In the first half of 2019, there was a boom in smartphones with batteries from 10,000 mAh. Almost all of the visible microvendors from Shenzhen presented such devices, and Oukitel, which invented them first, released a whole palette. One of the most accessible is the Oukitel K7 Pro. At GearBest, they ask about $200 for it and there is a slightly simplified version, which is almost twice cheaper. We studied the older device, trying to understand why in the second half of 2019 the boom of “external batteries with built-in smartphones” came to an end.
The Oukitel K7 Pro is sold in a large white box, for which a fairly rich set – a smartphone with a factory-shielded protective film, a silicone case, an OTG-cable, an 18W charger, a needle for removing the SIM tray, documentation and a microUSB cable (plug is normal, not elongated, as is often the case with models of this class). Often the Chinese put something else in the box, but most customers have enough of it.
The Oukitel K7 Pro has a sophisticated design with many small features and non-obviousness. The ends have metal inserts with hexagonal pattern, and the back panel is made of leather – as the manufacturer claims, natural calf. The blocks with the logo and camera are also metal. To the left of the two lenses is a flash, to the right of the symmetry – a rectangle with the inscription 2019. All metal parts and fingerprint scanners have shiny bevels and rhyme with corrugated stripes at the top and bottom of the front panel. In general, I think the smartphone looks nice.