TP-Link just launched the new Neffos X9 smartphone, which is being targeted squarely at the Huawei nova 2 lite. Let’s compare them both and see which is the better deal!
Neffos X9 vs Huawei nova 2 lite
The Neffos X9 (Price Check) and Huawei nova 2 lite (Price Check) are both mid-range smartphones with 5.99-inch displays, and a dual-lens main camera. But are they really that similar? Let’s take a closer look…
Display : Neffos X9
Both the Neffos X9 (Price Check) and the Huawei nova 2 lite (Price Check) come with a 5.99-inch FullView IPS display, with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels, and a pixel density of 259 pixels per inch.
But the Neffos X9’s display has two additional advantages :
it can dim to just 2 nits, allowing you to read and watch movies with minimal glare in the dark.
it has an Eye Protection Mode that reduces blue light emission by up to 89%, reducing eyestrain in low light conditions.
Performance : Tie
The Neffos X9 (Price Check) runs on the MediaTek MT6750, while the Huawei nova 2 lite (Price Check) uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430.
They both have octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 processors of roughly the same performance.
Memory + Storage : Tie
Both the Neffos X9 (Price Check) and the Huawei nova 2 lite (Price Check) come with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. They also have the option of adding a microSD card for extra storage.
Front Camera : Tie
Both devices have an 8 MP front camera with flash support.
The Neffos X9 (Price Check) features a soft light flash, which prevents harsh lights and creates more natural-looking selfies.
The Huawei nova 2 lite (Price Check), on the other hand, has a flash that automatically adjusts the brightness level according to the ambient light.
Main Camera : Neffos X9
Both Neffos X9 and Huawei nova 2 lite feature a high-resolution camera with a depth sensor that allows for more accurate bokeh effects. But the Neffos X9’s main camera is superior in many aspects :
Its faster f/2.0 lens allows for better low-light performance
Its higher resolution 5 MP depth sensor is better at depth-sensing
Its dual-tone LED flash delivers more natural skin tones
Wireless Connectivity : Neffos X9
Both Neffos X9 (Price Check) and Huawei nova 2 lite (Price Check) support the WiFi-N standard. However, the Neffos X9 has a key advantage – it supports dual band connectivity on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. This is important for two reasons :
the 2.4 GHz has a longer range and better penetrates walls, but is prone to interference from nearby devices, like microwave machines, cordless phones and baby monitors.
The 5 GHz band has a shorter range, but offers much better transfer speeds.
Wireless performance is also greatly improved when data can be transferred over both bands, instead of just one band. So there is no doubt that the X9 is the clear winner in this aspect.
Price : Neffos X9
With its superior set of features, you may expect the Neffos X9 to be more expensive. Surprisingly, it is actually CHEAPER than the Huawei nova 2i lite.
The Neffos X9 (Price Check) is only priced at RM 599 / ~US$ 149, while the nova 2i lite costs RM 659 / ~US$ 165.
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz only)
Bluetooth : BT 4.1
Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient Light, Proximity
Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient Light, Proximity
3,060 mAh lithium-ion
3,000 mAh lithium-ion
76.3 mm wide
159.4 mm tall
7.85 mm thick
76.7 mm wide
158.3 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
Space Black / Moonlight Silver
Black / Blue / Gold
RM 599 / ~US$ 149
RM 659 / ~US$ 165
Our Verdict : Neffos X9 Is The Obvious Choice
Both the Neffos X9 and the Huawei nova 2 lite are very compelling devices. They are highly-affordable, and yet, offer a ton of features with performance levels unheard of only a few years ago.
Yet, if you have to choose between the two, the Neffos X9 (Price Check) would be the obvious choice. Not only does it offer a superior set of features, it is actually cheaper. Hard to beat such a combination!
On the 26th of July 2018, TP-Link revealed four highly-affordable smartphones – the Neffos X9, the Neffos C9, the Neffos C9A and the Neffos C7A. With a price range of just RM 359-799 (US$ 89-199), these new Neffos smartphones are sure to rumble the market. Check them out below!
Neffos X9, C9, C9A + C7A Smartphones by TP-Link
TP-Link is making a major push with these four Neffos smartphones. Targeting the low-end mass market, these new smartphones are only priced between RM 359-799 (US$ 89-199)! Yet they offer an impressive set of features at those price points.
The Neffos X9
The Neffos X9 boasts a dual-camera system and a large 5.99-inch FullView display. It offers both a fingerprint sensor and a Face Unlock feature using the front camera.
Neffos is offering the X9 in two variants – 3GB RAM with 32GB storage at just RM 599 / US$ 149, and a premium variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage (available at the end of August 2018) for just RM 799 / US$ 199.
The Neffos C9 + C9A
Both the Neffos C9 and Neffos C9A come with a 13 MP rear camera, but the C9 has an 8 MP Softlight Camera in the front, while the C9A has a 5 MP Softlight Camera instead.
They also have different screen sizes and battery capacities. The C9 has a 5.99-inch display and a 3,840 mAh battery, while the C9A has a 5.45-inch display and a 3,020 mAh battery.
Both C9 and C9A will be available in two colours – Cloudy Grey and Moonlight Silver. The Neffos C9A is available with immediate effect at just RM 429 / US$ 107, while the Neffos C9 will be available at the end of August 2018, at just RM 479 / US$ 119.
The Neffos C7A
The Neffos C7A is an entry-level smartphone with a quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. It boasts a 5-inch HD display, an 8 MP rear camera with f/2.2 lens and a 2 MP front camera with f/2.2 lens.
Available in Grey colour, it will start shipping at the end of August 2018, retailing at just RM 359 / US$ 89!
Neffos just launched their latest smartphone – the Neffos X1 Lite – with Neffos ambassador, actress and singer Fazura gracing the launch event. Malaysia is actually the first country in the world to launch the X1 Lite. Find out what the X1 Lite offers, and check out Fazura’s live performances too!
The Neffos X1 Lite Smartphone Revealed!
Like the Neffos X1 Max and Neffos X1 smartphones, the Neffox X1 Lite boasts an octa-core processor and dual SIM, dual standby capability, as well as a 13 MP camera and a fast fingerprint sensor. In this video, TP-Link Marketing Manager Yovela Duan explains the key features of the new Neffos X1 Lite smartphone.
Then the Director of TP-Link Malaysia, Hugo Cai, revealed that the Neffos X1 Lite will only cost RM 499 / ~US$ 119. He also announced a special bundle promotion that is exclusive to Lazada.
With every purchase of the Neffos X1 Lite on Lazada, you will receive exclusive limited edition merchandise of your choice – a Neffos Premium Gift Box, or a Fazbulous Warrior T-Shirt signed by Fazura! This promotion ends on 31 July 2017, or while stocks last.