Dual camera for everybody! Oukitel outs the budget-friendly U20 Plus
Oukitel is on a roll, outing one bargain-priced midranger after the next. Just last week, we saw the U15S — a metal-clad handset with some pretty respectable specs and features for its $150 price-tag. Now, we have the Oukitel U20 Plus — a new phablet on the Android scene with a dual camera, lower-midrange specs, and quite the inviting price.
So, first things first, the U20 Plus has a polycarbonate body with curvy sides for ergonomics and rounded-off corners of the glass panel for beautiful looks. On the front, there's a 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 display with an IPS panel made by Sharp. On the back, we have a fingerprint scanner, which also doubles as a gesture control pad — you can tap or longpress on it and have the phone take a photo, return to the home screen, play or pause music, and other pre-selected functions.
The SoC that hums under the hood is MediaTek's MT6737T — a quad-core chipset clocked at 1.5 GHz. It hovers around the range of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 410 and 415. Oukitel deliberately chose the MT6737T as a low-cost solution, which can support the phone's dual-camera module. Moving on, we have 2 GB of RAM and a 16 GB memory chip on board, which can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 128 GB. The battery in the trunk is a SCUD-made 3,300 mAh cell, so it should last quite a bit, provided the software is optimized.
On to the important question — why does this phone have a dual camera and how does it use it? Well, the Oukitel U20 Plus' main sensor is a 13 MP Sony IMX135, but it's assisted by a secondary one — a 0.3 MP sensor, which is only used to collect image data like distance, depth, and light. Using this, Oukitel's software algorithms should deliver quality photographs and will also give you post-processing options for bokeh focus effects, which is always cool.
On the front, we have a 5 MP selfie snapper, which the phone's software can use for 8 MP interpolated photos, if you insist on higher-res images of your mug.
The software on board is Android 6 Marshmallow, re-skinned to fit Oukitel's needs. It offers cool extra features, such as wake gestures (draw a simple letter on sleeping screen to open a specific app), Super Screenshot (scroll down a page and keep adding to a screenshot), screen record, and has 6 different UI themes out of the box. The phone supports dual SIM standby, with slots for a micro SIM and nano SIM card in a single tray. Note that if you choose to occupy the nano SIM slot, you will have no room for the microSD card for storage expansion.
The Oukitel U20 Plus is currently up for pre-sale in two colors — Space Grey and Champagne Gold — at GearBest. This week, a special flash sale will take place, where the price for the first 100 units will be $89.99, and the next 100 — $99.99. Then, it will rise back up to $129.99, which is still pretty much a bargain. Of course, keep in mind any possible shipping and import taxes, depending on where you live. As always, when buying a handset online, do check if it is compatible with the bands that your carrier provides mobile service over. The Oukitel U20 Plus works on:
- 3G: 900/2100MHz
- 4G: 800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz
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