|Processor||Mediatek MTK6737 Quad Core|
|Display||5.5″ 1920×1080 px, IPS LCD|
|Operating System||Android 6.0|
|Cameras||13MP/0.3MP + 5MP Camera|
|Physical Properties||195g, 15.40 x 7.70 x 0.85 cm|
The Oukitel U20 Plus is big. With the current trend towards smaller bezels (see the Mi Mix), the U20 Plus doesn’t bother with that and it’s very difficult to use one handed. The front of the phone features 2.5D glass with the capacitve buttons at the bottom. There is a huge bezel around the screen but it is actually hidden quite cleverly, with part of it being the black part of the screen and the rest being the silver bezel. It does resemble the iPhone 7 Plus somewhat from the front as well. The back of the phone is made out of soft touch plastic and does resemble metal from a distance but does not feel like it. We have the dual cameras, the fingerprint sensor and the Oukitel logo on the back.
I’m quite impressed that Oukitel managed to squeeze in a 1080p display into this phone, and they didn’t use a completely terrible one either. Colours are reproduced very nicely and there is some decent contrast, but place it beside a more expensive phone and the difference becomes apparent
The speakers are located beside the MicroUSB plug, and they produce some very loud sound, but definitely more than loud enough. Quality is a below average, there is some distortion at loudest volume and the audio is generally not very crisp. For me, it’s suitable with it’s price tag.
A 3300mAh battery is not large compared to Redmi from Xiaomi, but its also not abysmally small either. Battery life here is about average, I was able to obtain around 4 hours of screen on time which is definitely not amazing but is probably not enough for heavy users to use without a charger. The use consisted of web browsing, some games, social media, and taking photos.
Heavy users should consider long and hard whether this phone can get them through a day without charging as its a toss up while medium and light users won’t have a problem at all.
Performance has me the most afraid. I’ve dreaded reviewing MTK6737 phones because of how slow they are, but I was given a pleasant surprise here. When opening and closing light apps like messaging and calculators, it was generally quite fast. Same when swiping between home screens, also very fast as well. Yes, it is still slightly slower than high end phones but not by much expectation.
Where you start seeing slowdowns is opening heavier apps. For example, Facebook and Instagram take about 2-3 seconds from a screen tap to actually load, and other apps like the Play Store and Google Music take about a second or two. Definitely bearable, but not as fast as before. Multitasking is tough as well with just 2GB of RAM. The U20 Plus is no powerhouse but it is respectable enough to perform in day to day use.
Putting in a second camera does not guarantee better photos. In fact, software is more important than ever in order to fully utilize both cameras to their full potential. On the rear we have a dual rear camera setup with 13MP and 0.3MP sensors.
I’m not sure what they are trying to achieve here, as a 0.3MP camera will only be good enough for capturing depth, not detail. I was hoping for a Huawei P9 Plus style dual camera where one camera captures colour while the other captures a monochrome image, combining the two for great photos (you sacrifice detail if you try to capture a colour image vs. a black/white image).
However that requires two identical cameras which is definitely not the case here. It seems that Oukitel is just going for a more pronounced bokeh effect in the style of the Redmi Pro, and I will say that they are somewhat successful, considering quality is sacrificed for the Bokeh effect.
Two problems with Oukitel’s implementation here. First and foremost (pun intended), the transition area between focus and blurred areas can be inaccurate around the edges of objects (e.g. the edges are blurred in the photo below). This gives it quite the same effect as the Google Camera app’s “Lens Blur” functionality, which renders the second camera a little redundant.
I do have a bone to pick with Oukitel though. They have added a decent bokeh effect to photos by adding in a secondary camera, but pictures taken in SLR mode (what Oukitel named bokeh mode) are actually slightly lower quality compared to in HDR mode. This means that you actually have to sacrifice some picture quality just to get some bokeh in your shot. I tried turning on both HDR and SLR mode to try and get HDR and bokeh in the same photo but every time I took a photo the bokeh would just disappear.
One last thing, the camera app is quite atrocious. Switching between different modes is quite a chore and I found the SLR mode (bokeh mode) laggy as well with the what is displayed on the screen a good ½-1 second behind the camera itself.
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