After breaking through the door of Connect PCs, making agreements with Weibu, Qualcomm also enters the world of Chinese smartphones with tense leg. And it’s a good news, given that up to now all the terminals “made in China” – even those considered higher end – have a SoC MediaTek on board that manages to balance consumption, performance and costs. On the occasion of the Global Sources Electronics Fair 2019, however, we had the opportunity to see live one of the first Qualcomm-powered models.
The new Oukitel Y5000 is the first smartphone of the Chinese company with quad-camera on the back and 6.53-inch punch-hole display FHD+ with 32MP photo sensor, but it is also one of the few Chinese terminals with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.
It’s called Oukitel Y5000 and it’s an interesting smartphone in many ways, for design and hardware platform, but for all those integrated technologies, typical of a premium terminal. It is the first model of the Chinese company with quad-camera on the back and punch-hole display, which has allowed to adopt a larger screen in a smaller footprint, but it is especially the first smartphone “in the Chinese world” with SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.
We’re talking about an octa-core with four Qualcomm Kryo 260 at 1.8GHz and four Qualcomm Kryo 260 at 2.2GHz, Adreno 512 graphics and Snapdragon X12 LTE modems. It’s certainly not a recent chip (its launch was about two years ago), but it’s one of the mid-range processors designed to offer better performance, enhanced gaming and photographic experiences, as well as long battery life and LTE speed.
The hardware platform is then completed by 4/6GB of RAM and 64/128GB of ROM depending on the configurations, with a 4000 mAh battery that should ensure a good working time thanks to the high efficiency of the processor.
The 6.53-inch Full HD+ display is one of the largest in its class, but thanks to the punch-hole that hides a 32MP camera and the ultra-thin frames (but not so much) on three sides, its screen-to-body ratio is 91%. The photo compartment is well represented by a quad camera on the back composed of a 48MP main sensor, an 8MP one and two more 2MP, organized in a “traffic light” configuration slightly protruding with the LED flash and the fourth sensor positioned on the side. The camera supports artificial intelligence and, through the camera app, you can take shots with only wide angle, groufie (group selfie) and high-resolution photographs.
Also on the back side stands the fingerprint sensor, while at the bottom take place the USB Type-C port for charging, the speaker and the 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones. Oukitel Y5000 will have an aluminum alloy frame, but its back cover will be covered with a layer of 3D glass that will give games of colors and reflections hypnotizing when hit by light. The Oukitel Y5000 will be released to the market in the coming months, but certainly by the end of the year.