The Oukitel U18
Hello, Friends! Today I’m going to take a look at the Oukitel U18 review. It seems that each year we have different trends in the smartphone industry, the iPhone X started the notch trend and many Chinese phone manufacturers thought this must be cool. The Oukitel U18 is one of those budget phones with a notch besides that it ships with pretty good specs for the price a massive battery. So, let’s start with a full review-
Design & Build: –
The prices of this phone vary from $160 all the way to $195, but I will update the Price section with the best prices.
The notch is a cutout in the upper portion of the display like the iPhone X. I’m going to go into details about that but the Oukitel U18 front panel looks similar to the iPhone X. On the back side, you’ll find a metal backplate with a textured top that houses into all camera setup and fingerprint scanner. Inside the notch, you will see an 8-megapixel front camera and the Oukitel U18 does not have notification LED light which is bummer for many users.
There is one major design flaw; the phone is not compatible with regular USB type-C cable connectors that means you need to use the supplied cable that has a more extended connector than usual. There’s no 3.5mm headphone jack, but the sound quality via the supplied adapter is quite decent. As far the loudspeaker I can’t assert it’s the best in this price range, but it’s entirely fair.
The overall build quality is pretty good as we have a metal band that goes all around the device and responsive metal buttons. However, you will see that the phone is quite thick and a bit heavier since it packs with 4000 milliamp-hours battery inside.
The Oukitel U18 has 5.85-inch Full HD 1512 x 720p resolution display with 2.5D curved glass. It has excellent colour reproduction and superior sunlight legibility. The notch display is pretty nice and sharp despite the fact that it’s lower resolution. In fact, this is one of the first phones to sport 21 by 9 aspect ratio, but in practice, I don’t see any difference between this and 18 by 9 aspect ratio panels. I know it was just a few UI glitches regarding the Notch display when the text was cut out, but it happened only when I was setting up the phone. Overall this notch thing is subjective. For me, it looked weird at the beginning, but I got used to it in all time.
The phone has Dual camera setup on the rear panel. It has 16-megapixel primary lens and 5-megapixel secondary lens with LED flash. The front camera has 13-megapixel lens.
The overall camera performance does not impress, images could have more detail and sharpness, and the colours are usually washed out. Same can be said about the low-light camera performance; the quality could be a lot better.
Selfies do not look great either as most of the pictures came out soft. The Portrait mode uses software tricks to mimic a hardware Bokeh effect, and you can see that in mediocre quality photos.
The 1080p video quality is poor. The same shortcomings apply as in still image quality department. Finally, I’m not impressed with 720p selfie video, and the sound recording quality is not good.
Biometrics & Security: –
Just like the iPhone X and some other phone, the Oukitel U18 uses face unlock feature. Surprisingly it works quite well even if you put glasses. The unlock feature is usable but I still prefer using the fingerprint scanner which is usually more accurate and reliable, but as usual, the display could light up a little bit faster.
Processor & Memory: –
The Oukitel U18 is powered by MediaTek MT6750T Which clocked at 1.5GHz Octa-Core processor with 4 gigabytes of RAM and 64 gigabytes of internal storage. It has Mali T860-MP2 graphics card.
As for performance, the Oukitel U18 is not exceptional as we’ve seen plenty of devices with this kind of specs nevertheless it’s a pretty good overall package for the price. If you want to play 3D games on this phone, the overall performance is pretty good with just a few skipped frames, but I can’t complain. However, the phone gets hot quickly and making it a little bit uncomfortable to hold in the hands while gaming.
The Oukitel U18 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. It’s a mixture of Stock Android and a few added customizations. We have the same customization options and tweaks, we’ve seen on many other phones like the ability to customize the navigation bar. Also, there are plenty of gesture and motion controls, fingerprint gestures and so on. Regarding speed, I found the phone to be pretty fast. There’s no lag and no stutter.
I would rate the call quality quite well, and signal reception remains strong all the time. Other connectivity options including GPS work fine. Regarding sensor, there’s no gyroscope which is terrible.
The Oukitel U18 ships with 4000 milliamp-hours battery. Regarding battery life that receives software bug that does not show the exact battery usage data but I was able to use the phone for one and a half or two days. I didn’t notice any battery drain issues or anything. And I would say that the overall battery life is good. You can also charge the phone in just one and half hours which is excellent but only if you use a fast charger. In the box, you get a regular charger that charges the phone in over two and a half hours.
The Oukitel U 18 key selling point is the design whether you like the notch or not. However, there are quite a few flaws to consider.
First of all, the overall camera performance this is disappointing, You need to use the supplied cable that has a more extended connector than usual. Moreover, the phone misses LED notification light; there’s no fast charger in the box, no gyroscope sensor, and no 3.5mm headset jack.
On a positive note, I like the phone’s excellent overall performance including gaming, excellent build quality and the fact that it ships with near Stock Android. Hopefully, you will satisfy the summary of Pros and Cons useful while making your buying decision.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Oukitel U18||Coming Soon||Rs NA|
|The USA Buyers|
|Oukitel U18||GEARBEST||$ 179.99|
|Technology||GSM / WCDMA / LTE FDD|
|SIM||Hybrid SIM (Nano)|
|BODY||Dimensions||150.5 x 73.2 x 10mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD, 1512 x 720p, 21:9 Ratio|
|Protection||2.5D Curved Glass|
|CAMERA||Rear||Dual (16-MP + 5-MP), LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|MEMORY||Internal||64GB, 4GB RAM|
|External||Up to 256GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingeprint, Proximity, Compass, Accelerometer|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Hotspot|
|Others||Bluetooth v4.2 & GPS|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 4000 mAh|