With a price tag of less than 130 EUR right after start of availability, the Mobistel Cynus F3 is clearly the cheapest dual-core smart-phone on the market right now – at least looking at Germany. With Android 4.1.1 included, 480×800 IPS screen, 512MB of RAM, 4 GB flash memory plus micro-SD slot and even a second SIM slot this is quite a tempting offer. I have already reviewed three other phones based on the same system-on-a-chip (SoC, the MTK6577 from MediaTek), and their performance was quite pleasing. So an extensive real-life test should show, if such a cheap smart-phone can stand up to the expectations I have.
But first of all, lets get rid of the box and have a first look at it:
At first sight the Cynus F3 does not let me down: Performance is really good, the display as well, except viewing angles when looking from above – this can be annoying when watching videos or fotos in landscape mode with friends. For a 4 inch screen the phone could be smaller and lighter (only a tad smaller than the 4.3″ Alcatel 997D, see video) and the glossy finger-print-loving back is looking rather cheap, but at least it shows some nice (and not too corny looking) sparkling effect. And hey, you can’t expect a super-phone for that price!
I’ll now test the device thoroughly and see how it performs in real life. Let me know if you’re interested in a full English review, I need to see some demand in this to do it 😉
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