Ulefone ARMOR is company’s first rugged smartphone for outdoorsy active types. It’s IP68 certified dust and water proof and is able to survive most of the direct hits on a hard ground. The polycarbonate-TPU double-layer body allows the phone to keep alive in extreme temperatures. Physical navigation, as well as SOS keys, allows easy operation of the phone in various conditions. Pressing the dedicated SOS key for five seconds makes a call and sends a message containing GPS coordinateds to the preset contacts. The phone also packs enough power to satisfy performance requirements of most users. Let’s have a look at the key specifications before diving any deeper.
Ulefone ARMOR is more about ruggedness more than anything else. That’s why the phone is IP68 certified, which means that phone should work fine after being submerged into 1.5 meter water for 30 minutes. The speaker, earpiece, microphone and cameras are all waterproof, while a special IC for touch screen ensures you won’t have any problem when using the phone with wet fingers. Other than being a rugged phone, it also packs pretty decent specs to get things done without lag and hiccups. An octacore CPU combined with 3GB ram and 32 GB internal storage (expandable via TF card) ensures a smooth multitasking experience and ample storage for all your files. The phone is built from the ground up to withstand extreme temperatures and can survive in even the harshest of geographical environments.
|Processor/GPU||MTK6753 64-bit Octacore 1.3 Ghz, Mali-T720|
|RAM/ROM||3GB RAM, 32 GB Internal Storage, TF Card up to 128 GB (Sold separately)|
|Display||4.7 inch 1280×720 pixels protected by Gorilla Glass 3|
|Certifications||IP68 Water,Dust and shock proof|
|Camera||13MP rear, 5MP front|
|Sensors||Proximity, gravity, compass, gyro, light|
|Network||2G/3G/4G LTE Dual SIM (Micro) Dual Standby|
|Communications||WI-FI 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Glonass|
|Other features||FM Radio, OTG, NFC|
|Dimensions/weight||14.79 x 7.58 x 1.25 cm, 195 grams|
|Package contents||1xCellphone, 1xearphones, 1xpower adaptor, 1xUSB cable, 1xENglish manual, 1xscrewdriver|
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- Dust, shock and water proof
- Dedicated/physical navigation, camera and SOS keys
- Decent performance and cameras
- Android Marshmallow optimized for better GPS and telephony signal reception
- Waterproof touch screen for operation with wet fingers
- Rigorous testing
- Able to survive extreme temperature and conditions
- Compact design
Pros and Cons
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- Great value for the money
- Comprehensive protection features
- Reliable outdoor companion
- Snappy performance
- Optimized operating system
- Quick contact in case of emergency
- Easy to use with one hand
- Easy to carry
- Comprehensive support for network frequencies
- Dual-SIM, One phone for work and home
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- Screen resolution bare minimum (but provides better battery time)
- Limited availability and color options
Design and build quality
Considering it’s a rugged phone, it’s actually not a very big device. It can be considered compact and light weight in the world of rugged smartphones. The body measures only 148.9/75.8/12.5mm and weighs around 200 grams. 4.7-inch screen offers an excellent balance between portability and usefulness & provides good grip, allowing easy one-hand operation of the phone. The physical navigation and SOS keys offer reliable feedback as its easy for us to find them using out fingertips. The life-saving SOS key helps quickly alerting contacts if you are in an emergency. All you need to do is to keep it pressed for five seconds and it’ll automatically call the preset contact and send information about your location via message.
Both the front and back cameras are equipped with 5-piece lens kit, which makes the phone a decent device for outdoor and underwater photography. The cameras can be launched using a physical button, which can also be used for taking pictures. Overall, the cameras take some detailed and clear pictures in most lighting conditions, but aren’t the best when it comes to low-light shooting.
Although a 3500mAh battery may not seem monstrous in theory, combine it with the energy efficient processor and a not-so-high resolution display and you get a pretty decent battery backup. The battery should provide enough juice to make it through one day of heavy usage and two days of moderate usage.
The phone comes with Android Marshmallow out of the box and is specially optimized for enhanced GPS navigation, telephony signals and energy efficiency. These are the things outdoor enthusiasts need the most other than raw performance and user experience.
Every piece of Ulefone ARMOR goes through extensive testing and has to survive 20 different tests, including drop, extreme temperatures, contortion, high salinity and reliability of physical keys. This ensures that the phone is able to survive all extreme conditions, which makes it a perfect and reliable companion of outdoor enthusiasts. Considering the price of the phone, there isn’t really anything to complain about as it provides a perfect balance between affordability and functionality.
How to buy
Ulefone ARMOR is available at a crazy discount and promotional price for a limited time period at gearbest. So don’t wait and grab the phone born for ice and fire before the stock runs out. The following link takes you to the product page, which details shipping and other information.