FNB has a range of smartphones on the market, and we got the FNB smartphone ConeXis X1 to play with for a while. The FNB smartphone is the top of the range, compared to the lower-end A1 model. The FNB smartphone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and comes with a custom FNB skinned UI. The phone is available through FNB for R149 per month, and you can get rebates on the device depending on your eBucks ranking. All services are also free while using the device with the FNB Sim card, which is a nice addition to the phone.
But with everything the FNB smartphone has to offer, is it worth looking at? Let’s break it down in our ConeXis X1 review.
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ConXis X1 Tech Specs
|Storage||8GB expandable up to 128GB|
|CPU||Quad-Core 1.3GHz Cortex-A53|
|OS||Android 6.0 Marshmellow|
|Dual Sim||No – Unlocked FNB Sim Card|
|Camera||8MP Rear, 5MP Front|
|Price||R149 per month|
What’s In The Box?
Surprisingly enough, FNB has packed each box with a bunch of cool things. Each FNB smartphone comes with a cover, a screen protector, earphones, sim card, 16GB micro SD card, and the usual charger and wire. This is a great move on FNB’s part, as it means new users can get the FNB smartphone, without the worry of purchasing any extra add-ons.
- ConeXis X1 device
- Tempered glass screen protector
- Charging cable (USB 2.0)
- Micro SD – 16GB already in the phone
- FNB sim card
- Rubber device cover
The FNB smartphone is very light and sleek. Although the device is mainly made out of plastic, the design looks very similar to an iPhone 4. It has a gloss back, and a sleek rim. The sim card and Micro SD tray pop out like many devices today with the use of a pin, and the headphone jack is at the top of the device. The lock and unlock button is located in the middle, easy enough for you to press if you are holding it in one hand. Although the FNB smartphone does not have a fingerprint scanner, we felt that it was not really necessary.
The FNB smartphone has a 5.2″ HD IPS display, which looks great when in use. The screen edges are curved to a point of resembling an iPhone 6 design, which gives it a premium look and feel. We were quite surprised by the design of the FNB smartphone overall. It looks great, and it is just a bit thicker than an iPhone 6 Plus. The finishing on the FNB smartphone really adds to the visual identity of the phone.
The ConeXis X1 handles Android 6.0 pretty well. Sure it is no Samsung Galaxy S7, or Xperia device, but for its price range, its hardware manages to stand on its own. We could not help but feel that maybe the FNB smartphone could have done with 2GB of RAM instead of 1GB, as some tasks do freeze at times, especially while multitasking.
The FNB UI looks great on the device, with a general blue and white icon style throughout the device. It is enough to make it feel like something different compared to other Android devices on the market. Thanks to the FNB smartphone coming with a sim, you can just pop it in and start working on the device. The sim will have your details on like your data loaded and minutes. You can get right into the use of the device.
The FNB app, and all banking services on the FNB smartphone use zero data. As much as this is great, the banking does not use much data in the first place, and we do not spend our whole day on the app, so this feature of the package, kind of felt redundant. The package then comes with 200MB of data, which will probably last a day with a heavy user.
The camera on the FNB smartphone is not half bad. It gets the job done and works best in good light conditions. It felt box standard, but then again, we need to take into consideration the price of the device. Battery life was also quite impressive. We got around a full day use, with gradual use throughout the day like Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook.
The ConeXis X1 might not be the most powerful device on the market, but it is affordable and easy to get your hands on. You don’t need to apply for finance, nor do you need any credit checks done. You just have to have an FNB account. The FNB smartphone is great for those who want a smartphone experience, without forking out tens of thousands of Rands for it. It does everything you need, and it is not held back by any gimmicks.