Jiayu S3 3GB RAM 5.5" 4G Smartphone IPS OGS Full Lamination 1920x1080 Android 4.4 MTK6752 Octa-core 1.7GHz 16GB ROM 13MP with NFC Dual Speakers (Black) £127.30 @ Focalprice
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Jiayu S3 3GB RAM 5.5" 4G Smartphone IPS OGS Full Lamination 1920x1080 Android 4.4 MTK6752 Octa-core 1.7GHz 16GB ROM 13MP with NFC Dual Speakers (Black) £127.30 @ Focalprice

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Found 7th Jul 2015
Jiayu S3 - specifications:
OS: Android 4.4 support Android 5 Update
CPU: MT6752 Octa Core LTE CPU 64bit Cortex A53
GPU: Mali-T760
RAM: 3GB DDR3
Storage: 16GB support up to 64GB TF card
Sim Card: Dual SIM card (support TD-LTE and FDD-LTE)
GPS & GLONASS
FM Radio
Bands: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHZ - WCDMA 900/1900/2100MHZ
TD-SCDMA 1900/2000 - TDD-LTE B39 B40 B41 - FDD-LTE B3 B7 B20
Shell Material Plastic
Capacitive Touchscreen, 1920*1800 High-resolution Screen Coring Gorilla Glass Touch Screen
Size: 5.5 Inch inch - visible angle: 178°
Resolution: 1920*1800 Full HD IPS LTPS
Dual camera: Front Camera 5.0 MP ,Sony IMX214 F2.0 13.0 MP Pixels
NFC
Dual speakers
Removable 3000 mAh battery

Jiayu S3 Advanced, 3GB RAM, NFC (In-depth Review)…: youtu.be/O6R…FfE

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"support Android 5 Update", but when?

Look on here for references to inbuilt malware from someone who had one and sent it back because of that...

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woldranger

Look on here for references to inbuilt malware from someone who had one … Look on here for references to inbuilt malware from someone who had one and sent it back because of that...


It comes pre-rooted (disabled by default) so you can remove the dodgy apps, or even flash a custom rom to get around this, if it is indeed an issue.

That specs match note 3.

Original Poster

Also available from UK seller on Amazon for £165.99.

amazon.co.uk/gp/…2GK

SysMarket_offline_noicon.apkcom.android.malposed.apklovelyfonts_noicon_6.26.apk



just a few of the apps that come preinstalled, that have hidden secret codes, connect and upload data to chinese servers etc.

Original Poster

I'm actually looking to buy this phone myself, to replace my ageing Galaxy S4. I've not bought anything from Focalprice before, I've always used Merimobiles. So was just wondering does anyone have any experience of buying from Focalprice?

If you buy from to2c.com which are a well known and reliable online shop, you can choose to have it ship from their Netherlands warehouse and avoid customs duty. Costs around £129 as of today and you can add a free gift which includes a silicon case and screen protector.

to2c.com/jia…tml

woldranger

Look on here for references to inbuilt malware from someone who had one … Look on here for references to inbuilt malware from someone who had one and sent it back because of that...



I have one and I found nothing of the sort on mine....I bought it direct from the JiaYu website. The guy you are talking about was very helpful in guiding me to make sure I had no malware. There is a list of sellers that are perceived as positive on the xda forums S3 section.

I am really enjoying my experience of the phone so far.
I didn't pay any import duty...seems to of come via Germany

Original Poster

darksleuth

I have one and I found nothing of the sort on mine....I bought it direct … I have one and I found nothing of the sort on mine....I bought it direct from the JiaYu website. The guy you are talking about was very helpful in guiding me to make sure I had no malware. There is a list of sellers that are perceived as positive on the xda forums S3 section.I am really enjoying my experience of the phone so far.I didn't pay any import duty...seems to of come via Germany


Ok. Thanks for the info. How much did it cost from the jiayu website? As there's no £ price option.
Edited by: "No1_VIPER" 8th Jul 2015

darksleuth

I have one and I found nothing of the sort on mine....I bought it direct … I have one and I found nothing of the sort on mine....I bought it direct from the JiaYu website. The guy you are talking about was very helpful in guiding me to make sure I had no malware. There is a list of sellers that are perceived as positive on the xda forums S3 section.I am really enjoying my experience of the phone so far.I didn't pay any import duty...seems to of come via Germany



Depending on your ROM.

enable root, browse sys/app. you will find "com.android.malposed.apk"
browse priv app . find SysMarket_offline_noicon.apk

Every ROM that was released from Jiayu came with one of these apps and others including the ones I checked released back in March. which are known to be linked to "phoning home to china and uploading information"

Would be very strange if default rom you had didn't contain these, or you have a very old rom before they was included.

which rom version are you using as I found all the roms I tested had massive battery drain and I was lucky to get it to last more than 7 hours even not using it. s3 is known for its fail at standby battery.
Edited by: "Goldenraven" 8th Jul 2015

can you just put in any sim card in to these?

Original Poster

w7ayne

can you just put in any sim card in to these?


As long as it runs on the frequencies listed in the description... then yes.

bytemaster

"support Android 5 Update", but when?

Have the Jiayu G2S for more than two years, bulletproof phone but never had one single update, so I wouldn't expect one with this.

Can anyone tell me which networks' 4G bands this phone can access? Save me a bit of googling!
Edited by: "cannibalwombat" 8th Jul 2015

Goldenraven

just a few of the apps that come preinstalled, that have hidden secret … just a few of the apps that come preinstalled, that have hidden secret codes, connect and upload data to chinese servers etc.



This sounds bad. Tell us how you know this please.

Goldenraven

Depending on your ROM.enable root, browse sys/app. you will find … Depending on your ROM.enable root, browse sys/app. you will find "com.android.malposed.apk"browse priv app . find SysMarket_offline_noicon.apkEvery ROM that was released from Jiayu came with one of these apps and others including the ones I checked released back in March. which are known to be linked to "phoning home to china and uploading information"Would be very strange if default rom you had didn't contain these, or you have a very old rom before they was included.which rom version are you using as I found all the roms I tested had massive battery drain and I was lucky to get it to last more than 7 hours even not using it. s3 is known for its fail at standby battery.



I am using the official ROM from May. I installed the SWS after an ota system update failed. I initially did a factory reset but it put me back to the Chinese ROM and not the International ROM the phone came with.
I charged my phone yesterday....I have chatted on Viber, some minimal internet use and responded to you - 97% charge.

Hey if you need me to take pictures of the app/SYS at a certain place/point please give me exact instruction - better safe than sorry.

cannibalwombat

Can anyone tell me which networks' 4G bands this phone can access? Save … Can anyone tell me which networks' 4G bands this phone can access? Save me a bit of googling!



All UK bands are supported

There is a discussion here forum.xda-developers.com/gen…618 about safe places to buy.

Oh it was S3S.

The JiaYu store doesn't use £gbp as a currency so with exchange rates I can't tell you an exact price. Delivery to NI was $12.
needrom.com/dow…13/ - ROM 4 S3S - had to install gapps. All instructions are on that page for anyone new.

I recently received mine from Pandawill. I paid £137 incl Pandawill's ~£10 insurance to cover me for any import/handling costs. As it happened I didn't get any extra charges. Took 2 weeks and 1 day to ship from China. Western ROM and Google apps preloaded. I cannot say for sure there aren't any Chinese apks lurking on there but I don't really care. Voted HOT

gluke21

This sounds bad. Tell us how you know this please.



The exact filenames might be wrong as I do not have the phone or the APK files on my computer any more since returning the mobile.

The G4S had some malware in it after it was released (a few patches after I believe), it had strings inside the file of "father.rickety", the malposed.apk has the same inside the "resources.arsc".

APK files are techincally zip files.
Open up "com.android.malposed.apk" and look for the manifest file with notepad.
It uses internet, can install packages, remove packages, get location information, and other things along with "provider.Telephony.SECRET_CODE data 0018", whcih was the same as the malware on the G4S.

Also if you look at the connections out from a pc (use pc's internet data) you can watch what it does, the phone connects to Chinese IP addresses and uploads data.
Now i'm not a security expert but I haven't exactly got no knowledge and these are very suspicious files.

Lovelyfonts etc connects to their website to get the fonts etc, you can see these inside one of the files, but there was also other connections that people have noticed that looked supicious..

Inside of "SysMarket_offline_noicon.apk", i think it was the assets folder there was an APK which gets installed on run into your private app folder called "com.skymobi.pay.opplugin_V2006.apk", why would they secretly install another APK file on your system, and that APK has been linked to other malware.

Believe me or don't believe me, find fault with my post, I'm happy that I sent the mobile back and I'll be sticking to something like a Samsung or LG and just spend a bit more money on them.

These apps require too many permissions, that make it look even more suspect.
I downloaded most of the roms off needroms (I had about 9/10gigs worth of data total inside my folder) and all but the ASOP ones came with 1 of these files or more.

If there is someone smarter than me and would like to prove me wrong, i would be happy to accept I'm wrong, but all the other posts out there side with what I've already seen and posted.

Goldenraven

The exact filenames might be wrong as I do not have the phone or the APK … The exact filenames might be wrong as I do not have the phone or the APK files on my computer any more since returning the mobile.The G4S had some malware in it after it was released (a few patches after I believe), it had strings inside the file of "father.rickety", the malposed.apk has the same inside the "resources.arsc".APK files are techincally zip files.Open up "com.android.malposed.apk" and look for the manifest file with notepad.It uses internet, can install packages, remove packages, get location information, and other things along with "provider.Telephony.SECRET_CODE data 0018", whcih was the same as the malware on the G4S.Also if you look at the connections out from a pc (use pc's internet data) you can watch what it does, the phone connects to Chinese IP addresses and uploads data.Now i'm not a security expert but I haven't exactly got no knowledge and these are very suspicious files. Lovelyfonts etc connects to their website to get the fonts etc, you can see these inside one of the files, but there was also other connections that people have noticed that looked supicious..Inside of "SysMarket_offline_noicon.apk", i think it was the assets folder there was an APK which gets installed on run into your private app folder called "com.skymobi.pay.opplugin_V2006.apk", why would they secretly install another APK file on your system, and that APK has been linked to other malware.Believe me or don't believe me, find fault with my post, I'm happy that I sent the mobile back and I'll be sticking to something like a Samsung or LG and just spend a bit more money on them.These apps require too many permissions, that make it look even more suspect.I downloaded most of the roms off needroms (I had about 9/10gigs worth of data total inside my folder) and all but the ASOP ones came with 1 of these files or more.If there is someone smarter than me and would like to prove me wrong, i would be happy to accept I'm wrong, but all the other posts out there side with what I've already seen and posted.




I am really interested in this just for my own sake. How did you monitor your routers traffic? There seems to be a lot of programs out there, so, any recommendations would be great.

Goldenraven

The exact filenames might be wrong as I do not have the phone or the APK … The exact filenames might be wrong as I do not have the phone or the APK files on my computer any more since returning the mobile.The G4S had some malware in it after it was released (a few patches after I believe), it had strings inside the file of "father.rickety", the malposed.apk has the same inside the "resources.arsc".APK files are techincally zip files.Open up "com.android.malposed.apk" and look for the manifest file with notepad.It uses internet, can install packages, remove packages, get location information, and other things along with "provider.Telephony.SECRET_CODE data 0018", whcih was the same as the malware on the G4S.Also if you look at the connections out from a pc (use pc's internet data) you can watch what it does, the phone connects to Chinese IP addresses and uploads data.Now i'm not a security expert but I haven't exactly got no knowledge and these are very suspicious files. Lovelyfonts etc connects to their website to get the fonts etc, you can see these inside one of the files, but there was also other connections that people have noticed that looked supicious..Inside of "SysMarket_offline_noicon.apk", i think it was the assets folder there was an APK which gets installed on run into your private app folder called "com.skymobi.pay.opplugin_V2006.apk", why would they secretly install another APK file on your system, and that APK has been linked to other malware.Believe me or don't believe me, find fault with my post, I'm happy that I sent the mobile back and I'll be sticking to something like a Samsung or LG and just spend a bit more money on them.These apps require too many permissions, that make it look even more suspect.I downloaded most of the roms off needroms (I had about 9/10gigs worth of data total inside my folder) and all but the ASOP ones came with 1 of these files or more.If there is someone smarter than me and would like to prove me wrong, i would be happy to accept I'm wrong, but all the other posts out there side with what I've already seen and posted.



Thanks very much, you have made your case.

gluke21

Thanks very much, you have made your case.


No worries, I hope I am mistaken and its just a simple misunderstanding with what the apps do, I haven't decompiled any of the apps to see the code as I am on my laptop and don't tend to install too much on this.

darksleuth

I am really interested in this just for my own sake. How did you monitor … I am really interested in this just for my own sake. How did you monitor your routers traffic? There seems to be a lot of programs out there, so, any recommendations would be great.



Plixer.com

But apparently this tool is meant to be ok to use on android.
Connection Monitor

@Edit
Have a look at this link also Top 20

Titanium backup only seemed to find one of the app that i had installed, it came under "data_~" but all i did was used root explorer to navigate to the few folders inside of android thats used for apps, sys, and priv and thats where I found the apps.

Good luck.

Edited by: "Goldenraven" 8th Jul 2015

I owned the THL 5000 for a while. The thing that annoyed me was while it had 16gb of storage, only 4gb was allowed for apps as the rest was partitioned for photos/music etc. Is this the case with this phone or do you have access to the full 16gb straight out of the box? (minus the OS of course).

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Guillin

I owned the THL 5000 for a while. The thing that annoyed me was while it … I owned the THL 5000 for a while. The thing that annoyed me was while it had 16gb of storage, only 4gb was allowed for apps as the rest was partitioned for photos/music etc. Is this the case with this phone or do you have access to the full 16gb straight out of the box? (minus the OS of course).


If you check out the video I put in the description it shows that there is about 10gb internal memory left after they had installed some apps. It's about 19 minutes into the video that they show it.

Got one recently direct from Jiayu. Generally very happy with it except for video recording bug and the fact that despite many promises Jiayu are no closer to releasing a fix or Android update. Until they do I'd avoid buying one.

I bought one from Amazon and in the last week had to send it back. Phone decided to not turn on or charge.

The battery life is terrible. The camera is sub-standard. Video recording was terrible. Sound was also another issue.

Lengthy time to release Lollipop. Used it and still has image capturing problems.
Edited by: "kareemosman" 9th Jul 2015

Cold. Elephone P9000 is a better deal IMO.

a good free app i tried was no root firewall. it's free and one enabled blocks everything going in/out of your phone by default.
until you set permissions.
it lists IPs and web adds the apps are all trying to access. so you can Google them to see if suspect etc.
it takes ages to at it up how you want and i have up in the end as whatsapp would never receive messages.
*whatsapp even had a little traffic going out via port 80 not 443... which i didn't like

I bought this and then sent it back 35 days later, God bless Amazon customer service!

I therefore feel I'm in a good position to pass judgement.

I cannot recommend this phone despite its high spec and lovely screen - too many niggles ruin the experience. Here's why:

The compass doesnt work
Takes 4 hours to charge, more if using it (why no rapid charge?!)
Will not work with Waze, Google cardboard, now TV, sky go or any banking apps
Deleting text on chrome makes keyboard go crazy
GPS no where near as accurate as my moto g
Video quality isn't brilliant although photos are, software issue
Launcher will randomly minimise requiring a reset
Vibration got stuck on a couple of times needing resetting
Smart battery saving causes battery to discharge quickly (mine was march version if I recall)
My Amazon fulfilled order was full of spyware, at least 10 different services running.

All the above reported elsewhere so not just a dodgy handset
I bought a Vodafone smart ultra 6 today for £125 and its much better than the S3. Cost £3.60 to unlock. Has 1gb ram less but everything just works and battery life seems better too. In fact, the s6 is that good, I can't see any reason to go with a non branded phone (one plus two excepted but it will be twice the price)
Edited by: "jaydeeuk1" 9th Jul 2015

it's like the dodgy OnePlus Ones that cost £130 and unknowingly shipped from China with 'ColorOS' installed. if you're going to buy a cheap android phone with good specs, just whack Cyanogenmod ROM on it hassle free from get.cm . such an easy process, quick, safe and free

Chinese phone = Order 66

Mandroid578

That specs match note 3.



Cortex A53???

not a single A57 in sight!

jaydeeuk1

The compass doesnt work - This was patched in a recent updateTakes 4 … The compass doesnt work - This was patched in a recent updateTakes 4 hours to charge, more if using it (why no rapid charge?!) - Jiayu, made it charge like 70% full charge then slow down till 90% then even slower till 100% to save battery life. fast charge battery charging is meant to be bad for a battery, over heating stress etc.Will not work with Waze, Google cardboard, now TV, sky go or any banking apps - thats because it is rooted, you only need to install rootcloak +, i had it working with waze, nowtv and lloyds bank apps no problems.Deleting text on chrome makes keyboard go crazyGPS no where near as accurate as my moto g - gps was slow to pickup and was only a few Metres off on mine.Video quality isn't brilliant although photos are, software issue - google camera app seemed to capture better video than stock app.Launcher will randomly minimise requiring a reset - i've always used nova launcher on any android device.Smart battery saving causes battery to discharge quickly (mine was march version if I recall) - this was a nightmare also.My Amazon fulfilled order was full of spyware, at least 10 different services running. - i ordered mine from amazon, same problem with spyware (see a post above)All the above reported elsewhere so not just a dodgy handsetI bought a Vodafone smart ultra 6 today for £125 and its much better than the S3. Cost £3.60 to unlock. Has 1gb ram less but everything just works and battery life seems better too. In fact, the s6 is that good, I can't see any reason to go with a non branded phone (one plus two excepted but it will be twice the price)



I was looking at the smart ultra 6 the day it was released, but atm the time there was no unlock codes.
There have been alot of comments made about apps crashing alot on the ultra 6, slow down and battery life being subpar.
This is still on a to look into on my list as its the ZTE Blade just with a 1080p screen.


Edited by: "Goldenraven" 9th Jul 2015

People who are serious about software build there own hardware - why settle for something with Amasing specs on paper to get poor performance I mean if rather a have a Microsoft Lumia and have good battery, security, build quality and just work then this !

mittromney

Chinese phone = Order 66



Name a phone that isn't manufactured in China these days. Even the American, Korean and Japanese designed ones are all actually produced in Chinese factories. When you buy a 'China phone' you're essentially just cutting out the middle man.

if you're even thinking about buying this, look at the Honor 4x on amazon instead. From the very reputable Huawei and very similar specs. I've had it for a month and can recommend fully

Meteoor

I recently received mine from Pandawill. I paid £137 incl Pandawill's … I recently received mine from Pandawill. I paid £137 incl Pandawill's ~£10 insurance to cover me for any import/handling costs. As it happened I didn't get any extra charges. Took 2 weeks and 1 day to ship from China. Western ROM and Google apps preloaded. I cannot say for sure there aren't any Chinese apks lurking on there but I don't really care. Voted HOT



Lol taking out insurance to avoid customs charges. That's a new one.

noko

Got one recently direct from Jiayu. Generally very happy with it except … Got one recently direct from Jiayu. Generally very happy with it except for video recording bug and the fact that despite many promises Jiayu are no closer to releasing a fix or Android update. Until they do I'd avoid buying one.



Chinese phones are essentially just about hardware sales. They don't have the software or support budgets that the first world developers do (e.g. Apple, Samsung, Sony). When you buy one of these phones you're essentially just paying for some hardware that should be functional at point of sale but don't expect them to be rolling out new versions of Android for the next 3 years.

If you want that then buy premium or go for ove one of the models that has a high adoption rate among westerners and therefore has community support.

Tbh, even if you pay premium it's no guarantee though. My first android phone was Samsung. It wasn't cheap but the official support was abysmal and it only got beyond ICS because of public complaints. The likes of Samsung and HTC won't hesitate to drop support for a model if it's been unpopular with the wider market.
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