Allview X2 Soul: a thin and cheap smartphone with amazing features

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So, the story is this. A friend of mine from Romania just bought an X2 Soul from the Romanian smartphone manufacturer AllView. At first, I was sure that this was just a smartphone that cloned latest Samsung or iPhone smartphone, but toning down the features and functionality. You can imagine my face when I got my hands on the device and I learned the exact opposite: this smartphone is pretty damn good for the money. I am almost sorry that I’ve spent so much money on Galaxy S5 instead of getting this one.

The specifications
The X2 Soul features a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1080×1920 and a pixel density of 441 PPI. Its dimensions and weight – 145.1 x 70.1 x 5.6 mm (5.71 x 2.76 x 0.22 in), 129 g (4.55 oz) make it the perfect candidate for the thinnest 5-inch smartphone. The processor is a MediaTek MT6592, Octo Core clocked at 1.7 GHz, assisted by 2GB of RAM. There is a main camera of 13MP and a 5MP secondary camera.

My impressions
Every time I want to buy a new smartphone, I compare it to my current device to see if there is an improvement. Right now, I own a Samsung Galaxy S5, so as soon as I got my hands on the X2 Soul, I started the comparison. Of course, the X2 Soul has fewer functionality than the S5, but I’m using my S5 with everything turned off anyway. Now, what I can tell you are these 3 things that I’ve noticed: both screens look identical, I couldn’t spot a major difference there. The main camera on the S5 is better (not by much), but the secondary camera on the X2 captures better images in low light. The speed: I wasn’t able to test too many apps, but the interface worked flawlessly. It is really fast.

Where it shines
The design. Oh man, this smartphone looks amazing. It’s thin and feels like a feather in your palm (yes, I made this metaphor. Sue me!) Even with a case, it’s still thinner than my S5.

…where it doesn’t…
The 2300 mAh battery will last only few hours on heavy usage. It’s not bad, but my S5 will endure more.

My conclusion
For $400, you can’t go wrong with this device.

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