TP-Link Neffos X9 Review

TP-Link’s Neffos X9 Review – A Budget Wonder

TP-Link. That is the name you would recognise as a brand that makes networking hardwares such as network switches, modems, LAN adapters, WiFi adapters, routers and many others. But do you know that they made an Android smartphone as well?

Well I do. I have heard of Neffos sometime last year and I’ve wondered how the phone would perform in real world usage. And now I wonder no more. Recently I receive a brand new Neffos X9 smartphone review unit for testing. So after 2 weeks of testing, I have a few things to say in my honest personal review on the new Neffos X9.

First Look & Design

The first time I lay my eyes on the Neffos X9, it has the premium look. I received the black colour unit. It is not the shiny kind, more like matte metal all around with a silver lining that goes around the phone, probably acting as an antennae as well.

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The weight of the phone however feels really light. At first I thought there was no batter in it but then I realised that the battery is built-in. It is that light. The size is just right, claiming to have a full-view display at 5.99″ screen size.

The Neffos X9 is thin which I like and the dual camera module sits at the top center in the rear. The dual camera placement is where I prefer it to be as opposed it being at a corner. And the fingerprint sensor is right below the camera module.

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TP-Link Neffos X9 Review

It is a plus point that the Neffos X9 looks premium but the silver/chrome lining around the phone made it look less impressive. If only they use matte gold colour instead, that will look much better. But that’s just my opinion.

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Right side of the phone, volume rocker and power button.

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At the top of the phone where is the headphone jack.

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Bottom, micro USB port, speaker/mic.

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Rear side, branding of the phone.

And this is what you’re going to get in the box.

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Neffos X9 Specifications

CPU/Chipset: MediaTek MTK 6750 (4 x Cortex A53 @ 1.5 GHz + 4 x Kryo 385 @ 1.0 GHz), 28nm
GPU: ARM Mali-T860 MP2
RAM: 3GB
Display: 5.99″, HD+ (720p) IPS display
Storage: 32GB (expandable via microSD card up to 128GB)
Camera: Main Camera(s)
Primary: 13MP f/2.0, PDAF
Secondary: 5MP depth detection
Dual LED flash, HDR, portrait mode, filters, Pro mode
Front Camera
8MP f/2.2
Beauty, HDR, portrait mode, filters
OS: NFUI 8.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.1
LTE FDD: Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20
SIM: Dual nanoSIM (second nanoSIM slot shared with microSD slot)
Battery: Li-ion 3060 mAh (non-removable)
Dimensions: 159.5 x 76.3 x 7.9 mm
Weight: 168 g

The Neffos X9 uses a medium class MediaTek SoC which is cheap and reliable but when it comes to handling big graphic tasks, it doesn’t fare so well. So as usual I would give that a test with my PUBG Mobile game to see how the Neffos X9 handles the game. And what I can say is, nope. It doesn’t do well at all.

But where it fails in graphics, it succeed in normal day-to-day tasks such as social network apps, emails, photo editing and productivity suites. Gaming is still possible but it just can’t handle the high-end heavy graphics game like PUBG. If you’re still playing Candy Crush, then it’s all good.

The Neffos X9 uses a Li-ion 3060mAh battery which can last the whole day without charging in-between, all thanks to the low power consumption by the 720p display. And since this phone is targeted to normal daily users, it is more than enough to get by.

OS and NFUI 8.0

When it comes to OS, the Neffos X9 comes with Android 8.0 Oreo and with it’s own NFUI launcher on top of the OS. The UI/UX is just basic but at the same time it’s easy to navigate around. The app drawer can be launched by swiping from the bottom upward on the screen. You can also have an option to use the built-in gesture features to navigate back or home instead of the usual back and home button.

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Lockscreen

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Homescreen

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App drawer

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Folder view

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Notification bar/panel

Recent apps

One good point is that the layout is tidy. And the icons looks good too. They don’t need to put too many things in the UX because I like the idea of “less is more”. So I’m totally fine with the UX on the Neffos X9.

The Android Oreo runs well on the Neffos X9. There are no glitches anywhere and everything runs smoothly. There area also a few available themes to download so you can customize the look and feel to your liking.

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About phone

TP-Link Neffos X9 Review

Basic specifications

Next: Neffos X9 – Camera, Photos & Conclusion

Neffos X9

RM599
8.2

Performance

7.5/10

Price

9.5/10

Camera Quality

7.5/10

Functions

8.0/10

Design

8.5/10

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight
  • Looks and feels good
  • Good battery life
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Photography is so-so
  • Not for heavy gaming