The Ulefone Armor X2 wants to be the new low-budget king in outdoor smartphones. For about $130, the manufacturer packs all kinds of interesting technology in the rubberized device. What exactly does the device carry? We clarify this in this article.
Design and workmanship
The Ulefone Armor X2 looks like a traditional outdoor smartphone with lots of rubber and metal – and without Notch. Nevertheless, the display is held in the longer 19: 9 format and there are no on-screen buttons, but softkeys under the display. The side edges of the display appear relatively thin, there is more space at the top and bottom. Even the back does not hold any big surprises – apart from two camera lenses, a LED flash, and a few metal elements and screws, there is actually only rubber there. While the rubber is always colored black, the metal elements are either in a dull black or gold. The fingerprint sensor is located in the accent color right-hand case edge. There is also the sim slot. Strangely enough, the volume rocker and the on / off switch are on the left side of the case. How this strange arrangement in practice beats, we check in the detailed review.
Unfortunately, Ulefone only has a Micro-USB port in the Armor X2, but the modern USB-C can only be found in the higher device classes, for example, the Ulefone Armor 6. After all, that means we do not have to give up a 3.5mm jack connection. With outdoor smartphones connections are always to be treated with caution, since often only special, longer USB cables and 3.5mm plugs fit into the ports. The dimensions of the Ulefone Armor X2 are 163 x 76.6 x 13.9 millimeters and the device weighs 256 grams. It is of course certified to IP68, ergo it can endure up to one hour in a maximum of 1.5 meters deep fresh water without damage.
The heart of the Ulefone Armor X2 is (unfortunately) the MediaTek MT6580. Why unfortunately? Although this processor is quite sufficient for very basic tasks such as Whatsapp and navigation, it does not support LTE. Unfortunately, the Armor X2 only works in 2G and 3G networks. Incidentally, the four-core processor in the Armor X2 is supported by a rather meager two gigabytes of RAM, so multitasking should only be possible to a very limited extent. Even for the user are only 16 gigabytes of memory available, a micro SD card with up to 128 gigabytes can be inserted in addition to the two sim cards
Display and battery
The Ulefone Armor X2 is powered by a 5.5-inch IPS screen. This resolves at 1440 x 720 pixels (“HD +”) and comes up with a pixel density of 293 pixels per inch. The battery of the Armor X2 is relatively generous with 5500 mAh but does not reach the battery champions in the outdoor class. Nevertheless, two days running time should not be a problem. The battery is charged with 5V / 2A.
The main camera on the back resolves with eight megapixels and is interpolated to 13 megapixels. The aperture is f / 1.8 and the camera is supported by a dual LED flash and a second sensor with five-megapixel resolution. On the front, a five-megapixel sensor is used, whose images are interpolated to eight megapixels. The open aperture is f / 2.0. We would not expect too much from the cameras in advance, but we are happy to be pleasantly surprised by Ulefone!
Connectivity and others
As already mentioned, the Ulefone Armor X2 only works in 2G and 3G networks. Wi-Fi b / g / n in the 2.4 and 5 GHz band, as well as Bluetooth 4.0, are also included. Why no more up-to-date standards are used here is a mystery to us. NFC and GPS complete the package. It is gratifying that Ulefone installed a notification LED in the Armor X2. Also the operating system Android 8.1 Oreo is halfway up to date.
Where To Buy The Ulefone Armor X2???
The Ulefone Armor X2 is currently available on Gearbest for $130.99