Ulefone Be Pro Review: A Worthy OnePlus One competitor

The Ulefone Be Pro is one of the first smartphones to use the brand new MTK6732 processor. It is LTE enabled and power efficient. Read on past the break for the full review of the Ulefone Be Pro.

I was very excited about the new wave of MTK6732 phones being released after hearing that these processors used 30% less battery than the MTK6592 while being faster. While I have high hopes for battery life of MTK6732 phones in general, the small battery size of this specific phone combined with the large screen makes me apprehensive with regards to the battery life. I sincerely hope the LTE enabled Ulefone Be Pro will live up to my lofty battery expectations. Regarding the design of the Ulefone, it has clearly lifted its design straight from OnePlus’ playbook, and hopefully they have copied the OnePlus One’s quality as well. It has great specifications and retails for $150 at Gearbest. With the coupon code “BePro” the price can be brought down to $146.

Key Specifications
5.5″ 1280×720 IPS Display MTK6732 Quad Core 1.5GHz
2GB RAM + 16GB ROM 13MP + 8MP Camera
Android 4.4.4 Kitkat GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Bluetooth, GPS, Hotknot WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100
2600mAh Battery FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600
SIM, MicroSIM, MicroSD 166g, 157 x 77.8 x 8.8mm

Unboxing the Ulefone Be Pro

The Ulefone Be Pro came from GearBest in a plain brown box. It contained the white Ulefone box as well as some protective bubble wrapping. It had the usual contents, earphones, a microUSB cable and a charger.
Note: Instead of giving me a North American charger, they gave me a European charger instead.

Hardware

Front of the Phone

The Ulefone Be Pro is almost the exact same size as the OnePlus One, at 157 x 77.8 x 8.8mm. It is as light as the OnePlus One as well, at 167g. In hand, it definitely does feel like a OnePlus One.

Silver Bezels

The silver bezel around the entire phone looks quite nice. The front of the phone holds the front facing camera as well as 3 capacitive buttons that do not light up. It has respectably sized bezels around the screen.

The volume buttons are located on the left side of the phone while the power button is located on the right side of the phone. Both the volume and power buttons are of lower quality than in used to, and they feel less firm when pressed.

Insides of the PhoneThe back of the phone is removeable, but requires fingernails, patience, and bravery, as it feels like you’re breaking the cover when you attempt opening it. It reveals a removeable 2600mAh battery, a regular SIM card slot, a MicroSD card slot as well as a MicroSD slot. The removeable back is also interchangeable, available in black, white, and sandstone. It is textured with rubbery plastic, providing a good grip while feeling good in hand. However, it does attract and shoe fingerprints quite easily.
Removeable Back

Back of the Phone

While the back of the phone feels good in hand, it does not feel as premium as phones constructed out of aluminum or glass. The speaker grille is also located on the back near the bottom of the phone. The camera and LED flash are located in the middle along the centreline of the phone. However, the camera sticks out from the back of the phone so you have to be careful when placing the phone down. The Ulefone Logo is also present, and isn’t too flashy.
I personally have very small hands, and did not expect a 5.5″ phone to be this big, even after playing around with the OnePlus One. It all comes down to personal preference, whether you like a larger display or not. Objectively however, the Ulefone Be Pro’s build quality and feel in hand is good, but lacks the premium feel of other smartphones like the HTC One M8 and the iPhone 6.

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6 thoughts on “Ulefone Be Pro Review: A Worthy OnePlus One competitor

    • When you press the menu button while on the home screen on the stock launcher, a notification will pop up to let you change the wallpaper on some combination of the home/lock screen. Once you choose one of those (doesn’t matter which), the very leftmost button allows you to choose images from your phone.

      If that doesn’t show, try scrolling all the way to the right. If that doesn’t work either, you might be better off installing a custom launcher like Nova Launcher or Google Now launcher.

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