You might have heard about the rising star in the Chinese smartphone arena, Qihoo 360 and if you haven’t, you should definitely keep an eye on them as they are dubbed “The New Xiaomi”. They’ve started off well this year, with the launch of the new phone model N5 with 6GB of RAM, the successor to last year’s 360 N4 model. Qihoo 360 is popular for their anti-malware business, browser and more recently, by entering the smartphone market. We know you guys have been wanting to see the 360 N5 Review for some time now and as promised, here it is!
We were so excited about the 6GB RAM that we took it to Thailand and made a 360 N5 video review titled ”Super Fast Phone 360 N5”. With 5.5 inch display, metal back case and availability in gold or black, the phone feels sturdy and well built. The screen is full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and supports multi-touch.
The red box includes all the standard contents – product manual, warranty card, the plug, USB 2.0 charging cable. The available versions are 6GB of RAM with 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage. It has 2 card slots, 1 nano, and 1 micro slot, so you can either use 2 SIM cards or 1 SIM and 1 SD card.
The metal back case feels great in the hand and because it’s not sand blasted, you definitely have a better grip. The phone is available in 2 colours – gold, which is very discreet gold colour and black with some golden elements. The fingerprint sensor is at the back and runs pretty fast to unlock your phone. The 5.5-inch display is in Full HD IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. Pixel density is 401 ppi, which gives pretty good colours in environments with less light. It is quite reflexive in full light, but scrolling the bar on your phone to full brightness will save you the trouble.
It is powered by Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 653 MSM8976 Pro octa-core processor, which consists of four Cortex A72 cores, four Cortex A53 cores and Adreno 510 GPU. The 360’s N5 runs on OS UI base Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) out of the box, but you can update it to a newer version.
The first thing we’ve noticed is that the phone defaulted with a bunch of apps that are really useful for Asia. If you are not a big fan of them, most of them can be uninstalled and if you find any persistent ones, you can put them in the ‘Freezer’ to speed up your phone. There are also Themes that you can get for free or very small amounts to style up your interface – Manga, Panda, Space, Ink Painting and more.
There are also some pretty nice functions like the “FastZone” shortcutting you to your favorite apps. “Transform” that helps you multitask and “Infinity” that lets you clone apps as well as open up an infinite number of apps without any lag. Just as an example, you can clone WeChat app and log in with multiple accounts, which is an amazing feature for us living in China, as we are almost life-dependent on it.
Rear camera with 13MP is capable of taking some pretty good photos, with a lot of colors and texture to it. The Macro function takes photos close to the object, but not with much crisp and clear details, but still very good in comparison to the similar phones with that price tag. The 8MP selfie camera is doing a good job, especially with the beautify function that we’ve shown in the video.
The photo colours and contrasts are great, in full light or in almost complete darkness with the maximum resolution is 4160 x 3120 and supports HDR. The video is not so great, it doesn’t produce as much details as photos do. Overall, great performance of the camera if you are not looking for a great video recording performance.
The battery is non-removable one with the capacity of 4,000 mAh, which will run a whole day for an average user. It supports Quick Charge 3.0 and it took us less than 85 minutes to fully charge the battery, which is fantastic!
The only downside with 360 phones is that they don’t support Global ROM yet, but the word is going around town that it will happen and that it will happen soon!
To find out more about the phone or purchase the 360 N5, head out to Giztop.
|Model||360 Mobile N5|
|OS||360 OS UI base on Android|
|Network||GSM, WCDMA, TD-LTE, LTE-FDD|
|Band||GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz, WCDMA: Bands: B1/2/5/8, LTE FDD: Bands: B1/3/5/7/8|
|Screen||5.5 inch full HD screen, 1920×1080 pixel|
|Processor||CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 653|
|Rear Camera||13 megapixel camera|
|Front Camera||8 megapixel camera|
|SIM Card||Dual SIM card slots, nano|
|Dimension||151mm x 76mm x 8.35mm|
|In the box||Phone, USB Cable, Charger, Manual, EU/AU/UK Plug Adapter|