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Siswoo R9 Darkmoon (2015)

Android OS v5.1 (Lollipop)
Mediatek MT6752
Mali-T760 MP2
3 GB / 32 GB
5.2 inch (1080 x 1920 px)
13 MP, 4160 x 3120 px, autofocus

This phone boasts a 5.2 inch IPS display, a Mediatek MT6752 chipset, and 3 GB of RAM.

Is the cost justified by its features? I'll strive to answer that by the end of my review.

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This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the Siswoo R9 Darkmoon smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device.

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Siswoo R9 Darkmoon specifications

BrandSiswoo
NameR9 Darkmoon
ModelR9
Release date2015

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight5.19 oz
Dimensions5.73 x 2.83 x 0.32 inch
Colorsblack, white
SIM typeMini SIM

The weight of the Siswoo R9 Darkmoon is still considered to be lightweight and portable.

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System, chipset, performance

OS versionAndroid OS v5.1 (Lollipop)
SoCMediatek MT6752
CPUOcta-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53
GPUMali-T760 MP2

The Siswoo R9 Darkmoon comes with Android OS v5.1 (Lollipop) out of the box. Android is an open-source operating system. This means users and developers have more control over the software. This CPU makes it ideal for running resource-intensive applications. Many people consider ARM Mali GPUs a good option for mobile devices.

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Display type, size, resolution

Display typeIPS
Screen size5.2 inch
Resolution1080 x 1920 px
Multitouch supportyes, up to 5 fingers

People know IPS for its wide viewing angles. It also has accurate color reproduction. The 5.2 inch display make this smartphone pocket-friendly. The display size is the diagonal distance from one corner of the screen to the opposite corner.

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Memory, storage

RAM3 GB
Internal storage32 GB
Memory card slotmicroSD

The smartphone has 3 GB of RAM. It can run many apps at once without much lag or slowness. More RAM lets us keep more apps and processes open in the background. This keeps the device from slowing down. Generally, a smartphone should have a minimum of 32 GB of internal storage. The R9 Darkmoon has 32 GB. We can expand the internal storage of the R9 Darkmoon (32 GB) by using a compatible microSD card.

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Cameras, flash

Main camera13 MP, 4160 x 3120 px, autofocus
FlashDual LED
Selfie camera8 MP

This single camera can be enough for many smartphone users, it depends on their photography needs and preferences. The main camera of R9 Darkmoon smartphone does not have OIS. The optical image stabilization (OIS) is an important feature in smartphones.

Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G / 4G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetoothv4.0, A2DP
GPSA-GPS, GLONASS
NFCyes
FM radioyes
USBmicroUSB 2.0
Headphone3.5 mm jack

The 4G provides faster data transfer speeds compared to previous generations. This Siswoo phone can connect to Wi-Fi networks at home, at work, or in public places. We can use Bluetooth to connect our R9 Darkmoon smartphone to many Bluetooth devices. This phone has a built-in GPS receiver. The R9 Darkmoon comes with NFC (Near Field Communication) functionality. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows us to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Ion 2500 mAh, non-removable

The Li-Ion 2500 mAh, non-removable battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The Li-ion is a low maintenance battery. It does not need periodic full discharge. The R9 Darkmoon does not have a removable battery, it integrates the battery into the phone's design.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, compass, gyroscope, hall, light, proximity
SpecialsCorning Gorilla Glass 3, Dual SIM, 4.7 inch secondary EPD (Electronic Paper Display)

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The accelerometer is a sensor. It measures the tilting motion and orientation of the phone. The light sensor is a type of sensor in a smartphone. It lets the phone measure light intensity around the device. Dual SIM is great for businesses. They want to give staff a device with separate numbers and bills for personal and business use. Corning Gorilla Glass is tougher. It resists scratches, impacts, and drops.

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this Siswoo phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • microSD slot
  • Dual SIM support
  • Corning Gorilla Glass shield

Cons

  • limited-size screen
  • single camera setup
  • no OIS function
  • no 5G support
  • no Type-C USB port
  • low-capacity battery
  • no fingerprint reader
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Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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