The Ulefone Armor 8 already looks like an amazing smartphone. The Ulefone Armor X7 to shine by its price ratio and will certainly have put forward the mastery of the Ulefone brand. Version X7 is just an upgrade. So I asked the brand if I could test the Ulefone Armor 7, a smartphone for less than €500.
I guess the new version Armor 8 will not change much in appearance, it is a smartphone with a 6.3 inch screen, 4 cameras, 48.0MP + 16.0MP + 8.0MP rear camera and 16.0MP front camera, you can enjoy images with a high resolution of 1080 x 2340. It comes with most of the features we’ve come to expect from a phablet, including 8 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM + Micro SD storage running Android 10.0 with a Helio P90 processor and 5000mAh battery.
The Ulefone Armor 8 did not arrive in the editorial office, but the much cheaper offshoot with minimally changed memory and slightly changed camera setup. In terms of price, it is so much more interesting since it changes hands for around €200, whereas the “large” model, with well over €320, tears a much larger hole in the wallet.
Not much has changed in terms of appearance and workmanship, only the back is now smooth and no longer divided into any segments. The frame is rubberized and metal plates are installed on the side for more stability. As usual, the keys are easy to play, but press well so far. Overall, no outstanding workmanship but on a good level. The display offers a good resolution and display with quite strong colors, we couldn’t find any halos here, all inputs are implemented promptly. Unfortunately, as usual for import phones from China, the brightness is a bit too low for outdoor use. Here the manufacturers absolutely have to work on it.
In terms of connectivity, there are no complaints if you ignore the missing 3.5mm port. Numerous adapters are included in the scope of delivery, so this is not a real disadvantage. NFC, Bluetooth, GPS, WLAN and Co. work without problems, the reception and the quality of the conversation are just as good. I had no crashes or non-functio in the test period. The USB Type-C port is a bit deep in the case, so some cables will probably not fit. The mono speaker sounds average, but is quite loud and is sufficient to consume one or the other medium.
The built-in technology (NFS, inductive charging, IP68 etc.) at a given price is really impressive, the camera quality is also okay. But there are a few worries: 2 fake sensors, Android 10.0 as well as the outdated security status and the display, which is not bright enough for the sunnier outdoor area. If you don’t value NFC and security patches or future updates anyway and just need a simple camera options, you will still be happy here.