When people think of $100 dollar phones, they usually think of plastic-made, feature-deprived and phones with absolutely no aesthetic value. That’s exactly the perception Ulefone aims to change through its Tiger 4G smartphone. Nothing comes close to Tiger in $100 price range as the phone offers unbelievable value for the money. It strikes the perfect balance between features, performance, design and price without cutting too many corners. The massive battery ensures you never run out of juice and provides enough charge for two days of normal use.
A quadcore 64-bit processor, 2GB RAM, massive 4200 mAh SONY battery, brushed aluminum body, Dual-flash SONY camera, 5.5-inch 2.5D HD display protected with Gorilla Glass 3, fingerprint sensor and Android Marshmallow, all of them are almost impossible to find in a sub $100 phone. Tiger isn’t the kind of phone that breaks performance records, but provides enough power to get things done. One may mistake it with an expensive phone if not told about its real price. Let’s have a look at its core specifications before getting into details.
|Cellular||Dual-Sim (Micro), 2G/3G/4G LTE|
|Sensors||Gravity, Hall Effect, Ambient light|
|Dimensions and weight||155.8 x 77.8 x 9.35mm, 155 grams|
|Processor||MediaTek Quadcore 1.3 Ghz MT6737|
|Ram/ROM||2GB/16GB (SdCard up to 128GB)|
|Colors||Sky Black/Space Grey/Champagne Golden|
|OS||Android Marshmallow 6.0|
|Battery||4200mAh Li-Polymer SONY Battery|
|Display||5.5-inch HD (1280×720), Gorilla Glass 3 Protection|
|Camera||8MP (interpolated to 13MP) SONY/Samsung Camera with dual flash|
|Front Camera||5MP (Interpolated to 8MP)|
|Communications||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 Ghz), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS|
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- Unbeatable price
- Brushed metal body
- Android Marshmallow
- Fingerprint scanner
- Decent camera
- Massive Battery
- Curved HD Display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection
Pros and Cons
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- Decent performance
- Adequate storage options
- Dual Sim, both compatible with 4G
- Two days of battery life
- Runs on advanced Android OS
- Looks and feels great
- Nothing considering the price
Design and Build Quality
Although Ulefone is not a brand well known internationally, locally it’s famous for producing quality phones at prices well below the market trend. If you don’t tell others it’s a $100 phone, they won’t be able to guess its price after having a look at it. The premium-looking brushed aluminum body mimics flagship phones and feels solid in hand. Tiger 4G truly stands out from the competition with its subtle design elements, including the gently sloped front and brushed metal back. It won’t easily creak or bend and is put together well. The rounded edges provide an extra shield in case you drop the phone and distribute the force of impact. Overall, there is nothing really to complain about the design and build quality as the phone checks almost all the boxes in the category.
The large 5.5-inch HD display offers vivid colors and enough space to let you enjoy all your multimedia content. Although 1080p resolution is a standard these days, the 720 display is still acceptable and draws lesser power compared to high-res displays. The display is more than adequate for those who want to browse the internet, watch movies and photos and do other usual stuff, but won’t suit professionals and serious photographers seeking accurate colors. The colors are not as accurate as those viewed on IPS displays, but they are vivid and pop out of the display.
Tiger 4G is equipped with a decent camera able to snap crisp photos under the right lighting conditions. However, low light performance is not up to the mark and photos tend to be noisy. Overall, the camera still offers a decent performance in most lighting scenarios and photos turn out to be colorful, sharp and clear. The just OK front camera is enough for video chats and casual selfies that you can share on the social media.
This is where things get more interesting as the phone boasts a 4200 Li-Polymer SONY battery, which should be more than enough to last for two days. Combined with power efficient hardware and Android Marshmallow’s battery optimizations, you should be able to get an impressive battery backup out of the phone.
MediaTek quadcore processor is not a performance monster, but is adequate for smoothly running day to day tasks like browsing and watching videos etc. Try not to be too hard on multitasking and you’ll get reasonable performance. The user interface feels snappy and there is little to no lag when opening regular apps like browser, messaging, video player etc. However, heavy games and many apps running in parallel would affect the performance.
If you are looking for a decent $100 phone, look no further and grab one to get the most out of your money. Chinese manufacturers are ready to give a hard time to big names and Tiger 4G is a great example to support the claim. We possibly couldn’t ask for more in this price and the phone delivers an exceptional value.
How to buy
Ulefone Tiger 4G is available at a discounted presale price for a limited time period so grab one for yourself before the stock runs out. The following link takes you to the product page, which details shipping and other related information.