Just three months ago, Ulefone introduced the world’s first model of a rugged smartphone with support for 5G network. But now I have an updated version in my hands, which is called Ulefone Armor 11 5G.
The Chinese manufacturer Ulefone listened to its customers and decided to release another rugged smartphone, but with slightly different technical specs. Therefore, in this review, I will share with you the main differences between Ulefone Armor 10 and Armor 11.
The Ulefone Armor 11 is currently priced at $499.99, but I would not recommend buying this smartphone at such a high price. Because in a few days, you can purchase a rugged device for as little as $ 300-plus. The manufacturer now keeps the price tag secret and therefore I cannot say for sure what the final cost will be.
In terms of technical features and specs, I can distinguish – this is a reduced screen size from 6.67 to 6.1 inches, but I am glad that the processor and all the performance have remained the same. For example, let me remind you once again that Armor 10 and Armor 11 are equipped with a modern MediaTek Dimensity 800 processor with 5G network support.
In addition, the new rugged smartphone has five main camera modules with a 48 MP Sony IMX582 main sensor. But the capacity of the built-in battery has slightly decreased compared to the Armor 10 and now it is 5200 mAh.
Ok, so I plan to test the device in real life and find out what it can do. Therefore, I want to start my in-depth and complete review with unboxing and see what the manufacturer will surprise me with this time.
Ulefone Armor 11 5G: Specifications
|Ulefone Armor 11 5G:||Specs|
|Display:||6.1 inches IPS with 1560 x 720 pixels, 60 Hz|
|CPU:||MediaTek MT6873 Octa Core 2.0GHz|
|Inner memory:||256 GB|
|Expanding memory：||Not supported|
|Cameras：||48 MP + 13 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP + 20 MPmain camera and 16 MP front camera|
|Communication：||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and GPS|
|Dimensions:||163.8 x 81.6 x 14.2 mm|
Unboxing and packaging
The new generation of the rugged smartphone has received a completely different appearance of the box. Now the Ulefone Armor 11 smartphone comes in a rectangular black packaging with yellow inscriptions. For example, the designation of the model and brand name is located on the front, and the main feature of 5G is also highlighted in large letters.
Inside the package, I found, directly, the rugged smartphone itself, which was completely wrapped in a protective film, both on the front and on the back. The package also includes various documentation, a Type-C charging cable, an 18W power adapter and an adapter from 3.5 mm to Type-C connection.
In general, I really liked the package bundle, but especially, I like the fact that the manufacturer equips the smartphone with an additional protective glass for the screen. Thus, your smartphone will be even more protected from serious damage.
Design, build quality and materials
The appearance of the new rugged smartphone Ulefone Armor 11 is completely different from its older brother Armor 10. If the tenth generation looked like a gaming mobile device, the new model has a simple and very minimalistic design.
I love the way the Armor 11 started to look and how it fits in the hand. Looking at the dimensions, the device measures 163.8 x 81.6 x 14.2 mm and weighs 295 grams. That is, the dimensions and weight of the new smartphone from Ulefone have become smaller compared to the Armor 10.
But this does not mean that you can easily control your smartphone with one hand. Since the screen size is still 6.1 inches large, the smartphone is much more pleasant to hold in the hand than the previous generation Armor 10.
As for the materials used, I have no strong comments. For example, the Ulefone Armor 11 case is made in a combination of durable plastic and rubber. This material is very pleasant and its structure is matte, so fingerprints will not be visible on the back of the smartphone.
The build quality is also not inferior to the materials used, the device is assembled at an excellent level. It is worth noting here about the presence of protection against water, dust and drops under the IP68/IP69K standard.
To be honest, I have not tested the smartphone for shock resistance, but to wet it. I was completely satisfied with the result of the test, since after immersion in water, it worked properly and without any problems.
The front of the case houses a 6.1-inch screen with HD + resolution or 1560 x 720 pixels. I note right away that the previous generation of Armor 10 had a larger screen and Full HD resolution. But I can’t say that the screen quality on Armor 11 is very terrible, for example, the pixel density value was 282 ppi and a good IPS matrix is used.
During use, I did not see individual pixels, and the maximum brightness level was sufficient for using the smartphone in sunny and bright weather. But the drawback that I can highlight is the rather large bezels around the screen.
Another small design difference is the location of the front camera. While the Armor 10 used a circular cutout in the screen, the new model has a typical waterdrop notch.
Meanwhile, the back of the device received as many as five camera modules and an LED flash. I was a little amazed at the number of cameras, but I will talk about each sensor and their tasks a little later. Slightly lower on the same side, there is a hole for the speaker. I will say right away that the sound quality is not the best, but the maximum volume level is quite high.
The power button and volume control are located on the right side. There is also a free-standing fingerprint scanner nearby. I had no complaints about its performance, it worked quickly and, most importantly, accurately. On the opposite side, that is, on the left side, a custom button was installed for various tasks.
The lower edge of the Armor 11 smartphone received a hole for a microphone, a slot for a memory card and a SIM card, and a Type-C port for charging. But on the upper edge there is nothing. Okay, I figured out the design and build quality, now let’s take a look at what the device is capable of in terms of various benchmarks and games.
Performance, benchmarks, games and OS
As I said, both models of rugged smartphones Ulefone Armor 11 and Armor 10 received not the worst processor called MediaTek MT6873 or Dimensity 800. This is a 7 nanometer processor that has an architecture with eight cores and a maximum operating frequency of 2.0 GHz.
In terms of performance, I have not identified any problems with the new Armor 11. It runs fast and even in benchmark tests scores similarly to its predecessor. For example, in the AnTuTu test, the device scored about 300 thousand points. This is a very solid indicator for a rugged smartphone. Also below I will leave an album with other various benchmark tests.
Gaming features also did not fail with the Armor 11 model, since it uses the IMG 9XM-HP8 graphics accelerator. Thanks to it, in games you are able to get the maximum smoothness and performance. In addition, I could run even heavy games such as PUBG Mobile or Call of Duty on medium graphics settings without any problems. But there was a slight overheating after half an hour of games.
But the good news for many users may be the increased battery capacity from 128 GB to 256 GB of volume when comparing both generations of smartphones. At the same time, the RAM remained the same with a volume of 8 GB.
Based on the specifications, the wireless connection remained intact and here I was pleased with the presence of the NFC module. Therefore, you will be able to connect your bank card and pay for your purchases. As for the Wi-Fi connection, it is not the fastest, as it only supports 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n protocols. But there is also Bluetooth 5.0 on board the device.
I want to pay special attention to the almost pure Android 10 operating system. But the manufacturer assures that in the near future the device will receive an update to Android 11 version. This is good news and I am glad that Ulefone has informed us of the updates. I suppose that in the future the smartphone will also receive updates.
In general, the operation of the user interface is very similar to its older brother Armor 10. That is, the performance is very high and the device performs any tasks quickly. Also in the user interface Google services and applications are already preinstalled.
Camera and sample photos
On the back of the new Ulefone Armor 11 rugged smartphone, as many as five different models of the main camera were installed and let’s go over each of them in more detail.
The main sensor SONY IMX582 received a resolution of 48 megapixels and has a very good aperture ƒ/1.79. In practice, the camera showed itself on the positive side, the photos turned out to be bright and contrasting. In addition, the night mode did not enlighten the photos, and the detail was pretty good.
The second module received a resolution of 13 megapixels and is designed for ultra-wide shots with a capture angle of 124.8 degrees. Yes, maybe these are not the best pictures in low light, but in bright and sunny weather the pictures were not the worst.
The third and fourth modules have already received 2 megapixels and are created for macro and bokeh photos. Both sensors work properly, but I would like to see the quality of photos during macro shooting better.
The last and most unusual sensor is the night version camera with a 20-megapixel SONY IMX350 sensor. This mode shoots in black and white and will probably be useful to some people, for example, while hiking at night.
The front of the device houses a 16-megapixel sensor with ƒ/2.0 aperture. It takes pretty good and high-quality selfies, but at night the photos were not of the best quality.
Battery and run time
As I already mentioned, a slightly different battery capacity of 5200 mAh was installed on board the Ulefone Armor 11. Let me remind you that the Armor 10 version used a 5800mAh battery.
But I cannot say that the new smartphone will work less than its older brother. Since the screen size and resolution of the Armor 11 is much smaller than the Armor 10. Therefore, the power consumption will be lower.
For example, during my tests, the smartphone was able to hold out for two full days. It even seemed to me that the battery life of the new smartphone is slightly higher than that of its older brother.
The device charges for about 2.5 hours via an 18W power adapter and there is also 10W wireless charging. But in the latter case, charging will take even longer, about 3.5-4 hours.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
The new model of the rugged smartphone Ulefone Armor 11 has shown itself on the positive side. But there are differences between the last generation Armor 10 and these are practically two different smartphones, excluding only one and the same performance.
The positive side of the new smartphone is its attractive and interesting design. I also liked that the manufacturer decided to reduce the screen size and this made it possible to use the device more comfortably.
In addition, I had no complaints about the materials used and the build quality. The same goes for performance, camera quality and even battery life.
The disadvantages of this model are still not the most convenient size and weight of a smartphone. Also, I didn’t really like the work of the macro sensor and there is a slight overheating during games. But I can’t even call a smartphone a gaming one.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Definitely, the smartphone is worth your attention and has many interesting features. I think the cost will be slightly lower than its predecessor.
Let me remind you that the price tag for the Armor 10 model will cost you $399. But for the new generation, the manufacturer has not yet announced the final cost, but I assume that the price tag for Ulefone Armor 11 will lie within $350.