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MOREFINE MAX1 Review – A touch of glass

From a Chinese manufacturer MoreFine comes a new brilliantly designed smartphone named MAX1. It is a small company, relatively new on the market. They are trying to please a crowd by using proper materials for the build of their phones while maintaining the moderate prices. MOREFINE MAX1 aims for the multimedia users and fashion-oriented customers.

MOREFINE MAX1 Promo picture, logo and phone on a white background.

How this phone behaves on a day to day tasks? What lies beneath its glass body? Have they succeeded in making a great looking phone that brings good performance?  Read the rest of our review to find out everything you want to know.

First of all, let’s see a full spec sheet:

Brand MoreFine
Model MAX1
Color Black and white
Screen Size 5.0 inches
Display resolution 1280 x 720
OS Android 5.1
Chipset MTK6735
CPU Quad-core 1.0 GHz
RAM 2GB
GPU Mali-T720
Internal memory 16GB
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0
Wi-Fi Yes; 802.11 a/b/g/n
GPS Yes
Battery Li-Ion
Battery size 2150 mAh
Front camera 2MP
Back camera 8MP
Network 2G, 3G. 4G
Sim Card Dual, Dual standby
Dimensions 13.76 x 6.85 x 0.715 cm
Weight 135g

Packaging

MoreFine MAX1 comes in a solid white box, neatly tucked under a protective wrap. When you remove the phone from the box, there is a lot of other equipment. You get standard stuff; USB cable, charger, user manual and needle for ejecting the SIM. There are also the translucent protective case and film for the screen.

Box Contents
1 x MoreFine MAX1
1 x USB cable
1 x Charger
1 x screen protector
1 x protective case
1 x manual

MOREFINE MAX1 Plain white box withe the logo on it sitting on table

Not a lot of manufacturers ships that additional equipment so kudos to MoreFine. There are no headphones included in the box, but that is standard practice these days, unfortunately.

MOREFINE MAX1 Unboxed phone, charger, usb cable, user manual on the table

Design

We have come to the most impressive feat of this phone, and that is its design. No one can’t deny that this smartphone is a looker. Design-wise, MoreFine MAX1 is reminiscing on the last year flagship model of the Korean manufacturer Samsung, famous Galaxy S6. It does look like S6 indeed but, not even then you can’t deny its stunning beauty. It is made from a combination of extra quality materials, matte metal, and glass on the back. On the front, there is a stunning Dual Arc-edge 2.5D glass-covered display.

Above the screen, there are front facing camera and light and proximity sensors. Speakers and micro-USB port are located at the bottom of the phone, and standard 3.5 mm headphone jack is on the top side of the device. On the elegant, glass-covered back of the phone, there is the main camera accompanied by a single LED flash. Logo of the company is located in the middle along with the name of the phone. Quite pure and stunning, the way it should be.

MOREFINE MAX1 Device on the table with its back pointed on camera.

On the left side of the product, there is an SIM card slot and on the right side, there are power and volume buttons. Buttons are very quality made; they feel good under your fingers.

The phone is not too big and with its thickness of only 7.15 mm it feels great in the hand. Even though it is made out of glass, it is not that slippery; with its mass of only 135 grams, it is very light. There are two versions of the device, crystal white and knight black. Both of them are phenomenal – you won’t be disappointed in any case.

Display of the MOREFINE MAX1

The device comes with a capacitive 5-Inch IPS display with the resolution of 1280 x 720. The device has a great screen to body ratio. The display itself is magnificent to look at as it offers great viewing angles and pleasant colors. Sunlight readability is not perfect, but you can manage to read information from the screen at any time. The display is made in the ONCELL full lamination technology. It means that the reflection light between the panel and the glass layer is heavily reduced thus delivering a brighter and larger view. HD resolution is perfect for this display size because it maintains gorgeous look with lower battery drain. There is no Gorilla glass to protect the screen so you might want to apply that screen protection cover that comes in the box with the phone.

MOREFINE MAX1 Lying on the table with its display on.

Processor and RAM

The most important feature of any modern smartphone is located under its hood.

This device has MediaTek’s 6735 64bit Quad-core processor, clocked at 1.0 GHz. In 2016, this seems little but there wasn’t any problem or any noticeable lag or stutter while using the phone on a daily basis. Here is the screenshot of the AnTuTu benchmark score:

MOREFINE MAX1 Phone in the hand displaying the AnTuTu benchmark scores.

If you are wondering about the performance of the games and multimedia, we can tell you that MoreFine MAX1 delivers what is expected from it. Mali-T720 is in charge of this sort of tasks. You will be able to play most games from the Play Store. Some of the graphically intense games will encounter a frame drop here and there, but that is expected since this is not a flagship-grade device.

MOREFINE MAX1 Held in the hands, playing some Crazy taxi game.

MAX1 comes with 2GB of RAM onboard which is more than enough for an average consumer and even for the more demanding one. You will be able to multitask effortlessly.

Camera

MOREFINE MAX1 On the desk, zoomed in on the logo, camera and single LED flash.

The device is equipped with 8 Megapixel primary camera and 2 Megapixel camera on the front.

The camera app is fast and has a quick focus time and offers features like HDR, face and smile detection, panorama, face beauty and other. You can set white balance, brightness and quality of the photos and videos but some other manual settings are absent.

MOREFINE MAX1 Phone held in hand and picturing a toy dog.

Picture quality is on par with same price models. Pictures have plenty of detail with little noise here and there. Dynamic range is good as well. Colors look a bit colder than we would like.

The front camera is of no particular quality but with the beauty face feature, you can get decent selfies. You can use it for Skype conversations and for that it performs well enough.

Videos recorded with this phone are not as detailed as photos but have high enough bitrate and smooth 30 fps. The resolution goes up to [email protected]

Here are some image samples for you to see and be the judge yourselves.

click for a full-sized image

Storage capacity

MoreFine MAX1 comes with 16GB of internal memory onboard which is industry standard these days. After initial setup, you are left with 11GB of space for your apps, games, and multimedia. If you find that this amount of memory is not enough, you can buy and insert additional 128 GB micro SD card, and that is sufficient even for a “multimedia junkies.”

Operating system (OS)

Smartphone in question comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, and it is more than likely that 6.0 Marshmallow will follow as soon as possible.

MOREFINE MAX1 Held in the hand showing settings and Android version 5.1.

The device comes with mostly stock Android, and that is a lovely thing in our opinion. Because there are no 3rd party launchers, onboard the phone behaves the way it should. User experience is excellent. The device is fast, smooth and responsive and we haven’t encountered anything out of the ordinary.

Google Play Store is installed, and you have access to the largest selection of apps and games in the world.

Connectivity

The phone supports a wide variety of networks. Whether 2, 3 or 4G you will most definitely be covered in every part of the world. Signal reception is strong in this one.

MAX1 is a dual SIM dual standby phone. That means that you will not be able to use both SIM cards at the same time.

If you are not on the unlimited data plan, you can always connect to the internet via Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi receiver has a plethora of connectivity options with 802.11 a/b/g/n standard.

For connecting with other devices wirelessly, Bluetooth 4.0 is here. It offers low power consumption and quick connection.

MoreFine MAX1 Battery

The device comes with 2150mAh lithium-ion polymer battery. It is not user replaceable which is a not good, but it is the way the phone is designed. The battery on this phone does not have large capacity mainly because it is very thin. Some compromises had to be made. You don’t have to worry about it cause battery life is not that bad. Power users will probably be able to push through a working day before putting the phone to a charger. Regular users can use it at least for a day, day and a half before the battery runs out. If you are a heavy user, this phone is probably not for you.

MOREFINE MAX1 Held in hand and showing battery usage patterns.

Additional features

The good thing is that this phone offers plenty of other features. MoreFine MAX1 supports a broad range of codecs so playing multimedia files on it won’t be a drag. Another feature that we would like to mention is USB OTG support. With it, you can connect flash and HD Drives and transfer files. Of course, there are standard goodies like different kind of sensors, compass, and GPS. Very nice package indeed.

Pros and cons

After approximately two weeks spent with this devices, we have concluded that it has a lot of good stuff and some of the bad stuff too.

We have made a short list of pros and cons for you viewing pleasure.

Pros

  • Phenomenal design and build quality – this device is quite the looker
  • Solid camera performance
  • LTE connectivity

Cons

  • Not good enough battery size by today’s standards

Our opinion

When we gathered all the impressions about this phone, we can say without a shadow of a doubt that this is an excellent device. For a decent price, you will get a great looking phone that performs well.

Would you buy this device? Check it out while it’s on a discount in any of the links bellow.

Get MOREFINE MAX1 on 58% discount from gearbest.com

Get MOREFINE MAX1 on 33% discount from everbuying.net

Get MOREFINE MAX1 on 33% discount from banggood.com

What do you think about this phone and our review?

Feel free to comment and express yourself in the comment section.

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4 Comments

  1. Great review! This is Chris from MOREFINE. Thank you so much for testing and reviewing MAX1! However, I’m afraid the device does not come with fingerprint scanner, and it support dual sim dual standby so you can use both SIM cards at the same time. 🙂
    Thanks for the love of its design and performance. We’ll also take note of your valuable feedback and keep improving our products.

  2. Can you confirm that the phone has an working ecompass!?
    I saw a YouTube Review. The review shows that the compass isn’t working!

  3. One of your sample pics is from a Nokia C7. get off your backsides and take real pics please.

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