With the release of the new MTK6755 Helio P10 processor, MTK6753 phones suddenly became less appealing and have had prices (for these phones) slashed. However, Vernee was the very first company to take advantage of this by releasing an extremely cheap $99 phone with this very processor. It was received well and did not sell badly, and other companies have since followed suit. With the introduction of the Ulefone Metal, Ulefone is vying for a place in this area. The Ulefone Metal carries what would have been flagship level specs 8 months ago at $105USD. There is the obligatory MTK6753 processor, 3GB of RAM, and slow motion video recording. As the namesake suggests, the Ulefone Metal has a metal unibody that does make this phone premium. Even though it costs about $5 more than the Vernee Thor, it does have a slight edge over the Thor with a metal build quality and a slightly bigger battery. Does the Ulefone Metal have that extra something to edge past the Vernee Thor as the premier midrange phone or will Ulefone fall behind?
It is a little known fact that the current line of Flash Plus phones are not designed by Alcatel anymore but by Flash 3C. The Flash 3C company was originally a part of Alcatel and has broken off to form a wholly independent studio while still under their parent company TCL. The first Alcatel Flash Plus (designed by Alcatel) was a huge success, largely due to its low price tag and high specifications. However, it was hampered by less than adequate build quality and camera problems, not to mention badly designed UI. When the Flash 3C designed Alcatel Flash Plus 2 (still sometimes branded as an Alcatel or TCL device) was announced, it did so at the low price point of $160. To put this in perspective, phones containing the aging MTK6752 and MTK6753 were still selling at a strong $160 in April/May 2016, during which the Flash Plus 2 was announced. People were excited, an MTK6755 (Helio P10) processor and Full HD screen for $160? Count me in! Considering the cheapest phone containing the Helio P10 costs at least $200, this is an extremely cheap option. There were some detractors and skeptics who remembered the less than adequate build quality, camera issues, and software of the original Flash Plus, and they had a leg to stand on. Well, as of August 2016, the time this review was published, this is the cheapest MTK6755 phone available to date. Will it be worth it? Or should you spend a little more? Find out in the full review of the Alcatel/TCL Flash Plus 2. You can buy this device for $160, the 3GB version costs $180. There will be a flash sale at Coolicool for $160 but it will be limited to 10 pieces every day. It will start at GMT 11:00 August 22 and run all the way to August 28, be sure to check it out!
One of the reasons why I chose to review this phone was because of the huge battery. Battery life is probably the singular most important thing in smartphones right now as every other aspect of phones has been advancing by leaps and bounds…except for the battery. With gargantuan manufacturers like Apple and Samsung participating in a race to the thinnest phone, some might say that battery life, while definitely considered in the design process, is not the highest priority. But it should. With the huge success of Pokémon Go, this battery draining app is killing phones everywhere and highlighting the problem not only with small batteried phones but software as well. Doogee has definitely taken this to heart and placed the battery at the center of this device. Enter the Doogee X5 Max Pro, an amalgam of adjectives that is the result of Doogee first creating the X5, then the X5 Max, and now the X5 Max Pro. However, this path that Doogee has taken, slowly improving the original X5 has actually resulted in Doogee creating a very interesting phone in the X5 Max Pro. The specs won’t blow you away, but the price will. Starting at $85, this is one of the cheapest phones that doesn’t have a crippled MTK6580 processor, but rather uses the MTK6737, a more powerful and efficient version of the venerable but old entry level MTK6735. It also has a huge battery, weighing in at 4000mAh, and other specs to complete the package such as 2GB of RAM, the latest Android OS, and a very decent IPS screen. This race to the bottom can only be good for consumers. A year ago a similar phone (the Mlais MX Base) was priced at $130. Two years ago a similar phone (THL4000) was priced at $190. Three years ago something like this would have been unheard of, and now, we are well below the $100 mark. Doogee seems to be aiming directly at the budget crowd, pricing this phone at the low, low $85 while keeping the specs powerful enough to keep up with most users. Let’s see if Doogee succeeds in that quest.
This is the UHANS S1. It is very well made and has a premium look and feel, but it’s clearly inspired by the iPHone 5. It has some real decent specs, 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage, the MTK6753 processor and an IMX214 camera. It also runs the latest Android 6.0, but it has a custom skin on top of it called FreeMe OS, and I’m a little apprehensive about any custom skin on top of Android because they’re usually worse than stock Android, so let’s see how this phone does.
I’m not the only one excited for the UMi Super. It costs $210, and the specs are, pretty super. You can even sign up on UMi’s website for a chance to win a $70 coupon, which would bring the price down to $140, that’s insane. The standout specs here are the 4GBs of RAM, 4000mAh battery, and the aluminum body. Again based on the specs alone, I would have replaced my Xiaomi Redmi 3 with this UMi Super, but sadly I promised my buddy I would give this phone to him, so I’m stuck with my Redmi 3 for now. So again, some great specs here, let’s see whether the phone is worth it.
This is the Jumper EZBook 2. I’ve tried my hardest ot put in as many puns on the word jumper as possible. So I beg you, please don’t jump the gun and unsubscribe. OK so the first pun, here we go. Take a look at the specs, nothing really jumps out as outstanding. So why am I so excited for this laptop? Well in my opinion it has one of the most well balanced specs of any laptop or tablet. 1080p screen, 4GBs of RAM, 10,000mAh battery. The specs are strong in all departments, at least in theory. However, specs can tell a different story from the user experience, so before you jump to a conclusion, let me tell you the whole story.
I don’t remember a Chinese phone that made such a great first impression on me, but the Vernee Thor definitely did. Hey guys Zi Jin here and this is the Vernee Thor. Vernee as a company is brand new, and this is their very first phone release with an impressive 22,000 preorders, so there really is a ton of interest in this phone. It costs $120 at most places, but at this point you can actually get this phone for $50 if you make a review of it. So I haven’t actually talked about the phone yet, but it has an MTK octacore processor, 3GB of RAM, the latest Android 6.0 OS, and a Gorilla Glass 3 2.5D screen. And considering that you’re paying $120 or even $100 for this phone, it’s an amazing deal. But, in other phones great specs have been let down by poor software and unfinished things, let’s see if the Vernee Thor falls into the same trap.