Rugged Smartphone Unlocked, Ulefone Armor X3 IP68 Waterproof Cell Phone, 5.5 inch HD+ Screen 2GB+32GB Android 9.0 5000mAh Battery Global 3G Dual SIM Dual Cameras Face ID Compass+GPS Shockproof (Red)
Ulefone is probably the most popular manufacturer of secure smartphones. We have already written many articles about Ulefone mobile devices. Smartphones are popular for one simple reason: they are good.
Of course, you should not compare ordinary protected mobile devices, because the main feature of protected smartphones is water resistance and shock resistance. Sure, you can buy a much better smartphone for the same price as a protected one, but it won’t be waterproof.
The Ulefone Armor X3 isn’t the best budget smartphone, but it’s probably the best budget smartphone. It costs only $ 89, but has an IP68 / IP69K protection level, a 5.5-inch screen, a 5000mAh battery, Android 9.0 pie, dual camera, microSD support, NFC audio jack, and 3.5 mm.
These are good features even for a regular budget smartphone. But what about performance and cameras? We’ll check them out in this review.
We have prepared the unboxing and full review of the Ulefone Armor X3. We’ve already played a few games, conducted performance tests, and tested the cameras and battery. We have a lot to say about this smartphone. Let’s get started!
The Ulefone Armor X3 has the same box as the other smartphones in this line. Only Figure 3 in the upper-right corner indicates that this is a third-generation smartphone.
On the reverse side, you can read the name of the smartphone, as well as its technical characteristics and main functions.
Inside the box is a lot of documentation, such as the user manual, warranty card, instructions for charging the phone.
It is very nice that the Chinese manufacturer has added a protective glass to the kit. Ulefone Armor X3 has a protective film on the screen, but after a while you will be able to remove it and glue the protective glass.
Also in the box is a microUSB charging cable and a 5-watt charger. Yes, the charging power of the Ulefone Armor X3 is only 5W, so it takes a long time to fully charge the battery. We’ll talk about it later.
Ulefone Armor X3: Design
The design of the Ulefone Armor X3 is typical of the protected smartphones of 2019. It has rubberized corners and a back panel, and the side faces are made of metal.
However, I want to note that the Ulefone Armor X3 is quite compact, as for a secure smartphone. Sure, it’s bigger and heavier than a regular mobile device without any level of protection, but it’s smaller than most of the protected devices of previous years.
On the back panel there is a dual camera, a flash and the company logo.
I think the most interesting thing is in the side faces.
On the left, we see a TF / SIM card slot and a customizable red button. The volume control key and the power button are on the right side.
I noticed the screws on the right and left side, but I’m not sure if they can be unscrewed. Most likely, these are just design elements.
The 3.5 mm audio jack and microUSB port are equipped with rubber plugs. You need to close them before you go swimming with your smartphone. This is very important!
I can’t say that the Ulefone Armor X3 has a beautiful design, but for some reason I like it. It’s small and light enough for a secure smartphone. I think size is important to a lot of people. No one wants to take a brick that doesn’t even fit in their jeans pocket.
Ulefone Armor X3: Display
In fact, I have almost nothing to say about the display, as it is typical of the ultra-budget smartphones of 2019.
The Ulefone Armor X3 display has a 5.5-inch diagonal and HD+resolution.
I didn’t find any information about screen protection, but it is very important for a protected smartphone. Most likely, the smartphone has Corning Gorilla glass, but I do not know what generation.
In general, the screen is very bright. It can be used outdoors and even in direct sunlight. The screen is very good for a smartphone that costs 8 89.
Ulefone Armor X3: Performance
It’s time to talk about the main drawback of the Ulefone Armor X3. First of all, the smartphone runs on MediaTek MT6580.
In addition, the Armor X3 has 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory. Of course, this affects performance and is quite low.
The good news is that you can use a microSD card instead of a second SIM card. This solves the problem of running out of memory, but not the performance problem.
Ulefone Armor X3: Software
The cheap Ulefone smartphone runs on Android 9.0 Pie. It has pre-installed Google apps like Play Store, YouTube, Maps, Music and other apps: note, Wireless Emergency, Sound Recorder, FM Radio
The smartphone also has an interesting “underwater” mode. You can enable it in the quick settings menu. When you turn on the underwater mode, the touch screen stops working. You can’t use any features other than photos and videos. To take a photo or video, you need to press the volume up / down key.
Ulefone Armor X3: Camera
The Ulefone Armor X3 has two sensors on the back: a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor.
On the front panel is a 5-megapixel camera.
Ulefone Armor X3: Battery
On the one hand, the Ulefone Armor X3 battery is an advantage of this smartphone. The 5000mAh battery provides a very long battery life. The smartphone worked for about 4 days while I was testing it. If you are not an active user, you can count on 7 days of autonomy.
The main problem is the charging time. It takes about 5 hours to fully charge the battery. This is a very long time! Of course, you can charge your smartphone at night and you won’t have any problems. However, if you urgently need to charge your smartphone, you need to wait 1 hour to charge about 15%.