TP-Link is primarily known for its network equipment, but the company has expanded its product lineup with smartphones and appropriate accessories in the recent years. At MWC 2018, the firm introduced its most advanced handset to date, the Neffos N1. The key selling points of the new smartphone are its advanced camera with dual 12 MP sensors, an octa-core SoC, as well as a large display. As a plus, I think the device looks very good too.

Historically, TP-Link has offered only entry-level smartphones, priced between €110 and €250, in select European countries. These handsets do not offer great performance or advanced functionality, but TP-Link decided to bet on build quality to attract attention of the end user, as most of its phones except the cheapest ones are made of metal. The new TP-Link Neffos N1 brings the company's smartphones to the next level in terms of performance, feature set, and price, with the new unit being sold for about €349. The new handset continues the traditions of the brand, and will come in a matte black aluminum chassis that is only 7.5 mm thick. It is hard to say how this enclosure will look after years of use, but it looks good when it is new.

The Neffos N1 features a 5.5” FHD IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which is a pretty regular size and resolution for a modern mainstream smartphone. The handset is based on the MediaTek Helio P25 SoC (eight Arm Cortex-A53 at 1.6-2.6 GHz, Arm Mali-T880MP2 GPU) and is equipped with 4 GB of RAM as well as 64 GB of eMMC 5.1 NAND flash storage. Connectivity is almost standard for today, with 4G/LTE Cat 6 support, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, a USB Type-C port, and a 3.5-mm audio jack. It is a shame the smartphone is not 802.11ac, though. As for the battery, the phone comes in at 3260 mAh.

The primary camera on the back features two 12MP Sony IMX 386 sensors (one to capture RGB data, another is for monochrome data for various depth effects) with f/2.0 aperture as well as a dual-tone LED flash. The secondary camera on the front uses an 8 MP sensor.

TP-Link does not disclose launch timeframe for the device, but only says that the Neffos N1 will be available this year.

The TP-Link Neffos N1
  General Specifications
SoC MediaTek Helio P25
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.6 GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 2.6 GHz
ARM Mali-T880 MP2 GPU
Storage 64 GB + microSD
Display 5.5" IPS 1920×1080
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
(P25 specs)
CDMA2000 1x/EVDO Rev. A (SRLTE)
LTE Cat 6
LTE Down: 300 Mb/s
Up: 50 Mb/s
Sensors Fingerprint sensor
Proximity sensor
Dimensions Thickness: 7.5 mm
Weight unknown
Ingress Protection unknown
Rear Camera 2x 12MP Sony Exmor IMX 386
Dual-tone flash
Front Camera 8 MP sensor, display flash
Battery 3260 mAh
OS Google Android v?
Connectivity 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, USB-C
Navigation GPS/AGPS+GLONASS (?)
SIM Size Nano SIM
Colors Black
Launch Countries E.U.,etc
Price ~€349


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  • BedfordTim - Monday, March 12, 2018 - link

    I think we can safely say the metal back will look a lot better than a glass one after a few years. All those cracks look messy.
  • bryanb - Monday, March 12, 2018 - link

    And +1 for keeping the camera flush and avoiding a lopsided bump.
  • baka_toroi - Monday, March 12, 2018 - link

    In my experience TP-Link's products have always been great value for the money. I hope their cellphones are the same and -what I care about most- durable, with decent QA.
  • sonny73n - Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - link

    When asked what’s the best wireless router brand, I’d always referred my customers this brand over any other.
  • Tewt - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - link

    Ditto on TP-Link quality/value. After almost two years, my AC1900 router is still going strong. One of the best upgrades I still enjoy today.
  • cygnus1 - Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - link

    If this comes with Android 8.x out of the gate, it might be my first Android handset purchase ever.

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