The Chinese company Oukitel well known to our readers, the benefit to the lab site smartphones for its authorship were often.
Among the most interesting models we can recall Oukitel K4000 Pro, the drafting of which the emphasis was on increased survivability of the device Oukitel C3, appeared on the field of budgetary decisions, as well as “survivor” in the style of Vertu Oukitel K10000.
The hero of the new review was the smartphone Oukitel U7 Plus. He, in turn, is an updated version of the other device of the company – Oukitel U7 Pro.
Almost all aspects Oukitel U7 Pro has been improved. In addition, the smartphone has received support LTE and fingerprint scanner. The model has not undergone significant changes.
Well, “on paper” Oukitel U7 Plus looks like a good ultrabudgetary device. Let’s start our review and learn whether this is so. First the package and contents of the model.
Oukitel U7 Plus comes in a small orange cardboard box.
Box is ascetic: the front side has the name of the manufacturer, on the rear side are its main characteristics.
In addition to the smartphone in the box are:
Standard, in General, accessories for the smartphone, nothing unusual there. Complaining about the lack of a complete headset not worth it – not the same price segment.
Oukitel U7 Plus has a familiar form factor – a candybar with a touchscreen. The smartphone has a rectangular shape, rounded corners.
The weight of the apparatus is a solid 206 g, and its dimensions 78.4 x 157.6 x 9.15 mm. Yeah, a small or lightweight smartphone you can get. He looks pretty bulky, frames thinness do not differ.
Back cover is made of matte plastic and has a tendency to get dirty quickly. Soft-touch coating no. Back cover design in particular, and just a smartphone in General is downright screaming that the designers Oukitel “drew inspiration” from Apple, or rather, the lines of the iPhone 6.
The display is protected by 2.5 D glass, on the protective properties of which nothing is known.
Oleophobic coating is present, but rather low quality.
In the upper part of the front panel located to the front camera, light sensors and proximity and led indicator.
The indicator has a small size, see it glow at an angle in the lit area is almost impossible.
You can choose which events it will react to the indicator.
At the bottom of Oukitel Plus U7 is the lower block touch keys: “Menu”, “Home” and “Back”. Keys do not have backlight.
In the upper part of the rear side of the smartphone are: the main 13-megapixel camera, led flash and fingerprint scanner.
App to work with the scanner standard.
Scanner 8 out of 10 correctly recognizes the fingerprint, which can be considered the average result.
At the bottom of anything, except the model name.
On the right side Oukitel Plus U7 is the power button/lock.
On the left side – a single volume rocker. The key travel is soft, pleasant. In case they sit tight, do not hang and not play.
At the top end is 3.5 mm.
On the bottom are Micro-USB port, hole, behind which is hidden the external speaker and microphone.
After removing the back cover, we get access to 2 slots for SIM-cards format MicroSIM slot and one MicroSD card.
The smartphone is available to purchase in three colours: space grey, gold and pink.
Oukitel U7 Plus cannot be praised for the look, and weight and size he has problems. However, the build quality of the device is definitely pleasing, especially considering its price category.
Oukitel U7 Plus features a 5.5″ touch IPS display. Screen resolution – 1280 x 720 (HD), the density of pixels (ppi) is 267 dpi – if you look at the display, the individual pixels can be seen, but in General the normal value.
The OGS technology is not used between the glass and the display has a layer of air.
So, what SoC is installed in Oukitel U7 Plus, a complete mess. Officially, the manufacturer announced MediaTek MT6737, however, the Factory Mode smartphone it is written that used a weaker SoC MediaTek MT6737M. CPU-Z identifies as SoC MT6735, AnTuTu – as MT6737, AIDA64 – how MT6737M. She Oukitel not commented on the situation. In General, a very strange situation.
Used the graphics chip is also not clear – stated Mali-T720 MP2, but AIDA64 identifies it as the Mali-T720 GPU, that is the version with one graphics core.
RAM Oukitel U7 Plus is 2 GB is a good indicator for smartphones ultrabudgetary segment.
Usually free around 0.9 – 1.1 GB of RAM, the problems with lack of memory was observed.
Oukitel Plus U7 is controlled by the operating system Android 6.0.
As the shell – “naked” Android 6.0 with a proprietary launcher and icons.
Any special application on the smartphone is not installed, but in settings you can enabled the floating button, when clicked, opens the ring quick commands, like “Game Mode” – turn off touch key to a game they cannot be inadvertently hurt, “Read Mode” – disables the timeout screen, and so on.
Instructions for obtaining Root rights on the device at the time of writing the review there.
In Oukitel U7 Plus a flash drive with a capacity of 16 GB. The user of them available a little more than 11 GB.
The smartphone supports a memory card MicroSD up to 32 GB, inclusive.
Support OTG (USB On-The-Go) no. By default, the smartphone connects to the computer as MTP device.
Oukitel U7 Plus works over cellular networks 2G, 3G and LTE (Band 1/3/7/8/20; 2100/1800/2600/900/800 MHz). LTE, working in Russia.
To work in 3G and 4G networks, only the SIM card installed in the first slot. SIM card in the second slot works on 2G networks.
Oukitel U7 Plus more or less steadily holds the signal, however, there are situations when the smartphone loses the network, and sometimes on both SIM cards simultaneously, and to correct the situation can only restart.
Oukitel U7 Plus works with SIM cards in mode Dual SIM Dual Standby radio in the smartphone one, simultaneously work both SIM cards – but only in standby, when receiving a call or transmitting data on one SIM card the second is inaccessible.
As usual, in the settings you can set for each SIM card its own name and color, and for any action which SIM card to use by default.
The smartphone supports the Bluetooth v4.0 and Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 n. Technology support NFC (Near Field Communication) HotKnot or not.
GPS module in Oukitel U7 Plus does not support the GLONASS system, therefore is not all the available satellites, but found quickly connects, the connection is stable.
In Oukitel U7 Plus has a removable Li-ion battery with a capacity of 2 500 mAh.
For starters we will test the autonomy of the device in the special tests.
Inconsistent results – AnTuTu Tester appreciated the autonomy of the device low enough, but the Battery Test benchmark GFXBench gave Oukitel U7 Plus high rating.
All tests were performed at 100% brightness, enabled wireless interfaces and activate sync.
Oukitel U7 Plus quietly “live” day with heavy use, and about two to three days with moderate. Overall, this is a good result for ultrabudgetary smartphone.
Oukitel U7 Plus is equipped with two cameras, with a resolution of 8 megapixels (software interpolation up to 13 megapixel) with autofocus and led flash and front with a resolution of 2 megapixels (software interpolation up to 5 megapixels).
The preinstalled application “Camera” – standard functionality too.
The user is given the option to put the ISO value, white balance, level of exposure compensation, enable or disable HDR and adjust the brightness and saturation of images.
Homtom HT17 Pro is the main competitor of the smartphone under test, it is the announcement of this model has spurred Oukitel version of U7 Plus. In formal characteristics – the same SoC, the same questions about what specific chip installed.
However, in the graphics benchmarks Homtom HT17 Pro has shown itself to be significantly better than Oukitel U7 Plus. For the price they are about the same, except that the competitor already available in the Russian retail.
Doogee X6 Pro is equipped with a more capacious battery, the camera appears to be much lighter, the rest of the hardware is similar Oukitel U7 Plus. It costs a bit less than the hero of our review.
Oukitel Plus U7 is ultra budget smartphone price range, and this imposes limitations. First of all, one should not expect too much of him: he is worth the money that he asked for, but no more. Cons Oukitel U7 Plus dictates its low cost and it budget materials, and the lack of support of the GLONASS system, and weak gaming performance – all this allows the device to award the title of “universal budjet”.
However, for $84 you will get a stable running smartphone with a decent 5.5″ IPS display, 2 GB of RAM and good build quality, and how significant these shortcomings, each potential buyer decides for himself.