FNF iFive Mini 4S Review – ‘S’ For Sub-par or Superstar? [2020 Update]

Tablets are the perfect way to stream movies. That’s why you may be interested in the FNF Mini 4S. It’s a budget handset that doesn’t do too badly for its price. We’ve talked all about it and more below.

FNF iFive Mini 4S Specs

Device Specifications:

FNF iFive Mini 4S

 Launch Date

 2016

 Weight

 11.99 ounces (340 grams)

 Measurements

 4.8 in x 7.36 in x 0.24 in (122 mm x 187 mm x 6 mm)

 Graphics Card

 Mali T-764

 Display Screen

 7.85-inch (199.39 mm) IPS QXGA 2048 x 1536 Pixels

 Operating System

 Android 6

 Chipset

 RockChip RK3288

 CPU

 Qualcomm Quad-Core 1.8GHz

 RAM

 2 GB 

 Internal Space

 32 GB

 Front Camera

 8 MP

 Rear Camera

 2 MP

 Supported SIM types

 Nano (Single)

 Network Coverage

 2G , 3G , 4G

 Battery Coverage

 4800 mAh

Features

Design

The tablet comes with an aluminum and glass build. For a handset of its price, you wouldn’t expect such a thing. It feels way more expensive than it is. The device is not that big, though. Its screen stretches 7.85 inches (199.39 mm) across. As you know, the larger the screen, the more immersive of a viewing experience you’ll get.

Its dimensions are good. More affordable tabs tend to be brick-like. It is 4.8 in x 7.36 in x 0.24 in (122 mm x 187 mm x 6 mm). It’s not too heavy either. It comes in at 11.99 ounces (340 grams).

Now, is it ergonomic?

We don’t think so. With one look at its sides, you’ll be able to tell that they’re not curved well. When holding it for a while, your palms would be sore.

The materials on its back make it feel expensive. But we have a problem with them – they collect a lot of fingerprints. Unless you regularly wipe the Mini 4S down, its rear won’t look good.

Everyone loves tabs with USB ports. You’d not only be able to connect multiple peripherals but keyboards too, transforming them into mini-computers. Unfortunately, there’s a micro USB entry. You’ll only be able to attach its charging cable and USB sticks.

We love that it offers a microSD slot. Because you’re already getting good storage. How much ROM does it offer? 32 gigs. Its microSD slot supports cards up to 128 GB.

Is there a headphone jack? The answer is yes.

You’ll regularly be using the tab to stream Netflix. When doing so, you’ll realize that its speakers aren’t the loudest. This is disappointing, but remember that you’re not paying a lot of money. Thankfully, you can connect external speakers to it. This will help with your viewing experience.

Ifive Mini 4S tab

Display

Its sharpness is really good. It is 2048 x 1536 pixels. Considering its display is only 7.9 inches, such a resolution makes it more than pin-sharp. You’re getting a pixel density that’ll rival the more expensive iPad Mini.

The panel on its front is IPS. This means that colour production is not the most vibrant. Its screen also doesn’t get that bright. If you’re planning on using the tab outdoors, this is something to consider.

Users have reported that the sides of its display tend to bleed. Although we didn’t notice it, reports suggest that it’s very mild. It won’t affect your viewing experience.

Purchase a good case. The device’s screen doesn’t come with quality glass. It rocks the regular strengthened type – you’ll easily scratch it.

Processor

You can probably imagine that its processor is not the snappiest. It is the RockChip RK3288. You’ll have a hard time switching between apps as its RAM is not the best either. You’re getting 2 gigs of it. We’re glad that it didn’t come with 1 GB RAM, though. Several cheaper tablets are guilty of this. Using them would be very hard.

Along with watching movies, playing games is unanimous with tablets. The FNF’s GPU is actually good. It is the Mali T-764.

OS wise, get ready to be disappointed. It runs Android 6 out of the box. Don’t expect the Android 10 update. This is a bummer as the new OS is the most customizable Android has ever been. It even offers a dark mode!

If it’s any consolation, the Mini 4S runs stock Android. Why is this a good thing? Because you won’t have to deal with heavy themes slowing it down. The absence of a UI also limits bloatware, which are applications preinstalled that you won’t be able to get rid of.

Battery

Let’s talk about its battery:

There is a 4800 mAh unit. How does it do? Bad. Phones with 5-6-inch displays come with that much mAh. A tab with a much larger screen should not have a small battery. It fully drains in less than half a day. Thankfully, there are expert power-saving modes to play with. You’ll be able to prolong its life for a bit longer.

As mentioned, you’ll be using its micro USB port to charge it. These days, the port is considered dated. You’ll be making use of a regular 10 W charger too, meaning it’ll take well over 2 hours to go from 0-100%.

Camera

When it comes to tablets, cameras aren’t the biggest deal. No one uses an iPad to take pictures, now do they? That’s why we aren’t mad that the Mini 4S doesn’t have the best set-up. It has a single 8 MP sensor on its rear. Meanwhile, you’re getting a 2 MP lens on its front. It would be alarming if a phone came without an LED flash, however. Well, the tablet doesn’t.

Connectivity

 Before moving onto the latter part of our review, let’s talk about its connectivity features. You can connect to 2G, 3G and 4G networks. What version of Bluetooth is available? You’re getting v4.1.

Alternatives

Now that you know everything about it, running through similarly priced units would help you decide on it better.

Unlike its counterpart, it was released this year. This is why it comes with better specs. However, they are in the same price range.

The tablet doesn’t feel the most premium. It comes in a plastic build.

We don’t think it’s the most ergonomic. Its sides aren’t the most comfortable to hold. In the thickness department, it’s not that good. It’s much thicker than its alternative, being 7.95 x 5.39 x 0.38 in (202 x 137 x 9.7 mm).

As its name suggests, its screen stretches 8 inches across. It’s not the largest for a tablet. There are several that are over 10 inches. In terms of sharpness, it doesn’t hold a torch to its counterpart. Its resolution is 800 x 1280 pixels.

But compared to the Mini, it has less bezel action going on. This means its viewing experience is more immersive.

The panel on its display is IPS LCD. It’s as vibrant as the FNF.

Out of the box, you’re not getting Android 6. You’re met with Android 9 instead. What about Android 10? As of now, it doesn’t run it. There’s no news of it receiving the update, to be honest.

No, you’re not getting Stock Android. The tab makes use of Fire OS 7. It’s not too heavy, but we would’ve loved the vanilla version instead.

Processor-wise:

You’re met with the MT8168, which is a basic chipset. When compared to the one on the FNF tab, it doesn’t perform as well. That being said, it’s just a bit slower.

The storage it comes with is good. You can pick it up with 32 and 64 GB of space. You can expand it as well – there is a MicroSD slot. What’s noteworthy is that you can expand its storage to a whopping 1 TB. You’ll be able to download all sorts of files and movies!

There’s 3 GB RAM by your side. Moving through apps is much smoother than its counterpart. You also never have to worry about force-closing.

Its battery isn’t impressive. It is 4850 mAh. It causes the device to last around half a day. You can wirelessly charge it. This isn’t something you’d expect from a tab its price. Once placed on its dock, it’ll go from 0-100% in around 2 hours.

There is a single shooter on its rear. It is a 2 MP lens. On its front, a 2MP shooter is present as well.

Final Thoughts

What did you think about our FNF iFive Mini 4S review? For a tablet of its price, it does quite well. This is especially true in terms of its build. The aluminum and glass on it make it feel much more expensive than what it is. That being said, be sure to regularly wipe it down. They’re luxury materials, but they’re major fingerprint magnets.

The handset is also good when it comes to its display. Its screen resolution is astonishing. It’s much sharper than more expensive devices. 

The fact that it comes with Stock Android is appreciated as well. You won’t have to deal with heavy themes.

We reviewed the Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus (2020) as an alternative. It’s newer than it, but the FNF device held its own. But we’re very fond of the HD 8 Plus’ charging. You wouldn’t expect such an affordable unit to come with wireless fast charging.

If you’d like a look at more FNF tablets, you can check our Facebook out! The brand’s not the most well known, which is why we regularly talk about them.


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