• Operating System: Android 6.0
  • System on Chip: MTK6737
  • CPU: Quad-Core 1.5GHz
  • GPU: Mali-T720
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Display: 5.5-inch Full HD
  • Camera: 13-megapixel + 0.3-megapixel (Rear), 5-megapixel (Front)
  • Connectivity: 4G, Bluetooth, GPS, GSM, WiFi
  • Dimensions: 154x77x8.5 mm
  • Weight: 0.195 kg
  • Pros:
  • Price
  • 13-megapixel rear camera
  • Cons:
  • Physical button placements
  • Tiny internal storage
  • Benchmark Results
  • Antutu: 40,657 points
  • PCMark for Android: 2,947 points
  • 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme: 3,908 points
  • 3DMark SlingShot Extreme: 173 points
  • 3DMark SlingShot: 263 points

Would You Like More OK With Your Tel?

OUKITEL, a well-known brand in China recently launched their devices locally. We got our hands on their latest device, the U20 Plus.

First thing that we noticed is the similarity in design with one of the major brands in the smartphone market, with a few tweaks here and there. The U20 Plus is a sleek and hefty phone. However, the black version of the phone is quite a fingerprint magnet with its glossy back. The U20 Plus also sports a 5.5-inch Full HD display, that’s made with original SHARP glass, and it comes in a 2.5D curved screen.

Looks aside, the U20 Plus is built with a MTK6737 Quad-Core, and a Mali T720 GPU, with 2 GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, that can be expanded with 128GB of microSD. All-powered with a 3,300mAh battery. Fitted with a dual camera, 13-megapixel + 0.3 megapixel on the back of the phone and a 5-megapixel front camera, your pictures would be envied, even by smartphones that are priced higher than the U20 Plus.

The camera has the option to take pictures in ‘‘SLR Mode” as they call it. However, when tested, we noticed that the difference between them is that in SLR Mode, there’s a much more noticeable software field of vision blur applied to the pictures and with less noise compared to the normal mode.

Aside from that, the phone glides effortlessly on Android 6.0, with menus and settings running smoothly. However, we noticed a slowdown while switching apps and during heavy gaming. We tested it out with several games that we have on our phones. But considering the price and hardware of the phone, it’s to be expected.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Overall, a great smartphone that can do most things at a cheap price, but if you’re willing to pay a little more, there are better phones out there.

(previously published in issue May 2017)