Newman k2 review

Newman k2 review

The Newman K2 will be on sale at the end of the month, but GizChina has already had the opportunity to test a sample of the new phone before the official launch on the market! Here is the complete review of the Newman K2!

Newman K2: Specifications

Newman will launch two versions of the Newman K2 later this month. Both have a 5,5-inch 1920 x 1080 display, 1.5Ghz MT6589T quad-core processor, 13 mega-pixel rear camera, 5 mega-pixel front camera, 3000mAh battery and Android 4.2.1.

Newman k2 review

As is fashionable now for Chinese phones, the Newman k2 will also have both a basic version and an advanced model. The base model (the version tested in this review) has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage and the Advanced 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

Complete additions of the Newman K2:

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Newman K2: unboxing and hands-on video

Review of the Newman K2

Design

The Newman k2 style is a mix of other designs. On the one hand you can see that it is very inspired by Samsung devices, but the Newman shows very narrow bezels (not the narrowest) to make the dimensions tend to lower, despite the large 5.5-inch display.

Newman k2 review

The white model tested in the review presents a "diamond-like" texture in the front.

Newman k2 review

The back is a plastic shell with holes for the 13 megapixel rear camera, LED flash and rear diffuser. There are no CE marks on this phone.

Newman k2 review

On the Newman k2 the micro USB slot and the 3,5 mm jack for the earphones are located at the top.

Newman k2 review

A power / lockscreen button is located on the right side of the phone. The volume keys at the top left.

Newman k2 review

A small microphone and an equally small compartment to allow removal of the back shell can be found in the lower back.

Newman k2 review

The layout is similar to most Chinese Android phones and is functional. The physical controls are easy to reach and even though the K2 has a larger screen than the N003 Neo there is little difference in width and the phone is comfortable to hold.

Newman k2 review

However, the Newman k2 is not as easy to use with one hand as it is for other smaller phones. It is not impossible, but the operation can be complicated. If you have big hands, you might be able to do the job!

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Newman k2 review

Both the backlighting of the menu keys and that of the LEDs does not seem to be very strong.

Newman K2: the display

The display of the K2 is a 5,5-inch 1920 x 1080 panel. Viewing angles and clarity are very accurate and I don't notice any difference between the panel used on the K2 and the one used on a still 1080 phone with a smaller display. small.

Newman k2 review

This is to say that I don't see any advantage in the larger display. Among you surely some will find big difference between 5 inches and 5,5 inches, while others would be happy with both.

Newman k2 review

The brightness is excellent and the K2 can be used in almost all conditions, but we know by now that the bright days are declared enemies of the glossy screens and no matter the type of panel we are talking about, you can not really "compete" with the sun !

Newman K2: Performance

The specifications of the Newman K2 are almost identical to those of the Neo N003, 1.5Ghz CPU, 1GB RAM, etc. The only real difference is the display size.

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In the execution of Antutu the Newman K2 reaches a score, similar to the N003, of 13.026.

Newman 2 review

The scores on Vellamo, instead, are 1.289 in HTML 5 and 528 in Metal.

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Nenamark 2 reports the best score obtained by the Newman k2 of 33,8 FPS

In the hands-on the Newman k2 shows a lag in the scrolling that, initially, had been solved by installing a new launcher. However, at a subsequent restart the lag has returned.

In gaming the k2 shows the same performance as the Neo N003. The games work fine, but the special effects like water splashes, light reflections, etc. seem to go slightly slower than we'd like.

Also in this case we would recommend the 2 GB version of the K2.

Newman K2: Camera

The K2's rear camera is a mega-pixel 13 unit, but it is not quite as good as the camera of similar phones.

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The K2 needs lots of light to take a good picture. Good images are made during sunny days.

newman k2 review

With less light the photos show themselves grainy.

Newman k2 review

On a day with good lighting you can use the K2 as you would any camera and be sure you can use the captured image for printing. Focus is fast enough in these conditions.

newman k2 review

light, instead, or inside with artificial light, the process is not as simple or gratifying.

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As you can see from the samples above, the internal images taken from the same position and the same conditions are a bit erratic. Photos often end up dulling with a green color cast.

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With a little more time you can get better results, but other phones like the Hongmi or the Neo N003 are much more usable without much user intervention.

Newman K2: video sample

The focus of the video is terrible. Same problem that had been found on UMi X2 and JiaYu G4.

Battery life

The Newman k2 has been tested under the same conditions as the Neo n003, with WIFI, GPS and 3G turned on and emails.

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The end result is that the battery in the Newman K2 lasts like that of the Neo N003, despite the larger display.

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Like all phones tested up to now, battery life may vary depending on the use you are used to. If you are an avid gamer or watch a lot of videos with the 3g, the k2 may need a supplementary charge before the end of the day. But most of you can safely reach the evening.

Connectivity

WIFI works well and is fast and even Bluetooth is ok. The same for GPS, for which, as usual, you have to perform this fix.

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Conclusion

Please keep in mind that this is a sample of a phone that is not yet available, so that on many of the "problems" mentioned, fixes could be made for the sales version.

On paper the Newman K2 is a fantastic device. It offers a large 1080 display, up to 2GB of RAM, 1.5Ghz quad-core processor, 5 mega-pixel front camera and 13 mega-pixel rear camera and is not much bigger than a 5-inch phone.

The performance is what we expected from a phone with 1 GB of RAM and the operating system is "lighter" than that of the Neo. The screen is big and great and the battery life is ok!

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What disappoints about the Newman k2 is the poor quality of the rear camera and video recording. Both issues that could be solved by Newman before release.

Let's see some comparison photos between Newman k2 and Neo N003. As you can see, the difference in size, despite the extra thumb 0,5, is not very pronounced.

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Perhaps Newman would have to practice on 5-inch phones before making a bigger phone.
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