- Analysis by KJ David
The Vodafone Smart N9 is a sequel to the 2017 Smart N8 that's an improvement over its predecessor in almost every aspect, yet it targets the same budget-cautious mid-level clientele. For one, despite taking after many high-caliber phablets with its wide 18:9 aspect ratio (16:9 was the conventional setup as of this Phonerated specs review), its 5.5-inch display, which, by the way, is much-larger than the N8's 5-inch facade, sticks to a low-key 1440 x 720 HD+ resolution and, consequently, an unassuming pixel density of 295ppi .
The N9 also suffers from cons on the hardware front, running on a mediocre -- even by budget-tier standards -- 1.28GHz quad-core-only Mediatek 6739WA processor , despite the wide availability of octa-core smartphones in the low- and mid-end market segments when it entered the market. Furthermore, it comes with no more than 2GB of RAM , which may be an upgrade over its predecessor's 1.5GB, but nonetheless shudders in comparison to the 3GB RAM counts offered by some competing models.
As for the rest of its pros and cons, the Smart N9 eclipses a lot of its budget-tier rivals on the selfie front, touting an 8-megapixel front camera with an accompanying front-facing LED flash , whereas many similarly-specked models stick to mundane flash-less 5-megapixel selfie shooters. Its 13-megapixel primary camera, which comes with standard autofocus and its own flash, sounds respectable as well.
For power, the N9 relies on a 2900mAh battery whose capacity is a solid level-up from the N8's 2400mAh. The 4G-LTE-enabled (Free free to browser this gallery of the newest 4G phones) N9's features also include a circular fingerprint reader sitting right under its rear camera, which is a pretty common pro, but still an appreciable one.
Joining its list of pros and cons is a decent 16GB internal memory that, oddly, can only be expanded by a maximum of 32GB -- a lot of its close competitors support up to 128GB microSD cards. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and dons either a Silver Aluminum or a Black Titanium finish.
With all that said, this Vodafone Smart model obviously targets budget-cautious shoppers, with its raw power capacity and cameras sounding like solid selling points.
** This phone is also known as: Vodafone N9
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