder.

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