Aside from the previously revealed G5 and G6, Jiayu has two other upper mid-range smartphones in the pipeline for this summer. The G4 and G3S are rumored to start selling in early June in China, though a late June launch seems more likely at this point.
Jiayu is not exactly a household name in the global mobile phone industry (and let’s face it, they’re not so awfully popular in their homeland China either), but 2013 looks like it could be the company’s breakout year.
The G5 and G6 phones are just two of the aces up Jiayu’s sleeve, with G4 and G3S-related rumors now intensifying. According to GizChina’s usually reliable confidential sources, the G4/G3S duo is headed to the Chinese market in the very near future, with production likely to be underway by the end of May.
That means the two handhelds could be up on store shelves as soon as the first days of June, though if you ask me, that’s a very optimistic forecast. Instead, the G4 and G3S will probably hit the ground running in China towards the month’s end, while potential international buyers will be left waiting until at least mid-July.
But are these two phones worth the wait? It depends. If you’re in the market for a ginormous Android smartphone with all-around top-notch specs and you’re not on a very tight budget, the answer is a definite no.
However, if you want something a little more modest with a much more sensible price point, you’re in luck. The G4 is nearly confirmed to come with a 4.7-inch 720p display, quad-core 1.2 GHz MTK6589 CPU, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 2 GB of RAM, dual-SIM support and a 3,000 mAh battery.
Meanwhile, the Jiayu G3S will be an ever so slightly tweaked version of the existent G3, meaning it’s going to replace that fellow’s dual-core chip with a quad-core MTK6589 while keeping the 1 GB of RAM, 4.5-inch 720p screen and 8 MP rear snapper in tow. The on-board software will likely be Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, though 4.2 is in the cards too.
As for pricing, all rumors point towards the G4 going for around $285, whereas the G3S will likely start at around 200 bucks. Not bad for what the two have going beneath their hoods, right?