A fact now. When Apple introduces new features on iPhone, a few months later Android smartphone makers follow it. also occurred this time with the inclusion of dual camera up iPhone 7 Plus. Not just large companies like Huawei and LG have released smartphones that include two rear cameras, but even manufacturers of basic range devices are starting to implement this new feature. The first company that made an entry level smartphone presented two Oukitel rear cameras and here you can read the review Oukitel U20 Plus.
The implementation that was made of the two lenses is very similar to that of the iPhone 7 Plus. The second camera should help the system make better shots with effect bokeh (subject in the foreground in focus and blurred background). As is well known, one of the negative aspects of low-end smartphones is the yield of the camera. Precisely for this reason I was really curious to personally try the double room on a device in this price range.This was one of the reasons I decided to try Oukitel U20 Plus, low-end smartphone with dual cameras. To be able to relate the review to the actual market price, it's good to know that on TomTop it is sold to 101.51.
Review Oukitel U20 Plus, first range base with dual camera
Design and sales package
needless to deny that the design of Oukitel U20 Plus resumes that of iPhone 7 Plus proposed in the colors Space Gray, Gold and Rose Gold, the latter the color I chose for the purposes of this review Oukitel U20 Plus. The front protected by a 2.5D glass. This means that along the edges there is a slight curvature, very pleasant to the touch when you perform gesture on the screen. The display a unit from 5.5 FullHD, therefore with a resolution from 1920 × 1080 pixels and a density of 400ppi.Below the screen are the classic three touch keys. They are not backlit, so in some lighting conditions it may be difficult to locate the first shot. Above, on the other hand, there is the ear capsule, the 5MP front camera, the brightness sensor and an RGB notification LED. The light emitted by the LED is very strong, to the point of illuminating a portion of the room if we are in a completely dark room.The screen, slightly curved on the sides, does not follow exactly the lines of the smartphone. present in fact a small step when passing on the edges of the smartphone, which instead aligns perfectly with the back of the smartphone. The volume and on / off buttons are all located on the left side. On the right side there is only the slot where you can insert a micro-sim and a nano-sim, or a micro-sim and a microSD to expand the internal memory, than from 16GB. The top side hosts the 3.5mm jack for headphones, while in the lower part there is a microUSB input for charging, the microphone and the system speaker.On the back are not present the classic bands that we find on the iPhone. This is because the cover is made of plastic and not aluminum. This choice of materials has not forced the company to have to insert small plastic bands where to place cellular and Wi-Fi antennas. Above we find the double chamber (one of 13MP and the other of 0.3MP), slightly protruding, flanked by a single-tone flash. Finally, below, the fingerprint reader. It can be used to unlock the smartphone or to perform some operations in the system interface.The overall dimensions are 77.5x154x8.5mm, for a total weight of 195g. I have to admit that I'm not a lover of 5.5 smartphones, for this Oukitel U20 Plus he lets himself be held in his hand even by those who, like me, have small hands. Moreover, the plastic back cover makes it a little viscidonon running the risk of having it slipped off his hands.
Moving on to the sales package, it includes a microUSB charging cable and a 5V / 1A charger, which does not allow for quick charging. Headphones are missing, but it has a silicone cover that covers the smartphone very well.
From a hardware perspective, Oukitel U20 Plus equipped with the processor Mediatek MT6737T, a quad-core CPU with architecture Cortex-A53and maximum frequency of 1.50GHz. The heaviest graphic processes, such as playing games or 3D animations, are managed by the graphics card Mali-T720, while the RAM that can be exploited by the 2GB operating system. 16GB internal memory, expandable via microSD.The battery, non-removable, one unit from 3300mAh. Connectivity side, in addition to Bluetooth 4.0, Oukitel U20 Plus supports 4G networks. This turns into the possibility of having a download and upload speed, under 4G network, of 300Mbps and 100Mbps respectively, where the operator supports these speeds. To signal the presence from the band of 800MHz, which means that the smartphone can use all the 4G bands of the operators who use this frequency for their internet network.
When you start using a smartphone with a 5.5 screen, the first thing you pay attention to is the display. The company has decided to use a unit produced by Sharp on the Oukitel U20 Plus. IPS technology has a FullHD resolution (1920 × 1080 pixels), which turns into a pixel density of around 400ppi. I believe that on a 5.5 display, the FullHD resolution is ideal both from the point of view of the pixel density (and relative quality of the panel), which from the point of view of the energy resources required to power it. On this Sharp unit, the user-friendly graphical interface. The colors are clear and vivid. Even if you put your smartphone to the side, you don't notice a degradation of colors. Only black, being an IPS, turns slightly to gray. Instead the other colors do not undergo obvious alterations. We could have worked more on saturation, while the contrast was set correctly.The proximity sensor manages the brightness of the display well in different light conditions. In the dark the display does not disturb the view, while with direct sunlight it is possible to read the problems without problems. The absolute brightness is very high and manages to counterbalance the sun's rays very well when we are outdoors.
I am aware that there are displays that, for the same size and resolution, manage colors and image quality better, but the yield of the Oukitel U20 Plus panel can still be appreciated in every area and condition.
Let me signal that you can manage the various panel parameters using the settings Miravision. In this way, each user can adjust it according to their personal tastes.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to talk about the overall performance of smartphones. This is because low-end smartphones are increasingly narrowing the gap with the mid-market segment. Oukitel U20 Plus another smartphone that manages to fluidly manage the daily operations of each user, even if I could find slowdowns or lags in some circumstances of heavy work.
Use messaging apps, Social-Network or browse the web not a problem. Certainly not lightning to start the different applications, but all the operations I have been able to perform with pleasure, without the frustration of a smartphone that gets stuck every three by two. Some uncertainties are visible in certain system animations, but we must still consider the market segment of this smartphone.Quick application launching like Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram. The scrolling of web pages, even heavy ones, is very fluid. You may notice some small ones jammingonly when loading heavy web pages. If, on the other hand, the site is optimized for mobile devices, there is no problem whatsoever. Good memory management, although there are only 2GB of RAM. There are not many apps that are stored in RAM and some reloads can occur when several applications are used simultaneously. Nothing transcendental though.
To push the CPU and GPU performance to the maximum, I wanted to test some games. Specifically I tried both Real Racing 3 and Asphalt 8. In this type of operation, the smartphone starts to lose a bit of performance. The fault of the Mali T720 graphics card is certainly not the most recent. Manage games from 3D graphics on a screen of this size in FullHD very burdensome for a graphics card. In fact, there are several slowdowns and, in some circumstances, the game is blocked for a few seconds and then resumed. Also, during the game sessions I could see how the upper part of the back cover tends to warm up slightly.
C little to say about the operating system. present Android stock in the 6.0 Marshmallow version. In terms of settings I found only two additions. The first is the possibility to manage the various display parameters manually via the MiraVision settings. The second one allows you to take advantage of the fingerprint sensor to access some quick functions. For example, you can take a screenshot of the screen or take a picture by simply placing your finger on the sensor.
Also useful are the gestures that can be made with the screen off. The one I mostly use the double tap on the display, which allows you to turn on the screen and show the unlock screen.The homepage has been completely redesigned. an alternative launcher was used that does not provide the classic button to access the apps. All installed applications, in fact, will be present in the different screens of the home, as it happens on the iPhone. Furthermore there is the possibility of changing the theme on the fly, being able to choose between those present by default or downloading others free of charge from the integrated store, which unfortunately in Chinese. Also present the notifications badge. This function only for some system apps like Messages. Finally, there is the presence of the Play Store and integration with all Google apps and services (which is not obvious in a smartphone from China).
The power of system audio Oukitel U20 Plus particularly high. sufficient for listening in low-noise environments, but can be perceived even in outdoor settings. Also good speaker quality. I compared listening to the same song on the Oukitel U20 Plus and on the iPhone. Although a minimum of noticeable difference, I must admit that Oukitel's smartphone does not demerit during the reproduction of indie / pop music. Sometimes there is a lack of sound depth, which is almost muffled. But it doesn't bother listening and the music can be appreciated. A different opinion, however, with regards to listening to rock music, especially when the bass is very popular, where the sound is slightly croaking.The ear capsule used during calls is also good. The sound is always very clear and clear. It is possible to listen well to the interlocutor without any kind of problem and make a pleasant call. The audio recorded by the quality microphone (good both on call and when recording vocal audio with WhatsApp and Telegram). On average the quality of the sound through the earphones.
The camera is one of the aspects that prompted me to try this smartphone. The main one is a bedroom 13mp, flanked by a second lens from 0.3MP. The purpose of this second camera is to allow bokeh shots, with the background blurred compared to the main subject.
Starting from simple shots in daylight, the quality of the 13MP camera is very good. The images are clear and well defined. After transferring the photo to the computer and zooming in, you may notice that in some shots you are missing some details, but viewing the photo on the smartphone gives the perception of a good shot with a level of detail. All areas of the screen appear to be in focus. The speed of focusing and shooting excellent in conditions of good brightness. The times are longer in the absence of light, where a click with the use of the flash takes a few seconds. Despite this, even photos in poor light conditions are acceptable. Using HDR requires more shutter speed and the quality does not differ much from a shot taken without HDR.Turning to the use of dual camera mode, the result is not at all convincing. The camera simply blurs the area around the subject we intend to focus on. There is no perceived effect of depth and the final result is not very noticeable. It seems almost like a filter is applied to simple photography. For this reason I have used little this functionality, which I am sure has been inserted by the company to have greater visibility on the web.
The 5MP front camera offers good shots of salts in daylight. In the evening, instead, it presents a lot of noise in the photos.
The battery is a positive aspect of this smartphone. Lunit da 3300mAh and almost impossible to discharge it completely during the day. During my tests, I disconnected the smartphone from charging at 7 am, using it to make calls (2h and 17min), social media usage, messaging, watching videos on YouTube, some gaming sessions and GPS navigation via Google Maps. Overall the screen time was 3h and 23min. The result was surprising. I arrived at 10.30 pm with a 15% charge.Summing up, it is possible to carry out a day of intense use without any problems, with the guarantee of not being without charge in the middle of the day. Finally, charging takes place in about 2.15 hours from 0 to 100%.
The Oukitel U20 Plus review highlighted a good smartphone in several respects. Good design, although it can be improved in some places, such as the curvature of the display. Good overall performance, even if in complex operations CPU and GPU are unable to manage all operations at best. There are no particular problems when using applications like Facebook, WhatsApp and the like. Excellent battery life and display, which presents clear and sharp images.
Discrete system audio, while the ear capsule is good. The camera convinces in daylight. Discrete instead the shots in the evening, with the loss of some details. I think it's just marketing instead of the introduction of the dual rear camera.
If you don't want to spend more than 100 on a smartphone, Oukitel U20 Plus can be a good choice. If you are interested in buying, on TomTop Oukitel U20 Plus for sale at the price of 101.51.