Some days ago the company opened pre-orders for its new bezel-less smartphone called Oukitel U23. Of course, it is not a flagship phone, but it offers very interesting features for the price.
So, here is first review of Oukitel U23. We will talk about specifications, main features, price and where to buy it. Later we will try to get this smartphone for review in-depth with performance, camera and battery tests.
Oukitel U23: Specifications
- Display: IPS
- Diagonal: 6.18-inches
- Resolution: 1080 x 2246
- Density: 403ppi
- OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
- Chipset: MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763V)
- CPU: 8-core, 2 GHz (4x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53; 4x 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53)
- Cores: 8
- Graphics: Mali-G71 MP2
- RAM: 6GB
- ROM: 64GB
- Main camera: 16MP + 5MP
- Main camera video: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
- Selfie camera: 8MP
- Battery: 3500mAh
- Battery Type: Lithium Polymer
- Wireless charging: yes
- Connections: Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n
- Bluetooth: 4.2
- SIM cards: 2
- SIM Card Type: Nano-SIM
Oukitel U23: Design
The design of new smartphone is stylish, however there is nothing new. It has a metal body and frame.
A fairly large display occupies almost the entire front panel. There are frames on sides and a small frame on the bottom. Above the screen there is a notch with front camera and the proximity sensor.
The back panel is a little surprise. There is dual camera with LED flash in the upper right corner. As usual, the fingerprint scanner is in the center. The shape of fingerprint reader is slightly elongated, so it is rather oval, not round. The back panel is gradient, depending on the lighting. It shimmers with blue and violet colors.
On the bottom panel, the smartphone has a USB Type-C connector. It is another advantage of Oukitel U23, because most budget devices has old microUSB port.
The smartphone is not bulky, as you may think. There is no IP68 protection. Oukitel U23 feels good in the hand, while the blue color scheme looks impressive. New smartphone looks very nice, albeit a typical design for 2018.
Oukitel U23: Display
Screen size is 6.18-inches. It is large and almost bezel-less. The panel is IPS, which immediately gives the phone a budget orientation. Of course, we cannot wait for Super AMOLED in budget smartphone, but Oukitel U23 display has good color reproduction, saturation and brightness.
We are particularly pleased with resolution. The manufacturer did not save on pixels, so there is Full HD+, 1080×2246 pixels. Thanks to this, the pixel density exceeds 400ppi. The image is well viewed from almost any angle. Among other devices in its price segment, Oukitel U23 is in no way inferior to competitors.
Oukitel U23: Performance
The smartphone is powered by 8-core processor MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763V). It is not the most productive chipset, but it pleases with energy efficiency. Most games run on the device very well. By the way, there is 6GB of RAM!
However, the weak point is graphics Mali-G71 MP2. You may have fps delays and slowdowns while playing on high graphics settings.
The smartphone scores 86.427 points in AnTuTu. It is standard result for smartphone from budget price category.
The device copes with everyday tasks perfectly, including browsing web pages and social networks. There is 64GB of built-in memory, but you can also use slot for microSD cards. So, you will not have problems with free space.
The smartphone runs on Android 8.1 operating system.
Oukitel U23: Camera
The manufacturer follows the latest trend of dual rear camera. They have a popular vertical layout, just like iPhone. Of course, there are many other Chinese smartphone with similar design of rear camera, so we cannot say that Oukitel U23 is iPhone copy.
As for the image quality, it is average, but it doesn’t disappoint at all. The main 16MP sensor from Samsung and 5-megapixels secondary sensor make photos with bokeh effect.
However, in low light conditions, the photos are grainy and poor detail. This is the main problem for all Chinese budget phones, except Xiaomi devices. Therefore, we cannot blame on Oukitel U23 for this.
Another drawback of Oukitel U23 is Full HD video recording. In 2018 we want to have 4K video recording, but the manufacturers of budget devices think that 1080p is enough. Also, there is no optical or even electronic image stabilization. Perhaps, it is even bigger problem than Full HD resolution. The footage will be shaky, if you don’t use special phone stabilizer.
8 megapixel front camera has good opportunities for selfies. However, there is no bokeh effect. In the rest, this is a typical camera for a budget device. Not bad, but not great.
Oukitel U23: Battery
Talking about battery of Oukitel U23, it has a capacity of 3500mAh. This is gold standard for budget smartphones. Of course, you can find mobile devices with larger batteries, but which of them have wireless charging? New Oukitel smartphone support the technology.
Oukitel U23: Price
So, Oukitel U23 is a decent smartphone. If you pay attention only to specification and design, then it seems very good. It has a stylish design, while hardware allows coping with any everyday tasks. Yes, it is not suitable for games, but it is not required from the smartphone from budget category.
The official price of OUKITEL U23 will be $229.99, but now you can pre-order it for only $199. Every week the price will rise on $10, until it reaches the final official price.
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