Even though the tech giants of this world have advanced into new regions in terms of price in recent years, more and more smartphone manufacturers are (fortunately!) also trying their hand at low-budget applications. Chinese manufacturers in particular regularly present huge amounts of smartphones at a purchase price of around 100€ and often prove that average requirements for a smartphone do not necessarily require a high price.
Kenxinda, a hitherto unknown manufacturer to us, also wants to get involved with its model X6 and tries to win new customers with its 5-inch display, a dual camera and 3GB of RAM. Whether Kenxinda X6 turns out to be an insider tip or just one smartphone among many, we’ll find out in the test.
Kenxinda X6 Scope of delivery
Kenxinda X6 is delivered in a simple cardboard box containing the smartphone itself, a Micro-USB cable, power supply, in-ear headset, silicone protective cover and a SIM ejection tool. In addition, a simple screen protector is already applied to the display of the smartphone. This makes the scope of delivery more generous than that of most well-known manufacturers. From the very beginning, nothing stands in the way of full everyday use.
Design & build quality
When you take Kenxinda X6 in your hand for the first time, you immediately notice that it is made entirely of simple plastic on the rear. Thus it does not leave a particularly high-quality impression like many other competitors. The weight of 160g and the depth of 9mm are similar to other devices of the same size and price range.
On the front of X6, below the 5-inch display, you find an oval fingerprint scanner that also functions as a home button. To the left and right are the non-illuminated capacitive keys for the task manager and the back button, which always reacted quickly during the test. Above the display are also the front camera, a notification LED and the earpiece. X6 does not have a modern 18:9 display ratio or thin display bezels and therefore looks a bit old-fashioned, similar to an iPhone 8(!).
At the bottom, X6 has a Micro-USB connector, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a speaker and a microphone. The right outside houses the power button and the volume control, on the left you find the SIM card slot. Finally, the dual camera and the single-LED flash are located on the rear.
All in all, the haptics of X6 do not leave an outstanding impression due to the materials used, but also do not interfere with inaccurate build quality or clattering keys. All important connections are available and even a 3.5mm headphone connection finds its way into X6.
The Kenxinda X6’s IPS display is located under an undescribed front glass, which did not suffer any damage in the test when in contact with everyday objects such as keys or coins. The panel itself has a resolution of 720x1280p, reaching an acceptable 294ppi. Font and image are therefore sufficiently sharp and only on closer inspection do individual pixels become visible.
Unfortunately, the image quality of the panel is not one of the strengths of X6, as colours appear washed-out and greyish, despite improvements with MiraVision. The viewing angle stability is also rather mediocre.
Brightness and quality of illumination are alright for the price range.
The touchscreen always reacted reliably during the test and detects up to 5 fingers simultaneously. Precise operation is therefore possible and the mobile phone performs considerably better than competitor models with a 2-point touch screen.
As it is the case with build quality, the display of X6 does not dissolve any enthusiasm among the user and thus lags behind the competition, such as a Cubot Note Plus or Xiaomi Redmi Note 5a. The bottom line is that the customer receives a very average quality of the display, but this is still acceptable in view of the price.
Performance in Kenxinda X6 is generated by the well-known 64-bit MediaTek Quadcore-SoC MTK6737, which is supported by 3GB of RAM and a Mali-T720. The processor has four Cortex-A53 cores, each clocking at a maximum of 1.25GHz. Due to its origin in 2016, the CPU is still manufactured in the outdated 28nm process and is therefore significantly less efficient in power consumption compared to modern SoC such as the Snapdragon 425. Whether this also becomes apparent in Kenxinda X6 negatively in the battery life we will find out later.
With the features described above, X6 scores 30,000 points in the Antutu Benchmark and is thus well below the value of the CUBOT Note Plus. It should be noted, however, that this phone has a bored-out version of the same processor on board.
The reading and writing speed of the 32GB internal storage reach good levels with 94 and 123 MB/s and the RAM corresponds to the solid average with a speed of 2.777 MB/s. 3GB RAM is sufficient for common scenarios where there is frequent switching between a small number of apps.
In practice, the theory coincides with the impression X6 leaves behind: ordinary tasks such as Whatsapp or surfing do not cause X6 any difficulties and even in simple games, even with 3D elements, the fun does not stop. With more complex material, however, such as the racing game Asphalt 8, adjustments to the graphics settings are required in order to maintain a smooth performance.
Kenxinda X6 reached us with Android version 7.1.1 and has the security patches of December 5, 2017.
The graphical user interface used, called KOS, differs considerably from the usual Stock Android and can be described as a combination of MIUI, the Android user interface known from Xiaomi smartphones, and Apple’s iOS. As usual, there is no app drawer, quick settings are called up by a swipe from the bottom of the display like on an iPhone and the notification centre has also been repainted in Apple style. In addition, system-oriented apps have been thematically adapted to achiever a harmonious appearance. Furthermore, applications such as an additional app store, a theme app for personalizing the interface and a proprietary browser are already installed on X6 ex-works, but if you don’t like them, they can be deactivated quickly and easily in the settings.
All in all, the functions of the UI always worked reliably in the test and thus also offer added value in part. The performance has always been at a good level for a device in this price range and as a possible bonus, it is worth mentioning that people leaving the Apple world will find their way around here faster than it would perhaps be the case with another Android UI.
The system shone in the test with stability and made X6 a good companion in everyday life! Even in higher price ranges we have already gained other experiences and are therefore impressed by the quality Kenxinda delivers here.
On the rear of Kenxinda X6, you find, as already mentioned at the beginning, a dual camera which turns out to be a fake, as with a lot of Chinese manufacturers. Functions such as bokeh photography or the 2X optical zoom are therefore simply achieved with software and cannot be compared with the real use of a second lens.
Apart from that, the other shots with the 13-megapixel sensor are also rather bad than good. Problems with exposure and focusing are still the least of the difficulties. The colours fade and details are looked for in vain. The limited dynamic range means that even with the HDR function, bright areas are quickly overexposed.
A similar image appears with the front camera, which is at most sufficient for video calls. Selfies only succeed in very limited quality due to the immense lack of details and the fast overexposure.
X6 records videos in Full-HD at most and shows, in addition to the phenomena described above, also slight frame drops. The functioning EIS, an option for digital stabilization of the image, caused positive astonishment.
All in all, the photos taken serve more as simple snapshots to capture an important document for example. For visually appealing images, however, another smartphone should be selected! The competition from our high score list especially delivers significantly better results.
X6 offers a lot of frequencies, among those there are:
• 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
• 3G: WCDMA 859/900/1900/2100 MHz
• 4G: FDD-LTE B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B17/B20
The connection was always reliable in the test and thus met the requirements for a device in this price range. Functioning GPS and a digital compass ensure that X6 is also suitable for pedestrian navigation. Unfortunately, no location was determined in the GPS benchmark in the test. However, this did not have a negative effect on the usability in Google Maps and Co. Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n are also included.
Furthermore, Kenxinda X6 houses the following sensors:
When making phone calls, the smartphone delivers solid performance without the hands-free kit. This is, thanks to the bad sounding loudspeaker, no pleasure. Headphones connected via the 3.5mm socket sounded sufficiently good in the test.
We are enthusiastic about the fingerprint sensor which reliably unlocks the device in 9 out of 10 cases. It shows a remarkable speed, especially compared to other smartphones in the price range.
The battery of Kenxinda X6 has a capacity of 3.500 mAh and therefore, it takes about 3 hours for a full charge with the included power supply. In the battery benchmark, the smartphone then reaches a runtime of 5.5 hours and thus even ranks behind Cubot Note Plus, although that has the same processor and a smaller battery. This allows the smartphone to last a day of normal use. X6 is mercilessly inferior to the competition from Xiaomi, which house modern Snapdragon processors. Whether Kenxinda can or will change something in the run time on the software level, remains to be seen
For Kenxinda X6, it is basically difficult to find arguments that would justify a purchase. The competition from Xiaomi or Cubot is too strong and outperforms X6 in all disciplines. Apart from the camera, Kenxinda offers a solid framework that makes it a reliable everyday device, especially due to the stable software. But as already indicated, devices like the top 3 of our high score list are simply the better alternative, as they offer the customer more for the low price.