The Noir A950 belongs somewhere in the upper mid-range category, given both its price and specs. It is definitely one of the best smartphones QMobile has to offer. It sports an impeccable 4.65" Super Amoled HD display along with the more or less impressive, 1.2GHz Quad Core Cortex A7 processor. It might not run the latest Android software i.e. 4.3, but it does come pretty close to offering the best with Android 4.1 Jellybean. Having Android 4.1 onboard allows this smartphone to give the user access to millions of apps and games, as well as provide buttery smooth performance with the help of its Quad Core processor. It has a great design and build, and would surely be one of the top contenders, for anyone looking for a great mid-ranger.
This phone has a lot to offer in the hardware side of the things. It boosts a 1.2GHz Quad Core processor, great for providing speedy performance to the user, without any lag. To accompany that processing power, it has 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Both of which, in my opinion, fall short of being good enough. However, the phone does have a Micro SD card slot (supports up to 32GB), which should make up for, at least, the considerably low amount of ROM. A noticeable shortcoming of this phone is the 2100mAh battery, sure it would've been great for a dual core smartphone but it might not prove to be enough to efficiently power this Quad Core phone. The best feature of this phone, by far, is the display. The Super AMOLED HD screen makes for a marvelous viewing experience. The colors are vibrant, and your content feels more alive than ever.
Like most other QMobile phones, the Noir A950 also has Dual SIM support, meaning you can use two SIMs at once. The Dual SIM support, to me, seemed like just another shenanigan, which less than excellent companies used, to make their phones more attractive to the average consumer. That was before I used a QMobile smartphone with Dual SIM support. Take it from me, the operating and maneuvering between the two SIMs becomes much easier on a smartphone.
The Noir A950 also comes with an 8MP rear camera along with a LED flash. The camera on this phone is capable of Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and its limitations could be pushed, using one of many photography apps from the Google Play Store, such as Camera360. The phone also has a 1MP front facing camera, useful for taking self-shots, communicating with friends on different social networks like Skype, Google+ and Facebook, among other things. Another quirky but useful feature of this phone is the Torch, which isn’t a standalone light as on most feature phones, the LED flash of the camera is used as a torch.
Going around the body of the phone, the front does not have any physical keys, just the three standard capacitive keys. The speaker used in calls can be found above the screen, along with the secondary camera and a few sensors. The back holds the 8MP camera and the LED flash on the top left, with the speaker grill on the bottom left. The QMobile branding can be seen slightly above the speaker, on the back. The right side of the phone has the volume rocker, just in range of the user’s thumb or index finger. The left side of the phone has the power button. The top and bottom of this phone host the 3.5mm audio jack, a microphone, and the Micro USB for charging and connecting the phone to other devices.
The Noir A950 runs Android 4.1 Jellybean out of the box. Just like every other Android smartphone manufacturer, QMobile also customizes and adjusts the software of its phones to meet the company's design statement and the phone's hardware capabilities. In this case, the software on the A950 has been optimized to support the Dual SIM feature. The Android platform is easily the most customizable mobile OS in the world, a feature that iOS and Windows Phone cannot match. With apps like Themer and Go Launcher Ex, Android customization is at its peak. Just head over to mycolorscreen.com to see for yourself and find out what your droid is capable of! The Google Play Store gives access to millions of apps and games, fitting the user’s needs. Whether you need to be more productive at work, remember to buy groceries, need to connect with your friends or just spend a little leisure time, there is an app for that!
The QMobile Noir A950 is certainly one of the best phones of the company, to date. It has its flaws like the insufficient amount of RAM and ROM and it has its strengths like the vivid and zesty Super AMOLED HD display. If you are in the market for a mid-range smartphone that packs great processing power and display at a relatively low price, then the Noir A950 is for you. If you want more built in features and better overall performance and experience, you should hold on to your hard earned cash, save a little more and buy one of the better Samsung or Sony smartphones.
|Platform||Android 4.1 Jelly Bean|
|Secondary Camera||Yes; 1MP|
|Wi-Fi||Yes (Wi-Fi 802.11)|
|Processor Type||1.2GHz Quad Core|
|Frequency Band||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 WCDMA 900/2100|
|Resolution||720 x 1280 pixels|
|Internal Memory||4GB (less might be accessible to the user)|
|Talk Time||up to 7h|
|Standby Time||up to 450h|