In this article, I wanted to share the experience of using an ultra-budget smartphone called Ulefone Note 7 in this review.
Many multimedia and web portals do not want to test cheap smartphones, because they do not have sufficient resources and only test the most expensive ones.
Testing very cheap smartphones is very difficult and making the right conclusions is always problematic.
Now you can buy Ulefone Note 7 at an interesting price for only $56.99.
Ulefone Note 7 is a new model of the company that boasts several elements that will be interesting to many. For example, it has a modern aspect ratio of 19: 9, with a waterdrop notch for the front camera. Also, the main feature is a triple camera on the back. All these elements attract the attention of customers.
A modern smartphone with poor performance, let’s see what happened to them.
Ulefone Note 7: Specifications
|Ulefone Note 7:||Specs|
|Display:||6.1 inches with 1280 x 600 pixels|
|CPU:||Mediatek MT6580 Octa Core 2.0GHz|
|GPU:||Arm Mali GPU|
|Memory extension:||up to 128GB|
|Cameras:||8.0MP + 2.0MP + 2.0MP main and 5MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.1, and GPS|
|OS:||Android 8.1 (Go Edition)|
|Connections:||Micro USB slot and 3.5mm Audio Jack|
|Dimensions:||156.1 x 73.7 x 9.7 mm|
Ulefone Note 7: Unboxing
The box looks quite luxurious and elegant, but during transportation, the box was damaged a little. Well, inside the phone is good and without damage.
Inside the box, I found a smartphone in a protective case, a protective film for the screen, instructions in English, a micro USB charging cable and a 5V and 1A power adapter.
As for the ultra-budget price, the package of Ulefone Note 7 is very good.
Let’s get down to the ergonomics of the smartphone.
Ulefone Note 7: Design and Appearance
The design of the budget smartphone looks modern and stylish. Ulefone Note 7 in the test has a comfortable and convenient size, so even with one hand, it is convenient to control.
Immediately, I note that the rear plastic cover can be removed, and under it, there is a battery that you can replace (today it is rare).
I also see three card slots are 2x nanoSIM and 1x microSD. A much better combination of slots “hybrid”.
The back cover is made of plastic, in our case it is black. Also, the models are available with gold and twilight color.
The case is neatly rounded on all sides and the company appreciates the fact that the smartphone has been tested in more than a thousand different processes.
The center of the back panel has a triple camera and a flash, like the model of Huawei Mate 20. At the bottom of the case has a logo and holes for the speaker.
In front, there is a large screen, above which a headset, a front-facing camera, distance/illumination sensors, and an LED notification indicator are located.
At the edges everything is left – the right keys are turned on and off, a 3.5 mm headphone jack on top and a micro USB port and a microphone at the bottom.
This is a compact model with a size of 156.1 x 73.7 x 9.7 mm and a weight of 177.5 grams.
Ulefone Note 7: Screen
Given today’s smartphones and their interconnection, diagonal and resolution, I can say that this 19: 9 IPS display fits well with this story.
Some will say that the resolution of 1280 x 600 pixels is too small for a 6.1-inch diagonal, but I disagree with that. Just look at the displayed content on the screen, which is crystal clear, the letters are clearly visible, and the icons have sharp edges and bright colors.
There is also a protective film on the screen, which I recommend leaving because it additionally protects the screen from scratches and bumps. Since the manufacturer does not provide any additional protection for glass, but we did not expect this on such a cheap device.
The screen responds very well to user controls, and you can also clean your fingerprints with a simple handkerchief.
As for the brightness of the display, we measured it with our meter and got an incredible 532 lux, so Ulefone Note 7 in our analisis can be used without problems in daylight.
Ulefone Note 7: Hardware and Performance
Ulefone Note 7 has basic hardware configuration, but this is enough for everyday tasks.
The smartphone runs on a MediaTek MT6580 4-core processor with a clock frequency of 1.3 GHz and has 4 cores ARM Cortex-A7. This is one of the most popular processors in its class, albeit a bit older – 2015. It was developed using 28 nanometers technology.
As for the graphics, then the ARM Mali-400 MP2 500 MHz graphics is at your disposal.
Also, the smartphone Ulefone Note 7 has only 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory, which you can expand to 128GB with the help of microSD.
Although all this is very modest, this smartphone will do everything possible to meet all user requirements. We recommend periodically exiting all applications in the background (by dragging the middle Android virtual button up and to the right and tapping Delete All).
What about synthetic tests? Below you can see the results, for example, Antutu scored 19,500 points.
I also played popular games like Crossy Road, RealmCraft, Shadow Fight 3, Helix Jump and Need For Speed. They run a long time, but if you want to play it is possible.
I could not run games such as Asphalt 9 and Pubg Mobile, the phone wrote that there was not enough performance in the device. Below I will insert the video and you can see how Ulefone Note 7 copes with the games.
Ulefone Note 7: Software
A pleasant surprise is that Ulefone Note 7 runs on the new Android 8.1 Go Edition operating system and supports multilingualism.
Only basic applications are pre-installed, which is good because you do not have enough internal memory, everything you need can be found on Google Play. I would like to mention if the smartphone has FM radio.
Although, in general, the smartphone works nicely and quickly enough, in some cases a slowdown in the device may occur. However, with a regular exit from the application and clearing the smartphone from using the working memory, everything can work much better.
Go Edition has a light version of applications. For example, an application such as Gmail Go, Maps Go, Youtube Go got a lightweight interface, just for poor performance in the device.
Ulefone Note 7: Camera
The cameras have basic functions, but they work very well, better than I expect from a smartphone with a price well below $100. The camera control application itself is very modest, if you are not enough you can download other free apps from Google Play.
The main feature of the smartphone is a triple camera for Ulefone Note 7 are 8 megapixels, the second and third sensors of 2 megapixels.
But the manufacturer does not specify what kind of work the second and third sensors do. If you look at the application specifications, you will not find information about these sensors. Therefore, I can conclude that the two sensors are fake.
The front camera has a 5-megapixel sensor. Although there are only basic functions, such as face recognition. I was pleasantly surprised that it supports unlocking the face recognition device because Ulefone Note 7 in our test does not have a fingerprint scanner.
As for the video, the camera shoots at an HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and 15 frames per second (720p @ 15 frames per second), also in 3GP format. As I mentioned earlier, it is possible that another application may “unlock” some additional functions.
The quality of the photos is very solid, do not expect much, but in the daytime in HD mode, photos are good with the right colors. Even the night photos surprised me. Below I will leave an album with examples of photos of Ulefone Note 7.
Ulefone Note 7: Sound
The loudspeaker is located on the back of the bottom, and it sounds quite loud, but we can not say the same for the sound quality. We do not feel deep tones, so it is lower, the result is the same for different audio files, movies, and video games.
We checked some of our high-quality test music numbers in the FLAC format and measured the power of our speakers (at a distance of about 50 centimeters) – 81.1 dB, which is above the average for hair.
There are strengths, but for better sound, we recommend connecting a headset or an external speaker through a 3.5 mm jack.
Ulefone Note 7: Communication
The basic hardware functions of the smartphone correspond to the basic communication functions.
Ulefone Note 7 supports Dual SIM (Nano) and 2G/3G networks only.
The quality of telephone conversations is standard, and, accordingly, all networks of local telecom operators are supported. But 4G connection will not be here.
Ulefone Note 7: Battery
The battery actually behaves very well, so you can use Ulefone Note 7 all day, maybe even longer.
The removable lithium-polymer battery with a capacity of 3500 mAh is built-in and does not support fast charging (5V/1A charger).
In our test for the autonomy of working with a constantly lit screen (50% of light on the screen), the battery worked for 10 hours and 30 minutes.
But, as I mentioned, in practice, I get the feeling that the battery is even more reliable, the reason probably lies in the new Go Edition version, which is better optimized for battery consumption.
Ulefone Note 7: Conclusions and Reviews
Although this smartphone is below $100, you can expect a lot from this device. The smartphone will strive to fulfill all your wishes, but without rocket speed, but with a little patience you will get what you asked for.
Many will enjoy a pleasant and modern design. Some will blame it on the low resolution of the screen, although the content is very visible, so we didn’t even notice that the resolution is so low.
The triple camera is, of course, only a marketing ploy, but on the whole, it looks beautiful but does not work in practice. Although the quality of photos is very good even at night in HD mode.
Lower sound quality is noticed, but, on the other hand, the vast majority of simple video games work very well and the battery also works very reliably.
Ulefone Note 7: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
I ordered a smartphone at the official Ulefone store, you can also buy Ulefone Note 7 at a low price for only $56.99 or $61.55 with a protective case.
In general, Ulefone Note 7 deserves your attention. If you are looking for a super cheap smartphone, but that it was with a modern design, then a budget smartphone from Ulefone would be an excellent option.