Neffos X1 and X1 Max help TP-Link break the ice at IFA 2016


Chinese telecommunications firm TP-Link jumpstarted its smartphone brand, created last year, with a couple of unoffensive smartphones at IFA Berlin.

The Neffos X1 and X1 Max have come out to play and, like everyone else, they’ve come in the form of subtly-curved, tapered-thin, all-metal beasts. Slim 0.6mm bezels frame the 2.5D glass on top of it, adding up to a 76 percent screen-to-body ratio. Both devices have back-mounted fingerprint sensors for 0.2-second unlocks.


The Neffos phones are pretty middling for a debutante at the world’s weirdest technology trade show, but we’ll give you the skinny anyways:

ComponentNeffos X1Neffos X1 Max
Screen size5 inches5.5 inches
Screen typeLCDLCD
Resolution1280 x 7201920 x 1080
Pixel density294 ppi403 ppi
SoCMediaTek Helio P10MediaTek Helio P10
Speed4 x 1.8GHz / 4 x 1GHz4 x 1.8GHz / 4 x 1GHz
Storage16GB/32GB (+microSD)32GB/64GB (+microSD)
Camera13-megapixel rear (Sony IMX258) / 5-megapixel front13-megapixel rear (Sony IMX258) / 5-megapixel front
Battery2250mAh3000mAh (fast charge: 50% in 30 mins.)
OSAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
BluetoothBluetooth 4.1Bluetooth 4.1
SIM typeDual-SIM (Nano/Nano)Dual-SIM (Nano/Nano)
Dimensions142 x 71 x 7.95mm / ???g153 x 76 x 7.75mm / ???g

Europe will see these phones (in “cloudy grey” and “sunrise gold”) go on sale starting later this quarter with the Neffos X1 starting at €199 and the Neffos X1 Max at €249.

As far as we know, TP-Link doesn’t have the massive media or consumer-end product bundling capabilities asLeEco does, so we’ll have to see if this ends up being a breakout moment or flash in the pan.