TP-Link introduces quartet of Neffos budget smartphones
By Chong Jinn Xiung August 2, 2018
- Neffos X9 offers Face Unlock and dual microphones
- Neffos C9 and C9A have varying screen and battery sizes
TP-LINK has announced its latest line of Neffos smartphones with the X9, C9, C9A and C7A.
Headlining the lineup is the X9, a polycarbonate body with a metal look and feel. It sports a standard 5.99-inch Full View display that has all the trappings of a 2018 smartphone.
TP-Link says that the X9's Night Display mode dims the screen for a more comfortable viewing experience in low light.
Just like other smartphones, it utilises biometric technology for easy unlocking via a fingerprint reader on the rear and Face Unlock.
It comes equipped with 13- and 5-Megapixel rear cameras that feature fast focusing phase-detect autofocus and portrait-style photo shooting for blurred backgrounds.
In addition, it has an 8-Megapixel front camera that, as expected, has a beauty mode.
TP-Link said that the X9 features dual microphones that are claimed to deliver better call quality by cancelling out external noise.
The X9 is powered by a MediaTek MT6750 processor and will come in two variants: 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB + 64GB storage.
The entry-level 3GB + 32GB is available now at US$147 (RM599) while the 4GB + 64GB will be available for US$197 (RM799) by the end of August 2018.
For the more budget conscious, Neffos has its C9 and C9A smartphones. Internally, they share the same MediaTek MTK6739WW processor supported by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (expandable up to 128GB via microSD card).
They share the same 13-Megapixel rear camera autofocus, fingerprint sensor and Face Unlock features.
Where they differ however, is in the screen size, front cameras and battery size. The C9 is the larger of the two with a 5.99-inch screen while the C9A has a 5.45-inch screen. Both are HD+ resolution (1,440 x 720) in quality.
In terms of front cameras, the C9 has an 8-Megapixel while the C9A has a 5-Megapixel camera. Expect to find a beauty mode that enhances one’s appearance.
Finally, the C9 has a larger 3,840mAh battery while the C9A has a smaller 3,020mAh battery.
The C9 and C9A will be available in grey or silver. The C9A will drop into stores first at US$106 (RM429) and the C9 will come by the end of August 2018 at US$118 (RM479)
Finally, there is TP-Link’s entry-level phone the C7A. It provides the bare basics, pairing a 5-inch HD display with an ARM Cortex -A53 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.
It has an 8-Megapixel rear camera and a 2-Megapixel front camera that still manages to pack a 10-level beauty mode to mask imperfections.
The C7A will be available at the end of August 2018 for US$88 (RM359).