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Nomu S20 Review – cheap 3GB RAM IP68 rugged smartphone



This young Chinese company has in a very short time introduced three different rugged smartphones. Therefore in this article review we will present to you Nomu S20 which is actually really nice dual-sim smartphone which is dustproof, waterproof, and it has military-grade body, offering 1.5M shatter-resistant feature.

Price info

If you dont know the price is $139.99 which is really cheap for IP68 smartphone. So if you want you can buy it in this phone shop.

Build quality & Display

For rugged smartphones logically it is very important to have a great build quality because mostly they need to be water resistant, but of course they are also resistant to dust and other possible problems. Also they are mostly used in difficult conditions. So from what we can see Nomu S20 is offering great build quality because the case has military-grade body, or in other words it is shatter-resistant up to 1.5m.

So if you drop the phone from that height it will not happen anything to him. Also the case is made from rubber, and it is a little rough under his arm, so you can not drop it easily out of hand. Likewise all ports are protected with lids, the water nor dust can not enter. But when we talk about the screen then we can tell you that the screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection which is offering very good protection for the screen. Anyway the screen size is 5 inch with HD resolution which is offering good screen combination. From every angle screen is offering good visibility including sharpness and colors.

What is the standard IP68

International Electrotechnical Commission measures the degree of protection casing, or “IP Code”. IP68 means that the unit must be completely impermeable to dust and water to a maximum depth of 1.5 m for 30 minutes.

As title says Nomu S20 has IP68 rating, so the entire rugged device is completely impervious to water and dust. Besides that it can work on working temperature from -20 degrees up to approximately 55 degrees. So overall they did a great job because Nomu S20 high build quality, and at the same time it looks really cool. Also the phone size is not too much bigger than usual smartphone which is actually great because we all know that rugged smartphones are often bigger.

Performance and benchmark testing

But this is not all people because this rugged smartphone has also really good built-in hardware. It is based on 64 bit quad core CPU Mediatek MT6737T with maximum speed 1.5GHz. When we talk about memory it has 3GB of RAM made by Samsung including 32 GB of storage space. But if this is not enough for you then you can upgrade using the microSD card up to 32 GB. From what you can see it has very good hardware in this price range which is actually around $150.

So you can see why we are telling you that Nomu has very good hardware combination in these price range. Also we have tested the phone in several different conditions including playing games where we can see that the phone works without any problems. Also below you can see benchmark test scores.

Benchmarks test results

Camera Quality

The rear camera is 8 megapixel which has Sony IMX219 sensor, also in camera application photo resolution can be set as 13 megapixel thanks to interpolation. Mostly camera is not the primary feature of any rugged smartphones but lately the vision of rugged devices is changed.

So today almost any device including Nomu is improved on almost any field. We have been very curious what kind of photo quality is here. Because of that we have taken photos in every different condition and location, and below you can see photo samples. But overall it is offering good quality especially for this price range which is around $150.

Photo Test Samples

Battery life

According to the company it should have 3000mAh battery capacity where according to our calculations and battery it has approximately 2200mAh battery capacity. What is still good that it support fast charging 5V/7V/9V~2A. of course you will receive fast charger. With average use it can last approximately two days. Below you can see screenshot of battery tester.

0% to 100% = 2115mAh
100% = 2115mAh

Conclusion and price info

At this moment the price is $139.99 which is actually a good deal for these kind of phone. So if you are interested you can buy it at this shop.

Okay we must admit that the we are impressed with this rugged smartphone called Nomu S20. Because for the start it looks awesome, but at the same time it offers high build quality including support for IP68 rating. Also it has powerful hardware like 3GB RAM, but don’t forget that it has also Sony IMX219 rear camera which provides good quality photos.

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  1. Håkan Rodin

    Feb 18, 2017 at 10:17

    I noticed you made a mistake calculating the battery capacity. Your testing device showing 2.1 Ah at 5 volts which gives us 10,6 Wh. Divide 10,6 Wh with 3,7 volt (nominal voltage of a li-ion cell) and it gives us almost 2900 mAh. Of course, this also include some losses in the step-down conversion, but these are normally fairly small.

    • otto

      Feb 27, 2017 at 23:37

      well done damon

  2. Mr T

    Mar 29, 2017 at 06:26

    Bought two S20s, one for me and one for my Mum, unfortunately, while mine has been great, hers developed a screen fault before she even took possession of it (I was setting it up for her, I turned it on when it first arrived and all was good, then turned it off and put it in the box, waiting for the nano SIM to arrive. Powering it up next time showed the fault, with or without the SIM, so it basically developed a fault sitting in a box).

    It’s currently waiting to be RMAed to gearbest. Had a quick look and didn’t find anyone having similar probs (the phone is working, but the screen is a series of horizontal lines, so seems to be an LCD driver fault), so maybe a one-off, but I doubt it.

    • johnny

      Mar 29, 2017 at 08:37

      I am sorry to hear that. please reply when you get a new one. tnx

      • Mr T

        Mar 30, 2017 at 22:56

        Am getting a refund, will look for a different phone locally…

  3. Dmitryi

    Apr 17, 2017 at 09:33

    Great phone. Fast GPS. Best value for money.

    • johnny

      Apr 19, 2017 at 07:00

      yes it is 🙂

    • Proh

      Apr 25, 2017 at 18:34

      Nice design. Brutal look and thin body at the same time…
      Thanks for review johnny. I had a pleasure reading it.

  4. John Bairstow

    Apr 18, 2017 at 15:01

    good review, good features but price is very high.there are many rugged smartphones with good look and high spec like AGM A8. AGM A8 cheap, strong GPS, Android 7.0 Out of Box, you can run Lineage OS 14.1 + Resurrection Remix OS, 13MP camera, fastest processor, and for more Check the video and find how?

  5. Uzair Rizwan

    May 11, 2017 at 18:52

    Guys I recommend you AGM A8 because it is decent budget rugged smartphone in the market. AGM A8 much better than others in term of strongest GPS, great design, camera quality, NFC, battery life, and others. AGM is testing features and updating Operating system regularly. I updated my device to Android 7.1.1 and intalled lastes Lineage OS 14.1. if you compare AGM A8 with Nomu S20 you will find AGM A8 much better than Nomu S20 in term of Camera, OS, Battery capacity and quality.

  6. Luis Tejada

    May 13, 2017 at 14:22

    Cool phone Nomu is doing a great try … but in that range : AMG to me is way more appealing (does promises strength and performance as a “regular competitive smartphone” … to launch the first rugged dual camera and resistance to everything) … Still, i love that both ( AMG and Bv) are really defying their style and not imitating Samsung 😀 AND NOW WE HAVE THE X1 GOLD 18K Edition :O !!

  7. Uzair Rizwan

    May 15, 2017 at 16:38

    why should i get Nomu S20 ?
    on the same price i can get better IP68 smartphone. AGM A8 come with Android Nougat and updated lastest 7.1.1. if you compare AGM A8 with Nomu S20 you will find AGM A8 much better than Nomu S20 in term of Camera, OS, Battery capacity and quality. Nomu S20 not support NFC.

  8. Rakesh Jain

    Aug 15, 2017 at 12:01

    check gretel S5 video, the Gretel S55 smartphone is put through a number of stringent tests including the scratch test, fire test and more. Will the S55 shine in all these examinations?

  9. divanshi

    Nov 23, 2017 at 08:28

    Jesy J9s is amazing phone.we can easily move even with such a huge device, without feeling uncomfrotable. the case is completely rubberized, on the back of the smartphone are- camera, flash, fingerprint sensor, and connector for quick charging.

  10. avni jain

    Nov 29, 2018 at 12:09

    There is a time i find fast charge is really important. Because of the delay of the airplane, my phone runs out of battery and i find a place to charge in the waiting hall. after 1 hours the electricity is enough for me to go through the whole flying time and contact the receiver of hotel. I just can’t imagine what will happen if my phone didn’t work. I am glad to see that the S50pro has big battery and fast charge.

  11. Charvi Jain

    Dec 1, 2018 at 10:23

    The display looks good. Clear to see any movies and pictures.

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Review: ZMI Reason ONE



ZMI Reason ONE — a new smart alarm clock by Xiaomi Ecosystem partner — ZMI. This is the first smart alarm clock by the Chinese brand. The company’s assortment includes power banks, chargers and other gadgets for smartphones.

The design and functionality of the alarm clock are similar to the Xiaomi AI smart alarm clock. One of the main differences is the voice assistant. The alarm clock by Xiaomi supports Xiao AI suitable for Chinese customers. ZMi Reason ONE supports Alexa, which greatly simplifies the use of the device in Europe, USA, and other English-speaking countries.


The model has a compact rectangular shape (12×6×2 cm). It is made of matte black ABS-plastic.

The front panel is occupied by black monochrome screen. Despite the compact dimensions of the alarm clock, the screen is large enough. Therefore, the numbers and letters on the display are clearly visible even from a distance.

On the top, there is a touch button, which is responsible for voice control activation and microphone status.

On the rear panel, there is a speaker, a Micro-USB port (for charging) as well as a button for resetting to factory settings.


The display shows the time, date, alarm status, timer, and WiFi connection. When the voice assistant is activated, the display shows two circles, which look like “eyes”.

ZMi Reason Clock supports the Alexa voice assistant. You can ask the weather, find out the news, time, ask to turn on the music or set an alarm/timer, add smth to a shopping list and even find out the currency exchange rate.

The ringtone of the alarm clock is also easy to change. There are about 30 melodies to choose from the menu.

The alarm clock can also be a portable speaker. The model supports popular music streaming services like Amazon Music, Audible, iHeartRadio, and others.

If you have devices that support Alexa, then you can control them using ZMI Reason One. In order to do this, you need to install a special application and synchronize the devices with each other.

The price for such a smart alarm clock is ridiculously low — only $ 20. Sounds cool, doesn’t it?

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Sharp Aquos C10 [REVIEW]




The Sharp C10 review has finally arrived! Sharp is a Japanese brand that mostly covers its market in Japan, but has recently started to turn its marketing to other areas of the world. So yes, Japan is not only popular for Hentai and awesome cars industry but they also get involved in the smartphone industry. Sharp is probably best known for their TVs or kitchen appliances to some, but they are fairly old players in the smartphone game, making phones like the Aquos Crystal back in 2014. Let’s jump back to the C10 and look at all the interesting bits this smartphone hides.

Build quality

Because of it’s non standard aspect ratio, this phone brings some quite interesting looks with it. It’s a bit shorter and wider than what we’re used to, with a droplet styled notch on the top and glossy plastic back. The USB-C jack lies on the bottom between the speaker and microphone grilles, but unfortunately there is no 3.5mm audio jack on the top which is a huge disappointment. Finally, the very clicky three buttons are positioned on the right side and are pretty easy to reach due to the phone’s size.

The phone itself is fairly light in hand, but it still feels relatively sturdy and rigid. It is claimed to have gorilla Glass protection for the screen, but it’s unknown which version of it exactly. Also, Sharp have decided to put the fingerprint reader on the front, so you get a small recession under the screen where the fingerprint sensor resides. The phone itself is not too thick either, so it’s a real pleasure to handle all in all.

Android OS

The OS on this thing is actually pretty light with little to no bloat! It’s Android 8.0 Oreo with a few tweaks to the settings application, task switcher, and the system UI to handle the notch and to distinguish it from other Android phones. Notch handling is done on a per-app basis which means that most applications probably won’t support it. I’ve found that only the stock gallery seems to make use of it, while Youtube cuts off the whole top. You can also disable most of the Google applications if you don’t use them, that’ll get you some extra RAM space if you need it. The situation here is fine although they should work on the visual integrity a bit in the future updates.


This phone gets 89296 points on Antutu which is not that great for a mid range device. Compared to the Mi A2 which gets 134348 points, performance of the C10 seems pretty bad, but it’s not all that bleak. In Geekbench it gets 883 for the single core test, 4239 for the multi core test and 3702 for the renderscript test. Synthetic benchmarks obviously don’t tell the full story as this device multitasks fairly fast and handles Chrome just fine for day to day web browsing. PUBG Mobile locks the graphics settings to low and even then it stutters here and there, so obviously don’t pick this phone if you’re looking for raw gaming performance. Even then, playing on it’s relatively small screen won’t be too comfortable of an experience. Regarding screens…


In a mid range phone like this, a screen usually won’t be too interesting of a subject. C10’s screen has some very rounded corners on the top including the notch, while the bottom just has regular, hard corners. You do get a relatively nice FHD+ IPS panel with a resolution of 1080×2040. Colors pop pretty nicely at higher brightness settings, and speaking of brightness this phone handles it pretty well. Lowest brightness doesn’t go too low, but highest brightness is thankfully high enough for outside use.


I have to say, this phone has quite an interesting thing going on with the camera. Unfortunately, the second camera is only used for depth detection in portrait mode so I think it’s a bit of an useless addition, but the camera application itself is pretty feature packed. I’m happy to say that it also has a full featured manual mode with only the RAW option missing. The photos it takes on auto mode are lifelike, vibrant and just very pleasant in general. Given it’s wide aperture, it’s also pretty competitive at night, but only with still shots. Portrait mode gets you some pretty strong depth blur, but it’s inaccurate as well so use it in moderation.

Switching over to video, the mild disappointment starts. No stabilization options at all, nor any slow motion modes available. Thankfully it does have 4K, but I don’t think most people will find it very useful. Some EIS would go a long way here. All in all, it’s a pretty competent camera in the price range with some nice software features like the picture-in-picture mode, but the second camera is a bit of a waste, and the addition of EIS would be extremely beneficial.

Audio Capabilities

Testing the audio output on this phone yielded some fairly average results. Doing the tests with the headphones connected, we can see that the frequency response loses it’s linearity and some distortion shows up on the low end. The stereo crosstalk also jumps up by almost 40dB with the headphones connected. These tests are done with a 55ohm set of on-ear headphones so results may vary with different loads. The audio output thankfully does get comfortably loud so it does seem to have enough power.

Similar situation for the speaker which gets relatively loud, but it carries some distortion along with it. Nothing tragic but you’ll hear when you’re pushing it. The plastic case doesn’t resonate with the speaker that much so it doesn’t help the tinny feel of the sound. For such a budget phone, I really didn’t expect anything extraordinary from the loudspeaker so I wouldn’t call it a disappointment by any means.


Running the Lab501 gaming test on maximum brightness for 15 minutes drained the battery by 5%. Playing PUBG mobile under the same testing conditions for the same amount of time drained the battery by 10%. So with a full battery, you could game on this phone for about 10 hours.

That’s surprisingly good given the relatively small 2700mAh battery inside C10. It’s standby times are even better since the phone shows little drain during the night and could probably last over a week if used sporadically. Suffice to say, I’m pleasantly surprised!

Additional features

When it comes to additional features, this phone doesn’t pack any surprises. Unfortunately, Sharp has even omitted an FM radio receiver software even though the hardware supports it. There’s no FM radio application to be found anywhere! The fingerprint reader usually unlocks on the second try, but the results can vary and it’s pretty fast when it works.

GPS also hasn’t been proven too spectacular as it took a while to get my location acquired, but it works all right once it locks on the satellites. Finally, there’s full OTG functionality here so you can plug in flash drives and all kinds of other peripherals into your phone. No problem!


The Sharp C10 is an interesting budget phone with a pretty stern and business-like design. Even though the performance might not be the selling point here, you trade it in for a very respectable camera which I’d say is the highlight of this phone. Unfortunately some bad decisions were made, for example the removal of the 3.5mm jack and the lackluster notch handling, but all in all it could be way worse. In the end, all that matters is preference – what do you want out of your phone and what are you willing to sacrifice.

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Xiaomi Mi 9 Review




Xiaomi’s flagship smartphone, Mi 9, has some awesome characteristics like design, powerful processor, and a great camera. Wanna know more about it? Stick around. I’ll tell you all about it.

First Impressions

If we ignore aluminum frame for a moment, It can be said it is made entirely out of glass: the front panel is made of Gorilla Glass 6, and the back panel is Gorilla Glass 5. This model has a shiny blue gradient color, and there are two more color options: black and violet. There’s also a Transparent Edition that pushes price tag way beyond $500.

The glass gives the phone absolutely stunning look, but it also makes it prone to scratches and fingerprints. I recommend using silicon case that comes in the box, or some other type of protection you can buy online.

Mi 9 is Xiaomi’s first phone with a dedicated AI button. Just press it and Google Assistant will instantly pop-up, giving you the most relevant information based on your online behavior. You can reassign it as I did. I’m using it to open the rear camera.


Mi 9 has a real jewel on the front: a 6,39 inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen. The best screen on any Xiaomi device so far has great readability under the sun and it’s significantly better than LCD panels used on previous Xiaomi flagships. Above the screen is a 20-megapixel camera in a tiny waterdrop notch, and above that is a speaker. There’s even more on top of that: sensors and a LED notification light, hidden from your eyes.

Great things are coming in waves with Mi 9 because under the screen is a fingerprint sensor, lightly illuminated so you can always know where to press to unlock the phone. Let’s not forget Always-on colour display or Ambient Light, Xiaomi’s name for this very usable feature.

Hardware, benchmark

Xiaomi Mi 9 is the first smartphone with Snapdragon 855, the most powerful chipset in the world. It runs like a grinder trough games and apps so if you’re looking for a gaming phone, Mi 9 is something to seriously consider.

The phone in my hands has 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. Other flagships have at least double storage capacity, but this was a way to keep the device affordable to a much wider market segment. Xiaomi rightly estimated that 64 GB is enough for most users. After all, there is also a 128 GB version available.

At the bottom is a single loudspeaker with enough firepower to flawlessly reproduce music or gaming sounds. It is not a stereo speaker, though.


Camera quality has become an essential feature for many customers, and Xiaomi Mi 9 has really a great one to offer. Wait, not one but three! The main camera has 48 megapixels, second is 12-megapixel telephoto snapper and the last one is a 16-megapixel ultrawide sensor. Image quality is great with plenty of details.

If you’re looking for a smartphone that will give you a perfect photo in a way to simply get it out of your pocket and make a snap, Mi 9 is an obvious choice.


Xiaomi Mi 9 runs the latest MIUI 10 on top of Android 9. It follows the same logic just like any other MIUI system before, with some nice new features like moving trough system with gestures. I’m using Xiaomi phones for years and this is the most polished and user-friendly MIUI by now. The system-wide dark mode is a nice feature, and there’s also a Second Space. That’s a part of a memory protected by password, where you can put all the apps and other content you don’t want others to see.


The Battery on Mi 9 has 3.300 mAh, which is slightly smaller than last year’s Mi 8. Although it is not as big as batteries on other flagship devices or even Xiaomi’s own Redmi Note series, it is capable of reaching the end of a day on a single charge. Things get interesting when it comes to the way the Mi 9 charges.

It supports wireless charging, something Mi 8 didn’t have. Xiaomi just recently hopped in a wireless charging train, but it did it with style: Xiaomi Mi 9 has the fastest wireless charging among all the smartphones, capable of reaching full capacity in just an hour.




Xiaomi knows how to hit a bullseye: it offered a handset with an insanely powerful processor coupled with enough of RAM to easily broke every app in pieces. Camera quality is astonishing, just as the design of the device. There’s also a big shiny screen for awesome gaming and multimedia experience. With price as low as $322,99, Xiaomi Mi 9 is not only an impressive flagship smartphone but also the best-buy option for anyone who’s looking for performance and top image quality. Stay tuned for more videos and don’t forget to subscribe!

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