Pixelphone M1 review

I have always appreciated the courageous actions of various companies that wanted to show what they can and can do. Special respect (sorry for the slang) - firms that are engaged in the sale of products, and not in production, begin to sell any gadgets under their own brand. If such firms take such a move, it means that they have “gunpowder in the powder flasks”, since, as a rule, there is a risk not only of running into a negative consumer review, but also of being left with a mountain of these same devices. However, there is a chance to create a big buzz around the brand (as well as the store).

Today we will talk about the budget phone Pixelphone M1 from the electronics store of the same name. "Pixelphones", in my subjective opinion, chose an extremely successful name for their first brainchild, did not fit into the middle and high price ranges, but decided to promote the M1 to the masses. It is worth emphasizing that there is no M1 clone in the Chinese market, as the Pixelphone guys themselves went to factories, ordered designs and components. I consider this approach to be the most reasonable and correct, rather than using a ready-made device and selling it under a different brand. In general, commendable.

The slogan of the company is "Design should not be expensive." It is clear that these are just big words, but the phone really turned out to be pretty, and they guessed right with the materials: a solid metal frame, glass, and again durable plastic. I mean, this is a design with an iron lid and two plastic inserts on top and bottom that did not set your teeth on edge: they tried to make a trendy device.

This concept corresponds to a fashionable elongated screen, which saves the width of the device, reduces the bezels, and increases the usable area. We will get acquainted with the rest of the parameters in the review.

From the point of view of the guarantee, everything is fine: M1 can be repaired not only in Moscow and St. Petersburg, but also in more than 70 cities of our vast country. At the moment, a smartphone is easily purchased online with delivery or offline in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Pixelphone M1 is priced at RUB 7,000.

Design, dimensions, controls

Because Pixelphone decided to pay close attention to design, we will also do it.

Let's start with the fact that the frame of M1 is made of durable metal. The main part is chrome-plated, but on the front side the border is polished. The screen is protected by 2.5D glass. Together with the border, the side edges play cool in the light, reflecting a slightly distorted reality. If you take the phone in blue, then the 2.5D rounding beautifully shimmers with either light blue or dark blue hues. Perhaps it is this effect that attracts me the most in the Pixelphone M1. I think the developers have successfully selected not only the materials, but also their combination.

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The back cover appears to be made of plastic. My concerns were related to its quality. As a result, after a couple of weeks of active use, the socket remained unscathed. I had two color options on the test: black and blue. Subjectively, blue looks cooler. It is in this color that the back cover originally refracts light. By the way, the cover also has a 2.5D rounding . It allows you to get not only aesthetic pleasure, but also a comfortable ergonomic grip.

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There is also a small drawback: the lid is slightly pressed through.

Pixelphone M1

Dimensions - 147 x 70 x 8.9 mm. For me, the main thing was not to cross the convenient “threshold” of a width of more than 70 mm. The thickness is somewhat strange, but, apparently, it is difficult to reduce it in the budget segment. In general, the phone is a bit thick, but fits perfectly in the hand due to the sloping edges and width.

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On the top of the front panel are light and proximity sensors, a selfie camera and a speaker. Unfortunately, there is no indicator of missed calls and messages. The speaker is loud, it sounds relatively clear, the tone is pleasant.

Pixelphone M1

At the bottom end there is a microphone and a speaker (6 symmetrical holes), and a little to the right there are decorative holes made in the same style. Connectors microUSB and 3.5 mm are located on the top. On the right is a combo slot (nanoSIM+nanoSIM or nanoSIM+microSD). On the left is a thin power button and a volume rocker.

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There is a dual camera module on the left side of the back. It protrudes slightly above the body, has a polished chamfer. To the right of it is a single flash. Below is a fingerprint scanner.

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Total: after several years of working with Chinese devices, I can honestly say that the Pixelphone M1 is the most successful model in terms of design. As a rule, for 7,000 rubles, manufacturers offer something terrible in every sense.

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Pixelphone M1 and Meizu M6 Note

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Pixelphone M1 and Huawei Nova 2i

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Pixelphone M1 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus

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Pixelphone M1 and BQ Advance

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Pixelphone in black and blue

Display

The Pixelphone M1 uses a 5.5-inch screen. The physical size of the display is 62x124 mm, the frame on top is 11 mm, on the bottom is 13 mm, on the right and left is about 4 mm. There is an anti-reflective coating.

The resolution of the M1 display is almost HD, that is, 640x1280 pixels, the density is 260 pixels per inch. This resolution was due not only to the low cost of the phone, but also not the most productive processor. The matrix is ​​made using IPS technology without an air gap.

Maximum brightness - 350 / 0.18 cd / m2 (official data - 450). Contrast - 2000:1. What a twist!

The screen is calibrated, of course, is not good, but for this money you can’t expect anything beyond.

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Battery

Pixelphone's budget smartphone uses a 2500 mAh battery. This value is typical for the price segment up to 7,000 rubles. Of course, there are separate models with a more capacious battery, but they also have some worse parameters. In addition, often an increase in numbers in the value of a battery is just an increase in numbers. I think you understand what I mean ...

Naturally, the M1 is never a record holder in terms of operating time, everything is very simple: one day with automatic backlight brightness, the device survives. The glow of the display matrix in this case is about 3-3.5 hours. The video "twists" for 6-7 hours, and toys can be played for about 3-4 hours.

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The battery charges in 3 hours from a standard AC adapter. From 2 A - almost one and a half.

Communications

Here, the situation is approximately the same as with other devices on the Android OS - support for 4G FDD-LTE (B1, B3, B7, B20), two SIM cards. In this case, Wi-Fi does not “understand” the AC standard, it does not “see” the second band at a frequency of 5 GHz; Bluetooth version 4.1. There is no BDS and GLONASS in navigation. The accuracy of GPS is 6-8 meters, the sensitivity is low - it sees 10-12 satellites and about 5-6 are in operation. However, this is quite enough for navigating in the car.

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Memory

Pixelphone M1 has 2 GB of RAM and a speed of 2100 MB/s. The minimum amount of built-in memory for a modern device is 16 GB, the read speed is 63 MB / s, the write speed is 34 MB / s. Fortunately, it is possible to install a memory card up to 64 GB. That is, for the first time you will have enough free space, but later, one way or another, you still have to buy a card. It seems to me that if you order a phone with microSD, then at least 16 GB.

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Camera

Pixelphone decided to keep up with the trend of dual cameras and decided to put them in its first smartphone after all. I must say right away that if the second module plays some role in the photo, then it’s not in creating bokeh. Most likely, the additional camera somehow improves the overall quality of frames from the main module.

The main camera has a resolution of 13 MP, f/2.4 lens. Sensor provided by GalaxyCore, model GC13003: sensor size 1/3.06" BSI, pixel size 1.12 µm.

To be honest, I was already ready to understand and forgive the Pixelphone M1 camera in absentia for the poor quality of the pictures. However, after viewing the frames on a PC, I realized that the M1 shoots well for its money: good detail, almost always the right white balance, accurate exposure. In addition, it is worth noting the fast and accurate focus. Even at night, the camera does not make noise.

Well, what can I say: the guys at Pixelphone have chosen a good camera supplier for their M1.

Front camera 5 MP (GalaxyCore GC5025, size 1/5"), f/2.8 optics. And here I was expecting a catch, but in the end the pictures came out quite normal. Even the selfie video was in HD resolution, which is cool for such a device.

The main camera shoots 720p at 30 fps. Stereo sound. The quality is so-so, but, in general, I have seen worse.

I would not write about the bokeh effect here, since it is extremely primitive.

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Sample photos

Performance and Software

I want to emphasize right away that you will not find a gaming smartphone under 7,000 rubles, so forget about complex 3D shooters and strategies. For this money, the manufacturer is trying to provide a working tool, not a gaming station. Inside M1 is MediaTek MT6737: 28 nm, 4 cores at 1.3 GHz, MALI-T720 graphics.

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In the synthetic performance test, the M1 scores a modest 35541 points. Under load, the phone does not heat up. The interface is not the fastest, but you get used to it (of course, after top-end smartphones, the M1 seems slow). Lags or friezes of the shell did not reveal. Most importantly, Pixelphone handles social networks and other applications quite successfully.

The gadget runs on bare Android 7.0. There are no special features.

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Multimedia

One speaker is used for ringtone and speakerphone output. It has an average volume and quality. It is advisable to choose melodies with high frequencies.

Despite the cost of the gadget, I still tested the audiophile capabilities with the Bose QC35 and Meizu Flow. Believe it or not, the Pixelphone plays nicely with Bose: high volume, nice bass, clear highs. With Meizu's "ears" - more elastic low frequencies, mids are better worked out, it is desirable to remove high ones with an equalizer a little. Many more expensive smartphones do not play so cool!

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The device has an FM radio. Works with headphones only. Sensitivity is good: it searches for stations even indoors.

Conclusion

The quality of cellular communication does not raise any questions, the Wi-Fi network is stable, there are no problems with Bluetooth. The vibrating alert is weak due to the gravity of the handset.

In my subjective opinion, the first device from the Pixelphone store was quite successful, to say the least. Among the shortcomings, I note the following:

  • Unusual placement of power and volume buttons;
  • Missing missed events indicator.

From obvious pluses:

  • Excellent design: the device looks more expensive than its real cost. The manufacturer has achieved the result;
  • Great cameras (for a low price segment);
  • Excellent musical features;
  • High contrast matrix screen - 2000:1.

The rest of the things are quite in the spirit of a budget gadget.

If we take competitors with the usual aspect ratio of the screen, then there are a huge number of them for every taste. With an elongated 18:9 display - very little. BQ Advance comes to my mind, but it costs 8,500 rubles. For 5,500 you can buy BQ Next, but there is 1/8 GB, the screen resolution is 960x480 and the camera is weaker. If you add another 5,000 rubles, you can take the LG Q6 alpha, even more expensive than the ASUS M1 Plus.

Pixelphone M1

If you are used to buying gadgets on AliExpress, then you are unlikely to meet this product particularly violently, since technically Chinese gadgets will either be the same or better. However, if you are used to taking certified equipment in Russia, then you should definitely pay attention to the Pixelphone M1. One way or another, when you buy a smartphone, you win by getting a nice gadget.

Pixelphone M1 review

I have always appreciated the courageous actions of various companies that wanted to show what they can and can do. Special respect (sorry for the slang) - firms that are engaged in the sale of products, and not in production, begin to sell any gadgets under their own brand. If such firms take such a move, it means that they have “gunpowder in the powder flasks”, since, as a rule, there is a risk not only of running into a negative consumer review, but also of being left with a mountain of these same devices. However, there is a chance to create a big buzz around the brand (as well as the store).

Today we will talk about the budget phone Pixelphone M1 from the electronics store of the same name. "Pixelphones", in my subjective opinion, chose an extremely successful name for their first brainchild, did not fit into the middle and high price ranges, but decided to promote the M1 to the masses. It is worth emphasizing that there is no M1 clone in the Chinese market, as the Pixelphone guys themselves went to factories, ordered designs and components. I consider this approach to be the most reasonable and correct, rather than using a ready-made device and selling it under a different brand. In general, commendable.

The slogan of the company is "Design should not be expensive." It is clear that these are just big words, but the phone really turned out to be pretty, and they guessed right with the materials: a solid metal frame, glass, and again durable plastic. I mean, this is a design with an iron lid and two plastic inserts on top and bottom that did not set your teeth on edge: they tried to make a trendy device.

This concept corresponds to a fashionable elongated screen, which saves the width of the device, reduces the bezels, and increases the usable area. We will get acquainted with the rest of the parameters in the review.

From the point of view of the guarantee, everything is fine: M1 can be repaired not only in Moscow and St. Petersburg, but also in more than 70 cities of our vast country. At the moment, a smartphone is easily purchased online with delivery or offline in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Pixelphone M1 is priced at RUB 7,000.

Design, dimensions, controls

Because Pixelphone decided to pay close attention to design, we will also do it.

Let's start with the fact that the frame of M1 is made of durable metal. The main part is chrome-plated, but on the front side the border is polished. The screen is protected by 2.5D glass. Together with the border, the side edges play cool in the light, reflecting a slightly distorted reality. If you take the phone in blue, then the 2.5D rounding beautifully shimmers with either light blue or dark blue hues. Perhaps it is this effect that attracts me the most in the Pixelphone M1. I think the developers have successfully selected not only the materials, but also their combination.

Pixelphone M1

The back cover appears to be made of plastic. My concerns were related to its quality. As a result, after a couple of weeks of active use, the socket remained unscathed. I had two color options on the test: black and blue. Subjectively, blue looks cooler. It is in this color that the back cover originally refracts light. By the way, the cover also has a 2.5D rounding . It allows you to get not only aesthetic pleasure, but also a comfortable ergonomic grip.

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There is also a small drawback: the lid is slightly pressed through.

Pixelphone M1

Dimensions - 147 x 70 x 8.9 mm. For me, the main thing was not to cross the convenient “threshold” of a width of more than 70 mm. The thickness is somewhat strange, but, apparently, it is difficult to reduce it in the budget segment. In general, the phone is a bit thick, but fits perfectly in the hand due to the sloping edges and width.

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On the top of the front panel are light and proximity sensors, a selfie camera and a speaker. Unfortunately, there is no indicator of missed calls and messages. The speaker is loud, it sounds relatively clear, the tone is pleasant.

Pixelphone M1

At the bottom end there is a microphone and a speaker (6 symmetrical holes), and a little to the right there are decorative holes made in the same style. Connectors microUSB and 3.5 mm are located on the top. On the right is a combo slot (nanoSIM+nanoSIM or nanoSIM+microSD). On the left is a thin power button and a volume rocker.

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There is a dual camera module on the left side of the back. It protrudes slightly above the body, has a polished chamfer. To the right of it is a single flash. Below is a fingerprint scanner.

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Total: after several years of working with Chinese devices, I can honestly say that the Pixelphone M1 is the most successful model in terms of design. As a rule, for 7,000 rubles, manufacturers offer something terrible in every sense.

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Pixelphone M1 and Meizu M6 Note

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Pixelphone M1 и Huawei Nova 2i

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Pixelphone M1 и Apple iPhone 8 Plus

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Pixelphone M1 и BQ Advance

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Pixelphone в черном и синем

Дисплей

В Pixelphone M1 используется экран, диагональ которого составляет 5.5 дюйма. Физический размер дисплея – 62х124 мм, рамка сверху – 11 мм, снизу – 13 мм, справа и слева – около 4 мм. Присутствует антибликовое покрытие.

Разрешение дисплея M1 – почти HD, то есть 640x1280 точек, плотность – 260 пикселей на дюйм. Такое разрешение было обусловлено не только низкой стоимостью телефона, но и не самым производительным процессором. Матрица выполнена по технологии IPS без воздушной прослойки.

Максимальная яркость – 350/0,18 кд/м2 (официальные данные – 450). Контрастность – 2000:1. Вот это поворот!

Откалиброван экран, конечно, плоховато, но за эти деньги чего-то сверх ждать не приходится.

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Аккумулятор

В бюджетном смартфоне компании Pixelphone используется батарейка на 2500 мАч. Такое значение типично для ценового сегмента до 7 000 рублей. Конечно, есть отдельные модели с более емким аккумулятором, но у них и некоторые параметры хуже. К тому же зачастую увеличение циферок в значении батарейки – просто увеличение циферок. Думаю, вы поняли, о чем я…

Naturally, the M1 is never a record holder in terms of operating time, everything is very simple: one day with automatic backlight brightness, the device survives. The glow of the display matrix in this case is about 3-3.5 hours. The video "twists" for 6-7 hours, and toys can be played for about 3-4 hours.

Pixelphone M1

The battery charges in 3 hours from a standard AC adapter. From 2 A - almost one and a half.

Communications

Here, the situation is approximately the same as with other devices on the Android OS - support for 4G FDD-LTE (B1, B3, B7, B20), two SIM cards. In this case, Wi-Fi does not “understand” the AC standard, it does not “see” the second band at a frequency of 5 GHz; Bluetooth version 4.1. There is no BDS and GLONASS in navigation. The accuracy of GPS is 6-8 meters, the sensitivity is low - it sees 10-12 satellites and about 5-6 are in operation. However, this is quite enough for navigating in the car.

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Memory

Pixelphone M1 has 2 GB of RAM and a speed of 2100 MB/s. The minimum amount of built-in memory for a modern device is 16 GB, the read speed is 63 MB / s, the write speed is 34 MB / s. Fortunately, it is possible to install a memory card up to 64 GB. That is, for the first time you will have enough free space, but later, one way or another, you still have to buy a card. It seems to me that if you order a phone with microSD, then at least 16 GB.

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Camera

Pixelphone decided to keep up with the trend of dual cameras and decided to put them in its first smartphone after all. I must say right away that if the second module plays some role in the photo, then it’s not in creating bokeh. Most likely, the additional camera somehow improves the overall quality of frames from the main module.

The main camera has a resolution of 13 MP, f/2.4 lens. Sensor provided by GalaxyCore, model GC13003: sensor size 1/3.06" BSI, pixel size 1.12 µm.

To be honest, I was already ready to understand and forgive the Pixelphone M1 camera in absentia for the poor quality of the pictures. However, after viewing the frames on a PC, I realized that the M1 shoots well for its money: good detail, almost always the right white balance, accurate exposure. In addition, it is worth noting the fast and accurate focus. Even at night, the camera does not make noise.

Well, what can I say: the guys at Pixelphone have chosen a good camera supplier for their M1.

Front camera 5 MP (GalaxyCore GC5025, size 1/5"), f/2.8 optics. And here I was expecting a catch, but in the end the pictures came out quite normal. Even the selfie video was in HD resolution, which is cool for such a device.

The main camera shoots 720p at 30 fps. Stereo sound. The quality is so-so, but, in general, I have seen worse.

I would not write about the bokeh effect here, since it is extremely primitive.

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Sample photos

Performance and Software

I want to emphasize right away that you will not find a gaming smartphone under 7,000 rubles, so forget about complex 3D shooters and strategies. For this money, the manufacturer is trying to provide a working tool, not a gaming station. Inside M1 is MediaTek MT6737: 28 nm, 4 cores at 1.3 GHz, MALI-T720 graphics.

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In the synthetic performance test, the M1 scores a modest 35541 points. Under load, the phone does not heat up. The interface is not the fastest, but you get used to it (of course, after top-end smartphones, the M1 seems slow). Lags or friezes of the shell did not reveal. Most importantly, Pixelphone handles social networks and other applications quite successfully.

The gadget runs on bare Android 7.0. There are no special features.

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Multimedia

One speaker is used for ringtone and speakerphone output. It has an average volume and quality. It is advisable to choose melodies with high frequencies.

Despite the cost of the gadget, I still tested the audiophile capabilities with the Bose QC35 and Meizu Flow. Believe it or not, the Pixelphone plays nicely with Bose: high volume, nice bass, clear highs. With Meizu's "ears" - more elastic low frequencies, mids are better worked out, it is desirable to remove high ones with an equalizer a little. Many more expensive smartphones do not play so cool!

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The device has an FM radio. Works with headphones only. Sensitivity is good: it searches for stations even indoors.

Conclusion

The quality of cellular communication does not raise any questions, the Wi-Fi network is stable, there are no problems with Bluetooth. The vibrating alert is weak due to the gravity of the handset.

In my subjective opinion, the first device from the Pixelphone store was quite successful, to say the least. Among the shortcomings, I note the following:

  • Unusual placement of power and volume buttons;
  • Missing missed events indicator.

From obvious pluses:

  • Excellent design: the device looks more expensive than its real cost. The manufacturer has achieved the result;
  • Great cameras (for a low price segment);
  • Excellent musical features;
  • High contrast matrix screen - 2000:1.

The rest of the things are quite in the spirit of a budget gadget.

If we take competitors with the usual aspect ratio of the screen, then there are a huge number of them for every taste. With an elongated 18:9 display - very little. BQ Advance comes to my mind, but it costs 8,500 rubles. For 5,500 you can buy BQ Next, but there is 1/8 GB, the screen resolution is 960x480 and the camera is weaker. If you add another 5,000 rubles, you can take the LG Q6 alpha, even more expensive than the ASUS M1 Plus.

Pixelphone M1

If you are used to buying gadgets on AliExpress, then you are unlikely to meet this product particularly violently, since technically Chinese gadgets will either be the same or better. However, if you are used to taking certified equipment in Russia, then you should definitely pay attention to the Pixelphone M1. One way or another, when you buy a smartphone, you win by getting a nice gadget.

Pixelphone M1 review

I have always appreciated the courageous actions of various companies that wanted to show what they can and can do. Special respect (sorry for the slang) - firms that are engaged in the sale of products, and not in production, begin to sell any gadgets under their own brand. If such firms take such a move, it means that they have “gunpowder in the powder flasks”, since, as a rule, there is a risk not only of running into a negative consumer review, but also of being left with a mountain of these same devices. However, there is a chance to create a big buzz around the brand (as well as the store).

Today we will talk about the budget phone Pixelphone M1 from the electronics store of the same name. "Pixelphones", in my subjective opinion, chose an extremely successful name for their first brainchild, did not fit into the middle and high price ranges, but decided to promote the M1 to the masses. It is worth emphasizing that there is no M1 clone in the Chinese market, as the Pixelphone guys themselves went to factories, ordered designs and components. I consider this approach to be the most reasonable and correct, rather than using a ready-made device and selling it under a different brand. In general, commendable.

The slogan of the company is "Design should not be expensive." It is clear that these are just big words, but the phone really turned out to be pretty, and they guessed right with the materials: a solid metal frame, glass, and again durable plastic. I mean, this is a design with an iron lid and two plastic inserts on top and bottom that did not set your teeth on edge: they tried to make a trendy device.

This concept corresponds to a fashionable elongated screen, which saves the width of the device, reduces the bezels, and increases the usable area. We will get acquainted with the rest of the parameters in the review.

From the point of view of the guarantee, everything is fine: M1 can be repaired not only in Moscow and St. Petersburg, but also in more than 70 cities of our vast country. At the moment, a smartphone is easily purchased online with delivery or offline in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Pixelphone M1 is priced at RUB 7,000.

Design, dimensions, controls

Because Pixelphone decided to pay close attention to design, we will also do it.

Let's start with the fact that the frame of M1 is made of durable metal. The main part is chrome-plated, but on the front side the border is polished. The screen is protected by 2.5D glass. Together with the border, the side edges play cool in the light, reflecting a slightly distorted reality. If you take the phone in blue, then the 2.5D rounding beautifully shimmers with either light blue or dark blue hues. Perhaps it is this effect that attracts me the most in the Pixelphone M1. I think the developers have successfully selected not only the materials, but also their combination.

Pixelphone M1

The back cover appears to be made of plastic. My concerns were related to its quality. As a result, after a couple of weeks of active use, the socket remained unscathed. I had two color options on the test: black and blue. Subjectively, blue looks cooler. It is in this color that the back cover originally refracts light. By the way, the cover also has a 2.5D rounding . It allows you to get not only aesthetic pleasure, but also a comfortable ergonomic grip.

Pixelphone M1

There is also a small drawback: the lid is slightly pressed through.

Pixelphone M1

Dimensions - 147 x 70 x 8.9 mm. For me, the main thing was not to cross the convenient “threshold” of a width of more than 70 mm. The thickness is somewhat strange, but, apparently, it is difficult to reduce it in the budget segment. In general, the phone is a bit thick, but fits perfectly in the hand due to the sloping edges and width.

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On the top of the front panel are light and proximity sensors, a selfie camera and a speaker. Unfortunately, there is no indicator of missed calls and messages. The speaker is loud, it sounds relatively clear, the tone is pleasant.

Pixelphone M1

At the bottom end there is a microphone and a speaker (6 symmetrical holes), and a little to the right there are decorative holes made in the same style. Connectors microUSB and 3.5 mm are located on the top. On the right is a combo slot (nanoSIM+nanoSIM or nanoSIM+microSD). On the left is a thin power button and a volume rocker.

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There is a dual camera module on the left side of the back. It protrudes slightly above the body, has a polished chamfer. To the right of it is a single flash. Below is a fingerprint scanner.

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Total: after several years of working with Chinese devices, I can honestly say that the Pixelphone M1 is the most successful model in terms of design. As a rule, for 7,000 rubles, manufacturers offer something terrible in every sense.

Pixelphone M1

Pixelphone M1 and Meizu M6 Note

Pixelphone M1

Pixelphone M1 и Huawei Nova 2i

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Pixelphone M1 и Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Pixelphone M1

Pixelphone M1 и BQ Advance

Pixelphone M1

Pixelphone в черном и синем

Дисплей

В Pixelphone M1 используется экран, диагональ которого составляет 5.5 дюйма. Физический размер дисплея – 62х124 мм, рамка сверху – 11 мм, снизу – 13 мм, справа и слева – около 4 мм. Присутствует антибликовое покрытие.

Разрешение дисплея M1 – почти HD, то есть 640x1280 точек, плотность – 260 пикселей на дюйм. Такое разрешение было обусловлено не только низкой стоимостью телефона, но и не самым производительным процессором. Матрица выполнена по технологии IPS без воздушной прослойки.

Максимальная яркость – 350/0,18 кд/м2 (официальные данные – 450). Контрастность – 2000:1. Вот это поворот!

Откалиброван экран, конечно, плоховато, но за эти деньги чего-то сверх ждать не приходится.

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Аккумулятор

В бюджетном смартфоне компании Pixelphone используется батарейка на 2500 мАч. Такое значение типично для ценового сегмента до 7 000 рублей. Конечно, есть отдельные модели с более емким аккумулятором, но у них и некоторые параметры хуже. К тому же зачастую увеличение циферок в значении батарейки – просто увеличение циферок. Думаю, вы поняли, о чем я…

Naturally, the M1 is never a record holder in terms of operating time, everything is very simple: one day with automatic backlight brightness, the device survives. The glow of the display matrix in this case is about 3-3.5 hours. The video "twists" for 6-7 hours, and toys can be played for about 3-4 hours.

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The battery charges in 3 hours from a standard AC adapter. From 2 A - almost one and a half.

Communications

Here, the situation is approximately the same as with other devices on the Android OS - support for 4G FDD-LTE (B1, B3, B7, B20), two SIM cards. In this case, Wi-Fi does not “understand” the AC standard, it does not “see” the second band at a frequency of 5 GHz; Bluetooth version 4.1. There is no BDS and GLONASS in navigation. The accuracy of GPS is 6-8 meters, the sensitivity is low - it sees 10-12 satellites and about 5-6 are in operation. However, this is quite enough for navigating in the car.

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Memory

Pixelphone M1 has 2 GB of RAM and a speed of 2100 MB/s. The minimum amount of built-in memory for a modern device is 16 GB, the read speed is 63 MB / s, the write speed is 34 MB / s. Fortunately, it is possible to install a memory card up to 64 GB. That is, for the first time you will have enough free space, but later, one way or another, you still have to buy a card. It seems to me that if you order a phone with microSD, then at least 16 GB.

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Camera

Pixelphone decided to keep up with the trend of dual cameras and decided to put them in its first smartphone after all. I must say right away that if the second module plays some role in the photo, then it’s not in creating bokeh. Most likely, the additional camera somehow improves the overall quality of frames from the main module.

The main camera has a resolution of 13 MP, f/2.4 lens. Sensor provided by GalaxyCore, model GC13003: sensor size 1/3.06" BSI, pixel size 1.12 µm.

To be honest, I was already ready to understand and forgive the Pixelphone M1 camera in absentia for the poor quality of the pictures. However, after viewing the frames on a PC, I realized that the M1 shoots well for its money: good detail, almost always the right white balance, accurate exposure. In addition, it is worth noting the fast and accurate focus. Even at night, the camera does not make noise.

Well, what can I say: the guys at Pixelphone have chosen a good camera supplier for their M1.

Front camera 5 MP (GalaxyCore GC5025, size 1/5"), f/2.8 optics. And here I was expecting a catch, but in the end the pictures came out quite normal. Even the selfie video was in HD resolution, which is cool for such a device.

The main camera shoots 720p at 30 fps. Stereo sound. The quality is so-so, but, in general, I have seen worse.

I would not write about the bokeh effect here, since it is extremely primitive.

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Sample photos

Performance and Software

I want to emphasize right away that you will not find a gaming smartphone under 7,000 rubles, so forget about complex 3D shooters and strategies. For this money, the manufacturer is trying to provide a working tool, not a gaming station. Inside M1 is MediaTek MT6737: 28 nm, 4 cores at 1.3 GHz, MALI-T720 graphics.

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In the synthetic performance test, the M1 scores a modest 35541 points. Under load, the phone does not heat up. The interface is not the fastest, but you get used to it (of course, after top-end smartphones, the M1 seems slow). Lags or friezes of the shell did not reveal. Most importantly, Pixelphone handles social networks and other applications quite successfully.

The device has an FM radio. Works with headphones only. Sensitivity is good: it searches for stations even indoors.

Conclusion

The quality of cellular communication does not raise any questions, the Wi-Fi network is stable, there are no problems with Bluetooth. The vibrating alert is weak due to the gravity of the handset.

In my subjective opinion, the first device from the Pixelphone store was quite successful, to say the least. Among the shortcomings, I note the following:

  • Unusual placement of power and volume buttons;
  • Missing missed events indicator.

From obvious pluses:

  • Excellent design: the device looks more expensive than its real cost. The manufacturer has achieved the result;
  • Great cameras (for a low price segment);
  • Excellent musical features;
  • High contrast matrix screen - 2000:1.

The rest of the things are quite in the spirit of a budget gadget.

If we take competitors with the usual aspect ratio of the screen, then there are a huge number of them for every taste. With an elongated 18:9 display - very little. BQ Advance comes to my mind, but it costs 8,500 rubles. For 5,500 you can buy BQ Next, but there is 1/8 GB, the screen resolution is 960x480 and the camera is weaker. If you add another 5,000 rubles, you can take the LG Q6 alpha, even more expensive than the ASUS M1 Plus.

Today we will talk about the budget phone Pixelphone M1 from the electronics store of the same name. "Pixelphones", in my subjective opinion, chose an extremely successful name for their first brainchild, did not fit into the middle and high price ranges, but decided to promote the M1 to the masses. It is worth emphasizing that there is no M1 clone in the Chinese market, as the Pixelphone guys themselves went to factories, ordered designs and components. I consider this approach to be the most reasonable and correct, rather than using a ready-made device and selling it under a different brand. In general, commendable.

The slogan of the company is "Design should not be expensive." It is clear that these are just big words, but the phone really turned out to be pretty, and they guessed right with the materials: a solid metal frame, glass, and again durable plastic. I mean, this is a design with an iron lid and two plastic inserts on top and bottom that did not set your teeth on edge: they tried to make a trendy device.

This concept corresponds to a fashionable elongated screen, which saves the width of the device, reduces the bezels, and increases the usable area. We will get acquainted with the rest of the parameters in the review.

From the point of view of the guarantee, everything is fine: M1 can be repaired not only in Moscow and St. Petersburg, but also in more than 70 cities of our vast country. At the moment, a smartphone is easily purchased online with delivery or offline in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Pixelphone M1 is priced at RUB 7,000.

Design, dimensions, controls

Because Pixelphone decided to pay close attention to design, we will also do it.

Let's start with the fact that the frame of M1 is made of durable metal. The main part is chrome-plated, but on the front side the border is polished. The screen is protected by 2.5D glass. Together with the border, the side edges play cool in the light, reflecting a slightly distorted reality. If you take the phone in blue, then the 2.5D rounding beautifully shimmers with either light blue or dark blue hues. Perhaps it is this effect that attracts me the most in the Pixelphone M1. I think the developers have successfully selected not only the materials, but also their combination.

The back cover appears to be made of plastic. My concerns were related to its quality. As a result, after a couple of weeks of active use, the socket remained unscathed. I had two color options on the test: black and blue. Subjectively, blue looks cooler. It is in this color that the back cover originally refracts light. By the way, the lid also has a 2.5D rounding. It allows you to get not only aesthetic pleasure, but also a comfortable ergonomic grip.

The back cover appears to be made of plastic. My concerns were related to its quality. As a result, after a couple of weeks of active use, the socket remained unscathed. I had two color options on the test: black and blue. Subjectively, blue looks cooler. It is in this color that the back cover originally refracts light. By the way, the lid also has a 2.5D rounding. . It allows you to get not only aesthetic pleasure, but also a comfortable ergonomic grip.

There is also a small drawback: the lid is slightly pressed through.

Dimensions - 147 x 70 x 8.9 mm. For me, the main thing was not to cross the convenient “threshold” of a width of more than 70 mm. The thickness is somewhat strange, but, apparently, it is difficult to reduce it in the budget segment. In general, the phone is a bit thick, but fits perfectly in the hand due to the sloping edges and width.

On the top of the front panel are light and proximity sensors, a selfie camera and a speaker. Unfortunately, there is no indicator of missed calls and messages. The speaker is loud, it sounds relatively clear, the tone is pleasant.

At the bottom end there is a microphone and a speaker (6 symmetrical holes), and a little to the right there are decorative holes made in the same style. Connectors microUSB and 3.5 mm are located on the top. On the right is a combo slot (nanoSIM+nanoSIM or nanoSIM+microSD). On the left is a thin power button and a volume rocker.

There is a dual camera module on the left side of the back. It protrudes slightly above the body, has a polished chamfer. To the right of it is a single flash. Below is a fingerprint scanner.

Total: after several years of working with Chinese devices, I can honestly say that the Pixelphone M1 is the most successful model in terms of design. As a rule, for 7,000 rubles, manufacturers offer something terrible in every sense.

Pixelphone M1 and Meizu M6 Note

Pixelphone M1 and Huawei Nova 2i

Pixelphone M1 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus

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Display

The Pixelphone M1 uses a 5.5-inch screen. The physical size of the display is 62x124 mm, the frame on top is 11 mm, on the bottom is 13 mm, on the right and left is about 4 mm. There is an anti-reflective coating.

The resolution of the M1 display is almost HD, that is, 640x1280 pixels, the density is 260 pixels per inch. This resolution was due not only to the low cost of the phone, but also not the most productive processor. The matrix is ​​made using IPS technology without an air gap.

Maximum brightness - 350 / 0.18 cd / m2 (official data - 450). Contrast - 2000:1. What a twist!

The screen is calibrated, of course, is not good, but for this money you can’t expect anything beyond.

Battery

Pixelphone's budget smartphone uses a 2500 mAh battery. This value is typical for the price segment up to 7,000 rubles. Of course, there are separate models with a more capacious battery, but they also have some worse parameters. In addition, often an increase in numbers in the value of a battery is just an increase in numbers. I think you understand what I mean ...

Naturally, the M1 is never a record holder in terms of operating time, everything is very simple: one day with automatic backlight brightness, the device survives. The glow of the display matrix in this case is about 3-3.5 hours. The video "twists" for 6-7 hours, and toys can be played for about 3-4 hours.

The battery charges in 3 hours from a standard AC adapter. From 2 A - almost one and a half.

Communications

Here, the situation is approximately the same as with other devices on the Android OS - support for 4G FDD-LTE (B1, B3, B7, B20), two SIM cards. In this case, Wi-Fi does not “understand” the AC standard, it does not “see” the second band at a frequency of 5 GHz; Bluetooth version 4.1. There is no BDS and GLONASS in navigation. The accuracy of GPS is 6-8 meters, the sensitivity is low - it sees 10-12 satellites and about 5-6 are in operation. However, this is quite enough for navigating in the car.

Memory

Pixelphone M1 has 2 GB of RAM and a speed of 2100 MB/s. The minimum amount of built-in memory for a modern device is 16 GB, the read speed is 63 MB / s, the write speed is 34 MB / s. Fortunately, it is possible to install a memory card up to 64 GB. That is, for the first time you will have enough free space, but later, one way or another, you still have to buy a card. It seems to me that if you order a phone with microSD, then at least 16 GB.

Camera

Pixelphone decided to keep up with the trend of dual cameras and decided to put them in its first smartphone after all. I must say right away that if the second module plays some role in the photo, then it’s not in creating bokeh. Most likely, the additional camera somehow improves the overall quality of frames from the main module.

The main camera has a resolution of 13 MP, f/2.4 lens. Sensor provided by GalaxyCore, model GC13003: sensor size 1/3.06" BSI, pixel size 1.12 µm.

To be honest, I was already ready to understand and forgive the Pixelphone M1 camera in absentia for the poor quality of the pictures. However, after viewing the frames on a PC, I realized that the M1 shoots well for its money: good detail, almost always the right white balance, accurate exposure. In addition, it is worth noting the fast and accurate focus. Even at night, the camera does not make noise.

Well, what can I say: the guys at Pixelphone have chosen a good camera supplier for their M1.

Front camera 5 MP (GalaxyCore GC5025, size 1/5"), f/2.8 optics. And here I was expecting a catch, but in the end the pictures came out quite normal. Even the selfie video was in HD resolution, which is cool for such a device.

The main camera shoots 720p at 30 fps. Stereo sound. The quality is so-so, but, in general, I have seen worse.

I would not write about the bokeh effect here, since it is extremely primitive.

Sample photos

Performance and Software

I want to emphasize right away that you will not find a gaming smartphone under 7,000 rubles, so forget about complex 3D shooters and strategies. For this money, the manufacturer is trying to provide a working tool, not a gaming station. Inside M1 is MediaTek MT6737: 28 nm, 4 cores at 1.3 GHz, MALI-T720 graphics.

In the synthetic performance test, the M1 scores a modest 35541 points. The phone does not heat up under load. The interface is not the fastest, but you get used to it (of course, after top-end smartphones, the M1 seems slow). Lags or friezes of the shell did not reveal. Most importantly, Pixelphone handles social networks and other applications quite successfully.

The gadget runs on bare Android 7.0. There are no special features.

Multimedia

One speaker is used for ringtone and speakerphone output. It has an average volume and quality. It is advisable to choose melodies with high frequencies.

Despite the cost of the gadget, I still tested the audiophile capabilities with the Bose QC35 and Meizu Flow. Believe it or not, the Pixelphone plays nicely with Bose: high volume, nice bass, clear highs. With Meizu's "ears" - more elastic low frequencies, mids are better worked out, it is desirable to remove high ones with an equalizer a little. Many more expensive smartphones do not play so cool!

The device has an FM radio. Works with headphones only. Sensitivity is good: it searches for stations even indoors.

Conclusion

The quality of cellular communication does not raise any questions, the Wi-Fi network is stable, there are no problems with Bluetooth. The vibrating alert is weak due to the gravity of the handset.

In my subjective opinion, the first device from the Pixelphone store was quite successful, to say the least. Among the shortcomings, I note the following:

  • Unusual placement of power and volume buttons;
  • Missing missing events indicator.

From obvious pluses:

  • Excellent design: the device looks more expensive than its real cost. The manufacturer has achieved the result;
  • Great cameras (for a low price segment);
  • Excellent musical features;
  • High contrast matrix screen - 2000:1.

The rest of the things are quite in the spirit of a budget gadget.

If we take competitors with the usual aspect ratio of the screen, then there are a huge number of them for every taste. With an elongated 18:9 display - very little. BQ Advance comes to my mind, but it costs 8,500 rubles. For 5,500 you can buy BQ Next, but there is 1/8 GB, the screen resolution is 960x480 and the camera is weaker. If you add another 5,000 rubles, you can take the LG Q6 alpha, even more expensive than the ASUS M1 Plus.

If you are used to buying gadgets on AliExpress, then you are unlikely to meet this product particularly violently, since technically Chinese gadgets will either be the same or better. However, if you are used to taking certified equipment in Russia, then you should definitely pay attention to the Pixelphone M1. One way or another, when you buy a smartphone, you win by getting a nice gadget.