Ulefone announces the bezel-less Future, kick-starts it with a low pre-sale price

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Ulefone may not be a very well-known brand, at least not in the West, but the company has certainly put out a few good-looking and very reasonably priced smartphones in the past months. Even better — unlike some of its rivaling China-based handset slingers, the company has partnered up with various well-known 3rd party resellers, officially endorsing international sales of its devices, which makes them easy to track down and buy from a reputable place. The manufacturer has just announced the latest member of its handset portfolio, called the Ulefone Future, with a balance between price and hardware that would pique anyone's interest.


The Future is certainly a head-turner thanks to a design that eliminates its side bezels, giving the display that “infinity pool” effect, which only a few smartphones currently have. The screen has a 5.5-inch diagonal, but, thanks to the bezel-less design, the device manages to hit a 75% screen-to-body ratio, giving it a rather compact footprint — 5.96 x 2.89 x 0.34 in (151.5 x 73.5 x 8.6mm). The phone's body is fully made of metal, save for the plastic strips at the back, of course. All of the hardware buttons can be found on the right – the Future has a volume rocker, a power button, and an autonomous fingerprint scanner, which is located slightly below the power button. We can't be sure why the biometric sensor and power key weren't combined, but according to Ulefone, users will still be able to wake the phone up just by placing their finger on the scanner.

Hardware and camera

The Ulefone Future packs a 2 GHz, octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 SoC with an ARM Mali-T860 GPU, a generous 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of expandable internal storage, a USB Type-C port, and a 3,000 mAh battery, which, according to Ulefone, can be charged from 0% to 100% in just 1 hour via the stock wallcharger. The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and the manufacturer promises that it offers pure, vanilla experience with no extra re-skinning, so we are hoping to see snappy performance from the handset.

The main camera has an F2.0 aperture lens and is equipped with a 16 MP Samsung-made S5K3P3 sensor. Not to be confused with the sensors you'd find on a Galaxy S6 or the Note 5, this one features smaller, 1.0 μm pixels, which, in turn, makes the sensor more compact, making it easier to fit in thinner camera modules. It still features Sammy's ISOCELL technology, which places physical barriers between individual pixels to eliminate color crosstalk. The snapper is assisted by phase detection autofocus and a dual-tone LED flash. On the front, we have a 5 MP selfie cam.

As for connectivity, the Ulefone Future works on GSM 850, 900, 1800 (band 5, band 8, band 3), WCDMA 900, 2100 (band 8, band 1), FDD-LTE 800, 1800, 2100, 2600 (band 20, band 3, band 1, band 7), and TDD-LTE 2300 (Band 40), so be sure to check if your carrier supports these, if you are eyeballing the handset.

Price and launch

Ulefone is kicking off The Future with a special 2,000 unit flash sale, which will start on the 4th of May, at 2 AM (PDT) / 5 AM (EST) / 9 AM (UTC). These promotional devices will only cost $199.99, but will come with nothing but a USB Type-C charging / data cable. After the 4th of May, the pre-purchase price goes up to $239.99 for a batch of 30,000 units, each bundled with a set of accessories, such as a TPU cover, screen protector, a fast-charge wallplug, and a Type-C to micro USB converter. On the 25th of May, the Future will retail for its full price of $269.99. Of course, bear in mind that you will also have to pay shipping fees and import taxes, where applicable. Whenever buying such an exotic handset, it's also a good idea to see if it supports the bands of your carrier.

Official website: Ulefone Future



1. donrox

Posts: 203; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

Daddy S7 and mommy iPhone had a baby. they named him Ulefone Future. Congrats everyone

15. skips

Posts: 481; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

good lord, your comment was so original, i think you might have earned yourself a medal of honor. congrats, you. i swear to god whenever a new phone gets announced from a lesser known brand i see this kind of trash every single TIME and it bugs the hell out of me

17. donrox

Posts: 203; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

sorry to bug you

2. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

If it were truly bezel-less, wouldn't the ratio be 100%, not 75%?

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014


8. VSN24

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Can't call this side-bezel-less. Remember the S7 EDGE with the same screen size is only 7.26cm wide compared to this phone 7.35cm.

10. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

S7 edge has curved sides, that's why it's narrower with the same diagonal. Tell me a flat screened 5.5 incher narrower than this.

14. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

You are right about the S7 Edge, but there is narrower side bezels. As well I know among the 5.5 inchers Sharp Aquos Crystal X have narrowest side bezels with its 73mm width. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Sharp-AQUOS-Crystal-X-is-another-smartphone-with-edgeless-display-and-better-specs-than-Sprints-AQUOS-Crystal_id63756 Though Xperia C5 Ultra is a 6 incher, its side bezels are equally narrow. Smallest side bezels I have ever know is on ZTE Nubia Z9. With same size side bezels a 5.5 incher would be 71.5mm wide.

18. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

S7 edge is narrower than Aquos crystal X at 72.6 mm.

19. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I didn't know S7 Edge has a flat screen.

20. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

You said among 5.5 inchers and nowhere mentioned flat in your coomment. I don't know about you but I can't read mind over internet.

22. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I replied your post. You asked narrowest phone with 5.5" flat screen.

3. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

That ugly clone phone.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

clone of what? I never see any phone that looks exactly like this

7. NoAllegiance unregistered

Doesn't the wallpaper give you any hints?

16. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Do you really think it looks like S7?

26. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I doubt you ever saw any phone Mr bender.

11. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

It surely is.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

$270 is just overpriced fo P10, that processor isnt that great, X20 is far better than that... maybe its on par with X10

9. mister87 unregistered

Is it really that hard to design a smartphone that is somehow unique. I guess those manufactures dont even have a designer team employed.

12. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

"PhoneArena's opinions in this article have not been affected in any way" Funny, you always seem to have something to say about how every phone looks like an iPhone, but when this one is especially so, you say nothing. Very interesting.

13. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

LOLZ, they should learn that people buy chinese phones based on best value for money, knowing that, who would even look at this when for same price you got, Le Leco Le 2 - X20 RN3P - S650 vs this crap and P10? lol....

21. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

meizu m3 note have P10 at $180 lol

23. kingoftf

Posts: 1; Member since: May 03, 2016

Leeco Le 2 Pro = almost twice the Price as the Future.

25. T-Dizzle

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

He didn't refer to the Le 2 Pro.

24. Hellouser

Posts: 39; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

Sharp did it first with aqous crystal

27. balabala001

Posts: 6; Member since: May 11, 2015

I think it will be a good phone if it really comes with 4GB RAM and 32GB ROM, but price still a little bit high. I plan to buy a cheaper phone recently, price only $39.99, OUKITEL C3, on tinydeal store.

28. Kashan786

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 23, 2016

Bluboo Maya are getting prepare to bang out the chinese market With $69.99 pre-sale price I have ordered Bluboo Maya And i am just waiting for the starting of it’s pre-sale,The device will be came out with 2 GB of super RAM into the markets Get Ready for it!

29. neptuno

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 02, 2016

i saw a good phone like this one with 169.99$,blackview r7.its pre-sale now. it comes with 3000 mAh.4gb ram y 32 gb rom.so i would like to choose the cheaper one.

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