Meet the Oukitel U9: An octa-core smartphone with a 1080p 2.5D display, 3 GB of RAM and more for around $200

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In the latest of a stream of strong handsets rolling into the market at very low cost, little-known Oukitel is about to introduce its interesting-looking U9 smartphone. While, for most, it's a mid-ranger at best, the U9 will likely go down as the company's flagship, and although fans of top-notch performance probably won't be keen, the $200 price tag of this octa-core device may pique the interest of shoppers on a budget. 

Even if you've a vested interest in obscure Chinese manufacturers, it's likely that you're unfamiliar with Oukitel. This is because the company has mostly focused on making devices for others up until now, but after dropping a couple of scarcely-noteworthy handsets in recent times, the U9 seems like it might be worth writing home about. 

Firstly, it will pack a 5.5-inch 1080p display of the 2.5D variety. The not-quite-3D effect should make games and visual elements appear somewhat three-dimensional, which is a neat quirk, but it's not the only attribute of the U9 worth looking at. The handset also includes 3 GB of RAM, and will be powered by MediaTek's MT6753 processor, which is a 64-bit octa-core SoC. While not a powerhouse chipset by any means, the MT6753 does support worldmode LTE, so will operate on any 4G network, and should offer more than enough bite to cope with most tasks.

Elsewhere, the device will include a 16-megapixel rear-facing Sony shooter, and will apparently run on Android 5.1 right out of the box. There's no word on pricing as yet, but Neowin speculates a price point of $200, which, if close to the real cost, would equate to a very sweet deal indeed. 

The Oukitel U9 should be available from the middle of next month in the colors you see above, as well as a leaked white + gold color option. You can ogle some delicious shots of the latter in the gallery, courtesy of Chinese retailer AntElife, and we'll leave you to decide how closely it resembles the Apple iPhone 6..

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19 Comments

1. Robbiec4

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

Hmm. I'm not entirely sure about this phone's design. It might be me but it does rather look like an iPhone 6/6 Plus doesn't it?

2. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

No it's just you.

3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Looks more like a Mate 7 and Mi Note combined, to me.

4. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

The speakers and the roundness of the phone are similar to the iPhone but the back, front, volume and power controls are all different. I'd like to see the screen on to see what kind of bezels, or lack thereof are on the sides. In my opinion, I think this phone looks better than the iPhone 6/6 Plus.

7. gaming64 unregistered

Looks more like a Meizu MX4 without the main physical button but that's just me.

9. waddup121 unregistered

OUkitel...sounds like Alcatel but ok

18. Simona unregistered

this is mix of ip6 and and S6 edge

5. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Even with the Mate 7 and Mi Note design combination, it still looks nice.

6. gaming64 unregistered

I will never buy Chinese phones. They have poor software optimization.

8. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Say what? Tell that to the OnePlus One.

11. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Exactly, that phone was a disaster in terms of optimization, great hardware, cheap price, terrible software optimization (just look at the photos from it for example.)

14. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

My wife been using an Alcatel idolx+ since 6 months no issues at all. Great battery life, Very fast and smooth. So great optimization so sorry but you fail! was Ios 8.0 well optimized when its came out? IS the samsung S6 well optimized? ( cant open two app because its close every old app all the time so no multitasking , HTC M9 crappy camera optimization ect i could add more bigger or more known android OEM and even others OS OEM ) So stop with those crap.

17. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Then you have never owned a Xiaomi device for sure.

10. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

One plus just got a major contender

12. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

The Z4 and IPhone 6 had a baby

13. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Only the gold colored trim thats feel a bit like te iphone 6 but iphone 6 was not the first to use those so nope nothing iphone there just a PA writter thats like to create trouble...

15. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

How about you look at picture number 5 then comment.

16. alabesk

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 24, 2015

Buy in the site clostedtech.it

19. Yangster

Posts: 16; Member since: May 28, 2015

beautiful phone

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