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QMobile Noir A2: A Review
Written By: M. Usman Afzal
Web Published Date: November 21, 2012
Few months ago, QMobile Noir A2 gained popularity among Pakistani mobile users due to its fast processing speed and reasonable features in very low price. Noir A2 is still leading the market in its cheap category under 9K pak rupees, although there are also some cheap china made smartphones like Gfive A68 and A79 available. It is not a secret that QMobile is also a Pakistani importer & distributor of China made mobiles.

So lets start our review which is first of its kind.

Main Features of QMobile Noir A2:
3.5 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen (Multi-touch feature)
HVGA display screen resolution (320 x 480 pixels)
Maximum 5 homescreen panes with easy switching
Dual SIM, Dual standby, Dual Band (900 / 1800)
Dimensions:
114 x 61 x 12.9 mm (Height x Width x Thickness)
Approximate Weight : 120g (battery included)
1 GHz single core processor (as claimed by QMobile)
Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) with QAPPS support
CPU : MT 6575 Chipset, ARM v7 Processor revision 10
BogoMIPS: 1998.84 MHz (Checked using Quadrant Standard Benchmark)
GPU : PowerVR SGX 531
Quadrant Benchmark Score: 1577
AnTuTu Benchmark Score: 3313
NenaMark 2.4 Benchmark Score: 29.9
Google Play Store version 3.9.16
Adobe Flash support: YES (Version 11.1 checked)
Internal Memory : 172 MB (90 MB free user memory available)
RAM : 235 MB
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Tethering and portable hotspot
GPRS Class 12, EDGE Class 12
3G : Not supported
GPS : Not supported
3.15 MP (2048 x 1536) rear camera, Auto-focus, geo-tagging, face detection
Camera Flash light : NO
0.3 MP front video call camera
480p video recording @ 15 fps
MicroUSB 2.0 port (charging) and stereo bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP support
MicroSD slot (supported upto 32 GB), 4GB memory card included
Standard 3.5 mm audio jack support
Sensors: Motion, Proximity, Accelerometer
Stereo FM Radio (with record as 3gpp audio file)
Phone call recording, Sound Recorder
Android Live Wallpapers
Documents To Go 2.5 Full version  (Create/ Edit/ View  of doc, xls, ppt files and View of pdf files)
Android Web Browser, Opera Mini 6.5 pre-installed
Google Search & Voice-input search
PC Suite software (with driver installation CD)
Video chat support via wifi network (on Skype, Yahoo and Tango)
Social media Integration (Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo Messenger, MSN talk Pro, Gtalk, Google Maps, Latitude, Places etc)
E-Mail solution (GMail, Yahoo Mail, Android Mail)
Saavn, Calendar,AccuWeather widget, Angry Birds and Talking Tom pre-installed
Practically unlimited phonebook
Text messages in threaded view
1300 mAh Lithium ion standard battery, approx 6 hrs talk time, 10 hrs music play, 4.5 hrs web surfing (wifi), 5 hrs video playback, 60 hrs standby time (tested).
Price: 8700 Pak rupees (Karachi, Lahore confirmed)

Major Disadvantages of QMobile Noir A2:
Low internal memory (only 90 MB internal storage available out of 172 MB)
Low RAM ( approx. 40-50 MB free RAM available out of 235 MB)
NO GPS support
NO 3G support (this is not a disadvantage if you are in a country like Pakistan where 3G services are still not available for mobile users)

Standard Package : QMobile Noir A2 comes with standard package like USB cable, charger, installation CD, stereo earphones, user guide, warranty card etc.


Download User Guide of QMobile Noir A2 from HERE

Handset build Quality : Noir A2 measures 114 x 61 x 12.9 mm and weighs about 120g. The build quality is very good and solid. It is intersting to note that Noir A2 and Indian Micromax A45 have the same identical looks.



Display Quality : Noir A2 has a decent 3.5 inches display screen with HVGA resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. This means that it has pixel density of approximately 165 ppi (pixels per inch).  Below is the comparison  of A2 with other mobiles:

Mobile Name
Screen Size (inches)
Screen Pixels
Pixel Density (ppi)
QMobile Noir A2
3.5
320 x 480
165
Samsung Galaxy Y duos
3.14
240 x 320
127
Samsung Galaxy Pocket
2.8
240 x 320
143
HTC Explorer
3.2
320 x 480
180

So the display screen of Noir A2 has better pixel density than Samsung ones. Below are the screenshots of Noir A2 home screen :




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