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.
|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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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.