iNew V1 Review: The Cheapest Smartphone With Acceptable Performance

I guess no one will mind if I say price is a decisive factor when buying a new phone. Though there is number of other factors we take a peek as well, we make the final decision only taking into account the price tag. In this sense, the smartphone market is divided into three conventional niches – budget-friendly handsets, mid-range handsets, and finally overpriced smartphones. If the latter mainly refers to top brands or high-end models, the former two categories may concern any brand as well as any phone with any configuration. Therefore, there are many smartphones in these niches and the competition level is too high. On the other hand, this simply means low-end and mid-range smartphones come in with identical configuration, and the only factor affecting customers’ decision is the price. Looking at the statistics and various reports we can see these handsets are sold under 0 and are packed with MediaTek chips. We have already managed to take a look at a few of cheap smartphones including the Uhans A101, Cubot Manito, Leagoo M5, Amigoo R700, Blackview E7 and many more. As of now, even the cheapest from this list is going to have got a new rival in face of the iNew V1.

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This smartphone was launched a couple of years back. But it is still remains one the most popular budget-friendly handsets in the globe. So we decided to take a look at it in order to find out what features make it so popular. We have already reviewed a smartphone from this brand and from this series, and we know iNew can make good devices at low price tags. So if you want to learn what can offer a smartphone costing just $49.99, keep on reading.

iNew V1 Packaging

The phone comes in a white packaging with a logo on the top. But what’s amazing there is a phrase made me wow – ‘High End Smartphone’. Actually, we are dealing with a mid-range handset, and I am also sure many will put this phone into the category of low-end handsets. So why the company has written this phrase remains mystery.

iNew V1 packaging

Anyway, the iNew V1 packaging includes:

  • The smartphone itself,
  • A USB charger (Europe),
  • A USB cable,
  • An earphone,
  • A User manual,
  • A Warranty card,
  • And an additional screen protector.

iNew V1 packaging

iNew V1 Design

 The iNew V1 comes with a retro design. I mean almost all smartphone makers have passed the phase when they were designing smartphones in this way. But the iNew company has decided to bring another handset with a slightly bulging top side. I can’t say such a kind of design is still acceptable, but the iNew V1 pricing lets the manufacturer bring anything it wants.

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Well, this handset comes at dimensions of 144 x 74.6 x 7.9 mm and weighs only 149 grams including the battery. I emphasize this fact, because like many other cheap smartphones, the iNew V1 comes with a removable back panel, therefore the battery is removable as well.

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iNew V1 inside

Its back panel is made of plastic, which is standard for all cheap smartphones. We have already managed to get ascertain in it. The edges are not rounded at the desired level, so it’ll be incorrect to say this phone is great in terms of ergonomics.

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On the other hand, the iNew V1 is not too big, and handling doesn’t make any inconvenience. I forget to say there are four color options you can choose from – white, yellow, black and red.

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The main 8MP camera with Sony IMX135 sensor is located on the back accompanied with a flash light.

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The front panel comes with a 5-inch IPS display made by OGS technology and providing a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. It supports multi-touch, thought at 2 fingers.

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The 5MP camera is placed above the display paired with a speaker and a standard set of sensors, while the touch buttons with backlit are below the display.

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The unlock button is located on the left, and finally, the volume rocker is on the right. The top and bottom sides are standard carrying a 3.5mm audio jack and a micro USB port, respectively.

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iNew V1 Hardware

The handset is powered with a MTK6582 quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. Unfortunately, the memory combination comes at the lowest capacity, as the iNew V1 sports a 1GB of RAM and an 8GB of internal memory that can be expanded up to 32GB via a SD card slot.

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There is also a 2100mAh battery, which is enough for a daily normal use.

iNew V1 battery

The phone supports video formats of 3GPP and MPEG-4 (MP4), which is enough to play the vast majority of video files. The things got better when it comes to audio files, as it supports MP3 / WAV / WMA / AMR-NB / GSM-AMR / AMR-WB.

However, all these features can’t present the actual power of the phone. So we decided to test it via different benchmarks.

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iNew V1 Software

As the iNew V1 was launched in 2014, it’s reasonable why this phone comes with Android 4.4 Kitkat out of the box. It also comes with its custom UI, but it’s difficult to mention any advantage not seen on other cheap smartphones. Honestly, the phone showed smooth working during the testing.

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iNew V1 Camera

As I said at the beginning of the review, there are two cameras – a 5MP module is on the front, and an 8 MP camera with Sony IMX135 sensor is on the back accompanied with a LED flash. The camera app allows users to choose any from a few standard settings such as contrast, resolution, color modes, panorama, HDR and so on.

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Rear camera sample photos

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Front camera sample photos

720p video recording

1080p video recording.

iNew V1 Connectivity

This is a dual SIM card smartphone and both of them are active, though one of the slots supports micro SIM, while the next one supports standard SIM. Unfortunately, the iNew V1 doesn’t support LTE, and the highest supported networks are GSM 850/900/1800 / 1900MHz and WCDMA 850/1900 / 2100MHz.

If you have been attentive to the test results, you should see a list of sensors. There are not too many sensors, therefore it doesn’t take too much space. There are: Proximity, Light, Accelerometer, Gravity sensors and so on.

Other than that, we can also find a FM radio, Bluetooth 4.0 and USB 2.0 OTG, and Wi-Fi (b / g / n).

Wrap Up

The disadvantages of the iNew V1 are identical to other cheap smartphones – weak camera, low resolution screen, plastic housing, and a standard design. But like many other cheap handsets the iNew V1 has a number of key features besides the price that attract many customers. As for this phone, it comes with a 2100mAh battery that will keep the phone alive for about 2 days, a 5MP front camera that can provide good selfies, and colorful back panels. When putting all the pros and cons next to each other we can say the selling point of the iNew V1 remains the pricing. Agree $49.99 is a quite affordable for a 5-inch smartphone.


Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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