Ulefone Metal Review – A 5-inch Metallic 3GB Octa-core smartphone

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The Ulefone Metal is a product of Ulefone’s effort to capture the budget smartphone category of the market. Smartphone making companies have various approaches, while some focus on the high end segment of the market like Vivo, OnePus and Others. Others tend to balance it out with phones ranging from the low-end, mid range to the high end smartphones. However, there are smartphone OEMs majorly Chinese that tries to make an affordable device with acceptable features.

It is important for budget smartphone to feature attractive specs that somehow makes the price worth paying for. The Ulephone smartphone has a a full metal build alongside 4G LTE connectivity and a fingerprint sensor. So let have a look at this device and see if it is actually worth to be called a budget smartphone.

DESIGN AND DISPLAY

As its name suggest the Ulefone Metal is completely made of aluminium alloy with nicely curved edges. Using CNC technology, the smartphone has a nice attractive polished design.It does not only look good, it feels good as well with a grit blasting that gives the device a premium feel.The front of device has the standard arrangement of proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, microphone and an additional LED light notification.  The smartphone is available in three colours, so you get to choose from the black, silver and grey variant.

Also, there are no offscreen capacitive buttons with all the buttons located on screen. The speaker grill is located at the back which is loud with a disrupted quality. Aside the looks and feel, the Ulefone has a dimension of 143 x 71 x 9.35 mm and weighs 155g which is understandable considering the full metal build. A 5-inch 1280 x 720 pixel display is what you get with the Ulephone Metal with a 2.5D Arc screen. The screen has a pixel density of 290 ppi and a Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

CPU, OS AND STORAGE

Now moving to what’s on the inside, the Ulefone Metal is powered by a MediaTek MT6753 octacore processor that clocks at 1.3GHz. The 64 bit processor is combined with an ARM Mali T720 GPU for handling you games and software graphics. The above combination of hardware is enough to give an okay performance, however no stellar performance should not be expected here.

The Ulephone Metals has an internal memory of about 3GB and a 16GB which is expandable up to 128GB using a TF card in place of the micro sim.An Android 6.0 is what comes pre-installed in the Ulefone Metal along with the custom made UI.

BATTERY AND CAMERA

The smartphone is equipped with a lithium ion polymer non removable battery that has a capacity of 3050 mAh which gives you about a day and some hours of use. The rear houses an 8MP camera which can be interpolated to 13MP capable of taking 1080p videos. Howevr the fron has a 2MP camera which can also be interpolated to 5MP for nice selfies.

Ulefone Metal Full Technical Specifications

General

Device TypeSmartphone
ModelUlefone Metal
AnnouncedJuly, 2016
ReleasedYes
StatusAvailable

Network

2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G NetworkHSDPA 800/ 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network1700/2100, 1800, 1900, 2100, 2300, 2500, 2600, 700, 800,850, 900 MHz
SIM TypeNano + Micro SIM
SIM CountDual SIM

Data

2GGPRS Up to 32 to 48 kbps; EDGE – up to 236.8 kbps
3GUp to 42.2 Mbps (HSDPA), 5.76 Mbps;(HSUPA)
4GUp to 150 Mbps
SpeedHSPDA+ 42.2 Mbps
Web BrowserYes, HTML5

Design

TypeSmartphone
Dimensions143 x 71 x 9.35 mm
Weight155g
ProtectionMetallic material
ColoursBlack, Silver, Space Grey

Display

Display TypeIPS LCD touchscreen
Size5.0 inches
Resolution1280 x 720 pixels
Colors16M colors
Pixel Density~294  ppi pixel density
Touch ScreenYes
ProtectionGorilla Glass 3
Featuresn/a
Secondary Displayn/a

Camera

Primary8MP
ImageYes
Video[email protected] Video
FeaturesHDR, Continuous shooting, Digital image stabilization, Exposure compensation, Face detection, Macro mode, Scene mode, Self timer autofocus, Geo-tagging, IOS, panorama camera with LED flash
FlashYes, LED flash
Secondary 2MP

Software

Operating SystemAndroid OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
User Interface
Java SupportYes
SkypeYes
WhatsappYes
FacebookYes
YoutubeYes

Hardware

ChipsetMediaTek MT6753
CPUOcta-core
GPUArm Mali-T720
RAM (Memory)3 GB RAM
Internal Storage16 GB
Card SlotExpandable up to 128 GB
SensorsFingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, barometer, gyroscope compass
ControlsTouchPad, Lock Button, and Volume Key

Connectivity

BluetoothYes, Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, LE
Infraredn/a
Wi-FiYes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct,
Wi-fi HotspotYes
USB TypeYes, microUSB v2.0
GPSYes, with A-GPS
NFCYes
HDMIn/a
Wireless Chargingn/a

Battery

Battery TypeLi-Ion Battery
Capacity3050 mAh Battery
PlacementNon-removable
Standby
Talk Time
Music Play

Messaging

SMSYes (threaded view)
MMSYes
EmailYes, IMAP4, POP3, SMTP
IMYes & BBM

Media

Audio PlaybackYes, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, MIDI, WAV, AC3, FLAC
Video PlaybackYes, 3GP, Mp4, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 player
Video Outn/a
FM RadioYes, Stereo FM radio with RDS
Alert TypesVibration, Ringtones
Ring TonesMP3, WAV
LoudspeakerYes
HandsfreeYes, 3.5mm Jack

Other Features

– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FlAC player
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.265 player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
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