Full REAL Ulefone Metal review. Includes Ulefone Metal Antutu, GPS, Ulefone Metal camera samples, WiFi, OS fluidity, Ulefone Metal battery life SOT, charging, and more.
while the charger that comes with the Ulefone Metal is rated at 5V 1A charging, the phone itself is capable of at least up to 5.3V 2A charging.
Ulefone Metal build and styleThe Ulefone Metal is very solidly built. There are no creeks or loose spots in the backs or the sides. No evidence of LED light bleed through the edges. The buttons are firm.
|Protection:||2.5D Gorilla Glass 3|
|TF SD expandable||Yes (* Single-SIM+TF SD or Dual-SIM)|
|Material||CNC machined metal|
Ulefone Metal unboxingIn a classy move, Ulefone has included a hardened glass screen protector in addition to the standard plastic screen protector already on the screen. They’ve also thrown in a snap on (as opposed to sticky) flip case.
Ulefone Metal displayThe display on the Ulefone Metal is 2.5D 5.0″ 720P OGS IPS. From extreme angles, there is a noticeable tint towards cooler or warmer, but looks very good from standard viewing angles. Being OGS, your finger is directly up against the LCD when using the phone. The color gamut on the Metal is good, not washed out.
Ulefone Metal quick chargeInterestingly, while the the charger that comes with the Ulefone Metal is rated at 5V 1A charging, and with the included charger charges at around this rate, the phone itself is capable of at least 5.3V 2A charging; with a 2A charger, the Metal sustains 5.33V 1.6A charging for a large portion of the charge (2.0A at the beginning of the charge, 1.4-1.6A in the middle, 1.2A towards the tail end of the charge, and .4-.66A from 90%-100%, all at 5.3V). What this means is that when you purchase the Ulefone Metal, you might want to purchase a 2A charger if you don’t already own one, as this will shave about an hour off of full charging. (Disclaimer: quick charging may cause more heat when charging the phone and it has not been confirmed the battery is rated to charge at 2A). Also notable is that the Metal is using power directly from AC to power the phone’s use while it continues to maintain the same charging rate. Effectively what this means for us is that you can use the Metal while charging without adversely affecting charging times.
Ulefone Metal review WiFiWiFi SNR doesn’t keep up with the excellent GPS, but maintains a stable connection at up to 100ft / 30m with a cinder block wall between the phone and the router. This is 2/3rd of the distance we consider excellent, and easily strong enough for all typical home/business/cafe situations.
Ulefone Metal other components
- compass: working without issue
- OTG: working without issue (tested BT mouse, keyboard, generic game pad)
- external speaker: beyond adequate
- mic: beyond adequate
- earpiece speaker: beyond adequate
- accelerometer: working without issue
- FM radio: working without issue
Ulefone Metal frequency support2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz 3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz 4G: FDD-LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz Nice we see Metal has included LTE 800. The 2G is worldwide, and 3G/4G are perfect for most of Asia, all of Europe, and all of the UK.
Ulefone Metal SD card expandableThe Ulefone Metal can accept single-SIM+TF SD expansion, or dual-SIM.
Ulefone Metal camera picture image samplesThe Ulefone Metal camera sensor is the Sony IMX149. This is a 3rd generation CMOS sensor which takes good images at a true 8mp. There is a 13mp setting, however this is software enlargement, and we don’t recommend it. The Sony IMX149 is a good sensor, with decent dynamic range, sharpness, and colors. The camera module used on the Ulefone Metal is quite good; the lens is made up of 5 elements, and we found edge to edge sharpness to be great. In addition, the Metal camera gives us an intervelometer which allows us to take time lapse videos.
- image #5, the sunflower, is brightened
- all other images in the gallery are straight out of the camera other than re-size and some images cropped
- all images in the gallery saved at 75% jpg quality
- images #3,7, and 8 are HDR, the other images are taken in auto mode
- image #9 is very low light
Ulefone Metal performance / OSThe Ulefone Metal carries the MT6753 SoC, which is great to see in a phone at this budget price. Typically we see 4-core MT6735A in this bracket, but Ulefone has stepped up the game and included the very good MTK6753A.
Ulefone Metal TWRP and Ulefone Metal rootRooting the Ulefone Metal is a relatively simple process if you have flashing experience. Simply see the tutorial and download the Ulefone Metal root pack here (opens in new tab).
Ulefone Metal AntutuUlefone Metal scores a healthy 37k on Antutu. While this isn't considered extremely high for a phone these days, it's beyond powerful enough to run Android smoothly, and given the budget price of the phone is a gem of a score.
Ulefone Metal OTAFantastically, Ulefone keeps well up on updates. Since the Ulefone Metal was released there have been 6 OTA updates, with the latest ROM as of this writing dated 25-AUG-2016.
Ulefone Metal OS fluidity
the average user is unlikely to notice much difference during typical usage compared to phones costing 5x as much.The OS on Ulefone Metal is Android Marshmallow 6.0. Android runs very smoothly on the Metal, and indeed the average user is unlikely to notice much difference during typical usage compared to phones costing 5x as much.
- Systems animations and transitions are butter smooths
- Opening apps is quick
- Fast scrolling is decent. Smooth and with good friction, but a shorter quick flick and faster top scroll speed would be a nice addition. We'll mention it to Ulefone to see if we can get this improved in an update.
- Slow scrolling is smooth
- Switching between apps already in memory is instantaneous
- Rapid touch typing is quick and without hangups
- All apps we tested ran without issue. There were no force closes or issues otherwise
- Google Play Store runs without issue
- ROM is Global / Multilingual