Chinese smartphones have always been cheap, but they haven’t always been good. There was usually a huge difference in price between chinese smartphones and big name smartphones like the Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9, but along with that came a huge difference in specifications and quality. With the release of the new MTK6732 chip, the gap in specs/quality has narrowed significantly. The Kingzone N3 Plus was one of the first MTK6732 phones being released and has impressive specifications. Read more after the break! It retails for $160 at Gearbest, but with the coupon code “KN3PGB” it brings the price down to $151USD. The full specifications are below:
|5.0″ 1280×720 IPS Display||MTK6732 Quad Core 1.5GHz|
|2GB RAM + 16GB ROM||13MP + 8MP Camera|
|Android 4.4.4 Kitkat||GSM 850/900/1800/1900|
|Bluetooth, GPS, Hotknot, Fingerprint Reader||WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100|
|2800mAh Battery||FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600|
|SIM, MicroSIM, MicroSD||139g, 143 x 71.8 x 7.5mm|
Unboxing the Kingzone N3 Plus
The Kingzone came from GearBest in a plain brown box. It contained the white Ulefone box as well as some protective bubble wrapping. It had the usual contents, earphones, a microUSB cable and a charger. Note: Instead of giving me a North American charger, they gave me a European charger instead.
The Kingzone N3 Plus looks……..different. It’s design differs from “traditional” smartphone design, and seems to have a very mixed design language. It looks almost completely square from the front and round from any other angle. The front of the phone is almost completely square, while the back of the phone gets thicker closer to the middle (similar to the Lumia 920), creating a curve that fits quite well in the hand, making it very comfortable to hold. There is also a plastic chrome bezel that does not feel of high quality at all. The 3 capacitive buttons at the bottom of the screen are again different in design from normal capacitive buttons, using a kind of dot motif for each button. It also lights up, and is orange in colour. Side Note: This phone is the update to the Kingzone N3, which has the exact same design as the Kingzone N3 Plus. The volume and power buttons are located on the left and right side respectively, and they look and feel solid. Feedback is great when the buttons are pressed, no complaints here. The back cover of the phone is removable, and is textured glossy plastic, which does not give the phone a premium feel but keeps the phone light and quite solid. Opening up the back cover reveals the 2800mAh battery, dual SIM slots and MicroSD card. The 13MP camera, LED flash, as well as the fingerprint sensor are located here. The camera sticks out from the back of the phone, so care has to be taken when placing the phone down. The overall build quality of the Kingzone N3 Plus is a mix of good and bad. The bad? Some might find it ugly and the materials used do not give it a premium feel. The good? The phone itself is light, strong, and very durable, bouncing off hardwood without breaking anything. In conclusion, the build quality of the phone can be summarized in one sentence: This phone feels cheap and flimsy while being strong and durable.