Ulefone Armor 9 is the first rugged phone that comes with the Android 10 operating system. According to the price range, it is one of the high-end rugged phones currently out in the market. Now the concern is, is this phone really worth over 500 dollar money? If you want to find out then you have to dig deeper into this rugged phone. Therefore, you know I do an honest review of rugged phones here. If the phone is good I will say good and also I will expose its cons too.
That is why this in-depth Ulefone Armor 9 review will help you to get a clear idea about it. I will try to expose every aspect of this phone in order to know every cons pros and feature of this phone. But from the first impression, I’d say this may be going to become one of the most popular rugged phones on the market. Well, I will let you decide what you think about it. My duty is to present everything and give my honest opinion on it. It is you who will decide what to do. Whether you like this phone or nor it is totally up to you. So let’s start with the key features of this phone.
- Rugged certifications: IP68, IP69K, MIL-STD 810G
- Display Size: 6.3 inch IPS LCD display
- Display Resolution: 1080 X 2340 Pixels
- Processor: Mediatek Helio P90 Octa-core Processor
- GPU: IMG 9XM-HP8
- Operating System: Android 10
- Rear Camera: PDAF 64MP+2MP+ 5MP camera of assisting thermal sensor + thermal camera.
- Front Camera: 2 MP
- Storage: 128GB (Expandable)
- RAM: 8GB
- Battery: 6600 mAh
- Network: Dual 4G sim
- Sensors: Fingerprint, NFC, GPS, G-sensor, Proximity sensor, Compass, Heart rate monitor
Design and Build quality
When you are talking about rugged phone, most of the time you will not get sleek design phone at all. However spending over 500 dollars surely top end budget for a rugged phone. Therefore the phone has to be well maintain design and build quality. Otherwise how can you convince people to buy this? As a result you will get one of the finest designs and build quality in the phone.
So, Ulefone Armor 9 comes in black base color. Although you will get different color accent but the base is black. Of course it looks very profession without any doubt. this 168 mm long and 82 mm wide phone is comfortable to hold on the hand. But due to to metal body weight is too much. Holding to much time can cause pain in the hand. There is no necessary to make phone this kind of heavy. Despite having strong hand you would not recommend have such a heavy phone in your hand that for sure.
Well, there is no problem with the build quality though. Metal frame body covered with hard plastic. As a result, the phone gets stronger than you can imagine. And, plastic provides a better grip on the hand. Also, you will see a lot of screws holding the phone intact and strong. Corners are extra thick for protecting sudden drop.
However, the phone is slightly thinner and smarter in the outlook. There is four-camera setup on the back along with a dual-LED flash. But, you will get two operational cameras for taking pictures and two for thermal imaging. And, you will get speaker grill on the bottom right corner of the back.
And, on the front side covers with large size display with water drop notch for the camera and earpiece above that.
The right side contains volume keys, a power button, and a fingerprint sensor. The left side has a quick access custom key that you can set up with different functions.
Not to mention that how rugged this phone can be. Surely it will contain highest amount of rugged features in order to provide better experience for its customers. In fact, it provides one of the finest quality rugged features among all the rugged phone. That is obvious for this phone as well. Since it cost that much it come up with highest amount of protection against water, dust, temperature, and drop/shock.
First of all, it has IP68 rated protection against water and dust. That means you can take the camera 1.5 meter deep in the water and keep it for 30 minutes without damaging the phone. Same way, it protects from dust and mud as well. Whenever you phone dropped in the mud or something nasty/dirty just wash it with clear water it will fine as before.
Secondly, it has IP69K rating for temperature. That is to say, you can run your phone in any harsh weather without having any issue of phone. To be precise, your phone can survive bellow than 0°C temperature to more than 50°C temperature without damaging the phone.
Last but not the list, it has Military Standard 810G rating for having such a strength. In general this rating given to those phone who can easily survive minimum 1.5 meter of drop on the concrete floor. Also can handle air pressure and protect better from UV radiation or any certain circumstance.
All of these features make this phone enough strong to survive in any harsh condition and keep you connected with the civilization rather than blocking you in that situation. There is nothing more that I can claim on this phone in order to be rugged.
Of course this phone has good design and build quality but what about the good performance? Besides having all of those a phone must perform well and you should feel better to operate it. Therefore, it requires better hardware on the phone so that it can run like a horse not a tortoise.
As a result, Ulefone Armor 9 comes with MediaTek Helio P90 processor. While I am writing, this is the best quality processor from MediaTek. And they produce a good quality processor for the low prices. And, this Octa-core processor performs just like it should be. Also, it comes with IMG 9XM-HP8 GPU for better rendering.
This combination of CPU provides smoother performance. And, you will no see any lag in the phone at all. As long as you are not that kind of monster phone user you can not complain about its performance. There is no lag in regular uses at all. Also, you can play all the high end games smoothly in this phone.
Equally it has better storage option on the phone. If you like to do multi tasking on your phone you will need higher RAM. And, this phone has 8GB RAM. As a result, there will be no problem in multi-tasking. Because of the better CPU app switching is also very smooth and fast. But, what about the on board storage? It has 128GB phone memory on it. I think this is enough for regular uses. Still, there is an option for expanding it via a TF card.
All of these hardware runs on latest android 10 operating system. As a result you will get smoothest performance from this rugged phone without any doubt. There is perfect combination of RAM, storage, CPU, and GPU. All of these makes it perfect for compete all of the rugged phone in order to being better performance phone. Not only that but also it provides better performance than upper mid range smartphones.
A display is where you do anything shows up. Now matter having how good backend if your frontend is not good it is all wasted. That is why, Ulefone use one of the decent quality display in this phone.
Ulefone Armor 9 has a 6.3 inch IPS LCD display. It has 1080 X 2340 pixels of resolution with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. This 442 PPI display clearly sharp enough without any doubt. But I am afraid color is not that vibrant that it should be. Although no problem in the brightness issue at all. It clearly visible in the direct sunlight. Since you will use this phone most of the time in the outdoor this is very necessary.
But for this budget I think AMOLED display is possible and reasonable as well. However this is not a bad display. But does not add the sum up when you are thinking about the price.
There is no problem in multi touch though. This is very important for playing some high end games.
Overall, this is a decent display. Not the best among all but it is better than most of the rugged phone display. Clearly do its duty perfectly and do not let you complain at all. But as I said, it should be better if it was a AMOLED panel.
In this section this phone is clearly over the top position. And one of the ultimate camera setup among all rugged phones. First of all, you need a good camera. That is why it has 64 MP f1.79 aperture main camera. There is a 2MP depth camera to assist that main camera. These cameras bring decent amount of pictures without any problem. Image from this camera looks sharp and well color balanced. But it has the same problem in low light situation as like other rugged phone camera. However it does not bother that much though.
Back camera can shoot 4K video at 30 frames per second as well. Above all, there is thermal imaging camera as well. It has FLIX thermal sensor along with a 5MP camera to assist that sensor. This this pulls out one of the finest thermal imaging system among all the rugged phone in the market. And it does the job perfectly without having any issue.
All of these photos are taken with this phone. As you can see how good the photo quality is. Color accuracy and sharpness is perfect as you can expect.
Let’s talk about the night mode. Night photography looks decent. Slightly lower quality though. But it is not that bad at all. See the samples below.
Also, this phone has a super slow-mo option. That allows taking 980 frames per second video at 720 O resolution. Although it only allows taking 10-second video. But it works perfect and slow-mo looks cool too.
For certain types of work having this thermal imaging system is a huge bonus. You will not need to carry extra gadget for that.
On the front side of this phone, it contains 8MP selfie camera. This is not the best camera in the market. But, can do its job decently. Selfies are sharp enough and good color balanced too.
In the end, this thermal imaging system and 64MP camera combination made this phone more attractive to the outdoor workers that need a better-rugged camera setup. Surely it will be the top end rugged camera setup among all.
When you are talking about rugged phone having better battery backup is always main concern. Since you work in the outdoor it will face no charging option for most of the time.
That is why this Ulefone Armor 9 has 6600 mAh battery on it. Surely it will provide more than three days of back up in regular uses. Even if you are a heavy user it will run for two days without any problem.
This massive battery takes around three hours to get a full charge. Unfortunately, it does not have a wireless charging option. There should be a wireless charging option.
It has the outdoor apps package that helps you in certain outdoor works. Also it has NFC for google pay or other contactless payment. Moreover, it has hear rate monitor sensor that works good!
It has dual 4G sim option as long as you are not willing to expand your phone storage. Also, it has dual band WiFi, bluetooth 5.0.
The dedicated button of this phone can be used for the push to talk emergency calling and so many features. Happy to inform you that it has a USB type C port on this phone. That allows getting fast charging.
Surprisingly it has endoscope features on it. With this phone you can see where normal camera or your eyes can not reach.
There are also some extra multifunction accessories available for this phone. But you need to buy them separately.
All things considered this is surely well maintained rugged phone currently available for buying. If you already familiar with this industry then you surely need this phone for upgrade from your old phone. And that thermal imaging system will surely help you in many way while you are in outdoor work. But still there is AMOLED display missing, Wireless charging is not available. I would mark this phone 7/10 according to its price range. It could be bellow 500 dollar according to its features. But that thermal imaging system cover up everything.