iBerry Auxus Nuclea N2 review – Impressive but a bit pricy

The iBerry Auxus Nuclea N2 comes powered by 1.7GHz MediaTek octa core processor running Android 4.2 with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. The display is 5.7 inches with FHD resolution. Key highlight is NFC, corning gorilla glass and wireless charging support.

Nuclea N2 box pack
Inside the box you will find the N2 handset, charger, data cable, earphone, battery of 3500 mAh capacity and warranty information /user manual.

Design and Display
The handset is an exact replica of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The rear side however is made of plastic with textures on it to give it the same look as on the Note 3.  Build quality and finishing is very good. The handset weight with battery is 193 grams and dimensions are 79.81 x 154 x 9.36mm. Without the battery handset is 8.62mm thick.

Power button is placed on the right, volume rockers on the left, micro USB 3.0 port at the bottom and 3.5mm audio jack on the top. There are dual mic for noise cancellation – one at the bottom and other next to the 3.5mm audio jack on the top.

iberry auxus nuclea N2 box pack

The display screen is 5.7 inches OGS with 1920×1080 pixels resolution and corning gorilla glass protection. The Active matrix Display is using the ClearMotion (Video Fluency enhancer) technology. The touch is smooth and responsive. There is finger print resistive and anti reflective film on the screen. The colour reproduction, viewing angles are very good. Because of the anti reflective film the screen looks sharper and clearer.  (Check the review video). SAR value 0.41 W/kg (head) and 0.97 W/kg (body). There are accelerometer, light, magnetic and proximity sensors.

iberry auxus nuclea N2 unboxing front

Memory, Storage and OS
The handset comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. There is micro SD card slot that can add another 64GB external card. Of the 2GB RAM 1.4GB is available and of 16GB storage 1.5 GB is available for apps and 11GB as internal storage. You can install apps on the external storage.

OTG did not work on the handset, however iBerry has confirmed they will check that and enabled it via firmware upgrade. (Not sure if the OTG issue was on the review handset I got or other handsets too.)

Update: OTG is now working, the new firmware has it enabled.

Iberry auxus nuclea N2 OTG supported

otg on nuclea n2 handset

Nuclea N2 runs on Android 4.2.2 OS and OTA (Over the Air) updates are supported.

iberry auxus nuclea N2 review

Performance
N2 houses the true octa core MT6592 chipset clocked at 1.66GHz coupled with Mali 450 MP GPU. The performance is very smooth and lag free. In fact in the menu screen interface when you move from one screen to another you can see the 3D effect that worked very smoothly.

Benchmark scores

  • Quadrant Standard – 1st 14081,  2nd – 15799 .
  • AnTuTu – 1st 25976, 2nd – 25808.
  • Vellamo – HTML5 1950, Metal 641.
  • Nenamark 2 – 48.7 fps
  • Multi touch : 5 points.

Camera and Entertainment
The rear camera is 13MP with flash and front camera is 8MP as mentioned on the box, however the front camera also showed 13MP resolution. Interestingly the front camera is also auto focus. The still images are very good plus the 1080p video quality. Do check the sample images.

iberry auxus nuclea N2 camera

This hardware can easily play full HD videos.

Gaming
I installed the MC4 and Asphalt 8 on the external card. The game play was smooth. You can play Asphalt 8 in high resolution mode smoothly, without any lags.

Others
This is a dual SIM handset you need a micro SIM card and a normal SIM card. Sound (loudspeaker / In call speaker) is loud and clear. 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth worked without any issues. The GPS is very good, got a lock indoors too. Wireless display is supported. You can even calibrate the Proximity and G-sensors. NFC works.

Battery
The removable battery is of 3500 mAh capacity. When I ran the benchmark and the games for the first time for about 35 minutes the battery dropped suddenly from 50% to 13%. I then recharged the battery again and played the Asphalt game for about 11 minutes this time the battery dropped by 5 percent. I guess the battery will last for about 3 to 4 hours when playing high end games or using heavy apps.

iberry auxus nuclea N2 3500 battery

With the wireless charger you can charge the battery to 100% within 2 hours 30 minutes with the phone switched off and within 3 to 4 hours with the phone switched on.

I still have the handset with me and am checking the battery which is doing quite well, so far I have not experienced any sudden drop, will keep posted.

Wireless Charger: The N2 supports wireless charging you can use any other wireless charger, however if you don’t have one you can get it for Rs. 2,500.

Verdict
The iBerry Auxus Nuclea N2 is powerful octa core handset with excellent features and the screen is just amazing. Performance is very good and lags free. 2GB RAM and 16GB storage is good plus the micro SD support. The camera output is also very good. NFC and wireless charging are another added advantage. It is an amazing handset to own but a bit costly at Rs. 23,990 however looking at the specifications and certain unique features that are not available in this price range, it is worth it.

Image Gallery

Sample Images

iBerry Auxus Nuclea N2 handset and gaming review

Full HD video shot using the Nuclea N2 handset


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  1. Bala says

    Guys,,,,,

    Flash your phone and install any of the rom from below link, you phone will look super and you will not be having any issues with battery.

    I tried almost all the roms, but I like MyUI rom very much which I am using at present, it looks really cool.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2788522

    Videos are also there which helps you in flashing, if you don’t know how to flash.

    Good luck guys……..

  2. ramify says

    Battery dies out in 8 hours. Customer service representative are not trained to handle customer query. The cost of parts of Auxus phone are costlier than the premier high end phone. Just the screen replacment cost you close Rs9000.

    They have only one service centre and the phone parts are out of stock mostly. Even the basic back cover for the phone to protect from slightest fall is not available in the Market.

    Poor service and unreliable handset. No firmware upgrade released either. Refrain from buying this phone and save money.

  3. sachin khanna says

    I has pre-ordered the same in June on ebay despite reading bad reviews. As on internet you always get mixed reviews and its everyones personal experience and perception about the quality. I was very happy for initial 2 months and then nightmare started
    – The battery drains suddenly to zero and on restart shows some abnormal value and on running some application again phone shut downs.
    – The front screen glass has started coming out without any damage or fall.
    – Side metal finish is showing cream colored plastic from below.
    – The camera is very very poor equal to VGA.

    The phone does not deserve buying. The only plus point is superb display quality in watching video. But that of no use without battery,

    The company shall be booked for cheating on wrong specification.

    • Gopinath says

      Dear Iberry team,

      Can you confirm if any kitkat upgrade is coming up with fix for battery back up issue. Battery is only the major problem with this mobile…

  4. Jishnu Pr. Baruah says

    After reading so many negative reviews and having used this device for 2 months, I feel I had to write this. It is a brilliant device both hardware and the software. Has everything any serious user would ask for. The battery that has received so much negative comments is not actually bad at all. Initial 3 to 5 discharging cycles lasted 8-9 hours. Please discharge to less than 10 % before charging. The beauty is that it charges very quickly to 100% in about 2 hours. I am regularly getting 16-18 hours with heavy use and sometimes more than 24 hours, which is very good for a large HD screen.
    Pictures are more grainy than others, but it is due to high ISO default settings. This however allows brighter pictures in dark. I agree it needs tweaking.
    Overall build quality is superb, the flip cover is awesome.
    Regarding Iberry support, I may be lucky but I am also pretty impressed. I had ordered an additional battery with the flip cover and found it to be defective (It was not charging). When I contacted their Chennai centre, they were very polite and sent me another one. When I offered to send the defective battery, they said, it was not necessary.
    So, I think it is a real value for money buy and an excellent one.

  5. Ankit says

    Hello Gogi , Waiting for ur Iberry Auxus Note 5.5 Review . I have allready booked one for my self on ebay , Still it wasn’t dispatched yet . Waiting for ur review .

  6. Amul Kamdar says

    What a grate service after more then on month still pending and no answer no phone call pickup by co.

    Support Center
    Log Out My Tickets New Ticket Home
    Ticket # 300736
    Ticket Status: open Name: amul kamdar
    Department: Support Email: amulkamdar@gmail.com
    Create Date: 09/01/2014 5:25 am Phone: (937) 746-7166

    Product: Auxus Nuclea N1 Purchase Place: flip kart
    Product Serial: N1203073449 Address: Vasna Gujarat ahmedabad
    PIN Code: 380007 Address: Vasna Gujarat ahmedabad
    Purchase Date: 02/06/2014 4:00 am City: ahmedabad

    Subject: error cant connect to camara

    Ticket Thread
    Mon, Sep 1 2014 5:25am
    Dear sir

    I have aproched to service center for this problem.
    They have taken my request for new camera
    Service center ref no. RVSRN1407DVE00432 last month

    Science there is no response from service center. It is more then one month without any solution and any proper answer pl look it this matter to solve this problem

    Mon, Sep 1 2014 2:26pm – staff
    Dear amul kamdar,

    As per the update from the concerned team and as per your work order number, your product is pending in your local service center due to the required spare parts and we will keep you updated on the same.

    Best Regards,
    iberry India
    Customer Support
    Mon, Sep 1 2014 5:09pm
    what as ridicules answer

    pending due to required spare parts ?? that to after one month ???

    when can i expect problem to be resolve after 2 month or 3 months ???
    Wed, Sep 3 2014 3:44am
    No Meaning but still Reminder – 1
    Enter Message *

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    Issue Resolved? Check to close ticket.

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  7. Bharath says

    Hi,

    I have been using this phone for past 5months now. Honestly i did not like the phone for first few weeks because of the poor battery backup. I used to charge 5times a day and i contacted the iBERRY service people from the iBERRY website and i got a immediate response form them.

    As per their response they asked me to charge with complete charge and discharge method for over 10times. I did it and voila the battery is now good but still not that good as a 3500mah. Battery lasts for about 7-10hrs with full time 3G on and dual sim with display brightness in auto. And frequent calls, browsing and watsapp usage.

    As per the camera it is good in sunlight and poor in low light. But the fantastic part of the phone is its True Octa Core and FHD display. Octacore makes my browsing and ,multitasking faster and awesome display which is superb in lowlight and in sunlight.

    Overall i would rate 4/5 for the phone. And now price reduced to 15k is another good factor.

  8. Saaraunsh Rege says

    I purchased this product from eBay since it was listed for 16K, and let me tell you, this phone is good only on paper. iBerry offers 7 day refund policy BUT IT WILL DEDUCT 18%, so you are already at loss when you purchase this product. When I contacted iBerry, they said they cannot help me because I purchased it from eBay.

    I also messaged the seller on eBay the same time I emailed iBerry, still there is no response from that eBay seller. I thought I am still safe because of eBay guarantee, but it seems eBay guarantee is not valid for the products which have manufacturer warranty.

    To summarize, iBerry refuses to refund your money or will charge you 18%, seller will not respond and eBay guarantee will not cover this item. So you are totally tricked by these 3 frauds.

    Now, about the item. I will be honest. This has a few good features, but the battery life, Oh my god! If you are a gamer, the battery will last for hardly 2 hours. And they have claimed 3500mAh Lithium-Polymer battery, and in reality it is just a 1000 mAh Lithium-Ion battery.

    There are other faults too. The back camera which is claimed to be a 13 MP camera takes pics like a 2-3 MP camera. The front camera which is claimed to be a 8 MP is nothing more than a VGA.

    The earphones that come with this are really pathetic. You can buy another 200 Rs. earphone. To summarize, the battery life is so pathetic that it takes away whatever little good things that this phone has to offer.

    No need to raise any support ticket for any of the issues, as iBerry will never respond.

    Sorry for this long review, but I hope I help someone in not getting tricked into this like I got. I am definitely going to consumer court for this, but I am not sure if that will help me. But please stay away from this. Cheers!

    • Bharath says

      Hi,

      Pls do complete charge and discharge method for over 10times. I did it and voila the battery is now good but still not that good as a 3500mah. Battery lasts for about 7-10hrs with full time 3G on and dual sim with display brightness in auto. And frequent calls, browsing and watsapp usage.

  9. Birbrata Roy says

    kindly advice please, This phone is available for 15990/- in eBay. How good is this phone comparing to Alcatel one touch idol X plus.

  10. pragnesh says

    What about wireless charger. We have to place handset on charger or we can keep some distance from charger and charge our phone?

  11. Rajesh says

    This phone is available for 15990/- in eBay. How good is this phone comparing to Alcatel one touch idol X plus.

  12. GR Swamy says

    Gogi ji can we expect kitkat update for N2? Q1 is over yet no word from iberry? They have never kept their promises. By the way what happened to freebies?

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