Oukitel announces the U16 Max: the ultimate bargain midrange phablet

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Oukitel has just announced a brand-new, bargain-priced midranger — the U16 Max. The phone will be up for pre-sale on AliExpress with the humble, promotional price-tag of $109.99 (full price said to be $148.64) and shipments will begin on the 28th of March. And while some corners had to be cut to achieve this level of affordability, the device definitely offers quite a bit of value for its tier.

It's a beautifully-crafted, full-metal phone that sports a 6-inch display on its front. Naturally, that translates into a rather sizable and hefty device — the Oukitel U16 Max measures at 6.51 x 3.27 x 0.36 inches (165.5 x 83.3 x 9.15 mm) and weighs 7.83 oz (222 g). To provide a bit of ergonomics, the frame's edges are chamfered and the device's back is slightly arched.

The screen's resolution is 720 x 1280 pixels, which translates to 245 pixels per inch when stretched across the massive, 6-inch diagonal. Under the hood, we have an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 SoC, which can tick with a clock speed of up to 1.5 GHz, coupled with a generous 3 GB of RAM chip. Onboard storage is 32 GB, expandable via microSD card of up to another 32 GB.

In the camera department, we have a 13 MP sensor for the main snapper, with its individual pixels sized at 1.1 µm, and a lens aperture of F2.0. On the front, we have a 5 MP selfie camera, with a slightly smaller F2.2 aperture.



A massive smartphone had better have a massive battery. Fear not, the U16 Max checks this box as well. In the trunk, we have a 4,000 mAh juicer, which should keep the lights on for quite a while. It also supports quick charge for faster top-ups.

Oukitel's UI for this phone is a light re-skin of Android 7 Nougat. The icons all have their own, unique look, and a couple of minor features like gesture unlocks, fingerprint-assigned apps, and screen record have been added to improve user experience. Nougat's brand-new split screen is definitely welcome on the large, 6-inch screen. Speaking of which — there's also a one-hand mode, which shrinks the screen to make it easier to use with a single thumb.



We've got 4G LTE coverage for band 1, band 3, band 7, band 8, and band 20. 3G connectivity is available through 900 MHz and 2100 MHz. If you are planning to jump on this bargain, you might want to make sure your mobile provider covers at least some of these.

The Oukitel U16 Max is currently up for pre-sale over at AliExpress for $109.99. Follow the link below if you're interested!

Pre-order here: Oukitel U16 Max on AliExpress

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6 Comments

1. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Looks ugly as fk.

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Srsly, with that price tag what do you expect?

3. fancollo

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

how can this be ugly? it's a generic design and therefore same as maybe 95% of all smartphones. i'm sure an iphone or a samsung look sooo much better while looking basically the same...

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

This is one heck of a good deal....even with that low-res 720p display.

5. tangbunna

Posts: 488; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

wow massive than redmi 4a but still 4000mah. massively useless

6. tonyv13

Posts: 123; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Not compatible with USA LTE bands...

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